8N – 9D :: Thimpu – Paro – Punakha – Wangdi – Trongsa – Bumthang

First Day:  Enter Bhutan experiencing breath taking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan peaks during the flight. On arrival at Paro Airport, you will be received by our representative . Lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, drive up to Drugyal Dzong which is about 15 Kms from town.Thisruined fortress of great historical importance. It was built to mark the Bhutanese victory over the hordes of invading Tibetans and Mongol army . Enroute to Drugyel Dzong, view the Taktsang Monastry from the road head. The name Taktsang means “Tiger’s Nest.” The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800m. and overlooks the Paro valley and the river. Legend says that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan, meditated at the spot where the monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. Return to hotel. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Second Day :  After breakfast, take a short drive to Chelela. One can get an excellent view of Haa valley and Mt. Jhomolhari from here. Lunch. Afternoon: Visit the Ta-Dzong , a watchtower in the olden times, now converted to a museum. It is located on the top of a hill above the Paro Dzong overlooking Paro valley and the river. The museum has a fine collection of ancient Thankas (paintings on fabric), rare artefacts, pottery, weapons and objects of daily use. Then visit Rinchen Pong Dzong. Today, the Dzong is the administrative seat of the district of Paro and the residence of state monks. The central tower (“Utse”) of the Dzong is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan with its superb woodwork. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D. Complete the downhill walk with a crossing of the traditional cantilever bridge spanning across the Paro Chhu ( meaning river in Dzongkha ). Your pick up vehicle will be awaiting for you at this spot. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Third Day :  After breakfast, drive to Thimphu . The drive to Thimphu is through farm houses, paddy fields and apple orchards. The winding road follows the Paro Chhu till Chhuzomsa ( meaning confluence in Dzongkha ) and for the rest of the journey is along Thinmphu river. It takes about 2 hours to cover the distance of 65 Kms.. En-route view the Simtokha Dzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan located about 6 Kms. from Thimphu Check in at the hotel. After lunch, visit the Memorial Chorten ( a huge Stupa ) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Visit the National Library where a vast collection of ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit Tashichho Dzong the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the Government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room and the office and the living quarters of the Monk Body and its Chief Abbot. Evening, leisure in town. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Fourth Day :  After an early breakfast, drive to Punakha and Wangdiphodrang. On the way, halt at Dochula Pass (26kms) .Dochula is marked by the Druk Wangyal Khangzang Chhortens a unique cluster of 108 chortens and prayer flags. This spot offers a magnificent view of the endless ridges that roll into the distance towards the majestic snow-capped peaks of Gangker-phuentsum mountain ranges. It has become a favorite spot for picnics. At Lobyesa, Visit the Chhimi Lhakhang.This temple is dedicated to the divine madman, Lam Drukpa Kinley who is believed to bless barren women with children. Drive to Wangduephodrang. The Wangdiphodrang Dzong and its small town is perched on a hill between two rivers. This Dzong also houses the District Administration office of the Wangdi district and the office and the living quarters of the district monk body. The Dzong was built in 1638 A.D. Proceed to Punakha. Punakha was the former capital of Bhutan. The Punakha Dzong lies between two rivers known as Phochu and Mochu which means ” Male river and Female river “. It is one of the most important Dzongs in Bhutan and now houses the district administration office of the Punakha district and the winter residence of the Monk Body and its Chief Abbot. It was built in 1637 A.D. Overnight halt in hotel.

Fifth Day :  After an early breakfast, drive to Bumthang via Trongsa   . The journey takes about 8 hours . The lateral highway goes through misty regions near Pelela pass where trees covered with Spanish moss, orchids, lichens and rhododendron are found. People are very likely to see Yaks along the lateral highway. On the way, stop at the beautiful Chendebji Chorten, whose style represents Nepalese style of Chorten. Lunch . Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Sixth Day :  After breakfast Visit the historical Jakar Dzong built by Minjur Tenpa, the third Druk Desi (Temporal ruler) in 1646 A.D. Visit several ancient and important monasteries such as, Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang, Also visit the Member Tso ” The flaming Lake ” which is considered one of the most important pilgrimage spots. Actually a wide pool in the Tang Chhu ( Tang river ) is called the Mebartshho. Pema Lingpa, a person of great virtue found spiritual treasures ( Terma ) found one from this very spot when he jumped in the pool with a burning torch which still remained burning when he emerged out of the water holding a treasure. Hence the name. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Seventh Day :  After breakfast drive back to Wangdue.

Eighth Day :  Breakfast. Drive back to Paro . En-route, stop for lunch at Thimphu. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Ninth Day :  Airport transfer and departure assistance by our representative.

Reservation: Khorlo Tours & Travels (Private) Ltd

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