Glimpses of Bhutan4 Nights 5 Days
Glimpses of Bhutan
Get ready to submerge in the glory, grandeur and greatness of the Himalayan Kingdom, which has today become one of the most sought after tourist destinations. Experience the elements that elevate and make Bhutan a unique country. Find out the ingredients that have made Bhutan a Happy country.
Zoom into a cluster of quaint farmhouses that embroiders the beauty of Paro Valley. Visit National Museum, 1400-year-old Kichu temple, Rinpung Fotress, The best in Paro is hike to Taktsang Monsatry, the most renowned Buddhist structure in the entire Himalaya, built on sheer cliff wall 900m above the valley. Only the sounds are murmurs of winds, waterfall, birds and the chanting of monks.
Capture the unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient tradition in Thimphu. Visit academy of Art & Craft, World Biggest Buddha Statue, Takin Enclaves, Memorial Stupa, Textile Factory, Indigenous paper factory, Tashi Cho Dzong “ The Glorious Fort of Happiness” & weekend market to mix with locals and get a closer view of their traditions.
Punakha & Wangdue
Stop over at Dochula for the breath taking view of Eastern Himalaya. Visit Dochu-la Temple and 108 Stupas. Drive through a beautiful dense forest of spruce, pine, rhododendron and larch. Stopover at Chimi Lhakhang the “ Temple of Fertility”. The best for the day is the visit to the magnificent Punakha Fortress considered the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture and epitome of beauty and ancient political power. Also sock in the beauty at Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel another an impressive fine Bhutanese Art & Architecture and capture the beautiful landscape of Punakha valley with farms, rice fields and the part of Jigme Dorji National Park.
Thimphu ( 2300m) / Arrival in Paro drive to Thimphu ( 1 Hour Drive)
As the plane banks over the mountain slopes, the Paro Valley greet you with luminous paddies rippling in the breeze and tiny houses sprinkled on the bank of the meandering river. The air is crystal clear, light translucent and on horizon, snowcapped mountains frame the idyllic like painting. It does not matter how many times you land in Paro, the bucolic valley unfolds like a dream. If you are lucky, you will have a glorious view of the Snowcapped Himalayas. After visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will meet by our representative in Bhutan “ Journey to Discover Bhutan ” Afternoon: Drive to Thimphu. It takes a 1 hour leisurely drive towards the Capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. Passing through hills and some astounding countryside. Thimphu is situated in a large valley traversed by the Wangchuk River and overshadowed by high peaks. Enroute you will view Tachogang monastery, “the temple of excellent horse” built by Thangthong Gyalpo (Iron chain builder in Bhutan) we drive following the Thimphu River upwards passing through several villages. Late Afternoon Visit: Tashi Chodzong: Is the seat of the government and the center of all religious affairs of the kingdom. It houses the office of His Majesty The King of Bhutan. The Memorial Chorten: With its golden spines shining in the sun, its tinkling bells built in honour of third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The inside paintings and statues provide a very rare insights into Buddhist Philosophy in all its complexity of tantric Buddhism. This Chorten is centrally located and you will see an endless procession of elderly people circling Visit To Kuenselphordang “ Big Buddha” This massive statue of Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 meters, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. 125,000 smaller Buddha statues have been placed within the Buddha Dordenma statue, 100,000 8 inch tall and 25,000 12 inch tall statues respectively. Each of these thousands of Buddhas have also been cast in bronze and gilded. The throne that the Buddha Dordenma sits upon is a large meditation hall. Evening Free time to scroll in and around Thimphu City Dinner & Over Night at Hotel
Punakha ( 1200m) / Thimphu - Punakha ( 3 Hrs Drive)
Drive to Punakha over the Dochu-La Pass (3050m) is one of the most beautiful drive in the country. The pass is dotted by 108 stupas and many colorful flags. On a clear day you will be able to see a spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayas from this pass. Walk around the pass and visit Dochula - Temple. Continue your drive to Punakha through the forest of rhododendrons and magnolia and with several stops on the way, you pass the villge of Lumitsawa, Thinleygang and reach the fertile valley of Lobesa. Afternoon: Visit Punakha Dzong, this dzong is one of the most beautiful and architecturally impressive Dzong in the country. It is ideally located between two rivers Pho Chu “Male River” and Mo Chu “Female River”. It was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngwang Namgyel and it has served as the seats of the Government till 1953. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted, “a person named Namgyel will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”. At the time there was a smaller Dzong “ Dzong Chung” that house a statute of Buddha. It has said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in from of the statue. While Palep was sleeping in front the statue; the Shadrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From this vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang, “Palace of Great Happiness.” Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo (Chief Abbot”) and central monk body. Take time to admire the impressive, colourful and detailed artistry of the surrounding, including the huge statues of Buddha, Guru Rinpoche and Zhabdung Nawany Namgyel. If time permits hike to Chimi Lhakhang “ The Temple of Fertility. Dinner & Over Night at Hotel
Paro (2200m) / Punakha – Thimphu- Paro
After a good night sleep, get an early start to witness how night slowly turns into day as you venture on your morning walk towards the extraordinary Khamsum Chorten. It takes you through farmyards and rice paddies and offers a wonderful opportunity to experience the local farming traditions. Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten is 30 meters (100 feet) tall and can be seen in the distance when driving or walking up from the footbridge towards the lodge. The three-levelled chorten took eight and a half years to build and was consecrated in 1999. Dedicated to the Fifth King, it was built to remove negative forces and to provide peace, stability, and harmony in an ever-changing world. It is therefore filled with every form of colorful protector imaginable. Afternoon leisure drive to Paro over a Dochu-la Pass. Evening Dinner at one of the Farm House to experience Bhutanese taste. Over Night at Hotel
Paro ( 2300m) / Paro Tiger’s Nest Hike ( 4-5 Hrs Hike)
Today a very special day begin with a hike to Tiger Nest Monastery ( 4-5 Hrs Hike) With Early Breakfast a hike to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of tress festooned with Spanish moss and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche, founder of Buddhism flew from Eastern Bhutan on a tigress, bringing Buddhist teachings and meditated here in this cliff. This is one of the most venerated and sacred of all Buddhist site around the world. After visiting the monastery, we will walk down to Taktsang cafeteria for lunch. The hike up to this very important pilgrim site is a great finish to this day of cultural immersion and your journey to this ancient kingdom of BHUTAN. Late Afternoon: Visit Kyichu Lhakhang: The 7th century monastery is one of the oldest and most sacred temples in the Kingdom where the seed of Buddhism was won in Bhutan. The Tibetan King, Songsten Gempo ordered the establishment of monasteries in the Himalayan region to subdue evil spirits and to spread Buddhism. Of the 108 monasteries, which were to be built, two major ones were built in Bhutan namely the Kyichu Lhakhang and the Jampa Lhakhang in Bumthang. Evening free time to scroll in and around Paro Town. Evening leisure at Hotel
Drive to Paro Airport for your onward flight, thank you for your visit and we wish you safe journey back home.
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