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October 10, 2015

Glimpse of Bhutan

Written By Admin

Day1:ArriveParo.
The getaway to Paro cross the Himalayan Mountains, affording magnificent views of the amazing peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. Upon entrance to Paro, you will be welcomed and greeted by your guide from Bhutan Jurmii Travels (Bhutan Tour Operators and Bhutan Travel Agents) and will drop you to hotel, where you can take some time to relax and freshen up. Around afternoon, you may visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong. Explore the Rinpung Dzong which the locals call the ‘fortress of a heap of jewels’. Built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the dzong stands on a hill above Paro Township. It is linked by the traditional cantilever bridge (called the Nemi Zam) over the Pa chu where one may pose a photograph. Experience a walk up a tiled stone path running alongside the imposing outer walls. Once inside the Dzong, you will be welcomed by the monks, architecture and the ancient frescoes. You can then tour the National Museum, formerly the watchtower for the Dzong. It is now houses a collection of fine arts, paintings, thangkas, statues, and antiques. Afterward you will then visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. In the evening you can leisurely walk through the Paro market and town. Overnight in Paro.

Day2:DrivetoThimphu.
After the breakfast a drive to Thimphu through the winding road all the way down following the Paro river and reaches to the confluence (Chu- Zom) it means the meeting of two rivers Pa- Chu from Paro & Wang-chu from Thimphu. At the confluence, you will see the three diverse kinds of Chortens; Tibetan, Bhutanese and Nepalese style and visit the King’s Memorial Chorten (built in the memory of our late third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changangkha Monastery, the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), and the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan: the Takin. From there you will visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (where ancient manuscripts are preserved), and the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school). After a relaxing lunch, you will visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, a traditional paper factory, the magnificent Tashichodzong.

Day3:Continuesightseeing. 
After breakfast continue sightseeing, visit to Textile and Folk Heritage Museum: These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life. Handicrafts Emporium: This government-run enterprise displays a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles, arts and other craft products.
Bhutan Posts: Bhutan is much known for its colorful stamps on varying themes, the display gallery offers a good opportunity to pick up postcards and stamps. Depending on the factor of time and interest visit the adjoining Bhutan National Bank to observe the banking system. Visit Simtokha Dzong (the oldest fortress in the kingdom).  After lunch, visit Wangditse Goemba, which was founded in the 18th century by the eight desi. The hike will start from the BBS tower till Dechenphodrang and through the pine forest. On this trail you can also see and enjoy the view of Thimphu city. The hike will take around 1hour 30minutes. After the hike, visit Bhutan Postal Office, to see the famous stamps of Bhutan and Handicraftsemporium to see the Bhutanese hand-woven textiles and other crafts. In the evening, explore Thimphu city before dinner.OvernightinThimphu.

Day4:Drive to Punakha.
After early breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass, where one can witness hundreds of fluttering prayer flags surrounding 108 Bhutanese Stupas. If the weather permits one can see all Himalays Ranges with all snow covered. Further drive to Punakha through magnolia and rhododendron forests on to the tropical valley of Punakha. After lunch, drive 30 min to the north of Punakha Dzong to visit Khamsung Yuelley Namgyal temple. From the road point, it takes about 45 min hike up through the village to the temple. On your way back, visit Punakha Dzong, the former capital of Bhutan, now serving as the district administrative center and also the winter residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot). The Dzong is situated between the two rivers and it is one of the biggest rivers in Bhutan. The Dzong was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here in 1952. Also explore Punakha village town on the way to hotel.

Dinner and over night in Hotel at Punakha.

Day5:Punakha-Paro.
After breakfast, drive to Wangdue. En-route, visit Chhimi Lhakhang, which is located on the hilltop. This was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in 15th century. (This monk is popularly known as the Devine madman for his philosophy, “Salvation through sex”). He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “The Temple of Fertility”.  Sterile women from far and wide come to this Temple to get blessed. The hike will take you through village and the rice field about 30minutes from the main road. Stop at Dochula cafeteria for lunch and drive to Paro.

Day6:Hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tiger Nest).

After breakfast hike to Taktsang monastery often called the Tiger’s Nest, perched on the cliffs, and has fascinated many a visitor. “Trip to Bhutan is never complete without climbing to Taktsang”, says one tourist. Indeed it’s true as the journey there fills you with spiritual bliss. For those not choosing the spiritual side it is the dramatic, artistically built monument that becomes a hiker’s delight. Take a trip to this dramatically set Buddhist relic hanging from a cliff. Experience the uphill climb as you ascend more than two thousand feet from the valley floor. The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest. You stop at the cafeteria for a rest and refreshments and continue the hike for short while until you see, clearly and seemingly within reach, the remains of Taktsang monastery. The history states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger.
Day7:DEPARTURE.
Transfer to Paro Airport. Check in two hours prior to flight departure to ensure the best seats on board fly back to Bangkok,Delhi,Nepal,Kolkota,Dhaka

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