Going West in Bhutan

  • Destination: Paro, Phuentsholing, Punakha, Thimphu, Wangdiphodrang
  • Duration: 7 days

A perfect tour which includes the flavours of cultural and mystical Bhutan along with a short trek. Visit lhakhangs, get close to nature and enjoy the Bhutanese way of living in this trip.

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7 Days / 6 Nights Tour

(Covering:- Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdiphodrang & Phuentsholing)

Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong,  known as Punthang Dewa Chenpoi Phodrang (Palace of Great Bliss) houses the sacred Machen Lhakhang, the sanctum where the relic of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal is preserved. It is from this temple that the Kings of Bhutan receive their blessings and ceremonial scarves for their coronations. The fortress was built in 1636/37 by Bhutan’s founder Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal according to his own designs. The Dzong served as the ancient capital of Bhutan for centuries before it was shifted to Thimphu in the 1950s.

Day 01 – Arrive Paro

Reserve a flight on Druk Air , Bhutan ’s national airline, from Bangkok , Kolkata, New Delhi or Kathmandu bound for Paro. The flight to Paro offers fascinating views of the eastern Himalayan range, including Mt.Everest . On arrival you will be received by your guide and escorted to your hotel in Paro

In the evening visit Paro town, stroll through its quaint two streets and browse through the shops.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.

Dungtse Lhakhang

Dungtse Lhakhang

Day 02 – Paro sightseeing - Thimphu (60 Km, 2 Hours)

After breakfast, visit to Ta Dzong, originally the Watch Tower for the Rinpung Dzong. It was later converted into the National Museum of the Kingdom and boasts a wide range of antique thangka paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and natural and historic artifacts.

Walk down the trail to Rinpung Dzong or the ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’ which is the seat of the district administration and the residence of the monastic school. The dzong is famous for its wall murals depicting Buddhist parables, symbols and the lives of prominent saints.

After lunch, drive to Drukgyel Dzong, the fort of the victorious Drukpas. Although gutted by a fire, this fort is renowned as the stand from which several Tibetan invasions were repulsed.  To the north can be seen in all its majesty, the dome of sacred Mt. Chomolhari or the abode of the “mountain of goddess.”

En route, see one of the oldest landmarks in Bhutan, the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang which is one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gembo. It is revered as one of the most holy shrines in Bhutan and embodies the arrival of Buddhism here.

The Taktshang, or “Tiger’s Nest Monastery,” clings precariously to a cliff of 3,000 ft above Paro valley. Legend has it that in the eighth century Guru Padmasambhava flew to the cliff on the back of a tigress and meditated there for three months. Centuries later, in 1684, the 4th temporal ruler of Bhutan, Gyalsey Tenzin Rabgye, built a monastery on the site and gave it the name Taktshang, as a reminder of its origins in the Padmasambhava legends.

The Taktshang, or “Tiger’s Nest Monastery,” clings precariously to a cliff of 3,000 ft above Paro valley. Legend has it that in the eighth century Guru Padmasambhava flew to the cliff on the back of a tigress and meditated there for three months. Centuries later, in 1684, the 4th temporal ruler of Bhutan, Gyalsey Tenzin Rabgye, built a monastery on the site and gave it the name Taktshang, as a reminder of its origins in the Padmasambhava legends.

Day- 03 EXCURSIONS TO TAKTSHANG – Thimphu (65Km. 1.30hrs)

After an early breakfast,  drive to the foot of the Taktshang cliff before walking uphill for 2 hours to reach this monastery, giddily perched on a sheer 800m rock face.  Taktshang means ‘Tiger’s Nest’ and legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava flew to this spot on the back of a tigress in the eight century. He meditated here making this temple a sacred pilgrimage destination for Buddhists. Lunch at Taktshang Cafeteria. The trip to and fro takes four hours for which riding ponies can be arranged.

After an evening tea, drive to Thimphu along a winding road for about 2 hrs.

Ovenight at HOTEL in Thimphu

Day-04 Thimphu Sightseeing

In the morning, visit the Memorial Chorten, a stupa conceptualized by the Third King to ward off negative influences. It was later built in his memory by the present King and the Queen Mother. Other important places include the Folk Heritage Museum for an insight into the medieval lifestyle of the Bhutanese; the National Library which contains collections of literature and scriptures; the Textile Museum for ancient Bhutanese textile collections; a Nunnery, the 12th century Changgangkha temple; and a drive to the viewpoint of Thimphu and national animal-Takin research center. If time permits, visit Tashicho Dzong, the center of government and the monastic order. Independent tour of the town.

Overnight Hotel in Thimphu .

Day – 05 Thimphu – Punakha sightseeing (77Km. 3hrs)

After breakfast drive to Punakha and Wangdiphodrang. On the way, stop at Do Chula Pass (Alt. 3050m.) for tea/coffee and enjoy spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayan range. Lunch at Hotel.

After lunch visit Chimi lhakhang, a temple built by Lam Drukpa Kuenley, the Divine Madman and renowned for blessing barren women with fertility.

Visit Punakha Dzong, located between two rivers known as Phochu and Mochu

Night at Hotel in Punakha.

 

Day – 06 Excursions to Khamsum Yueley Namgyel Chorten –Thimphu (77Km. 3hrs)

After breakfast drive north for a short excursion to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten. This temple stands majestically on a strategic ridge above Punakha valley. Prophesied in the scriptures by Thragthung Dudjom Lingpa, the temple was built by the Queens. It is intended to ward off negative forces, promote peace, stability and harmony in a changing world. The unique architectural design has been drawn from the scriptures. After lunch drive to Thimphu.

Night at Hotel in Thimphu .

Day – 07 Thimphu – Phuentsholing (179km. 6hrs)

After breakfast drive to Phuentsholing at the Indo-Bhutan boarder (180Km). The drive between Thimphu to Phuentsholing is beautiful with varying forests, waterfalls and quaint hamlets. Lunch at Phuentsholing. After lunch Our Representative will bid you farewell. TASHI DELEK

P.S. For visitors wishing to enter over land and exit by Druk Air, the program can be reversed

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