Day 1: Arrive Paro. The flight into Bhutan takes you over the great Himalayas, offering the scintillating scenery of the world's highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will see the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley, the Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watch tower). On arrival, received by our representative and transfer to Thimphu (55 km, 2 hours), the modern capital town of Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 2: Thimphu Sightseeing
Morning visit the memorial temple that depicts the Buddhist teachings in form of paintings and statues. Originally the Third King who is known as the “Father of Modern Bhutan” initiated this temple. He knew that lots of negative elements would come with modernity so as a protection against such elements this temple was planned. His son the present King and the Queen Mother completed the temple after the demise of the Third King. So it is commonly known as the memorial temple. The Folk heritage museum, which contains the medieval life style of the Bhutanese. Then to the national library which contains the collections of literature and scriptures. There is a book that is 1400 years old written in liquid gold on Bhutanese hand made paper. We then proceed to the textile museum to see old collections of textile. The temple of the nuns, Changgangkha temple of the 12 th century and then take a drive to the viewpoint of Thimphu. On the way we take a look at the national animal-Takin research center. If you have time take a visit to the Tashicho Dzong which is the center of both spiritual and temporal powers. Then independent tour of the town visiting handicraft stores on foot will be relishing. Overnight Hotel in Thimphu.
Day 3: Thimphu - Trongsa (200 Km, 6 Hours)
After breakfast drive to Trongsa on the way, stop at Dochula Pass (Alt. 3050m. Distance 26 Kms.) For tea/coffee and to enjoy spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayan ranges if the weather permits, you can see a range of high Himalayan peaks towards the northeast. Further drive onwards-arriving Wangduephodrang town for lunch. The descent from Dochula into Wangduephodrang valley is quite long as the altitude difference is 1700 meters. Proceed to Tongsa across Pelela pass (3,300 m), the traditional boundary between east and west. A large prayer flag marks the pass and the ground is covered with high altitude dwarf bamboo. Stop en-route at Chendbji Chorten, which was built in 18th century by a Lama named Shida, it is Nepalese in style with eyes painted at four cardinal points. Arrive Trongsa and check into the lodge.
Day 4: Trongsa – Bumthang (68 Km, 2 1/2 Hours)
After breakfast visit Trongsa Dzong, which is one of the most impressive Dzong’s in Bhutan. Built in 17th century by Shabdrung, this is a masterpiece in architecture and includes countless courtyards and corridors in additions to the 23 temples inside. Then drive to Bumthang, which is about 3 hours. 29 km from Trongsa road reaches the Yutong La pass (3,400m). Further 13 km ahead, the road enters into a wide-open cultivated valley known as Chumey valley. On arrival in Bumthang, check into the lodge. After lunch, visit to Kurje Lhakhang where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock, the Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple), Tamshing Monastery (one of the oldest monastic school), the Jakar Dzong (administrative centre of the region) and Swiss Farm House. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
Day 5: Bumthang - Wangdiphodrang (197 Km, 6 Hours). After breakfast explore fascinating valley of Bumthang. Then proceed to Trongsa where lunch would be served in local restaurant, famous for its traditional cuisine. Upon arrival if time permit visit Wangduephodrang Dzong and town enroute. Evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Wangdiphodrang.
Day 6: Punakha - Paro (125 Km, 4.1/2 Hours). After drive to Punakha and visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body. The first King, Ugyen Wangchuck was crowned here in 1907. The fortress has withstood several damages from fire, earthquake and flood. The latest flood of Oct' 1994 caused great damages to the fortress. After lunch, proceed to Paro enroute visit traditional Bhutanese farmhouse, which offers good insight into lifestyle of local people and their culture. On arrival in Paro, check into the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 7: Paro. Today's full day sightseeing in Paro valley includes, visit to Ta Dzong, the National Museum that in the past served as watch tower for the Paro Dzong, the Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. After lunch drive to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1647 by the Zhabdrung to commemorate Bhutanese victory over the Tibetans in war of 1644. Also enroute visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 8: Departure. After breakfast drive to the airport for flight to onward destination. Representative of our company will bid you farewell.
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