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06 Nights/07 Days

Paro – Thimphu – Punakha – Tiger Nest – Dochula Pass

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Highlights

Tashichho Dzong | Dochula Pass | Chimel Lhakang | Yulley Namgual Chorten | Folk Heritage Museum | Changangkha Lhakhang Temple | Jowo Temple of Kyichu | Taktsang Monastery

Itinerary

Day 1ARRIVAL - PARO – THIMPHU

After arriving & visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will be welcomed by our tour representative who will be your tour guide during your entire trip in Bhutan. Check into your hotel in Thimphu. Free until lunch time for some rest from early morning flight, refreshment and lunch. Afternoon, you will have a choice to visit.The Tashichho Dzong is a Buddhist monastery cum fortress at the northern edge of Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan.  The original Thimphu Dzong (the Dho-Ngyen Dzong) is said to have been constructed in 1216 by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa. The National Memorial was built by Bhutan’s third king, H.M. Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who is also known as the “father of modern Bhutan.” The National Memorial Chorten was gifted to the nation on 28 July, 1974.            Overnight in a hotel in Thimphu

Day 2THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA

Post early breakfast, you will drive towards Punakha via Dochula Pass. We will stop over for tea at Dochula (3,100 m), where on a sunny day; you can get stunning views of the Himalayan ranges.The Chimi Lhakang or the Chimel Lhakang is a Bhuddhist monastery located in the Punakha District of Bhutan. The monastery stands on a small hill close to the village of Lobesa and was constructed in 1499 by Ngawang Choegyel, the 14th Drukpa heirarch. Overnight in a hotel in Punakha

Day 3 PUNAKHA

Post early breakfast, we will go for a hike towards Khamsum Yuley Namgyel Chhorten. The Yulley Namgual Chorten, lies approximate 7 kilometer north of Punakha. The Chorten is situated along a hill up the valley and can be reached after a leisurely hike through the woods and rice paddies

The Punakha Dzong or the Pungtang Dechen Phortang Dzong is located at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and the Po Chhu River, combine to form the Puna Tsang Chu which in turn is a tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra River. The Dzong was constructed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal Wangchuck in 1638. Later in the evening you will visit local market. Overnight in a hotel in Punakha

Day 4PUNAKHA TO THIMPHU

Today after breakfast, we will drive to Thimphu and visit: The Folk Heritage Museum was open to the general public in 2001 upon completion. It treasures troves of culture and rich Bhutanese heritage provide rich insights into the Bhutanese ethos.The second important Museum that also opened its doors in 2001 is the National Textile Museum of Bhutan. During a trip to this museum you will get an up close and personal experience of the living national art of weaving. The Changangkha Lhakhang temple is a early medieval Buddhist temple in the capital city Thimphu. The temple is situated on a ridge overlooking the city, near Mohitang on the outskirts of Thimphu. The temple is the oldest temple in Thimphu and was constructed by Lama Phajo Drukgom Zhigpo in the 12 century AD.

Day 5THIMPHU TO PARO

After early morning breakfast, we will be driven towards Paro and visit, The Paro Dzong is probably Bhutan’s best known and most iconic Dzong.. The Rinpung Dzong’s names translate to the “Fortress on a heap of Jewels “. The fortress was constructed in 1644 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal on the foundations of an ancient monastery. The National Museum of Bhutan is housed inside the six storied circular Ta Dzong. The Ta Dzong is a medieval watch tower situated above the Rimpung Dzong. The Ta Dzong was constructed in 1656. In evening we will visit local market of Paro an overnight in a hotel in Paro

Day 6PARO (DAY EXCURSION)

After early morning breakfast, we will take you for a morning hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Hanging precariously and magically from a rather steep cliff, the Taktshang monastery is a monument of genuine pride for the Bhutanese nation. It defies architectural principles to the core and amazes tourists from around the world. It is a sight to behold. Later after the hike, we will visit; The Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan The temple was built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th Century AD. The National Handcrafts Emporium is a state run Handicrafts showroom in 4 different cities of Bhutan. The emporium is run by the National Woman’s Association of Bhutan as a Non-Government Organization that is run under the royal supervision of Her Royal Highness Azhi Sonam Choden Wangchuk. Overnight in a hotel in Paro

Day 7PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO ONWARDS

In the morning after early breakfast we will see you off at the Paro Airport for your onward destinations.

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