BHUTAN LAND OF THE DRAGON TOUR
(minimum 4 people) 6Days/5Nights
Tour cost – Standard Hotels – US$1450.00 per person (Twin Sharing)
First Class Hotels – US$1990.00 per person (Twin Sharing)
DAY 01 – Arrival Paro, Bhutan
Arrive from to Paro Airport and drive to Thimphu 1 Hours 65 km (B, L, D) During the journey to Paro, one will experience breath taking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Chomolhari and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by Airbound’s local representative and drive to Paro town for lunch. After lunch, drive to Thimphu Capital City of Bhutan. Overnight at hotel Thimphu.
Day 02 – Thimphu Valley Sightseeing-Punakha 3hours-77 kms (B, L, D)
After breakfast Thimphu valley sightseeing visit Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Visit National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit Zilukha Nunnery is housed in Drubthob Goemba (monastery). There are about 70 nuns who live and pray every day in the monastery. There are good views of Tashicho Dzong, Golf course and upper Thimphu. Visit Mini Zoo to see the Takin (Budorcas taxi color) has been chosen as the national animal of Bhutan is based both on its uniqueness and its association with country’s history and mythology. It is said that Devine Madman, a popular saint is said to have created it with his magical power at a large congregation of devotees. It resembles a cow from back, a goat in the front, and it continues to befuddle taxonomists, who cannot quite relate to other animal. Visit Paper Factory Traditional papers were made from the daphne plant, using simple methods. Like rice papers, these papers are said to last longer. Visit Buddha Point. Continue to drive to Punakha. Overnight at Punakha.
Day 03 – Punakha Valley Sightseeing –Thimphu 03 hours -77Kms (B, L, D)
After breakfast visit one of the most impressive Punakha Dzong or Pungthang Dechen Phodrang “Palace of Great Happiness” is located on the confluence of two rivers (Phochu and Mochu). It was built in 1637 by Shubdrung Nawang Namgyal and following the ancient traditions, it serves as winter residence for chief abbot (Je-khenpo) and the monks of Central Monastic Body, who returns to Thimphu in the summer. The building was damaged and rebuilt several times, due to flooding, fire and earth quake. It is one exemplary masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Visit Chimi lhakhang, the divine mad monk’s temple. It is a beautiful walk through a lovely village. The temple can be visited and there is a tree outside which is supposed to have sprouted up after Drukpa kunley sent a thunderbolt from an adjoining valley to kill some evil spirits who had gathered at the site. After that drive back to Thimphu.Overnight at Thimphu.
Day 04 – Thimphu-Paro 01 Hour 65 Kms (B, L, D)
After breakfast drive to Paro, check in hotel after that visit visits Paro Rinpung Dzong: Rinpung Dzong. Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal , the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. Visit Ta Dzong: On a ridge immediately above Rinpung Dzong is Ta Dzong, built as a watchtower to protect Rinpung Dzong. (“Ta” means “to see” in Dzongkha, so the watchtower of a dzong is always called a “Ta dzong”). On account of their function, watchtowers are always round in shape. In 1968 Paro’s Ta Dzong was inaugurated as the National Museum, and now holds a fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings, Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps, coins and handicrafts, together with a small natural history collection. Visit Kyichu Lhakhang: This temple wasbuilt in early 7th century; this temple is one of the oldest in Bhutan built by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gempo. Overnight at Paro.
Day 05 – Excursion to Taktsang Monastery (B, L, D)
After breakfast hike to Taksang Monastery, This most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries is perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley, It is said the Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigree, and meditated at this place, hence the monastery is also called “Tiger’s Nest” This site, which has long been recognized as a most sacred place, was visited by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1646, It is place of pilgrimage which Bhutanese try to visit at least once in a lifetime.the excursion up to the monastery takes about 5 hours round trip. Overnight at Paro.
Day 06 – Departure
After breakfast drive to Paro international airport for departure.
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