Journey to Druk Yul (6 days)
Day 1: Arrive Paro by Druk Air – Thimphu
Druk Air flight to Paro offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by our representative and then transfer to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Evening stroll around Thimphu town. Dinner and overnight stay at Thimphu Hotel.
Day 2: Thimphu
This is your day to discover Thimphu. After breakfast visit Trashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Then visit National Library which hold a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts.
After that visit Painting School, famous for traditional thangkha paintings. Here you will see, students at work producing intricate design on cloth and also visit the Traditional Medicine Institute is worthwhile where centuries old healing arts still practiced. Later visit, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.
After lunch, visit the Handicrafts Emporium and local shops for souvenirs ranging from Bhutan’s fine traditional arts, textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and woodcarvings, jewelers to other interesting items made from local materials. Then drive to Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s Third King who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha – Wangduephodrang, 90 Km, 3 Hours
After breakfast drive to Punakha with a short stop at Dochula pass (3,050 m) that heralds the most enchanting views of Bhutan.
Later visit to Punakha Dzong, the 17th century fortress that is the seat of the district administration and the winter residence of the monk body, followed by a stroll of the local market. Then visit, Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, the newly built stupa.
After that drive to Wangduephodrang to visit ruins Dzong which was burned down in 2012 and local market. Overnight at the hotel in Wangduephodrang.
Day 4: Wangduephodrang – Paro, 125 Km, 4.1/2 Hours
After breakfast drive to Paro enroute visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, before it houses the School for religious studies.
In the afternoon visit Paro Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom. Originally built as watch tower, the museum houses a fascinating collection of art, artifacts, thangkha paintings and Bhutan ‘s exquisite postage stamps. Then walk down the trail to Rinpung Dzong, the seat of administration and the monk body. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 5: Paro
Begin this day with a short drive to the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. From this fort Bhutanese repelled several invasion by Tibetan armies. Nearby visit traditional Bhutanese Farm House which offers good insight into lifestyle of local people.
Then take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, the spot where Guru Rinpoche arrived on the back of a tigress and meditated. The temple is perched on a sheer rock face. The excursion to monastery’s view point takes about 5 hours for round trip. While return to Paro town visit enroute Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 6: Paro Depart
After breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination. Our representative will bid you farewell.
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