After breakfast complete the immigration formalities and transfer to Thimphu (7,710 ft.) the capital city of Bhutan. On arrival check in at the hotel. In the evening, visit the Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion). Overnight stay at Thimphu.
After breakfast visit Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Statue) a place for refreshing with a huge statue of Buddha on the top of the Kuensel Phodrang, National Memorial Chorten (Monument) & Folk Heritage Museum. Afternoon visit Sangaygang View Point, Changangkha Monastery, Taking Preserve Centre, The talking national animal of Bhutan can be seen here Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion). Overnight stay at Thimphu.
Distance: 77 km. / Driving Time: 3 hrs. / Altitude of Punakha: 1310 mt.) After breakfast drive to Punakha / Wangdue, On the way Stop at DochuLaPass (3150 mt.). to view the higher Himalayas. Arrival at Punakha checks in at hotel. Afternoon visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). Punakha is still the winter residence of JeKhenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck convened the first National Assembly here in 1952. After that take a short excursion trip to visit the Chhimi Lhakhang The Temple, also known as “The Temple of Fertility” was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, “The Devine Mad Man”. Evening free for leisure. Overnight stay will be at Punakha / Wangdue.
(Distance: 140 km. / Driving Time: 5 hrs. / Altitude of Paro: 2280 mt.) After breakfast drive to Paro (7,483 ft.). On the way stop at Lamperi to visit Royal Botanical Park The park contains a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna and features a huge species of plants and animals including endangered species. On arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon visits Paro Local market by walking to enjoy your evening in leisure. Overnight stay at Paro.
After breakfast visit Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), home of gods and monks located at an altitude of 3100m in the Upper Paro Valley, Bhutan. As per legend, Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery. The hike to the Monastery takes about 5 – 6 hours to complete. As the hike to Taktsang Monastery is steep coupled with stiff stairs, it is not recommended to take the hike with small children and elderly people. On the way drive past Drukgel Dzong, a Buddhist monastery built by Tenzin Drukdra in 17th century to commemorate the victory of the Bhutanese over the invaders from Tibet it is now in ruins. At present renovation of the Dzong is under progress. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
(Distance: 40 kms. One way / Driving Time: 2 hrs., Altitude of Chele La Pass – 3,810 mts)
After breakfast, you would be taken for an excursion to Chele La Pass, the highest motorable pass in Bhutan and separates Paro Valley and the Haa Valley. The ride passes through lush valleys, pine and rhododendron forest. On a clear day, the pass provides splendid view of mountains Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. Here you will see hundreds of colourful prayer flags fluttering in the winds. From here you can also see Paro Valley on side and Haa Valley on the other. The pass is also rich in Bhutanese Flora and birdlife. It also offers some beautiful short treks. Later return back to the hotel. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.
After breakfast you would be dropped at the Paro Airport for your return journey. Tashi Delek!
As your plane beings its final descent into Paro Valley, you get your first glimpse of this Land of the Thunder Dragon: beautifully terraced, cast in shades of green, clusters of prayer flags blowing in the distance. The beautiful landscapes, scenic villages, and historic buildings of the land have creation peacefulness, some of the country’s oldest temples and monasteries are here. Since the nation’s only airstrip is also here, most trips to Bhutan begin and end in Paro. It’s an unusually enchanting place of welcome, and one you will always remember.
The valley of Paro has many interesting sites and requires a few days to be properly explored. Paro tour packages sightseeing includes ,The ruins of Drukgyel Dzone, at the end of the valley, is a magnificent place to view the towering peak of Mount Chomolhari. Also of interest is the National Museum, which is in a converted 17th century watchtower. The museum has an extensive collection of Bhutanese artifacts. Situated in a commanding viewpoint at the eastern end of the Paro valley, the Paro Dzong, also called “the fortress of the heap of jewels, is an architectural wonder.
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