(Distance: 65 km. / Driving Time: 2 hrs. / Altitude of Thimphu: 2,350 mt.)
After completion of immigration formalities at the Paro Airport exit door, you will be met by your Bhutanese Guide and get transferred to Capital City of Bhutan, Thimphu. Enroute stop at Chuzom, a confluence of Thimphu (Wang Chhu) and Paro (Pa Chhu) rivers. Here you will see three Stupas, built in Bhutanese, Tibetan and Nepalese style. On arrival in Thimphu, check in at the hotel. Evening free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
(Distance: 77 km. / Driving Time: 2 hrs. / Altitude of Punakha: 1,310 mt.)
After breakfast, visit Kuensel Phodrang, the gigantic Buddha Dordenma Statue located atop a hill offering magnificent view of Thimphu Town; National Memorial Chorten, a Stupa built in 1974 to honor the third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck circumambulated by people offering prayers and Folk Heritage Museum, traditional house giving an insight to the Bhutanese lifestyle and artifacts from the rural households. Later you will be driven to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. On the way, stop at Immigration Check Point in Hongtsho Village to get the permit stamped which is to be returned in your return journey. Later halt at Dochula Pass, situated at an altitude of 3,100 mt. From here on a clear sunny day, you get a magnificent view of the Himalayas. The landmarks around the pass include 108 Druk Wangyal Stupas built under the patronage of Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. Continue your drive to Punakha / Wangdue. On arrival in Punakha check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha / Wangdue.
(Distance: 140 km. / Driving Time: 4 hrs. / Altitude of Paro: 2,280 mt.)
After breakfast, you would visit Punakha Dzong, one of the most beautiful dzongs of Bhutan located at the confluence of Mo Chhu and Po Chhu Rivers built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Chimi Lhakhang also Known as “The Temple of Fertility” built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, “Devine Mad Man”. It is a short hike of around 30 – 45 minutes. Later you would be driven to Paro. On the way, stop at Immigration Check Point in Hongtsho Village to return the permit which was stamped earlier. Enroute stop at Tamchog Lhakhang, situated between Thimphu and Paro built in the 13th century
by Thangthong Gyalpo also Known as the Iron bridge builder. On arrival in Paro, check in at the hotel. Evening free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
After breakfast, you would visit Paro Rimpung Dzong, also Known as Fortress of the heap of jewels, built during the time of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646; Ta Dzong, an ancient watch tower overlooking Rimpung Dzong built in 1951 now converted into national museum; Nemi Zam Bridge, also Known as Nya Mey Zam Bridge is a traditional covered cantilever bridge connecting the Paro town to the Dzong and Kyichu Lakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temples of Bhutan. Evening free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
After breakfast, you would be dropped at the Paro Airport for your return journey. Tashi Delek!
This 5 days 4 nights tour will enable you to feel the essence of central Bhutan as you explore some of the most beautiful cities of the country – Thimpu and Paro. Get picked up from the airport at Paro and transfer to Thimpu. Explore the magnificent forts and its ruins, visit the historic monasteries and learn its tradition. Rejuvenate yourself with the serene and green landscape of the country. End this tour after getting dropped back to the airport and head back home.
2 Hours Before Flight Time
Indian nationals do not require any visa for Bhutan. Original Passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of departure from Bhutan or original Voter ID. No other document shall be accepted by immigration. For Children, an original Birth certificate in English and student ID is required. The permit shall be issued to the guests at the time on arrival in Bhutan at the entry point. Guests are advised to always carry a photocopy of the travel documents.
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