Discover Bhutan with this amazing 7 days Bhutan tour, it offers you a cultural discovery of a lifetime, without compromising the important highlights nonetheless keeping in view your limited time availability, taking you through the magnificent Paro Valley. Thimphu, Punakha.
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Paro - Thimphu - Punakha
Paro - Thimphu
Tashi Delek! Welcome to Bhutan, the country with the happiest people in the world. Meet tour guide at Paro Airport then transfer to Thimphu – the capital town of Bhutan, en route to Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. Check in of your hotel in Thimphu then you are free to explore. Overnight in Thimphu
After a leisurely breakfast, we will visit handmade paper mill, School of Arts and Crafts (closed on Sundays). Students learn 13 different main stream arts in Bhutan and polish their skills in this school. Then head to National Library and Simply Bhutan Museum. After that, we will drive pass by memorial chorten built memory of the 3rd King to the oldest temple in the valley – Changangkha Lhakhang. Our tour today will be concluded at Zilukha Nunnery. Overnight in Thimphu
Thimphu - Punakha
Today’s drive passes through Dochu La pass (3100mts) making the most beautiful pass in Bhutan. 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens, built over the pass by queen mother in 2003 marks the pass more important than another passes. After a photo break, we will continue our drive to warm valley of Punakha. Check into hotel on arrival, we will visit the most beautiful Punakha Dzong, which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. Later in the day excursion to Chimi Lhakhang (from hotel it is about 15 minutes drive till motor-able road and then walk starts through paddy fields and villages. This is total about 1.5 hour walk, including both way). The Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the center of the valley, also known as the temple of fertility. A walk through the village near the temple will give you rare glimpses into the daily life and lifestyle of the villagers. Overnight in Punakha
After breakfast hike up through fields of chilies, cabbages and rice along the banks of the Mo Chhu to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten (approx. 2 hours round trip walk), a stunning monument recently built by the Queens and consecrated in 1999. Afternoon visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang nunnery: Perched on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang, gleams the magnificent structures of Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang(Temple). The temple houses a 14-foot main bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara (Chenrigzig chagtong chentong). Other statues include those of Guru Padmasambawa, Gautama Buddha, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, Tsela Namsum, the 21 Taras and Tsepamay (Buddha of longevity). The Avalokiteshvara statue, one of the biggest in the country, was the handiwork of entirely local Bhutanese artisans. Overnight in Punakha
Punakha - Paro
After breakfast drive back to Paro (approximately 4 hours, 125km) descending back down from Dochu La, follow the way back up the dramatic Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu river valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley. En route visit Simtokha Dzong, the place of profound tantric teaching, this dzong now houses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language. Later in the day after checking into hotel, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings Overnight in Paro
After breakfast, we will visit Taktshang Monastery by walk for approximately 2 hours; comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended (for those who cannot hike we will arrange a horse for transfer up to cafeteria). This monastery is one of the most famous Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900 m above the Paro Valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is also called “Tiger’s Nest”. Afternoon drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought against Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snow dome of sacred Chomolhari, “Mountain of goddess” can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong. On the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Overnight in Paro
Board on vehicle and drive to airport of Paro, from where, you will catch your flight onward to your next destination. Our tour of 7 days Amazing Bhutan Tour is finished now. The whole team of Bravo Asia Tours looks forward to serving you again in your next trip to Asia.