Duration: 5 Days
Highest access: 3,150m
Group Size: Min 2 to Max 14
Best season: Spring, Autumn
Culture: Cultural Spiritual Experience
Transportation: Private vehicle
(HMT) offer you, this is basically a cultural and sightseeing taking you through district of Paro/ Thimphu, Which is capital of Bhutan. Wangdi & Punakha, Some of the attractions of this cultural trip is the drive through winding roads and high passes. On the way to Punakha, you will stop for a short while at Dochula Pass, (Alt. 3,050m) if the weather permits, you will have spectacular view of the massive eastern Himalayan ranges. Punakha is the old capital of Bhutan and is the summer resides of the ‘Je Khenpo’ the Chief Abbot. During this trip, you will be visiting, Dzongs (Fortress), National Museum, National Library, Painting School, Folk Heritage Museum, and Handicraft Emporium and also see the various colors of natural vegetation.
|Day 01||Arrival at -Paro (2,280m)|
The flight over the Himalayas is one of the most spectacular experiences one will ever experience. You will fly past Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and the entire Himalayan range visible on the left side. On arrival at Paro International Airport, after completing immigration and custom formalities, you will be received by your tour guide from Tour Bhutan and escorted to hotel. After lunch/Brief Refreshment, visit National Museum located on a promontory overlooking the valley. The building was originally built as a watchtower for the Dzong. It now houses a fine collection of national costumes and fabrics, an extensive gallery of thangkas, impressive stamp gallery and the other galleries showcasing armor and silverware. Visit the Ringpung Dzong which houses the office of the district governor and district monastic body. Walk down the stone path and through the traditional wooden bridge, which is one of the fine specimens of Bhutanese architecture. Overnight at Hotel on Bed & breakfast Plan.
|Day 02||Paro – Thimphu (2,350m) 55 km & 1hour 15 min drive.|
After breakfast, drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Sight seeing before lunch includes visit to the National Memorial Chorten, built in memory of the late King. Drive up to Sangyegang viewpoint, provides you with an opportunity to enjoy and take photograph of Thimphu city. On the way back, stop at mini zoo to see the Takin (Bhutan’s National Animal). After lunch, visit National Library, it has a vast collection of ancient manuscripts and religion art facts. National Painting School, where students are taught painting, calligraphy, embroidery, wood carving, sculpture etc ……. Folk Heritage museum is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibits demonstration, educational programmers’ and documentation of rural life and drive back to the hotel. IN the late afternoon after office hours, visit the Tashicho Dzong. The Dzong houses both the office of His Majesty, the King and the summer residence His Holiness the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot).
|Day 03||Thimphu – Day excursion Punakha & Wangdi (1,350m) 164 KM & 6 hrs drive.|
After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass (3,150 m). While at Dochula, one can witness hundreds of fluttering prayer flags surrounding 108 Chortens (Temple) and breath taking views of Bhutan’s mountains (if weather permits) are visual reminders of this sacred junction. Then continue your journey, descending down through magnolia and rhododendron forests on to the tropical valley of Punakha. Visit Punakha Dzong, the former capital of Bhutan, now serves as the district administrative center and also the winter residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot). Punakha Dzong was built in 1637 and is beautifully located in between the two rivers called Pho (male) and Mo (female) chhu (river). The first historical National Assembly was also held in this Dzong in 1953. After lunch drive back to Thimphu en-route a short visit to Wangdi Phodrang Dzong. A brief stop at Dochula cafeteria for afternoon refreshment and then continue your journey to Thimphu. On Bed & breakfast Plan.
|Day 04||Thimphu – Paro 55 km & 1hour 15 min drive.In the morning, visit Traditional paper factory, to see paper process in which the bark of two Himalayan shrubs; Daphne and edgeworthia undergoes a multi-stepped process to produce paper of excellent quality. Bhutan Postal Office, to see the famous stamps of Bhutan and the Government Handicrafts emporium, to see the Bhutanese hand-woven textiles and other crafts. After lunch, drive to Paro to visit Drugyal Dzong, which is 16 Kms away from the town. The Dzong though in ruins played a very important role in defending the valley from Tibetan Invasion. The word Drugyal means “Victories Bhutanese” and it was built to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan forces. On the way back, visit the 7th century Kyichu temple, built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gambo. IN the evening explore the Paro village town. on Bed & breakfast Plan.|
|Day 05||Paro – Airport:|
Early breakfast and drive to the airport for your onward Destination .
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