- Day 1: Arrival, Exploration of Paro valley & transfer to Thimphu, overnight in Thimphu Day 2: Thimphu valley exploration, overnight in Thimphu Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha & Wangdue, over night in Punakha Day 4: Punakha – Thimphu – Paro, over night in Paro Day5: Paro, Visit to Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s nest), over night in Paro Day 6: Departure to Airport
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Bhutan Sangay Tours & Treks
Day 1: Arrival, Exploration of Paro valley & transfer to Thimphu, overnight in Thimphu Day 2: Thimphu valley exploration, overnight in Thimphu Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha & Wangdue, over night in Punakha Day 4: Punakha – Thimphu – Paro, over night in Paro Day5: Paro, Visit to Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s nest), over night in Paro Day 6: Departure to Airport
Day 1: Arrival
The 3 hour flight from Bangkok to Paro is one of the most spectacular. The route traverses through the world’s tallest peaks including Mt Everest (8,848m), Mt Kanchenjunga (8,586m) and Lhotse (8516m). You will be received at the airport by a Representative of your agent in Bhutan in a traditional Bhutanese way.
We will drive through the breathtaking Paro valley for some sightseeing before we head towards Thimphu in the late afternoon.
Day 2: Thimphu valley exploration
Bhutan’s one and only museum houses the ancient treasures of the kingdom. These artifacts represent Bhutanese culture and values, and are the source of the Bhutanese identity. Nothing introduces Bhutan better to the outsiders than a visit to this museum.
Paro or Rinpung Dzong is a huge fortress in Bhutan. It is the venue of the annual Paro festival which attracts the highest number of tourist during the season. The fortress houses the Monastic Body and administrative offices of Paro District. Some scenes of the film “Little Buddha” by Hollywood Director Bernardo Bertolucci were shot in this fortress.
We head to Thimphu in the latter part of the afternoon, arriving in time for a delicious traditional Bhutanese meal, and after-dinner shopping in the center of town.
Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha & Wangdue
This morning you will head to the north end of the valley to view Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the seat of Bhutan’s government and Royal offices, and visit the following , the Buddha statue which is known to be the tallest & largest Buddha statue in the world, the folk heritage where you will see how Bhutanese ancient life was , the textile museum ,the Takin Zoo , and the post office where you will have an opportunity to have a postal stamps with your picture on it ,you can send postcards to your family & friends with greetings from Bhutan.
After having finished the day’s activities , should you wish to stretch your legs; a short hike will take you to Sangaygang from where you can have a beautiful view of Thimphu town, Back in town you should be able to visit a few of the capital’s craft shops for shopping if you wish.
Day 4: Punakha – Thimphu – Paro
We head back to Paro today. The 4 hour drive will take us through Wangiduephodrang district where a majestic fortress stood just 3 years ago.
We will scour the place en route and gradually climb up to Dochula pass via paddy fields, quaint farm houses, subtropical forests – the habitat of the White-Bellied Heron( world’s most endangered bird), Rhododendron forests(Bhutan has 48 species), and then beautiful alpine flowers .
We will be passing through the capital city for the final time before descending to the expansive Paro valley, considered to be Bhutan’s spiritual heartland.
After lunch in Paro town, we have last minute shopping if interested.
On the way to hotel, we will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, an ancient Himalayan Buddhist monastery, built in the 7th century by Tibetan Emperor Songtshen Gyampo to spread the teachings of Buddha. It is believed that many spiritual treasures were hidden at the site of the temple and later revealed Great Buddhist Teachers.
Day5: Paro, Visit to Taktshang Monastery
Our day begins pretty early as we head towards Punakha, a place once famed as the ancient capital of Bhutan and, even today, houses the national treasures of the kingdom.
On the way, we will be seeing Semtokha Dzong (Palace-fortress) which was built in 1627 and is the oldest in Bhutan. Thereafter, our next stopover will be at Dochula where 108 nos. of stupas are built by Queen mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, a pass that is located at an altitude of 3,100m is perhaps the only spot where one can see the Eastern Himalayas in a spectacular 360 degrees. It is here that a grand new festival has been introduced besides which the place is known for a plethora or flora and fauna.
Our next stopover will be at the Temple of Fertility, located at amid rice fields at the bank of Punatshangchhu River. This ancient temple was built to honor “Divine Mad Man” – Drukpa Kuenley – whose crazy teachings bordered on the burlesque including phallic worship. Today, the temple is much sought after by barren couples all over the world for its power to grant fertility.
This is a great spot to enjoy an outdoor picnic lunch in the midst of nature.
Our most climatic part of the day, however, is the visit to Punakha Dzong – the grand ancient capital – which is considered the most beautiful architectural specimen from Bhutan. The awe-inspiring complex which appears like a gigantic ship in the midst of an ocean, flanked as it is by two rivers on either sides, it is the home of Bhutan’s spirituality. It is here that Bhutan’s kings are crowned and the head of Buddhist clergy anointed.
Wangdue Phodrang Dzong overlooks the convergence of the Dangchhu and Punatsangchhu.
When Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel was in Chimi Lhakhang at Punakha, an old cripple approached him and told him that if he built a dzong in Wangdue Phodrang on a ridge that resembled a sleeping elephant, he would unite the country. Zhabdrung concluded that the old man was Yeshey Goenpo (Mahakala) and sent a noble to study the location. The noble reported that he saw four ravens circling the ridge, which flew away in four different directions when he approached. Taking this to be a good omen, Zhabdrung constructed the dzong in 1638.
Day 6: Departure to Airport
The return flight can be at 11.00, or at 14.00 or 16.00. We will set this before your arrival to Bhutan, and we will fine-tune your agenda accordingly – for your greatest pleasure.
Thank you for visiting Bhutan, the “Land of the Thunder Dragon”.
Departure! Tashi Delek! Sayonara!! Good Bye!!! Ciao!!! Lah Gawn!!!
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