- In this tour, you will arrive by air at the dramatic mountain-bound Paro valley. Western Bhutan is heartland of the Bhutanese people and is home to the major airport, the capital, the most popular festivals and the most spectacular dzongs (fort-monastery) in the kingdom. Whether it's the beginning of your trip or the only part of Bhutan that you will explore, the west is a spectacular introduction to this magical kingdom. ____________________________________________ Flight schedule: (provided by Bhutan Airlines) 29 Aug SGN - PBH 04:10 - 07:00 02 Sep PBH - SGN 17:00 - 23:20
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- In this tour, you will arrive by air at the dramatic mountain-bound Paro valley. Western Bhutan is heartland of the Bhutanese people and is home to the major airport, the capital, the most popular festivals and the most spectacular dzongs (fort-monastery) in the kingdom. Whether it's the beginning of your trip or the only part of Bhutan that you will explore, the west is a spectacular introduction to this magical kingdom.
Day 01: Arrival: HCM - PARO
Paro: It is a broad and beautiful green bowl valley surrounded by jagged Himalayan Mountains and forested hillsides, crossed by beautiful rivers and dotted with medieval fortresses. It was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 AD and has been the legislative, executive, judicial and religious centre for the people of Paro. Also the nations home of National Museum and International Airport. The flight to Paro is considered one of the most spectacular flight experiences in the world. While flying in and out of Bhutan, one can see Mt.Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makula, and other high peaks such as Jumolhari, Jichu Drakey, and Tsrim Gang. After immigration and customs formalities you will be received by the representatives from Triip.me.
After immigration and customs formalities you will be received by the representatives from Triip.me . After refreshment visit the following places:
Rinpung Dzong - Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it. It is also the venue of Paro Tshechu, held once a year in the spring.
Kyichu Lhakhang - It is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to 7th century (the other is Jambey Lhakahng in Bumthang). The lhakhang complex is composed of two temples. The first temple was built by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and in 1968, H.M. Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother of Bhutan, built the secondtemple in original pattern.
National Museum (Ta- Dzong) - It was built to defend Rinpung Dozng during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, since 1967 Ta Dzong is serving as the National Museum of the country. It holds fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings and Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps. The museum circular shape augments its varied collection displayed over several floors. (Opening Closing Time (Tuesday-Saturday) 9 am- 4:30 pm, closed on national holidays)
Programs afterward are optional to the guest.
Overnight in Paro - Naksel Boutique & SPA Hotel
Day 02: Paro -“Hike to Tiger’s Nest” (approx. 4-5 hr)
Bhutan’s most picturesque landmark, Taktshang the Tiger’s nest clings to the side of a steep cliff 300 meters above the Paro valley. The place was first visited by Guru Rimpoche, founder of the tantric form of Buddhism in Himalayan countries, in the 8th century. It was said that he meditated there for about three months. The original temple was built in the 17th century, but tragically, it was consumed by fire in 1998. Like a phoenix, the temple was rebuilt to its fullest glory in 2003. Takshang is considered to be the 10th-holiest site in the Buddhist world. The programs afterward are optional to the guest
Evening: Stroll through Paro downtown and visit local handcraft stores.
Overnight in Paro - Naksel Boutique & SPA Hotel
Day 03: Paro –Punakha (130km/ 4-5hrs)
Distance: 130km (4-5hrs)
Following Breakfast escort to Punakha. The journey to Punakha includes the 108 Druk Wangyel Chorten commonly known as Dochula standing at 3150m above the sea level. The Druk Wangyel Chorten was built to celebrate the stability and progress, brought to Bhutan by His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth king of Bhutan. The pass provides spectacular 360 degree panaromic view of Himalayan Mountain Range.
After checking into hotel visit the following places:
Chimmi Lhakhang (45 min hike round trip) - Situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humor, songs and outrageous behavior to dramatize his teachings and due to this also known as "Divine Madman". Commonly known as fertile temple among and is frequented by childless couples and others alike for blessings.
Punakha Dzong - The name means Palace of Great Bliss. This Dzong stands magnificently on the spit of land where two rivers (Phochu and Mochu) meet. Punakha Dzong has special significance in Bhutanese history as the place where Bhutan's first King, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned in 1907.
Punakha Suspension Bridge - This Bridge is located near Punakha Dzong and is the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan. The bridge connecting the nearby villages and mountains adjacent gives a magnificent view.
Evening the guests will stroll through Punakha/Wangdue town. Programs afterward are optional to the guests.
Overnight in Punakha - Zhingkham Resort
Day 04: Punakha – Thimphu (Sightseeing and Places to be visited)
Distance: 77km (2.5-3hrs)
Elevation: 2320m, 7612ft
After breakfast drive to Thimphu. Once more enjoy and take pictures of the Dochula Pass with its panoramic views of the Himalayas. Thereafter journey begins.
After reaching drive 15km north of capital city to visit Tango Monastery (2hrs round trip)
This monastery has an important religious position from the 12th century, when it was the home of the Lama who gave it Drukpa Kagyupa school of Buddhism came to Bhutan. The monastery was built in the 15th century by Drukpa Kunley (Crazy Buddha). Tango is the highest academic center of Buddhism in Bhutan. As every Je Khenpo (Bhutan's top religious master) has completed his studies 9 years here. After the end of the term, monks usually spend 3 years, 3 months, and 3 days sitting Meditation at Cheri Monastery nearby
Thimphu post office - Create your own stamp with your photos. The town's post office has a rich collection of stamps. A special feature of this post office is that visitors can make a word stamp photos of themselves and these stamps can be used to paste on the envelope and send as usual.
Evening stroll through Thimphu town and visit the local crafts. Programs afterward are optional to the guest
Overnight in Thimphu - Kuenphen Rabten Resort
Day 05: Departure: Thimphu - Paro- HCM
After breakfast visit the following places:
School of Thirteen Arts & Crafts (Close: Sunday & government holidays)
It is the primary center of learning for Bhutanese artists. Depending upon the student’s interest, one can specialize in any of the thirteen arts and crafts, including painting, weaving, sculptures, blacksmithing, embroidery, etc. It is the best place for visitors to learn about traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts.
Built in 2006, world’s largest sitting Buddha housing over Hundreds of Thousands of small statues inside. It is the center of attraction to all the people radiating its splendor in all directions and harbinger of happiness and peace.
Afternoon drive to Paro and transfer to the airport for your onward destination
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