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Day 1. PARO-THIMPHU.
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.
Day 02 Thimphu Sightseeing.
Thimphu is the largest city. It has a population of roughly 120,000, meaning that approximately one in every six Bhutanese live here. The city is located at a height of over 7,600 feet on the banks of the Wangchhu (river).
This massive statue of Buddha Dordenma or Shakyamuni which is 169 foot tall is the largest statue of Buddha in the world.
The statue made of bronze and gilded in gold is built in the posture in which he attained enlightment -2,600 years ago at Bodh Gay a, India.125,000 smaller Buddha statues have been placed within the Buddha Dordenma statue,100,000 8 inch tall and 25,000 12 inch tall statues respectively.
The Buddha Dordenma is located atop a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and overlooks the Southern entrance to Thimphu.
The statue fulfills an ancient prophecy dating back to the 8th century A.D that was discovered by Terton Pema Lingpa (Religious Treasure Discoverer) and is said to emanate an aura of peace and happiness to the entire world.
Dwarfing the modern concrete structures in its vicinity, the towering memorial stupa is one of the most visible land marks in Bhutan’s capital. It was built, some 40 years ago, to commemorate the life and times of the Father of Modern Bhutan-3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
Built in 12th at a time century when the Kagyupa sect of Buddhism was gaining supremacy in Western Bhutan, Changangkha Lhakhang is the oldest temple in Thimphu. Hovering over a ridge above Thimphu, near Motithang, this temple regularly hums with pilgrim activity.
Today, Thimphu city dwellers bring their new-born to the temple for naming ceremony and to be blessed by the Horse-Headed Deity, Tandrin.
Takin- National Animal of Bhutan.
Weird as it may sound, we will take a special time off to see an animal whose physical characteristics bear no resemblance to any other. This is “Takin”, the National Animal of Bhutan, whose facial features resemble a goat while the lower body appears to be that of a cow. It is an endangered animal.
Institute for 13 Traditional Arts and Crafts.
At the Zorig Chugsum Institute-Institute for 13 traditional arts and crafts-students specialize in painting (thangka or painted religious pictures usually on canvas), woodcarving (masks, statues, and bowls, embroidery [hangings, boots, and clothes]) and statue-makings (clay).
In late afternoon, a stroll in downtown Thimphu will take us to traditional handicraft shops, art and craft outlets, modern shopping malls, jewelry store, upbeat restaurants, discotheques, etc. We wind up the day by visiting the vegetable market where we meet Bhutanese of all works of life, including farmers.
Day 03 THIMPHU-PHUNAKHA
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, a pass that is located at an altitude of 3,100m is perhaps the only 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. Today, the temple is much sought after by barren couples all over the world for its power to grant fertility.
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 Bhutan’s kings are crowned and the head of Buddhist clergy anointed.
DAY 04 : 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.
We have Lunch in Druk Wangyel Cafetaria at Dochula Pass, 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.
DAY 05 PARO SIGHTSEEING
We provide two options for Paro leg of our tour.
For those who are deeply spiritual and also love a dash of adventure, we will undertake a 3 hour hike to Taktshang (Tiger’s Lair), the most famous temple in the Himalayan Buddhist world. The temple clings precariously onto a vertical cliff about 1,000m above the Paro Valley floor.
It is here that Guru Padmasambhava, considered to be the second Buddha by the Himalayan
Buddhists, is said to have meditated in the 8th century after having flown there on the back of a ferocious tigress.
As a second option, we will drive for one and a half hours to Chelela pass (3,988m), the highest point reached by road in Bhutan. Chelela is known for its spectacular natural beauty and has hundreds of species of Alpine flowers and rare and exotic birds like the Himalayan Monal, Khalij Pheasant and Satyr Tragopan. From Chelela, one can also see snow-clad Mt. Jhomolhari (7,300m), the abode of Goddess Remati, and other peaks like Jichu Dra-ke (6,950m).
Paro: On last day of our tour , We will take the day off in the hotel to rejuvenate our body after a day’s up -hill walk to Tiger’s nest .
After our lunch , we will proceed to Paro town to see the Bhutanese craft shops . And in the evening before the dinner our guests will be entertained with our Bhutanese traditional cultural show and a group photo session.
DAY 07 DEPARTURE
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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