- 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) . Additionally, the landing at Paro (2235m) is another unforgettable experience among the highest mountains in the world.
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Bhutan Sangay Tours & Treks
DAY 01. BKK-PARO-THIMPHU.
You will be received at the airport by your tour guide in a traditional Bhutanese way.
We drive for Lunch, after lunch We will drive through the breathtaking Paro valley for some sightseeing before we head towards Thimphu.
Paro Rinpung Dzong.
National Museum (Paro Ta Dzong):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.
Now we head to Thimphu :Check in the Hotel, Overnight In Thimphu
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).We will visit the following :
Post Office : You will get an opportunity to imprint your photo on a postage stamps in Bhutan and send postcard to your family & friends back home with the greetings from Bhutan.
Textile Museum: We will see the different types of textiles that are available in Bhutan.
Buddha Dordenma :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.
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.
Folk Heritage : This is a museum where you will be taken to see how the people in Bhutan lived then and now .
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-PARO
Early Break Fast : We head back to Paro today. 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 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. Those who are spiritual and can not walk can avail a riding pony with a extra premium.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 Buddhist, 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).
We will also 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 by Great Buddhist Teachers.
DAY 04. DEPARTURE.
The return air schedule will defer on subject o availability of air tickets meaning sometimes your flight can be in the morning at 1100hrs or at 1400or 1600 hours . In this regard you will intimated before your arrival to Bhutan and we will set your agenda accordingly. We cannot afford to lose your time.
We drive to the Airport to board the plane . We bid farewell to the guests with a souvenir from Bhutan . We thank them for visiting Bhutan .
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