Great Wall Nepal Pvt. Ltd. - Bhutan: Discover Bhutan Detailed Programme
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Discover Bhutan Detailed Programme

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Day One - Arrival

Upon arrival at Paro Airport you will be welcomed by the local staff. The flight from Kathmandu to Bhutan offers you beautiful mountain views and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel in Paro. On the way to your hotel you can enjoy the great views the Paro Valley has to offer.

Day Two - Sightseeing Paro and Surroundings

In the morning we will visit the ruined fortress of Drugyul dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On a clear day Mount Chomolhari, 7320 meters, can be seen towering over the dzong.

After visiting the fort we proceed through the beautiful Paro valley to the watch tower, locally known as Ta-Dzong. This tower houses the National museum since the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The seven floors museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century.

Day Three - Taktsang Monastery

This day will be an active day. We take the opportunity to walk up to the viewpoint of the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest). In case you prefer not to hike, horses are also available for rental. The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through villages and pine forests. This monastery is one of the most famous and sacred monasteries in Bhutan and was built back in 1692. The monastery literally clings to the granite cliff. The monastery is of great historical importance. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came to visit this place on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. During this meditation the demons, trying to stop the spread of Buddhism were subdued and the Paro valley was converted into Buddhism. During the end of the 17th century the Taktsang Monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated. Nowadays the monastery is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time.

Day Four - Sightseeing in Thimpu

In the morning you will be picked up by your guide and driver for a sightseeing tour in and around Thimphu. We will kick of the day by visiting the Memorial Chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. From the Chorten Memorial we will continue to and visit Changangkha Lhakhang, a fortress like monastery with an excellent view from the courtyard. If it is of your interest we will visit the nearby mini-zoo and have a look at the National Animal, Takin.

From here on we move on to the Drupthob Nunnery Temple and the national library. The nunnery is one of the few remaining nunneries in Bhutan. The national library houses ancient Bhuddist manuscripts. From the library we move on to visit a traditional Thanka school. A Thanka is a typical asset of the Buddhist culture. In every Buddhist monastery and home one will find these colourful paintings. In Tibetan language Thanka means flat (Than) painting (Ka). The Buddhists use these Thankas for religious purposes whereas in the west Thankas are often used as decoration.

After lunch we move on to the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices. Next in our busy schedule is Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal silver smiths and Bhutanese paper factory at work. After these traditional artisan places we will visit the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan).

We conclude this wonderful day with a visit to the Simtokha Dzong. This is oldest surviving complete Dzong structure of Bhutan. The fortress was built back 1627 and is said to guard a demon that vanished into a stone. In Bhutanese language Simmo means demon and do means stone, hence then name Simthoka (Dzong)

Day Five - Dochula Pass and Punakha

Next on our tour is the spectacular Dochula Pass. The Dochula Pass is Bhutan's most famous pass and located just 30 kilometres from its capital Thimpu. The pass is located at an altitude of 3100 metres and offers great views on the Himalaya's on a clear day. The Druk Wangyal Chortens-108 stupa's also add up the attractiveness of this pass.

We now move on to on the second oldest "Dzong", fortress, in Bhutan, the Punakha Dzong meaning the palace of great happiness. This picturesque palace located at the riverbank with mountains in the used to be the administrative centre and seat of the Government of Bhutan till 1955.

Day Six - Wangdiphodrang and Trongsa Dzong

Today we start early and straight after breakfast we leave in the direction of Bumthang. On the way we stop at Chime Lhakhang. This temple is know as the "Temple of Fertility". In this temple the phallus symbol is one that can be seen in multiple places and varieties. This temple is also know for its tradition to hit pilgrims on the head with a 25 centimetre wooden phallus.

On the way sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang, it includes: visit to Wangdiphodrang Dzong (from outside) built in 1638. Legend relates that as the people were searching for the site of the Dzong, four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. This was considered auspicious sign, representing the spread of religion to the four points of the compass. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers.

We will enjoy our lunch in Trongsa and from will visit the Trongsa Dzong after. This Dzong, built in 1644 is often referred to as the most impressive fortress of Bhutan. Trongsa Dzong is the ancestral home of the present Royal Family and first two hereditary kings ruled Bhutan from this Dzong. Then Visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watch tower. The chapel inside the Ta Dzong is said to be dedicated to the Trongsa Penlop Jigme Namgyal and drive to Bumthang.

Day Seven - Sightseeing in Bumthang

After breakfast we will start of our sightseeing tour of Bumthang with a visit to Jakar Dzong, which literally means "The Castle of White Bird". This fortress overlooks Bumthang from a nearby ridge. This fortress used to be the seat of the first king of Bhutan.

Next in our programme is a visit to the Lamey Goemba. This is a large palace and monastery built in the 18th century. From the Goemba we move on to the Jambay Lakhang. This is said to be one of the 108 temples that was built in one day in 659 AD by King Srongsen Gampo. The 108 structures had to be built in one day to pin down a might ogress. Under the temple there is said to be a hidden lake in which Guru Rimpoche hid several Terma. In October one of the most spectacular festivals, "Jambay Lhakhang Drup" takes place here.

After lunch we visit Chakhar Lhakhang (Iron Castle). The Original palace was made of Iron and hence the name Chakhar. Back in the 14th century the palace was replaced by a more modest building. From the Chakhar Lakhang we move on to visit Kurjey Lhakhang that is named after body print of Guru Rimpoche, built in 1652 by Minjur Tempa.

We conclude our day in Bumthang with a visit to Tamshing Lhakhang (Temple of the good message), established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa and is the most important Nyingmapa temples in the kingdom. In march 2012 the Tamshing Lhakang was submitted for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Day Eight - Transfer to Paro

After breakfast we pack our stuff and install ourselves in our vehicle for the drive back to Paro. On the way we have a chance to enjoy the thrilling Bhutanese Landscapes.

Day Nine - Departure and Flight back to Kathmandu

Morning transfer to Airport for flight back to Kathmandu.

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