Best of Bhutan

PARO - THIMPHU

DAY 1: The representative of Himalayan Adventures Tours & Travel Bhutan will receive you at the airport and be your guide throughout your tour. Transfer to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Check into hotel and free time to relax.Drive to see the Takin Zoo, which houses the national animal the Takin which is a rare and bovid mammal that is only unique to Bhutan. Drive further up to BBS tower to get a view of the Thimphu valley. Fly your prayer flags which increases your luck and the prayers carried by the wind to all the four directions. Welcome dinner.
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING

DAY 2: Drive to visit the National folk Heritage Museum to get an insight into the typical Bhutanese way of life. Tour the Traditional Painting School of Arts & Crafts where children are taught centuries old craft. Visit the Traditional Medicine Center, which prepares and dispenses traditional herbal and other medicines. The National Textile Museum is worth a leisurely visit to get to know the living national art of weaving.Visit the Bhutan Post renowned for its beautiful stamps where every special event of the world is commemorated. Evening: Visit Tashichhodzong, its history is very old, dating back to the 13th century, which houses His Majesty's Throne Room and home to the Monk Body.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THIMPHU - PUNAKHA

DAY 3: Departing Punakha today we begin our journey towards central Bhutan. We pass over 10,000ft Dochula Pass. We enjoy a photo stop here and view the high Eastern Himalayan Mountains. Take a short walk to see the Chimi Lhakhang, built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in 1499. He subdued the demoness of the Dochu La with his 'magic thunderbolt of wisdom'. Check into hotel. Drive to see the impressive Punakha Dzong, the second of Bhutan's dzongs.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

PUNAKHA - TRONGSA

DAY 4: Today drive to Trongsa via Pele la pass which lies at an altitude of 3,150 metres. There will be plenty of stops to take photos and for tea, coffee. Commanding the Mangde Chu at an altitude of 2,200 metres Trongsa Dzong is the most impressive dzong in Bhutan. Built in 1644 by the Shabdrung, the dzong is an architectural masterpiece.
Meals included: Breakfast

TRONGSA - BUMTHANG

DAY 5: This is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism. Stop and walk amidst fields of buckwheat, mustard and typical bamboo fences along the farmlands. Stop to see the Yatha weaving center and see the weavers at work. The Yatha is produced in this region. Check into Hotel. Visit to Jakar Dzong, "castle of the white bird". Wangdichholing Palace was built in 1857 on the site of a battle camp of the Penlop of Trongsa, Jigme Namgyal. Walk around Choskhor valley where large fields of buckwheat cover the valley. Visit the Sey Lhakhang or the Gold Temple established in 1963.
Meals included: Breakfast

BUMTHANG SIGHTSEEING

DAY 6: Visit Jampa Lhakhang which is believed to be built in 659 by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. Visit the Kurjey Lhakhang: This temple is located above Jambay Lhakhang and consists of three temples. Walk to see Tamshing temple, which was founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa, the re-incarnation of Guru Padmasambhava.Drive to Mebartsho 'the flaming lake' in the Tang valley. This is where Pema Lingpa found the treasures hidden by Guru Rinpoche and thus became a terton, 'a discoverer or religious treasurer'.
Meals included: Breakfast

URA DAY EXCURSION

DAY 7: Ura village is believed to be the home of the earliest inhabitants of Bhutan. One drives through forests and the National Sheep breeding center. Enroute cross Shertang La (3590 m pass) with a magnificent view of Mt. Gangkar Puensum (7541 m). Closely clustered houses are the characteristics of the villages in Ura, which is a unique feature in the country. Above Ura village a new temple was inaugurated in 1986 dedicated to Guru Rimpoche and contains paintings of the cycle of his teachings. Drive back to Bumthang.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

BUMTHANG - PHOBJIKHA

DAY 8: TDrive to Phobjikha one of the most beautiful open valleys in the country. The valley is made a conservation spot by the WWF as it is the breeding ground for the endangered black necked cranes which migrate in the winter months. It is run on solar energy.Optional: Enjoy our traditional hot stone bath where the stones are heated the entire day. The minerals from the stones have healing qualities.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

PHOBJIKHA - PARO

DAY 9: Visit to the Crane Observation and Education Centre. A place to see is Gangtay Goenpa, the largest Nyingma monastery in Bhutan. Villages, you can take a day hike around the valley visiting villages and observing the cranes during November - March.Drive back to Paro. On the way see Tachogang Temple or the "Temple of the Hill of Excellent Horse" which rises in austere surroundings on the left bank of the river, a few km before Chhuzom at the confluence of the Paro and Thimphu rivers. Continue your journey to Paro. Check into hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

PARO INSIGHTS

DAY 10: Visit the Ta Dzong rated as one of the finest natural Museum in South Asia, and is filled with antique thanka paintings, textiles, weapons and Armour. Drive to see the Rinpung dzong, built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now used as an administration center and school for monks. Visit Kyichu temple one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. Visit a farmhouse and try our traditional drinks and snacks.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

PARO DAY EXCURSION

DAY 11: Hike or ride a pony to the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) for an hour and a half uphill. The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 4,000 feet. Here we enjoy snacks and tea at the cafeteria viewpoint. Take a short walk to the nearby ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong which was built in 1647 by the founder of Bhutan Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over Tibetan invaders, led by Mongolian warlord, Gushri Khan in 1644.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

PARO - DEPARTURE

DAY 12: Early morning your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onwards.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



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