Abode of the Mountain God

PARO -THIMPHU

DAY 1: You will be received by the representative of Himalayan Adventures Tours & Travel Bhutan who will your guide throughout your tour. Visit the Ta Dzong, built in the 17th century as a watchtower for the Paro Dzong. This dzong was converted into the National musuem in 1967 and is filled with antique thankha paintings, textiles, weapons and armor. Drive to see the Rinpung Dzong, built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now use as an administration center and school for monks. Drive to Thimphu , the capital of Bhutan. Walk to the Changangkha temple – temple of Chenrigzig known as Buddha of Compassion and offer butter lamps. Drive to see the Takin Zoo, which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan. Drive to BBS tower to get a view of the Thimphu valley at night. Dinner and overnight in Thimphu.
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING - WANGDUE

DAY 2: Thimphu sightseeing includes a visit the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. See the Traditional Painting School of Arts & Crafts, Visit the National Folk Heritage Museum to get an insight into the typical Bhutanese way of life. Tour the traditional medicine center where centuries old medicine and acupuncture is still practiced.See the Textile Museum to get an understanding of the beautiful hand woven Bhutanese textiles. Drive to Punakha (70Km) via the Dochula pass (3140 m). An hour’s drive from Thimphu will take you to this pass (3140 m), where one can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day. Drive onto Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan and presently the winter residence of the central monk body. After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho – Chu (male) river and the Mochu (female) river. Visit the Dho Jha Gha Lam Temple. Dinner and overnight in Wangdue.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

WANGDUE - TRONGSA - BUMTHANG

DAY 3: Drive to Trongsa via Pele la pass at an altitude of 3,150 metres, a wonderful opportunity for photographs. 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. Drive to Bumthang, this is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism.Visit Yatha Weaving Center, a cooperative of the National Women Association of Bhutan where the women of the region sell their textiles and Yatha specialty. Check into Hotel. Dinner and overnight in Bumthang.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

BUMTHANG SIGHTSEEING

DAY 4: Today, it’s a pilgrimage tour for you; your first stop is the Jambay Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the King Songtsen Goempo of Tibet.Chakhar Lhakhang: Besides the main road, a short distance beyond Jambay Temple, is Chakhar (Iron Castle) Lhakhang.Visit Jambay Lhakhang: This monastery was built in the 7th century of Tibetan King Songtsen Gembo, believed to be the reincarnation of the Buddha of Compassion.Drive up the valley to Kurjey Lhakhang. Kurjey means, “Body imprint”. The temple to the right is the oldest and was built by Minjur Tempa in 1652.few minutes walk from Kurjey cross over to the other side of the river over a small suspension bridge and visit Tamshing Lhakhang. Visit to Jakar Dzong, “ castle of the white bird”.Take a walk around the beautiful landscape of the Bumthang valley. Dinner and overnight in Bumthang.
Meals included: Breakfast

BUMTHANG - GANGTEY - PUNAKHA

DAY 5: After early breakfast, drive to Gangtey Gompa with picnic lunch en route. Visit Gangtey Gompa, which now houses one of the only Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. The valley is also the winter home to the rare black-necked cranes (Grus Nicorocolis), which migrate, from remote parts of Tibet, China and Siberia to winter in this valley. Drive to Wangdue for overnight stay.
Meals included: Breakfast

PUNAKHA - PARO

DAY 6: Morning: Walk to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten (50 minutes walk) – a temple built by the Queen Of Bhutan for peace and stability in this ever-changing world. Drive back to Paro passing through the idyllic countryside, dotted with villages and paddy fields, crossing rivers and natural forests to Paro. In the evening, visit a farmhouse and try our traditional drinks and snacks.
Meals included: Breakfast

PARO - DEPARTURE

DAY 7: Morning your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onwards.
Meals included: Breakfast



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