Journey to the Dragon Kingdom

PARO - ARRIVAL

DAY 1: You will be received by the representative of Himalayan Adventures Tours & Travel Bhutan who will be your guide throughout your stay and escorted to the hotel. Welcome drinks will be served. 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 use as an administration center and school for monks.Drive to Drukgyal Dzong (fortress) now in ruins, which were built in 1646 by Shabdrung to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders, led by Mongolian Warlord, Gushri Khan.
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

PARO - THIMPHU

DAY 2: Drive to the famed Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) where Guru Rimpoche flew on a tigress in the 8th century and meditated there for three months.Visit Kyichu temple one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The story goes that a giant demoness lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THIMPHU DAY EXCURSION (B/L/D)

DAY 3: Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Check into hotel. Walk around the National Memorial Chorten built in 1974 in honor of the late King. Browse through local handicrafts and free time to mingle with the people. Visit Changangkha temple, which is the temple of Chenrizig or Compassionate Buddha. Drive to see the Takin Zoo, which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan. Tour Tashichho Dzong, its history is very old, dating back to the 13th century, which houses His Majesty's Throne Room and home to the Monk Body. Drive to BBS tower to get a view of the Thimphu valley. See the Traditional Incense and Paper Factory.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THIMPHU - PUNAKHA

DAY 4: Hike to Tango Monastery, about 7 miles from Thimphu, the Tango Monastery is a lovely place for an excursion. The drive or walk to reach it offers beautiful views of the countryside and the Thimphu valley. The monastery dates back to the 13th century and was rebuilt in the 15th century by the "Divine Madman", Lama Drukpa Kuenley. After lunch, visit the Zilukha Nunnery. Free time to relax.
Meals included: Breakfast

WANGDUE - PARO

DAY 5: 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.Day hike to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the divine Madman Lama Drukpa Kuenley where couples unable to have siblings come here to pray.
Meals included: Breakfast

PARO DAY EXCURSION

DAY 6: In the morning, walk to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten (50 minutes) – temple built by the Queen Of Bhutan for peace and stability in this ever-changing world. Drive back to Paro driving 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 - DEPATURE (B/-/-)

DAY 7: IIn the morning, your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onwards.



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