Magical Kingdom Tour

PARO - ARRIVAL

DAY 1: You will be received by the representative of Himalayan Adventures Tours & Travel Bhutan who will be your guide throughout your tour. 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. Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Check into hotel..
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

PARO - THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING

DAY 2: Tour the National Folk Heritage Museum to get an insight of the Bhutanese way of life. Tour the National Library where the history of Bhutan lies imprinted in archaic texts, which are preserved at the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist Manuscripts and ancient texts. Visit our Traditional Medicine Institute where equal emphasis is given to both allopathic and traditional medicines. The rich herbal medicines abundant in the kingdom are prepared here. Visit the Bhutan Post known for its world famous stamps where you can buy postcards and stamps.Walk to see the Memorial Chorten built in 1974 in memory of the Third King H M Jigme Dorji Wangchuk , who died in 1972. Walk down to Changlimithang where a decisive battle in Bhutanese history was fought in 1885, and it gave virtual control of the whole country to the future First King, Ugyen Wangchuk. Archery tournaments and football matches take place every holiday.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THIMPHU -TRONGSA

DAY 3: 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. After lunch, 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. Visit the Ta- Dzong the Trongsa Dzong. Free time to relax.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

TRONGSA - BUMTHANG

DAY 4: After breakfast, walk by Trongsa Dzong (first built in 1647) and visit the Ta Dzong (watch tower), dedicated to the Buddhist epic hero, King Gesar of Ling. Drive to Bumthang distance 68 km, 2 hours. After lunch visit Kurje temple (where the Indian saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock), the Jambay Lhakhang (7th century), Tamshing monastery (one of the oldest monastic schools), the Jakar Dzong. Also visit the Swiss farm where you can buy cheese, and local fruit products. Drive to see Tamshing temple, which was founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa, the re-incarnation of Guru Padmasambhava. Overnight at Bumthang. Meals included: Breakfast

BUMTHANG - PUNAKHA

DAY 5: After breakfast drive back towards Punakha (1350 mtrs.) for about 7/8 hrs. Overnight at Punakha.
Meals included: Breakfast

PUNAKHA - PARO

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 DAY EXCURSION

DAY 7: Morning hike up to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's nest). The climb up to the viewpoint will take approx. 3hours. Enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava flew on the back of a tiger and landed there in the 8th century, and meditated for three months. Drive to Drukgyal Dzong (fortress) now in ruins, which were built in 1646by Shabdrung to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders, led by Mongolian Warlord, Gushri Khan. In the afternoon, visit Kyichu temple one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. Visit the Dungtse Lhakhang.

PARO - DEPARTURE

DAY 8: In the morning, your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onwards.



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