Western Bhutan Tour

PARO - THIMPHU

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. Visit Drukgyel Dzong with its delightful village nestling at its foot, was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders led by Mongolian Warlord, Gushri Khan.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. 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.
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

THIMPHU INSIGHT - WANGDUE

DAY 2: Visit Changangkha temple, which is the temple of Chenrizig or Compassionate Buddha.Visit the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts.See the Traditional Painting School of Arts & Crafts where children are taught centuries old craft, and the National Folk Heritage Museum to get an insight into the typical Bhutanese way of life. Visit the Bhutan Post to see the different Stamps of the country. 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. 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.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

WANGDUE - TRONGSA

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

TRONGSA - PUNAKHA

DAY 4: Drive back to Wangdue. On the way stop to take photos and to enjoy the beautiful scene of the country.
Meals included: Breakfast

PUNAKHA - PARO

DAY 5: The day in Punakha valley begins with a drive through the town of Khuruthang and continues along the banks of the Mo Chu river, passing the Phuntsho Pelri Palace and several other winter homes of the Royal Family. At the upper end of the valley, a hike across a footbridge through terraces of rice, chillies and cabbage, takes guests to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chhorten built by Her Majesty for peace and stability in the world. Drive back to Paro. Check into hotel. Free time to relax.
Meals included: Breakfast

PARO DAY EXCURSION

DAY 6: 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.After tea in the café, walk back to the road point and drive to hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, 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. Visit Kyichu temple one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo.Visit the Dungtse Lhakhang.
Meals included: Breakfast

PARO - DEPARTURE

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



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