You will be received by Chen-Ray Travel & Tours’ representative and will be driven to your hotel.
Visit Ta Dzong- Built in 1656 as a watchtower for Rinpung Dzong now used as the National Museum which is a warehouse of not only precious works of art but also costumes, Armour and other hand crafted objects of daily life that provide a good snapshot of the rich cultural civilization of the country. It opens 7 days a week except on National Holidays.
Drive or walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, Built in 1646 by Lama Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyal and strategically located to thwart Tibetan incursions into the rest of the country, this Dzong became one of Bhutan’s strongest and most important fortresses.
Drive or walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, Built in 1646 by Lama Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyal and deliberately located to thwart Tibetan incursions into the rest of the country, this Dzong became one of Bhutan’s sturdiest and most important fortresses.
Kyichu Lhakhang was built in 659 by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. The temple fell into disrepair but was fabulously restored in 1839 by the 25th Je Khempo (Chief Abbot). He also contributed the dazzling statue of Avalokiteshwara, with eleven heads and thousand arms, which is situated in the sanctuary.
Evening leisurely walk in the town with a street of customary Bhutanese buildings with many shops selling mementos.
Overnight at your hotel.
DAY II: PARO-TAKTSHANG HIKE – THIMPHU
Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest), Paro
Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery: The hike to Taktshang Monastery perched on a cliff at 2950m/9700ft takes anywhere from 4 to 6 hours as per your climbing ability. It is an rising hike to the Monastery. The track climbs through striking pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an sporadic grove of fluttering prayer flags. There is a cafeteria (Taktsang Jakhang) on the half way.Fable has it that Guru Padmasambhava (the great Buddhist master) with his magical powers came to Taktshang in the eighth century, flying from the east of the country on the back of a tigress (a form that one of his consorts is believed to have taken). He is said to have meditated for about three months in a cave on the cliff and restrained the evil spirits. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1692 by the fourth Desi Tenzin Rabgay. This inconceivable monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below.
Evening drive to Thimphu with sightseeing en route.
Overnight at your Hotel in Thimphu.
DAY III: THIMPHU
Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu
Drive to Kuenselphodrang now commonly known as Buddha point since the erection of the world’s tallest Buddha (Dhordenma) Statue (169 feet) started. Positioned on a hill, one can enjoy the spectacular view of Thimphu valley.
Visit the monumental chorten (Stupa), This Chorten was built (1974) in honor of the late 3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk “The Father of Modern Bhutan”. Built in a distinctive Tibetan style outside and with three shrines inside represents the main spiritual themes of the Nyingma School. The paintings inside depict tantric Buddhismin all its complexity. The complex is visited by people from all walks right through the day and is one of the most regarded public religious places in the capital.
Visit the enclosure of Takin (National animal of Bhutan) at Motithang. Drive upward towards BBS tower to view the Thimphu city opposite to Kuenselphodrang.
Visit nunnery founded by 16th Drubthob Tshangthong Gyalpo in 1976. More than 40 nuns study Buddhism in this nunnery.
Visit Zorig chusum (meaning 13 arts and crafts) which is widely known as the painting school. Students in this institution learn 13 different conventional arts and crafts like painting, sculpture, wood carving, weaving, embroidery, etc.
Visit the National Library, opened in 1967 to conserve the ancient Dzongkha texts and act as a storehouse for thousands of old religious books and manuscripts as well as the wooden blocks used for printing.
DAY IV: THIMPHU- PUNAKHA – PARO
Punakha Dzong, Punakha
Drive to Punakha. Before reaching Punakha (about 22km from Thimphu) you will bypass a mountain pass “Dochu La” at 3100m above sea level. On a clear day, the view of the Eastern Himalayas from this pass is one of the best in the country. There are a hundred and nine chortens (stupas) in three tiers of forty five, thirty six and twenty seven restricting a single larger chorten at the top. This chortens are called Druk Wangyal Chortens or ‘Stupas of Victory’. The building of these chortens was commenced by Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck when her husband, the fourth King, travelled to the South-East of the country in December 2003 leading his army against the insurgents from India.
Punakha Dzong: The Dzong straddles the convergence of two rivers- Phochu (Male River) and Mochu (Female River) is the most stunning bastion in Bhutan. It was named as ‘Pungthang Dechen Phodrang’ or ‘Palace of Great happiness’. This remarkable bastion was built in 1637. It was the second of the mighty dzongs built by Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel (person who unified Bhutan) and was the seat of government till the end of the supremacy of the second King. The most recent historic event the wedding ceremony of the present King His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema’s was held inside this Dzong.
The site of the Dzong is believed to have received the blessings of Guru Padmasambhava (the Great Buddhist teacher who introduced Buddhism in Bhutan). In the eighth century he is said to have prophesied: “…on the edge of the hill that looks like an elephant’s trunk, a man named Namgyal will come and build a fortress…”
The most recent historic event the wedding ceremony of the present King His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema’s was held inside this Dzong.
Afternoon drive back to Paro.
Overnight at your hotel in Paro.
DAY V: DEPART PARO
Paro International Airport, Paro
End of your travel to Bhutan.
Our team will drive you to the Airport and bid farewell.
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