Dochula Pass is known for the 108 Buddhist shrines built here by the Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck.
The unconventional Drukpa Kunley was known for his unusual way of life; hence, was often referred to as The Saint of 5000 Women.
The realm of a peaceful river, towering hills, and monasteries, the Paro Valley welcomes you again with all its heart.
Kyichu Lhakhang is said to be one of the 108 Buddhist temples, built by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo, to defeat a demoness, which created obstacles in the spreading of Buddhism in the region.
The visit to Ta Dzong �" home to the National Museum of Bhutan �" will bring you one step closer to the culture and people of the kingdom. Fascinatingly, some of the artifacts housed in the museum date back to 4000 BC!
Drukgyel Dzong is an archaeological site today used to be a significant defense base until a few decades ago! Constructed in 1649, the building was abandoned in 1951 after a fire left it in ruins.
Chele La pass is about 37 km from Paro, and the mountain pass will take you to over 12000 feet altitude. On a clear day, panoramic vistas of the Haa and Paro Valleys can also be captured from here.
After a beautiful experience over the highest Himalayas on earth, you will reach Paro airport. Bhutan Tours & Luxury Exclusive representative (guide & driver) will meet you at Paro airport exit doors following customs formalities. Upon arrival in this Magical Land we embark on an hour road trip to Thimphu. The capital lies in a steep valley with alpine forests and numerous golden-topped monasteries scattered throughout. Full of opportunities including the first stop will allow you to view the magnificent Tacho Lhakhang (temple). The hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s Iron Bridge Builder, after the visit we drive further to reach Chuzom, the confluence of Paro Chu (River) and Wang Chu (Thimphu Chu) After crossing Chuzom we enter Thimphu valley. After check in and short refreshment we will drive to Kuensel Phodrang. The Buddha Dordenma is sited amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. It will be one of the largest Buddha stupas (statues of Buddha) in the world, at a height of 169 feet (51.5 meters). Visit to National Institute of Traditional Medicine. It is information resource center on Herbal/Traditional medicine, indigenous Medicine (1983) formulary of traditional of Bhutan. We will drive to the National Post office for stamps. Bhutan is famous for producing unique and innovative stamps. After selling peculiar “CD-stamps” Bhutan’s Post office now offers personalized stamps; we invite you to surprise your family and friends with your custom-made stamp made with one of your favorite holiday photographs! Visit Vegetable Market where farmers produce all the organic vegetables locally. Towards evening we will visit Tashichho Dzong and have glimpse king Jigme's Palace. The Dzong is popularly known as Thimphu Dzong or “the fortress of the glorious religion” it houses Bhutan’s administration, and the throne of His Majesty and other Government offices. It is also the summer residence of the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan. Just below the dzong we can have a glimpse of King’s palace. (early notice required) Optional for interested photograpers, drive to view point to take a stunning night view of Thimphu fortress. Overnight stay at Thimphu in (3 star,4 star & 5star Hotel/Resort)
Day 02: Thimphu �" Punakha(1300m) 3hrs drive 71km
Today we begin our day by an early morning visit to the National memorial chorten. This is a Tibetan-style chorten built in 1974 in memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk who passed away in 1972. It is one of the most visible religious structures in town and for many people it is the focus of daily worship. Remember to walk around the Chorten at least once to gain merit and good luck. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, [Light butter lamp followed by short prayer and meditation] a fortress like temple, which lies perched on a ridge above Thimphu; Taken Preserve to see the rare national animal of Bhutan.This animal is chosen as the national animal of Bhutan for its uniqueness and its association with the country’s religious history and mythology and visit a Takin enclosure. Journey continues as we head towards Punakha. The sub-tropical valleys of Punakha and the surrounding mountainsides offer a large variety of attractive places to explore and discover monasteries and the most impressive Dzong in the country and a warmer region. Punakha is the winter residence of the central monk body and it is one of the richest agricultural lands. The valley is blessed with one of the biggest rivers in the country. En-route we will cross over Dochula pass at 3050 m, and view the most dramatic panoramic view of the greater Himalayas. During summers this mountain pass is covered with mists and the views are obstructed. Dochula landmark is the Wangyel Chortens �" 108 stupas built on the mountaintop in a Mandala pattern, further enhances the beauty and tranquility of the pass. From this cooler mountain pass we will descend into a warmer region of Punakha. As we descend we will notice a change in vegetation and temperature too. While we enter Punakha valley. Overnight stay at Punakha in (3 star,4 star & 5star Hotel/Resort)
Day 03: Punakha �" Paro (2250m) 4hrs drive 125km
Early morning we will drive to visit to Nalanda Buddhist Institute (NBI), also known locally as Daley Goempo or Dalida, is a Buddhist monastic school (shedra). In 1757, the 9th Je Khenpo, Shakya Rinchen, considered to be a reincarnation of Rechung Dorje Drakpa, founded the Nalanda Monastery in Punakha located below Talo Monastery Nunnery, which has stunning view of both Punakha and Wangdue Valley. Later visit the Punakha Dzong (fortress) or Pungthang Dewachen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The Dzong is considered one of the most important and also one of the most beautiful Dzong in the Kingdom. It was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1637, and was the seat of the government every winter until Thimphu was established as the permanent capital in 1955. It is still the winter residence of the Je Khenpo (chief abbot) accompanied by the Dratshang (Central Monastic Body). Take time to admire the impressive, colorful and detailed artistry of the surroundings, including huge statues of Buddha, Guru Rinpoche and Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, as well as paintings of one thousand Buddha’s. We will stop for a visit at Chimmi Lhakhang (temple) [max. walking distance approx. 40mins at a relaxed pace] the auspicious fertility temple, dedicated to the Tantric Buddhist Master Drukpa Kinley (Divine Madman). He is well known for his oral tradition of legends and songs. His teachings were through outrageous behavior and ribald humor in order to awaken the ordinary people. In particular he took female friends and disciples along the path of sexual desire and relationship to free them from attachment to the illusory world and to awaken their Buddha-nature. We will walk through the rice fields to get to the temple. Depending on season one gets the glimpse of rural farming life, and the rural architecture, decorated with beautifully painted motifs and patterns. Its not unusual to find a huge phallus painted on the walls, so don't be shocked, just ask our guides for more details. During early spring its time for paddy plantation and late autumns is harvesting season. Road trip to Paro, we will head back to Paro via Dochula Pass where will have our lunch at Dochula Café, Then we again descend back into Thimphu and while entering the valley we will briefly stop at the view point of Simtokha Dzong (fortress). This is the oldest Dzong in the country that sits on a ridge overlooking Thimphu Valley. The arts and the architecture inside the dzong is one of the finniest examples of Bhutanese arts. The slate carvings in side the dzong is a national treasure and is believe to be the best among those found in the country, further drive to Paro. Check in hotel and leisure time. Evening leisure time, we take a stroll in the town, visiting shops and mingle with local people (city tour in Paro). Overnight stay at Paro in (3 star,4 star & 5star Hotel/Resort)
Day 04: Tiger’s Nest Hike Distance: 4 hours approximately for each. Altitudes: 3120 meters Elevation Gain: 1000meters Difficulty Level: Medium Its hiking day, and we begin by driving to base. Today's exploration of Paro valley begins with a hike to Taktsang (Tiger's nest monastery) [max. hiking distance approx. 4-5 hrs. (Walk/Pony ride till viewpoint) Tiger’s Nest or Taktsang Goemba is one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments. It literally hangs off the face of a cliff 900 meters (2952 feet) above the valley floor. The legend states that Guru Rinpoche flew into Bhutan on a mythical tigress and meditated in a cave before bringing Buddhism to Bhutan.The Taktsang Goemba (monastery) is built around the cave. The four-hour round trip hike offers spectacular views of the Goemba and the valley below. Horses or mules can be arranged on request to help lighten the journey. Way back from the hike you will visit the auspicious Kyichu Lhakhang (temple), a sacred monument pinning down the left foot of a treacherous ogress, which is built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Songsten Gampo. This Monastery is one of the 108 monasteries built across the Himalayan region by the Tibetan King to subdue the Demonesses that lay across the Himalayan region. Afternoon visit the Watchtower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. This Watchtower was made National Museum in 1060. The Museum have been partially damaged due to the September 2011 earthquake, so some of the exhibit have been moved to the exhibit hall behind the museum. After the museum, take a short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong (place where Hong Kong superstars Tony Leung and Carina Lau’s held their extravagant wedding shooting scene). This Dzong was built in the 17th century to defend Paro region from the invading Tibetan forces. The architecture is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture. The Dzong serves as a central administrative seat and central monk body. Then we again walk down to the Cantilever Bridge, to get a feel of the ancient way leading to the Dzong. The bridge is one of the fine examples of traditional bridge building in the country. After this experience, and our final night in the Land of Thunder Dragon- a farewell dinner to savor traditional Bhutanese cuisine and celebrate this incredible journey in a kingdom of mythology and ancient traditions with hot stone bath (optional) & Overnight in (3 star,4 star & 5star Hotel/Resort)
Day 05: Paro-Departure
Departure from Paro onwards destination
Tashi Delek & See You Again
A sustainable tourism Royalty of $65. This Royalty goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.
Guaranteed Bhutan visa.
Daily 3 meals (B/L/D) at designated restaurants or hotels.
Accommodation at 3 star hotel (Our partner hotels).
A qualified & licensed English-speaking Bhutanese tour guide.
An experienced driver.
An imported SUV tour vehicle.
Entry fees & road permits.
Mineral bottled water.
Full service & assistance before, during and after your Bhutan trip.
Farm stay and observation of village life.
Witness Village festivals and unique practices.
Visit temples and fortress.
Exploration of traditional food and wine culture of different villages.
Visit to museum and important pilgrimage sites.
Hike to the famous Tiger’s Nest monastery.
Experience the scenic domestic flight with the views of eastern Himalayas.
Walk the nature trails of Phobjikha valley with endangered Black-necked Cranes.
Visit sacred 7th-century temple in Paro & Bumthang.
108 stupas & historic Dochula Pass.
Organic authentic meals at the farmhouse.
Bumthang, the valley of religious sites.
Visit Punakha Dzong- the first capital of Bhutan.
Pay respect to the tallest and largest sitting bronze Buddha statue and memorial stupa of the third king of Bhutan.
15th-century iron chain bridge.
Farm stay with happy local families and experience the local culture.
Centenary farmers market.
School of traditional arts & crafts.
White water rafting & cycling the beautiful roads of Bhutan.
Meals at 5 stars restaurants.
Tips for the guide and driver.
Expenditure of personal nature.
Flights into Bhutan with Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines.
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