Assemble at Changi Airport for your flight to Paro. Upon arrival, be met and enjoy a local welcome from Bhutanese representatives with Khada.
Your journey begins with a visit to Kyichu temple with a rich history dated back to the 7th century. Kyichu temple is one of the last three surviving temples that was built by a Tibetan King. Of the 108 such temples being build, only three left with two in Bhutan and one in Tibet. Move on to the Jokhang and Rinpung Dzong that houses the district Monastic Body and government administrative offices of Paro District. Arrival in Thimphu this evening and check in to your hotel after dinner. If you’re feeling a little more zen and active, take a stroll to explore the surrounding little café and drinking joints.
Dive into a full day of essential sightseeing that lies ahead. See a 167 feet high siting Buddha situated on top of a hill overlooking the city of Thimpu at Kuensel Phodrang, Buddha point. Next, explore the National Memorial Chorten, an impressive monument with its golden spires shining in the sun and its bells tinkling in the wind. Here, you will get to witness an endless procession of elderly people circling around it, meant to ward off negative energy. An opportunity to spot the Takin, National Animal of Bhutan at Motithang Takin Preserve (Mini Zoo), is a wildlife reserve area for Takin. Get into the world of Bhutanese art at National Institute for Zorig Chusum. This institute is commonly known as ‘the painting school’ that operates four to six-year courses on Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts. Here, see art and craft students at work on thangkas painting, woodcarving, exquisite embroidery or clay statue-making (clay), you can also get to bag home a few as souvenirs. Catch a glimpse of the traditional Bhutanese life at Folk Heritage Museum. The artifacts store inside the house remind the visitors about how the rural Bhutanese live today. After lunch, learn and observe the entire process of producing handmade paper using ancient traditional methods that have been practiced for generations at Traditional Handmade Paper Factory. The paper products are made from a mulberry plant bark called Daphne. Enjoy some fun moment with creating personalized postage stamps with your own photo for souvenir or sent home on a postcard at own express at a Post Office. Next, try out archery, the Bhutanese National Sport at Changlimithang Stadium & Archery Ground. Thereafter, visit Changangkha Lhakhang; built in the 12th century, it is the oldest temple in Thimphu. Wrap up the day with some shopping spree at the Bhutan Handicraft Emporium, Authentic Bhutanese Crafts Street and Norzin Lam, with wide range of authentic Bhutan-made art and craft items.
Traverse over the Black Mountains and Pele La pass (3300 m or 10825 ft.). Take a morning scenic 7hrs drive Trongsa in central Bhutan. Marvel at Trongsa Dzong founded in 1543, a masterpiece of architecture containing a maze of courtyards, passageways, corridors and additional 23 temples. End the day at your unique Bhutanese lodge for a night stay, giving you a moment of true serenity and tranquility like no others.
Today, head into the country side towards Gangtey Gonpa, the largest Nyingma monastery in Bhutan. Then, make your way towards the Phobjikha Valley, a wide glacial valley with a central stream that meanders through thickets of dwarf bamboo. The forest beyond the farms is mostly coniferous, and the general vegetation is composed of blue pine, birch, maple and several species of rhododendron. Home to the migratory black-necked crane, the valley is one of the most beautiful spots in Bhutan. Spot these rare, gorgeous cranes during the months of late October to February as they leave the Tibetan Plateau and pass the Himalayan peaks to reach their winter grounds. Make a stop at the Black-Necked Crane Visitor Centre to learn more about the cranes.
Start the day with an early morning drive to Punakha the old capital of Bhutan. Camera ready as we proceed on to Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the most famous name in Bhutanese history and nestled at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu rivers. Enjoy endless picture-perfect you with iconic and instagrammable site as backdrop. En-route, stop by Chimi Lhakhang, the auspicious fertility monastery built in 1949. Walk through paddy and mustard fields of the temples, which is located on top of a small hill.
After Lunch, cross Dochula Pass and proceed to Druk Wangyal Chortens, where the construction of 108 chortens was commissioned by the eldest Queen Mother. Catch a glimpse of Punakha Valley as we arrive in Paro in the evening for your overnight stay.
No trip to Bhutan is complete without a hiking session. Take a soul inspiring morning hike to Taktshang Monastery. Renowned as Tiger’s Nest with saying of Guru Padmasambhava, known as the Second Buddha, alighted from flying tigress and meditated at this shrine in the second half of the 8th century. The monastery that perched giddily on a rocky ledge with a waterfall cascading is the dream destination for Buddhist pilgrims from the world over. One can also take a different experience with partial hike with pony ride at own expenses. Thereafter, visit ruins Drukgyel Dzong, a victory fortress of the 17th century. Enjoy up close and mingle locally at a Local Farm House to learn the lifestyle of a Bhutanese farmers and get a chance to taste the local rice wine “ara”. Here, enjoy hands on to experience and learn the making of the famous Local Dish (Ema datshi) Local Cheese with Chill’s. End the day at a Local Market of Paro Town for Last minute shopping.
Bid farewell to Bhutan with memories will last a lifetime. After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight home
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