Scenic Bhutan

Day 1: Paro-Thimphu

The flight to Paro offers magnificent sight of some of the highest peaks in the world and provides a scenic view of the Paro valley as you land. One can get a glimpse of Mt. Everest, Kanchen Junga, Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Jomolhari, Jichu Drakey and Tsrim Khang. The first gift from Bhutan will be cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing immigration and customs, you will be received by our representative from Vajrayana Tours and Travels and driven to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital city.

Explore the town, visit shops and the Handicrafts Emporium, where Bhutanese textiles and other handicrafts are available. Visit the national textile museum. Visit the General Post Office and purchase the world’s most beautiful postage stamps, collector’s items and postcards at face value.

Drive to Sangaygang viewpoint from here you could see the entire Thimphu valley. On way back, stop at the the Takin (National animal and endangered species) preserve. Enroute, visit the Zilukha nunnery.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu

Visit the National Library which has a vast collection of ancient manuscripts and religious artifacts, and see the ancient manuscripts preserved there. Visit the Institute of Art & Painting school where traditional painting and other crafts are still practiced. Visit the Indigenous Hospital where the traditional medicine are made and ancient healing arts are still practiced.

Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main Government Secretariat building, which houses the government ministries, the Office of His Majesty the King and the Throne Room, and the offices and living quarters of the monk body. Observe traditional paper making from Daphnia and Edgeworthia shrub to the finished product and maybe purchase some beautiful writing sets from the factory. Drive to Buddha point.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu-Punakha

This morning you will be transferred to Punakha by road. En route pass the Semtokha Dzong built in 1629, the oldest fortress of its kind that guarded the Thimphu valley, and which today it is a Theological university. Continue ascending to Dochu La (3150m pass) to view the 108 Stupas, commissioned by the Queen Mother as a memorial to those who lost their lives during the low intensity conflict in late 2002 when Bhutan evicted Indian rebels camped in the jungle on the Bhutan – Indian border. On a clear day, you will witness a breathtaking view of the eastern Himalayas covered with snow.

Further drive to Punakha and visit Punakha Dzong. The Dzong is located at the convergence of two rivers, the Pho-chu (Male river) & Mo-chu (Female river). In the evening you will be taken for short hike to the famous Devine Madman’s Monastery, the Chimi Lhakhang(Temple). The temple is regarded as a sanctum of fertility and most childless couples usually make a visit to this temple to seek the fertility blessings.

Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 4: Punakha-Thimphu-Paro

Drive back to Thimphu. On reaching Thimphu, we will visit the Memorial Chorten built in 1974 to honor the memory of the Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, popularly known as the Father of Modern Bhutan. Afterwards, shop for souvenirs and then in the evening, drive to Paro.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 5: Paro

This morning, we will bike to Drugyel Dzong which is about 18 km away from Paro town. We will visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel Dzong. The name Drugyel means “Victorious”. The Dzong was built in 1649 AD to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders and it formed one of the chains of defensive fortresses against Tibetan invasion. On a clear day, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari.

Picnic lunch at Drugyal Dzong and farm house visit.

Afterwards, visit to Ta-Dzong built in the 17th century, as watchtower to defend Paro Dzong below. This Ta-Dzong was converted into the National Museum in 1968, and it is filled with antique Thangka paintings, textiles, weapons and armour. Drive to the Rinpung Dzong built in the 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now used as an administration center and school for monks.  Every Dzong has dual system together with the religion section

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 6: Paro

In the morning, hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Also known as Tiger’s Nest). The most important architecture and one of the holiest place in Buddhist world which dates back to 8th century, the meditation cave for Guru Padmasambava who introduce Buddhism in Bhutan. Choose between a 2 hour round trip hike to the Monastery viewpoint or a longer 3-4 hour and more strenuous hike into the Monastery itself. Enjoy the stunning view of the monastery where Guru Padmasambava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century, and meditated here for three months.

After lunch, if time permits, take a quick visit to Kyichu Lhakhang – one of Bhutan’s oldest and most beautiful temples boasting an orange tree that perpetually bears fruit. Kyichu Lhakhang was built in 7th century by Tibetan king to subdue giant ogress in the eastern Himalayan region in order to propagate the religion. Afterwards, simply spend the time relaxing at the hotel or enjoy a well earned massage or hot stone bath.

In the evening, visit weaving centre and souvenir shopping in Paro town.

Overnight in Paro valley.

Day 7:  Departure.

Representative from Vajrayana tours and travels will see you off.

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