BHUTAN – INTIMATE MOMENTS (9NIGHTS/10DAYS)

Tour code no: BSTT/06

 

Day 01: Arrive at Paro International Airport and Drive
to Thimphu

During
this flight one will enjoy the view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and other
Himalayan Mountains including the sacred Mt. Jhomolhari & Mt. Jichu Drake
in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro Airport a representative of Bhutan Soul Tour and
Travel will receive you and drive to Thimphu.

After
lunch visit:

·        
Buddha
Point/ Kuensel Phodrang
– Is the largest Buddha statue in the
country, from there you can get a good view of the Thimphu valley.

·        
Memorial
Chorten
– Built in the year 1974 in the memory of our third king of
Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

·        
Tashichho
Dzong
– The “fortress of the glorious religion” was
initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the
1960s. Tashichho Dzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and
the central monk body.  

   Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 02.  Thimphu – Sightseeing

·        
Changangkha
Lhakhang
– It is right above Thimphu Valley, this
temple and a monastic school was established in the 12th century on a site
chosen by Lama Phajo Drugom Shigpo.

·        
Motithang
Takin Preserve
– Houses the rare national animal of
Bhutan. Takin is listed by international  
conservation agencies as a vulnerable species and it is a rare animal
found only in Bhutan, Nepal and Burma.

·        
Traditional
Medicine Institute
– In Bhutan, equal emphasis is given
to both allopathic and traditional medicines. The rich herbal medicines made up
from medicinal plants are prepared and dispensed here.

·        
National
Institute for Zorig Chusum
– The school of Arts and crafts is an
institute where student undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts
and crafts of Bhutan.

·        
Simply
Bhutan –
Is an integrative living museum that gives a
quick introduction to various aspects of traditional life in Bhutan.

·        
Traditional
Medicine Institute
– In Bhutan, equal emphasis is given
to both allopathic and traditional medicines. The rich herbal medicines made up
from medicinal plants are prepared and dispensed here.

   Overnight
at hotel.

 

Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha

After
breakfast, drive to Punakha – approximately 3-hours drive through picturesque
valleys and mountain slopes dotted with typical Bhutanese villages. From the
Dochula pass, at over 10,000ft, vast panoramic views of the high snowcapped
peaks of the Bhutanese Himalaya can be enjoyed on a clear day. Continue drive
down into the Punakha valley. On the way visit Chhimi Lhakhang – This was founded in 15 Century by Lama Dukpa
Kinley also known as divine mad man. It is half hour walk across a local
village and rice field.

 

After
lunch visit Punakha Dzong – built in
1637 by Zhabdrung.  Overnight at hotel.

 

Day
04: Punakha – Phobjikha

After
breakfast drive to Phobjikha. Visit Gantey
Goenpa
as it is a major attraction with an old monastery date back to the
16 century.
Walk through
Gangtey natural trail and visit Phobjikha valley exploring Bhutanese
traditional houses.
Overnight at hotel.

 

Day
05: Phobjikha – Bumthang 

After breakfast drive
onward to Jakar (Bumthang) is perhaps long, but certainly memorable with
dramatic landscapes of terraced farmland, deep river valleys and precariously
perched farmhouses viewed from the only east west highway that has been
ingeniously carved out of the mountain faces (occasional road blocks may
occur). Following a brief stop at Chendebji
Chorten
, which according to belief was built to cover the remains of a
demon spirit, you will carry on to what was the original home of the Royal
Family. Continue drive to Trongsa.
Visit Trongsa
Dzong
– seat of the district administration, built in 1648. And visit Tower of Trongsa, which has been
converted into a museum from a watchtower that once guarded Trongsa Dzong.
The
drive onward to Bumthang takes you over the picturesque Yotong La. Overnight at
hotel.

 

Day
06: Bumthang – Halt

After
breakfast, you will explore our neighboring palace, Wangdichhoeling, a past
home to the 2nd King, and now home to the auspicious prayer wheels next door.
Heading up valley, you will take in the grand Kurjey Lhakhang – considered one of Bhutan’s most auspicious
monuments, that was once the resting place of Guru Rimpoche, and Jambay Lhakhang – home to the early
winter festivals that draw thousands of Bhutanese for their annual blessings.
Heading back into town and across the Bumthang Chhu, you will enjoy a visit to
the sin alleviating Tamshing Monastery
followed by quick visits to the valleys unique cottage industries – Red Panda
Brewery, Bumthang Cheese/Dairy Facility and the Bumthang Distillery, home to
numerous distinctive spirits.

Overnight
at hotel.

 

Day 07: Bumthang – Halt

After breakfast drive to Tang
valley and visit the mystical Ugyen
Choling Palace
and explore Tang valley. 
After lunch drive back to Bumthang on the way take short
walk on the riverside to MenbarTsho (the burning lake).
Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 08: Bumthang – Paro

After breakfast drive to Airport for
onward flight to Paro.
After lunch visit:

·        
Kyichu
Lhakhang
– One of the oldest and most sacred temple in
the kingdom, dating back to the 7th century. 

·        
Ta
Dzong –
Former Watch Tower which now houses the
National Museum.

·        
Rinpung
Dzong
– Which houses the monastic school and the
office of the civil administration and walk down passing close by crossing the
Bhutanese typical wooden roofed bridge to Paro town.

Overnight at hotel

 

 

Day 09: Paro – Excursion to Taktsang
(Tiger nest)

After
breakfast, drive for half an hour and start the hike, which is about 5 hours
(round trip.) The trail is along an ancient path marked by river-powered prayer
wheels. As you reach Taktsang you will be struck by the architectural wonder of
this most pious Buddhist shrine in Bhutan. Perched some 1000m, 3000ft on a
cliff overlooking the valley; it would justifiably qualify as one of Bhutan’s
wonders. Tragically wrecked in a fire early in 1998.  It has been rebuilt to its original glory. It
is said that the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet
on the back of a tigress to tame five demons, who were opposing the spread of
Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D. Hence the name, Taktsang, or the “Tiger’s Lair.”
Descend back to Ramthangka.

If
time permits, drive further north to visit another symbolic structure, which is
now under reconstruction. Drugyel Dzong, or “”Castle of the Victorious Drukpa,”
which was also built by the Shabdrung to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the
Tibetans in the 16thcenturies. From here, the Jomolhari Peak (“Mountain of the
Goddess”) can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7,329m/24,029ft.).  Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 10: Paro – Departure

After
breakfast, drive to Paro international airport for your onward flight. The
representative of Bhutan Soul Tour and Travel will see off and bid farewell.

 

TASHI DELEK!!!

Bhutan – Intimate Moments

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