HAPPINESS IS A PLACE
Day 1- Arrival at Paro International Airport to Thimphu.
(Altitude: 54km/1hr, 2350m/7710ft).
After your arrival at Paro International airport you will be welcomed by our professional company tour guide to the Land of Thunder Dragon. Then we drive to Thimphu. We shall visit Kuensel Phodrang, where the 169 feet of Shakyamuni Buddha (The Indestructible Buddha) made of bronze metal rests peacefully above Thimphu valley. On the way to Kuenelphodrang we shall visit the National Institute of Zorig Chusum (the institute of 13 arts and crafts) introduced by the Terton Pema Lingpa in the 14th century..
In the afternoon, visit to national zoo to see the National animal ‘Takin’. We shall visit the General Post Office and the Thimphu local weekend market and then later visit the Tashichhodzong, the fortress of glorious religion which was enlarged in 1962, after shifting the capital to Thimphu in 1955. It houses the secretariat offices, the central monk body and the King’s Throne room. It is also the summer residence for the Central Monastic Body and the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot) and where His Majesty’s office is also based.
In the evening we shall walk around the Thimphu city.
Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Day 2- Thimphu (Sightseeing).
After breakfast, we shall visit the National Memorial Chorten (built in recognition to His Majesty the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk known as the father of modern Bhutan & for the world peace). We shall then visit the Royal Botanical Garden at the Sebithang.After lunch we will visit the Royal Textile Museum and the handicraft shop on the streets of Thimphu. Later we shall witness the national game of Bhutan called the Archery at Chamilingthang Stadium.
Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Day 3 – Thimphu to Punakha (Distance: 70km/4hrs, 1200m/3,936ft).
Today, we drive for about an hour along the east-west highway till the Dochula Pass (3050m/ 10,065ft). The most beautiful Pass in Bhutan. From here one can have a spectacular view of the Himalayas to the north when the sky is clear. The pass is marked by 108 Chortens (Stupa), Druk Wangyel Chortens, which is Buddhist reliquaries, memorials to the teachings of the Buddha. The statue and relics of the Buddha or revered monks are inserted into the stupa. The stupa marks the landscape with reminders of the Buddha’s teachings. Mean while you can also visit the Druk Wangyel Monastery (Victory Temple).
En-route visit Chimi Lhakhang (Divine madman’s Monastery), a leisurely walk across rice fields and a village leads to Chimi Lhakhang, the lineage of the legendary Lam Drukpa Kuenley, the crazy wisdom practitioner who shock and awed people out of their conventional reverie using unorthodox and apparently crude methods during the 14th century. The adornment and paintings of the male organ is associated with him. The monastery is known for bestowing fertility in childless couples.At the temple you will be blessed by wooden phallus and the bow and arrow of Lama Drukpa Kinley.
After the hike, continue drive to Punakha. Visit the Punakha Dzong(“The Palace of Great Happiness”), commonly known as Punakha Dzong. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche in the 8th century ago and in the 16th century, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel arrived to Bhutan from Tibet and built the Dzong in 1637 by the river Mochu (female river) and Phochu (male river) .Punakha served as the old capital of Bhutan until 1955, when the capital moved to Thimphu, it is still the winter seat of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot) and the monastic community. A White river rafting can be enjoyed at the Mo chhu (female river) while in Punakha.
Overnight hotel in Punakha.
Day 4 – Punakha to Paro (Distance: 135km/5hrs, 2250m/ 7,382ft).
Today, we drive to Paro and on the way visit Lamperi Royal Botanical Park. Arrange lunch in Thimphu or Paro. Continue drive to Paro, and visit the oldest National Museum of Bhutan (Ta Dzong) and then visit Paro Rimpung Dzong(“Fortress on a heap of Jewel”), built in 1646 after the small Hungrel Dzong built by Lam Drung Drung, which was offered to Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional wooden cantilever bridge. A walk to the Dzong over stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong and the life around it.
Evening leisure time in Paro town.
Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 5- Paro (Hike to the Tiger’s Nest)(4hrs, 3100m/10,230ft).
Our day begins after an early breakfast for the hike to view one of the Bhutan’s most famous pilgrimage and a holy mediation sites, the Taktshang popularly known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The hike offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a sheer rock face which is 900mts above the valley floor. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche, father of Bhutan’s stream of Mahayana Buddhism arrived in the Paro valley more than a millennium ago on a back of a tigress. We begin hiking by foot or on a pony ride to the cafeteria, which serves as a midway point and has wonderful views of the Tiger’s Nest. From here it’s about an hour’s walk through some stunning landscape to reach the monastery. Returning back, we stop by the Cafeteria for lunch. After lunch, we begin our descent to Ramthanka base and visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple built in 7th century by a Tibetan king named Songtsen Gempo. It marks the first coming of Buddhism to Bhutan.
Evening free time or Arrange Hot-stone bath.
Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 6 – Departure from Paro International Airport.
After breakfast we shall drive from the hotel to Paro International Airport for departure.