TIGER ‘S NEST ADVENTURE
Day 1- Arrival at Paro International Airport to Thimphu.
(Altitude: 2250m/7,382ft, 54km/1hr).
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 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).
in many of Bhutanese Traditional arts to students throughout the country. Then we visit the Textile Museum and Folk Heritage Museum. 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 Serbithang. 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/3hrs, 1200m/ 3,936ft).
We check out from hotel then drive across the Dochula Pass to Royal Botanical Park; here you can enjoy the 47 different species of Rhododendron. At Dochula Pass (3050mts/10,065ft), on a clear day you can witness the Bhutan’s Himalayan ranges. En-route visit Chimi Lhakhang ( Divine madman’s temple), a leisurely walk across rice fields and a village leads to Chimi Lhakhang, lineage of the legendary Lama Drukpa Kuenley, the crazy wisdom practitioner who shock and awed people out of their conventional reverie using unorthodox and apparently crude methods in 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.
Then continue drive towards Punakha. Visit the most magnificent Dzong in Bhutan, Punthang Dewachen Phodrang (“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 Rimpoche arrived to Bhutan from Tibet and built the Dzong in 1637 by the river Mochu(female river) and Phochu(male river) . White river rafting can be enjoyed while in Punakha.
Overnight hotel in Punakha.
Day 4- Punakha to Gangtay (Distance: 70km/ 4hrs, 2900m/ 9,570ft).
Today, you can relax and enjoy the ride to Gangtay. While reaching Gangtay, you can visit Gangtay Gompa built in the 14th century by the descendent of Terton Pema Lingpa (Treasure Discoverer) and then enjoy hiking at the Phobjikha Valley.While hiking Phobjikha Valley you can also witness the Heavenly bird Black Necked Crane or visit the Black Necked Crane Information Centre. In the evening we shall enjoy the local people and the Phobjikha valley.
Overnight hotel in Gangtay.
Day5 – Gangtay to Paro (Distance:188km/6hr, 2250m/ 7,382ft).
After breakfast we drive to Paro and visit the Kichu Lhakhang. This is one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gempo in the 7th century to subdue the ogress that lay across the whole of the Himalayas. This temple also marks the first coming of Buddhism to Bhutan. Later in 1968, another temple was built alongside the first one by Her Majesty, The Royal Grandmother, Ashi Kelzang Choden. Inside the courtyard, there is an orange tree that bears fruits all-round the year. It is considered a blessing from the Future Buddha. It is the main center figure of the Temple because nowhere in the valley you can find orange tree that bears fruits all season. Later drive towards the Drugyal Dzong (Victories Fortress)
Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 6 – Paro (Hike to the Tiger’s nest) (Altitude: 3100m/ 10,230ft).
In the morning we will hike to the most famous holy site Taktsang monastery 8thcentury
B C(“Tiger’s Nest”).Taktshang is one of the most popular spiritual heritage sites, perched precariously on the rock face of a sheer cliff 900m above the valley. The climb to the viewpoint will take about 1.5 to 2 hours. Here one can enjoy the stunning view of the monastery. It is believed that Guru Padmasambava flew from the east on a Tigress (Princess Yeshi Chogyel, and meditated at Taktshang for three months in the cave, subdued the local Deity and made him the protector deity of the Paro valley. The main temple was built in 1692 by the 4thDesi Tenzin Rabgay. Way back 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
And late in the evening you can organize traditional hot stone bath, with dinner in a local farmhouse.
Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 7 -Departure from Paro International Airport.
After breakfast we drive to Paro International Airport for your departure.