Highlights: Spectacular views of Mt Everest (8,848 m), Kanchenjunga (8,586m) and
Lhotse (8,414 m); and a literal adrenaline-pumping landing on the roof of the world.
Travel by Druk Air, Bhutan's national airline, to Paro, the country's only international
airport. The flight is exhilarating to say the least, as the route traverses parallel to the
mighty Himalayas enabling passengers to see the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest, and
many more. The descent affords a panoramic view of Bhutan’s foothills culminating into
a thrilling landing at what is considered one of the world’s most challenging airports.
Meet your guide at the airport and head to the Thimphu about an hour drive. On the way
stop at the Tamchoe Monastery view and chuzom the confluence of Paro and Thimphu
River. Lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch we will drive to Buddha Point, which provides a spectacular 360-degree
close-quarter view of entire Thimphu and the adjoining areas. This is the site of the
world’s tallest statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. Our next destination is the Memorial
chorten of Third king of Bhutan the JigmeDorjiWangchuk, visit the 12th century
Changangkha Temple, Takin Zoo and the viewpoint at Sangaygang.
Evening visit the TashichhoDzong, a 17th century castle-fortress which today houses the
offices of the King, Chief Abbot and government ministries and strolling around the
town. Overnight at the hotel
Distance: 77 kilometres, Time: 3 hours
Highlights: A panoramic view of the snow-capped eastern Himalayas and a multitude of
alpine flowers and birds; Bhutan’s ancient capital and Temple of Fertility.
The three to four-hour drive from Thimphu traverses thorough a constantly changing
kaleidoscope of vegetation, waterfalls, flowers, mountains and meadows. In about 45
minutes we will reach the famous Dochula pass (3,100m) where on a clear day we can
see the entire eastern Himalayan range, teeming with 6,000m to 7,554m snow-capped
mountains. The pass also known for its abundant species of extremely beautiful flowers
has 108 Buddhist stupas exquisitely built around a mound, adding to the natural
splendor of the place.
From the pass we descend to the sub-tropical valley of Punakha. Punakha served as
the ancient capital of capital and still possesses the country’s main treasures in the form
of Buddhist relics. Resembling a gigantic ship on an ocean floor from afar, and girdled
by two (Male and Female) rivers, the castle-fortress also represents the best specimen
of Bhutanese architecture.
After lunch in a small nearby village together with a rural farming household, we will
walk along a footpath flanked by an endless view of ripening paddy fields to the Temple
of Fertility – ChimiLhakhang. This temple, built in the 15th century to honour the “Divine
Madman”, a saint iconoclast who is also associated with phallus worship, attracts barren
couples from all over to receive fertility blessings from an anointed phallus. Than drive
further to Punakha and stop at the views point the confluence of Male (Pho chu) and
female (Mo chu) rivers and visit the PunakhaDzong, later visit the SangchenLhendrup
Nunnery monastery. Night halt in Punakha
Morning drive an half hour and hike to Khamsumyuley Temple, this hike will be very
interesting that you can see the spectacular view of mountains, Mo chu river and rice
paddy field and Punakha valley. Hike about one an half hour. After hike drive 3hours,
which is 80km to Thimphu and lunch on the way at local restaurant. Afternoon visit the
traditional art and craft school and folk heritage museum and visit the post office. You
can play the traditional sport he archery for an hour on the archer ground. Overnight at
Highlights: Hike to the Tiger’s Lair, the most famous Buddhist monastery in the
Himalayas, built on a sheer rock face.
After breakfast, drive for half one an hour and start hiking up to the temple that is
renowned in the Himalayan Buddhist world as one of the most popular sites of
pilgrimage. The five-hour round trip follows an ancient but oft-trodden footpath flanked
by water-driven prayer wheels.
The temple, precariously perched on a hair-raising ravine about 1,000 metres above the
valley floor, is considered sacrosanct as it was in a cave within this temple that the eight
century tantric saint, Padmasambhava, subdued the evils who obstructed the teachings
of the Buddha. The saint is believed to have come to Taktshang in a fiery wrathful form
riding a tigress. Over the years, many Buddhist saints have meditated in and around the
temple and discovered numerous hidden treasure teachings.
Visit the ruins of DrugyelDzongenroute. The fortress known as the “Castle of the
Victorious Drukpa”, is a symbol of Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetan invasions in the 17th
and 18th centuries. We can also get a view of the sacred mountain, Jumolhari, along the
way. Visit the National Museum and visit the 7th century Kyichu Temple, believed to
have been built on a place that resembled a knee of a giant ogress. Evening Walk
around in the Paro town and visit local farmhouse and enjoy the local dinner with family.
Overnight at hotel
After breakfast drive to Paro international Airport and fly out.
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