|Day 1||Arrive Paro|
|The first flavor of Paro is the transparent purity of air and the absence of noise, which makes it a valley of heaven. Depending on the seasons Fields, brown or green, cover most of the valley floor, while hamlets and isolated farms dot the countryside. The houses of Paro valley are considered to be among the most beautiful in the country. Paro is believed to be one of the first valleys to mark of Buddhism. Check into Hotel.|
the National Museum (Ta-Dzong). Once the watchtower for the Rinpung
Dzong, it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum
stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro valley in all its glory.
Visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong. A flagstone path rises gradually from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle roofing and abutted by two guardhouses, to the Dzong. Today, the Dzong is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the nation. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D.
|Day 2||Paro Sightseeing|
to Drugyal Dzong (a ruined fortress - 16 km away from Paro town). The
Dzong, although in ruins, holds great historical significance. It was
from this fortress that the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions.
The name means the victorious Bhutanese. This spot offers a magnificent
vista of Mount Chomolhari, "Mountain of Goddess" (7329 m).
Visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse on the way back.
|Evening:||Tea at the hotel and drive for two hours (65 km) to reach the capital city of Thimphu.|
|Day 3||Thimphu Sightseeing|
capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu lies in a wooded valley, expanding up a
hillside on the West Bank of the Thimphu river. Thimphu is unlike any
otherworld capital. Small and quiet city, there are no traffic jams as
familiar in other Capitals; and Thimphu is the only capital without a
traffic light. Thimphu's main shopping street is of a pleasure not so
much for what you can buy there, but for the charming of the
architecture, national costume, beautiful weaves in wool, silk and
cotton, basketwork, silver jewellery, thangkas and other traditional
crafts of the Kingdom is available in various Handicraft Emporiums.
|Morning:||Visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa built in memory of the third King who reigned from 1952-1972.
Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved.
Visit the Painting School where traditional art is still preserved. Artists are taught to paint Thankas here (sacred Buddhist scroll).
Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where one can buy Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts.
Visit the Weekend market where vendors from throughout the region arrive on Friday afternoon and remain till Sunday. Here you will find indigenous goods, handicrafts, locally produced goods, etc.
Semtokha Dzong. This is the oldest fortress in Bhutan, built in 1629
A.D. by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It also houses the largest monastic
schools in the country.
Visit Tashichho Dzong - the main secretariat building. It is from here that the King and other prominent civil servants run the country. The Head Abbot and the central monastic body also reside here during the summer.
Visit Pangri Zampa Monastery, situated just beyond Dechencholing Palace (5 km. from Thimphu). This temple was the first residence of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal when he arrived in Bhutan in 1616 A.D. Ngawang Chogyel, the great ancestor of the Shabdrung, built it during the first quarter of the 16th century.
|Day 4||Thimphu ~ Punakha ~ Wangdue Phodrang|
breakfast transfer to Punakha/Wangdue. En-route stop at Dochula Pass
(3150 m), 30 km from Thimphu, for tea and biscuits and enjoy a view of
the Eastern Himalayan Mountains. From Dochula to Wangdue, it's another
two hours drive.
Wangdue Phodrang Dzong is perched on a spur at the confluence of 02 rivers. The position of the Dzong is remarkable as it completely covers the spur and commands an impressive view over both the north-south and east-west roads. The main road climbs the length of the spur and on the left, across the river, comes the first glimpse of the picturesque village of Rinchengang whose inhabitants are celebrated stonemasons.
After lunch in Lobesa, visit the Punakha Dzong. This is the winter residence of Bhutan's spiritual leader, the Head Abbot, and the Central Monastic Body. The Dzong is built between two rivers known as "Phochu" (Male River) and "Mochu" (Female River).Check into Hotel.
|Day 5||Wangdue Phodrang ~ Thimphu|
breakfast drive to Metshina. On a hillock in the center of the valley
below Metshina is Chimi Lhakhang (Fertility Monastery), built by lama
Drukpa Kunley in 1499. He subdued the demoness of the Dochu la with his
'magic thunderbolt of wisdom.' A wooden effigy of the Lamas thunderbolt
is preserved in the Lhakhang, and childless women go to the temple to
receive a wang (blessing) from the saint.
It's a 20-minute walk across the rice fields from the road at Sopsokha to the temple. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana. There are very few monks at the temple which is surrounded by a row of prayer wheels and some very beautiful slate carvings.
Continue drive to Thimphu across the Dochu la pass.
Afternoon free for shopping.
|Day 6||Thimphu ~ Paro [Excursion to Taktsang Monastery]|
|Transfer to Paro for 03 hrs hike to the Taktsang Monastery.
Taktsang is the most famous of all Bhutanese monasteries. It is perched on the side of a cliff 900 m above the floor of the Paro valley, where the only sounds are the murmurs of the wind, and water and the chanting of the monks. The name Taktsang means 'Tigers Nest'; the Guru is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to the site of the monastery where he meditated in a cave for three months.
The monastery itself is closed to tourists except by special permit. However the one-hour walk to the viewpoint, where there is a small wooden teahouse provides a close-up view of the monastery. It's also a good warm-up hike if you are going trekking.
In the evening visit a farmhouse for "traditional hot stone bath" and local hospitality.
|Day 7||Paro Departure.|