Bhutan, The land of the Thunder Dragon, is a landlocked country sandwiched between its larger neighbours India and China. Shrouded in mystery and magic, Bhutan is the place to be for every nature lover.
Declared as “the happiest place on Earth”, Bhutan still remains a mystery to most people all over the world. The pristine environment and rugged landscape of the country makes Bhutan one of the most popular tourist destinations. Bhutan may make you forget the beautiful hill destinations you may have visited before.
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Places To Visit In Bhutan
The historic valley town of Paro boasts of many historic buildings and sacred sites. The country’s only international airport is located in Paro. A crystalline river meanders down the picturesque valley.
Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Standing above the enchanting forest of the rhododendrons and blue pines, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery hangs on a cliff. It is the place where Guru Rinpoche arrived on the back of a tigress and brought Buddhism into Bhutan.
The largest city in the Kingdom of Bhutan, Thimphu, is the capital of Bhutan. Though the city is now abundant with nightclubs, restaurants and shopping centers, Thimphu still retains its values and cultural identity.
Cultural Panorama of Bhutan
Tour Package: Paro to Paro
Duration: 6nights/7days (The same package will become 8nights/9days if you choose to do it by road. In that case the package will be done from New Alipurduar/Hashimara to New Alipurduar/Hashimara)
Day 1: Arrive in Paro:
Arrive at Paro International Airport. Our English speaking representative will receive you at the airport. Check into a hotel in Paro. Rest of the day at leisure. You can go around the local market in Paro.
Day 2: Paro Sightseeing:
Post breakfast begin the day with a visit to the National Museum, locally known as the Ta Dzong. The museum houses several exotic collections of arts, crafts, and paintings. To understand the culture of Bhutan, a visit to this place becomes mandatory. After exploring the museum, you can enjoy a walking trail of Rinpung Dzong. Replete with legends and fables, a visit to this place will help you know more about Bhutan.
Post lunch visit Drukgyel Dzong , a monument on UNESCO Heritage list. The fortified ruins of the fort still resonate with the stories of valor and chivalry of the rulers. You may also choose to visit a farmhouse to witness the lifestyle and traditions of the natives staying here.
Have dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Paro.
Day 3: Paro – Thimphu:
After breakfast, drive to Thimphu, capital and the largest city of Bhutan. Visit Dupthop Lhakhang, a place of spirituality and worship for Bhutanese nuns. Later visit Thimphu Mini Zoo where you will see Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. This animal is unique of Bhutan, as it lives only on the Himalayan slopes of this country. Its head looks like that of a goat and the body resembles that of a cow or yak.
Later, visit the National Library, the Painting School, and the Traditional Medicine Institute, a few of the popular attractions housed within the city. Enjoy a really beautiful view of the sun set from Sangaygang View Point which is about 2685 meters above sea level. The entire Thimphu Valley is visible from here.
Check into a hotel in Thimphu afterwards. Have dinner and enjoy a good night rest.
Day 4: Thimphu – Punakha:
After a sumptuous breakfast, head to Punakha. Post lunch proceed towards Punakha that was once the capital of Bhutan. Punakha continues to remain the winter residence of Je-Khenpo, the country’s spiritual leader.
To catch a glimpse of the beauty of Bhutan, halt in Dochula on the way and spend a few moments with nature. Once in Punakha, go and explore the impressive Punakha Dzong, the administrative centre of Punakha District.
Punakha Dzong, which means the palace of great happiness, is located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chhu (mother) rivers. This was constructed by Ngawang Namgyal in 1637–38. The Dzong houses the sacred relics of the southern Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, including the sacred remains of Ngawang Namgyal.
After exploring Punakha Dzong go and check into a hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Enjoy dinner and a good overnight rest. Overnight in Punakha
Day 5: Punakha – Thimphu – Paro:
After breakfast, drive to Thimphu on the way back to Paro. Explore the city looking at the different aspects visible in the city. Have lunch at one of the restaurants in Thimphu. After finishing lunch quite leisurely, start for Paro. On arrival in Paro check into a hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Paro.
Day 6: Paro – Tiger’s Nest Excursion
After an early breakfast, embark on an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, also called Tiger’s Nest. The place is held in great reverence by the locals.
The trek to the monastery is a tough one, particularly for those who are not used to climb steep hills. Trek may be tiring but the scenic beauty on the route is quite awesome. While trekking do listen to the many fables that the guide and the locals will narrate to you. The interesting tales will only enhance the pleasures of your trip. Please note, not just ascent up the hill is difficult, coming down the hill may also feel strenuous to many, particularly on knees. All tourists must use shoes or very comfortable sandals for the two way trek.
Return to the hotel exhausted. Enjoy your meal and recoup from the tiredness of the day at leisure. Have your dinner and enjoy a good overnight sleep.
Day 7: Paro – Onward Destination:
Post breakfast leave for the airport and catch your flight for onward destination. Paro is connected by flights to Indian cities like Kolkata, New Delhi and Bagdogra.
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