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Bhutan, the land of Happiness in the eastern edge of Himalayas, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m tall Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) which clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley is always included in our Bhutan leisure tour. Bhutan’s colorful and historical festival like Tsechu and its Dzongs and monasteries as well as Bhutanese art and architecture are the major attractions for tourist. Trekking, Hiking, Touring of Dzongs and Monasteries, Pony riding and adventure activities such as mountain biking, meditation in monastery and dzongs would be the ideal choice while traveling Bhutan.
Assemble at Singapore Changi Airport for your flight to Paro. Upon arrival, meet by local representative. Paro is at an altitude of 2280m above sea level and this valley serves as an ideal spot for rice growing. After lunch, we will start our Bhutan Tour by visiting to Rinpung Dzong, a castle on a treasure. The famous movie "Little Bhutan” was filmed in this dzong. Then visit Ta Dzong (built in 1656 and renovated in 1968), which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan and showcases the natural history of Bhutan, religious culture and economic life. Overnight stay in Paro.
After breakfast, we will explore the unique capital of Bhutan – Thimphu. Situated at an altitude of 2320m, Thimphu is the centre of government, religion and commerce. The capital has an interesting combination of tradition and modernity, and includes some of the most advanced and remotest parts of the kingdom. It is home to the Kings and the Royal family members, civil servants, expratriates, politicians, business persons and monks. Next, proceed to Buddha Point, located at Kuenselphodrang Nature Park, the 169 feet bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma, Vajra Throne Buddha makes it one of the largest statue of Buddha in the world. Next, visit the Motithang Mini Zoo. If time permits, we will visit to the Weekend Market. These are the main highlights of our Bhutan Tour here in Thimphu for today. Overnight stay at hotel in Thimphu.
After breakfast, visit to the Thimphu Valley attractions: Visit “National Memorial Chorten”, the stupa built in 1974 to honor the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928-1972), is a prominent landmark in the city with its golden spires and bells. Then visit Bhutan National Post Office, Bhutan stamps in the diversity of design and material has been printed in the world leading position. You can understand the most traditional culture and lifestyle of Bhutan. Overnight stay in Thimphu.
After breakfast, depart Thimphu and continue to Punakha. A great view of Bhutan’s high peaks on clear weather can be seen. Cross Dochula pass and visit Druk Wangyal Chortens where the construction of 108 chortens was commissioned by the eldest Queen Mother, her majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. Along the way, pass by the farming villages of Punakha and visit Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery especially for pilgrimage, particularly women seeking blessings to beget children. After lunch, visit the impressive Punakha Dzong, a traditional fort built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Overnight stay in Punakha.
After breakfast, visit to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten, it was built by Queen Mother and dedicated to the King and for the well-being of Bhutanese people. Majestically located on a ridge above Punakha valley, with amazing views of the country side, it is one of the finest examples of Bhutanese traditional arts and architecture of building stupas. After lunch, we drive back to Paro via Thimphu. Overnight stay in Paro.
After breakfast, we will visit the Tiger’s Nest and locally known as Taktshang situated about 900m overlooking the Paro Valley. Taktshang Monastery is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Bhutan. In the afternoon, visit Kyerchu temple or Lho Kyerchu, it is the oldest temple in Bhutan. It is one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo to subdue and pin down an ogress that was obstructing the spread of Buddhism. According to legend, all 108 temples were built in a single night. Overnight stay in Paro.
Today we will bid fond farewell to this beautiful Himalayan country and take an early fightback home
Paro to Thimphu – 54 Km – 2 Hrs
Thimphu to Punakha¬– 76 Km – 3 Hrs
Punakha to Wangdue – 17 Km – 40 Mins
Wangdue to Gangtey – 66 Km – 2.5 Hrs
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