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Yellow line in the map indicate your Departing & Orange line in the map indicate your Arriving.
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Bhutan is one of the world’s most exclusive tourist destinations. Those few travelers who journey to our magical kingdom will find themselves in a land of pure and exotic mysticism. Our various Cultural Tours introduce visitors to unique aspects of Mahayana Bhutanese culture, including visits to religious festivals and pilgrimage sites and on which ever tour you go, there are fascinating excursions to villages, temples and scenic spots for a closer look at a culture and a land which remain the most unspoiled and beautiful example of the traditional Himalayan way of life in existence today. The simple Cultural Tour programs given below can be modified to meet travelers’ individual preferences.

BHUTAN: THE HIMALAYAN WONDERLAND

DAY 1: Arrive PARO

paro airportToday you will fly into the region of Himalayas, and fly inside Bhutan with Druk Air, Bhutan’s National Carrier. The green walls of the hills are said as duars, it is known as gateways, into Bhutan from the plains of India rise ever higher as the plane flies north towards the Tibet border. Silvery rivers rush along the valleys; waterfalls plunge down and forested mountainsides then to the north, the great snow capped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up to the heavens. Farm house dot the hillsides on either side of the plane.

As the aircraft enters the Paro valley of Bhutan, you can look down and you will see Paro Dzong on the hillside overlooking the Paro Chu (river), with Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower, and now the National Museum, which is above it. Our Bhutan Travel Zone escort, who will be with you throughout your visit, it will be waiting for you at Paro Airport.

passengers out of parodistant view of paro airport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 02: Paro – Thimphu

mapAfter you have your breakfast in the hotel, we’ll drive to Drukgyel Dzong, it is a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought of Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred mountain Jhomolhari ‘mountain goddess’ can be seen in all her glory from the approach on the road to the Dzong.

Along the way, we can see the 7th century Kyichu Lhankhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. After that we will have our lunch and then we’ll visit Ta Dzong, originally built as a watchtower, which now houses Bhutan’s National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, which household’s objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

paro dzongThen we’ll walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (‘fortress of the heap of jewels’), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore, such as the legend of the four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount Sumeru and other cosmic mandalas.

Finally, after sightseeing all this things then we’ll proceed to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. From Paro to Thimphu it only takes 45 – 50 minutes. The road runs down through the Paro valley, to Chuzom (Confluence) at the entrance to the valley, where the Paro and Thimphu rivers meet. Three chortens on the riverbank at this place, each in a different style, mark the confluence of the two rivers. Shortly before reaching Chuzom, you will see on your left Tachogang Lhakhang, ‘the temple of the excellent horse’. It is a private temple, built in the 15th century, as the result of visitation from Balaha, the excellent horse, a manifestation of Chenrezig, the compassionate Buddha. The road passes along a narrow valley with high, rocky cliffs on the left, then the valley opens out into farmland on the approach to Thimphu. ‘The place of profound tantric teaching’, stands sentinel on a hillock a few kilometres out of the town. This Dzong bows houses and the Institute for Language and Culture Studies.

walk in thimphuOn the arrival in Thimphu, we’ll check you into the hotel. Your free time will be in the early evening for stroll around the town before dinner. Your sleepover is at the hotel in Thimphu.

 

 

 

Day 03: Thimphu – Paro

map1After having your breakfast, we will sightsee inside Thimphu valley, including visits after sightseeing, we will see at the following: the National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the National institute of Traditional Medicine (we’ll visit outside only), where Bhutan’s famed traditional herbal medicines are compounded and dispensed; and the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts.

 

thimphu dzong

After having our lunch, we’ll visit Tashichhodzong, (‘the fortress of the glorious religion’). This is the center of government and religion, site of the monarch’s throne room and seat of the Je Khenpo which is known as Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, It was reconstructed in the 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails
or architectural plans. Also we’ll visit the National Memorial Chorten, Continuously circumambulated by the faithful, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (‘the father of modern Bhutan’s) who had wished to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity. The Dzong was completed in 1974 after His Majesty Jigme Dorji wangchuck’s untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace.

Then, we’ll visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops, to browse through examples of Bhutan’s fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewellery, and other interesting items made from local materials.

After visiting all this things we should head to Paro in the evening. Your last dinner and sleepover is at the hotel in Paro Bhutan.

Day 04: Depart Paro

departure from paro

 

 

After early breakfast at the hotel, we’ll drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Your Bhutan Travel Zone escort will help you with exit formalities and then bid you farewell.