5 days 4 nights in Bhutan

Yellow line in the map indicate your Departing & Orange line in the map indicate your Arriving.
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Day 01 : Arrive Paro, Paro – Thimphu

paroIn clear weather, Druk Air’s flight to Bhutan provides a wonderful view of Himalayan scenery.Whether you will fly along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkata, it is a breathtaking journey, culminating in an exciting descent past forested hills into the kingdom.On arrival at Paro Airport, you will be met by a Bhutan Travel Zone representative.
mapOn completion of airport formalities, there will be an interesting drive of about 45 minute’s duration to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. After dinner in the evening it is free for you to go around Thimphu. Your dinner and sleepover tonight is at the hotel in Thimphu.

 

Day 02: Thimphu – Punakha

map2Thimphu, perhaps is the most unusual capital city in the world, is the seat of government. This bustling town is home to Bhutan’s royal family, the civil service, and foreign missions with representation in Bhutan. It is also the headquarters for a number of internationally funded development projects.

 

 

thimphuIn the morning we’re going to visit the Tashichhodzong, the main secretariat building which houses the throne room of His Majesty, the King. Tashichhodzong is also the summer residence for the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot) and for the central monk body. Then after sightseeing the Tashichhodzong we’ll proceed to the National Library, which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature, with some works dating back several hundred years. Then we’ll visit the nearby Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School), where a six year training course is given in the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. Also we’ll visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, (outside only) where the medicinal herbs abundant in the kingdom are compounded and dispensed.

After having our lunch, we’ll visit the National Memorial Chorten. The building of this landmark was originally envisaged by Bhutan’s third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who had wanted to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (‘the father of modern Bhutan’), and a monument to peace. Then we’ll visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and privately owned crafts shops, which offer a wide range of handcrafted products, including the splendid thangkha paintings and exquisitely woven textiles for which Bhutan is famous. Also we’ll visit the folk Heritage and National Textile Museums, which was opened in 2001.

In the early evening, we’ll drive over to Dochu-la (3,088m/10,130ft) to Punakha. We’re holding tonight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 03: Punakha – Wangduephodrang – Paro

backto paroPunakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1995, when the seat of government moved to Thimphu. Originally situated on the riverbank and dominated by the towering walls of Punakha Dzong, the township was relocated to a safer site a few kilometres down the valley, consequent upon extensive flooding in the early 1990’s. At the same time, extensive renovation work was undertaken on Punakha Dzong itself, which is now a breathtaking and glorious sight as you first glimpse it from the road. Although four catastrophic fires and an earthquake in past times destroyed many historic documents, Punakha Dzong still houses many sacred and historic artifacts and also the embalmed body of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Later drive to Wangduephodrang, the last town on the highway before entering central Bhutan.

paro dzong Situated on a ridge overlooking a river junction, the formidable Wangduephodrang Dzong is the town’s most visible feature. In the 17th century, Wangdue played a critical role in unifying the western, central and southern regions of the country. Also we’ll visit the local market.

After lunch we’ll drive to Paro, visiting Simtokha Dzong. This Dzong, was built in 1627, it is the oldest Dzong in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for language and Cultural Studies.

After we see Punakha then we’ll drive to Paro and check into the hotel. You are holding tonight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 04: Paro

The valley of Paro contains a wealth of attractions. In the morning, we’ll visit Ta dzong. Once Ta Dzong was a watchtower, it was built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century; Ta dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum in 1968. Afterwards, we’ll walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, which has a long and fascinating history.paro dzong

So we’ll stop by a restaurant to have our lunch, so after lunch, we’ll drive up the valley to see the view the ruins of Drukqyel Dzong, it’s about 18 km, from Paro town on the North side of the valley. It was from here that the Bhutanese repelled several invading Tibetan armies during the 17th century. Also we’ll visit the Kyichu Lhakang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the kingdom.

In the evening, we’ll visit a traditional farm house for an opportunity to interact with a local family and learn something of their lifestyle. Later on, take an evening stroll along the main street, and perhaps visit a few handicrafts shops, or take refreshments at a local café or bar. Your last sleepover in Bhutan is at the hotel in Paro.

Day 05: Depart Paro

paro3After breakfast drive to Paro Airport for flight to onward destination.