DYNASTIC BHUTAN 6 NIGHTS & DAYS
TOUR in BRIEF
Duration: 6 Nights / 7 Days
Paro Valley – Thimphu
Our tour begins with a journey towards east into the booming metropolis of Thimphu. Situated at an altitude of 2,300 m it is the home to 120,000 Bhutanese.
Thimphu being the capital of Bhutan, offers unique opportunities to explore the Bhutanese culture, lifestyle and traditions in depth. We invite you to see the sights of the Kingdom’s capital with us.
After lunch, we will spend our time circumambulating the sacred National memorial Chorten.
This is a Tibetan-style Chorten built in 1974 in memory of the late 3rd King who passed away in 1972. It is one of the most visible religious structures in town and for many people it is the focus of daily worship. Remember to walk around the Chorten at least once to gain merit and good luck.
Free time in town
Arrive – Paro airport and then transfer to Thimphu. (1.5 hrs drive)
After breakfast we will drive up to Kuensel Phodrang to pay respect to the Biggest sitting Buddha statue in the world. The statue measures 51 meters. Built with the help of donor from Singapore, it is now an important sight to visit for all Buddhist around the world. We will spend our time circumambulating the sacred
National memorial Chorten. This is a Tibetan-style Chorten built in 1974 in memory of the late 3rd King who passed away in 1972. It is one of the most visible religious structures in town and for many people it is the focus of daily worship. Remember to walk around the Chorten at least once to gain merit and good luck.
Before lunch, we will have time to quickly visit the Bhutanese Paper factory. The art of handmade paper in Bhutan dates back to the 8th century, although usage was limited mainly to religious purposes. Today, it is considered an important element in the preservation of Bhutan’s cultural heritage.
After lunch, we will visit the Mini Zoo. The zoo used to exhibit various indigenous wild animals, which were later released back into the wild by order of the 4th King who declared that such a facility was not in keeping with the Bhutan’s environmental and religious convictions.
Thimphu – Punakha
The sub-tropical valleys of Punakha and the surrounding mountain sides offer a large variety of attractive places to explore and discover monasteries and the most impressive Dzong in the country. Roughly, 40 minutes we will arrive at the Dochula Pass (3050 meters). If weather permits, we will have great views of the extended eastern Himalayas in Bhutan.
A brief stop at the pass and continue the journey by winding our way into Punakha valley (1300 meters). On our way to Punakha valley, we will stop at the village of Sopsokha to hike the famous Chimi Lhakhang (Fertility temple).
The 30- minute walk from the road to the Lhakhang is through open farmland and rice paddies. It is believed that demons who had been terrorizing the valley transformed herself into a black dog to escape the wrath of the Divine Madman. However, he caught the dog and buried it under a pile of earth shaped like a woman’s breast. He then built a Chorten on top of this mount and prophesied that a temple would one day be consecrated over it. True to the prophecy, his brother built Chime Lhakhang in 1456. If you are wishing for a child, it is believe by the Bhutanese that a visit to the Divine Madman’s temple, Chime Lhakhang, might help increase your chances. Thousands of people visit this temple on pilgrimage and numerous couples visit the temple to pray to become pregnant and receive blessing. Many parents also bring their newborn children to receive the baby’s name from the local lama.
After lunch, we will drive down valley to visit the stunning Punakha Dzong. The Dzong is considered one of the most important and also one of the most beautiful Dzong in the Kingdom. It was built by Zhabdrung in 1637, and was the seat of the government every winter until Thimphu was established as the permanent capital in 1955. It is still the winter residence of the Central Monastic Body.
After early breakfast, we will travel up the valley north and cross the Mo Chhu to hike up and pay respect to the grand Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten. The Chorten is 30 meters (100 feet) tall and can be seen in the distance when driving or walking up from the footbridge towards the lodge. The three -leveled Chorten took eight and a half years to build and was consecrated in 1999. Dedicated to the Fifth King, it was built to remove negative forces and to provide peace, stability, and harmony in an ever- changing world. It is therefore filled with every form of colorful protector imaginable.
After lunch, we will drive down to the valley towards the farm House at Gaselo, Wangdi Phodrang. It will be
1- hour drive from Punakha Valley.
At the farmhouse, we will try our hands in cooking Bhutanese cuisine and practice playing archery.
Note: If you are interested we can arrange hot stone bath experience at the Farm House
Wangdue – Paro Valley
Today the journey west takes us back to Paro valley winding our way through Lobesa valley before climbing back to Dochula pass (3000 meters above sea level).
In the afternoon, we will visit the Paro Dzong and take in the amazing architecture of this 17th century monument, a premier example of Bhutan’s architecture. Paro Dzong was built in 17th century to defend Paro from the Tibetan invasion. It is also known as Rinpung Dzong which means the ‘fortress on a heap of jewels’. This fine example of Bhutanese architecture now serves as a central monastic and administrative seat of the Paro district. After the visit, we will stroll down to the cantilever bridge.
If time permit we will visit the auspicious Kyichu Lhakhang. The 7th century monastery is one of the oldest and most sacred temples in the Kingdom where the seed of Buddhism was won in Bhutan. The Tibetan King, Songsten Gampo ordered the establishment of monasteries in the Himalayan region to subdue evil spirits and to spread Buddhism. Of the 108 monasteries which were to be built, two major ones were built in Bhutan namely the Kyichu Lhakhang and the Jampa Lhakhang in Bumthang.
Today the exploration of Paro valley begins with a hike to Taktshang (Tiger’s nest monastery) 4-5 hrs hike
Tiger’s Nest or Taktshang Goempa is one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments. It literally hangs off the face of a cliff 900 meters (2952 feet) above the valley floor. The legend states that Guru Rimpoche flew into Bhutan on a mythical tigress and meditated in a cave before bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. The Taktshang Goempa was built around the cave, which is opened to the public once a year at the end of August. The four-hour round trip hike offers spectacular views of the Goempa and the valley below. Horses or mules can be arranged on request to help lighten the journey.
The hike to the famous Tiger nest monastery is a great finish to this day of cultural immersion and your festival tour to this ancient kingdom of BHUTAN