Land of Dragon Tour
(06 Nights / 07Days)
(Phuentsholing - Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Phuentsholing)
(enjoy the thrilling heights of Takti koti hills, Wangchu Dam at Wangkha, waterfall at Tsimakoti, The National Museum, Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) , Buddhist Dharma, Drugyal Dzong, Buddha Sakya Muni, Memorial Chhorten, Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, Lama Drukpa Kuenley, Taj Tashi, cross Dochula & Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chhorten.)
DAY 01: Phuentsholing To Paro
On the arrival in Phuentsholing, you will be received by humble representatives of Dynasty Bhutan who will be waiting outside the Phuentsholing gate holding a placard with your name on it. The representatives will be your guide for the duration of the tour and will welcome you in a traditional manner by offering a khadar (greeting scarf).
After that, our journey starts by driving towards Paro. On the way, you will get to see amazing scenarios where you come to the realisation point of the existence of heaven. Firstly, you will enjoy the thrilling heights of Takti koti hills and you can take a chill at IMTRAT Canteen. After passing few kilometres, you will enjoy the view of Wangchu Dam at Wangkha. After passing Wangchu, we have now two alternative roads where from the newest road, we will reach to our destination within few hours. Even if you drive by the older road, you will get a chance to worship at Lord Shiva’s meditation cave where it is beautified will a gentle flow of waterfall at Tsimakoti. Then after passing few miles, you will come across Tachogang Temple or the “Temple of the Hill of Excellent Horse” which rises in austere surroundings on the left bank of the river, a few km before Chhuzom at the confluence of the Paro and Thimphu river. A Tibetan Saint had a vision of the excellent Horse Balaha – an emanation of Avalokiteshwara while he was meditating there. He decided thereupon to build a temple at this spot in addition to one of his famous iron bridges (later carried away by floods in 1969). The exact date of the temple’s construction is not certain, but it was probably around the year 1433. Then within 30 minutes you will be at your first Destination (Paro). On arrival, check into the hotel.
In the afternoon visit the National Museum which is a repository of not only precious work of art but also costumes, amour and other hand crafted objects of daily life that provide a good snapshot of the rich cultural traditions of the country. It is rated as one of the finest natural history museums in South Asia and it is a wonderful insight into Bhutan the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Of special interest is the gallery of thangkhas which exhibits exquisite pieces of different vintages – those depicting Zhabdung Ngawang Namgyal, the first Je Khempo and first Druk desi are of particular significance.
Drive to see the Rinpung dzong, built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now used as an administration center and school for monks.
Get a glimpse of the Ugyen Pelri Palace in a secluded wooden compound south of the river which was built by the Paro Penlop, Tshering Penjor, in the early 1900s. It is designed after the Second Buddha’s celestial paradise, Zangtopelri and one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture.
The evening has been kept free for leisurely visit to Paro town.
DAY 02: Paro day Excursion
After an early breakfast take a short drive to road point from where the hike begins to the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) which clings precariously to a cliff 800 m / 2,600 ft above the Paro valley. The climb up to the view point will take around three hours (depending on one’s fitness). In the second half of the 8th century, Guru Rimpoche, alighted here upon the back of a tigress, and upon meditating for three
Months in a cave, assumed the form of Dorje Droloe, the Terrifying Thunderbolt and subjugated the Eight Evil Spirits who hindered the propagation of Buddhism. Thereafter, the Buddhist Dharma was introduced to Paro valley and soon spread to the rest of Bhutan. Taktsang is one of the holiest sites in the country and one of the most venerated Buddhist monuments in the Himalayas.
Lunch will be served during the return hike back to the road point. The afternoon will comprise of a visit to Drugyal Dzong and a local farm house as detailed below:
-Drugyal Dzong, now in ruins, was built in 1646 by Shabdrung to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders, led by Mongolian Warlord, Gushri Khan. Strategically built over the only passage into Paro valley, the Dzong helped to repel numerous invasions all through the course of Bhutanese history. It so impressed the early English visitors in 1914 that the Dzong was featured on the cover of the National Geographic Magazine. In fine weather, the towering peak of Mount Jumolhari 7314 m high appears as a backdrop. This mountain which marks the frontier with Tibet is sacred and the dwelling place of goddess Jomo.
After that, in the evening visit a local Farmhouse: The visit to a Farmhouse is very interesting to get an idea of how Bhutanese people live. The Farmhouses are very decorative, built and painted in a classical style. The houses are normally three stories; the ground floor is used for cattle, the top floor is used as a store, while the family live in middle one.
Overnight at hotel – Paro.
DAY 03: Journey to The capital Thimphu
Then further drive to Thimphu, at an elevation of 2,350 m / 7700 ft. Urbanization began here when Thimphu was proclaimed as a national capital in 1952 and the Dechenchoeling Palace was built at this time. Even today the city retains its ethnic architectural style and is the only capital in the world with no traffic lights. Yet unlike other capital cities in the world, Thimphu remains essentially pastoral in character and changes its demeanor with the seasons.
On arrival, check into the hotel.
After Lunch you will be taken for a short sightseeing tour around Thimphu town. During this tour you will visit:
-Visit Buddha point known popularly known as Kuensel Phodrang which has a 160 feet statue of The Present Buddha- Buddha Sakya Muni (Sha cha Thupa). This is one of the biggest statues of Buddha in the World. From here on can get a beautiful view of the Capital city, Thimphu.
-Walk around Memorial Chhorten in Thimphu built in 1974 in memory of the Third King His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who passed away in 1972. The Memorial Chhorten is one of the most visible religious structures in Thimphu, and for many people it is the focus of their daily worship.
-Visit Tashichhodzong, whose history dates back to the 13th century, wherein houses His Majesty’s Throne Room and is the summer home to the Monastic Body.
Evening free time to walk around Thimphu town.
Overnight at hotel – Thimphu.
DAY 04: Thimphu day Excursion
After an early breakfast hike to Tango Monastery, about 7 miles from Thimphu, the Tango Monastery is a lovely place for an excursion. The drive or walk to reach it offers beautiful views of the countryside and the Thimphu valley. The monastery dates back to the 13th century and was rebuilt in the 15th century by the “Divine Madman”, Lama Drukpa Kuenley.
After that drive back to Thimphu have a lunch and begin sightseeing’s as follows:
-Visit to the significant field where our national game (Archery) is been played at Changlimithang. We will get to see the Bhutanese Archers well dressed up in our national dress with a bow and arrow in their hands. Some of the Archers play traditional Archery which is made up of bamboo and some play will play the modern archery where the bow and arrows are from foreign country. You will enjoy watching them dancing while they hit the target and women cheering them. -Visit to Centenary Farmers Market, popularly known as (Subji Bazar). In this area, the local Bhutanese farmers come and sell their local products such as vegetables, fruits and other amazing items. Some items are often bought from Falakata. During the week ends, this area wil be fully occupied by huge number of buyers. You will enjoy this scenario. -After that you will visit the craft bazar which is located right above Taj Tashi. You will get to see all the Bhutanese handicrafts where the items are made in traditional styles such as traditional hats, gho, kira, masks, paintings, key hangers, traditional pot and other more exciting items. You can buy them for your mates in your country as a gift.
Evening free time to relax.
Overnight at hotel – Thimphu.
DAY 05: Thimphu - Punakha
Drive toward Punakha valley (the old capital of the country) via the Dochula Mountain pass (3,140 m). On a clear day Dochu La offers a stunning view of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges:
(Himalayan ranges) Kang Bum Masang Gang Teri Gang Zongophu Gang 6,526 m 7,165 m 7,300 m 7,100 m Gangchhenta Tsenda Gang Jejekangphu Gang Gangkhar Puensum 6,840 m 7,100 m 7,100 m 7,541 m
Visit Druk Wangyel Chhorten, built by the Queen Mother for the peace and stability of the country. The 108 Khangzang Namgyal Chhortens are a new landmark for travellers as they cross Dochula, the first mountain pass into the interior of the country.
On the way visit Chimi Lhakhang, located on a hillock in the centre of the valley below Metshina. There is a short 20-minute walk through the village of Sopsokha en-route to the temple wherein you will cross paddy fields and get a feel for rural Bhutan. The temple was built by Ngawang Chogyel in the 15th century after the 'divine Madman' Drukpa Kuenlay built a small chorten there. The temple is believed to bless couples unable to have children and many people from around the world visit this holly site to seek its blessings.
Drive to see the impressive Punakha Dzong, the second of Bhutan’s dzongs. For many years until the time of the second King, it served as the seat of the government. It is the winter residence of the monastic order’s leader and his entourage of monks, and was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Inside the Dzong is the set of the 108 volumes of Kanjur – the holy book of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage, written in gold. The Dzong also safe guards Bhutan’s most treasured possession: The Rangjung Kharsapani, a self-created image of Chenrigzig which is described by Shabdrung as a treasure as vast as the sky.
After that check into hotel.
Overnight at hotel – Punakha.
DAY 06: Punakha day Excursion
The day in Punakha valley begins with a drive through the town of Khuruthang and continues along the banks of the Mo Chu River, passing the Phuntsho Pelri Palace and several other winter homes of the Royal Family.
Then walk to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chhorten (50 minutes) – a three-storey chhorten built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck in 1999 for the protection of the country, stands on a beautiful hillock called Ngezergang, and is located about 6 miles from Punakha. It presents an incredibly complex iconography, which belongs to the Nyingmapa tradition.
Visit Sangchen Dorji Lhendrup Nunnery in Punakha located on top of a hill with view of Punakha and Wangdue Dzongkhag, Village known as (Wolakha). The nunnery is established for the sustainability of the Nuns tradition in Bhutan and also propagation of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. It was built by Father of Queen mother (Yap Ugyen Dorji). It also resides the residence of nuns and also Buddhist school Facility same like Monks.
The evening has been kept free to relax.
Overnight at hotel – Punakha.
DAY 07: Punakha - Phuentsholing
After breakfast we will drive back to Phuentsholing.
On arrival, your guide will escort and see off you.