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The Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan lies along the lofty ridges of the eastern Himalayas. The country forms a giant staircase, from a narrow strip of land in the south to some of the highest unexplored Himalayan peaks on earth with an area of 38,750 square kilometers, roughly the size of Switzerland and fondly referred to as Druk Yul (Land of the Thunder Dragon) by the Bhutanese. Though the original name from the time of Marco Polo was ‘Bootan’.Bhutan has remained a country where are old customs and traditions are still part of the everyday lives of the people, even while modernization and the strains of global influence are felt more and more. Its isolation, spectacular mountains, varied flora and fauna, ancient Buddhist monasteries, vibrant culture, and mystic aura have made the last paradise on earth becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination. It’s population about 600000 is composed of three main ethnic groups. They are Sharchopas considered to be the earliest inhabitants living in the eastern part; Ngalops migrated from Tibetan plains living in the western part and Lhotsanmpas Nepalese origin living southern part in the early twentieth century. Bhutan’s topography is one of dramatic contrast from the near-tropical southern border with India at an altitude of 300m. the land rises to culminate in the over 7000m. peaks of the Himalaya in the north which form a natural frontier with the Tibetan region of its northern neighbor China. Bhutan’s living culture is Tsechus which is the major and popular national festival celebrating in most of the Dzongs lasting 3-4 days.
Day 01: Arrive at Paro.
Fly to Paro and transfer to the hotel. In the evening, visit Drugyal Dzong, now in ruins was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders in 1644; the dzong name’s means indeed “victorious Druk”. Then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century.
Day 02: Paro – Thimphu.
After breakfast, visit Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong presently houses administrative offices. After lunch visits the Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which has been, since 1967, the national museum of Bhutan. In the evening a two hours drive to Thimphu.
Day 03: Thimphu Sightseeing.
After breakfast, sightseeing in Thimphu. It includes: Visit Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion), built in 1641 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and reconstructed in 1961 by the Late King, His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wang chuck, who is regarded as Father of Modern Bhutan. Then visit the National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts followed by a visit to Painting School, famous for carving and freehand art. After lunch visits the National Memorial Chorten, a monument dedicated to the Third King of Bhutan. His Late Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The inside paintings and statues provide a very rare insight into Buddhist Philosophy. Then visit Handicrafts Emporium to see the exquisite artistry of traditional crafts and textiles. Evening free for shopping and leisure.
Day 04: Thimphu – Punakha.
After breakfast drive to Punakha across the Dochula Pass alt. 10,000 ft., site of one of Bhutan’s most enchanting views. While in Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong; built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1637, this sacred Dzong has played a prominent part in the country’s life in both civil and religious fields. Punakha Dzong is open to visitors only in summer when the monk body has moved Thimphu. After Lunch, visit Chimi Lhakhang.
Day 05: Punakha – Gangtey – Thimphu.
After breakfast drive to the beautiful valley of Gangtey. Enroute, visit Chimed Lhakhang. Packed lunch would be served at Gangtey. On arrival, visit Gantey Gompa and explore the Phobjikha valley, said to be the most beautiful valley in the Himalayas. In the evening, drive back to Thimphu.
Day 06: Thimphu – Paro.
Drive to Paro and hike to Taktsang Monastery, The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684by the Penlop of Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below.
Day 07: Departure from Paro.
Early morning, drive to the Airport and farewell.
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