Detailed Itinerary of the Scenic Beauty of Bhutan
Day1 - Druk Airways flight to Bhutan is one of the most spectacular flights in the entire Himalayan region. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkata, each flight is a mesmerizing aeronautical feat and offers an exciting descent into the kingdom.
On arrival you shall be received by our representative who will be waiting eagerly to welcome you with khadars (Welcome Tradition) and after which we take a 2hour drive(55km) towards Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. As we are about to reach Chuzom(Confluence of two rivers Paro and Thimphu) we stop to visit Tamchoe Lhakhang Built by Tangtong Gylepo,( The great brigde builder of Bhutan he is said to have made iron bridges with his bare hands) and now preserved by his descendants.
Along the way we have many more scenic beauties to be enjoyed. On arrival in Thimphu we check-in to the Hotel, if things go as plan plan then there is still time for an exploratory walk before dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 - After breakfast, sightseeing of Thimphu valley includes, visit to the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. The Traditional Medicine Institute, where centuries old healing arts such as acupuncture and herbal remedies are still practised. The Painting School, where young monks learn the art of Buddhist Thangkha Painting .Also visit mask maker workshop and workshop for fine metal craft, weaving, ceramics and paper making. Then visit, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.
After Lunch, we head off to Kuensel Podrang where the we can see the Buddha Dordenma Statue, measuring at a height of 51.5 meters making it one the world's largest Buddha statue.
On our way back we visit the kings Memorial Chorten continuously circumbulated by His Majesty's subjects, spinning prayer wheels and murmuring mantras.We then move towards Tashichho Dzong, 'fortress of the glorious dharma'. It is the centre of government and religion, site of the King's throne room, National assembly hall, and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1961 in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans.
Then, visit Handicrafts Emporium and local shops if you like to browse through example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewellery, interesting items made from local materials, and all manner of unique objects. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 3 - After breakfast we drive off to Punakha, the old National capital, with a short stop at Dochula pass (3,050m) that heralds the most enchanting views of Bhutan. Later a visit to Punakha Dzong, the 17th century fortress which has played an important role in the building up of modern Bhutan followed by visit to the local market there. Then visit, Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, the newly built stupa.
After that drive off to Wangduephodrang visiting the Dzong and local market. The district of Wangduephodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings. Along the way we stop at Chimmi Lhakhang built in 1499 by the 14th Drukpa hierarch, Ngawang Choegyel, after the site was blessed by the "Divine Madman" the maverick saint Drukpa Kunley (1455-1529) who built a chorten on the site. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 4 - After breakfast we drive to Paro, enroute we visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, it now houses the School for religious studies. In the afternoon in Paro we visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom originally built as a Watch Tower.
Since 1967 it has been serving as the National Museum of the country and holding fascinating collection of art, artifacts, thangkha paintings and Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps.Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which has a long and fascinating history. Overnight in the hotel at Paro.
Day 5 - After breakfast we drive north of Paro valley to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong the ruined fortress from where the Bhutanese repelled several invasion by the Tibetan army. Then take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence it is called "Tiger's Nest". The excursion to monastery's view point takes about 5 hours for round trip.
While returning to Paro town enroute we visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 6 - After an early breakfast in the hotel, our representative will drop you to the airport for your flight to onward destination.