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Visit Tachogang Lhakhang temple overlooking the lofty mountain and gurgling river stream is a quaint monastery in Paro Valley. Explore National Memorial Chorte which is also known as the Thimphu Chorten. Visit Kuensel Phodrang alias Buddha Point is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue constructed in the mountains of Bhutan. Visit Motithang Takin Preserve, wildlife reserve area for takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Explore Punakha Dzong, considered the most beautiful Dzong in the country, it is also the most important Dzong in Bhutanese history. Enjoy the amazing view of the countryside and the hills below with Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten that sits majestically on a ridge above Punakha valley. Discover Phobjikha which is one of the flattering bowl-shaped valleys in the country which offers breathtaking views of vast expanses of green fields Explore Rimpung Dzhong - “the fortress of the heap of jewels”.

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Duration: 8 Days
Starts in: Paro

Operated by:

GeTS Holidays

GeTS Holidays is an online tour operator and provides complete India tour solutions to domestic and foreign tourists.

Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO

After arriving & visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will be welcomed by our tour representative who will be your tour guide during your entire trip in Bhutan. Check into your hotel in Thimphu. Free until lunch time for some rest from early morning flight, refreshment and lunch. Overnight stay at hotel in Thimpu.

DAY 02: THIMPHU

After the breakfast we will drive to visit Kuensel Phodrang, the Buddha point which is the world’s largest sitting Buddha statue, the statue is 167 feet high. Next you will visit Motithang Takin Preserve, also known as the Thimphu Zoo by many is a small natural preserve for the Takin Bhutan’s national animal. Later visit Changangkha Lakhang, a popular temple, perched like a fortress on a ridge above central Thimphu, hums with pilgrim activity. Afterwards visit Semtokha Dzong also known as Sangak Zabdhon Phodrang (Bhutanese language meaning: "Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras") is a small dzong. At last visit the Thangthong Dewachen Nunnery which is a Buddhist monastery in the small Himalayan country of Bhutan. Overnight stay at hotel in Thimpu.  

DAY 03: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA (83 KM/2 HRS 20 MIN)

Post early breakfast, you will drive towards Punakha via Dochula Pass. We will stop over for tea at Dochu La (3,100 m), where on a sunny day; you can get stunning views of the Himalayan ranges. The Dochu La Pass is probably the best known mountain pass in Bhutan. On a clear day the pass offers visitors a spectacular view of the majestic eastern Himalayan Ranges. Later you will visit Punakha Dzong, located at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and the Po Chhu River, combine to form the Puna Tsang Chu which in turn is a tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra River. Overnight stay at hotel in Punakha.

DAY 04: PUNAKHA

After an early breakfast, we will drive to Chimmi Lhakhang to start with. The Chimi Lhakang or the Chimel Lhakang is a Buddhist monastery located in the Punakha District of Bhutan. The monastery stands on a small hill close to the village of Lobesa and was constructed in 1499 by Ngawang Choegyel, the 14th Drukpaheirarch. Next you will be taken to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a beautiful hike takes one to the regal Khamsum Yuelley Namgel Chorten, which was built to remove negative forces and promote peace, stability and harmony in the changing world. At last you will visit the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery, perched on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang, gleams the magnificent structures of Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang (Temple). The temple houses a 14-foot main bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara (Chenrigzig chagtong chentong). Overnight stay at hotel in Punakha.

DAY 05: PUNAKHA – GANGTEY (74KMS/2 HRS 15 MINS)

After breakfast you will drive to Gangtey and visit Gangtey Goemba which is an important monastery / temple associate with the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism. The Monastery is Located in the Wandue Phodrang Dzhongkhag in central Bhutan. Afterwards you will visit the Phobjikha valley which is a wide glacial valley located in close to the Gangtey Monastery. The Phobjikha valley is the winter home of the rare Black Necked Cranes that migrate from Tibet from the arid plains to roost in the more comfortable climate of the Phobjikha Valley. Overnight stay at hotel in Gangtey.

DAY 06: GANGTEY – PARO (170 KMS/4 HRS 30 MINS)

After breakfast you will drive to Paro. Today we will visit The Jungshi Paper Factory, a handmade paper factory uses traditional methods to produce the authentic Bhutanese paper known as Deh-sho. The factory uses the bark of two tree species, the Daphne tree and Dhekap tree in the manufacture of traditional paper. Later you will visit Rimpung Dzhong, probably Bhutan's best known and most iconic Dzhong. The Rinpung Dzhong's name translates to the "Fortress on a heap of Jewels". In the end you will explore Jangtsa Dumgtseg Lhakhang which is a Buddhist temple in western Bhutan. The temple is notable as it is in the form of a chorten, very rare in Bhutan. It is located on the edge of a hill between the Paro valley and the Dopchari valley, across the bridge from Paro. In evening we will visit local market of Paro and overnight in a hotel in Paro. Overnight stay at hotel in Paro.

DAY 07: PARO

After early morning breakfast, we will take you for a morning hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Hanging precariously and magically from a rather steep cliff, the Taktshang monastery is a monument of genuine pride for the Bhutanese nation. It defies architectural principles to the core and amazes tourists from around the world. It is a sight to behold. Later you will visit Kyichu Lhakhang. The Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. The temple was built by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo in the 7th Century AD. The Kyichu Lhakhang was one of the 108 temples constructed by him to subdue a demon that was terrorizing the people of the Himalayas. In evening we will visit local market of Paro. Overnight stay at hotel in Paro.

DAY 08: PARO DEPARTURE

In the morning after early breakfast we will see you off at the Paro Airport for your onward destinations.

Additional Information

The 8 days Cultural tour combines Paro/Thimphu/Punkha and Gantey. You can see the Bhutanese culture and history by exploring the most renowned Bhutanese Dzongs. The hands on experience in traditional textile and handicraft. You can explore the pastoral scene, monastic life etc. Offer you a perfect chance for a cultural exploration in Bhutan.

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