Visit Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought off Tibetan invaders in 17th century. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, “mountain goddess” (7314 m) can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong on a clear day.
Along the way, see the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by the Buddhist Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.
Day 2: Paro-Thimphu (60 km, 1 hours)
After breakfast, visit Ta Dzong, originally built as a watchtower, which now houses Bhutan’s National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armors, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts followed by visit to Rinpung Dzong (fortress), the district administrative centre of Paro District. .
After lunch drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. En-route, visit to Ta-chhogang temple and hike down to 14th century suspension bridge made out of iron chains. The great engineer and Buddhist poet call Lama Thangtong Gyelpo or Lama Chamzampa (bridge maker) built it. Halt a night at Thimphu.
Thimphu with the population of about 90000 is the biggest and most populated city in Bhutan. Most of the inhabitants consist of civil servants, business people, private employees and students. However, it is Thimphu is probably one of the smallest capitals in the world.
Day 3: Thimphu Excursion
After a Break, visit to Painting School, It is the centre of learning for Bhutanese artists, depending upon one interest, one can specialize in one of the thirteen arts and crafts. The thirteen arts include painting, weaving, sculptures, black smith, embroidery etc. This is the best place to learn about Bhutanese arts and crafts.
Visit to Takin Zoo, we can see famous national animal of Bhutan call taken. These animals have very strange shape and very strong smell. Local believes that it was created by famous lama Drukpa Kuenlley or popularly known as divine madman. It was said that, he joined the head of a goat and a body of a cow together.
Visit to handmade paper factory, where Bhutanese make paper manually. Although the process of making paper what you cxan see is simple but the amount of time taken to collect the raw materials like bark of Daphne plat, collecting roots of some plants to make into a glue consumes lots of time. Apart from small heater to dry papers, everything is manually done. It is one of finest papers in the world and highly recommended for artist.
Explore Thimphu Town, after lunch we will explore Thimphu Town. Thimphu has one long street and two half street. The Town is small and people are quite friendly. If you are interested in buying authentic handicraft best place is to visit Craft Bazar. Later drove back to Paro in the evening. Night halt at Paro.
Day 4: Thimphu - Dochula-Paro.
We will drive to Dochu and have a visit to Wangyel chorten Here you can spend sometimes walking around and photographing the 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens. Built in 2004 to celebrate the stability and progress that His Majesty has brought to the Nation, this hills of 108 religious monuments in the middle of the pass reflects Bhutan’s spiritual and artistic traditions. If the weather is clear, we can see lots of mountain ranges with snow clad.
We will either have luncha at Dochula cafeteria or back to Thimphu for Lunch. Later drove back to Paro in the evening. Night halt at Paro.
Day 5: Paro-Taktsang
Morning after breakfast hike up to the Taktsang Monastery (Taktsang means Tiger’s Nest), which is 900m high above the floor of Paro valley. According to the legend, it is said that Guru Rinpoche flew to the site of the monastery on the back of a flying tigress in 8th century, and mediated for three months.
Leisure walk of 4-5 hours on footpath that gradually winds it way up. We stop at Taktsang cafeteria and have a glimpse of spectacular viewpoint of the jagged cliff looking as if it was clutching and protecting the very monastery built into crevice. Lunch at View point and overnight at Paro.
Day 6: Departure
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