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8 days Bhutan Historical and cultural. [VABHCT08]


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Day 1

Crossing over the Himalaya Mountains, the flight to Paro offers spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by the guide at the airport and transferred to the hotel. After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels". Next visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. Our next visit would be the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day you can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain at 7,314 meters. Overnight hotel in Paro.

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Day 2

After breakfast, we drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.  The road leads through the Paro Valley to the confluence of Paro and Thimphu rivers at Chunzom (confluence).  Three different styles of Chortens adorn the confluence.  A short way beyond, on the left is the Tachogang Lhakhang built in 15th century by Thangthong Gyelpo, a trader who first introduced Iron Bridges in Bhutan. Check into your hotel on arrival. In the afternoon, sightseeing in Thimphu includes, Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changangkha Monastery, Takin Reserve, School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school) and Nunnery Temple.  After a relaxing lunch, we visit Folk Heritage Museum, traditional paper factory and majestic Tashichhodzong and giant Buddha statue on a hill overlooking Thimphu which is reputed to be the largest Buddha Shakymuni in the world. Overnight hotel in Thimphu. 

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Day 3

In the morning, we visit the busy Weekend Market at the bank of Thimphu River where people from nearby villages come to sell their farm products. Stroll through the market to see the variety of food of the country, including basket upon basket of fiery chilies, fresh cheese, and mangoes. In addition, many stalls contain Bhutanese handicrafts and household items. It's fun to wander the aisle, taking in the bustling atmosphere of the market. Perhaps this market scene offers wonderful opportunity for photographs and to mingle with local people. A few minutes' walk towards south of Weekend Market is the Changlingmethang Archery Range. Perhaps you will come across people playing archery. Afternoon will be spent visiting different handicraft shops and shopping. In the evening, you can stroll through Thimphu town and absorb the lifestyle of the people. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

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Day 4

After breakfast this morning, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas.  From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. We arrive at Punakha after traversing through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River.  After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Overnight hotel in Punakha.

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Day 5

After breakfast, we drive to Gangtey. En route visit the Wangdue Dzong perched on a ridge at the bend of a river. Continuing on to Gangtey, you will pass through dense forests of fir, hemlock, oak trees and rhododendrons. On taking the diversion from the high-way, and crossing a small pass blanketed with dwarf bamboos, you will arrive at Gangtey.  From Gangtey, you can see the picturesque Black Mountain range as well as Phobjikha Valley, the winter habitat of the black-necked cranes. You will visit Gangtey Goenpa, the only Nyingmapa Monastery in western Bhutan; RSPN Education Center and crane roosting places. Later in the day, you will drive back to Punakha.  Overnight hotel in Punakha. (170km/5 hrs)

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Day 6

Today, we return to Paro. On the way, stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to the Devine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. If you wish, receive the blessing from the Lama’s wooden phallus! Continue driving to Paro. On reaching Dochula, visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. You will stop in Thimphu for lunch. Later in the afternoon, you will drive to Paro. Overnight hotel in Paro.

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Day 7

Today you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery. It is absolutely breathtaking, situated at 10,400 feet and perched on the edge of a steep cliff about 3,000 feet above the Paro Valley. Guru Rinpoche (the great Buddhist spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands.  Lunch is served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. Explore the monastery and hike back to the valley floor. Overnight hotel in Paro.

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Day 8

After breakfast, airport transfer will be provided to board your onward flight.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Country
Bhutan
Type of trip
overland tours
Trip Length
8 days
Maximum Elevation
Grade
Easy or Easy
Season
Sep – Dec
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Price
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