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Scenic Bhutan - 7 Days

Day 1: Paro / Thimpu (55 Kms/1 ½ Hrs)

On arrival at Paro, you will be met by TBi representative and driven to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. It is a unique city with an unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions.

On arrival proceed to hotel. In the afternoon visit the King’s Memorial Chorten.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Thimphu

After breakfast, take a scenic hike to Tango monastery (approx. 2 Hrs round trip walk). This picturesque three-storey tower monastery was founded in 12th century. Later visit National Library, Textile Museum, Simply Bhutan & Trashichhoedzong.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Thimphu / Punakha (75 Kms/3 Hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Punakha across Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) to view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point.

On arrival in Punakha, proceed to hotel.

Later visit the Punakha Dzong - built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Punakha

After breakfast, excursion to Sangnacholing Dzong - built on a plateau and visit farm houses to experience rural life.

Evening visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang nunnery - the temple complex houses a permanent higher learning and meditation centre for nuns.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Punakha / Paro (125 Kms/4 Hrs)

After breakfast, drive back to Paro. Enroute visit Simtokha Dzong - the place of profound tantric teaching. After checking into hotel, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. Then walk down to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning - fortress of the heap of jewels.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Paro

After breakfast, optional excursion to Taktshang Monastery (approx. 5 Hrs round trip walk). It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. In 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of building but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendour.

Afternoon, drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. On way back to visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Paro

After breakfast, transfer to airport for your onward flight.

Tour Highlights

Thimpu (Altitude 2,320 m): King’s Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point (Kuenselphodrang), Tango monastery, National Library, Institute for Zorig Chusum, Textile Museum Trashichhoedzong
Punakha (Altitude 1,300 m): Dochu-la pass, Punakha Dzong, Talo village, Nalanda Buddhist Institute, Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang nunnery
Paro (Altitude 2,280 m): Simtokha Dzong, Ta Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang

Monument closing days:
Thimphu - National Library closed on Sat, Sun & on Government Holidays
Institute of Zorig Chusum closed on Sun & Government Holidays and winter (Dec-till early March).
Textile Musuem & Simply Bhutan closed on Sun & Government Holidays
Paro - Ta Dzong closed on Government Holidays

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