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06 NIGHTS / 07 DAYS BHUTAN TOUR Phuntsholing,THIMPHU, PUNAKHA & PARO (Direct Transfer)

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06 NIGHTS / 07 DAYS BHUTAN TOUR Phuntsholing,THIMPHU, PUNAKHA & PARO (Direct Transfer)

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Bhutan, known as the “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” is a country rich in culture, tradition, and natural beauty. A tour covering Phuentsholing, Thimphu, Punakha, and Paro provides a diverse and enchanting experience. Each destination on this Bhutan tour offers a unique glimpse into the country’s spiritual, cultural, and natural wonders, providing a well-rounded and enriching travel experience.

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Day 1

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ARRIVE NEW ALUPURDWAR & TRANSFER TO THIMPHU

On arrival at Bagdogra airport, you will be met & transferred to Phuentsholing followed by the immigration process. ON completion transfer to Thimphu. On reaching check in to hotel and later take rest from long drive.

Overnight at the hotel, Thimphu.

Day 2

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THIMPHU

After breakfast, sightseeing in Thimphu valley including visit to the following: The National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. Later visit Textile Museum, which provides insight into Bhutan’s one of the most distinct art form. Also visit Simply Bhutan, a living museum and studio encapsulating the cultural heritage of the Bhutanese people.

King’s Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”) who has wished to erect monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace.

 

Afterwards visit to Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang). Located at a short drive from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (KuenselPhodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley.

 

Later visit to Trashichhoedzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body.

Evening an exploratory walk around Thimphu Main Street and market area. Also visit the Local Crafts Bazaar, to browse through example of Bhutan’s fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, Thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewellery, interesting items made from local materials.

Day 3

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THIMPHU – PUNAKHA (75 KMS / 03 HRS DRIVE)

After breakfast at hotel, Drive to Punakha across Dochula pass (3O8Om). In Bhutan, the passes are marked by a large Bhutanese Chorten and prayer flag. Dochula pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas on a clear day.

After checking into hotel, proceed to visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body.

Later in the day excursion to Chimi Lhakhang (from hotel it is about 15 minutes’ drive till motorable road and then walk starts through paddy fields and villages. This is total about 1½ hour walk, including both way). The Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning ‘field’. A walk through the village near the temple will give you rare glimpses into the daily life and lifestyle of the villagers

Evening can be spent exploring Punakha village located right on the bank of river.

Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 4

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PUNAKHA TO PHOBJIKHA VALLEY EXCURSION

Today after breakfast drive to Phobjikha valley where you Enjoy the views of the immense and remote Phobjikha valley and the black mountain ranges.   In Phobjikha the villagers continue live a traditional Bhutanese rural lifestyle.  This is the site where black-necked cranes visit in their hundreds in November each year after spending the summer in Tibet.  As a result, no electricity is run to the valley to avoid disturbing their habitat.  evening drive back to Punakha.

Overnight at Hotel

Day 5

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PUNAKHA – PARO (120 KMS / 4½ HRS DRIVE APPROX)

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Paro along the scenic highway, enroute visit SimtokhaDzong, the oldest fortress of the country built in 1627 which now houses the School for Buddhist studies.

On arrival in Paro, check into the hotel. After lunch, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique Thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons &armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

Ta Dzong visit immediately followed by a short walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (ParoDzong), meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and another cosmic Mandala.

 Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 6

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PARO

After breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest (approx. 5 hours 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’. This site has been recognised as a most sacred place and visited by ShabdrungNgawangNamgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April, 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. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, “mountain of goddess” can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong.

Evening, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 7

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PHUENTSHOLING-NEW ALUPURDWAR STATION

After breakfast; check out from the hotel & enjoy the scenic drive to Phuentsholing. On reaching proceed for the immigration clearance. After completion drop to Bagbogra for your onward onward journey.

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