Window To Bhutan Tour
Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro.
As you enter Bhutan the plains come to an abrupt end and the mountains keep rising. The silver river thread the valleys, waterfall plunge down the forested mountains and to the north the great snowcapped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up in the sky. As you enter Paro you will see the Paro Dzong and one of the most fertile valleys of Bhutan. Evening at leisure, you can go around the Paro town. You stay overnight in a hotel in Paro.
Day 02: Drive from Paro to Thimphu which takes about two hours.
After breakfast, you drive to visit the old fort ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong, which offers a very scenic drive of a typical Bhutanese landscape. The dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. On a clear day the Mt. Jhomolhari(7314metres, 24000 feet), the sacred summit, reaches skyward beyond the Dzong. Afterward visit the Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. This unusual round building is believed to be in the shape of a conch shell. The centerpiece of this Museum is a complex four-sided carving depicting the history of Buddhism and its propagation. One side is Sakyamuni and the great teacher Atisha, representing the Sakya school. On the next lies Geylup, a disciple of Dalai Lama. Another is Nyingma lineage, the head is Guru Padmasanva, and the final is Drukpa Kagyu with the figure of Vajra Dhara.
Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning "Heap of Jewels", built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the center of civil and religious authority in this valley. Here you can see the finest example of Bhutanese architecture en route you visit the near by Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King Srongsen Gampo. This Monastery is one of the 108 monasteries built across the Himalayan region by the Tibetan King to subdue the Demons that lay across the Himalayan region. The rest of the monasteries lie in other neighboring countries. After that, you proceed to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Drive through the Paro Valley, which lies beneath Chomolhari one of the Bhutan's "Mountain of the Goddess." The drive from Paro to Thimphu is spectacularly scenic. In the spring season in Bhutan, you will find nature in a festive mood with rushing turquoise rivers which can be heard from miles away and mountains transformed into Master artist's palette of brilliant vermilion, yellows, purples, pink, oranges and reds to dazzle your senses. Wild cherry, mountains plums, cotton silk and forests of rhododendron trees bloom with astonishing beauty and abundance, especially in spring. Enjoy the magnificent monasteries, stupas in the valleys and the mountains. Experience the "Last Buddhist Himalayan Kingdom" on earth.As you approach Thimphu the Simtokha Dzong lies en route. After you reach Thimphu you check in at your hotel. You explore the town in evening.
Day 03: Drive from Thimphu to Paro.
You visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15-century Changangkha monastery and drive further down with good views of the Thimphu valley. Next, you visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved and visit the Painting School where traditional art is still preserved. Here artists are taught to paint Thankas sacred Buddhist scroll). You then go to visit the Traditional Medicine Institute where the ancient healing arts are still practiced and Tashichhodzong, the main secretariat building. It is from here that the King and other prominent civil servants run the country. The Head Abbot and the central monastic body also reside here during the summer. Along with these, you go to Handicrafts Emporium where one can buy Bhutanese textiles and other Arts & Crafts stores. Here you can buy stunning Kiras that can be used as bed covers or wall hangings, jewelry and much more. During the evening you drive to Paro. You stay overnight in a hotel in Paro.
Day 04: Fly out from Paro to Kathmandu.
Your guide will help you with airport formalities and bid you farewell.
- Trip Duration : 4 Days
- Start - End : Kathmandu - Bhutan
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