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Secluded in the towering heights of the Himalayas, on the banks of the Wangchu River, Thimphu is known to be one of the strangest capital
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Bhutan Tour

Secluded in the towering heights of the Himalayas, on the banks of the Wangchu River, Thimphu is known to be one of the strangest capital cities in the world. With no glitzy towers, urban grime or traffic signals, it has consciously stayed away from modernisation and sought to fiercely guard its identity against all else. Although little recorded history remains of Thimphu's true foundation, heritage and traditions have helped shape an identity that is unique to Bhutan. Archaeological evidence tell tales of ancient settlements here around 2000 BC, but no written records before 2 AD were ever found. Lost in time, and forgotten by most, the city was revived in the 8th century AD by a Buddhist monk, Guru Padmasambhava, who founded many monasteries here, and established Buddhism.

History laden and mysterious, Paro, Bhutan's most beautiful town, conjures images of ancient warriors, pristine wilderness and long forgotten customs. Strewn with traditional houses, monasteries, bars and ripening rice fields, life is a paradox of choices here. Refresh your mind with old world wisdoms by taking up the challenge to climb to the Taktsang Monastery, nestled on the edge of a precariously high cliff and meditate on the ways of the world. Take in the view of Mount Chomolhari majestically rising in the distance. Unravel mysteries of the unknown at the National Museum which holds together a thousand years of history. Let the scented, fresh breeze from the valley seduce you as you sip slowly on therapeutic Butter Tea. Ta Dzong and Rinpung Dzong are curious little historical gems that will take you down memory lane. Better still, visit a local farmhouse and revel in simpler pleasures of stacking hay, tending to cattle and relaxing after an energizing day out in the fields.

Day 1: Arrive at Paro and proceed to Thimphu (70 kms | 1 ½ hours)
Meals: Dinner
In the morning, board your flightto Paro. On arrival, you will meet a MakeMyTrip representative who will transfer you to your hotel in Thimphu…
Thimphu: Capital to the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, Thimphu is one of the smallest capitals in the world. Thimphu is a gallery of traditional Bhutanese art, architecture, culture, and tradition and above all still so ethnic and pure. For most part of its history, Bhutan has tried consciously to save its culture from the blunt influences of the western world. It is not that modernity has not reached this region, but they are being introduced in a phased and balanced manner that is unheard of at any place in the world. All these make Thimphu and other parts of the country a unique destination.
Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel. Spend rest of the evening at leisure enjoy the warm dinner before you go to bed.

Day 2: Sightseeing at Thimphu
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast, proceed for Buddha view point, Simtokha Dzong, and Memorial Chorten.
Buddha View Point:Another place from where you can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley is from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). It is again a short drive from the town. 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.
Semtokha Dzong:Monastery was built in 1627 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It houses the Institute for Language and Cultural Studies. The carvings behind the prayer wheel in the courtyard are a major attraction of this temple.
National Memorial Chorten: also known as the Thimphu Chorten, is a chorten in Thimphu, Bhutan, located on Doeboom Lam in the southern-central part of the city near the main roundabout and Indian military hospital.
In the evening, return to your hotel and rest overnight after a delicious dinner.

Day 3: Thimphu - Punakha - Thimphu (75 kms / 2 hrs one way)
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast today, proceed to Punakha for a day excursion.

Dochula view point stop:The first stop after leaving Thimphu is Dochula pass at 3100m. Only about 45 minutes from Thimphu, it offers visitors their first glimpse of the Himalayan range. The road to Punakha branches left and curls its way down to the relatively low lands of the Punakha valley. As you are just about to reach Punakha visit :-
Chimi Lhakhang (Fertility Temple):Situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley is the yellow-roofed Chimi Lhakhang, built in 1499 by the cousin of Lama Drukpa Kunley in his honour after he subdued the demoness of the nearby Dochu La with his ‘magic thunderbolt of wisdom’. A wooden effigy of the lama’s thunderbolt is preserved in the lhakhang, and childless women go to the temple to receive a blessing or empowerment from the saint. It’s a pleasant 20 minute walk across fields from the road at Sopsokha to the temple. It crosses an archery ground before making a short climb to the temple.
Punakha Dzong:Majestically standing on an island between the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers, the city's dzong is one of the most photogenic of all Bhutan's ancient fortresses, and you will see pictures of it hanging in hotels and restaurants throughout the country. The dzong is joined to the mainland by an arched wooden bridge, and contains many precious relics from the days when successive kings reined the kingdom from this valley.
You can also do river rafting on your own expense.
In the evening, return to your hotel in Thimphu for overnight stay.

Day 4: Sightseeing at Thimphu
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After Breakfast this morning, go for sight-seeing.
Trashi Chhoe Dzong:Also called Fortress of the Glorious Religion situated on north of the city on west bank of the Wang Chhu. The Dzong was the site of the lavish formal coronation of the fifth King in 2008 and hosts the city’s biggest annual bash, the colourful tsechu festivities. Opening times 5-6PM Mon-Fri, 8AM-6PM Sat & Sun.
National Library:It’s of interest mainly as a fine example of traditional Bhutanese architecture, but it’s also a good resource for books about Bhutan. Traditional books and historic manuscripts are kept on the top floor and include texts from the famous Tibetan printing presses of Derge and Narthang.
Folk Heritage Museum:This restored three-storey, rammed-earth and timber building replicates a traditional farmhouse and is furnished as it would have been about a century ago.
Textile Museum:is worth a visit to get to know the living national art of weaving. Exhibitions introduce the major weaving techniques, styles of local dress and textiles made by women and men.
Takin Mini Zoo:The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and a goat. Legend has it that the animal was created by the great Buddhist yogi, Drupa Kunley, and it can be found only in Bhutan and nearby areas.
In the evening, return to your hotel and rest overnight after a delicious dinner.

Day 5: Thimphu - Paro (70 Kms / 1 ½ hours)
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast this morning check-out of the hotel and proceed to Paro.Upon arrival at Paro, check into hotel and have lunch (on direct payment basis).Later, go for sight-seeing.

Drukgyal Ruin Dzong:This was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of Paro valley. The Dzong was built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet. In the early 1950s Drukgyal Dzong was almost completely destroyed by fire.
Kyichu Lhakhang: Built in 659 by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. It is believed to be one of the 108 temples built to subdue a demoness residing in the Himalayas and is also one of the oldest Temples in Bhutan.
National Museum of Paro:Housed inside the revamped Ta-dzong building in Paro, National Museum of Bhutan is a cultural museum that has put on display the antique items gathered from different parts of the country.
Rinpung Dzong: is a fortress-monastery that serves both as a civil administrative center and as a monastic home for a community of monks. Most dzongs were built in the mid-1600s to protect the inhabited valleys from invasion by Tibet. The Paro Dzong was started in 1644 on the order of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of modern day Bhutan. Unlike most of the Dzongs in Bhutan, it survived the massive 1897 earthquake mostly unscathed, though it was damaged by fire in 1907.
In the evening, return to your hotel and rest overnight after a delicious dinner.

Day 6: Sightseeing at Paro
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Morning after breakfast,go for an excursion tour to Chele La Passand spend rest of the evening in the local market.
Chele La Pass and Haa Valley: At over 13,000 ft to the west above the Paro Valley is the highest road pass in the country and has amazing views of the Himalaya and most significantly the magnificent Jhomolari, Bhutan's most sacred peak at over 22,000 feet. It is a one and a half hour drive from the valley floor in Paro to the pass. The views from here are absolutely mind boggling as the sweep of the snow clad Himalayas lie before you.On return from Chele La spend the evening at leisure in Paro town for some souvenir shopping and get a feel of local Paro town.
In the evening, return to your hotel, enjoy your dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.

Day 7: Departure
Meals: Breakfast
After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to Paro Airport to board your flight back home. End of tour services!

Secluded in the towering heights of the Himalayas, on the banks of the Wangchu River, Thimphu is known to be one of the strangest capital

    Round trip economy class airfare on Druk Air with taxes till Paro.
    Accommodation for 2 nights in Paro and 4 nights in Thimphu.
    Meals - Buffet Breakfast and Dinner.
    Complimentary Dinner in the luxurious Taj Tashi on the last night of your stay in Thimphu.
    All applicable Hotel / Transport taxes.
    Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary on sharing basis in Hiace/Coaster.
    Airport pick-up and drop on sharing basis in Hiace/Coaster.
    Services of a professional Guide throughout the tour.
    Full day Excursion to Punakha with sight-seeing and Lunch and optional river rafting.

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