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Places to Visit : Thimphu, Paro, Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Day 1: Arrival at Paro and Drive to Thimphu

  1. Memorial Chorten: The Memorial Stupa, also known as the Thimphu Chorten, is a stupa built in 1974 to honor the third Druk Gyalpo (King), Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928–1972). The stupa serves as a prominent landmark in the city with its golden spires and bells.
  2. Tashichho Dzong: Tashichho Dzong has been the seat of the government since 1952 and presently houses the throne room and offices of the king, the secretariat and the ministries of home affairs and finance.
  3. Buddha Dordenma: It is the statue of Buddha Shakyamuni measuring at the height of 51.5 meter, making one of the largest statues of the world.

Day 2: Thimphu Sightseeing

  1. Changangkha Lhakhang: Established in 12th Century by Lama Phajo Drugom Zhipo who came from Ralung, Tibet, the Lhakhang located at the ridge of central Thimphu hums with pilgrim activities. People traditionally visit the place get auspicious names for their newborns or seeking blessings for their young children from the protector deity Tamdrin.
  2. Takin Zoo: Takin is a national animal of Bhutan and its Zoo is located in Motithangabove/north of Thimphu. It is, mythically believed to be a creation of Lam Drukpa Kuenley (the Devine Madman as known in the west) from the carcass of goat head and cow body. Bhutan is a wildlife reserve area for Takin. Originally a mini-zoo, is now converted into a preserve having discovered that the animals refrained from inhabiting the surrounding forest even when set free.
  3. National Library: The National Library located in the centre of Thimphu town got established in 1967 to preserve ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts. For tourists it's of interest mainly as a fine example of traditional Bhutanese architecture, but there are some great historic photos and on the top floor is a copy of a letter sent from the Drukdesi (secular ruler) to British army officer and surveyor Samuel Turner in 1783.
  4. Zorig Chusum: This institute, commonly known as 'The Painting School', operates four- to six-year courses that provide instruction in Bhutan's 13 traditional arts. Students specialise in painting (furniture,thangkas – painted religious pictures, usually on canvas), woodcarving (masks, statues, bowls, etc), embroidery (hangings, boots, clothes) or statue-making (clay).
  5. Folk Heritage Museum: The museum gives you a glimpse of the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle, in addition to artifacts from rural households; it also displays an impressive collection of typical household objects, tools and equipment.
  6. Royal Textile Muesume: Thimphu's best museum is part of the Royal Textile Academy and is the place to learn about Bhutan's living national art ofthagzo (weaving).
  7. Drive back to Paro.

Day 3: Hike to Tiger Nest

  1. Kichu Lhakhang: The temple dates back to the 7th century described to have built by Songtsen Gempo, the first Buddhist King of Tibet.
  2. Hike to Tiger Nest: Taktsang Lhakhang is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and religious site. The name Taktsang translates to “The Tiger’s Nest”. This temple is one of the most holy sites in the kingdom and clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 900 hundred meters above the Paro Valley.

Day 4: Drop to Airport

  1. Dumtse Lhakhang: The temple built in 1433 by the iron-bridge builder Thangtong Gyalpo looks like a Chorten.
  2. Drop to Airport.
  • Private guided tour
  • Visas for Bhutan
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily 3 meals (B/L/D) at designated restaurants or hotels
  • Accommodation at 3 star hotel
  • A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
  • An experienced driver
  • A tour vehicle
  • Entry fees & road permits
  • Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges
  • Mineral bottled water
  • Flight into Bhutan via Drukair (can be arranged with us)
  • Flight on other airline to catch Drukair Flight
  • Meals at 4-5 stars restaurants
  • Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
  • Expenditure of personal nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Alcoholic drink

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