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Places to Visit : Thimphu, Paro, Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Punakha, Phobjikha, Trongsa, Bumthang

Day 1: Arrive Paro

  1. Ta Dzong: The unusual round building is said to be in the shape of a conch shell, with 5m-thick   walls. The Ta Dzong suffered damage in the 2011 earthquake but is due to reopen as the nation's premier museum. Until then a sample of the exhibits are currently on display in an adjacent annexes.
  2. Paro Dzong: Paro Dzong ranks as a high point of Bhutanese architecture. The massive buttressed walls that tower over the town are visible throughout the valley. It was formerly the meeting hall for the National Assembly and now, like most dzongs, houses both the monastic body and district government offices, including the local courts. Most of the chapels are closed to tourists but it's worth a visit for its stunning architecture and views.
  3. Tacho Lhakhang: Located along the Paro – Thimphu highway, across the Paro River is the Tamchog Lhakhang, also known as Tachogang. The great Tibetan saint, Thangthong Gyalpo, who is best known as the great iron-bridge builder, built the monastery.

Day 2: Thimphu sightseeing

  1. Changangkha Lhakhang: This popular temple, perched like a fortress on a ridge above central Thimphu, hums with pilgrim activity. It was established in the 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drukgom Zhigpo, who came from Ralung in Tibet. Parents traditionally come here to get auspicious names for their newborns or blessings for their young children from the protector deity Tamdrin
  2. Takin Zoo: It is located in theMotithang district of Thimphu, Bhutan is a wildlife reserve area for takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Originally a mini-zoo, it was converted into a preserve when it was discovered that the animals refrained from inhabiting the surrounding forest even when set free.
  3. National Library: The National Library was established in 1967 to preserve ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts. For tourists it is 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. Drop to hotel/resort.

Day3: Thimphu-Phobjikha Valley

  • Travel to Phobjikha Valley through Dochula pass.

Day4: Phobjkha valley – Bumthang

  • Gangtey Gompa
  • Visit Trongsa Dzong
  • Ta Museum

Day5: Bumthang          

  • Visit Kurjey Lhakhang
  • Jambay Lhakhang
  • Sightseeing – Jakar Dzong and Tamzhing Lhakhang

Day 6: Bumthang –Punakha


Day7: Punakha

  1. Sightseeing
  2. Visit to Chimi Lhakhang
  3. Rafting

Day8: Punakha –Thimphu –Paro


Day9: Paro

  1. Hike to Taksang Monastery
  2. Kyichu Lhakhang

Day10: depart from Paro

  • 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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