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DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT PARO, TRANSFER TO THIMPHU (Elevation – 2320 m)
It is a 12th century temple sitting on top of a hill overlooking Thimphu valley with the main statue of Chenrizig (The Buddha of Compassion). The monk will offer you a little amount of holy water from the shrine to drink and get blessed.
The Kuensel Phodrang or the Buddha Point is the world’s largest sitting Buddha statue which is 167 feet high. The magnificent Buddha statue is situated on top of a hill overlooking Thimphu valley.The statue is constructed out of bronze and is studded with many semiprecious stones. A 15 minutes’ steep winding drive to the statue offers an unparalleled view of the Thimphu city especially after dark.
A walk across Thimphu town in the evening will show you the urban life of
Bhutan with a lot of commercial and social activities.
Overnight in Thimphu at a hotel.
DAY 2: THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING (Elevation- 2320m)
The National Memorial Chorten build in the honour of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who is also known as the “Father of modern Bhutan”
Simtokha Dzong is the oldest fortressin Bhutan built in 1629.
Showcases the beauty of traditional Bhutanese fabrics and textiles.
The tour of this almost living museum will also give you a glimpse onto how many rural folk of the country live today following the ancient Bhutanese ways.
The Tashichhoe Dzong has been seat of the Royal Government of Bhutan since 1952 and houses the Throne room of the His Majesty the King. The Tashichhoe Dzong also houses several government ministries and the Central Monk Body. The monument welcomes visitors during the Thimphu Tsechu festival which is held in autumn each year
DAY 3: THIMPHU- PARO WITH SIGHTSEEING (Elevation- 2280 m)
On the way to Paro, if the time permits your guide will take you to Tamchog Lhakhang which is temple dedicated to the 13th century saint Thangthong Gyalpo, the iron bridge builder. To get to the temple one must cross an iron chain bridge, one of the few remaining of the many that Thangthong Gyalpo built. Crossing this very old bridge with its swaying and undulating movements can be quite an experience.
Rinpung Dzongmeans 'Fortress of a heap of jewels' and was built in the mid-17th century to protect and to gain control over the region. You will notice an inward sloping wall which is a part of the Bhutanese architecture, which also helps in creating an illusion of making the dzong look bigger than it actually is.
Ta Dzong is the National Museum of Bhutan and has a collection of old thangka paintings, stamps, tools of the medieval era and also an assortment of Bhutan's animals stuffed and displayed.PARO TOWN: The guest can take a joy walk across the Paro town.
DAY 4: PARO HIKE & SIGHTSEEING (Elevation- 2280 m)
The guest will be served an early breakfast and then driven up to the base of Taktsang Monastery. The monastery stands on a steep rock face accessible only by walk. This is the most famous and sacred site among all the places in Bhutan. Guru Padmasambhava is said to have come riding on a flying tigress to this place and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The present structure is said to be built in the 15th century but was destroyed by fire in 1998 and has been restored. The walk is about 2 hours till the top through wide pathways which was built during the restoration works. One hour into the climb there is a tea point from where you get a very good view of the monastery. They also serve lunch here. From there it’s about another 45 minutes climb to the 2nd view point and the highest point in the hike.
Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro District, Bhutan. The dzong was built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Ngawang Namgyal, Zhabdrung Rinpoche, to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet.
While returning to Paro, the guests can visit the Kyichu Lhakhang,
considered the oldest temple along with Jampa and Kenchosum
Lhakhang in Bumthang. It dates back to the 7th century and was later
renovated in the 19th century. It is also considered by many to be one
of the holiest places in the country. Inside the compound is an orange
tree which always has oranges throughout the whole year.
HIMALAYAN SPA TREATMENT (OPTIONAL,ADVANCE BOOKING HAS TO BE DONE,ADDITIONAL CHARGES APPLY) Upon arrival at Paro, the guest can relax and rejuvenate your aching body after the hike with the essence of Himalayan spa. The herbs used in spa treatment possess a lot of healing benefits which is good for bones, muscles and skin.
Day 5:DEPART FROM PARO
Your vehicle and guide will pick you from the hotel and transfer you to the airport for your return flight.