Duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days
Destination Covered : Paro - Kyichu Lhakhang - Thimphu - Gangtey - Punakha.
Paro is a beautiful valley located in Western Bhutan with an area of 2800 Sq. Kms. Breathtaking Lhakhang and monasteries are perched on mountain hills. Two sacred rivers with its respective source at Jhomolhari and Chumo phug mountains, makes their way through Paro valley enhancing its beauty and grandeur.
Meet your guides outside the airport, check-in to the hotel, and have lunch. That afternoon, visit the National Museum and the Rinpung Dzong before a welcome dinner.
The Places you can visit are :
1. Rinpung Dzong (Fortress of the heap of jewels) : was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1644AD. It is the administrative seat of Paro District. The annual Paro festival is held here.
2. Ta Dzong : It was built as a watchtower. It was converted into a national museum in 1968. You can witness finest specimen of Bhutanese art, masterpieces of bronze statues and paintings
In the evening you can visit some local handicraft. You can also take a brief walk by the river side. Paro Valley looks stunningly beautiful at night. Candle light dinner at hotel.Overnight at the resort.
The Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, originally built in the 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo. It is considered to be one of the 108 border taming temples he built. In the 8th century the temple was visited by Padmasambhava and it is believed he concealed many spiritual treasures here. Je Khenpo Sherab Gyaltshen wrote that during the 12th century the temple was looked after by the Lhapa Kagyu tradition and that during the 13th century it was handed over to a descendant of Phajo Drugom Zhigpo's son Nyima. In his The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism: Its Fundamentals and History, Jigdral Yeshe Dorje (2nd Dudjom Rinpoche) records that the Jowo Temple of Kyichu could not be seen and that Pema Lingpa (1450-1521) uncovered the temple and restored it as it was before. In 1644 the temple was taken over by Ngawang Namgyal. From 1836 to 1838 the temple was restored and re-consecrated by the 25th Je Khenpo Sherab Gyaltshen. In 1971, Kesang Choden Wangchuck, the queen of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck built a Guru Temple next to the old Jowo Temple which was consecrated by Dilgo Khyentse. Ever since then the annual rites of great accomplishment for the deities Vajrasattva, Palchen Heruka, and Vajrakilaya have been held in this temple for the well being of the country under the patronage of Kesang Choden Wangchuck. There is a belief that the two orange trees in the courtyard of Kyichu Lhakhang bear fruit throughout the year.(Source:Wiki). So this Lhakhangs .
With all its historical background, this lhakhang is best suitable for marriage.
The Taktsang, popularly known as the “Tiger’s Nest” is perched on the side of a cliff at a height of 900m above the Paro valley. It is considered as a signature spot for the tourist. It is a Gem of a Paro Valley. Nestled up in a cliff, it is considered as one of the twelve wonders of the world.
After breakfast, drive to Ramthangka to hike up to the view point of Taktsang (Tiger’s nest) (2950m). The round trip will take about two to three hours. The legend says that in the 8th century, Guru Rinpoche visited and meditated here for some time. The place now is one of the holiest pilgrim sites for the Mahayana Buddhist.
You all can use the pony for hike(Extra Cost Included). Or holding hands and hiking all the way up across the mountain with all prevailing silence may add richness to your vacation.
Thimphu, the capital city, is a bustling town on the banks of the river Wang Chhu. It is home to the Bhutanese Royal Family, the Royal Government and to several foreign missions and development projects.
The shape of the valley is likened to that of deep skull with a winding crystal river that descends into Thimphu valley from the high mountain above. It is said that eight auspicious sign can be witnessed in the features of the valley.
Places To Visit :
Tashichho Dzong : The “Fortress of the glorious religion” houses the throne room of His Majesty the King, government offices and the central monk body.
Memorial Chorten : This stupa was built in 1974 in memory of the Third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk by his mother.
Walking Buddha Park(Centenary Park) : The park was formed by foot path, canopies and benches. There are small swings and slides. The park is filled with garden of more than 60 species of flowers. To add to all this there is a giant 45 feet statue of walking Buddha where you can take selfies.
Kuenselphodrang (Buddha Point) : The Buddha Dordenma Statue which is 169ft is the world’s tallest Buddha statue and it is located about 6kms from Thimphu city.
We can drive to Dodina, the northern end of Thimphu (8,600meters') and hike an hour up a steep hill to visit Cheri Monastery, or Goemba, built in 1620 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and established with an original staff of 30 monks. Today the monastery serves as the main meditation Center of the country and has more than 70 monks undergoing their three year, three-month retreat. Inside is a silver chorten holding the ashes of the Shabdrung's father. On your return you'll visit Tango Goemba (another Steep one-hour climb), founded in the 12th century (the present building was constructed in the 15th century). It is now a Buddhist institute for higher learning. (1 hour driving; 4 hours hiking)
The recommended hotel are: Jamyang Resort, Aman Kora,Wangchuk Resort Taba. All these resorts are locateday from the hustle and bustle of town.
Druk Wangyal Chortens at Dochula : On the way to Gangtey from Thimphu is the Dochula pass from where a beautiful panoramic view of the mountain range can be seen. The place is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyal Chortens -108 stupa built by the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk
The valley is popular for its scenic splendor and cultural uniqueness.. Phobjikha is well known as the winter home of the Black-Necked Cranes (Grus Nigricollis), that migrate from the Tibetan plateau. The birds can be observed from early November to end of March. Overlooking the valley is the Gangtey Goenpa. This is the must included place for honeymoon vacation.
You may reach Gangtey in the evening. On the first day you can just relax and enjoy the scenic beauty and the tranquility of Gang tey valley. The places recommended are 1.RKPO Resort 2. Dewachen Resort, Gangtey lodge.
Places to visit and experience
Gangtey Goenpa : is the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition which was established in 1613 by Gangteng Sangngak Choling.It overlooks the Phobjikha Valley.
Photography : The valley rich Faunal biodiversity may inspire photographers
Brief Walk(4Km) through Gangtey Nature Trail
In the evening take natural herbal hot stone bath( Cost about USD 20) which has all the healing properties.
It served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955. It has a temperate climate and its rich fertile valley is fed by the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers.After lunch you can visit Punakha Dzong
Punakha Dzong :
Punakha Dzong is a fortress that was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1637-38. The Je Khenpo (the religious head of Bhutan) spends his winters here. It is one of Bhutan's most attractive landmarks and has survived 6 fires, 2 glacial lake outbursts, and 1 massive earthquake. It was built at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and the Pho Chhu, which is considered an auspicious location. The Punakha Dzong was the site of the coronation of Sir Ugen Wangchuck as the first hereditary monarch of Bhutan in 1907. More recently, the coronation of His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the 5th King of Bhutan, was held here on October 31, 2008.
Chimi Lhakhang, which stands on a small hillock is a temple built by Lama Drukpa Kunley. Legend has it he subdued the demoness of the Dochu La with his "Magic Thunderbolt of Wisdom."A wood effigy of the lama's thunderbolt is preserved in the Lhakhang, and childless women go to the temple to receive a Wang (blessing) from the saint.
After lunch you can choose to do mild rafting. We have well trained people for rafting. But have to pay additional premium for rafting. If you do not choose to do rafting then you can take a hike to Khamsum Yulley.
Take a long scenic drive back to Paro. On the way back you can drop by Royal Botanical Park, Lamperi
It is a breath taking 125 acres botanical garden with 46 species of rhododendrond flower. You can choose to boating here.The best time to visit this place will be between April and June.
The park also has trekking routes,walk around the baritsho lake,tree house and camping space for visitors.
The annual rhododendron festival is held here.
Note: Gangtey Trek would be a nice and short trek for honemoon vacation. If you have more days to stay in Bhutan. We can include Gangtey trek in your honey moon Itinerary. For more information on Gangtey Trek, you can visit Gangtey Trek.