Duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days
Destination Covered : Paro - Thimphu - Wangdiphodrang (Gangtey / Phobjikha valley) - 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.
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
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.
Drukgyel Dzong : was built in 1649 to commemorate the victory of Bhutanese over the allied Tibetan-Mongolian forces. The Dzong as a defense fortress is said to have housed the finest armory in the country
Kyichu Lhakhang : It is one of the oldest and sacred monasteries in Bhutan. The construction of it dates back to the 7th century by Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gyelpo.
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.
Semtokha Dzong : Five miles from Thimphu, on a lofty ridge, stands Semtokha Dzong the oldest fortress in the Kingdom.
The Institute of Zorig Chusum : This is the Institute where students learn the 13 traditional Arts and Crafts.
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.
The Folk Heritage Museum : Founded by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, the museum portrays the lifestyle of a genteel family in the Thimphu valley in the olden days.
The Institute of Traditional Medicine : The complex has the traditional medicine production unit, the treatment hospital and the school.
Centenary Farmers’ Market : Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday the weekend market is held in the capital. Here villagers from the valley and other nearby places come to sell their agriculture products.
Jungshina Paper Factory : The factory manufactures traditional Bhutanese handmade paper popularly known as Desho paper. The visitor can observe the entire process of producing handmade paper using ancient traditional method that have been practiced for generation. You can try your hand at this ancient craft and make some paper of your own as a souvenir.
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. Time permitting; you'll visit Tashichho Dzong, seat of the royal government and central monastic body, upon your return from the hike. (1 hour driving; 4 hours hiking)
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
This town is located south of Punakha and is the last town before central Bhutan. The district is famous for its fine bamboo work, slate and stone carving
Places To Visit :
Gangtey(Phobjikha Valley) : 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
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 through the Gangtey village and experience a rustic life(If Time Permits)
Brief Walk through the Gangtey village and experience a rustic life(If Time Permits)
Crane Information Centers : of Royal Society for Protection of Nature’s(RSPN) has all the information displayed abot black-necked crane and its rich environment
Khewang Lhakhang : The Vajrayana monastery houses the Buddha of three times;past, present and future. Ample of myth and magic are associated in lieu to the construction of Lhakhangs. In the evening take natural herbal hot stone bath( Cost about USD 20) which has all the healing properties
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.
Places To Visit :
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.
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten : Built by the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck, this Chorten is a splendid example of the Bhutanese architecture. It was built over eight and a half years and its details have been drawn from religious scriptures.
Chimmi Lhakhang : 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.
Other Things you can do in Punakha :
Rafting (It can take about 2 to 3 hours, additional premium has to be paid)
Take a long scenic drive back to Paro. On the way back you can visit
Royal Botanical Garden, 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.
In evening you all can walk down the stone path and through the traditional wooden bridge, which is one of the fine specimens of Bhutanese architecture and explore Paro village town .