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Highlights of Bhutan

Duration : 04 Nights / 05 Days
Destinations Covered : Thimphu - Punakha - Paro

Day 01 – Delhi-Paro flight 1115-1405 hours, Mon/Wed/Fri only
Arrive Paro and drive to Thimphu, 2 hours
Shortly before entering Thimphu city, visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built by Shab Drung Ngawang Namgyal in 1627 which is now the School for Buddhist studies.

Check-in at the hotel.
Rest of the day free.

Day 02 - Thimphu
Fulll day sightseeing of Thimphu valley, visiting Taschihhodzong; the seat of the Government, Memorial Chorten, the Stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s third King and Handicrafts Emporium displaying rich traditional crafts of the Kingdom,  National Library which has fascinating collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts and texts, the Painting School: famous for traditional thankhas paintings and traditional Medicine Institute where centuries old healing arts still practiced.

Day 03 – Thimphu-Punakha-Paro, 125 km
Morning proceed to Punakha across Dochula pass (3050 M)  which provides a superb view of the highest peaks of Bhutan, such as Gangkar,  Puensum, table Mountain, Masakhang etc.  On arrival check-in at the hotel.

A low lying sub tropical valley, Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and still it is the home of Chief Abbot in winter months.  Punakha Fortress was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang, Namgyal in 17th century  who played prominent role in civil and religious life of the Kingdom.  Destroyed four times by fire and an earthquake in 1897, the Dzong has been now fully restored in its original splendour and is situated at the junction of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers.

After visit drive to Paro.
Check-in at the hotel.

Day 04 - Paro
After breakfast, drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago.  The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, “mountain of goddess” looms directly over the dzong. Along the way, see the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo.

After lunch visit Ta Dzong, originally built as watch tower, now houses National Museum of the Kingdom. It boasts antique thankhas, textile, weapons and armoury, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.  Then walk down the train to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning ‘fortress of the heap of jewels” which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the courtyard of the Rinpung Dzong are fine wall paintings.

Day 05 – Paro-Delhi flight : 0830-1015 hours, Mon, Wed, Fri
Transfer to the airport for flight to Delhi.



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