Glimpses of Royal Bhutan
 

Duration : 3 Nights / 4 Days

 
Day 01: Paro‐Thimphu, 55 km, 45 hour, Altitude 2350m

A flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see Mt. Everest, Kanchen Junga, Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Chomolhari, Jichu Drakey and Tsrim Khang. The first gift from Bhutan will be cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. You will be received by our representative and escorted to restaurant for lunch,


Afternoon visit to Ta‐Dzong built in the 17th century, as watchtower to defend Paro Dzong below. This Ta‐ Dzong was converted into the National Museum in 1968, and it is filled with antique Thangka paintings, textiles, weapons and Armour. Driver to the Rinpung Dzong built in the 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now used as an administration center and school for monks. Every Dzong has dual system togetherr with the religion section.


Visit Paro Rinpung Dzong. A flagstone path rises gradually with its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan. This is the head quarter of Paro district and headed by the Governor (Dzongdag) in local call Dasho. The principle of every Dzong in Bhutan is same and it is divided in two. It is called dual system. Religious and Political runs together from here. An every Dzong in Bhutan contains many monasteries inside and run by the monk’s body under the leadership of LAM NETEN (Head of Religion) equivalent to Governor.


An evening 1‐hour drive will reach you to Thimphu Drive to Drukgyel Dzong (a ruined fortress – 16 kms away from Paro Town The Dzong, although in ruins today, holds historical significance. It was from this fortress that the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. The name means “The victorious Bhutanese”. This spot also offers a
magnificent vista of Mount Jomolhari, “Abode of the Goddess Jumo” (7315m). Overnight Hotel in Paro.

Day 02: Thimphu ‐ Paro
• Visit Memorial Chorten built in 1974 to honor memory of Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk,
• Observed traditional paper making from Daphnia and Edgeworthia shrub
• Visit the mini zoo sanctuary where one can see the Takin, the National Animal of Bhutan.
• Drive up to viewpoint and take a hike beyond for about an hour to see clear picture of Thimphu
• Downtown Thimphu on foot visiting Handicrafts Emporium and other Arts & Crafts stores.
• Visit Dechen Phordrang monastic school
• Visit Trashi Chhodzong capital of Bhutan after 5pm.
• Visit nunnery Gonpa

Day 03: Paro – Taktsang hike

Drive back to Ramthangkha (6 Km from ruin site) and walk to the Monastery. The name Taktsang means “Tiger’s Nest’’ The Monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 4000ft.


Taktsang is one of the most venerated pilgrimage sites in the Himalaya. However, most people can only visit the main site called Taktsang Pel‐phu according to legend Padmasambhava who founded Taktsang monastery in the eighth century. It is believed that the Guru came to this place on the back of a tigress from Khengpajong in the Kurtoe region and meditated here for three months in a cave and converted the Paro valley to Buddhism.


Both of these monasteries are dated back to 7th century. The first king of Tibet, Songtsen Gompo to subdue an ogress threats to overcome Buddhism, built a Kichu Monastery. The Royal grand Mother Ashi Pguntsho Choden built Guru lakhang bisede kichu in 19th century.

Day 04: Departure

Representative from Bhutan Footprints Travel will bid you a farewell at Paro international airport.

 
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