You will arrive at the Paro International Airport where we will greet you in a typical Bhutanese style. You will be driven to the capital town of Thimphu, which is a short one-hour drive. On the way, we will stop at the magnificent Tamchhog Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s iron bridge builder. There will be sightseeing in Thimphu town for those who are not too tired from the flight. Overnight in Thimphu.
It will be a day focused on Buddhism and meditation. We will trek to Tango/Cheri monasteries and there will be time set for silent meditation amidst the beautiful and serene environment near the monasteries. Then, we will visit the Tashichhodzong (fortress), National Memorial Chorten and the breathtaking Buddha Point. Overnight in Thimphu.
We will drive to Punakha in the morning. On the way, we will stop at the Dochula Pass, which offers one of the most beautiful views of Bhutanese landscape. In Punakha, we will visit the Punakha Dzong (fortress), Bhutanese architecture at its finest, and Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility), built in the 15th century by the ‘Divine Mad Man’ (Lama Drukpa Kuenley). Overnight in Punakha.
We will drive back to Paro. In the afternoon, we will visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong (‘the fortress of the heap of jewels’) and the National Museum (Ta Dzong). We will also visit the Kichu Lhakhang and Drukgyel Dzong (in ruins). The evening can be spent visiting handicraft shops for souvenirs of your trip. Overnight in Paro.
We will hike up to the ‘Tiger’s Nest’, the sacred Taktshang monastery and have lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria overlooking the beautiful Paro valley. On the way back, we can visit the Dumtse Lhakhang, a temple built by Thangthong Gyalpo, the iron bridge builder. Overnight in Paro.
We will say good-bye to you at the Paro International Airport. Tashi Delek!
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