For those short on time this one week holiday gives you just enough time to see some of this beautiful and mysterious country. Tucked high in the Himalayas it is a land of scenery, friendly people and ancient Buddhist monasteries.
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|Arrival at Paro: Our representative will receive you at the airport and then escort you to your hotel. Depending on what time of the day you arrive, your exploration of the Paro valley will begin.|
|Thimphu: After breakfast, you will drive for an hour to reach the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. Today’s sightseeing will include visit to the following places; Folk Heritage Museum: established in 2001, this museum is housed in an old farm house to show case the life of people living in the past. It is a walk through the fast changing rural traditions, habits and skills.School of Arts and Crafts: the school offers four to six years course in the traditional arts and crafts such as wood carving, sculpturing, religious paintings, embroidery and weaving etc. one can see students working through the progressive levels practicing precise rules of Bhutanese arts. Memorial Chorten: built in 1974 in memory of the 3rd King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who died in 1972. It is a Tibetan style of stupa. Handmade Paper factory: established by a private entrepreneur, it produces paper made out of the bark of a Daphne plant. The art of paper making has always been a part of the thirteen arts and crafts of Bhutan. However, with rapid development taking place even here in Bhutan, you will see some electronic devices installed to help the workers in various ways. Trashichho Dzong: the word Dzong, literally translates to Fortress. So these gigantic structures more or less served the same purpose as those of an English castle. The fortresses are mostly built in the 17th century as a defensive measure against the invading Tibetan forces. That is the reason why most of these fortresses occupy strategic positions. Trashichho Dzong is also where the office of the King is and also serves as the summer residence of the clergy.|
|Thimphu: In the morning drive north of the valley for 45 minutes to hike up to Tango Buddhist University. There are about 350 monks undergoing 6 to 9 years study in Buddhist philosophy. In the afternoon, visit takin preserve: takin, national animal of Bhutan is supposed to have been miraculously created by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, more popularly known as the Devine Madman. Buddha point: also known as Kuensel Phodrang, world’s largest Buddha Sakyamuni statue is being built here. It is 169 feet tall.|
|Punakha: Today you will drive for 2 hours to reach Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan till 1955. En route, stop at Dochula Pass to enjoy the magnificent view of the snow capped peaks (weather permitting) and 108 Druk Wangyel Chorten. While in Punakha, visit the impressive Punakha Dzong: built in 1637 as per the prophecy of Guru Padmasambhava, it is situated in between two rivers, male and female. A battle was fought here in the 17th century with the Tibetan army and still to this date the re enactment of the scene from the battle is shown during Punakha Festival known as Serda. It was partially damaged by the 1994 flash flood from a glacial outburst. Hike to Chimi Lhakhang: the temple of “no dog” also popularly known as the temple of fertility. The place was founded by the “Devine Madman” and locals believe that barren woman, after getting blessed from the temple can conceive.|
|Paro: Drive to Paro for lunch. After lunch visit the national museum: built in 1649 as a watch tower for the Dzong below, was converted into the museum in 1968. It showcases the richness of Bhutan’s religious, natural and cultural heritages. Rinpung Dzong: built in 1646 houses the clergy and the district administrative offices. Drukgyel Dzong: fortress of the victorious Drukpa, built in 1647 to commemorate the victory of Bhutanese over the Tibetan invasion of 1644. It caught fire in 1951 from a butter lamp and now lies in ruins.|
|Paro: Today will be the highlight of your tour with a hike to the famous Tiger Nest temple: directly translated from the Bhutanese word, Taktsang, was built in 1692 during the time of the 4th temporal ruler, Desi Tenzin Rabgye. The place is considered to be one of the most sacred place in Bhutan since it was where Guru Padmasambhava, the 2nd Buddha came riding on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. There is a cave within the temple complex where Guru is supposed to have meditated for three months. The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest, where trees are festooned with Spanish moss and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags.|
|International Departure: After breakfast, you will be driven to the airport for your International Departure.|