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Itinerary for Exploring Punakha Valley

Itinerary Details
DayDescription
Day 1Arrive at Paro International Airport. Paro is situated in a beautiful valley and is a fitting introduction to this charming kingdom. Your Himalayan travel experts guide will meet you and take you on a drive along the Paro and Thimphu river valleys to Thimphu, Bhutan's capital. You can stop on the way toTamchhog Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan's iron bridge builder. Check inn the hotel and rest for an hour and we will go for lunch in one of the best restaurant in Thimphu town. In the afternoon we will visit the School of Traditional Arts. After that we will visit the National Textile Museum or visit the Folk Heritage Museum. And also visit the Institute of Traditional Medicine You can discuss with your guide what you would like to do. Take a late afternoon walk around town and soak in the atmosphere of this magical capital with its busy shops and bazaars and photogenic citizens in national dress. Overnight in Thimphu
Day 2Thimphu sightseeing in the morning. We will visit the Weekly farmers vegetable market and then visit the revered Memorial Chorten, the National Library, and the traditional paper making factory and then visit Tashichho Dzong, the "fortress of the glorious religion". This massive building was constructed completely by hand and without a single nail it houses government offices, the King's audience chambers, the Je Khempo (head of the Drukpa Kagyu line of Mahayana Buddhism in Bhutan) And a multitude of temples, and many monks. overnight in the same place. Afternoon Relax and walk around the Thimphu town by yourself to enjoy the city. Overnight in Thimphu
Day 3Driving time from Thimphu to Punakha. 3 hours. Today after breakfast in Thimphu hotel we will drive to Punakha . In the morning drive to the old capital, Punakha. In the afternoon visit the imposing Punakha Dzong, "Palace of Great Happiness". Built in 1637, it is strategically placed at the confluence of two rivers, the Po Chu and the Mo Chu. Then take a pleasant walk for an hour or so across terraced fields to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility) built in the 15th century by the "Divine Madman" (Lama Drukpa Kuenley). Overnight in Punakha
Day 4Today after breakfast in Punakha hotel we will drive to Paro. Afternoon visit the impressive Paro Rinpung Dzong, one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture. You can also visit Ta Dzong (the watch tower) now housing the National Museum. Built on top of the hill above Rinpung Dzong, it was originally used to defend Rinpung Dzong and the Paro valley during times of war. Its unusual circular construction resembles a conch shell and it now contains a magnificent collection of Bhutanese artefacts, costumes, religious paintings, arms, textiles and a fascinating collection of Bhutan stamps. Nearby you can also visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, a temple of historical significance and one of the most sacred shrines in Bhutan. Later in the afternoon free time to explore Paro Town. Overnight in Paro
Day 5Take a day walk to the Tiger's Nest, the sacred Taktshang monastery which clings to the rock face 900 metres above the valley floor. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site riding on a tigress. He subsequently meditated here for three months. It is one of Bhutan's most holy sites and draws pilgrims not only from Bhutan but also from neighbouring Buddhist countries. You can have lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria from where you get a spectacular view of the monastery. Overnight in Paro
Day 6Early in the morning your guide will accompany you to the airport to see you off onto your flight and wish you Tashi Delek (goodbye and good luck). Tashi Delek

Booking the Tour

* All the Foreign National Tourists visiting Bhutan must travel through all-inclusive package Tourism, for which there is a fixed tariff set by the Royal Government of Bhutan.
* This tariff includes:
accommodation, Meals, Transportation within the country, Guide services, sightseeing and entrance fees for the museums and monuments.
* All tours must be booked through a Local Travel Operator/Travel Agent.
Please find our bank address below to transfer the tour payment.
1. Bhutan National Bank, Thimphu, Bhutan.
Bank Acocunt No: 0005610423001
2. Bank Address:
Bhutan National Bank, P.O Box 439, GPO Building, Chang Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan SWIFT Code: BNBTBTBT

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