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Itinerary for Exploring Central Bhutan

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 tour guide will meet you and take you to your hotel. There should be time for a quick stroll around Paro town before lunch. In the afternoon you can visit morning visit the impressive Paro Rinpung Dzong, one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture and then you can 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. Later in the afternoon free time to explore Paro Town. Overnight in Paro Hotel Gangtey Palace
Day 2Take 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. On the way back you can visit the ruined Drukgyel Dzong (fortress of victory), constructed to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invaders in 1644 and destroyed by a butter lamp fire in 1951. Nearby you can also visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, a temple of historical significance and one of the most sacred shrines in Bhutan Overnight in Paro Hotel Gangtey Palace
Day 3Today after breakfast in Paro Hotel drive along the Paro and Thimphu river valleys to Thimphu, Bhutan's capital (1 hours). You can stop on the way to take in the magnificent Tamchhog Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan's iron bridge builder. The car will stop for photos. Lunch in Thimphu, after lunch you can drive to Buddha point to see one of the largest sitting Buddha in the world. Take an early evening 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 Hotel Migmar.
Day 4Thimphu sightseeing. We will visit the weekly market, Next visit Changangkha temple perched on the hill top overlooking the town. Here devotees flock throughout the day to circumambulate and turn the prayer wheels. The temple also contains beautiful wall paintings and hundreds of religious scriptures written in gold. In the afternoon you can take in more of the sights and culture of the capital, with a visit to the Handmade Papermaking Factory and the Folk Heritage Museum. Later we will visit Tashicho Dzong, built in 1641, which housed the original National Assembly and is now home to Government offices, the throne room and offices of the King. Overnight in Thimphu Hotel Migmar.
Day 5Thimphu to Punakha (3 hours). In the morning drive to the old capital, Punakha, via Dochu La pass at 3050 metres, where we will stop for a hot drink and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Eastern Himalaya ranges. In the afternoon visit the imposing Punakha Dzong and then take a pleasant walk for half an hour or so across terraced fields to see Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility) built in the 15th century by the "Divine Madman"(Lama Drukpa Kuenley) [2 hours total for walk and temple]. Overnight in Punakha Damchen Resort.
Day 6Today we drive 4 hours to Trongsa, the gateway to central Bhutan. We will stop for lunch in Chendebji where we can visit the Chorten, modelled on the Swayambhunath Chorten in Kathmandu and built in the 19th Century by Lama Shida. Then we will continue on our way to Trongsa. Set amidst spectacular scenery, Trongsa Dzong commands the eye from miles away. Take a stroll down the town's main street then visit the Dzong. Afterwards visit the museum and drive to Bumthang. Overnight in Bumthang Yu-Gharling Resort.
Day 7This morning you will visit Jambay Lhakhang one of the oldest Buddhist temple in Bhutan. There will be time on the way back to visit Kurjey Lhakhang and you may also visit Bhutan's largest Dzong (Jakar), with its picturesque location overlooking the Chokhor valley. Later in the evening drive to Trongsa for Overnight Overnight in Trongsa Yangkhell Resort.
Day 8Today we return to Paro via Wangdi. On the way visit Phobjikha valley and the black mountain ranges. Visit Gangtey Gompa (one of Bhutan's oldest monasteries. Then drive to Wangdue originally considered Bhutan's secondary capital and commanding an important central position. Visit Wangdi ruin Dzong, built by the Shabdrung in 1638 on an auspicious site where four ravens were seen flying in four different directions. After lunch continue on your way [2.5 hours from Wangdi to Thimphu]. When we get back to town there should be time to drive up to the Radio Tower (offering splendid views of the city from a hilltop festooned with prayer flags), visit the Takin Reserve showcasing the unique national animal, the Takin. Overnight in Paro Gangtey Palace.
Day 9Early in the morning your guide will accompany you to the airport to see you off onto your flight to Bangkok and wish you Tashi Delek (goodbye and good luck).

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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