Day 1 : Phuentsholing
Post your arrival at the Phuentsholing Border, you will be greeted by your Tour guide who will also handle your immigration at the border. After your arrival in Phuentsholing , youwill check-in at your hotel. You will relax & freshen up a bit, (if time permits) you will visit few places.
Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang : It is a small temple representing the heaven of Guru Rinpoche. There are statues of eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche and paintings on Buddha’s life onthe ground floor , next floor contains eight Bodhisattavas and statues of Avalokiteshvara and Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The top floor has the statue of Amitabha.
Day2 :PHUENTSHOLING - THIMPHU (200 KMS) (7 HOURS)
Post breakfast, you will start the scenic journey, from Phuentsoling to Thimphu. The journey will break at 3 places for long breaks and 2 places for short breaks. The important site break will be the Chukha Hydro power city of Bhutan. (if time permits) you will visit few places in and around Thimphu city upon arrival.
Memorial Chorten, Chhoten Lam, Thimpho :The Memorial Stupa, Thimphu, also known as the Thimphu Chorten, is a stupa (Dzongkha chöten, cheten) in Thimphu, Bhutan, located on Doeboom Lam in the southern-central part of the city near the main roundabout and Indian military hospital. The stupa, built in 1974 to honor the third Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928–1972), is a prominent landmark in the city with its golden spires and bells. In 2008, it underwent extensive renovation. It is popularly known as "the most visible religious landmark in Bhutan". It was consecrated by Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje.
Clock Tower : Clock Tower Square has a tower with four clock faces located in Thimphu, capital of Bhutan. It is a famously known landmark in Thimphu. There are many shops, hotels and restaurants surrounding the square. The Clock-tower has a typical Bhutanese architectural outlook with rich Bhutanese carvings and paintings. There are traditional hand crafted dragon with golden painting on all the four faces of the tower which symbolizes the county as an independent dragon kingdom. The tower has beautiful paintings and carvings of flowers which add more magnificence to the tower. The shops, restaurants and hotels in the clock tower square have a blend of fine traditional and modern architectural Bhutanese design with multi-coloured wood frontages, small arched windows, and sloping roofs. The buildings around the square are all small three storied structures
Day 3 :THIMPHU SIGHT SEEINGS
Post breakfast, you will be visiting many beautiful places in and around Thimphu city.
Great Buddha Dordenma Statu: Great Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue in the mountains of Bhutan celebrating the 60th anniversary of fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The statue houses over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the Great Buddha Dordenma itself, will be made of bronze and gilded in gold. The Great Buddha Dordenma is sited amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of Sherab Wangchuck, the thirteenth Desi Druk, overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
National Institute of Zorig Chusum : The National Institute of Zorig Chusum is the centre for Bhutanese Art education which provides 4-6 years of training in Bhutan's 13 traditional arts. Students specialize in painting (furniture, thangkas – painted religious pictures, usually on canvas), woodcarving (masks, statues, bowls), embroidery (hangings, boots, clothes) or statue-making (clay). The craft demonstrations are a photographers' dream and it's hard not to be impressed with the skill and discipline of the young students. The showroom sells good-value pieces made by students
Tashichho Dzong : Tashichhoedzong is a Buddhist monastery and fortress on the northern edge of the city of Thimphu in Bhutan, on the western bank of the Wang Chu. It has traditionally been the seat of the Druk Desi (or "Dharma Raja"), the head of Bhutan's civil government, an office which has been combined with the kingship since the creation of the monarchy in 1907, and summer capital of the country.
Bhutan Craft Bazar : There are about 100 shops and all the shopkeepers are women. The shops were allotted to these womenfolk on the condition that they would only sell products which were produced in Bhutan and not import products from other countries. The ladies are helpful, courteous and very obliging while you browse through their wares. If you start from one end, it will definitely take you a little more than an hour to window-shop till the end of the road.
Changangkha Ihakhang : It is an early medieval Buddhist temple in the capital city Thimphu. The temple is situated on a ridge overlooking the city, near Mohitang on the outskirts of Thimphu. The temple is the oldest temple in Thimphu and was constructed by Lama Phajo Drukgom Zhigpo in the 12 century AD.
Rayal Textile Academy of Bhutan : The Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan was founded to preserve and promote the living art of weaving which is an important part of the culture and tradition of Bhutan. Under the patronage of Her Majesty Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck, it is a non-government, non-profit organization established as an educational center for the training of individuals in traditional Bhutanese weaving.
Day4 :THIMPHU - PARO VIA DOCHULA PASS
Post breakfast, you will be driven towards Dochula pass which is a half day excursion. On a sunny day, you can get stunning views of the Himalayan ranges. Later after visiting Dochula Pass, you will be driven towards Paro, and there if time permits - you will be visiting more places of interests. You can choose to walk around in the market on your own.
The Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas within Bhutan on the road from Thimpu to Punakha where 108 memorial chortens or stupas known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens" have been built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother. Apart from the chortens there is a monastery called the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (temple), built in honour of the fourth Druk Gyalpo (head of the state of Bhutan), Jigme Singye Wangchuck; the open grounds in its front yard is a venue for the annual Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival. The pass with 108 memorial chortens is adjacent to the country's first Royal Botanical Park.
The Royal Botanical Park, Lampelri is the first botanical park in Bhutan and forms the backdrop of the Dochula Pass. The park forms a biological corridor of 47 square miles (120 kms) between the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park and the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Park and has a popular botanical garden within it which is spread over an area of 125 acres. This is planted with 46 species of rhododendron of which 18 species are native to the park while the other 26 species are brought from other regions of Bhutan and planted here
Day 5 : PARO SIGHT SEEING
Post breakfast, you will go for an amazing hike up-to Tiger Nest. Post that you may choose to visit another place of great Bhutanese heritage & local market(if time permits). In case you do not want to challenge your fitness then you will have an option of taking day tour of Paro city with many sight seeings.
Paro Taktsang also known as the Taktsang Palphug Monastery and the Tiger's Nest), is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and the temple complex is located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan. A temple complex was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century. Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan and is the tutelary deity of the country. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known of the thirteen taktsang or "tiger lair" caves in which he meditated. The temple devoted to Padmasambhava (also known as Gu-ru mTshan-brgyad Lhakhang, "the Temple of the Guru with Eight Names") is an elegant structure built around the cave in 1692 by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye; and has become the cultural icon of Bhutan. A popular festival, known as the Tsechu, held in honor of Padmasambhava, is celebrated in the Paro valley sometime during March or April
It is a short drive from Paro, and is one of the Bhutan's oldest and most beautiful monastery. It is popularly believed to have been built in 659 by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet, to pin down the left foot of a giant ogress who was thwarting the establishment of Buddhism into Tibet. Additional buildings and a golden roof were constructed in 1839 by the penlop (governor) of Paro and the 25th Je Khenpo. Elderly pilgrims constantly walk around the temple spinning its many prayer wheels.
Rinpung Dzong is a large dzong - Buddhist monastery and fortress - of the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school in Paro District, Bhutan. It houses the district Monastic Body and government administrative offices of Paro Dzongkhag. It is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan's Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion.
Day 6 : PARO - PHUENTSHOLING (200 KMS) (7 HOURS)
Post breakfast, you will be driven back to Phuentsholing city. Your arrival will happen in the late afternoon/early evening. Latter in the day you will visit the local market/town of Phuentsholing city.
Day 7 : PHUENTSHOLING (DEPARTURE) (10 MINUTES)(5 KMS)(WE CAN ARRANGE A DROP TO NJP/BAGDOGRA AT EXTRA COST)
Post early breakfast we will see you off at the Phuentsholing Border gate for your onward journey, till you come back again.
|City||Hotel Name||Meal Plan|
|Thimohu||Hotel Riverside ***||Breakfast|
|Paro||Bhutan Mandala Resort ***||Breakfast|
|Phuentsholing||The Orchid Hotel***||Breakfast|