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October 21, 2019
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Mystical Secrets of Bhutan (10 nights/11 days)

Day 1 - Paro/Thimphu
Arrival at Paro Airport where you will be received a representative of Mahakala Tours & Treks. We will drive straight to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong (literally meaning winner of Bhutan).  Drukgyel Dzong is situated at the north end of Paro valley. It was built in 1647 to commemorate a battle victory over Tibetan invaders. The Dzong was unfortunately gutted by fire in 1951. On a clear day Mt. Jomolhari can be seen from here. We will then drive straight to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan which is about 1 hour journey through a narrow valley alongside a river. Overnight Thimphu.

Day 2 - Thimphu
In Thimphu visit National Memorial Chorten, built in 1974, to honor the memory of Third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck; Textile Museum: Here you will see the intricate weaving and the art of vegetable dyeing and the rich textile tradition of Bhutan. Folk Heritage Museum: This museum gives you a sense of what a traditional Bhutanese home looked like in the medieval days. The Institute for Zorig Chusum: meaning the 13 traditional arts & crafts. It is a living culture of Bhutan. Lunch will be at Bhutan Kitchen where you will be served Bhutanese cuisine prepared to suite your taste. After lunch you will continue with the rest of the places of interest. National Library: It has Bhutan’s history in the form of religious and historical literature. Tashichhoedzong: The ‘fortress of the glorious religion’ houses the throne room of His Majesty the King, the main secretariat building and the central monk body. Its courtyard is open to visitors during the Thimphu Tshechhu (festival) and when the monk body moves to the winter residence in Punakha. With these visits the day ends. We move back to the hotel. In the evening a cultural program is organized for you. Overnight at Thimphu.

Day 3 - Phobjikha
In the morning drive to Phobjikha via Dochula & Wangduephodrang. It is the most beautiful journey with a beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain ranges, specially on a clear winter days. See the Druk Wangyal Chorten made of 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen. Then we descend to a warm climate. Your lunch will be at Hotel Dragon’s Nest, the dining hall overlooking the calm river of Wangduephodrang. Since it is a long drive, you need to rest for fresh morning if you wish to hike up to the Gangtey Monastery. Overnight at Phobjikha

Day 4 - Gangtey/Bumthang
After breakfast you can either hike or drive up to the Gangtey monastery, which is an old 16th century private monastery that belongs to a reincarnate (Gangtey Trulku). This imposing building of ancient Tantric Buddhist history dominates and overlooks the Phobjikha valley that is the roosting grounds of the black-necked cranes (grus nigricollis) during winter. In this valley of Phobjikha, the cranes which can be seen only in November, have co-existed peacefully with the inhabitatants of Phobjikha who actually refer to the birds as Thrung-Thrung karmo (White Crane) Lha Jha (heavenly bird). The influence of the birds on the local folklore, songs and dance reveal a long history of their habitat here. Have lunch and then drive to Bumthang. Since you will arrive late in Bumthang we will drive straight to the hotel. Overnight Bumthang.

Day 5 - Bumthang
Start the day early as there are so many interesting places to explore, it is a fascinating place with so many old Buddhist temples and monasteries. It is also considered the religious heartland of the country. The gentle sloping hills offer plenty of walking opportunities to the many temples that dot this valley. Bumthang is refered as a mini Switzerland of the east. In Bumthang you will visit the Jamphel Lhakhang- It is one of the 108 monasteries. Tamshing Lhakhang- built in 1501 by Terton Pemalingpa, a re-incarnation of Guru Padmasambhava and whose lineage the Royal family trace their ancestors to. Membar Tsho- It is famously known as the “Lake of Burning Fire”. Have lunch in the town as this is also one of the opportunities to see the small town and local restaurants and taste typical Bhutanese dishes. After lunch visit the places where cheese and honey are produced. And also visit the local shops where they sell Yatra – a woolen material that has multiple uses. Overnight at Bumthang.

Day 6 - Trongsa
In the morning drive back to Trongsa which you have bypassed while going from Phobjikha to Bumthang. Trongsa has an altitude of 7,600 and is the central hub of the Kingdom and is historically the place from where attempts at unifying the country were launched.  After lunch drive to Kuenga Rabten Palace  the Palace is clearly visible just below the road on the right.  It was the winter palace of the second king and is now looked after by the National Commission for Cultural Affairs.  This pleasant afternoon excursion from Trongsa offers further insights into the early days of Bhutan’s monarchy. If time permits visit Ta Dzong, a heritage museum. The museum has been beautifully maintained, showcasing many ancient artifacts. Far below you can see Trongsa Dz. Overnight at Trongsa

Day 7 - Wangduephodrang

Morning drive to Wangduephodrang,. Lunch at Dragon’s Nest, overlooking the calm river of Wangdue. After lunch visit Wangdue Dzong, built in 1638, situated on the top of a hill that overlooks the meeting of two rivers.  Overnight at Wangdue.

Day 8 - Punakha

Drive to Punakha, which is just 45 minutes drive from Wangduephodrang. On the way to Punakha visit Chimmi Lhakhang (Monastery). After a long drive, hiking up to the Chhimi lhakhang through paddy fields is a perfect thing to do. This monastery is associated with Lama Drukpa Kinley who is also known as the ‘Divine Madman’ as his style of spreading the Buddhist techniques was through his ribald sense of humor and crazy behavior. He played sexual pranks and jokes and is said to have pushed people and tested their tolerance through his bizarre behavior.The different versions of the phallus that you find painted on houses and hangings from the roofs can be attributed to him. Chhimi Lhakhang is no ordinary temple. It is a place where many couples that are unable to conceive come to pray and get blessings. After the visit drive to the hotel, have lunch and then visit Punakha Dzong (fortress), which is situated in between the two rivers, Pho-chu and Mo-chu. The interior of the Dzong is very beautiful. It is here that the Kings of Bhutan are first crowned. It was built a year before the Wangdi Dzong in 1637. Punakha used to be the capital of Bhutan until 1955 but now serves as the winter capital for the monk body that moves their headquarters from Thimphu Evening take a stroll in town. Overnight at Punakha.

Day 9 - Paro
After breakfast drive to Paro via Dochula. Stop at Dochula for lunch and enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Visit Druk Wangyal Chorten made of 108 stupas and built by the eldest Queen. At Paro, check in the hotel. Evening  at your leisure. Take a stroll in town. There are many small souvenir shops that sell charming gifts. This is also a good opportunity to associate with the locals. Overnight at Paro.

Day 10 - Paro

Today we will hike up to the Taktsang Monastery. We will start the day early to avoid the hot scorching mid-day sun.drive up to the the base of Taktsang Monastery and then hike up which takes about 3-4 hours. Climbing down we can stop at the cafeteria for refreshment. Let’s not forget to take bottled water. Taktsang Monastery is famously known as a ‘Tiger’s lair’ and is perched on the side of a cliff at a height of 900m above the Paro valley. It is the highlight for most travelers to Bhutan. Guru Rinpoche who was an Indian Buddhist saint (Guru Padmasambhava) came from a region that is now modern day Pakistan. He had travelled to Tibet and popularised the Tantric version of Buddhism there. He is said to have come (or flown) to Bhutan on the back of a tiger and introduced Buddhism to the country as early as the 7th Century. The cave is now housed inside one of the monasteries and is a site for many Buddhist pilgrims. We will then return to the town for lunch. After lunch take a stroll in town for window shopping/ or you may drive up to the Uma resort for a cup of tea and take a body/foot massage by paying wich will relieve your tiredness.  Overnight at Paro.

Day 11 - Exit
We will see you off wishing you a safe journey back home.

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