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October 25, 2020
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Wonders of Druk Yul (7 nights/8 days)

Day 1 - Paro
Arrival at Paro. Check in at the hotel. After lunch visit Rinpung Dzong - meaning a heap of jewels. It was built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the one who unified the country under the Drukpa Kagyu sect of Buddhism. This Dzong is the first one you see when you disembark from the Druk Air and enter Bhutan. Rinpung Dzong is host to the famous Paro Tshechu (festival), which is a big tourist attraction.  Overnight Paro.

Day 2 - Paro/Thimphu
Hike up to Taktsang Monastery. Start early to avoid the hot scorching mid-day sun. Drive up to the base from where we begin our hike. On the way down stop at a cafeteria for refreshments. Taktsang Monastery is famously known as a ‘Tiger’s lair’ and is perched on the side of a cliff at a height of 900 m above the Paro valley. It is the highlight for most travelers to Bhutan.

After lunch drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. It is about an hour’s drive through a narrow valley alongside a river.  Overnight Thimphu.

Day 3 - Thimphu
Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan. A bustling town on the banks of the Thimphu Chhu and set gloriously in the hills of the Thimphu valley. It is a home to the Bhutanese Royal Family, the Royal Government and to several foreign missions and developmental projects. Bhutan’s only golf course, a nine-hole circuit, is situated next to the magnificent Tashichhoedzong. In Thimphu there are many places of interest, like Textile Museum, where you will see the intricate weaving and the rich textile tradition of Bhutan; The Institute of Zorig Chusum-meaning the 13 traditional arts and crafts. It is a living culture of Bhutan; National Library- which has Bhutan’s history in the form of religious and historical literature. We break for lunch at Bhutan Kitchen, where although the food typical Bhutanese, it is prepared to suite a foreigner’s taste. After lunch we continue our sight seeing. Institute of Traditional Medicine-Here one receives indigenous treatment. It produces it’s own herbal medicine. Folk Heritage Museum- which gives you a sense of what a traditional Bhutanese home looked like in the medieval days. Many houses in the villages still resemble this one. National Memorial Chorten- built in 1974, in memory of Third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Overnight Thimphu.

Day 4 - Punakha
In the morning drive to Punakha via Dochula. Stop at Dochula for a beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Visit the Druk Wangyal Chorten (made of 108 stupas). Then we descend to a warm climate. Lunch at the hotel and then visit Punakha Dzong (fortress), which is situated 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 crowned. It was built a year before the Wangdue Dzong in 1637. Punakha used to be the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and now serves as the winter capital for the monk body that moves their headquarters from Thimphu. Evening take a stroll in town as this is a best way to mingle with the local people of Bhutan. Overnight Punakha

Day 5 - Gangtey

In the morning drive to Gangtey via Wangduephodrang. Since you will arrive late in the evening you might as well rest in the hotel and start a-fresh the next day to explore the Phobjikha valley. Overnight Gangtey.

Day 6 - Gangtey

In the morning visit Gangtey Monastery. You can either walk or drive up to the Gangtey Monastery. Gangtey monastery 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. Inside the monastery are ancient artifacts of Tantric Buddhism.

Day 7- Paro
Morning drive to Paro and lunch at Dragon’s Nest, that overlooks the calm river of Wangdue. We will then drive back to Paro via Chhimi Lhakhang and Dochula Pass. On the way we will visit Chimmi Lhakhang (Monastery). After a long drive, a hike 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. It is a place where many couples that are unable to conceive, come to pray and get blessings. Then we drive back to Paro. Overnight at Paro.

Day 8 - Exit
We will see you off wishing you a safe journey back home.

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