Arrive at NJP Railway Station / IXB Airport and transfer to Phuentsholing - the gateway to Bhutan by road from India. On arrival check in at the hotel.
Overnight at Phuentsholing.
After breakfast, complete the immigration formalities and transfer to Thimphu (7,710 ft.) the capital city of Bhutan. On arrival check in at the hotel. In the evening, visit the Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion).
Overnight at Thimphu.
Famously known as the “the fortress of the glorious religion”, Tashichho Dzong, or Thimphu Dzong is a magnificent structure that houses the Bhutanese government. Nestled along the Wangchu River, Tashichho Dzong is one of the most popular and biggest iconic spots in the city. The beautiful rose garden, the alluring landscapes, and the charming structure is a must-visit spot in Thiumphu.
After breakfast, visit Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Statue). With a huge statue of Buddha on the top of the Kuensel Phodrangis is one of the must-visits in Thimphu. Visit National Memorial Chorten (Monument) & Folk Heritage Museum. In the afternoon, visit Sangaygang View Point, Changangkha Monastery and Takin Preserve Centre, the national animal of Bhutan can be seen here. Later, visit Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion).
Overnight at Thimphu.
Be mesmerized by the marvelous Buddha statue that sits amidst the Himalayas of Bhutan overlooking the Southern entrance to Thimphu Valley. Take a stroll around and take a glimpse of the Thimphu Valley from this point. It’s that the stunning statue fulfills an interesting ancient prophecy which was made in the 8th century A.D that was discovered by Terton Pema Lingpa and is said to emanate an aura of peace and happiness to the entire world. After nearly 800 years, the majestic statue sits to amuse you. The iconic backdrop, alluring landscape, and the giant statue make Kuensel Phodrang one of the must-visit sites in Thimphu, Bhutan. The night view of Thimphu from this point is ravishing and magical so make sure you don’t miss that!
This popular temple, perched like a fortress on a ridge above central Thimphu, hums with pilgrim activity. It was established in the 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drukgom Shigpo, who came from Ralung in Tibet. Parents traditionally come here to get auspicious names for their newborns or blessings for their young children from the protector deity Tamdrin . Children are blessed by a phurba and given a sacred thread.
The Folk Heritage Museum or Phelchey Toenkhyim is a museum in Thimphu, Thimphu District, Bhutan. This museum was established in 2001 and provides visitors and tourists with fascinating insights into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life. The Folk Heritage Museum is set inside a three storied, 19th century traditional house.
The Memorial Stupa, Thimphu, also known as the Thimphu Chorten, is a stupa 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 , 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".
The Bhutan Textile Museum or the National Textile Museum is a national textiles museum in Thimphu, Bhutan, located near the National Library of Bhutan. It is operated by the National Commission for Cultural Affairs. Since its establishment in 2001, the museum has generated national and international attention and has garnered a substantial collection of antique textile artefacts, exclusive to Bhutan. The objective of setting up the museum is to promote Bhutan's achievements in the field of textile arts and to sustain and promote interest of the weavers to continue the traditional textile patterns.
After breakfast, drive to Punakha/Wangdue. On the way stop at Dochu-La-Pass (10334 ft) to take in the beauty the Himalayas. Arrive at Punakha and check in at the hotel. In the afternoon, visit Punakha Dzong - built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck convened the first National Assembly here in 1952. After that take a short and easy hike to visit the Chhimi Lhakhang - The Temple, also known as “The Temple of Fertility” was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, “The Devine Mad Man”. Spend the evening at leisure.
Overnight at Punakha/Wangdue.
Dochula Pass is a sight to behold and one of the most beautiful passes in Bhutan. The enchanting pass lies at an altitude of about 10000 feet and has a picture-perfect scenic beauty. The Chorten at the pass adds to the beauty of the pass. They were made in the memory of Bhutanese soldiers killed in 2003 war against insurgents from India, and to honor them these beautiful Chortens were made at Dochula Pass overlooking the enthralling Himalayas. Dochula Pass lies on the way to Punakha from Thimphu, and it is undoubtedly a must-visit spot in Bhutan.
Punakha is the old capital of Bhutan has some of the most beautiful spots to explore. Punakha Dzong is one such place nestled along the confluence of pristine rivers, Mo Chhu, and Pho Chhu, amidst the Himalayas. The Dzong servers as the administrative and religious center of the region now. Punakha Dzong is said to be the largest Dzong in Bhutan with excellent architecture. It is in its best during the Punakha festival, and for an exhilarating experience, it is the best time to visit this beauty.
Nestled atop a hill in the heart of the valley, Chimi Lhakhang was built in the honour of Lama Drukpa Kuenley who was loved amongst his students for his teaching methods. Famous as Fertility Temple, Chimi Lhakhang is one of the major tourist spots in Bhutan.
After breakfast, transfer to Paro. On the way visit the Tachog Lhakhang – situated between Thimphu and Paro and it was built in the 13th century by Thangthong Gyalpo. He is also known as the Iron bridge builder. Situated on a hilltop, we have to cross an ancient style bridge to reach the temple. On arrival in Paro, check in at the hotel. In the afternoon visit Ta Dzong - National Museum with an excellent collection of arts, relics, religious thangkha. Rinpung Dzong - Meaning "fortress of the heap of jewels". The dzong now serves as the administrative and judicial seat of Paro.
Overnight at Paro.
Tachog Lhakhang is the most iconic spots in Bhutan! Tachog Lhakhang, also known as the Tamchoe Monastery, dates back to the 15th century is nestled atop a hill between Paro and Thimphu. The best part about visiting this monastery is that you have to cross the famous iron bridge across the river to make your way to the alluring temple. Visit this beautiful temple and discover the mystery behind building the temple. The symbolic bridge is one the most photographed places in Bhutan and definitely, a must visit spots in Paro.
Ta Dzong is the place to unravel the legends and myths of Bhutan. Make your way to the National Museum of Bhutan and know more about the country’s ancient prestige. The conch shell-shaped structure was reopened as a cultural museum in 1968 and preserves Bhutanese architectures, artifacts, relics, and Thangka paintings.
Set against an alluring Himalayan backdrop, Rinpung Dzong is a picture perfect place in Paro. Paro Dzong or Rinpung Dzong is a perfect example of Bhutanese architecture with massive towers that is almost visible from anywhere in the valley. Stroll through the stone bridge to get the best view of this majestic monastery. The stunning wooden carvings, beautiful paintings, and the lush valleys around, this monastery should be on the top places to visit in Bhutan.
After breakfast, hike to the famous Taktsang Monastery - called “Tiger’s Nest” (2 hours hike from the base camp). Later, visit Drukgyel Dzong and Kyichu Monastery.
Overnight at Paro.
Kyichu Lhakhang location is in the north of Paro town. It is one of the ancient, quiet and beautiful temples in Bhutan. It also goes by the names Lho Kyerchu or Kyerchu, and it is considered to be the sacred Jewel of Bhutan. The temple was established by the Buddhist King Songstsen Gampo of Tibet to overcome the giant ogress that laid across Tibet and Himalayas preventing the spread of Buddhism. Kyichu Lhakhang was among the 12 temples out of the 108 temples that had been constructed on definite plans in the seventeenth century. The temple's construction was done overnight.
Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest is one of the most sacred and symbolic places in Bhutan. Perched on the side of a cliff with the backdrop of Paro Valley, a hike up to the monastery is an experience in itself. The legends says that that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called "Tiger's Nest". Take the incredible journey and hike up for 2 km on the trail that offers majestic mountain views and verdant valley and unveils the mystery of tales of the Tiger’s Nest.
Once a Buddhist Monastery and fortress, Drukgyel Dzong was in ruins for a very long time after the fire of the 1950s. Now it is being restored to its glory. On a clear day, the alluring views of Chomolhari Mountains will mesmerize you.
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to Phuentsholing. On arrival check in at the hotel.
Overnight at Phuentsholing.
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to NJP Railway Station / IXB Airport.
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