Day 02 :- Thimphu-Local Sightseeing After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing covering some of the major attractions of Thimpu: Simtokha Dzong: monastery was built in 1627 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It houses the Institute for Language and Cultural Studies. The carvings behind the prayer wheel in the courtyard are a major attraction of this temple. Memorial Chorten: also known as the Thimphu Chorten, is a chorten in Thimphu, Bhutan, located on Doeboom Lam in the southern-central part of the city near the main roundabout and Indian military hospital. Buddha View Point: Another place from where you can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley is from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley. Now have lunch in some of the local restaurants in Market on your own. Post lunch, leave for some more sightseeing. In the evening, return to your hotel and rest overnight after a delicious dinner.
Day 03 :- Thimphu / Punakha (75 Kms/3hrs.) After breakfast today, proceed to Punakha. Dochula view point stop: The first stop after leaving Thimphu is Dochula pass at 3100m. Only about 45 minutes from Thimphu, it offers visitors their first glimpse of the Himalayan range. The road to Punakha branches left and curls its way down to the relatively low lands of the Punakha valley. As you are just about to reach Punakha visit :- Chimi Lhakhang (Fertility Temple): Situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley is the yellow-roofed Chimi Lhakhang, built in 1499 by the cousin of Lama Drukpa Kunley in his honour after he subdued the demoness of the nearby Dochu La with his 'magic thunderbolt of wisdom'. A wooden effigy of the lama's thunderbolt is preserved in the lhakhang, and childless women go to the temple to receive a blessing or empowerment from the saint. It's a pleasant 20 minute walk across fields from the road at Sopsokha to the temple. It crosses an archery ground before making a short climb to the temple. Punakha Dzong: Majestically standing on an island between the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers, the city's dzong is one of the most photogenic of all Bhutan's ancient fortresses, and you will see pictures of it hanging in hotels and restaurants throughout the country. The dzong is joined to the mainland by an arched wooden bridge, and contains many precious relics from the days when successive kings reined the kingdom from this valley. In the evening, return to your hotel in Punakha for overnight stay.
Day 04 :- Punakha - Paro (150 Kms / 4 hours) After breakfast this morning check-out of the hotel and proceed to Paro. On reaching Paro, have lunch on your own in local restaurants in market and later proceed for sightseeing. National Museum of Paro: Housed inside the revamped Ta-dzong building in Paro, National Museum of Bhutan is a cultural museum that has put on display the antique items gathered from different parts of the country. Kyichu Lhakhang: Built in 659 by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. It is believed to be one of the 108 temples built to subdue a demons residing in the Himalayas and is also one of the oldest Temples in Bhutan. In the evening, return to your hotel and rest overnight after a delicious dinner.
Day 05 :- Paro - Local SightseeingMorning after breakfast, hike up the hill to visit famous Tiger's nest temple: Taksang Monastery (Tiger's Nest Temple): The most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence it is called Tiger's Nest. Precariously perched on the edge of 1,200 meter cliff, this monastery creates an impressive sight, and is the unofficial symbol of Bhutan. It is about 2 hour up-hill hike or ride a horse from the parking lot to the monastery. If the full hike sounds a bit tough you can hike for 1 hour to the cafeteria, a wooden tea-house restaurant which offers a good view of the monastery. In the evening, return to your hotel, enjoy your dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 06 :- Departure from Paro After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to Paro Airport to board your flight back home.
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