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Magical Cultural Tour takes you with a visit to the most beautiful 17th Century Dzongs “fortress” Place of happiness, walk to Chimi Lhakhang “temple of fertility” through the rice-pounding villages, and hike up to Bhutan’s icon monastery Taktsang “Tiger Nest”.
On this journey, you will be visiting the sights with leisure hike to day hikes in the valleys of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and experience the culture of the country and the lifestyle of its people. The expertise of Bhutan Sky Trails will always customize the itinerary at no charge for your holidays your way.
Day 1.Fly to Paro – Thimphu
Welcome to Bhutan. Upon arrival, obtain your Bhutan visa which will be pre-paid, and after clearing Immigration and Customs, you will be meet outside at the exit point by representatives From Bhutan Sky Trails and escort you to explore around and then to your respective hotel.
After settling down and relax visit Ta Dzong (National Museum), which towers above the Paro Dzong, and viewing its well-interpreted collection of historic artifacts makes for a great prologue to the journey yet to come. Next visit Paro Dzong. This massive fortress is located in the Paro valley and is approached by a gently sloping flagstone road and a beautiful wooden bridge roofed with shingles and abutted by two guardhouses. Today, the Dzong is the administrative seat of the district of Paro and it also contains a state monastic community of about 200 monks. The central tower (“Utse”) of the Dzong is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan with its superb woodwork. The Dzong was built in 1646 A.D. Drive to Thimphu in the evening.
Day 2. Thimphu – Thimphu
In Thimphu, you will visit Buddha point where you will see the tallest bronze statue of Buddha Dodenma measuring 169 ft tall. Visit National Memorial Chorten, Changangkha temple (one of the oldest temple in Thimphu), Takin Sanctuary (The national animal), Nunnery, Handicraft Emporium, visit the school of arts and craft where you will see a student working on alive, visit Folk heritage museum, Late afternoon visit Tashichoe Dzong, the summer residence of the chief abbot and the central monastic body when they migrate here from Punakha. It is also the seat of the government and houses the King’s office.
Day 3. Thimphu – Punakha
Transfer to Punakha, across Dochula pass at an altitude of 3050 meters, cutting through the majestic Himalayan range. We stop at the Dochula cafeteria for a hot cup of tea/coffee. You will also make a stop by the Druk Wangyel Chorten.
After that continue your drive to Punakha valley. Visit Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility shrine built in the 15th century. A hopeful young couple’s wanting children may be seen making offerings to the shrine and its builder, the notoriously playful and beloved saint Lama Drukpa Kuenley, also known as “the Divine Madman or Mad monk.” Visit the Punakha Dzong, which houses the district administration offices. It is also the winter residence of the central monastic body. The dzong was damaged by fire in 1986 and recently renovated using traditional building techniques.
Day 4. Punakha – Paro
Transfer to Paro drive over the Dochula pass and stopping along the way. On your way to Paro make a visit to Simtokha Dzong built in 1629 and one of the oldest dzong built by Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel. Witness our national sport archery if they are playing in Thimphu or Paro. You may walk around Thimphu city or Paro town for any last-minute souvenir purchase.
Day 5. Paro – Paro
Transfer to Ramthangkha and begin the hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. Icon of Bhutan, This monastery clings to a cliff almost 789m above the Paro valley floor. The mountainside viewpoint for this dramatically situated and most sacred site is accessible by a walk of about 5 – 6 hours round trip. Enjoy lunch at the monastery’s cliff-side café.
Make a pilgrimage to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the most sacred temples in Bhutan and built-in 659 AD by Tibetan Buddhist king Songtsen Gampo.
Day 6. Depart.
After breakfast, you will then be transferred to the airport for your flight.