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Magical Kingdom Tour 7 days 10 nights /11 days

Paro-Taktsang Monastery-Thimphu-Punakha-Gangtey-Thimphu-Paro

Tour at Glance

Day 01 Arrive Paro
Day 02 Paro - Excursion to Taktsang Monastery
Day 03 Paro - Thimphu
Day 04 Thimphu - Punakha
Day 05 Punakha - Gangtey
Day 06 Gangtey - Thimphu
Day 07 PARO airport for departure
On your arrival at Paro International Airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel . Afternoon visit the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong, built in 1647 by the Great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jumolhari (7,314 m). On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. This Monastery is one of the 108 monasteries built across the Himalayan region by the Tibetan King to subdue the Demoness that lay across the Himalayan region.
Overnight in Paro
Day 02 Paro - Excursion to Taktsang Monastery
After breakfast a short drive to Satsam Chorten, the trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. Stop at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk to Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche's meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. After lunch,visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Rimpung Dzong ("Heap of Jewels"), the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. In the evening, drive to Thimphu.
Overnight in Thimpu.
DAY 03 Paro - Thimphu
After breakfast, visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. Then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). After lunch we drive to the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices, and to Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal silver smiths and Bhutanese paper factory at work. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). Later visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu.
Overnight in Thimphu.
DAY 04 Thimphu - Punakha (72 Kms, 3 hours drive)
After breakfast, Drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. On the way, visit Chimi Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley. He subdued the demons with his "Magical Thunder bolt". The Temple is also known as "the Temple of Fertility". In Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here in 1952.
Afternoon, Excursion to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.
Overnight in Punakha.
DAY 05 Punakha - Gangtey
After breakfast drive to Gangtey enroute visit the valley of Wangdiphodrang, visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong (from outside) built in 1638. This was considered auspicious sign, representing the spread of Buddhist religion to the four points of the compass. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers. Continue drive to Gangtey. While in Gangtey, visit Gangtey Gompa. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second re-incarnation, built the temple. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth re-incarnation. It is a Nyingmapa monastery and is affiliated to other Nyingmapa monasteries including Tamshing in Bumthang. Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter. Afternoon free to explore the valley.
Overnight in Gangtey.
DAY 06 Gangtey - Thimphu
After breakfast, drive to Thimphu. Afternoon , visit Folk Heritage Museum and Excursion to Cheri Monastery. In the evening, drive to Paro.
Overnight: Hotel in Paro
DAY 07 PARO - Airport for departure
After breakfast transfer to Paro International Airport to board the flight for your onward journey to back home.
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