Loop of Western Bhutan
Mr. Yeshey Dorji
Toyota High Roof
Our representative will receive you at the Paro International Airport, Paro (2280m) and escort you to the hotel. If the flight arrives in the morning, you can visit the Paro town. Dinner will be served in the hotel.
After breakfast, visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong) which was built in 1656 and served as the watchtower of Paro Dzong in the past. Visit Paro Dzong, also called the Rinpung Dzong, which means fortress on a heap of Jewels. Paro Dzong is one of the most impressive and well-known dzongs of Bhutan and was built in 1644. After lunch in town, proceed towards Drukgyel Dzong, also known as the fortress of victory Drukgyel Dzong was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1649 to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invaders in 1644, If time permits visit Kichu Lhakhang(oldest Temple in Bhutan)lately built in 7th century by a Tibetan Buddhist king Tsongsen Gompo. Return to the hotel. Dinner will be served in the hotel
After breakfast, drive for about eight kilometers north of Paro town to visit Bhutan's most well-known monastery, Taktshang or Tiger's Lair perched on a cliff 900 meters above the valley floor. Legend says that Guru Rinpoche, who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in the eighth century, flew to a cave in Taktshang spot on a tigress and meditated for three months. Lunch will be served in the cafeteria near the monastery. In the afternoon drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, this is about 53 kilometers away. The drive normally takes about an hour and a half. Dinner will be served in the hotel.
Sightseeing in Thimphu (2320m) includes visits to National Library which was established in 1967 and has many ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts); Painting School or the National Institute for Zorig Chusum (the 13 traditional arts and crafts like painting, woodcarving, embroidery and statue making); National Memorial Chorten which was built in 1974 in memory of the third King of Bhutan; Semtokha Dzong was built in 1629 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Today it is a place where monks do their studies.); Tashichhodzong the seat of the government of Bhutan. It houses the secretariat, the Throne Room, His Majesty's secretariat, the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs and the Ministry of Finance. If the sightseeing falls on the weekend you can visit Thimphu's centennial vegetable market where farmers from the nearby regions gather to sell their products. Dinner is served in the Hotel
Drive over the Dochu-La pass (3050 meters), which on a clear day offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks before descending into balmy Punakha valley (about 3 hrs total driving time). The drive through the countryside affords a glimpse of everyday life in this most remote of Himalayan kingdom’s.
Punakha was the ancient capital of Bhutan. On arrival, visit Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness” built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’ as predicted by the great Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava). It is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (Female and male Rivers) and is the winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move from Thimphu. The three-story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. It was here on 17th December 1907, Bhutan’s first king was crowned. Overnight at your hotel in Punakha/ Wangduephodrang.
Drive back to Thimphu where you will have an opportunity to visit handicraft and souvenir stores. Afterward proceed to Paro, visiting Semtokha Dzong en route. The Dzong, built-in 1627, is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture studies. On arrival in Paro, check into the hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.
After the early breakfast representative from Crystal Bhutan Travels will drop you to the airport for departure.
- All internal taxes and charges (including royalties)
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis
- All meals, tea, snack, and bottled water
- All travel with a licensed local Cultural Guide
- All surface transfers by a private vehicle
- All entry fees,
- Visa Fees
- Optional tours/excursions, personal expenses.
- Tips, laundry, phone calls, and bars. International and domestic airfare and insurance.
- Health Insurance.
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