Bhutan Cultural Tour Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance
During the journey to Paro, one will experience breath taking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Chomolhari and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by representatives of our tour operators who will escort you to the hotel.
Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. The peak of Mount Chomolhari "Abode of the Goddess Chomo" can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7329m). This was actually the Watch Tower of the Paro Rinchen Pong Dzong. It was converted into the National Museum in 1968. It is located on the top of a hill above the Paro Dzong overlooking Paro valley and the river.
The Paro Rinchen Pong Dzong. This massive fortress is located in the Paro valley and is approached by a gently sloping flagstone road and a beautiful covered wooden bridge and guard houses. 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 1645 A.D. Thimphu rivers offering gorgeous scenic views at every turn. Overnight in Thimphu.
The Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved.
Day 1 (Paro) You will be received at the Paro airport
Then visit significant sites: • Taa Dzong (Museum) • Paro Rinpung Dzong • Drugyal Dzong • Kicchu Lhakhang Taa Dzong is an ancient watch tower which is now used as the National Museum.Next visit will be to Paro Rinpung Dzong. Rinpung means, “Heaps of jewels.” Next,we will accompany you to Drugyal Dzong and Kicchu Lhakhang. Drugyal Dzong is one of the oldest Dzongs in the country which was built to commemorate the victory over an invasion from Tibet.Right after the visit to Drugyal Dzong, you would enjoy the visit to Kicchu Lhakhang on the way back to the Paro town. This temple was built by a Tibetan Emperor, Songtsan Gampo. Overnight stay in Paro.
Day 2 (Paro to Thimphu) Drive to Thimphu
Thimphu is the Capital city of Bhutan which is situated in the western part of the country. The place is rich in culture and tradition amidst the fast development occurring every day. You would be visiting significant places like: • Thimphu Memorial Chorten • Tashi Chhoe Dzong. • Bhutanese Craft Bazaar • Buddha Dordenma Statue • Bhutan Post Office • Museum • Royal Textile Academy Overnight stay in Thimphu.
Day 3 (Thimphu to Dochula to Punakha) Attend the Rhododendron Festival
The festival celebrates the rhododendron flower. The festival features the rhododendron garden walk and exhibition, local culture and cuisines, arts and crafts, traditional games, cultural programs, and other activities. Overnight stay in Punakha.
Day 4 (Punakha) After reaching at Punakha you would be visiting significant sites like
Punakha Dzong -Punakha Dzong is the second largest and one of the most beautiful Dzongs in Bhutan. • Chimi Lhakhang- The temple was built in an honor of Lama Drukpa Kuenley who is also known as a “divine madman." Overnight stay in Punakha.
Day 5 (Paro) Drive back to Thimphu for shopping and then to Paro following the same route.
Visit the ‘Dochula pass’ on the way to Thimphu which is placed 3100 meters above the sea level. There are about 108 sacred stupas being build out there. Overnight stay in Paro. Day 6 (Paro) - Hike Paro Taktshang Paro Taktshang is one of the most prominent tourist destinations of the country and your trip would be tedious without visiting this most important Buddhist temple. Overnight stay in Paro. Day
7-Departure We will drop you to the Paro airport from where you will fly back home
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