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Arrive JaigonOn arrival in Jaigon, met by our representative followed by check-in and installation Evening, as the time permits take a stroll around Phuentsholing market. Overnight at Jaigon.
Phuentsholing-Thimphu (180km, 6hrs)After breakfast at hotel proceed to prepare permit .Embark on an interesting journey to ThimphuenroutevisitingKharbandiGompa, the beautiful monastery founded in 1967 by Royal Grand mother, AshiPhuntshoChoedron. Here you can see the statues of ShabdrungNgawangNamgyal and Guru Rimpoche along withpaintings portraying scenes from the life of Lord Buddha. The monastery garden provides great views of the Phuentsholing town and surrounding plains of West Bengal. Phuentsholing – Thimphu highway was built in 1961further stimulating economic activities between India & Bhutan. Drive further stopping en route at Gedu University for photos. Later after a short teabreak nearby Chukha, resume your journey through a small town of Chimakothi and afterwards stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Paro&Thimphu rivers. On arrival, in Thimphu check-into the hotel. The capital town of Bhutan and the centre of Government,religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. Situated in western Bhutan, with the population of about 1,00,000, it is perhaps still the world’s only capital city without a traffic light. Evening an exploratory walk around Thimphu city centre. Overnight atThimphu
ThimphuAfter breakfast, visit to Buddha Point (KuenselPhodrang). It holds one of the largest Buddha’s statue in the country of 169 feet (51.5m), made of bronze and gilded in gold. Visitors can also get a goodoverview of the Thimphu valley from this point. ThenvisitChangangkhaLhakhang. This temple is located above central Thimphu, built in 12th century by Lama PhajoDrukgomShigpo on a ridge overlooking the town. Local parents traditionallycome here to get auspicious names for their newborns or blessing from the protector deity ‘Tamdrin’. Later drive to upper Motithang in Thimphu to visit Takin Preserve. The Takin is the national animalof Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and a goat. Legend has it that the animal was createdby the great Buddhist yogi, DrukpaKuenley, and it can be found only in Bhutan and nearby areas. Taxonomists place the animal in a category of its own as it is not similar enough to any other animalto fit established categories. Post lunch, sightseeing in Thimphu valley including visit to the following : the National Library,housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Institute for ZorigChusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training coursein Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts, Textile Museum, which provides deep insight into Bhutan’s one of the most distinct art form, Folk Heritage Museum, dedicated to connect people with the richBhutanese Folk heritage and rural history through exhibits, demonstrations, educational programs and documentation of Bhutanese rural life. Conclude the day’s sightseeing with visit of Trashichhoedzong, or ‘the fortress of the glorious religion’. This is one of the most impressive buildings situated along the right flank of the Thimphuriver built in 1641 by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyel who unified Bhutan and was later reconstructed in 1962 by the third King His Majesty JigmeDorjiWangchuk. This impressive fortress/monastery housesSecretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices.Evening at leisure in Thimphu city centre. Also explore the Local Crafts Bazaar, to browse throughexample of Bhutan's fine traditional arts.Overnight at Thimphu.
Thimphu-Punakha (75 km, 2 ½ hrs)back (75km 2 1/2)After breakfast drive to Punakha with a short stop at Dochula pass (3,080m) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana - finally Gangkarpuensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m. Later visit Punakha Dzong, built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 offering to godbyShabdrungNgawangNamgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan's history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has now been fully restored. Punakha’s Dzong: The name means Palace of Great Bliss. This dzong stands magnificently on the spit of land where two rivers (Pho chu and Mo chu) meet. Punakha Dzong has special significance in Bhutanese history as the place where Bhutan’s first King, UgyenWangchuck, was crowned in 1907. It is also the winter residence for the Je Khenpo (spiritual leader) and the entire central monk body. Visit Punakha suspension bridge: this is an exciting bridge for photography enthusiasts. visit Chimmi Lhakhang: take a short hike through the rice field to Chimmi Lhakhang, the 15th-century monastery built by Lam NgawangChogyal on the spot where his cousin Lam Drukpa Kuenley (popularly known as “the Divine Madman”) subdued a powerful demon. This monastery is also referred to as the “Abode of Fertility” and believed that any couple who gets blessing from this temple is blessed with a child in the next year. Overnight at the hotel.
Punakha- Thimphu - Paro (Km, 4 Hours)After breakfast drive to Paro en route visit SimtokhaDzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, it now houses the School for religious studies. Tachogang Lhakhang located near the Paro-Thimphu highway and was built by the renowned iron bridge builder DrupthobThangtongGyalpo in the 14th century. One can also see and iron bridge, a masterpiece of the great iron builder himself.He built many iron bridges in Bhutan. Tachhogang Lhakhang was constructed around 1420. Tachogang means ‘temple of the hill of the excellent horse’. It is believed that while ThangtongGyalpo was meditating here, he had a vision of the spiritual horse Balaha-an emanation of wrathful form of Avalokiteshvara and decided to built a temple as well as an iron suspension bridge at this location. The temple is privately run by the descendents of DrupthopThangtongGyalpo. A new temple at Tachogang was built in the seventeenth century by the Fourth Druk Desi TendzinRabgye, as the original was destroyed after it served as the main seat for the Five Groups of Lamas, a coalition of local leaders who had opposed the Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. Evening, as the time permits take a stroll around Paro market. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
ParoAfter breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery (approx. 5 hours round trip walk): It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valleyfloor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognised as a most sacred. placeand visited by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once intheir lifetime. The hike to the monastery makes a splendid half day excursion. OR After breakfast embark on a driving excursion to Chelela pass. At an elevation of 3,988 meters, it is considered to be one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. About an hour’s drive along a thickly-forested road, this pass is a botanical paradise. The pass provides stunning views of the sacred mountain Jumolhari and Jichu Drake. It is also marked by hundreds of prayer flags fluttering in thewind. En route also visit Dzongdrakha temple. Often called as mini Taktsang, Dzongdrakha is a cliff-sidetemple complex on the western side of Paro valley. Four shrines make up the complex, dedicated to Drolma (Tara), Tsheringma (Goddess of Longevity), Guru Rinpoche and the Buddha of the Future,Maitreya. Local oral tradition states that when Guru Rinpoche first came to Bhutan, he came from Nepal, first landing at Drakarpo, and then Dzongdrakha before arriving at Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)farther north up the valley Later in the afternoon drive to DrukgyelDzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors foughtTibetan invaders centuries ago. In the early 1954, the DrukgyelDzong was completely destroyed by fire and today only the ruins remains. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess''road can be seen in all her glory from the approach to the Dzong. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Paro-Phuentsholing-NJP (175km, 6hrs) +151km 4 Hours.)Depart NJP for onward Destination
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