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This 03 nights/04 days tour to Bhutan gets the breathtakingly beautiful nature of Bhutan with its life styles, social, culture and uniqueness of Bhutan. This tour is call ‘Explore Bhutan Tour’.
You will get to explore the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu and have the opportunity of seeing many interesting places and other spots. Even, in this tour, you can get to visit the monasteries, temples and dzongs (fortresses). Behind this, you can visit Taktsang monastery, the place that was blessed by Guru Padmasambhava.
On arrival at Paro International Airport, the representative from Authentic Bhutan Tours will warmly welcome & greet you and we will drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The drive will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes along a river valley, past small villages and traditional farmhouses, through the sound of peaceful river -flow of Paa chu and Thim-chu. It is a small & charming capital city located in the heart of the Himalayas.
On reaching Thimphu, we can have lunch in one of the restaurants. After lunch, visit Memorial Chorten, built in 1974 in memory of third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the temple inside gives good examples of tantric Buddhist and its philosophy.
Big Buddha Point is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue in the mountains of Thimphu valley. The Buddha Dordenma is located amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of Sherab Wangchuck, the thirteenth Druk Desi. It is one of the largest Buddha in the world, at a height of 169 feet (51.5 meters).
Mothithang mini-zoo, to see the National Animal of Bhutan (Takin). The Takin (Budorcas Taxicolor) which is the National Animal of Bhutan is attributed to a legend of the animal’s creation in Bhutan in the 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kunley.
Evening, stroll around Thimphu city, then visit Tashichho Dzong, seat of the National Government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan).
Today after having breakfast, we will drive back to Paro, on reaching at Paro we will have lunch in one of the restaurants in Paro town. After having lunch, we will visit Ta-Dzong, built in the year 1649 by Lha Ngenpa Tenzin Drugdra, the first governor of Paro and it was converted to National Museum in the year 1968.
Then visit to Paro Rimpung Dzong, the center of civil and religious authority in this region, built in the year 1646 by the great unifier of Bhutan Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. Then, drive to the village of Drukgyel and visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1649 to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invasion. Evening at leisure, dinner and overnight stay at Paro Hotel.
Today after having breakfast, we will make a hike to Paro Taktshang Monastery, the most famous and sacred monastery in Bhutan. Taktshang means “Tiger’s Nest” named after Guru Rinpoche who reportedly flew to this site riding on the back of a flying tigress in the 8th century. We have to walk about 2hours and 30minutes up-steep from the road end. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. Lunch will be served at Taktshang cafeteria.
While coming back, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, it is one of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo (the 33rd Tibetan king, who is also the manifestation of Avalokiteshvara, commonly known to Bhutanese as Chenrize). Evening at leisure, dinner and overnight stay at Paro Hotel.
After our breakfast, we will drive to Paro International Airport for your onward flight. Our guide and driver will bid you farewell here at the airport. We wish you a very safe and pleasant flight for your onward destinations.
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