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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Bhutan at a Glance

Bhutan at a Glance

3 Nights 4 days (Covering Paro, Thimphu and Phuentsholing)

Day 01 - Arrive in Paro

Druk Air take offThe flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkata, the journey offers you wonderful views of the Himalayas and an exciting descent into the kingdom. Our representative will greet you at Paro airport. After completion of arrival formalities, you will be transferred to your hotel. Afternoon may be free or program may be arranged according to your choice. In the evening, take a stroll along the town. Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

Day 02- Morning Paro sightseeing and evening drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan

* After breakfast drive to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, about 18 km up the valley. This fortress was built in 1647 by the Shabdrung, Bhutanese repelled several invading Tibetan armies during the 17th century. Then visit to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temples of the kingdom, reflecting the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.

* After lunch, visit to Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now the National Museum. The museum collection includes ancient Bhutanese art and artifacts, weapons, coins, stamps and a small natural history collection. Then walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) situated at a commanding height overlooking Paro valley. Built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646, this dzong now houses Paro’s monk body and the offices of the civil administration and is symbolic as the religious and secular center of all affairs of the valley.

* Evening drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, a small, bustling city in the heart of the Himalayas. Thimphu’s charm comes not only from its wealth of museums or places of historic interest, but also from the strong national character of its architectural style. A stroll through this lively town and into its shops reveals an interesting combination of tradition and modernity. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 03- Morning Thimphu sightseeing and after lunch drive to Phuentsholing

* Morning visit to the National memorial Chorten (stupa) that depicts the Buddhist teachings in form of paintings and statues. This stupa was built in 1974 by Her Majesty Ashi Phuntsho Choden Wangchuck in the memory of her son Bhutan’s late King His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. So it is commonly known as the memorial Chorten.
* Visit to Changgangkha monastery of the 12th century and then take a drive to the viewpoint of Thimphu (BBS TOWER). The tower provides you with an opportunity to enjoy and take photograph of Thimphu city. This is one of the favorite places either for enjoying the view of the Thimphu valley or relaxation. Perhaps, it is also known as Lover’s Point! On the way we take a look at the national animal-Takin research center.
* After lunch drive to Phuentsholing, en route visiting Simtokha Dzong, built in 1627 and the oldest fortress of the kingdom, which now houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies. The Thimphu–Phuentsholing road was built in 1962 by Dantak, the Indian Border Roads organization. The drive on this route is very pleasant with numerous scenic spots en route. Overnight at the hotel in Phuentsholing.

Day 04- After breakfast Representative of  will bid you farewell, Safe journey

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