Enchanting Bhutan

05 Night – 06 Days

Paro – Thimphu – Punakha

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On arrival, transfer to Thimphu and check- in to hotel. Overnight stay in Thimphu. Evening is free for leisure.

Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan is situated in the western central part of Bhutan. The capital city is also considered as one of the most fascinating destination for its unique combination of modern development with ancient traditions. Thimphu offers many tourist places to visit. One of the popular locations amongst the visitors is the Buddha Point where massive statue of Shakyamuni measuring in at a height of 51.5 meters, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world is located atop a hill which overlooks the Southern entrance to Thimphu valley. In addition to its traditional Buddhist sights and attraction, Thimphu offers the best opportunity to explore the cafes, bars, nightclubs and restaurants a key to getting the most out of this charming city. Overnight stay at Thimpu.

After breakfast drive to Punakha. Punakha is about an hour drive to Thimphu located at an average elevation of 1200 meters above sea level with a pleasant climate with warm winters and hot summers. The valley is known for the majestic Punakha Dzong, a 17th century fortress at the juncture of two major rivers, the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu. It is also the most beautiful of all the Dzongs in Bhutan. It served as the capital of the country from 1637 to 1907 and the first national assembly was hosted here in 1953. It is also a popular destination to visit throughout the year offering breath taking views and monuments with the heritage of the country.

Visit to Punakha would be incomplete without visiting Chimi Lhakang-the fertility temple and exploring the Botanical Park and experiencing the river rafting. Overnight stay at Punakha

Phobjikha is a majestic wide alpine wetland valley about three hours drive from Punakha. The valley is considered the largest and the most significant wetland in the country. Phobjikha is a conservation zone and home to Black Necked Cranes where the fly down from Tibet to spend the winter. The vegetation of the valley is mostly pine forests, interspersed with Rhododendron trees, with bush bamboo carpeting the floor.

The annual festival dedicated to the Black-Necked Crane is held every year in the valley in the month of November. The festival features cultural and mask dances, short plays about the cranes and their environments in the valley. Post lunch drive to Thimphu (05 hrs), on arrival check in. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay at Thimphu.

The day will begin with early proceed to Paro and upon arrival, walk up the Tiger’s Nest Monastery which takes around 3 hours to reach the top where you can go in and look around the monastery. Or you can choose to visit other historic sites and historical buildings in the valley. Paro is also home to the National museum which is set in Paro Ta Dzong, an ancient watch tower that displays various ancient Bhutanese artifacts and artwork including traditional costumes, armour, weaponry and handcrafted implements for daily life. One of the distinctive features of Paro town is that it is situated in a flat valley bottom and follows a grid-like pattern. Drugyel Dzong or the Fortress of the victorious Bhutanese is another site worth visiting in Paro. This dzong was constructed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 to commemorate his victory over marauding Tibetan armies. Though the fortress was destroyed by fire in 1951, the ruins remain an impressive and imposing sight. Overnight stay at Paro.

Transfer to Paro International Airport for your onward flight.

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