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7 Day Bhutan

The splendid mountains, monasteries and a country seeped in cultural and historical significance; Bhutan is a wonderful holiday destination for those seeking peace, awe and some inspiration.



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The splendid mountains, monasteries and a country seeped in cultural and historical significance; Bhutan is a wonderful holiday destination for those seeking peace, awe and some inspiration.

 

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  • Day 1: Kolkata to Paro

    Our representative will help you catch the flight to Paro from Kolkata International Airport.
     

    Paro the only city in the landlocked country of Bhutan to have an airport is a quiet representation of the nation itself. Located in the Eastern Himalayas Bhutan has been an important center on the Silk Road and hence finds itself immersed in history and culture coupled with its stunning surrounding Himalayan landscapes.
     

    Paro known for its rich historical and sacred destinations generously scattered throughout the valley is also an architectural delight with traditional decorative homes and shops lined up on its main street.
     

    Overnight stay will be at Paro.

  • Day 2: Paro Attractions

    After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing.
     

    The Drukgyel Dzong located in upper Paro Valley was built in the 17th century to celebrate the nation’s victory over Tibet. However, in the 1950’s the structure was destroyed by a fire, but the remains that stand till date give an impressive idea of what the erstwhile structure may have been. One can catch the view of the magnificent Jumolhari Summit on a clear day from here.
     

    The Rinpung Dzong also known as the Rinchen Dzong or Paro Dzong is one the most iconic landmarks of the city. The site was earlier home to a monastery that was rebuilt by Ngawang Namgyal into a larger monastery using the old foundations. For years this impressively imposing five storey structure has stood up against enemies and invasion attempts. Meaning the ‘heaps of jewels’ unfortunately most of the structure was destroyed in the fire of 1907 with only one thangka (Buddhist painting) surviving. However, the monument was built yet again by Dawa Penjor and today is home to a number of ancient artifacts, masks and costumes. The murals depicting mandalas and life of Milarepa the Tibetan master as well as the wonderful masked dances during the Tsechu Festival is some of the things to watch out for.
     

    The Ta Dzong that acted as a watchtower stands atop the hill above the Rinpung Dzong and is home to the National Museum today. The museum has a good collection of thangkas, postage stamps, weapons, handicrafts and other Buddhist artifacts.
     

    The Kyichu Lhakhang Temple is a pagoda style temple built in the 7th century. It is said to be visited by Guru Padmasambhava and according to folklore is one of the 108 temples that were built in a single day by King Songtsen Gampo to kill a giant demoness who had lain across the Himalayas to stop the spread of Buddhism. The museum next to the temple is also worth a visit.
     

    After an eventful day sightseeing, rest well for the night.

  • Day 3: Paro to Thimpu by road, Thimpu Attractions

    After breakfast proceed to Thimpu by road.
     

    Thimpu the capital and largest city of Bhutan is situated on the west bank of the Raidak River also known as Wang Chhu or Thimpu Chhu. The administrative and political center of Bhutan, Thimpu is nonetheless a laid back beautiful city perched at an altitude of 2248m. Interestingly, Thimpu is the only capital city of the world that does not have a traffic light on its roads.
     

    Proceed for sightseeing after hotel check in.
     

    The National Memorial Chorten erected in the memory of the late King Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorje Wangchuck is a crowd puller with locals walking round the shrine all day long. The paintings and carvings within the monument are worth taking a look at it.
     

    The Trashi Chhoe Dzong on the banks of the Wang Chhu is a site for the fantastic masked dances during the Tsechu festival. The dzong houses the king’s offices, secretariat and throne room. In spite of its repairs and reconstructions, there is enough splendor and authenticity to the structure, with its mandala paintings on the ceiling and images of Buddhist guardians and masters on entrance walls.
     

    Dzong architecture is found only in Bhutan and is characterized by its fortress and lavish style of building, with towering exterior walls and the interiors a complex of temples, offices, monk accommodation and courtyard. The oldest dzong, Simtokha Dzong is home to the country’s finest cultural and language institutes and is worth visiting to capture the true essence of this form of architecture.
     

    The Changangkha Temple, one of the country’s oldest temples is famous for its eleven headed and thousand armed Bodhisattva. The prayer wheel as well as the surreal surroundings makes a visit to this temple truly spiritual.
     

    Return to the hotel after a long day sightseeing. Overnight stay will at Thimpu.

  • Day 4: Thimpu Attractions

    Another day is lined for the magnificent things to see and do in Thimphu. Proceed for sightseeing after breakfast.
     

    The Zilukha Nunnery or Thangtong Dewachen named after its founder Thangtong Gyalpo is known for its architecture, surrounding views and good work. Interact with the nuns of the nunnery to get a sense of their lives and work.
     

    Bhutan’s National Library is an attractive structure which holds within it literary treasures of the Buddhist texts in Tibetan as well as Bhutanese Dzongkha. European books also form a part of the books that are housed here, including the famous 7 foot long photography book which is considered as one of the largest books in the world.
     

    The Institute of Zorig Chusum is a highly skilled training school that teaches 13 traditional arts of Bhutan, such as, thangka paintings, sculpture, embroidery, mask making and so on. They usually put a demonstration for visitors that are an absolute must watch.
     

    The National Institute of Traditional Medicine is where Bhutan’s herbal medicines are made the traditional way. It also trains young practitioners and a visit here adds a lot of insight about traditional medicinal herbs.
     

    The Folk Heritage and Textile Museums is an excellent place to learn about the traditional handicrafts and livelihoods of the artisans who are fast disappearing to rapid urbanization.
     

    Return to the hotel after an eventful day sightseeing. Overnight stay will be at Thimpu.

  • Day 5: Thimpu to Punakha by road

    After breakfast proceed to Punakha by road.
     

    Punakha is the erstwhile capital of Bhutan and is famous for the red rice that is grown on its rich fertile soil. Other attractions in Punakha include:
     

    The Punakha Dzong is a beautiful structure with delicately wonderful wood carvings, murals and the Jacaranda trees that become a volley of violent purple when in bloom. The dzong is also the site for the coronation of the first king, Ugyen Wangchuk.
     

    Your guide will walk you through the Khamshung Valley Temple with its stunning murals and splendid paintings.
     

    Commemorating the popular Buddhist saint Drukpa Kinley or Divine Madman the Chhimi Lhakhang is an interesting structure that gives an acute sense of the leader’s beliefs and teachings. In many ways, Drukpa Kinley has been able to hold on to the Buddhist philosophy by using unconventional yet convincing means. Till date women who are childless come to pray to the silver handled phallus (which is deemed to have been carried by the saint himself from Tibet).
     

    Enjoy a relaxing overnight stay at Punakha.

  • Day 6: Punakha to Paro by road

    After breakfast drive comfortably to Paro. Have a relaxed and restful stay at your resort in Paro.
     

    Overnight stay will be at Paro.

  • Day 7: – Paro to Delhi

    Our representative will ensure you reach the Paro airport in time for your flight to Delhi.