Day 1: TRANSFERS TO THIMPHU
On arrival at Hasimara you will be greeted by our officials and then we will take you to Phuentsholing for Inner Line Permit. Then we will proceed for Thimphu. It is a 5 to 6 hours drive with breathtaking passing views of rolling hills and serene nature. We will have our lunch in between our journey. After reaching Thimphu check in your hotel and freshen up. You are free for the evening. You may take rest or else can take a stroll in the market area of Thimphu and can experience the taste of Bhutanese cuisine. Overnight stay at Thimphu.
Bhutan Tour Package Special Tips- About Thimphu: Thimphu was formerly known as Thimbu. Thimphu is situated on the bank of Thimphu Chhu. Later on this river will become Raidak after entering India. This city was established in 1955 and became capital of the land of the Thunder Dragon (Bhutan) in 1969 during the rule of 3rd Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
Day 2: THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING
After an early morning breakfast, you will start your excursion in Thimphu. The first place to visit is the Memorial Chorten built to commemorate the memory of 3rd Drukpa Gyalpo. Memorial Chorten is situated in the heart of Thimphu. You will find many devotees near the chorten. Enjoy the serene ambiance for some time. Now we will proceed to Mothitang Takin Preserve. The preserve is the home of takin which is national animal of Bhutan. Morning is the best time to visit as takin comes near the fences to eat their food. This unique animal has hyped the interest of many animal lovers. Near takin Preserve there is the BBS Tower from where you will get a panoramic view of Thimphu City. Our next destination is National Textile Museum. Here you may learn to wear Gho and Kera while finding out the difference between royal dress and ordinary dress. Post lunch we will drive to the famous Thimphu Dzong situated along the river banks of Wang Chhu. Thimphu Dzong is also known as Trashichhoe Dzong with its grandiose architecture and ancient artefacts. After adorning the colourful Thangkhas and painting let us proceed to Kuensal Phodrang Nature Park to witness the magnificent statue of Sakyamuni Buddha also known as Buddha Dordenma, the Buddha View Point has become the iconic landmark of Thimphu. After enjoying the view of Thimphu valley let us proceed to your hotel. Overnight stay at Thimphu.
Bhutan Tour Package Special Tips- About Takin: Takin is a unique animal. Takin's head resembles with a mountain goat and body of a cow. Takin was declared national animal of Bhutan on 25thNovember 2005. The legend behind this is an interesting one. In 15th century a Tibetan saint Drukpa Kunley popularly recognized as "The Divine Madman" is credited in creating this mystical animal. The Divine Madman was not only a religious preachers but he was also a proficient tantric. As per the legend, few Bhutanese people requested Drukpa Kunley during one of his religious lecture to do a miracle before them. The Divine Madman agreed to do so provided he was fed for the lunch a whole cow and a whole goat. Once the lunch was served, he devoured both the animals leaving only the bones. It is said then The Divine Madman took the head of the goat and fixed it in the skeleton of cow while uttering some mantra and right before the eyes of the bystander the mystical animal Takin was created. Till date Takin resides the hill side of Bhutan. Due to this magical creation with high religious connotation, Takin has been adopted as the national animal of Bhutan.
Day 3: TRANSFERS TO PARO VIA PUANAKHA FOR SIGHTSEEING
Take an early breakfast and check out from hotel in Thimphu. We will take you to Paro en route Punakha. While on the way enjoy the scenic beauty on your journey as we will be climbing altitudes the scenery will keep changing. We will first take a stop at Dochula Pass 30 km from Thimphu. At an elevation of 10,171 ft the 108 memorial chortens of Dochula Pass were built in the memory of the Bhutanese soldiers who were killed in the 2003 battle. 108 memorial chortens is also known as Druk Wangyal Chorten. This was built under the commandment of Her Majesty, the eldest Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. Overlooking the northern-eastern territories of Bhutan, the scenic beauty of Dochula Pass will surely take out your breath. Then we will start for Punakha and will cover a distance of 58 km. Punakha situated at an altitude of 3937 ft is a historic town of Bhutan along the banks of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu. You will be visiting Pungtang Dewa Chhenbi Phodrang commonly known as Punakha Dzong. Built in 1637-38 Punakha Dzong is also the 2nd oldest and 2nd largest Dzong in Bhutan. Overlooking the scenic gorge, Punakha Dzong with its grandiose structure has been a must visit places in Punakha Valley. We will have our lunch in between and will proceed towards Paro. We will cover 127 km in approximate 4 hours. Check in to your hotel at Paro and freshen up. You can take rest or else stroll around the place. Overnight stay at Paro.
Bhutan Tour Package Special Tips- About Punakha Dzong: The hill atop which the Punakha Dzong is built resembles the trunk of an elephant and all the Kings of Bhutan were coroneted in Punakha Dzong. Punakha Dzong was founded by Ngawang Namgyal, the 1st Zabdrung Rinpoche. According to the Bhutanese Legend, Guru Padma Sambhaba had already foretold about the event where a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant. Since the time of its establishment, Punakha Dzong has been damaged 6 times by fire, once by earthquake and once by flood.
Day 4: PARO SIGHTSEEING
Complete your breakfast at the earliest and then we will start our Paro sightseeing. Paro is situated on the river banks of Mo Chhu and Pa Chhu. Paro is a scenically blessed town of Bhutan with many historical significant sites. Our first destination Taktsang Monastery is the most prominent attraction of Paro. It is a monastery built on the cliff. It takes two hour trek to reach Taktsang Monastery. You can either trek or ride on a pony. From Taktsang Monastery you will get the most outstanding view of Paro valley. Next we will take you to National Museum of Bhutan which is located in the Conch shaped building of Ta Dzong. Here, you can observe artefacts dating back to 2nd century and get an insight about the early Bhutanese era. After lunch we will drive you to Paro Dzong. Known as the Fortress on a Heap of Jewel, Paro Dzong is listed under the tentative sites of UNESCO. You can only walk in the courtyard of the Dzong since the main sanctum housing the Thondrol of Guru Rinpoche only opens during the annual Tsechu. After admiring the beauty of the purple jacaranda trees and shimmering water of Po Chhu and Mo Chhu return to your hotel. Overnight stay at Paro.
Bhutan Tour Package Special Tips- About Taktsang Monastery: Taktsang Palpung Monastery is also famously known as the Tiger's nest. This is a prominent sacred Buddhist site of Bhutan. 'Taktsang' is spelled in Tibetan as 'Stag Tshang' that means a "tiger's nest" or a "tiger's lair".According to a legend former wife of an emperor, known as Yeshe Tsogyal, willingly became a disciple of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambahva) in Tibet. She transformed herself into a tigress to carry the Guru on her back from Tibet Taktsang in Bhutan. In one of the caves here, the Guru then performed meditation. As per this legend the place came to be known as the "Tiger's Nest"
Day 5: DROP AT HASIMARA
After an early morning breakfast, let us bid goodbye to Paro and proceed to Hasimara. It is an overall 6 hrs journey from Paro to Hasimara. Relish the beauty of the journey while bidding farewell to the mystical land of Bhutan. After covering the distance of 179 km you will reach Hasimara Railway Station and your 4 Nights and 5 Days Bhutan Holiday's Tour Package will come to an end.