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Drive in to Phuentsholing and complete the immigration formalities
On your first-day gather and meet your guide at New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Station then transfer to Phuentsholing which is 4-5 hours drive. As you continue your drive admire Phuentsholing (alt. 300m / 985 ft) - The frontier town, it is a thriving commercial centre, situated directly at the base of Himalayan foothills.
The best thing about this place you can meet different ethnic groups. As Phuentsholing is the entry point this links other states Indian like West Bengal, Sikkim and Assam.
Arrive at Phuentsholing Bhutan and check into your hotel rooms. Also, complete all the immigration formalities.
In the evening visit, Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang situated at the city centre and explore the small temple which represents the Guru Rinpoche. Zhangtho Pelri Phuentsholing Bhutan.
On the ground floor, you will find eight manifestation of Guru Rinpoche and paintings on Buddha's life while the next floor contains eight Bodhisattvas.
You will also find statues of Avalokiteshvara and Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. On the top floor, there is a main statue of Amitabha.
In the evening stroll around the town market.
Enjoy a lavish dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Transfer to Thimphu and sightseeing
Enjoy a delicious morning breakfast and then drive to Thimphu. Enroute stop at the Chuzam and the Paro river.Visit the three different stupas ibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese adorn this confluence.
Upon arrival check inti the hotel at Thimphu which is the capital town of Bhutan. Marvel at the sight of the city and learn about their ancient tradtion and culture.
Relax for sometime and then begin your sightseeing for the day.
Visit the Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang) and get the traditional touch as you offer your prayers. Stroll around the place and get a glimpse of the valley.
Visit King's Memorial Chorten and listen to the chants and the matntras while the people offer prayers. This monument was erected by Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.
Later take a walk to the Coronation Park, located on the banks of the river (near the city stadium), this 5.6 acres of parkland offer a pleasant and relaxing environment to stroll or to sit and watch the river flow
In the evening take down a walk by the town.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Thimphu.
Wake up to a morning with a delicious breakfast and then visit the National Library and learn about preserved archaic texts at the National Library. There are also thousands of manuscripts and ancient texts at the library which will interest you.
In the after visit the Trashichhoedzong, “fortress of the glorious religion” which is the centre of the government and religion.This is the seat of the Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot.
Built in the year 1641 by the political and the religious unifier of Bhutan,Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans.
Also get a chance to witness the Motithang which has a great significance in their culture. Then visit The Folk Heritage Museum (Phelchey Toenkhyim) which is mainly dedicated to connect people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibits, demonstrations, educational programmes and documentation of rural life.
Visit the Jungshi handmade paper factory and see how handmade paper is made using traditional methods. The factory is juts at a distance of 1 km from Thimphu.
The factory uses the bark of two tree species, the Daphne tree and Dhekap tree in the manufacture of traditional paper. Visitors can observe the entire process of producing handmade paper using ancient traditional methods that have been practiced for generations.
You can even try your hand at this ancient craft and make some paper of your very own as a souvenir. Deh-sho paper was originally used by monasteries for woodblock and manuscript books and also for writing prayer books.
Spen your evening strolling at the market and explore the Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts bazaar.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Transfer to Punakha & Wangdue Phodrang (77 kms, approx. 2hours drive)
Enjoy a delicious breakfast and then trasfer to Punakha across Dochu La. and enjoy the scenic view at chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate this highest
point on the road.
If skies are clear, it may be possible to see the following peaks from this pass in the order left to right: Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana - finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at
In the afternoon visit the Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, at the junction of the Phochu and Mochu rivers.
This majestic dzong served as both the religious and the administrative center of Bhutan in the past. It measures some 600 by 240 feet and has a six-story, gold-domed tower. Inside are courtyards and religious statuary that hint at the depth of history and spiritual tradition embodied here.
Your guide will illuminate your understanding of this intricate culture that is exotic to us, though long established here.
Later in the day excursion to Chimi Lhakhang situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, is also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Punakha & Wangduephodrang – Paro (125 kms, approx. 4.1/2hours drive)
Delight in a delicious breakfast and then descend back to down from Dochu La, follow the way back up the dramatic Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu river valleys, before crossing through Paro town towards the
north end of the valley.
Visit the Simtokha Dzong which is well known for the tantric teaching. This dzong now houses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language.
Later in the day after checking into the hotel and proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum.
Check out extensive collection which includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.
In the evening visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Excursion to Chelela Pass (Haa Valley) and Dzongdrakha Goempa, later sightseeing
After a delicious breakfast, start driving to Chelela pass.About an hour's drive along a thickly-forested road is this Pass-a botanical paradise. The pass provides stunning views of the sacred mountain Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. It is also marked by hundreds of prayer flags fluttering in the wind.
Visit Lhakhang Karpo and Nagpo.Lhakhang Karpo was established in the 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gempo in his mission to build 108 monasteries in one day.
According to a legend, a black and white pigeon were released to select sites to build the temples. These two temples stand as the guardian sentinels keeping watch at the south entrance of the valley.
Later en route excursion to Dzongdrakha Goempa. Often called as mini Takstang, Dzongdrakha is a cliff-side temple complex on the western side of the Paro Valley.
Dzongdrakha also hosts an annual Tshechu (festival) that takes place the day before and the day after the larger Paro Tshechu held at Rinpung Dzong near the main town.
The Dzongdrakha village has numerous temples and is known for most of their men being either fully ordained monks or gomchens (lay monks who don’t take vows of celibacy).
Ironically it is the women who work in the fields and are the bread earners unlike in any other part of the country.
In the afternoon drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago.
Also visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo.
Stroll around the market streets in the evening.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Hike to Taktshang Monastery and afternoon drive back to Phuentsholing
After an early breakfast, the most important plan of your tour begins. Then continue on a Hike to the Taktshang Monastery.
Walk through the pine forest where you will see the beauty of nature; rarest birds flying around, animals playing on the ground, flowers and berries dangling beside you and huge trees standing by you.
Visit the Taktshang Lhakhang (Tiger's Nest)one of the most famous of Bhutan's monasteries.
This site has been recognised as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime.
After the hike in the afternoon drive back to Phuentsholing.
Make your evening special with a walk around main street and market area.
Overnight at the hotel in Phuentsholing.
After an early breakfast at the hotel, visit kharbandi Gomba and drive to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station visiting museums and monuments on the way for your onward destination.
Clear up all the formalities and then head back home with lots of memories.
End of tour.
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