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Trip Starting From: Paro
Trip Location: Paro
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Arrival in Paro – Thimphu
Early morning flight to Paro, Bhutan
Upon your arrival in Paro airport our guide will be there to welcome you and transfer to Thimphu.
After Lunch visit the Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King.
After 5 PM, visit the fortress of Thimphu, Tashichho Dzong, which houses the throne of the king.
Evening walk around the happening town, the largest and the most crowded town in Bhutan.
Thimphu – Punakha
Morning visit the happening weekend market (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) where the locals from the surrounding villages come to sell their produce.
Visit the traditional Hand Made Paper Mill, School of Arts and Crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan and Folk Heritage Museum.
En route just before arriving the hotel, taka a nice hike through the paddy field and old village to visit Chimi Lakhang, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus.
PunMorning drive to visitakha Dzong (fortress), which houses the most elaborated temple in the country.
After the visit, start the hike right above the Dzong with a short steep climb offering a great view of the valley with houses spread all around and the never ending turquoise river and it’s sandy river bed.
After lunch could relax in the balcony of the hotel to enjoy the view and the nature or go for an hour hike (uphill) to the temple of Khamsum Yuley Lakhang overlooking the paddy field and the snakelike river bends.
Punakha – Trongsa
Early morning it will be a treat to walk up to the hilltop to visit the nunnery and interact with the nuns and enjoy the magnificent view of Punakha and Wangdi valley.
Later after breakfast start your drive for Trongsa. En route could stop for a short hike to the ancient village of Rinchengang overlooking the ruins of Wangdi Dzong. It’s amazing how they have managed to be together and preserve the old houses
Trongsa – Jakar
Morning walk through the single lane town of Trongsa and visit the majestic Trongsa Dzong (Fortress), the home of the royals. Historically Trongsa Dzong is the most important Dzong and the largest as well.
After a short descend en route just before arriving Jakar, stop in Chumi valley, the weaving place, by the roadside where “Yatha” (wool weaving) is woven here which Bumthang is famous for.
Continue your drive for Jakar crossing over Kiki La pass and finally descending to Jakar valley.
Visit Jampay Lakhang, one of the first two Buddhist temples built in the country and Kurjey lakhang temple, which is one of the holiest site in Bhutan, this is also the site where the royals are cremated.
End your day with a walk passing by the Swiss farm.
Evening stroll in Jakar town and try some local pancake and noodles.
Jakar – Phobjikha
Morning start retracing your drive to the remote isolated valley of Phobjikha passing by Trongsa town and crossing over Pele La pass.
If you are too tired after the long drive, could relax in the hotel and enjoy the breathtaking view of the valley.
Being protected, this valley got electricity recently only and you also have an optional Farm house stay..
Phobjikha – Paro
Morning could go for walk right below your hotel and meet the school children who all walk for hours to reach their nearest school.
Later after breakfast retrace the drive back to Paro.
Upon arrival in Paro, visit Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use.
Continue further to stroll around the old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores.
Evening back to the hotel.
Morning drive to the base for the hike (3 hrs uphill) to Tiger’s Nest, the most revered temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff over looking the Paro valley.
On the way back, if you have the energy and time visit the Kichu Lakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan which marks the beginning of Buddhism in the country.
Farewell dinner with your guide.
Morning transfer (15 mins) to the airport for your departure flight.
Your guide will bid you farewell at the airport.
End of tour.
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