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Trip Starting From: Paro
Trip Location: Paro
About the Activity:
Arrival in Paro – Thimphu
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. Visit the School of Arts and Crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, visit Folk Heritage Museum which explains how a traditional house used to be like in the olden days.
Take a break and walk around the newly built 108 stupas and continue to the sub tropical valley of Punakha offering a different vegetation.
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.
Morning drive to visit Punakha Dzong (fortress), which houses the most elaborated temple in the country.
After lunch could relax in the balcony of the hotel to enjoy the view and the nature, or could go for an hour hike (uphill) to the temple of Khamsum Yuley Lakhang overlooking the paddy field and the snakelike river bends
Later back to the hotel.
Punakha – Paro
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 retrace your drive back to Paro
After lunch could continue some of the sightseeing that you might have had missed earlier. Later in the afternoon continue your drive to Paro.
Upon arrival in Paro, relax in the hotel.
Morning drive to Chelela Pass, 3800m one of the highest motorable road in Bhutan.
Afternoon back to the hotel.
Later 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.
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