Day 01: New Delhi
Around midnight arrival in
New Delhi. The cosmopolitan city and
capital Delhi is the main gateway for travellers. Upon arrival, you
will be met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to
Day 02: New Delhi - Paro (by air)
In the morning we drive to the airport for the flight to
beautiful valley with its rich terraced farmland, is home to some of
the Bhutan's oldest temples and monastries. Upon arrival, you will be
transferred to the hotel in Paro. In the afternoon we will visit the
Rinpung Dzong. It was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngwang Namgyal, the
first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan. Rinpung Dzong means the
fortress on a heap of jewels. This fortress now houses the Paro
monastic school and the office of the civil administration. Then we
visit the National Museum. After the visit of the National museum we
go for an excursion to Takstang monastery. In April 1998 a fire
destroyed the main structure of Taktstang Monastery, perched on the
side of a cliff 900 m above the valley floor. It is also known as
"tiger's den" because Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site
on the back of a tigress in the eighth century.
Day 03: Paro
In the morning we will visit the Ta Dzong. The Ta Dzong was built in
1651 as a watch tower. This dzong is round more like parts of an
European castle. In the afternoon we visit the Drugyal Dzong. It
means the victorious fortress which was built in 1647 by Shabdrung to
celebrate his victory over the Tibetan invaders. Strategically built
over the only passage into the Paro valley, the dzong helped to rebel
various invasions through the course of Bhutanese history. Evening
free for leisure.
Day 04: Paro - Thimphu (about 65 km)
After breakfast drive to
Thimphu. Thimphu is the modern capital of
Bhutan. It lies at an elevation of 2300 m in a valley traversed by
the Wang Chu river. This city maintains a strong national character
in its architectural style. It is a home to civil servants,
expatriates and the central monk body. Upon arrival, you will be
transferred to the hotel in Thimphu. In the afternoon set out on
sightseeing tour of Thimphu. First of all we visit the Tashichho
Dzong on the bank of the river. It is the main Secretariat building
which houses the throne room of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan and
is also the summer residence of the central monk body. After visiting
the Secretariat building we visit the national library to see the
rare and precious collection of Buddhism. In the evening we visit the
Memorial Chorten. Memorial Chorten is a stupa and was built in the
year 1974 in the memory of the late thid king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.
The paintings and images inside the monument provide a rare sight
into the Buddhist philosophy.
Day 05: Thimphu
In the morning we visit the 17th century Simtokha Dzong. It is the
oldest Dzong in the country which stands on a lofty ridge at the end
of the valley. It was built in the year 1627 and now houses the
school for Buddhist studies. Today we also visit a painting school.
In this painting school the young children learn the ancient art of
paintings. After visiting the painting school we visit the centre of
traditional medicines. Bhutan has its own brand of Himalayan herbal
Day 06: Thimphu - Punakha (about 75 km)
In the morning we drive to
Punakha. Punakha was built between two
rivers in the 17th century by Shabdrung and served as the winter
residence of the central monk body. Punakha's climate and warmer
temperatures make its valley one of the most fertile in Bhutan.
Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955. Upon arrival, you
will be transferred to the hotel in Punakha. In the evening visit the
Day 07: Punakha -
Wangdiphodrang - Trongsa (about 147 km)
In the morning we will drive to Wangdiphodrang. It is the last town
on the central highway before entering central Bhutan. Wangdiphodrang
Dzong is the town's most visible feature built during the 17th
century. It played a critical role in unifying the western, central
and southern Bhutanese districts. After visiting the Wangdiphodrang
Dzong and having lunch there we drive to Trongsa. Trongsa is situated
at an altitude of 2200 m. and forms the central hub of the nation. It
is historically the place from where attempts at unifying the country
were launched. In the evening arrive in Trongsa.
Day 08: Trongsa - Bumthang (about 68 km)
After breakfast visit the Trongsa Dzong. Trongsa Dzong was built in
1648 as an impregnable fortress. The massive structure is built on
many levels into the side of the hill that includes various
courtyards, passage ways and temples. Above the Trongsa Dzong is the
Ta Dzong (Watchtower). It was built to watch out for invaders and
travellers. After lunch drive to Bumthang valley. To the east of
Trongsa lies the Bumthang valley at an altitude of 2600 m. It is
comprised of four smaller valleys. In the evening arrive in Bumthang
Day 09: Bumthang - Ura - Bumthang
In the morning we drive to Ura Valley. this valley lies in the east
of Bumthang and has a small village. A small but old dzong gives the
village a medieval feel. There visit the Ura Lhakhang and after lunch
drive through the picturesque valley of Bumthang to view Kurje
Lhakhang. It consists of three temples. These temples are surrounded
by 108 stupa wall which symbolises each joint of the human body.
Day 10: Bumthang - Gangtey
In the morning visit Gangtey Gompa. This monastery follows the
Pelling Nyingmapa sect of school and was built in the 16th century.
Then we drive to the Phobjikha valley. This place is home to the
endangered black necked cranes, which migrate from Tibetan plateau in
Day 11: Gangtey - Punakha - Paro (about 87 km)
After breakfast drive to Punakha. After having lunch at Punakha we
visit the local town and Bazaar. In the evening, drive to Paro. Upon
arrival drive to the hotel in Paro. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 12: Paro - New Delhi (by air)
In the morning we drive to the airport for the flight to New Delhi.
In the afternon arrive in New Delhi. Rooms are available to get
refresh before departing for the airport. The rest of the day at
leisure. After dinner we leave the hotel for the airport.
Day 13: New Delhi
Around midnight flight to home destination.
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