5 Days Glimpse of Bhutan Tour Package from Bhutan Dragon Adventures $990/- (Posted on Jul 20 2011)

5 Days Glimpse of Bhutan Tour Package from Bhutan Dragon Adventures $990/-

GLIMPSE OF BHUTAN PACKAGE
5 Days / 4 Nights – $990/-

Tour Highlights
The highlights of Bhutan are featured in this short trip. You will visit Paro, Punakha, and the capitol, Thimphu. Your sightseeing will include Taktsang Monastery (the Tiger’s nest), the Punakha Dzong, the winter residence of the Je Khenpo, and in Thimphu the National Memorial Chorten, the National Library and the Arts and Crafts School. See the itinerary for more details.

tigers nest bhutan

tigers nest bhutan

ITINERARY
Day 01. Arrive at Paro:
You will be received by the representative from Bhutan Dragon Adventures at the airport and driven to Thimphu. On the way we will visit Simtokha Dzong, built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1627. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Thimphu – Punakha – Thimphu: (72 kms, 3 hours drive).
After breakfast we will drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we will stop for at the pass to view the higher Himalayas. While in Punakha we will visit Punakha Dzong, situated between Pho Chu, “Male River,” and Mo Chu, “Female River.” It was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and for many years, until the time of the second king, served as the seat of government. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted, “…a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant.” At the time there was a smaller building here called Dzong Chu, “Small Dzong,” that housed a statue of Buddha. It is said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in front of the statue. While Palep was sleeping; the Shabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From this vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang, “Palace of Great Happiness.” Here the war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and, in 1952, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here.

After lunch, we will drive to Wangdi Phodrang stopping enroute to view Chimi Lhakhang, the “Temple of Fertility,” built in 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kuenley also popularly known as “Devine Mad Man.” This will be followed by sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang, where we will visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638. Legend relates that as the people were searching for the site of the Dzong; four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. This was considered an auspicious sign, representing the spread of religion to the four points of the compass. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers. We drive back to Thimphu in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03. Thimphu – Paro:
After breakfast, we will be sightseeing in Thimphu. First a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, a monument dedicated to the Third King of Bhutan, His Late Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The inside paintings and statues provide a very rare insight into Buddhist Philosophy. Then we browse through the National Library which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts, followed by visit to Painting School, famous for carving and free hand art. Lastly we visit the Folk Heritage Museum.
The afternoon features an excursion to Cheri Monastery. In the evening, visit Tashichho Dzong, “Fortress of the Glorious Religion,” built in 1641 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and reconstructed in 1961 by the Late King, His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The last stop is the Handicrafts Emporium to see the exquisite artistry of traditional crafts and textiles. In the evening, we drive to Paro. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Thimphu

Thimphu

Day 04. Paro Sightseeing:
This will be a very special day, with an excursion to view the spectacular Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. After breakfast a short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten and from there a two hour horse ride to the viewpoint point of the monastery. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktshang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktshang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort.
After lunch, we tour Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which has been, since 1967, the National Museum of Bhutan, followed by a visit Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong presently houses administrative offices. Then we make a stop at the Drukgyel Dzong. Now in ruins, it was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders in1644; the Dzong name’s means “victorious Druk.“ Until 1951, it was used as an administrative center when a fire caused by butter lamp destroyed it. Lastly we visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 05. Departure:
Early morning, drive to the airport and farewell.

TOUR COST
For single travel: US $ 990.00. Inclusive of surcharges, Bhutan visa fees and Tourism Development Fund. For 2 people / couple: US $ 950.00 Per head. Inclusive of Government surcharges,Bhutan visa fees and Tourism Development Fund. For 3 people and above: US $ 830.00 Per head. Inclusive of Bhutan visa fees and Tourism Development Fund.

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Posted by on Jul 20 2011. Filed under Asia, Bhutan, Paro, Thimphu.

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5 Days Glimpse of Bhutan Tour Package from Bhutan Dragon Adventures $990/-

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