Day1.  Paro 

 

The flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk-Air, is a befitting

introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. The remarkable

and steep descent into the Paro   valley is an inspiring beginning to

your adventure. You can feel the pace of life slow down as you reach

the country.Bhutan well comes you with the beautiful mountains of

Himalayas covered in snow and the first gift from Bhutan is cool ,

clean fresh crystal air as you step out of the plane.After clearing visa,

custom formalities and collection of baggages you will meet our

re presentive from Bhutan Sunshine who will be waiting at the Exit

Point  and drive you to a short distance to a restaurant for lunch in

Paro valley.

Afternoon

National Museum  

Visit at the Ta- Dzong ,the watch tower of Paro Dzong which now

houses the national museum today.

 

Paro Dzong  

It was built in 17th century around 1644 by Shabdrung(the founder of drukpa kagyue school in Bhutan)and In 1646 the Dzong was reconsecrated  and established as the administrative and monastic Centre of the western region and it became to known as Rinpung Dzong.it might be femillar to who have seen the movie called Little Buddha in 1993 were filmed in this Dzong, where it host an festival today. 

 

KICHU MONASTERY 

The Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, originally built in the 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor Songtsän Gampo. It is considered to be one of the 108 border taming temples he built.In the 8th century the temple was visited by Padmasambhava and it is believed he concealed many spiritual treasures here.

Day 2. Thimphu 

Thimphu Tashichho Dzong  Mask Dance Festival.

Folk Heritage Museum 

Thirteen art and craft institute;popularly known as zorig chusum. 

Motithang Mini Zoo;where you can see Takin,The National Animal Of Bhutan

Visit nunnery (The women -monk temple) for drawing and meditation.

Afternoon

Post office (self stamp making)

Handmade Paper factory  

 

 

 

 

Day 3. Thimphu - Punakha

Punakha Dzong

Also known as Pung Tang Dewa Chenpoi Phodrang (meaning “the palace of great happiness or bliss”) is the administrative Centre of Punakha Dzongkha in Bhutan and winter capital for Thimphu monks.The Dzong was Constructed as Guru Rinpochea prophesized that “a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”. Zhabdrung found the peak of the hill, which appeared in the shape of trunk of an elephant as prophesied, and built the Dzong in 1637-38.Another legend tells how Zowe Palep, the architect, had a vision in a dream after the Zhabdrung ordered him to sleep under a small structure which contained a statue of the Buddha, known as Dzong Chug (small Dzong). In his dream, prompted by the psychic powers of the Zhabdrung, he had a clear vision of a palace of Guru Rinpochea. The vision was imprinted on the architect's mind, enabling him to conceive the plan for the Dzong without putting the vision on paper and to build it and now it locate in the middle of two river pho chu (the male river)and mo chu(the female river). It is also known as the second oldest and second largest Dzong in Bhutan and one of its most majestic structures.The Dzong houses the sacred relics and the sacred remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and Terton Pedma Lingpa. In olden days the Dzong was the administrative Centre and the seat of the Government of Bhutan until 1955, when the capital was m

Day 4.Punakha - Bumthang

After early breakfast we will start our journey towards the central bhutan en route wangdue drive  where you can see the ruins of wangdue dzong which was damage by fire in 2012 and at the left of the runing river bank you can find the village of Rinchengang ,thereafter a short drive we will be passing through pelela passes crossing 3350m from sea level in which you can see colourful prayer flags surrounded by jigme singye wangchuck national park with descend landscape of meadows and yaks herders and beautiful villages covered in green fields and we will have lunch at a local restaurant called Norbu yangkhil and continue the journey to trongsa enrouteting Chendebji chorten built in the style of the great Bodhanath stupa of Nepal, was constructed by Tshering Wangchuk son of Yon-Say and the Mahasiddha Zhidag in accordance with the prophecy of the Second Gangteng Tulku Tenzin Lekpai Dhundrup in order to subdue harmful, anti religious demons where we will have a short tea break.After the tea break we will continue our journey to Bumthang
 

Day 5.Bumthang

After breakfast you will visit the following cultural sites;

Kurji Lhakhang 

The imprint body of the second buddha Ugyen Guru Rinpoche and the cypress tree near the entrance is said to be the offshoot of guru Rinpoche's walking stick which is conceded as one of the relics. At here short session of drawing and mediation for half an hour and then take a gradual hike to Tamshing Monastery where you can experience a Swining Bridge.

Tamshing Monastery which is built by Terton Pedma Lingpa in 19 /09/1501on the year of Iron Bird.

Ken- Cho- Sum Lhakhang(the triple gems monastery)The monastery was founded by hte saint Terton Pedma Lingpa as far back as the 8th century and in 1039. 

Afternoon 

After lunch we will visit

Jakar Dzong which means the fortess of white bird, which is the administrative center of Bumthang and Buddhism institute for monk.

 

DAY 6.Bumthang - GANGTEY

After depart from Bumthang we will Visti Trongsa Dzong has a rich in history. Which was built 463 years ago, the Dzong's street-like corridors, wide stone stairs, beautiful flagstone courtyards and sacred temples have been witness to many significant events that have shaped Bhutanese history since the 16th century.It is the largest fortress in Bhutan, located in Trongsa the Centre of the country.thereafter we will continue our journey toward Gangtey.

Trongsa Ta Dzong; the watch tower which host a national museum today. 


 DAY 7 GANGTEY - Thimphu

After Early Breakfast we will be visiting Gangtey Monastery. The Gangteng

Monastery ,generally known as Gangtey Gonpa ,is an important monastery

of Nyingmapa school of Buddhism, the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition

located in the Wangdue Phodrang District in central Bhutan. The Monastery,

also known by the Gangten village that surrounds it, is in the Phobjikha Valley

where winter visitors – the black-necked cranes – visit central Bhutan to roost,

circling the monastery three times on arrival and repeating this circling when

returning to Tibet.The Monastery's history traces to the early 17th century and

back to the prophecies made by the well-known Terton (treasure finder) Pema

Lingpa in the late  15th century.

 

DAY 8.  Thimphu-Paro

 

Changangkha Lhakhang;built in the 13th century 

Kuensel Phodrang ;Big Buddha

Memorial Chorten.

The Memorial Stupa, is also known as the Thimphu Chorten

Shopping at Thimphu,

Tachhogang Monastery 

 

 

 

Day 9.Taktshang monastery(the tigers nest)  

Todaya very special day that will be the most remembering day of the trip

Hike to Taktshang(Tiger Nest). After breakfast we will drive you to to a

place named Ramthankha where you will begin your hiking. You will be

hiking throug the beautiful evergreen pine forest and colourful fluttering

prayer flags and you are permitted to hike up to the view point where you

can see the monastry hanging on the cliff and visit the monastry in which

we will have s short session of mediation. Taktshang or the Tigers nest as

the monastery is widely regarded is one of the most important in Bhutan.

Its history is associated with the visit of Guru Padmasambhava, the Indian

saint who came to Bhutan in the 8th century AD.The cave was named

Taktshang after Guru Rinpoche flew into the cave from Singye Dzong in

eastern Bhutan riding on a tigress. When landing within the cave he took

the wrathful form of Guru Dorji Drolo (one of the eight manifestations of

Guru Rinpoche) to subdue the demons. The monastery is one of the main

thirteen Taktshangs as predicted to be built in the world. The cliff on which

Taktshang stands is also supposed to resemble a ritual dagger – Phurpa

(Vajrakila). After the hiking we can arrange the hot stone bath by Self

Booking, so you can relax and can help you for pain healing.

Thereafter we go out for dinner where we have arranged, cultural dance

performance and you can enjoy your last night here in Bhutan.

 TAKTSHANG MONASTERY 

DAY 10.Departure

After Check-out in the Morning you will be Driving you to Paro Airport. Departure from Bhutan, Thank you for visiting Bhutan through  Bhutan Sunshine Tours And Treks. We wish to see you again and save journey.

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