Soul feeling place bringing pease and exhilaration, all at once. Bhutan is such one country. A country doesn’t focus on GDP but grows happiness index of its citizens. The only carbon negative country. Place is full of Bhutanese traditional architecture and faintings wot tremendous naturel beauty. Feel alive awakened and joyful to be a part of this incredible journey.
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Places to visit:
Thimpu Changangkha Lhakhang
Paro Dochula Pass
Punakha Chimi Lhakhang
Trongsa Ta Dzong
Day 1: Arrival at Paro International Airport, Bhutan.
- Tachong Lhakhang (monastery) located on the bank of Paa Chhu River, built in late 1300s by great Tibetan saint Drupthob Thangthong Gyalpo.
- Chuzom Bridge, where one can get to see three type of stupas in one place and beautiful location to take pictures.
Day 2: Explore Thimphu
- Memorial Chorten, it was built in 1974 by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Phuntsho Choden in memory of her son, Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
- Buddha Statue, facing Thimphu valley down below is the worlds’ largest and tallest Buddha statue standing at the height of 169 feet (52m). From here one can have a 360-degree view of Thimphu city.
- Textile museum, near National library at Chubachu, it was established in the year 2001. The museum contains Bhutanese textiles, arts, crafts and the royal collections which includes first version of the Raven crown worn by first and second King of Bhutan, dresses and accessories worn by royal family and many more.
- Tashichho Dzong, just near bank of the Wangchu River, Tashicho Dzong was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and enlarged in 1694 by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay. Today, the dzong is the seat of the central government, His Majesty the King’s office, and the summer residence of the Central Monastic Body.
- Takin Resrve, Bhutan National Animal and other animals.
Day 3: Thimphu - Punakha
- Dochula Pass, an hour's drive from Thimphu will take you to this pass (3140 m) where one can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day with a powerful binocular telescope. Visit the beautiful 108 chortens.
- Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility), famously known for its fertility shrine, where couples unable to concieve come here for blessing.
- Punakha Dzong, the dzong is situated on a stretch of a land where two rivers – Phochu and Mochu – meet. The dzongwas built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in and the first monarch, King Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned there and it served as the capital of the country until 1955.
- Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, built in 2004 by the Queen of Bhutan, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal is a chorten, or stupa, overlooking the Punakha Valley. It was built with a specific function in mind: to ward off evil spirits in Bhutan and across the world, and to bring peace and harmony to all living things.
Day 4: Punakha to Phojikha Valley day Excursion
- After breakfast drive towards Phojikha valley which is located east of Punakha is a beautiful and most scenic glacial valley of Bhutan. This valley serves as roosting spot for Black necked crane, one of the rarest and endangered species of bird which migrates during winter months (November, December, January, February) from Tibetan plateaus and northern region of India.
Day 5: Punakha – Paro
- Visit Botanical Garden and Dochula pass, view the Himalayan Ranges in clear day and fresh air.
- Ta Dzong (national museum), thedzong was built in the mid-17th century as a watchtower overlooking Paro Dzong and the circular dzong houses the National Museum of Bhutan.
- Paro Rinpung Dzong, at the bank of Pachu River, Paro Dzong, formally known as Rinchen Pung Dzong was built in 1644 under the command of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It is one of the most beautiful and historically importantdzongs in the country.
Day 6: Paro Taktsang monastery hike
- Taktsang monastery, the monastery is located 900 m above Paro valley on the face of a rocky cliff. Taktshang is perhaps the most famous monastery in the country. The monastery was named Taktshang after Guru Rinpoche flew there from Kurtoe Singay Dzong (Eastern Bhutan) riding on a tigress to subdue a demon.
- Drugyal Dzong, the Dzong was built as one of the principal Dra Dzong (defence dzongs). While some attribute the building of the Dzong to Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1649 to commemorate a victory over Tibetan invasion.
- Kichu Lhakhang, the temple is one of the two among 108 temples built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century to subdue a demon that lay supine across Tibet and Bhutan.
Day 7: Paro Departure
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