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Blissful Bhutan - Itinerary
DAY 01: ARRIVAL AT PARO – THIMPHU (65 KMS / 02 HRS, 2134Mts / 7000Fts)
Arrive Paro by Druk Airways, the only national carrier. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities are complete; you will be received by ITT members and transferred to Thimphu (65 KMS / 02 HRS, 2134Mts / 7000Fts), the capital of Bhutan. Visitors can enjoy relaxing walk in the valley at evening. Stay overnight at the hotel.
DAY 02: THIMPHU
After breakfast go for sightseeing tour to Indigenous hospital, where traditional old art of healing is still practiced, Art & Craft School, National Library, Royal goldsmith workshop and Handicraft Centers. Later in the afternoon, visit the Memorial Chorten, built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, 15 century Changangkha Monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare "Takin" national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley. Visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple and free time in the market. Stay overnight at the hotel.
DAY 03: THIMPHU – WANGDI (70 KMS / 03 HRS, 1350Mts / 4430Fts)
After breakfast drive for 3 hrs to Wangdue Phodrang via Punakha crossing the Dochu la pass 3100 meters. On fine weather, you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of Lobesa. Visit Punakha Dzong (The Punakha Dzong is closed in the month of winter when the monk body is in Punakha. All visit to Dzong and Monasteries is limited till courtyard only) built at the confluence of the Po and Mo Chu Rivers in the 17th Century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel served as capital of Bhutan until 1955. Further proceed 20 minutes to Wangdue Phodrang (17 KMS / 20 Mins, 1350Mts/4430Fts) and view the Dzong from outside and stroll around the market area. Stay overnight at the hotel.
DAY 04: WANGDI – GANGTEY – WANGDI (70 KMS, 2 ½ Hrs ONE WAY)
After breakfast go on a full day Gangtey excursion. Gangtey Gompa in the Phobjikha Valley is a 16th century monastery. It is the only monastery in Bhutan, which follows the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism. The Phobjikha valley is home to rare Black Necked Crane, an endangered species, which migrate from the Tibetan plateau in winters. About 250-300 of these reside in this beautiful valley. Return to Wangdiphodrang in the evening. Stay overnight at the hotel.
DAY 05: WANGDI – PARO (135 KMS / 05 HRS, 2134Mts / 7000Fts)
After breakfast go for drive (135 KMS / 05 HRS, 2134Mts / 7000Fts) to Paro via Lobesa and a short walk through farm houses and fields to Chimme Lhakhang. This monastery was built in the 15th century and dedicated to the famous Lam Drukpa Kunley or divine mad man. He is one of the most famous saints in Bhutan and his temple is visited mostly by childless couples. Have lunch at Thimphu (optional) and drive to Paro to visit the oldest building in Bhutan, the Simtokha Dzong. It now serves as a Buddhist university. Stay overnight at the hotel.
DAY 06: PARO
After breakfast go for Paro Sightseeing tour. Visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel Dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. On clear weather Mount Chomolhari 7320 meters can be seen towering over the Dzong. Proceed through the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. Also visit Ta Dzong, a national museum was built in 1651 as a watch tower. The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 0900HRS TO 1600HRS & it is closed on Sunday, Monday & National Holidays. Take a short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks. Walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town. Stay overnight at the hotel.
DAY 07: PARO – CHE-LELA PASS – PARO (35 KMS, 1 ½ Hrs ONE WAY)
Go for a full day excursion to Che Lela Pass and explore the valley. Later return to Paro. Stay overnight at the hotel.
DAY 08: PARO – DEPARTURE
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your journey back home.