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Explore Bhutan Tour

Bhutan is a rich mosaic of different cultures, traditions, life styles, ethnic groups, languages and belief systems. It is astounding that a country with a population of just over half a million speaks as many as nineteen different dialects and a few major languages. Diverse as it may seem, yet the Bhutanese socio-culture fabric is well interlaced and harmonized mainly due to the common thread of simple Buddhist values that the people share. Our cultural tours are the easiest way to get a taste of Bhutan. Each town has a Dzong dating back from the 1600s, and many old temples and monasteries.

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Day 01:Arrive in Paro & Drive to Thimphu
On arriving at the Paro International Airport, your tour guide will receive you and later drive you to Thimphu.The drive to Thimphu (capital of Bhutan) through the winding road along the Paro and Thimphu River takes about 1 hrs. On the way, 6 kms before reaching Thimphu visit the Simtokha Dzong (Dzong means Fortress). Simtokha Dzong is one of the oldest Dzongs in Bhutan. It was built in 1629 A.D. by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel the founder of Bhutan, and was the first Dzong to be built by him. Check in at the hotel.Overnight at Hotel (-/L/D)                                        

Day 02: Sightseeing in Thimphu/Drive back to Paro
Visit the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). Visit the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices, and then on to observe a Bhutanese paper factory at work. This is generally an “outside-only” visit.
Continue on to the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums. These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life. The Handicrafts Emporium is a government-run enterprise and displays a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. It also carries a small collection of books on Bhutan, Buddhism and Himalayan culture.
Later, visit the National Memorial Chorten. The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the late king (“the father of modern Bhutan”) and a monument to world peace.

 

Continue Drive to Paro and upon reaching Paro, visit the National museum (Ta-Dzong). This was actually the Watch Tower of the Paro Rinchen Pong Dzong. It was converted into the National Museum in 1968. It is located on the top of a hill above the Paro Dzong overlooking Paro valley and the river.
Visit Rinchen Pong Dzong. This massive fortress is located in the Paro valley and is approached by a gently sloping flagstone road and a beautiful wooden bridge roofed with shingles and abutted by two guard houses. Today, the Dzong is the Administrative seat of the district of Paro and it also contains a state monastic community of about 200 monks. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan with its superb woodwork. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D.Overnight at Hotel (B/L/D) 

Day 03:In Paro; Hike to Taktsang Monastery
After an early breakfast, visit to Drugyal Dzong (a ruined fortress - 16 kms from Paro town). Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, the peak of Mount Chomolhari “Mountain of Goddess” can be seen on a clear day. 

Drive to Satsam chorten and hike to Taktsang Monastery (10 Km) from Paro Town.  The name Taktsang means “Tiger’s Nest”.  The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800m.And overlooks the Paro Valley and the river.  It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan, meditated at the spot where the monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. 

The hike takes about 4 hours back and forth depending on the level of the hikers. Once you reach the view point of the monastery you have the option to visit the monastery which takes another hour hike. The monastery is built on a granite cliff and in this cave Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava the great Tantric Buddha did his meditation for a month on this power place. It was Guru Rinpoche who brought Buddhism to the Himalayas. This place is a powerful pilgrimage site for Buddhists all over the world. 

Return to the hotel. Either have relaxation or stroll round beautiful Paro town. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast at hotel, lunch and dinner will be provided at selected local restaurant)

Day 04:Final Departure
After breakfast drive to airport for the onward flight. 

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