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Bhutan still retains the charm of the old world, and travellers experience the full glory of this ancient land as embodied in the monastic fortresses, ancient temples and monasteries dotting the countryside.
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Eight nights accommodation, meals as indicated, sightseeing and flights as specified, services of a private car and driver and local English speaking guide.
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays.
The ideal trip if you want to experience the natural beauty, history and mystique of Bhutan in style. The exploration comprises guided walks around the Paro Valley, visiting the Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery, Drukgyel Dzong and the ancient temple of Kyichu Lhakhang and Thimphu. To further experience Bhutan’s culture and landscape we visit the Phubjikha and Bumthang Valley’s.
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One of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan is the Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
Tucked in the Himalaya Mountains, accessible only by two airports, Bhutan is known as the “Happiest Country” in the world.
Visiting Bhutan is a rare and unique experience: a beautiful mountain kingdom that has remained unchanged over centuries.
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Arrive at Paro and transfer to Thimphu. Later in the day take an exploratory walk around the local craft markets.
After breakfast, you have the option to take a short drive north of town to Buddha Point for meditation, admiring the grand birds eye view of Thimphu Valley and beyond. Afterwards, visit Choki Art and Craft School where you will learn the art of Thanka painting (sacred scroll) under the supervision of an expert master. The art of Thanka painting is passed down from generation to generation. You will be using natural pigmented soils to paint. After lunch, take a short city tour visiting the Textile Museum. Continue on to the Simply Bhutan Museum which depicts ancient Bhutanese architecture. Here at the museum you can deck yourself out in Bhutanese traditional attire (Kira for women and Gho for men) for a photo session. In the evening, attend a cooking class, to enrich your local culinary knowledge. (B)
Enjoy a scenic drive to Punakha and visit the Punakha Dzong. Later in the day take a memorable hike through the paddy fields to Chimi Lakhang. This evening explore Punakha village located right on the banks of the river. (B)
Continue to the Phubjikha Valley. This afternoon visit Gangtey Monastery located on a small hill that rises from the valley floor. Visit a local village to discover the lifestyle of the villagers as well as the beautiful architecture and décor of the Bhutanese farm houses. (B)
Today cross three Himalayan passes before reaching the sacred Bumthang Valley. En route stop at Chumey and witness traditional Yathra weaving. (B)
Spend the day visiting various temples and monasteries which date back to the 16th century and learn about Bhutanese Buddhism. (B)
Fly from Bumthang Valley to Paro. Situated on the banks of the Paro Chhu River in the Paro Valley, this small, charming town is scattered with elegant temples. Visit Ta Dzong, originally built as a watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Take a walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong and then visit an archery ground to take part in a short archery session under the guidance of a professional archer. (B)
Visit one of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan, Taktsang Goemba, or Tiger’s Nest Monastery. On the way back to Paro stop at Drukgyel Dzong – a monastery and fortress, now in ruins. (B)
Transfer to the Paro airport where your journey ends. (B)
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