Glimpse of Bhutan.. 6 Days

GLIMPSE OF BHUTAN (5 NIGHTS 6 DAYS)

TRIP AN OVERVIEW

One of the most famous monuments in Bhutan is the Memorial Chorten which is dedicated to the third king of Bhutan whose late majesty is King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. There are a lot of paintings and statures inside which reflect Buddhist philosophy. The Changangkha Monastery, Takin Preserve centre and Sangay Gang view point, the largest and tallest statue of Buddha in the world and Tashichho Dzong are all there.

Along Dochula pass, one can view the higher Himalayas and the Chimi Lhakhang, (also called the Temple of Fertility) built by the “Divine Mad man” of the 15th century.

Punakha Dzong served as the seat of the national government for many years. There is a smaller building here cal;led Dzonbg Chu (small Dzong) where a statue of Buddha is housed. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). Vintage war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the first national assembly here in 1952.

In Thimphu, we will have a trip to the Cheri Monastery. We will also visit famous places like Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat and the Summer Residence of the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan.

We will take you to the National Library where you will see an enormous collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts, to the Painting School which is known for carving and free hand art, to the Folk Heritage Museum and to the Handicrafts Emporium which is filled with exquisite artistry of traditionak crafts and textiles.

An ancient watchtower is also a famous here, the Ta dzong. The National Museum of Bhutan is also a tourist destination as well as the Rimpung Dzong or Paro Dzong. This dzong presently houses administrative offices. After going to all these places, we will let you relax at the Tashi Namgay Resort.

The Drukgyel Dzong is already in ruins but still a nice place to visit. It was built to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders in 1644. It was used as an administrative center until 1951 when a fire, caused by butter lamp, destroyed it. Moreover, Kyichu Lhakhang , one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century, is also an amusing place to see.

We will also get to visit the Taktsang Monastery which passes through the several beautiful pine forest, as well as trees decked with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below.

ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival at Paro (2280 meters):

You will be picked up at the airport by a representative will be heading to Thimphu.

After lunch, we will visit Memorial Chorten, a monument dedicated to the third king of Bhutan. His late Majesty is King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The paintings and statues inside provide a very rare insight into Buddhist philosophy. We will see the Changangkha Monastery, Takin Preserve centre and Sangay Gang view point, the largest and tallest statue of Buddha in the world and Tashichho Dzong. We will have our overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Thimphu – Punakha (1310 meters): (72 Kms, 3 hours drive)

After breakfast, we will drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is fair, we will stop for a while at Dochula pass to view the higher Himalayas. Then we will stop to a location where we can view Chimi Lhakhang also called the “Temple of Fertility” built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley also popularly known as “Divine Mad man” in the 15th century.

After lunch, we will visit Punakha Dzong. This was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. This is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, this served as the seat of the government. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted, “…a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”. There was a smaller building here called Dzong Chu (Small Dzong) that housed a statue of Buddha. It is said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in front of the statue, while Palep was sleeping. The Shabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From his vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong. This reflects that the tradition was kept. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the first national assembly here in 1952. We will have our overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03: Punakha – Thimphu: (Altitude 1310 m, 90 kms):

After breakfast, we will drive to Thimphu. Then after lunch we will have an excursion to Cheri Monastery.

In the evening, we will visit to the Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat and the Summer Residence of the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan. We will have our overnight stay at the Hotel Migmar.

Day 04: Thimphu – Paro (Altitude 2320 m, Distance 58 kms, Drive Time 1 hour):

After breakfast, we will visit the National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts. Followed by our visit to the Painting School, which is famous for carving and free hand art and Folk Heritage Museum. Then we will head to the Handicrafts Emporium to see the exquisite artistry of traditional crafts and textiles then we will drive our way to Paro.

After lunch, we will visit the Ta dzong, an ancient watchtower since 1967. Then we head to the National Museum of Bhutan then we will go straight to Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong). This was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong presently houses administrative offices. Then we will have our dinner and overnight stay at Tashi Namgay Resort.

Day 05: Paro sightseeing: (Altitude 2280 m):

After our early breakfast, we will visit the Drukgyel Dzong. This was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders in 1644. This is now in ruins. The dzong name’s means indeed “victorious Druk “. The Dzong was used as an administrative center until 1951 when a fire, caused by butter lamp, destroyed it. Then we will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century.

Then we will have our trip to Taktsang Monastery. This will be a short drive to Satsam Chorten. The trail passes through the beautiful pine forest, as well as trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava (the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD) flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort. In the evening, you can take photos in the town. Then we will have our dinner and overnight stay at the Tashi Namgay Resort. We will stop for a short rest and will have our refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then we will walk to a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, the Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro.

Day 06: Departure (Altitude 2280 m):

This will be an early morning drive to the airport and we will say our farewells.

 

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