The Last Shangrila ..7 days

THE SHANGRILA'S DELIGHT (6 NIGHTS 7 DAYS)

TRIP AN OVERVIEW

Bhutan is full of tourist hotspots. We will tour you around Bhutan’s best places to visit. Most of these places are of great importance to Bhutan’s culture and history.

Ta Dzong is an ancient watchtower that houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”). Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) monastery is spectacular and also a must see. The Drukgyal Dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins but still an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Here, once can also have an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari. From Satsam Chorten, one can walk to reach the Taktsang monastery. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned 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. The National Memorial Chorten was built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. In Sangaygang view point, the tallest statue of Buddha, the Takin Preserve center, the Dupthop Lhakhang (one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan) and the Changangkha Lhakhang can be seen. Other highlights include a visit to the Cheri monastery, Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) and a visit to the Handicrafts Emporium.

On the way to Punakha is the Dochula pass where the higher Himalayas can be viewed. The Chime Lhakhang temple is also on the way. It literally means “The Temple of Fertility”.  The Punakha Dzong served as the seat of the government for many years. There was a smaller building here called Dzong Chu (Small Dzong) that houses a statue of Buddha. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national assembly here in 1952.

In Gangtey, the Gangtey Gompa temple is situated.  Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second reincarnation, built the temple. There is also the Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter.

These were just examples of the many beautiful places and landmarks in Bhutan. In every place that we will visit, our tour guides will accommodate us and will explain the details about each place. Feel free to approach them.

 ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive at  Paro (Altitude 2280 m) (By Druk Air):

A representative from us will pick you up at the airport.

After lunch, we will visit Ta Dzong (built in 1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”), built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk will take you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. We will have dinner and overnight at Tashi Namgay Resort.

Day 02: Paro, Excursion to Taktsang Monastery – Thimphu (Altitude 2320 m):

This will be a very special day, with an excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) monastery. After breakfast, we will drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). On the way back, we will visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo.

A short drive will take us to Satsam Chorten. From there, we will have a 2-hour walk until we reach the viewpoint point of the monastery. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We will stop for a rest, will have light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then will walk 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 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, flew here through riding on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort. In the evening, we will drive to Thimphu. Dinne and overnight stay will beat Hotel Migmar.

Day 03: Thimphu Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m).

The day will begin with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. We will go to Sangaygang view point to see the tallest statue of Buddha, Takin Preserve center, Dupthop Lhakhang (one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan) and Changangkha Lhakhang. After lunch, we will transfer to the Cheri monastery. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) and finally a visit to the Handicrafts Emporium. You can also shop souvenirs from the stores in Thimphu. We wil go back to Hotel Migmar.

Day 04: Thimphu - Punakha (Altitude 1310 m) (72 Kms, 3 hours drive):

After breakfast, we will go to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we will stop for a while at Dochula pass to view the higher Himalayas. On the way, we will visit Chime Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley. He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “The Temple of Fertility”.

After lunch, we will visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it 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 houses 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, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. 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 King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national assembly here in 1952. We will have the dinner overnight at the hotel. 

Day 05: Punakha - Gangtey (Altitude 3120 m) - Wangdiphodrang:

After breakfast, we will head to Gangtey. While in Gangtey, we will visit Gangtey Gompa. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second reincarnation, built the temple. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth reincarnation. It is a Nyingmapa monastery and is affiliated to other Nyingmapa monasteries including Tamshing in Bumthang.

After lunch, we will explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter and we will drive back to Wangdiphodrang. Dinner and overnight will be at Punasangchu Cottages.

Day 06: Wangdiphodrang - Thimphu: (Altitude 2320 m):

After breakfast, we will go to Thimphu. After lunch, we will have a visit to Folk Heritage Museum and you will be allowed to shop and photograph in the town. We will go back to the hotel.

Day 07: Departure: (Altitude 2280 m)

In the early morning, we will bring you back to the airport and will say our farewell.

 

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