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Bhutan, known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon is a feast for your eyes and your spirit. Come experience untouched scenery, deep-rooted belief in Bhuddhism and the purest happiness from a carefully-preserved traditional lifestyle.
Day 1 - Arrival Paro - Thimphu (Drive: Approximately 65 km - 1 - 1/5 hrs)
Meet and greet upon arrival at Paro Airport and drive to Thimphu. En route isit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom, which now houses the School for Religious and Cultural Studies. Evening free at leisure. Over at the hotel.
Day 2 - In Thimphu
Morning after breakfast, 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 moument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddist philosophy. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3 - Thimphu - Punakha (Drive approximately 77 km / 3 hrs)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Punakha and transfer to hotel upon arrival. Later we take another short walk through villages to visit Chimi Lhakhang temple, dedicated to saint Drukpa Kuenley, affectionately known as "the divine madman", for his unconventional ways of teaching using dirty jokes. We also have time in between to visit local schools and villages. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 - In Punakha
Morning after breakfast, sightseeing tour of Punakha and visit to Punakha Dzong and Khamsum Yuley Chorten.
Day 5 - Punakha - Paro (Drive approximately 142 km - 4 - 4.5 hours)
Morning after breakfast, drive back to Paro through Idyllic countryside north of Punakha and trek for about half hour each way to visit Khamsum Yeulley Chorten temple. In addition to its great artworks, there walk to and from through the paddies and village and the view is also magnificent. Visit the impressive Punakha Dzong, located at the confluence of Pho and Mochu rivers. Afternoon we have one more opportunity to see the incredible mountain views from Dochula pass. The areas aroudnt he pass are also rich in flor and fauna.
Day 6 - Paro - Tiger Nest - Paro
Morning after breakfast, excursion to Tiger Nest.
Day 7 - In Paro
Morning after breakfast tour of Parl to Ta Dzong, which in the past served as watchtower for Paro Dzong and now houses the National Musuem. Walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, built in 1946 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan. The Dzong houses the monistic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda of Paro district.
Day 8 - Depart Paro
Morning after breakfast, transfer to airport to take flight to your next destination.