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 Paro/Thimphu/Punakha/Dochula Pass

5D 4N

Day 01 Arrival at Paro Airport (-)

Upon arrival, meet and greet our representative, transfer to hotel, check in, refresh and relax. Free and easy at own leisure.

Paro is the home of the Bhutan’s International Airport, sited along the bank of Paro (Pa) Chhu, Paro, a scenically blessed town of Bhutan. It is a quaint valley in the regal kingdom and the most pictorial town in Bhutan, dotted with beautiful rice fields, stunning landscapes and sacred temples of various ages. Have dinner and Overnight in Paro.

Day 02 Thimphu Sightseeing (B)

After breakfast, check out and proceed to Thimphu, visit Folk Heritage Museum, Tashichho Dzong, Handicraft Center, Takin Zoo, Buddha Statue, and National Memorial Chorten. Later visit the Clock Tower Square. 

The Folk Heritage Museum is the National Folk Heritage Museum, popularly known as Phelchey Toenkhyim. Her Majesty, Queen Ashi Dorji Wangchuck, officially opened it on July 28, 2001 in Thimphu with the goal of preserving and protecting the traditional and moral qualities of indigenous Bhutanese culture. This 3 storey building does not consist of a single nail and is only made with timber and wood to maintain authenticity of the building was restored from the Wang Dynasty. 

There are 17th century household tools and farming equipment like noodle pressing tool, Leopard Skin Bags and Brokpa Yak-Hair Hat, Original Water Mill stone dating back to 150 years and native trees and plants planted around the building of National Folk Heritage Museum.

Next, visit the Tashichho Dzong is one of the most beautiful dzongs to have graced Bhutan, located beside the Wangchu River, it looks like an attractive painting out of a textbook. The impressive structure is in its full glory all throughout the spring season, when all the blossoms decorate the entire place. This serene palace also houses a monastery and temple. Currently, it also acts as the chief administrative building, housing the Bhutanese government. It also serves as the summer residence of His Holiness who also is the Chief Abbot of the Religious Body.

Handicraft stores in Bhutan, has developed it's identity and mastered on it's arts and crafts where the skills represent the tradition, culture and history of Bhutan. There are countless handicraft stores and shops available in the street of Paro and Thimphu which display some of the famous Authentic Bhutanese Craft Bazaar, National Handicraft Emporium, Lungta Handicrafts, Yak and Yeti Handicraft Shop, Choki Handicrafts and Handicraft of National Institute of Zorig Chusum.

The Takin Zoo or sanctuary is designated in 8.4 acres of forested land in Thimphu, also home to the kingdom’s national animal, declared as the national animal on 25th November 2005. It is an enclosed fenced zoo which is filled with fresh pasture plus the extra attention from the caretakers, just around 15 to 20-minutes’ drive from the main city, in an area called Motithang.

Have lunch and visit the Buddha Dordenma the largest Buddha measuring  51.5 meters in height and made of solid bronze,sits on one of the mountains in Thimphu known as Kunzangphodrang. Inside the Buddha are 125,000 smaller Bhuddha statues, 25,000 12 inch statues and 100,000 8 inch statues and the view of the valley of Thimphu.

The Memorial Stupa Thimphu, also known as the Thimphu Chorten, is a stupa (Dzongkha chöten, cheten) in Thimphu, located on Doeboom Lam in the southern-central part of the city, built in 1974 to honor the third Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928–1972), 

is a prominent landmark in the city with its golden spires and bells.

The Clock Tower Square, located in the heart of Thimphu, comprises of several water fountains and ‘mani lhalhor’ or prayer wheels, which enhance the beauty of Clock Tower Square. It consists of four clocks facing in four different directions and resembles the Bhutanese architecture pattern of wood engraving and some beautifully carved patterns, flowers, paintings and much more. The eye-catching thing in the tower are the dragons facing each clock. The dragons are sacred to the culture of Bhutan and they represent the freedom of the kingdom. Various trade fairs, musical events and other activities take place near the square. Have dinner and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 03 Thimphu/Dochula Pass/Punakha (85km Apprx 3 hrs) (B)

After breakfast, check out and drive towards a beautiful voyage to Punakha, enroute Dochula Pass, through some of the most lovely flora and scenery to visit the Royal Botanical Park, which is a home to 220 flying species and 21 animal species. 

Dochula Pass is a picturesque mountain pass that connects Thimphu to Punakha, passing through the snowcapped Himalayas. The pass reaches 10,000 feet above sea level and is near Mt Masanggang, the highest peak in Bhutan at 23,000 feet. It was built in 2003 by the Third King of Bhutan, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck as a route linking Thimphu with Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang. It took several years to complete and was finally finished in June 2008, in time to commemorate 100 years of monarchy in Bhutan on the majestic Druk Wangyal Khang Zhang Chortens. 

These 108 Chorten (also known as stupas) was built to memorialize Bhutanese soldiers who sacrificed their lives over Indian rebels and to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the conflict in 2003. Buddhism considers the number 108 auspicious, and constructing 108 stupas is a traditional method to show respect for the Buddha and his teachings.

The mountain pass is around 20 kilometers long and has a serene mountain views as the majestic backdrop for taking pictures. Dochula Pass is not the highest mountain pass in the world, it undoubtedly is one of the most breathtaking views of all the mountain passes, an ideal location to have a panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range with the most beautiful vistas of the snow-covered Himalayas and the Punakha Valley on top of Druk Wangyal Khang Zhang Chortens. The exceptional location, the 108 chortens on a slope of lush greenery, conveys an intriguing tale of the spirituality and history of Bhutan.

There is a Druk Wangyel Cafe, opposite the memorial stupas on Dochula Pass. Most tourists will cross the main road to use the washroomor even dine there. The courteous staffs are more than willing to let us use the washroom.

After dinner, drive to Punakha, which tales approximately an hour journey, transfer to hotel. Refresh and relax. Free and easy at own leisure. Overnight in Punakha.

Day 04 Punakha/Paro (B

After breakfast, check out and drive back to Paro, 85km aand approximately 3hrs journey. Transfer to hotel and check in, refresh and relax. 

After a short relaxation, proceed for lunch and later visit the Paro Dzong also know as the Rinpung Dzong and the National Museum. 

The historical Rinpung Dzong is a fortress monastery overlooking Paro valley. Guru Padma Sambhaba initiated to build Paro’s first monastery at the first part of 10th century. In 1644 on the foundation of the first monastery a much larger monastery was build. This 5 storey monastery saved numerous attempts of invasion by Tibetans. The stone made Rinpung (heaps of jewels) monastery was destroyed in 1907 by a devastating fire and all its treasure too were destroyed along with the monastery. The only thing that survived the fire was the Thangka named Thongdel.

After the fire the Rinpung dzong commonly known as the Paro dzong was rebuilt. A collection of sacred masks and costumes is now its real treasure. This National Museum of Bhutan is situated on a hill above Paro Dzong, which was an ancient watch tower named Ta Dzong established in 1967. Have dinner and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Paro.

Day 05 Paro/Departure (B)

After breakfast, check out and transfer to airport for your onward destination.

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