From the Tigerâ€™s Lair (Taktsang) in Paro, where the great Indian Saint of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava is believed to have come riding on a tigress in a wrathful form to Bumthangâ€™s Burning Lake (Mebertsho), where the great treasure discoverer Terton Pema Lingpa is supposed to have found treasures hidden by Guru Padma Sambhava, this tour lives up to its name as â€œAmazing Bhutan.â€ Everything, beginning from the flight to Paro, Bhutanâ€™s flora and fauna and the people will amaze you. It will be a nine day tour that will remain embedded in your memory; one you will take along with you to the cemetery or the burning pyre.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Paro International Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at leastÂ 2 hours before the flight.|
Spring (March to May) and autumn (September and October) are the best time for touring and trekking in Bhutan. The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms whereas Bhutan observes its biggest festivals during spring.
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After an enthralling flight offering you glimpses of the Himalayan Treasures, such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Bhutanâ€™s Mountain Goddess (Mt Jomolhari) and other virgin peaks, you will land at Paro airport, a thrilling landing in what is believed to be one of the most difficult airports to land on. At the airport our representative will welcome you and drive you to your hotel. Following lunch, your sojourn of Amazing Bhutan will begin with a visit to Ta Dzong, which was a watch tower in the past, Bhutanâ€™s National Museum and â€œCastle of the Hanging Jewelsâ€ (Rimpong Dzong.)
The Castle today houses the monastic school and the office of the civil administration. We will walk down the Dzong along the wooden bridge, one of the many architectural wonders of Bhutan, to Paro town. Following a short stroll in the town, we will drive back to the hotel and rest for the day.
After an early breakfast, we will drive for about half an hour to Ramthangka, the base camp to Taktsang and then begin the hike along an ancient path marked by river powered prayer wheels to the holiest Buddhist Shrine in Bhutan and the ultimate point of pilgrimage. A blend of the spiritual and architectural wonder, the monastery is perched on a 1000m cliff overlooking the valley. Legend has it that the great Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet to Taktsang on the back of a tigress to tame five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D.
Disciples of Guru Rimpoche built the temple, which was later enlarged by the Zhabdrung in the 17th century. We will have our lunch near the monastery and then walk back. En-route, we will visit ruins of the â€œCastle of the Victorious Drukpa,â€ (Drugyal Dzong), which was built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, to commemorate victory over the invading Tibetan forces. On a clear day one can see Mt. Jumolhari from there. We will also visit Kyichu Lhakhang (Monastery), one of Bhutanâ€™s oldest temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King, Songsten Goempo. It is believed that the temple was built on a site that resembled the left knee of a giant ogress.
Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast we drive to Thimphu, which would take us about 90 minutes. We will check into a hotel and then begin Thimphuâ€™s excursion. Though a modern city, Thimphu houses some of the countryâ€™s historic and significant icons, including the countryâ€™s largest Buddha statue.
Buddha Point/ Kuensel Phodrang â€“ We will drive to Buddha Point or Kuensel Phodrang, where the construction of the giant Buddha statue is nearing competition. One can have a 360 degree view of Thimphu valley from the spot.
Changangkha Lhakhang â€“ Our next visit is to the 12th century temple, built on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drugom Shigpo.
Motithang Takin Preserve â€“ Here you will see the rare and Bhutanâ€™s national animal, the Takin. You will drive further up to Sangaygang, from where you can have a picturesque view of Thimphu valley. We will then move down to the Traditional Medicine Institute.
Traditional Medicine Institute â€“ Bhutan used to be known as the â€œSouthern Land of Medicinal Herbs.â€ Even today, equal emphasis is given to traditional medicines. You can see how the traditional medicines are made.
National Institute for Zorig Chusum â€“ or the school of Arts and crafts is an institute where student undertake a six year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.
Folk Heritage Museum â€“ the house replicates a traditional farmhouse and is furnished as it would have been about a century ago.
You can also visit the weaving centre in Changzamtog and the traditional Bhutanese Paper factory.
Overnight at hotel.
Morning drive to Thimphu and then on to Punakha via Dochu Pass (3100m). On clear days there are excellent views of the Himalayas. Afternoon sightseeing of the Punakha and Wangdi valleys. Overnight at hotel.
Early morning drive to Bumthang. Midway lunch at Chendebji Chorten. Overnight at lodge.
Bumthang valley sightseeing. Overnight at lodge.
Trekking begins with 6 hour, 12 km walk between Bumthang and Ngang Lhakang, at a maximum altitude of about 2900m.
Nagang Lhakang to Ugyen Choling, 7-8hrs 16 km walk at about the same altitude.
Ugyen Choling to Jakar, our trek ends with a short 3 hour walk along the river. Overnight at lodge.
Bumthang to Punakha. Lunch again at Chendebji Chorten. On route visit the Trongsa Dzong. Overnight at hotel.
Morning drive to Thimphu Time for curio and souvenir shopping. Overnight at hotel.
Sightseeing in Thimphu valley area, including Dzongs, monasteries, and nunnery. Evening drive to Paro. Farewell dinner and overnight at hotel.
Drive to airport in time to check in for your early morning departure.