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Bhutan – Walk in the Clouds

Highlights of Walk in The Clouds
Paro : Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest), Drukgyel Dzong ruins, Kyichu Lhakhang, Rinpung Dzong.
Thimphu : Takin zoo, Zangdo Pelri , Changgangkha temples, King’s Memorial Chorten, Tashichhodzong.

Places covered : Paro – Thimphu – Punakha – Paro

Sample itinerary that can be customized:

Day 01. ARRIVE PARO AND PROCEED TO THIMPHU
During this flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan peaks including the sacred Jhomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro our representative will meet you outside the arrival hall and escort you till Thimphu. The drive to Thimphu from Paro is approx. 1 hour and covers a distance of nearly 41 miles. Check in at the hotel and proceed for lunch

Stay overnight in Thimphu. (3 star hotel/camping/Home Stay)

Day 02. IN THIMPHU.
This morning after the breakfast, proceed for the tour of Thimphu city. Start the tour with Memorial Chorten built in memory of the late King; Visit the handicrafts Centre School of Fine Arts (Thangka painting and other traditional arts) where the traditional arts are being revived by the government, also visit the Indigenous Medicine Hospital, where herbal medicine, acupuncture and the ancient art of healing that was passed down from Tibet is still being practised today. Enjoy your lunch either at the hotel or at the famous Pizzeria or at the oldest Swiss Bakery. After the lunch proceed to visit Changgangkha temples; Drubthrob nunnery; Folk and Textile museums; and then visit the Tashichhodzong, seat of the Royal Government and Central Monastic Body, it was rebuilt in the early 1960’s after a fire destroyed most of the building. The amazing thing about this building is that it was built without a single drawing or a single nail!. Dinner will be served in the hotel.

Stay overnight in Thimphu. (3 Star hotel/Camping/Home stay)

Day 03. THIMPHU – PUNAKHA
After an early breakfast take a scenic drive on the mountain route towards the former capital of Bhutan, passing through Dochula pass (Alt: 10,000ft). Soon you reach Dochula Pass at 10,000 feet where a large Chorten and a forest of prayer flags greet you. On a clear day you can view an endless chain of Himalayan Peaks such as Gangar Punsum (24,000 ft), the highest unclimbed peak in the world, Ganchenta, Teri gang, table mountain among other all above 20,000 ft. On the way down you will see the magnificent Punakha Dzong, the winter residence of the Je Khenpo and the monks of Tashichhodzong. Upon arrival check in at the hotel and proceed for hot lunch. Later visit the Punakha Dzong, the winter residence of the Je Khenpo and the monks of Tashichhodzong. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of two mighty glacial rivers, the Mo Chu and Pa Chu, which descend from the lofty heights of the Himalayas, and was the capital of the kingdom in olden times. Later hike on to Chhimi Lhakhang situated near the river on a small plateau. It was built by the famous “divine madman” Drukpa Kuenley; a famous pilgrim site for infertile women who wish to bear children.Dinner will be served in the hotel.

Stay overnight in Phunakha. (3 Star hotel/Camping/Home stay)

Day 04. PUNAKHA -WANGDUE – THIMPHU – PARO
After an early breakfast drive down for another 30 odd minutes and visit the beautiful Wangdiphodran Dzong and its local market. Thereafter drive back to Paro, enroute stopping at Thimphu for lunch. After the lunch, drive down for an hour and reach the Paro valley. Check-in at hotel of your stay and relax or just walk around. Dinner will be served in the hotel.

Stay overnight in Paro. (3 Star hotel/Camping/Home stay)

Day 05. IN PARO
Breakfast at the hotel. The highlight of this day will be a hike to Taktsang retreat at Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest). This is about 3 hrs walk uphill and can also be done on horseback. Lunch will be served enroute. Return downhill on foot. Afternoon sightseeing in Paro includes a visit to the northern part of the valley to Drukgyel Dzong ruins (Monastery Fortress) that once was a strategic post to withhold invading Tibetan forces from the north; visit the famous Kyichu Lhakhang – one of 108 sacred Lhakhangs built by the Buddhist King Srongtsen Gompa of Tibet. Visit the district Dzong called Rinpung Dzong – Fortress of a Mountain of Jewels, which is now the seat of administration and an institute to the monks.

Stay overnight in Paro. ((3 Star hotel/Camping/Home stay)
Day 06. LEAVE PARO
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport in time to connect to the flight for onward destination