Discover the amazing Bhutan starting the journey flying along the Himalayan range, breathing the cool fresh mountain air as first gift of the country at your arrival. 10 days to explore the most dramatic valleys and landscapes through Thimphu, Punakha and Paro. Do your prayers to the Buddha, enjoy the mantras and the prayers murmured by the worshippers and walk forward into Paradise going for a visit to Tiger’s Nest Temple, an unforgettable experience thanks to its unique location and the views of surrounding majestic mountains and emerald green valleys. Enjoy the path to this incredible location by choosing the one passing through the pine forest and decorated with bright, prayer bannerettes symbolizing protection from evil forces, positive energy, vitality and good luck or one of the other two paths passing through the plateau, called “a hundred thousand fairies’.”
The capital town of Bhutan and the center of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions.
The National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts and the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. After lunch visit to Simply Bhutan, a living museum and studio encapsulating the cultural heritage of the Bhutanese people. Buddha Point (KuenselPhodrang) with a great overview of the Thimphu valley. King’s Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Trashichhoedzong: an impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices.
Situated north of Thimphu, one way it takes about half an hour drive and one hour walk through shaded rhododendron forests to reach the monastery.
In Bhutan, the passes are marked by a large Bhutanese Chorten and prayer flag. Dochula pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas on a clear day. After visit to Punakha Dzong, excursion to Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, also known as the temple of fertility. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning ‘field’. A walk through the village near the temple will give you rare glimpses into the daily life and lifestyle of the villagers.
Hike up through fields of chilies, cabbages and rice along the banks of the Mo Chhu to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a stunning monument recently built by the Queens and consecrated in 1999. In the afternoon visit to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang nunnery: perched on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking valleys of Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang, leams the magnificent structures of Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang (Temple).
Today you will embark on a walking excursion to Limbukha Village: drive towards Punakha Dzong and later walk across the suspension bridge (about 200m long) through absolutely fresh breeze and fascinating view of Dzong. The view of Dzong, Pho Chhu, Mo Chhu rivers and surrounding village is superb amidst chir pine forests. The climb is another two and a half hour to Limbukha. Afternoon at leisure.
Drive back to Paro descending back down from Dochu La, follow the way back up the dramatic Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu river valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley. Enroute visit Simtokha Dzong, the place of profound tantric teaching, this Dzong now houses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language.Later in the day after checking into hotel, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong.
Excursion to Taktshang Monastery (approx. 5hrs walk): it is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognized as a most sacred place and visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime.