5 Days Luxury Itinerary

A PORTAL OF WESTERN LUXURY TOUR

This luxury tour will take you through the Western valleys of Bhutan which is an ideal introduction to the Dragon Kingdom. It will take you through the areas and hotels of your interest like Aman, Uma, Lemeridien and Zhiwaling as per your requirements. Your travel will be by comfortable cars and tea and drinks on the way. The interested area for you remain flexible at all times with a well experienced and professional guide

OVERVIEW

DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO -THIMPHU

DAY 02: THIMPHU

DAY 03:  PUNAKHA

DAY 04: PARO

DAY 05: DEPART PARO

DAY 01: Arrive Paro and then to Thimphu (65 km 1 and half hours) -You will straight away drive to Thimphu.  On arrival check in hotel and then visit to Memorial Stupa built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan‘s third King. Chorten literally means ‘Seat of Faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments, the ‘Mind of Buddha. Then to Buddha Point the tallest statue of Buddha and could get a superb view of Thimphu Valley

In the evening we will visitTashi chho dzong “fortress of the glorious religion” was initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s.  Tashichhodzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body. In the evening drive back to the confirmed luxury hotels for relaxations

You may also visit for the night View of Tashi Cho Dzong

DAY 02: Thimphu to Punakha (70 km-3 Hours) Today after breakfast visit to National Post Office at Thimphu. The central PO is located in the lower part of town on Chang Lam. It is a large and well organized facility that includes a philatelic department. Mailing letters/packages in Bhutan is usually very safe though, like elsewhere, anything of value should be registered. The main attraction of this post office is getting your picture printed onto stamps and mailing them out to your friends or relatives as a surprise. Doesn't cost much and good to keep as a memento. Various stamps and other gifts to purchase at the post office. 

Then you will drive to Punakha (1300m/4265ft) the former capital of Bhutan. On the way after 45 minutes’ drive from Thimphu we will reach at highest pass between Thimphu and Punakha the place called Dochula pass (3140m) where we can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on clear day.

Here at Dochula we will carry out Prayer Flag Hoisting: Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, which is a common misconception

Then we will drive to Chhimi Lhakhang a temple dedicated to the Devine Madman and a sacred place where people pray for children. Upon arrival check in hotel and visit to Punakha Dzong a very beautiful Bhutanese architecture armed by the Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River) rivers, built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of Bhutan which houses some rich Buddhist collections. In the evening you will be taken to the luxury hotels.

DAY 03: Punakha to Paro (125 km-4 Hours) Today you will drive back to Paro but on the way back visit to Tagchogang Monastery:This 14th century temple located on the base of a mountain across the Pa chu on the Paro-Thimphu highway, is a must visit temple in the Paro valley. Built by the great master architect Thangtong Gyalpo, the temple houses some unique statues. To get to the temple one may actually walk over the iron chains that spans over the Pa chu.

You will check in hotel and visit Paro Dzong built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture as well as a local religious administrative Centre. Next we will visit Paro Museum an ancient watchtower housing the National Museum, with abundant culture relics. Then visit Weekend market and watch archery match in the evening.

Day 04: Paro- Hike to Taktsang (Distance 3-4 Hours walk). Today, we will hike to Taktshang, Tiger’s Nest. “Trip to Bhutan is never complete without climbing to Taktsang”, says one tourist. Indeed it’s true as the journey there fills you with spiritual bliss. Taktsang monastery is located on a top 800 meter cliff in Paro. Taktshang or the Tigers lair as the monastery is widely regarded as one of the most important in Bhutan. Its history is associated with the visit of Guru Padmasambhava, the Indian saint who came to Bhutan in the 8th century AD. The cave was named Taktshang after Guru Rinpoche flew into the cave from Kurtoe Singye Dzong in eastern Bhutan riding on a tigress. Later in 1692 the fourth Druk Desi Tenzin Rabgye started to construct monastery and finally completed after three years in 1694.

Kichu lhakhang one of the oldest temples to have been built in Bhutan by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century AD

National game of Bhutan/witness: Archery in Bhutan is more than a sport, it is a living example and a dynamic manifestation of the unique traditions and culture of the Bhutanese people, and it is a celebration of the Bhutanese way of life. No festival and no celebration is complete without a game of archery and the game itself is a combination of physical talents and spiritual influences where the deities and spirits are called upon to help a player or a team to perform better and win the contest. You can explore and feel the taste of game

Day 05: Depart from Paro 

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