Paro-Thimphu Cultural Extravaganza

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Day 01 : Arrive Paro by Druk Air
Fly into Himalayas with Druk Air. The Aircraft climbs continually higher as the plane flies north towards the Tibetan border. You can have a scenic view of beautiful valleys, and great snow-capped peaks of the inner Himalaya. As the aircraft enters the Paro valley, look down and you will see the Paro Dzong overlooking Paro Chu (river) with Ta Dzong, watch tower.

You will be received by our representative at the airport and after completion of airport formalities, you will be taken through fascinating valley of Paro to the hotel.

Evening visit to Paro market and take a stroll through town. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 02 : Paro – Thimphu
After breakfast in the hotel, drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress. Here Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, “mountain of goddess” looms directly over the Dzong.

Along the way, see the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gembo. One of the most sacred shrines in the country.

After lunch, visit to Ta Dzong, originally built as Watch Tower. It now houses National Museum of the Kingdom and antique paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich array of natural and historic artifacts.

Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, which literally means ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’. Along the courtyard of the Rinpung Dzong are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four harmonious friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.

After that proceed to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan. the road leads through the Paro valley to the confluence of Paro and Thimphu rivers at Chuzom. Three different styles of chortens adorn the confluence. A short way beyond on the left is Tschogang Lhakhang, the temple of the hill of excellent horse. It is private temple, built in 15th century, as the result of visitation from Balaha, the excellent horse, a manifestation of Chenrezig, the compassionate Buddha.
On arrival in Thimphu, check into the hotel. Evening, time for walk before dinner.

Day 03 : Thimphu – Paro
After breakfast, sightseeing of Thimphu valley includes, visit to National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. Visit to the Traditional Medicine Institute, where centuries-old healing arts are still practiced. The Painting School, where young monks learn the art of Buddhist thangkha.

Also visit mask maker workshop and workshop for fine metal craft, weaving, ceramics and paper making. Then visit, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum to see Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.

Afternoon, visit to Tashichhodzong, ‘fortress of the glorious dharma’. It is the centre of government and religion, site of King’s throne room, National assembly hall, and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1961 in traditional Bhutanese architect.

Also visit King’s Memorial Chorten where people of all ages circumambulate.

Then, visit Handicrafts Emporium and local shops where handicrafts are sold. Here you can buy textiles, thangka paintings, masks, slate and wood carvings, jewellery, interesting items made from local materials.

Evening drive to Paro for overnight stay.

Day 04 : Paro Depart
After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.

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