Shangrila Tour (5 Days/4 Nights) – Itinerary
Though short itinerary, yet it provides first hand experience for the visitors what Bhutan has to offer to the outside world.
Day 01 : Arrive Paro by Druk Air
Flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular experience. This flight gives you breathtaking scenes of Himalaya Mountains. On arrival, you will be received at the airport by our representative and transfer to Thimphu, capital town of Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 02 : Thimphu / Punakha ( 75 Km, 2.1/2 Hours )
Thimphu sightseeing after breakfast. Visit to Trashichhodzong, the beautiful fortress which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Then visit National Library which has vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts.
After that drive to Painting School, famous for traditional thangkha paintings. Here you will see, students making intricate design on cloth. Also visit to Traditional Medicine Institute where centuries-old healing arts still practiced. Later visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museum.
After lunch, visit Handicrafts Emporium which displays wide range of beautifully hand-woven and crafted products. Then drive to Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s Third King who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside this monument will arouse in you a deep sense of spirituality. Evening drive to Punakha across Dochula pass (3,050m ). Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 03 : Punakha / Wangduephodrang / Paro ( 150 Km, 5 Hours )
After breakfast visit to Punakha Dzong, the 17th century fortress followed by visit to local market. Also visit here, Khamsum Namgyal Chorten, (Three-world conquering stupa). Then drive to Wangdiphodrang visiting Dzong and local market. The district of Wangdiphodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings. On arrival in Thimphu, check into the hotel. Evening, time for walk before dinner.
After lunch drive to Paro with a short stop at Dochula pass. Later en route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627.Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 04 : Paro
After breakfast visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom. Originally built as Watch Tower since 1967, it is used as the National Museum of the country and holding fascinating collection of art, artifacts, thangka paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong. After lunch drive north of Paro valley to ruins of Drukgyel Dozng. From this fort Bhutanese repelled and drove back several Tibetan invasions. Nearby visit traditional Bhutanese Farm House which offers good insight into lifestyle of local people. While return to Paro town visit en route Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 05 : Paro Depart
After breakfast drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.
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