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Kathmandu: 3-Day Bhutan Experience

1. Kathmandu: 3-Day Bhutan Experience

Day 1: Kathamandu to Paro Begin by transferring to the airport, from where you fly to Paro. A spectacular descent through mountainous valleys brings you into the Kingdom of Bhutan. Once having landed in Paro, be received by your Bhutanese guide. Following customs and visa control you are transferred to your hotel, following which a short picturesque drive of about 2 hours brings you to the capital of Bhutan, Thimpu. After lunch at a local restaurant, begin your sightseeing by visiting the textile museum, a traditional paper-making factory, and the post office. Alternatively, you can do some less-formal sightseeing and walk around the town with your guide. That evening, head back to your hotel where you spend the night. Day 2: Thimpu, Taktsang, Paro Begin with a drive to Satsam Chorten, before hiking to the Takstang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. This monastery is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (also known as Guru Padmasambhava) meditated. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress from Tibet, and meditated in the cave there for three months. The monastery has been rebuilt after a disastrous fire destroyed it in April 1998, and it can only be viewed from afar as it is not open to the public. Following lunch, visit Kyichu Lhakhang - one of the oldest temple in Bhutan. That evening, overnight once more at your hotel. Day 3: Paro to Kathmandu Following breakfast, your Bhutanese agent escorts you to the airport, before bidding you farewell for your flight.

Bhutan Vistas Tour- 6 Days

2. Bhutan Vistas Tour- 6 Days

Detailed Itinerary: Day 01 - Arrival at Paro (by Druk Air) then transfer to Thimphu The flight into Paro on Bhutan's national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of the country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. The first gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you will drive you to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. The drive will take around 1 hour. Thimphu has a population of about 98,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. Overnight at a hotel. Day 02 - Sightseeing in and around Thimphu In the morning we first stop at Bhutan’s National Bank to exchange currency as well as visit the post office to view and purchase elaborate and exquisite Bhutanese collector item stamps. We then will visit the National Memorial Chorten which was built in 1974 in memory of the third king. Also, the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved and the Takin Reserve which protects the national animal of Bhutan. After lunch visit the Textile Museum and the Arts and Crafts School. A visit to the House of Incense and House of Paper are always favorites as well. Overnight at a hotel. Day 03 - Drive from Thimphu to Punakha for a day’s sightseeing and return to Thimphu Leaving Thimphu we drive about 3 hours, with the road climbing steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near the Dochula Pass (3,050m). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges on a clear day. You will see Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Junipers and pine forests with chirping sounds of the many rare species of birds found in Bhutan. We drive onto Lobesa to take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang Temple. It is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. Driving North to the majestic Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 which strategically occupies the land between the two rivers Phochu and Mochu. After our day of sightseeing we head back to Thimphu. Overnight at a hotel. Day 04 - Leaving Thimphu we drive towards Paro with sightseeing along the way An early morning drive towards Paro we stop to visit the Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum and visit Paro’s Rimpung Dzong, along the way down we cross the 16th century cantilever bridge. Also visiting the Drugyel Dzong victory fortress, built in 1647 which is 18 kilometers from the Paro town. Explore the magnificent ramparts of the erstwhile fortress which defended the country against several incursions. On a clear day one can also view the sacred Mount Jomolhari, from the northern battlements. We take a visit to a farm house and observe the traditional Bhutanese way of life and living. Overnight at a hotel. Day 05 - Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger's Nest) The trail to the Tiger's Nest climbs through beautiful Pine and rhododendron forests. You stop at the cafeteria which offers magnificent up close views of the tigers nest for refreshments. Then we continue the hike for short while until you see Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900m into the valley below. History states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger and meditated here for three months. Overnight at a hotel. Day 06 - Transfer to international airport for your final departure After breakfast our airport representative will drop you at the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan.

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