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5 Days Glimpse Of The Dragon Kingdom
Thimphu 2Nts, Punakha 1Nts, Paro 1Nts
Bhutan

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Often considered the world’s last Shangri-La, Bhutan – or the Druk Yul, the Land of the Thunder Dragon – In the five-night, four-day Glimpse of the Dragon Kingdom tour. Travelling between the cultural destinations of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, you enjoy insider access to this incredible country known for its deep commitment to culture, tradition, religion and Gross National Happiness.
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Day 1 : 
On arrival at Paro International Airport you will be received by our representative who will be holding a placard outside the Airport and welcome you in a traditional manner by offering a khadar (greeting scarf). Before heading to Thimphu, visit the National Museum which is a repository of not only precious work of art but also costumes, amour and other hand crafted objects of daily life that provide a good snapshot of the rich cultural traditions of the country. It is rated as one of the finest natural history museums in South Asia and it is a wonderful insight into Bhutan. Of special interest is the gallery of thangkhas which exhibits exquisite pieces of different vintages - those depicting Zhabdung Ngawang Namgyal, the first Je Khempo and first Druk desi are of particular significance. Visit the Rinpung Dzong, built in 17th century, to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders, the dzong is now used as an administration centre and school for monks. Then drive towards Thimphu. On the way see Tachogang Temple or the “Temple of the Hill of Excellent Horse” which rises in austere surroundings on the left bank of the river, a few km before Chhuzom at the confluence of the Paro and Thimphu rivers. A Tibetan Saint had a vision of the excellent Horse Balaha - an emanation of Avalokiteshwara while he was meditating there. He decided there upon to build a temple at this spot in addition to one of his famous iron bridges On arrival, check into the hotel. After lunch begin local sightseeing of the following places Walk around Memorial Chhorten in Thimphu built in 1974 in memory of the Third King His Majesty Jigme Dorji 
Meals included: Lunch , Dinner. 

Day 2 : 
Early Morning after breakfast visit The Changangkha temple, This popular fortress - like temple perched on a ridge above central Thimphu regularly hums with pilgrim activity. It was established in the 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drukgom Shigpo, who came from Ralung in Tibet. One can also have a view from the back kora ( pilgrim path ), with its lovely black and gold prayer wheels. Then drive toward Punakha valley ( the old capital of the country ) via the Dochula Mountain pass ( 3,140 m ). On a clear day Dochu La offers a stunning view of the snow capped Himalayan ranges: There is a powerful binocular telescope in the cafeteria from where these peaks can be viewed and contains information on their elevation. Visit Druk Wangyel Chhorten, built by the Queen Mother for the peace and stability of the country. The 108 Khangzang Namgyal Chhortens are a new landmark for travelers as they cross Dochula, the first mountain pass into the interior of the country. “The Buddha himself taught that reverence to the Chhorten, the mind stupa, is as meritorious as prostrating before the Buddha in person,” said the Dorji Lopon who performed the tagyen sungchoe. Visit Chimi Lhakhang: The temple is located on a hillock in the centre of the valley below Metshina and is a 20 minute walk through the village of Sopsokha. It was built by Ngawang Chogyel in the 15th century after the 'divine Madman' Drukpa Kuenlay built a small chorten there. The temple is believed to bless couples unable to have children and many people from around the world visit this holly site to seek its blessings. Check into hotel. 
Meals included: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner.

Day 3 : 
Morning after breakfast drive to see the impressive Punakha Dzong, one of the most beautiful dzongs of Bhutan. For many years until the time of the second King, it served as the seat of the government. It is the winter residence of the monastic body, and was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Inside the Dzong is the set of the 108 volumes of Kanjur -holy book of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage, written in gold. The Dzong also safe guards Bhutan’s most treasured possession: the Rangjung Kharsapani, a self created image of Chenrigzig which is described by Shabdrung as a treasure as vast as the sky. Then visit Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chhorten (walk time approximately 50 minutes) - a three-storey chhorten built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck in 1999 for the protection of the country. It stands on a beautiful  hillock  called Ngezergang,  and  is  located  about 6  miles from Punakha. It presents an incredibly  complex iconography, which belongs to the Nyingmapa tradition. Drive back to Paro for overnight stay. Check into hotel. The evening has been kept free for leisurely visit to Paro town. 
Meals included: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner. 

Day 4 : 
The day begins with a short drive towards the road point for start of hike to see the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) which clings precariously to a cliff 800 m / 2,600 ft above the Paro valley. The climb up to the view point will take around three hours (depending on one’s fitness). In the second half of the 8th century, Guru Rimpoche, alighted here upon the back of a tigress, and upon meditating for three months in a cave, assumed the form of Dorje Droloe, the Terrifying Thunderbolt and subjugated the Eight Evil Spirits who hindered the propagation of Buddhism. Thereafter, the Buddhist Dharma was introduced to Paro valley and soon spread to the rest of Bhutan. Taktsang is one of the holiest sites in the country and one of the most venerated Buddhist monuments in the Himalayas. A vegetarian lunch will be served during the hike after which all will walk back to the road point. Next, will be sightseeing of the following: Drukgyal Dzong, now in ruins, was built in 1646 by Shabdrung to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders, led by Mongolian Warlord, Gushri Khan. Strategically built over the only passage into Paro valley, the Dzong helped to repel numerous invasions all through the course of Bhutanese history. It so impressed the early English visitors in 1914 that the Dzong was featured on the cover of the National Geographic Magazine. In fine weather, the towering peak of Mount Jumolhari 7314 m high appears as a backdrop. This mountain which marks the frontier with Tibet is sacred and the dwelling place of goddess Jomo. Visit Kyichu temple one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The story goes that a giant demoness lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples, which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in accordance with precise plans. Thus, it happened that in about the year AD 638 the temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over the very heart of the demoness. 
Meals included: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner.

Day 5 : 
After breakfast your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onward.
Tashi Delek!!
Category Sector Hotel Name
3 Star Thimphu, Punakha, Paro Thimphu (Wangchul Resort(3Star)(Standard Room Room on BB Basis ) )
Punakha (Damchen Resort(Standard Room Room on BB Basis ) )
Paro (Drukchen Hotel(Standard Room Room on BB Basis ) )

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  • English speaking guide who will accompany guests for one day Tour.
  • All entrance fees to institutes/monuments.
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  • Bank transfer charges at US$ 50 per transfer.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, beverages and alcoholic drinks.
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  • Lunch
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  • Alcoholic beverages & mineral water
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