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Best of Bhutan (8 days)

Published: Monday, 07 April 2014

Day 1: Calcutta/Delhi- Paro, Bhutan, reception by Yodsel representative; transfer to hotel Tiger's Nest resort, set in the pine trees in direct view of the most famous Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas; after lunch visit the fortified tower Ta dzong, now a natural history museum- one of finest in Asia; continue on to visit the Paro Rinpungdzong, hotel.

Day2: Paro: visit the north parts of Paro valley; the impressive Drukgyel Dzong ruins (monastery fortress). Hike up to the Taktsang retreat (the tiger's lair). Lunch en route. Return to Paro, visit market; hotel

Day3: Paro/Thimphu:. Drive to Thimphu capital city (1.5 hrs); en route visit the Tacho gang lhagang founded by the famous Dupthopchagzampa( a 15thcenttury Buddhist master known for his skill in building iron bridges all over Bhutan); visit the handicrafts center; the textile museum in town; drive to the famous view point overlooking the whole city of Thimphu overnight in Thimphu hotel.

Day4: Thimphu: morning visits to: the memorial chorten and the national library; drive to the nunnery of zilukha where Buddhist nuns can be witnessed performing their daily prayers. After lunch visit the handmade paper factory & the school of thanka painting; witness the famous archery played by the skilled archers of the city; stroll about town; hotel.

Day5: Thimphu/Punakha&Wangdiphodrang: early morning scenic drive on the mountain route towards the former capital of Bhutan passing through the Dock la pass (alt. 10,000 feet); stunning scenery of Himalayan ranges; plus the 108 traditional stapes built to honour the 4th king of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuk. Descend to Punakha& tour the town. After picnic lunch by the wang river continue to Wangdiphodrang dzong, the most picturesque in Bhutan; overnight hotel.

Day6: Punakha/Ganteygonpa: excursion to serene Gantey valley, home of the rare black-necked cranes that winter over from Tibet (Oct-march); visit the Ganteygonpa monastery-one of only two Ngyingma (old sect) monasteries in Bhutan. Overnight at farm house or lodge.

Day7: Gantey/Thimphu/Paro. Return to Thimphu via the Simtokha dzong the oldest inBhutan. After lunch drive to Paro; time permitting- you can drive via the Haa valley across the scenic Chelela pass (4500 m) where you can view the valleys of Haa and Paro and the Jumolhari peak towards the north; continue drive to hotel.

Day8: Paro- Calcutta/Delhi: transfer to Paro airport for onward journey



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