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Bhutan

Window on Bhutan (6 days)

Published: Monday, 07 April 2014

Day 1:arrive at Paro , reception by Yodsel representative; transfer to hotel tiger nest resort, set in the pine trees in direct view of the most famous Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas.

Day2: Paro valley: visit the fortified tower of Ta dzong, now a natural history museum- one of finest in Asia; drive towards northern part of the Paro valley to view the impressive Drugyaldzong ruins perched on a hill that once guarded the invading forces from Tibet. On the way back stop to view the famous Taktsang retreat (the tiger's lair) nestled on a cliff. Hotel.

Day3: Thimphu. Drive to capital city of Thimphu. Sightseeing of Thimphu: visit the hospital for traditional medicine, the Thimbu general post office- Bhutan stamps that are world famous can be all seen here; visit the king's memorial chorten- built in memory of the late king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk- the father of Bhutan. After lunch visit the handicrafts center.

Day4: Thimphu/Punakha: drive (3 hours)on the mountain route towards the former capital of Bhutan passing through the Do hula pass (alt. 10,000 feet); stunning scenery of Himalayan ranges. Descend to Punakha, visit the dzong- which today houses the most sacred relic of the Druk-pa kukupa sect of Buddhism- that is the state religion of Bhutan; tour the small town of Punakha. After lunch drive to view Wangdiphodrang dzong, the most picturesque in Bhutan; overnight at hotel dragon nest/ Zangtopelri.

Day5: Punakha- Paro: return drive to Paro (4-5 hrs), via the Simtokha dzong the oldest in Bhutan- now a learning institute in the traditional culture; after early lunch; hike to tiger nest monastery up to the cafeteria for the greatest view of this incredible monastery at 10,000 above the valley floor; return to hotel.

Day6: Paro/Calcutta/Delhi: transfer to Paro airport for onward flight.

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