OF BHUTAN TOUR II
Duration: 6 days/5 nights
Entry & exit: Paro, Bhutan
Seasons: throughout year
Places of visit: Paro, Thimphu (the capital), Punakha & Wangdue valleys.
We land at Paro airport, and begin exploring the four districts in western Bhutan, all of which are replete with history and culture. We look at fortresses and palaces built on dizzying hilltops and spurs, we travel back in time by visiting ancient temples, we look at farmlands, we take a peek into the rhythm of local people’s daily lives, and we absorb the overwhelming nature and breathtaking views of Himalayan landscapes.
• In Paro, we see the castle-fortress at Rinpung, the ruins of the “Victory Fortress at Drugyel”, the National Museum, and the 7th century temple complex at Kurje. We hike to Taktshang monastery
monastery (Tiger’s Lair), an edifice on a sheer cliff wall 800 meters above the valley floor.
• In Thimphu, we visit the magnificent castle-fortress of Tashi Chho Dzong, the seat of power. Then we comb other places of interest like the Memorial Stupa, traditional paper factory, Folk Heritage Museum, Textile Academy, Handicraft Emporium, the site of the world’s biggest Buddha statue, etc.
• In Punakha and Wangdue valleys, we visit the “Temple of Fertility” at Lobesa, the majestic Punakha castle-fortress flanked by “male” and “female” rivers, and Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Stupa. We look athe ongoing reconstruction of Wangdue fortress which was tragically gutted a few years ago.
3-star plus hotels, three meals, SUV/mini bus/coaster, guides, entry fees, mineral water, cultural program (in groups of 10 or more people), and taxes
Air tickets, travel insurance, drinks, visa fee, laundry.