Package includes :-
Five Star hotel stay
Sight-seeing in a SUV/Sedan with a well spoken experienced guide
Air Port Transfers
Photo Memory Album
Complimentary half an hour massage at the Zhiva Ling Hotel and Spa in Paro
After arriving & visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will be welcomed by our tour representative who will be your tour guide during your entire trip in Bhutan.Check into your hotel, Zhiva Ling: Bhutan’s first locally owned and operated luxury hotel, Zhiwa Ling is a tribute to the traditional Bhutanese style of architecture that has been adapted to incorporate modern amenities like the Wi-Fi, imported under floor heating etc. Interestingly many parts of this beautiful hotel have be carefully hand crafted with traditional Bhutanese motif’s and painted in dazzling colors.The 45 suite hotel is a perfect combination of traditional Bhutanese hospitality and 21st century technology. All suites are equipped all modern amenities that a traveller may require. The hotel has a world class spa with an attached meditation house.In honor of the country’s ancient Buddhist heritage, a temple has been erected in the hotel premises with wood from the 450 year old Gangtey monastery.
Enjoy a rejuvenating massage at the hotel spa for some rest from early morning flight, refreshment and lunch.
Post lunch, we will take you for a hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 3 hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months. There have been shrines at this sacred place for many centuries. The principal Lhakhang (monastery) of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has now been fully restored to its former beauty.
Thereafter we will go to viewpoint cafeteria, walk back down to the road and drive back to the hotel. On the way back, visit Kichutemple,one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King SongstenGampo. The story goes that a giant demon lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King SongtsenGampo 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 demon.
Then visit ParoDzong called RinpungDzong, a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. It is also known as the RinpungDzong which means a “fortress that sits on the heap of jewels”. This imposing dzong located above the Paro river is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture with its inward sloping walls that rise to an impressive height. The dzong was built in the 16th century on the foundation of a monastery built by Guru Rinpoche (who is regarded as the "second Buddha.").
In the evening walk around the Paro town, visit local shops. Overnight at hotel Zhiwaling Paro.
Paro - Thimphu
The next day, after a sumptuous breakfast of Bhutan’s choicest breakfast delicacies plus the traditional continental fare, you will be driven to Thimphu to visit the . Thimphu is about 60 minutes away from Paro and the drive is indeed scenic. The King’s Memorial was built in memory of the third king of Bhutan who reigned for three decades from 1952-1972.
More Sight-seeing Attractions
After paying your tribute to the king, you will be escorted to see the Changankha monastery, the Radio Tower which is one of Bhutan’s tallest buildings, and the Zoological Garden, where you can easily spot the national animal of Bhutan— the takin. After an enjoyable session at the zoo, you will visit the Nunnery Temple, the National Library of Bhutan which houses some of the world’s most rare and ancient religious manuscripts and the Bhutan School of Arts & Crafts which is also called the Painting School. For art lovers, the visit to the PaintingSchool is a treat and you are welcome to meet with the students and faculty since you share a common canvas. Let us know in advance and we will formally arrange a guided tour for you.
National Institute of Traditional Medicine
After lunch, your tour guide will take you and the other members of your group to the National Institute of Traditional Medicine. Medicinal herbs, which grow in the region, & minerals that are found in the kingdom, are scientifically processed and administered to patients by qualified traditional pharmacists and doctors who have been trained in the science of natural and alternate medicine. This unique healing method is popular among Bhutanese people as well as foreigners. Your tour guide will gladly schedule a consultation for you if you wish. Bhutan also has several modern state-of-the-art allopathic hospitals many of which provide world-class services.
Our next stop will be a drive of half an hour, to reach the LARGEST SITTING BUDDHA STATUE in the world, which is at the top of the mountain. The view of city and the Buddha will mesmerize any onlooker.
We will then be headed to national zoo, which houses few rare animals. This will be quite an entertaining stoppage before the evening as it will allow you to take lazy stroll around town of check into the hotel.The TajTashi is designed to blend the traditional Bhutanese style of architecture with the contemporary. The Taj spoils its guests with every modern creature comfort, from the spa and heated indoor pool to the elegant and classy meeting and banqueting facilities. The 66 room hotel offers its guests a blend of old world grandeur with modern day luxury. Each room is carefully appointed to enhance you experience of countries art and color, not mentioning the spectacular views of the majestic Himalayan mountains which surround the Thimphu Valley. Over night in Hotel Taj Tashi in Thimphu
Thimphu :Sight-seeing Continued
Textile Museum and Folk Heritage museum
You are all set to depart after breakfast. The Bhutan TextileMuseum and the Folk Heritage museum are your first two stops. Learn first-hand about Bhutan’s rich cultural traditions, its deeply rooted heritage which spans thousands of years and the Bhutanese way of life. You will also visit the Handicrafts Emporium where you can purchase exquisite hand-woven fabric in a million colors and decorations for your living room. Are you a stamp collector by any chance? We won’t call you a philatelist because that sounds way too esoteric. Surprising as it may sound, Bhutan has a rather rich tradition of postage stamps which dates back several hundred years. You can purchase rare postage stamps in any one of several shops in this area around the two museums. Bhutan also happens to be a picture postcard collector’s paradise. If you need to change money, the Bhutan National Bank is right next door.
The SimtokhaDzong is your next stop. SimtokhaDzong is the oldest and the most secure fortress in Bhutan. It offers you an amazing backdrop to take pictures. Enjoy a full-course dinner and some little “me” time in the evening. Feel free to go out on your own since Bhutan is a very safe country for everyone including tourists.
Today we will also take you to local markets, where you will explore the commercial aspects of Bhutan. You can also do of shopping in these markets, and thereby take back home certain a small piece of Bhutan. The return to the hotel for a hearty mean prepared by the Master Chefs at the ChigJaGye restaurant, who will take you on an unforgettable gastronomical journey of Bhutan feel free to dig into a fiery helping of EmaDatsi, the world famous Bhutanese dish followed by cup of Suja(Bhutanese Butter Tea) at the hotels elegant tea lounge. Over night in Hotel Taj Tashi in Thimphu
In the morning after early breakfast we will see you off at the Paro Airport for your onward destinations
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