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6 day Taste of Bhutan


Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is a special place.  It is a Kingdom of myths and legends, where ancient traditions still thrive, particularly in the arts.  Take a unique opportunity to discover sacred mountain temples and monasteries with the incredible Himalayan peaks towering in the background.
Holiday Length: 6 days
Start City: Paro
End City: Paro
Holiday type: Private Holiday
Departs: Daily


Day 1

Paro - Thimphu (D)
    Welcome to Bhutan.  Meet, assist and private transfer to your Timphu hotel.
               
   
Day 2
  Thimphu (BLD)
    Spend the day exploring the capital city of Bhutan.  Visit the National Library, home to an extensive collection of Buddhist literature, and the Institute for Zorig Chusum - known as the Painting School.  Continue to the National Memorial Chorten, erected in the name of World Peace and Prosperity.  This afternoon explore craft and textile shops and later in the evening visit the beautiful Trashichhodzong fortress, which houses most of the Government's office and King's Throne Room.

 
Day 3

Thimphu - Punakha (BLD)


Today venture onto the mountain roads; cross the Dochu-la pass at over 3,000 metres and continue to the 17th century Punakha Dzong fortress and Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten stupa.  Explore local markets and visit Sangchhen Dori Lhuendrup Lhakhang nunnery and artisan school, perched on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking the valley.  Continue to Punakha for overnight.

     
Day 4
  Punakha - Paro (BLD)
    This morning visit Simtokha, the oldest dzong in Bhutan, now reconverted into the Institute for Language and Culture Studies.  Continue to Paro.  Upon arrival visit Ta Dzong, home to Bhutan's national Museum since 1968.  Continue down a hillside trail and discover the fascinating history of Rinpung Dzong.
     
Day 5
  Paro (BLD)
    This morning explore the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, where the Bhutanese repelled several invading Tibetan armies during the 17th century, before continuing to a traditional Bhutanese Farm House for an insight into the local lifestyle.  This afternoon visit Taktsang Monastery - the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries - also known as "Tiger's Nest" due to the legend Guru Rinpoche who arrived at this spot on the back of a tigress and meditated at the monastery.  Later return to Paro, with an enroute visit to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom of Bhutan.



Day 6
  Paro (B)


Departure transfer to the airport.
     

Inclusions:




  * Private transfers and transportation
* Accommodation in your choice of tourist or deluxe class hotels
* Professional private English-speaking local guides
* Private sightseeing, activities and entrance fees as per the itinerary
* All meals
     



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