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Bhutan Travel - 9 Days ( Fly in Paro / Drive out Phuntsholing )
9 Days in Bhutan covering all important destination – Paro – Thimphu, Wangdi and drive to India via Phuntsholing. Paro – a beautiful valley and one of the most fertile valleys in the kingdom producing a bulk of the famous red rice from its terraced fields home to some of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries.

Thimphu – is the capital of Bhutan and you will see both modern developments and ancient traditions together. Wangdi – built during 17th century, played a critical role in unifying the western, central and southern Bhutanese districts.

Routing : Paro – Thimphu – Wangdi – Thimphu – Phuntsholing
Highlights :
Drugyel Dzong and Ta-Dzong the National Museum in Paro; Memorial Chorten, National Library and Weekly Market (Vegetable Market) in Thimpu; The Gangtey valley in Wangdi.

Sightseeing & Excursion :
Paro :
Rinpung Dzong which serves as the Administrative Center and The School for Monk.
Thimphu :

Tashichhodzong houses, Indigenous hospital, Painting school, Handicrafts.
Wangdi :
Dochula Pass, Punakha dzong.
Phuntsholing :
Chukkha Hydel project.

Day 01 - ARRIVE PARO By Druk Air
Day 02 - PARO
Day 03 - PARO/THIMPHU By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 04 - THIMPHU
Day 05 - THIMPHU/WANGDI By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 06 - WANGDI
Day 07 - WANGDI/THIMPHU By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 08 - THIMPHU/PHUNSHOLING By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 09 - DEPART PHUNTSHOLING By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster


Arrive Paro by Air. Meet on Arrival and transfer to hotel. Afternoon at leisure.

Paro (2,280 m / 7,218 ft)
The beautiful valley of Paro encapsulates within itself a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends. It is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries, National Museum and country’s only airport. Mount. Jhomolhari (7,314m) reigns in white glory at the northern end of the valley and its glacial water plunge through deep gorges to form Pa Chhu (Paro river). Paro is also one of the most fertile valley in the Kingdom producing a bulk of the locally famous red rice from its terraced fields.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02 PARO
ParoToday visit Drugyel Dzong, Ta-Dzong the National Museum and Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and the school for monk.

Drukgyel Dzong
This Dzong, with a delightful village nestling at its foot, was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders. Historically and strategically this Dzong withstood all its glory and was featured in 1914 vide National Geographic magazine. The glory of Drukgyel Dzong remained even when its was destroyed by fire in 1951. On a clear day, one can see the commanding view of Mount. Chomolhari from the village, below the Dzong.

Ta Dzong
One time watch tower built to defend Rinpung Dozng during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, since 1967 Ta Dzong is serving as the National Museum of the country. It holds fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps.

Rinpung Dzong
Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal , the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it.
Overnight at hotel.

Morning drive to Thimphu.

Thimphu (7,400m / 7,875 ft)
Thimpu Monastry, Bhutan TravelThe capital town of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. Although not what one expects from a capital city, Thimphu is still a fitting and lively place. Home to civil servants, expatriates and monk body, Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style.
On arrival check-in hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Today visit Memorial Chorten, Tashichhodzong houses the main Secretarial Building and the central monk body, Indigenous hospital, National Library, Painting school, Handicrafts.

Memorial Chorten
This stupa was built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan ‘s third King, His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

Also know as ‘fortress of the glorious religion’, it was initially built in 1641 and later rebuilt in its present form by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1965. The Dzong houses, main secretariat building which houses the throne room of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan. The National Assembly Hall is housed in a modern building on the other side of the river from the Dzong. During the warmer summer months, the monk body headed by His Holiness, the Je Khenpo, makes its home in the Dzong.

National Library
The history of Bhutan lies imprinted in archaic texts, which are preserved at the National Library. Besides thousands of manuscripts and ancient texts, the library also has modern academic books and printing blocks for prayer flags.

Arts & Crafts School
This school teaches the techniques of traditional thangkha paintings. On a visit, one can see students at work producing intricate design on cloth.

Evening visit weekly Market (Vegetable Market). Overnight stay at hotel.

Morning drive to Wangdi En-route visit : Dochula Pass. On arrival check-in hotel.
Later visit Punakha dzong.

Punakha Dzong
Built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the present King. The Dzong is open for visitors during Punakha festival and in summer months when the monk body moves to Thimphu.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Excursion to Gangtey valley.

Wangduephodrang (1,300m / 4,265 ft)
Wangduephodrang is the last town on the central highway before central Bhutan. The town is not more than an enlarged village with a few well-provided shops. Located in the south of Punakha, the higher reaches of the Wangduephodrang valley provide rich pastureland for cattle. This district is also famous for its fine bamboo products, slate and stone carvings.
Return back to hotel for overnight stay at hotel.

Morning drive to Thimphu. On arrival check-in at hotel. Afternoon free. Overnight at hotel.

Morning drive to Phuntsholing (6hrs. drive 172 km) En-route visit Chukkha Hydel project.

Phuentsholing (300 m / 985 ft)
The frontier town, it is a thriving commercial centre, situated directly at the base of Himalayan foothills. It is a fascinating place where different ethnic groups mingle, prominently Indian, Bhutanese and Nepalese. Being the border town, Phunetsholing serves as the convenient entry/exit point for Bhutan and also the important link to visit the Indian state of West Bengal, Sikkim and Assam.
On arrival check-in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Morning drive to New Jalpaiguri/Bagdora. (4 hrs. drive)

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