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Bhutan Tours - 8 Days ( Drive in/Drive out Phuntsholing )

Drive into Bhutan and stay in Phuntsholing – a border town, important commercial hub. Your next destination will be Thimphu, Wangdi and Paro. Very nice tour to explore Bhutan – a purely Buddhist Himalayan Kingdom is unsurpassed in its scenic majesty and vibrant culture.

Routing :
Phuntsholing – Thimphu – Wangdi – Paro – Phuntsholing.
Highlights :


Chukha Hydel Project, Thimphu valley from BBS Tower, in Thimphu; Chimmilhakhang Monastry in Wangdi; Changangkha Temple & The Ta Dzong (National Museum) in Paro.
Sightseeing & Excursion :
Thimpu : The Memorial Chorten, School of Arts and Crafts, Textile & Folk Heritage Museum, National Library, Tashichhodzong, Handicraft Emporium and Town.
Wangdi :
Gangtay Valley, Punakha Dzong & Town.
Paro :
Drukgyal Dzong Bhutanese Farm House, & The Rinpung Dzong (Administrative Center).

ITINERARY
Day 01 - ARRIVE PHUNTSHOLING By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 02 - PHUNTSHOLING/THIMPHU By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 03 - THIMPHU
Day 04 - THIMPHU/WANGDI By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 05 - WANGDI
Day 06 - WANGDI/PARO By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 07 - PARO
Day 08 - PARO/PHUNTSHOLING By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster


DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 ARRIVE PHUNTSHOLING
Arr: Phuntsholing by surface.

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.
Check – in hotel Central or similar. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02 PHUNTSHOLING/THIMPHU
Morning drive to Thimphu the Capital city of Bhutan (6 hrs.). En-route visit Chukha Hydel Project.

Thimphu (7,400m / 7,875 ft)
The 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 at hotel Wangchuck or similar. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03 THIMPHU

Full day sightseeing of Thimphu, visit the Memorial Chorten, National library, Tashichhodzong, Handicraft emporium and town.

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.

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.

Trashichhodzong
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.

Handicrafts Emporium
There are various Handicrafts Emporiums in town displaying a wide assortment of beautifully hand-Woven and crafted products.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04 THIMPHU/WANGDI
Morning drive to Wangdi (77 ms, 3hrs.) via Dochula pass (3050). Afternoon visit Punakha Dzong and town.

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.

Day 05 WANGDI
Excursion to Gangtey valley. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 06 WANGDI/PARO
Morning drive to Paro.

Paro (2,280 m / 7,218 ft)
Paro Valley, Bhutan ToursThe 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.
On arrival Check – in at Kicu Resort or Similar. Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight stay at Kichu hotel.

Day 07 PARO
Morning sightseeing of the Drukgyal Dzong & visit Bhutanese farm house. Afternoon visit Ta Dzong (National Museum) and the Rinpung Dzong (administrative center).

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 stay at hotel.

Day 08 PARO/PHUNTSHOLING
Drive from Paro to Phuntsholing & further drive to New Jalpaiguri to catch train to Delhi/Kolkata.

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