Bhutan Extension (Post Tour To Punakha and Paro) 3 Nights/ 4 Days

Thimphu, Punakha, Paro

  • Day 01 – Drive from Thimphu to Punakha (75 kms, approximately 3 hours’ drive)

    Drive from Thimphu to Punakha

    On arrival, check-in to the hotel.

    Later, proceed for an excursion to Chimi Lhakhang (Drive from hotel to main road and then walk through the paddy fields and villages. This is total about 1.1/2 hour walk, including both way). The Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning ‘field’. A walk through the village near the temple will give you rare glimpses into the daily life and lifestyle of the villagers

    Evening can be spent exploring Punakha village located right on the bank of river.

    Dinner and over night at the hotel in Punakha.

  • Day 02 – Paro (125 kms, approximately 4 hours’ drive)

    After breakfast visit Punakha Dzong or (Palace of Great Happiness), built at the junction of the Phochu and Mochu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. This majestic dzong served as both the religious and the administrative center of Bhutan in the past. It measures some 600 by 240 feet and has a six-story, gold-domed tower. Inside are courtyards and religious statuary that hint at the depth of history and spiritual tradition embodied here. Your guide will illuminate your understanding of this intricate culture that is exotic to us, though long established here.

    Further drive back to Paro descending back down from Dochu La, follow the way back up the dramatic Wang Chhu and ParoChhu river valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley.

    Later in the day after checking into hotel, proceed to visit Ta Dzong (closed on Government Holidays), originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

    Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.

    Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.

  • Day 03 – In Paro

    After breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery (closed on Tuesdays and Government holidays) (approximately 5 hours walk): It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognised as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung NgawangNamgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April, 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of building but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendour.

    On the way back to town stop at Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong.

    Along the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.

    Evening an exploratory walk around main street and market area.

    Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.

  • Day 04 – Depart Paro

    After early breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Our representative will help you with exit formalities.