Incredible Bhutan By Le Meridian

Le Meridian Deluxe Twin BedDay 1: Paro (Bhutan) By Royal Bhutan Airlines

Today morning after breakfast you will fly to another country known as The Land of The Thunder Dragon.

‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is without doubt one of the most unusual country of the world. The last surviving great Himalayan kingdom has long turned its back on the rest of the world, favoring Buddhist compassion over Western capitalism and prioritizing Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product. Aside from the unspoiled and awe-inspiring natural scenery, visitors are impressed by the magnificent architecture and the rich culture and heritage.

You will arrive at Paro Airport, the capital of Bhutan. Our Bhutan representative will wait for your arrival at main exit with placard of yours name and will be escort you till hotel and brief you about Bhutan program. Evening free at leisure or you can explore the local Market nearby your hotels.

Paro- Paro is a place full of legends and history and events which marked the beginning of great cultural heritage of the country. According to legends, Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) came on the back of a tigress to Paro in AD 761, bringing with him the teachings of Buddha from Tibet. Guru Rimpoche established the most important religious site in Bhutan, the Taktsang Lhakang or Tiger’s Nest near Paro. Religious leaders of Paro controlled Western Bhutan for quite a long time and Nyingmapa School established by Guru Rimpoche gave great monks and able leaders (the present monarchy also belongs to same school). Sgabdrung Ngwang Namgyal arrived in Bhutan in 1616 from Tibet and established the dual system of governance here that remained in place till the beginning of last century. At the end of 19th century Penlop of Paro was defeated by Penlop of central and eastern Bhutan, who later became the first king of the country.  Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 2: Paro

After breakfast you will proceed for Paro Local sightseeing.

Today’s Sights-

Taktsang Lhakang (Tiger’s Nest)- Most important religious site for the Bhutanese people, this monastery is located at a distance of around 80 km from Paro, precariously perched on the edge of a cliff. It is a long walk from Paro to this monastery and it is difficult to find anybody except the trekkers and Buddhist monks on this walk. Taktsang Lhakang is the place where it is believed that Guru Rimpoche arrived more than a million ago on the back of a legendary tigress. He mediated in a cave for around two months where this monastery was built later. Bhutan Tourism Corporation Limited has constructed a beautiful coffee-house at a wonderful vantage point of the monastery.

Paro Dzong- Is the symbolic centre of religious and secular affairs of entire Paro Valley. Consecrated in 1646, the Dzong is an architectural wonder that showcases the cultural strength of kingdom’s strength. Walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town. Stroll around the market.

National Museum-

National Museum of Bhutan is situated above the Paro Dzong in the old watchtower, one of the earliest constructed buildings in the country. The collection in the museum includes weapons and stamps, birds and mammals, and a good display of ancient Bhutanese art and artefacts. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3: Paro- Thimphu (50 K.M/ 2 Hrs).

Today morning breakfast hotel, then you will depart for Thimhu which again beautiful city in Bhutan. On Arrival at Thimphu you will be check-in at hotel. Lunch at hotel and relax for two hrs. Post lunch proceed for local sightseeing.

Today’s Sights

Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion).

First built in 1661, the Dzong dominates the town of Thimphu. Except the central keep, the entire structure was rebuilt in 1961-62 and now houses the main government departments, the National Assembly, the throne room of the king, and summer headquarters of the Central Monastic Body. Evening free at leisure. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 4 : Thimphu

Today morning you wake-up leisurely and have your buffet breakfast, and then you proceed for local sightseeing of Thimphu

Today’s Sights-

Motithang mini zoo- You will see the rare “Takin” National animal of Bhutan and drive further down to good view of Thimphu Valley.

Simtokha Dzong- Built in 1627, this Dzong is oldest in Thimphu and gateway to the Thimphu Valley. The Dzong houses Rigney School for Dzongkha and monastic studies. There are beautiful frescos and slate carvings in Simtokha.

Streets of Thimphu- the most enjoyable experience of being in Thimphu is to taking strolls around the streets here. Weekend markets of Thimphu sell everything under the sun that is being created in Bhutan. Hordes of villagers sell vegetables, newspapers, red chillies, traditional Bhutanese masks, and carpets.

Other Attractions- Other important attractions in the city include the new National Library, the High Court, the Royal Bhutan Golf Course, and Convention Centre.

Evening free at leisure. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 5 : Thimphu-Paro

After breakfast drive to Paro. Evening explore the local market in Paro. Overnight stay.

Day 6 : Paro- Delhi  By Flight (Royal Bhutan Airlines)

After breakfast flight to Delhi. End of the Tour.

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