Buddha Point [1 hrs] – Located at Kuenselphodrang Nature Park, the 169 feet bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma, Vajra
Throne Buddha makes it one of the largest statue of Buddha in the world. The Buddha Dordenma symbolizes
indestructibility, and it is said to emanate an aura of peace and happiness to the entire world. The Buddha statue will be
completed soon, currently awaiting for the completed paintings but visitors can drive up to the Buddha point and view the
tallest statue of Lord Buddha. The view of Thimphu valley from the Buddha point is spectacular and beautiful,, especially at
Centenary Farmers’ Market [1.5 hrs] – Most of the Thimphu population congregate on the banks of Wangchhu River where
the weekend market is held. Villagers from the Valley and other nearby places come to sell their wide range of agriculture
products in the market. The market is by far the largest domestic market in Bhutan. A visit to the market provides great
photo opportunities, as well as the chance to mingle with local people and perhaps buy souvenirs. [Operating hour: Every
Fridays to Sundays 07:00 AM – 07:00 PM]
Simply Bhutan [1 hrs] – A living museum and a photo studio with a mission to engage and empower youth entrepreneurs
through preservation, promotion and showcasing of Bhutanese tradition and cultural diversity.
[Opening hour Summer 09.00 AM – 17.00 PM, Winter 10.00 AM – 16.00 PM]
National Memorial Chorten [1 hrs] – Meet the elderly generation in circumambulation at the National Memorial Chorten.
Chorten means ‘Seat of Faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments, the ‘Mind of Buddha’. Treat yourself with the
fantastic depiction of Buddhist teachings in the form of paintings and sculptures at this temple. As the name denotes this
National Memorial Chorten was consecrated on July 28, 1974, in memory of the Third King.
Tashichhodzong (Thimphu Dzong) [1 hrs] – The “fortress of the glorious religion” was initially constructed in 1641 and
restored by the Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s. Tashichhodzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s
secretariat, and the central monk body.
Weekday 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM
Weekend 09:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Winter 04:00 PM – 06:00 PM
Dochula Pass [2 hrs] – At 3,050 meter, this beautiful pass located on the way to Punakha from Thimphu offers a stunning
360-degree panoramic view of Himalayas mountain range with its 108 chortens that was built by Her Majesty The Queen
Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. The pass is also a popular spiritual destination for both locals and tourists.
Druk Wangyal Chortens [0 hrs] – The construction of 108 chortens was commissioned by Her Majesty The Queen Mother
Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck to commemorate the victory over the Indian militants and to liberate the souls of the lives
Chhimi Lhakhang [2 hrs] – The Divine Madman, Drukpa Kinley is a famous teacher with whom the phallic symbol is
associated. Tales told by your guide would have excited you to visit Chhimi Lhakhang. The Divine Madman sits there though
a statue this time. Do not miss the master’s deeds painted on the walls. Japanese and several American couples visited
this temple and were blessed miraculously with children. Ask yourself, do I need this Fertility Tour or not?
Punakha Dzong [2 hrs] – Placed strategically at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, the Dzong was built in 1637
by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. It was here that the dual
system of government was introduced in the 17th century and in 1907, enthroned the first King Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck.
Damaged over the centuries by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored in the recent
years by the 4th King Jigme Singye Wangchuck.
At the Dzong enriches your trip with the opportunity to see the highest standards in woodwork. Do not miss the massive
Kuenray, the Coronation Hall of all Bhutanese kings, the Dzongchung at the entrance to the Dzong and the cantilever bridge
over the Mochu that has been recently renovated.
Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge [1 hrs] – The 160 metres Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge is known for the longest suspension
bridge in Bhutan, which gives you spectacular views of Punakha Dzong and the Pho Chhu Valley.
Paro Valley [0 hrs] – The beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan’s old monasteries and temples. The valley is also home
to Mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing
through the valley.
Paro Dzong (aka Ringpung Dzong) [2 hrs] – Explore the Rinpung Dzong, which the locals call the ‘fortress of a heap of
jewels’. Built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the dzong stands on a hill above Paro Township. It is linked by the
traditional cantilever bridge (called the Nemi Zam) over the Pa Chu where one may pose a photograph. Experience a walk
up a stone paved path running alongside the imposing outer walls. Once inside the Dzong, you will be welcomed by the
monks, architecture and the ancient frescoes.
Kyichu Lhakhang [1 hrs] – Also known as Kyerchu Temple or Lho Kyerchu, is the oldest temple in Bhutan. Just like
Jambhay Lhakhang in Bumthang, it is one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo to subdue and pin
down an ogress that was obstructing the spread of Buddhism. According to legend, all 108 temples were built in a single
Go back in time and history and visit the 7th century Kyichhu temple. As the name suggests, the temple is a reservoir of
peace, where you will feel at peace here. Next to the temple is the house that is turned into a museum dedicated to the late
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. One can come across photographs and other artifacts belonging to Rinpoche.
Paro Town [2 hrs] – Explore the main street of Paro town and check out if there’s anything you will like to pick up as a
Taktsang Monastery [6 hrs] – Often called the Tiger’s Nest, perched on the cliffs, has awestruck many a visitor. “Trip to
Bhutan is never complete without climbing to Taktsang”, says one tourist. Indeed, it’s true as the journey there fills you with
spiritual bliss. For those not choosing the spiritual side, it is the dramatic, artistically built monument that becomes a hiker’s
delight. Take a trip to this dramatically set Buddhist relic hanging from a cliff. Experience the uphill climb as you ascend
more than two thousand feet from the valley floor.
A prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex located on the cliff side of Paro Valley. According to
legends, it is believed that Guru Rinpoche flew to this location from Tibet on the back of a Tigress (his consort Yeshey
Tshogyal) and meditated in one of the caves. Guru Rinpoche performed meditation and emerged in eight manifestations,
and the place became holy, thus gaining the name Tiger’s Nest.
Hot Stone Bath [0 hrs] – You can go for a locally own Hot Stone Bath, which can take four people at one time. This bath will
help loosen your joints, release muscle tension and invoke a profound sense of relaxation. The cost is approximately USD
25 per person.
Remarks [0 hrs] – Seasonal attractions are subject to change due to weather conditions. The sequence of itinerary is subject
to change without prior notice. If a place of visit is closed to visitors, it will be replaced with an alternative. During major
events, accommodation may not be in the city mentioned.
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- Visas for Bhutan
- Airport transfer
- Daily 3 meal
- 3 star accommodation
- A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
- An experienced drive
- A tour vehicle
- Entry fess & road permit
- Taxes & surcharge
- Mineral water
- Set of traditional costume (to be return at the end of your stay)
- Flight into Bhutan via Drukair (can be arranged with us)
- Flight on other airline to catch Drukair Flight
- Meals at 4-5 stars restaurants
- Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
- Expenditure of personal nature
- Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us)
- Tips for the guide and driver
- Alcoholic drink
- USD 250 per day
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