Bhutan is a country blessed with diverse landscape and rich culture. In order to have taste of these features of this beautiful the last Shangri-La nation, Paro Phuentsholing Bhutan tour (7 Days) can be the best one. Paro Phuentsholing Bhutan tour offers one of the best chances to discover the Bhutanese scenic landscapes and lifestyle. Apart from this, if you want to continue your trip to north-east of India, this journey could be an ideal one. This Paro Phuentsholing tour (7 Days) starts from Paro with a visit to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s nest), Rinpung Dzong, Kychu Lhakhang Temple. The best part of this day is to hike to the Takshang Monastery up to the altitude of 3180m.
Next, you will have visit of several major landmarks of Thimpu including Memorial Chorten, Thimpu Dzong, Buddha Point and other attractions. Furthermore, we will drive to Punakha crossing the Pass Dochu-La and witness the massive Punakha Dzong. After the return from Punakha, next day you will proceed further to Phuentsholing, which takes about 7-8 hours. Your Paro Phuentsholing Bhutan Tour ; Fly in Drive Out ends at Phuentsholing border.
Fly onboard Druk Air to Paro, Bhutan. On a clear day the panoramic views of the Himalaya are sensational, including Everest (if you are flying from Delhi and Kathmandu), but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills and the landing, including a few steep turns to land at the tiny airstrip of Paro. In Paro you will be received by your Bhutanese guide and transferred to your hotel.
Depending on your arrival time you will visit Rinpung Dzong and Kichu Lhakhang. Overnight at HOTEL, Paro.
In the morning hike to Taktsang Monastery. Also knows as “Tiger’s Nest”, is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (also known as Guru Padmasambhava) meditated. The eighth century monastery is perched on a rock overlooking a sheer drop and clings seemingly impossible to a cliff of rock at 9678 feet above the valley floor.
For the local people it is a place of pilgrimage, but for a tourist, a hike up to the viewpoint opposite the monastery is exhausting, thrilling and mystical. It takes almost 2 hours to walk up at an average pace. The legend has it that Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress from Tibet and meditated in the cave there for three months. Although the main building of the temple was destroyed by fire on April 1998, the hike up to the viewpoint is worthwhile and fulfilling. And drive to Thimpu. O/N at Hotel
Morning take a hike to Cheri Monastery (Includes Dodina and Jigme Dorji Wild life Sanctuary): Hike about 1hrs (to and fro) leds to Cheri Goemba (Cheri Dorji Dhen). Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal built this monastery in 1620 and established the first monk body here. A chance to spot birds such as Mrs Gould’s Sunbird, Yellow-browed Tit, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Long-billed Thrush, Ultramarine Flycatcher.
Paper factory: The handmade paper making in Bhutan stemmed from the age old tradition originated in 8th century of Bhutanese history. The handmade paper constitutes as valuable National heritage of Bhutanese cultural identity and is preserved through all the ages. The Traditional paper is recognized and held high esteem both in home and outside world.
The weekend market: Held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the people crowd the stalls every day, dressed in full colour and gathered to meet and to barter, much like the street markets in London!
Bhutan Craft bazaar: The private stalls had a variety of high-end quality products from places across the country such as wood carved national symbols, bags and western wears with touch of traditional designs, wooden and clay utensils, Bangchung, Dhapa, key hanger of jewelry boxes, bookmarks and handmade packing papers (Deysho) in different patterns, antique items and etc. The stalls have a distinctly rich outlook with fine tones of elegance, and a warm and inviting atmosphere. The craft bazaar is also an exemplary of how bamboo can be used to construct houses in the country.
Later you can stroll around the city.
Overnight in Thimphu.
After breakfast drive to Punakha with a short stop at Dochu–la pass (3,080m) stopping for shot time here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana – finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.
Later visit 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 now been fully restored.
After that drive to Wangduephodrang visiting Dzong and local market. The district of Wangduephodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings.
Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
After breakfast drive to Thimpu en route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, it now houses the School for religious studies. Overnight at the hotel in Thimpu.
After the breakfast in the morning, you will drive to Phuentsholing, a border town in southern Bhutan. The town locates opposite the Indian city of Jaigaon and it is the major trade link between India and Bhutan. You will have lunch en-route and stay overnight at Phuentshoing border town.
After Breakfast, guide will help you finish the border formalities and you will start your nest journey to India or eastern Nepal. The Kakarvitta Border from Phuentshoing is about a drive of 5 hours, if you exit as early as possible, you can enter Nepal in the afternoon crossing the Indian Territory but make sure that you have Indian visa already granted.
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