Khamsam Yuelley Namgyel Chorten
Kingdom of Bhutan, is a sovereign state in South Asia. A landlocked country in the Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan borders China to the north and India to the south, east and west. To the west, it is separated from Nepal by the Indian state of Sikkim; and further south it is separated from Bangladesh by the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal. Bhutan’s capital and largest city is Thimphu.
2 way international economy class flight tickets to Bhutan from Singapore by Druk Air
9 Nights hotel accommodation in tourist class hotels
Meals & sightseeing as per itinerary
English speaking tour guide
Check in at Singapore Changi Airport for your flight to Paro, a town in the Paro Valley of Bhutan. It is the home to Paro Airport, Bhutan’s only international airport. In the clear weather, there are magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks. Our local Bhutanese Guide will meet & greet you at the airport and transfer to Thimphu. Visit Memorial Chorten – the most impressive stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s third King by the order of Grand Queen mother Ashi Phuntsho Chhoden in 1974. **If arrival is on SUNDAY, visit the Thimphu farmers’ weekend market where you have immense opportunity to mix with local people who come from villages to buy and sell their local produce like fresh vegetables, fruits, cereals, milk products etc.
Following breakfast, enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Thimphu which includes Changangkha Lhakhang – One of the oldest Temple in Thimphu situated on top of a hill offering good view of the Thimphu valley below. This temple is dedicated to God of Compassion or Chenrezig. Then, visit the National Library which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts, manuscripts and also modern academic books. Also proceed to Sangayang Hill for a panoramic view of the whole Thimphu Valley. After which, visit the Mini Zoo to see the National Animal of Bhutan – Takin. Next, proceed to Tashichho Dzong – the biggest fort of Bhutan built in 1648. It houses secretariat building, King’s throne room and other government offices and is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot. Next, visit the Handicraft Emporium which displays a wide range of products such as beautifully woven fabrics for man & women, crafted products & other decorative items and the Traditional Medicine Institute, which was established with the help of Italian government to improve traditional medicine use. After lunch, drive to Punakha. En-route, visit Buddha Point, the tallest statue of Buddha Dordenma in Bhutan measuring at 51.5m tall, situated on top of a hill at Kuenselphodrang overlooking the whole of Thimphu valley. The road then climbs for about an hour till you reach Dochula Pass at an altitude of 3150m dotted with colorful prayer flags and the 108-STUPA. If weather permits, this pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the Eastern Himalayas. End the night at Punakha.
This morning, visit the Punakha Dzong 7-8 km away from the hotel. Punakha Dzong is the most impressive dzong in Bhutan situated in the confluence of Phochhu & Mochhu (male & female rivers). It looks like a giant ship with excellent wood work and detail of paintings. Then, hike for about 45 minutes crossing over a suspension bridge to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten, a new temple, the paradise of Guru Rimpoche where the view from the temple to the valley below is spectacular. After lunch visit the famous temple called Chime Lhakhang or the temple of fertility. It is about a 20 minutes’ walk through rice terraces and the village of Yoakha where our vehicle stops. It is believed that barren couple will have children if they get blessings from this temple. **If arrival in Punakha falls on SATURDAY, visit weekend market which is just below Khuruthang town. Here you can see locals selling and buying fresh vegetables, fruits and cereals.
(Distance: 155km, Time: 5-6 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Trongsa in Central Bhutan. The road passes through Wangdi District crossing over Pilela Pass at 3,300m, the boundary between western and central Bhutan. It is a journey you are not likely to forget. The scenery is certainly stunning so you need to make occasional stops to take beautiful pictures. In some places, the road is literally carved out of hair raisingly impressive cliff sides. Before reaching Pilela pass, visit Gangtay Gompa and the Phobjikha Valley en-route. Lunch will be served in Phobjikha, the winter home of very rare and endangered species of blacked-necked cranes. After which, continue drive to Trongsa. Trongsa Dzong looks superb from a great distance. It is the longest monastery/fortress in the kingdom built along the ridge at a very strategic location in 1648 by Ngagi Wangchuk for political reason. It was from here that the present royal family emerged as the most powerful force at the beginning of 20th century.
(Distance: 65km, Time: 2 hours)
After breakfast, visit Trongsa Dzong the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan. This Dzong played a very important role in the history of Bhutan. After sightseeing, continue driving to Bumthang crossing over Yotongla Pass at 3400m, past through Chumey valley, Zugney sheep wool weaving centre, Kikila Pass at 2900m and finally to Chamkhar valley (Bumthang consist of 4 valleys). On arrival, check into hotel. After lunch, visit Jampa Lhakhang, the oldest and most sacred temple in Bumthang built at the same time with Kichu in Paro in the 7th century. It is also one of the 108 temples built by Tibetan king in a single day. Also visit Kurje (body imprint) Lhakhang. In the 8th century, Guru Rimpoche visited Bumthang by the invitation of the King Sedna of Bumthang. He meditated in one of the caves and his body got imprinted on the rock. He subdued the local deity and converted him into Buddhism. Thereafter, the temple is named Kurje, which means “body imprint”. You can still see the cave where the statue of Guru is installed. Then visit Jakar Dzong which was initially built as a monastery in 1549 by the Great grandfather of Zhabdrung. It is now used as the administrative centre for Bumthang district.
(Distance: 242km, Time: 6-7 hours)
This morning, drive back to Wangdue via the same road. From Trongsa, you can drive 24km further south to Kuenga -Rabten Nunnery. Take a short visit of the nunnery and then continue drive back to Wangdue for overnight stay.
(Distance: 135km, Time: 4 hours)
After breakfast, drive to Paro, crossing over Dochula pass where 108 STUPAS are. After lunch, visit Drukgyel Dzong, the ruined fortress built in 17th century after Bhutan stood victorious against Tibetan invasion. It was destroyed by fire in 1951 and since then kept as monument for visitors.Continue to visit the 7th century Kichu Lhakhang, the most sacred temple built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gyenpo in 638AD and National Museum (Ta-Dzong) – an ancient building which served as watch tower to the Paro Rimpong Dzong until 1968 when it was converted into a museum. The museum collection includes displays of spectacular thankas (religious scroll painting), textiles, ancient artifacts dating from 7th century onwards, beautiful Bhutanese stamps, temple with tree of wisdom depicting the history of Buddhism, collection of animals, birds & butterflies and a good collection of ancient armors such as canons, guns, shield, bows & arrows, spears etc. Lastly, visit Rimpong Dzong(fortress of the heap of jewels); the administrative & religious centre of Paro district. This Dzong was built in 1646 by the order of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the one who unified Bhutan in the 17th century.
This morning, proceed to hike to Taktsang Monastery. The trail is through the meadow of pines, rhododendrons and oaks. It takes about 2 hours till near the main temple called Taktsang Pelphug, the closest viewpoint. It is believed that Guru Rimpoche flew here on the back of a tigress and meditated here for three months and subdued the local deities and converted them to Buddhism. Later in the 17th century, the fourth Desi or temporal ruler of Bhutan, Tenzin Rabgye built a temple in 1692 in its present form, thus fulfilling the wishes of Shardrung Rimpoche who died before he built this temple. (Horse ride to the café is available and can be arranged at additional cost) After lunch, rest and relax.
This morning, drive to Haa Valley crossing over Chilela Pass at 3988m. On a clear weather, you can see the Peak of Mt Jomolhari, the valley of Paro from the pass and the valley of Haa from the other side of the pass. It is about 2 hrs drive to Haa. On arrival, visit few old temples, farm houses and the valley.
Packet breakfast will be served and then depart for airport for your flight back to Singapore.
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