Dochula Pass (along the way)
Located in the Eastern Himalayas, the Kingdom of Bhutan is a country of natural marvels. Landlocked between Nepal, India and China, Bhutan offer travellers stunning views of the mountains, valleys and rivers. With over two thirds of its land covered in forest, it is no doubt that it is a breathe of fresh air.
Aside from nature, Bhutan is strong in its preservation of culture. Just a walk down the streets and you can see what makes Bhutan so special – from traditional costumes to unique architecture and exquisite crafts.
A move away from the fast paced bustle of the city life that is why Bhutan is known as the Kingdom of Happiness.
6 NIGHTS HOTEL ACCOMODATION MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING AS PER ITINERARY
DIRECT FLIGHT FROM SINGAPORE TO BHUTAN VIA KOLKATA BY DRUKAIR
Check in at Singapore Changi Airport for your flight to Paro, a town and seat of Paro District 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 Thimphu farmers’ weekend market where you have immense opportunity to mix with local people who come from far and near 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 Compassing 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.
After breakfast, drive back to Paro via the same road crossing over Dochula Pass at an elevation of 3150m. Lunch will be served in Thimphu. After lunch, do some souvenir shopping and continue drive to Paro. Reaching Paro, visit the 7th century Kichu Lhakhang. This is the most sacred temple built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gyenpo in 638AD. Lastly, visit Rimpong Dzong (fortress of the heap of jewels); the administrative & religious centre of Paro district.
This morning, proceed to hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The trail is through the meadow of pines, rhododendrons and oaks. It takes about 2 hours to 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. 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. On our way back, continue to the National Museum (Ta-Dzong) an ancient building which served as a 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.
**Due to time restriction, the above schedule might be adjusted.
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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