Tashichhoe Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion), built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and reconstructed in 1961 by the Late King, His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is regarded as Father of Modern Bhutan. Then visit Handicrafts Emporium to see the exquisite artistry of traditional crafts and textiles.
Day 01: ARRIVE AT PARO-THIMPHU
You will be received by the representative from Ammanya Travels at the airport and after lunch, drive to Thimphu. In the evening, visit Tashichhoe Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion), built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and reconstructed in 1961 by the Late King, His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is regarded as Father of Modern Bhutan. Then visit Handicrafts Emporium to see the exquisite artistry of traditional crafts and textiles. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 02: THIMPHU-PUNAKHA (DAY EXCURSION TO PUNAKHA)
After breakfast, Drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. While in Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dewachen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here in 1952. Visit only nunnery in Punakha, Sangchen Dorji Lhendrup lhakhang which was built for the 5th king. After Lunch, drive to Wangdi Phodrang. Enroute stop a while to view Chimi Lhakhang also called the ‘Temple of Fertility’ built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley also popularly known as ‘Divine Mad man’ in 15th century. Drive back to Thimphu in the evening. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 03: THIMPHU-PARO
After breakfast, in Thimphu, visit the National Memorial Chorten, a monument dedicated to the Third King of Bhutan, His Late Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The inside paintings and statues provide a very rare insight into Buddhist Philosophy. Then visit the National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts followed by visit to Painting School, famous for carving and free hand art and Folk Heritage Museum. By evening drive back to Paro. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 04: PARO
After breakfast, visit the Ta dzong, an ancient watchtower, which has been, since 1967, the national museum of Bhutan then visit Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong presently houses administrative offices. In the evening, visit the Drukgyel dzong, now in ruins was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders in1644; the name Drukgyel means indeed ‘ victorious Druk’. The Dzong was used as an administrative center until 1951 when a fire caused by butter lamp destroyed it. Then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 7th century and Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 05: DEPARTURE
Early morning, drive to the Airport and Farewell on your onward destination.