Bhutan: October 07-13, 2019
Roundtrip economy airfare
4-star Hotel and Ger accommodations
Full board meals
Tips and gratuities
Discover a Himalayan Kingdom like no other. This Buddhist land is shrouded with mystery and magic.
Join us as we go high up the clouds and immerse in their culture as we visit different dzongs and monasteries. Enjoy their red rice and test your palate on their spicy cuisine.
Be amazed, be surprised and be impressed...
Depart Manila for Bhutan.
Upon arrival, ewe drive to Thimpu, the capital town of Bhutan. It is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. Situated in Western Bhutan, it is perhaps still the world's only capital city without a traffic light. Enjoy a short walking tour in the afternoon.
This morning, we drive to Thimpu Chorten, this stupa is located at the heart of the Thimpu city and was built in 1974 to honour the third King of Bhutan. Afterwards, visit to Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang). It holds one of the most largest Buddha's statue in the country of 169 feet (51.5m) made of bronze and glided in gold. Then visit Changangkha Lhakhang. This temple is located above central Thimpu, built in 12th century by Lama Phajo Drukgom Shigpo on a ridge overlooking the town. Later drive to upper Motithang in Thimpu to visit Takin Preserve. The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan, and it looks like a cross between a cow and a goat. In the afternoon, we visit the National Library, the Institure of Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School), Textile Museum, and Folk Heritage Museum. Conclude the day's sight seeing with visit of Trashichhoedzong, or 'the fortress of glorious religion'
Drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) for a majestic panoramic view from above before we proceed to Punakha. In the afternoon visit Punakha Dzong or ‘Palace of Great Happiness or Bliss. This majestic dzong served as both the religious and the administrative center of Bhutan in the past. Then embark on a short walking excursion to Chimi Lhakhang, also known as the Fertility Temple.
Before going back to Paro, we visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the country constructed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1629. In Paro, we proceed to Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. Then we walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, (“Fortress of the Heap of Jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history.
After breakfast, excursion to Taktshang Monastery (approx. 5 hours round trip walk). It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’.
Transfer to airport for our flight back to Manila.
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