Dragon Heart Tour - 11 Days
Places to Visit:
PARO - THIMPHU - PUNAKHA - WANGDI - BUMTHANG - URA -
GANGTEY - WANGDIPHODRANG
Day 01 ARRIVE PARO
Arrive Paro. During this flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount.
Everest Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan peaks including sacred Chomolhari and
Mount. Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival received by International Treks representative
and transfer to the hotel. Evening visit to Paro market and town. Overnight
at the hotel.
Day 02 PARO
Paro is a picturesque valley with quaint clusters of hamlets amidst terraced
paddy field. The town still maintains traditions by way of its architecture
and the simple way of life.Morning trip toTa-dzong or National Museum. Rated
among the best natural history museums in Asia, Ta-Dzong offers unique and varied
collections ranging from ancient armount to textiles and thangkha paintings.
Then walk down the trail to visit Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) built during the
time of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646. It now houses the Paro monastic school
and office of the civil administration. Also Rinppung Dzong is venue of Paro
Tshechu, held once a year in spring. Afternoon drive up Valley to the Drukgyel
Dzong or the Fort of Drukpa victory. From this fortress Bhutanese repelled several
invasion by Tibetans throughout the course of history. Looming above the smoldered
ruins is the snowcapped peak of Mount. Chomolhar. Also visit traditional Bhutanese
Farm House, nestled below the dzong. Then drive towards Paro Town enroute visiting
Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest monastery of the Kingdom reflecting introduction
of Buddhism in Bhutan. Dinner and Overnight at Hotel
Day 03 PARO/THIMPHU
After breakfast drive to Thimphu, the capital town passing via idyllic countryside,
through villages and paddy fields. Enroute visit theSimtokha Dzong, the oldest
fortress Of the country now house the school of Buddhist studies. On arrival
check-in at hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Thimphu valley, visit Tashichhodzong;
the seat of the government, Memorial Chorten; the stupa built in the memory
of Bhutan's Third King and handicrafts emporium displaying rich traditional
crafts of the Kingdom. Also, you may be able to catch a gem of archery in progress
at the Changlimethang compound, just below the town. Evening take a stroll around
market area. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 THIMPHU/PUNAKHA/WANGDI
Morning after breakfast drive to Wangdi enroute visit Dochula pass (3,100 m).
The pass Is marked by a large Bhutanese Chorten and prayer flags. The pass offers
the most Spectacular view of the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas. On arrival
in Punakha Visit Punakha Dzong, built by Shabdrung Ngawang, Namgyal 1n 17th
century and situated of the junction of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. Later drive
to Wangdi. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 WANGDI/TONGSA/BHUMTHANG
Morning after breakfast drive to Tongsa on arrival visit Tongsa Dzong, the masterpiece
of Bhutanese architecture and see Ta-Dzong, the watchtower built to defent this
dzong. After lunch, proceed to Bumthang, the religious heartland of the nation.
On arrival,check-in at Lodge. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 06 BHUMTHANG
Bumthang is the general name given to combination of four valleys - Chumney,
Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitude varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. It is home
to many of prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries. Visit to Tamshing Lhakhang,
the treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings. Then visit to
Jakar Dzong, the administrative entree of the valley. Afternoon Visit Jambey
Lhakhang, one of the oldest monastery dating from introduction of Buddhism in
Bhutan. Evening visit local shops. Overnight at the Lodge.
Day 07 BHUMTHANG/URA/BHUMTHANG
Morning excursion to Ura village which 48 Km about one and half-hours drive.
To Reach here, the road climbs to amazingly open countryside, only occasionally
running Into forest. Large Sheep pastures line the road upto 20 Km beyond the
southern tip of the Tang valley. Enroute cross Ura la pass (3,600m) with a magnificent
view of Mount
Gangkar Puensum. Vallges in Ura character-stically have very closely clustered
houses Which is quite unusual in Bhutan. Above Ura village (3,100m) a new Lhakhang
dedicated to Guru Rimphoche inaugurated in 1986 which contains remarkable paintings
of the Cycle of his teachings. Since last 25 years Ura has transformed from
Community to a prosperous valley. Drive back to Bumthang. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 08 BHUMTHANG/GANGTEY/WANGDIPHODRANG
Morning after breakfast drive to Wangdiphodrang enrout visit Gangety (Phobjikha)
Is one of the few flacial valleys in Bhutan and chosen home for Black Neck Cranes
Which migrate from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters.
Explore Phobjikha valley and also visit to Gangtey Monastery the only Nyingmapa
monastery in Bhutan. On arrival Check-in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 WANGDIPHODRANG/THIMPHU
Morning after breakfast drive to Thimphu. On arrival. Check-in at hotel. Afternoon
Visit National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts;
the Traditional Medicine Institute, where centuries old healing arts such as
acupuncture and herbal remedies are still practiced; the painting School, where
young monks learn the art of Buddhist thangkhas, and the mask maker workshop.
There are also workshop for fine Metalcraft, weaving ceramics and papermaking.
Evening time to exploratory walk before dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 THIMPHU/PARO
Morning after breakfast drive to Paro. On arrival check-in at hotel. Overnight
Day 11 DEPART PARO
After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport to connect flight for
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