Forbidden Kingdom

Travel Package 7 days

Travel Bhutan with Bhutan Travel Packages and visit a land like no other land on this earth. On your Forbidden Kingdom Bhutan Travel Package you will discover Bhutan through its monasteries, dzongs(fortress), temples, and serpentine roads and rivers lined up with fluttering prayer flags. You will have a once in lifetime chance to meet one of the happiest people on the planet. You will see glimpses of a way of life deeply rooted in religion, a lifestyle and a way of dressing which has not changed in centuries. Immerse in Buddhist chants unchanged from the day they were bestowed. Though Bhutan government is making every possible effort to maintain and manage the traditional lifestyle of its citizen, but there is no knowing for how long this effort going to be successful.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Arrival to Paro. Flight to Paro is an experience in itself. Just prior to entering Bhutan airspace, on a clear day you can feast your eyes on sacred Himalayan peaks of the likes of: Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and other sacred peaks. Landing in Paro airport is an experience in itself and view is simply breath-taking. On your arrival you would be greeted by representative of Bhutan Travel Packages, an English speaking guide and driver will greet you in traditional Bhutanese welcome. You will be promptly driven to your designated hotel for some light refreshments and snacks. And thereafter the sightseeing begins. Your Bhutan travel package first stop: Kyichu Temple, we will be going to this 7th century A.D temple built under the reign of King Sontsen Gampo of Tibet to pin down the left foot of ogress. Post lunch and an hour or two of rest we will visit the scenic town of Paro, we will thereafter walk up to the Ringpung Dzong(Paro Fortress) over the traditional wooden cantilever bridge. Late afternoon you will walk back to the hotel for the much needed rest after your first exciting day of your Bhutan trip..

Day 2

Paro-Thimphu (just over an hour's drive). This morning you will drive through the scenic countryside and mountain roads. You are most likely to come across local Bhutanese practising archery (Bhutan's national sports) with traditional as well as modern bow and arrows (a great photo opportunity this!). You arrive at the ruins of Drugyel Dzong 'fortress of victorious drukpas', built in 1649 to celebrate the decisive victory on invading Tibetan forces. It was completely destroyed in a massive fire in 1951. From here one can have breath-taking view of the sacred Jomolhari peak(23,363ft). Then you will be visiting Ta Dzong 'the watchtower fortress'. Ta Dzong was erected in 1641 by Desi Tenzin Drukda, the then Governor of Paro as watchtower in case of an invasion from north. In 1968 this circular structure was converted into a museum, having in all 6 galleries. This visit will give you an idea of the rich culture and past of Bhutan in a snippet.

Day 3

Thimphu: Thimpu is the capital and the largest city in Bhutan, with a resident population of just over a hundred thousand. Thimpu is not the original capital of Bhutan but became one in 1961. Morning drive to the Traschicho Dzong or the Thimpu Dzong 'the fortress of glorious religion', on the west banks of Wangchu(Thimpu) river. It was originally built in Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa. It has been restored and rebuilt on multiple occasions since then. We will later visit the folk heritage museum, a three storeyed building replicating the traditional living style of a Bhutanese family. The National Library, established in 1967 in Trashico Dzong, but later in 1984 was shifted to a newly constructed building in the traditional Bhutanese architecture. The library houses about 7,000 important photographs, important documents, letters, books, manuscripts, microfilms, and the likes. The National Museum of Thirteen Arts, also known as the painting school amongst the Bhutanese students, besides displayed art and artefact. This also serves as training school for traditional arts. Later after a course of anywhere between 4 to 5 years these students are employed in restoring traditional art paintings. Here one can see students and teacher at work. The Traditional Hospital, Dechenphodrang monastic school. Later in the day you will move on to Punakha, on the way will take a coffee break at Dochula pass (3,150m). Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Punakha.

Day 4

Punakha & Wangdi Bhutan tour. In the Morning visit Punakha Dzong or Pungthang Dechen Photrang Dzong meaning 'the place of great happiness and bliss', was constructed under the direct guidance of Zhabdrung Rinpoche. This fortress was completed in 1638 and was later renovated in 2004. Punakha Dzong was the administrative centre and the seat of the Royal Government of Bhutan till 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimpu. The fortress also houses the sacred remains of Zabdrung Nagawang Namgyal (1595-1651), the architect of Bhutanese cultural identity, separate from the Tibetan culture. It also stores the sacred remains of Terton Padma Lingpa (1450-1521), a famous and enlightened saint. Tertonmeans the discoverer of ancient text and he is considered the foremost of the Five Terton. Post lunch you will visit Chimi Lhakahng (monastery) built in 1499, dedicated saint to Drukpa Kuenley (1455-1529) also known as the 'Divine Madman'. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Punakha.

Day 5

Punakha – Paro (3 hours approximately). After breakfast you will drive back to Paro, en route a coffee/tea break at Dochula Pass(3150 m). Here you can view the majestic Himalayan peaks. For lunch you will stop in Thimpu for, one can engage in souvenir/memorabilia shopping. In evening we will start for Paro.

Day 6

Paro Taktshang Hike. We have saved the best for the last for your Bhutan travel package, the most famous and revered monastery in Bhutan. Taktshang Palphug Monastery (also known as the Tigers' Nest) hanging on cliff edge with a sheer drop of 900 meters. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche who had flown to Paro Taktshang, riding on the back of a tigress from Tibet in the 747 A.D. He had meditated in the very caves around which this monastery is built. On the way back you will stop at Takshang viewpoint cafeteria for lunch. A good time to reflect on the events of past week. The rest of the day will be guided as per your plan, our guide would be keen to adhere by it.

Day 7

Departure. This Bhutan travel adventure has come to an end; at Bhutan Travel Packages, we hope that the country, people, places and the journey has lived up to your expectations. We would love to see you back soon. Your driver and guide will drop you back to the Paro International Airport, for your flight out of Bhutan.
While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of scope for you to be able to choose places to visit, as well as drop a few places on itinerary if you so desire. Also all the packages can be custom made to suite your need.

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