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The Old Capital
This is a short tour and you will visit Paro valley at 2183 meters above the sea level.
This is a short tour and you will visit Paro valley at 2183 meters above the sea level which boasts of the only International airport in the country. You can see beautiful snowcapped Mountains around. The visit to Taktsang monastery is spectacular. 56 kms away from Paro is Thimphu, the Capital city of Bhutan. The only capital city in the world that has no traffic lights. This small city also the host to the tallest statue of sitting Buddha in the world (Sangay Dorderma). There are many hiking routes in and around Thimphu and Paro. As you drive to Punakha, you pass through Dochula pass which has 108 small chortens. The view of the Higher Himalayas from the Dochula pass is spectacular. Punakha is an old capital of Bhutan and Punakha Dzong is still the winter residence of his Holiness, the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot).
|Day 01 :||Arrive at Paro (2280 meters) - Thimphu|
|Day 02 :||Thimphu – Punakha - Thimphu (83 Kms, 3 hours drive)|
|Day 03 :||Thimphu (2320 meters) sightseeing – Paro|
|Day 04 :||Paro Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m)|
|Day 05 :||Departure|
Day 01 : Arrive at Paro (2280 meters) - Thimphu
Day 02 : Thimphu – Punakha - Thimphu (83 Kms, 3 hours drive)
After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung 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 construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted, “…a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”. There was a smaller building here called Dzong Chu (Small Dzong) that housed a statue of Buddha. It is said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in front of the statue, while Palep was sleeping; the Shabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri (Paradise) and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From his vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and The third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the First National Assembly here in 1952. In the evening, drive to Thimphu. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 03 : Thimphu (2320 meters) sightseeing – Paro
Day 04 : Paro Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m)
In the evening, visit the Drukgyel dzong, now in ruins was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders in1644; the dzong name’s 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 8th century and Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 05 : Departure