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Your Guide from Excursion to Himalayas will receive you at the airport and then we drive to Thimphu. After reaching Thimphu, if time permit visit National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. Overnight in Hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Kuensel Phodrang, and the largest Buddha statue among the Kingdom. From the point you will have the beautiful view of whole Thimphu City lying between narrow valleys. After that we will visit changangkha Lhakhang (It was established in the 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drukgom Shigpo, originally from Ralung in Tibet.) After Lunch Simtokha Dzong; the oldest Dzong of Bhutan built by Shabdrung in 1627. Will visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. At evening visit Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). Overnight in Hotel.
(72 Kms, 3 hours drive). 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. In the way Visit Chime Lhakhang, which was built by Lama DrukpaKuenley. He subdued the demons with his “ Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”. After that will relax in hotel. Overnight in Punakha.
The day begin with After that visit visit PunakhaDzong built in 1637 by ShabdrungNgawangNamgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (MaleRiver) and Mo Chu (FemaleRiver). 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, ZowePalep, to sleep in front of the statue, while Palep was sleeping, the Shabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri 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 DrukPungthangDechenPhodrang (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 King JigmeDorjiWangchuk convened the new national Assembly here in 1952.In the evening, hike to KhamsungYulleyNamgyalCholing Monastery. If time permit will visit Punakha Suspension Bridge, the longest of its kind in Bhutan. overnight in Hotel .
After breakfast drive Paro and In the way visit tachog Lhakhang (oldest bridge in Bhutan). After reaching Paro Visit Rinpong Dzong and if time permit , visit KichuLhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king SrongsenGampo. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
After breakfast a short drive takes us to SatsamChorten, the trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the TaktsangJakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, DorjiDrolo, said to be his favourite consort. Overnight in hotel.
After breakfast check out from hotel and we will drop to you at airport for return journey.