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Enchanting Western Bhutan Tour (4days)
Day 1: Arrival at Paro Airport/Drive to Thimphu
The first day flight to Paro airport will bring you the most spectacular view of the Himalayan ranges. Twenty five minutes before you land in the Dragon kingdom you will be able to view the highest mountain range, The Everest and then other mountains like the Mt.Kanchenjunga, Mt. Makalu and at the later end you will also see the mountains of Bhutan like the most famous Mt.Chomolhari, Mt.Jichu Drake, Mt. Tsrim Gang etc. Finally after a great view you will reach Paro airport after 2 hrs 45 minutes (from BKK) or 1 hr 30 minutes (from KTM). Changshe Norbu reprsentative will receive you. If your flight is early then you will be served lunch at Rinchenling lodge.
After your lunch you can straight away start your sightseeing programme. You can drive further 10 Klms from Paro town and view the Taksang monastery (The tiger’s nest) from the road. A small history will help you understand further and appreciate the monastery. As believed by the Bhutanese, Guru Padmasambhava flew here on a tiger’s back in the 8th century and meditated for three months. Later in 1684 this holy place was built. You can ask your guide to give you a detailed explanation. Then you can drive again further to visit the Drukgyel Dzong (fotress) which is 10 klms away. This dzong was built in 1684 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel to celebrate the victory over the Tibetans. At present too you can view this dzong in ruins since it was burned down accidentally by a candle fire in 1874.
You can visit the Tag Dzong which was later converted into the National Museum in 1967.Inside the museum you will find many antique thankas, different kinds of textiles, a small temple of life, different statues, etc. After this you can drive to the Rimpung Dzong or the Paro dzong which was built in the 17th century. This dzong is now the administration center and school for the monks. In the evening you can take a short walk in the town.
In the evening you can drive to Thimphu. It is a 2 hour drive. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Thimphu Sightseeing
In the capital the first thing you will visit is the Memorial Chorten which was built in memory of the third king in 1974.You can further go inside the Chorten and enjoy the most exotic statues of the gods. You can then visit the indigenous hospital, the Painting school where the art of ancient painting is used by the students. Then you can visit the Tashichhodzong from outside which is the seat of the Royal Government and central monastic body. After this you can go back to your hotel for some tea and relaxation. Then you can further continue your sightseeing by going to the Post office, Paper factory, a small weaving practice center, Changangkha monastery, Zangto Pelhri monastery and Zilukha nunnery. In the evening you can drive to the viewpoint from which you can view the whole Thimphu city. On the way you can also stop and visit a small zoo to see the National animal of Bhutan, the Takin. Later you can go for a walk on your own in the town. Overnight at hotel.
Please note that if you are in Thimphu during the weekends then you can visit the Subji Bazaar i.e the vegetable market where you will witness a lot of natural people in their own style of selling and buying vegetables.
Day3: Thimphu to Paro
You can finish some of your shoppings from the Handicraft and then visit places like the RAPA (Royal Academy of performing Arts) and the weaving center. You can enjoy your lunch at town in a different restaurant. Then you can drive to Paro. In Paro if you have time you can do some unfinished sightseeing. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Paro to Airport.