After the hustle and bustle of life in this chaotic world, one would always want to take a break from the daily grind. One would crave to chill out in a serenity of a quiet place. And there would not be a better place than our own beautiful country, Bhutan. A tiny pocket, blessedly located in a most favorite lap of the nature is the ever fabled Shangri-La, the Thunder Dragon. The unbridled nature and the unruffled traditionalism here add to the wealth and happiness of the nation.
You will definitely experience that happiness is a way of happiness here. The heavenly hospitality and affection of the Bhutanese here will give you a home you never want to leave. You will easily build the taste for the ethnic cuisine and will not miss the international as well. It will be a total delight to experience Bhutanese way of life (plantation, Bhutanese way of life, cooking, milking, tending life stock etc). One can swim in the hues of deeply religious, mythical, legendary history and folklore blending perfect to keep the ancient beliefs alive.
You can enjoy the flight feasting upon the mesmerizing sight of the snowcapped mountain ranges and land terrains below. As you alight from the plane in Paro, you will be welcomed by the clean breath of the Bhutanese air to energize you further towards your tour in the country.After completing visa formalities, you will be met by Bhutan Corinthian Tours & Travels’ representative at the airport. Then the team will take you to one and half hour drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
The travel along the gentle twists and turns, will offer you with the panorama, the unbroken view of Bhutanese traditional architecture and the breathtaking scenic beauty. In Thimphu, we will have our first visit to the National Painting School where our youth showcase their hand skills in handicraft. The handicraft includes mask making, wood carving, slate curving, embroidery, scroll painting and many more. Later, you will take theleisure of overnight stay in a hotelto be remembered.
The 2nd day trip will be towards the warmer valley, either Punakha or Wangdiphodrang. The drive will take us over the Dochula pass in the morning. If favored, a cloudless day and a fair weather will allow us to see the Himalayan range (about 200 miles) along the Northern Bhutan border. And you will surely want to have a cool stroll around Dochula point located on the way to Punakha from Thimphu. The 108 memorial chorten grace the tranquility of the pass. The heart touching story behind the beautiful architecture will surely add bonus to your trip.
Then we will move down through the vegetation in varied from sub-alpine to sub-tropical. Punakha valley falls under semi-tropical zone. As we enter the valley, prickly yet beautiful cactus plants come as an abundant sight. Banana trees and other plants grow here with the warmer air. Further, we will come across the fertile, green and lush paddy terraces spreading its richness wide over the valley.
We will start exploring the place with a visit to Punakha Dzong, located between two rivers, pho Chhu and Mo Chhu. It serves as the winter residence for the central monastic body.
Next, visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Overnight at home stay.
# plough field with local people.
# Play Archery/dart game with local people.
# Learn the way of living of Bhutanese local people
Towards the afternoonwe will take a hike to ChhimiLhakhang, the monastery located beautifully on a hillock. It was built by a cousin of the great lama, Drukpa Kunley, ‘the Divine Madman’. It was built in his divine name after he subdued a demoness. The Lama was known for his eccentric behavior and the monastery for its power of fertility. The monastery is popular as a pilgrimage site for the people from inside and outside.
# learn the way of cooking Bhutanese food
# hot stone Bath
# act like Bhutanese
# Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal
Overnight Home stay.
This day is a day towards Paro. We will drive to Paro via Thimphu. As we move to Thimphu we will take a short stop for tea at DochulaCafé. After our lunch in Thimphu we will visit the handmade paper factory in Thimphu and do our last shopping, if we need to & drive to Paro
Paro is a valley of religion and myth. The most famous landmark, the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), stands on a granite cliff about 800m above the valley. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche, a famous Buddhist saint, flew to Paro on a tigress and meditated at Taktsang. The monastery is considered as a national treasure of Bhutan.
The hike to Taktsang would take us around two and half hours. To reach a cafeteria, a point from where one can enjoy a great view of the monastery is more than an hour walk from the road-head uphill. Those interested can walk further 45 minutes uphill to get a closer view of the monastery and return to the cafeteria for lunch. The journey downward to the road-head would take us less than one and half hour walk.
After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.