An enthralling Druk Yul Tour

An enthralling Druk Yul Tour

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This 5-day whirlwind tour takes you on a well defined spin around the historical and cultural spots of central Bhutan.

Travelling throughout Bhutan is similar to peeping into a captivating world you never knew was there; one would imagine that Bhutan is a little country lost in the mountains, encompassed by legends and overflowing with a sublime culture and mystifying folklore. Your arrival in Paro gives you immediate enchantment with colourful costumes and the interesting customs you see which are overlooked by the vivid dzongs you encounter.

Its simply wonderful watching Mount Chomolhari from Drugyel dzong, and take in Paro’s amazing landscapes from Ta-Dzong and we also tour the indigenous hospital art & craft school, National library, Royal goldsmith workshop and the fantastic handicraft centers. Our journey takes us further to serene and passive Thimphu with the street walks creased by conventional shop fronts displaying an assortment of different crafts. One would wonder that this town looks too little to be a capital. Gorgeous textiles in wool, silk and cotton, well drilled basketworks, silver jewellery, thangkas and other traditional crafts of this sleepy Kingdom are available in various handicraft emporiums. Thimpu is an ideal symbol to its multi-colored vibrant festivals, renowned monasteries and highly valued cultural sites. You can wander around the local souks and witness personally the normal lifestyles of Bhutanese people and their fantastic craftsmanship. You should never miss the Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan), the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved and Trashichho Dzong, the Secretariat building and home to the Chief Abbot and central monastic body of this Himalayan kingdom. However little the time you spend in the land of the ‘Druk Yul’’, you will depart with lifetime memories…

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Paro by Druk Air, transfer to Thimphu (55 Km, 1:30 Hours)

Our Paro flight on a clear blue sky day is one of those fantastic mountain flights of a natural kind. One can see Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsering ghang. The first most welcome thing about Bhutan will be cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the aircraft. On arrival at Paro airport, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan, the road leads through the Paro valley to the confluence of Paro and Thimphu rivers at Chuzom (confluence). Later in the day take an exploratory walk getting acquainted with the local environment. Also visit National Memorial Chorten: a monument for world peace and prosperity. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2: Culturals seeing at Thimphu

Thimphu is geographically placed ideally in a wooded valley, which is an extension of a hillside on the West Bank of the Thimphu Chhu [Chhu means River]. Thimphu is pretty different to other world capitals. This is a Small and secluded the city which is pleasantly quiet and you won’t find traffic jams here like in other asian cities; It is often said that Thimphu is the only world capital without traffic lights. Thimphu’s primary shopping centres are wonderfully placed with its unique architecture and the bright colorful national costumes that most of the local folks wear on the streets.

Our tour begins with a visit to the National Library (closed Saturday, Sunday due to government holidays), which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion. Our next tour is the nearby Institute for Zorig Chusum (Sat afternoon, Sun & Govt holidays closed). Commonly known as Arts & Crafts School or Painting School, the Institute offers a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. On a visit, one can see students learning the various skills taught at the school. We then drive towards city centre to visit Textile (Sat afternoon, Sun & Govt holiday closed) and Folk Heritage Museum: These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide absorbing insights into Bhutanese material culture and everyday lifestyles.
The curtain falls on our sightseeing with a visit of Trashichhodzong: This remarkable fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King, and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3: Paro (55 km, 1:30 hrs)

After a king size breakfast, we drive to Paro. En route visit Simtokha Dzong, the place of reflective tantric teaching, this dzong now houses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language. After checking into hotel, we proceed to visit Ta Dzong (Sun, Mon & Govt holiday closed), originally built as Watch Tower, it now houses National Museum of the Kingdom and displays antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich variety of natural and historic artifacts. We then hike down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’ which has a long and interesting history. Neatly arranged wooden galleries lining the courtyard of the Rinpung Dzong we find some wonderful wall paintings illustrating Buddhist teachings. Before we enter the dzong we cross a quaint traditional covered cantilever bridge, locally known as Nemi Zam. We then return back to our hotel for a well earned rest.

Day 4: In Paro

In the Morning after b/fast, we do an excursion to Taktsang Monastery (5 hrs walk), the most well known of Bhutanese monasteries. The myth goes that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence called “Tiger’s Nest”. The excursion to monastery takes about 5 hours for round trip. While returning to Paro, we haul up at Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress from where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, “Mountain of Goddess” looms directly over the Dzong. On the way back to hotel, visit 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gembo. One of the most sacred shrines in the country, it reflects the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Overnight at hotel our hotel in Paro.

Day 5: Depart Paro

Tashi Delek Nepal Treks is sure that you enjoyed this amazing cultural and historical tour which has given you many deep insights into this fantastic little Himalayan kingdom, you can now return back to Nepal for some other great holidays or proceed further to your destination of choice. Sayonara! We do hope to meet you some day again.

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