The flight to Paro is considered one of the most spectacular flight experience in the world. While flying in and out of Bhutan, one can see Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makula, and other high peaks such as Jumolhari, Jichu Drakey, and Tsrim Gang. You will be received by a Rainbow Tour & Trek’s representative and transferred to your hotel. After check in and refreshment, visit the followings must see places in Paro:
National Museum - Ta- Dzong (the watchetower) was built in the 17th century to guard the Paro Rimpong dzong (fortress) below. It was said that the future first king was kept in this tower as a prisoner for a week. It was the third king who restored the Ta-dzong and converted it into the National Museum. The visit to the museum will familiarize you with the Bhutanese way of life and will also acquaint you with the natural and cultural history.
Paro Rimpong Dzong - Regal and imposing, dzongs are arguably among the most distinctive and important structures in Bhutan. For the Bhutanese, these striking architectural marvels harken back to much earlier times, to the rise of law and order, peace, harmony, legitimate authority, centers of learning, strength, defense, festivity, and social life. The original Paro dzong dates back to 17th century and was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the man who unified Bhutan. It burned down in 1907 but was rebuilt in the same year with the same architectural design. Currently, it is the headquarters of the Paro district, housing the head administrator and staff, as well as a the monastic body with about 200 monks.
From the dzong, hike down to the bridge and then take a short drive for an opportunity to explore the town of Paro.
Overnight hotel in Paro.
On the way to Thimphu, stop at Ta-chhogagang temple and hike down to the 14th-century suspension bridge made out of iron chains. It was built by the great engineer and Buddhist poet called Lama Thangtong Gyalpo.
Thimphu, with the population of about 100,000, is the largest and most heavily populated city in Bhutan. Most of the inhabitants consist of civil servants, business people, private employees, and students. It is also famous for being the only capital city in the world with no traffic light.
Upon arrival in Thimphu, visit the following places:
Overnight hotel in Thimphu
The drive is a gentle uphill climb through forests of blue pine, fir, oak and rhodendrons till the Chelila Pass. The pass at an elevation of 3810 m. provides a panoramic view of the northern and western Himalayan mountain ranges as well as Haa and Paro Valleys. From the Chelila Pass it is drive downhill for 24 Km to the Haa valley and the Haa Township.
Haa is western-most valley in Bhutan bordering on the Tibet region of China. The valley is traversed by the Haa Chhu ( river) and its characteristic features are the three almost conical shaped hillocks considered to be holy by the local people - the first hillock is dedicated to Ap Chhundu, the supreme local protective deity of Haa.
After lunch explore Haa Valley and visit it’s unique temples, farm houses and Haa township
Ovenight Camp: At Talung village 3150M
Trek to Dongney Tsho (3200m) via Saga La. A gradual hike for approximately one hour through meadows and coniferous forest is followed by a two hour climb to the Saga pass.
On a clear day there is a fantastic view on both sides of the pass. The view towards Paro includes sacred Mount Chomolhari & below in the valley the Drukgyel Dzong & the sacred Taktsang Monastery.Looking to the west the peaks of Haa and the border with Tibet can be seen.From the pass it is all downhill for two hours through mixed conifer forests and rhododendrons. We camp in an open meadow at Dongney Tsho surrounded with tall firs.To the left is the black
The first part of today’s hike is steeply downhill for about 1.5hr until we reach the Genchu Zam. The hike is through thick vegetation,laughing thrushes, magpies, nutcrackers and pheasants are often seen. There is a beautiful small village comprised of about eight households and a temple on the left side of the trail. Chodeypu, is set at the base of the mountain Laump Bjara (Foggy Mountain, inhabitated by mountain goats). Another hour from this village will take us to Balakha Chhu where the ancient Haa Planters’ Trail ends. Here your transport will meet you and take you to your hotel.
Overnight Paro Hotel.
As Bhutan’s most scenic icon or the most important landmark, Taktshang the Tiger’s nest clings to the side of a steep cliff 300 meters above the Paro valley.
The place was first visited by Guru Rimpoche, founder of the tantric form of Buddhism in Himalayan countries, in the 8th century. It was said that he meditated there for about three months. The original temple was built in the 17th century, but tragically, it was consumed by fire in 1998. Like a phoenix, the temple was rebuilt to its fullest glory in 2003. Takshang is considered to be the 10th-holiest site in the Buddhist world. You can visit three different temples inside the main Takshang complex.
Overnight hotel in Paro.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure.
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