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Annapurna Panorama

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Experience a wonderfully varied and easy-paced trek through the stunning Annapurna region, while lodging in quaint Track...

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Sample Itinerary - REF INDIA 2405

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A Bhutanese Archer in Paro - photo courtesy of Tourism Council of Bhutan	[

Day 1: Paro - Thimphu

Welcome to the Kingdom of Bhutan. Airport arrival transfer from Paro airport to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. En-route stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. Shortly before reaching Chuzom, you will see on your left Tschogang Lhakhang, “the temple of the excellent horse”. Just before arriving Thimphu, visit Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang).

Ready for battle! Photo courtesy of Tourism Council of Bhutan

Day 2: Thimphu

We take a short drive towards northern end of town to visit Changangkha Lhakhang, a fortress like temple and monastic school perched on a ridge above Thimphu, south of Motithang. Followed by a drive to Takin Reserve. The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and a goat. A short walk to nearby Anim Dratshang (nunnery) at Drubthob Goemba is also worthwhile to interact with nuns. This afternoon proceed for a city tour including: King's Memorial Chorten, Trashichhoe dzong “fortress of the glorious religion,” ending the day with a visit to the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops.

A local fruit and vegetable market in Thimpu - photo courtesy of Tourism Council of Bhutan

Day 3: Thimphu - Paro

Driving to Paro, enroute visit Simtokha Dzong – the Dzong was built in 1627 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it stands on a low ridge 8 km down the valley from Thimphu. This afternoon is dedicated to exploring Paro and its surrounding. Afternoon visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. We walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history.

Chorten Kora near to Punakha photo courtesy of Tourist Council of Bhutan

Day 4: Paro

Taktshang Pelphung monastery or Tiger's Nest as it often referred to, is one of the most venerated and famous of Bhutan's monasteries. Perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor, this site has been recognized as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. Afternoon drive back to your Hotel , enroute visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.

Khamsung Yulley Monastery photo courtesy of Tourist Council of Bhutan

Day 5: Paro

Departure transfer to the airport.