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Annapurna Panorama

13 days from USD $2,399

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

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Thimphu Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF INDIA 2429

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

Day 1: Thimphu

Welcome to the Kingdom of Bhutan. Airport arrival transfer from Paro airport to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Driving through the Paro valley, en route to Thimphu gaze out upon silvery Pa Chu (Paro River) meandering its way through the thick forested ravine, the Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watch tower). OVERNIGHT: Phuntshopelri or similar

Ready for battle! Photo courtesy of Tourism Council of Bhutan

Day 2: Thimphu

Today’s full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes the National Library which has a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts, manuscripts, modern academic books and printing blocks for prayer flags and the Thimpu Painting School, famous for traditional thangkha paintings and the Traditional Medicine Institute. To see a wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven and crafted products, visit the Handicrafts Emporium. OVERNIGHT: Phuntshopelri or similar

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

Day 3: Thimphu - Punakha

Thimphu - Punakha. This morning drive to Punakha, an old winter capital of Bhutan. En-route stop at the lofty Dochu La Pass, 10,000ft/3,048m to view the rugged eastern Himalayas. This afternoon visit the impressive Punakha Dzong or Pungthang Dechen Phodrang "Palace of Great Happiness," which is located on the confluence of two rivers. Later hike to the Chimi lhakhang – the temple of Divine Madman which was built by lama Drukpa Kunley in 1499. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana. There are very few monks at the temple, which is surrounded by a row of prayer wheels and some very beautiful slate carvings. OVERNIGHT: Phuntshopelri or similar

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

Day 4: Punakha

Punakha & Wangdue are two separate districts in the same valley, just 20kms apart. Located at a lower elevation, the valley has mild winters, allowing cactuses, oranges, bananas and sub-tropical plants to flourish. Punakha was once the winter capital of Bhutan, the tradition that is still held by the Central Monks and Jekhenpo, who reside here in Punakha Dzong during the winters and return to Thimphu, which is their summer capital. In Wangdue, there is a small town on the ridge and large Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. Enjoy an excursion to Wangdue today and explore the town.

Khamsung Yulley Monastery photo courtesy of Tourist Council of Bhutan

Day 5: Punakha - Paro

Punakha - Paro. Travel back to Paro today via the scenic Doch La Pass, where on a clear day you can enjoy spectacular views of the towering Bhutan Himalaya peaks. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Paro Valley. Visit Kichu Lhakang - one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in the 7th century, Dungtse Lhakang, an incredible 3-storey Chorten-style building which was constructed in 1433 and the impressive and iconic Paro Rinpung Dzong. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries Rinphung Dzong served as a bastion against invasion from the north. It is regarded as one of the finest Bhutanese architecture - with intricate wood work, large beams slotted into each other and held together without nails.

A colourful and lively masked dancer in Paro - photo courtesy of Tourism Council of Bhutan

Day 6: Paro

Punakha - Paro. Travel back to Paro today via the scenic Doch La Pass, where on a clear day you can enjoy spectacular views of the towering Bhutan Himalaya peaks. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Paro Valley. Visit Kichu Lhakang - one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in the 7th century, Dungtse Lhakang, an incredible 3-storey Chorten-style building which was constructed in 1433 and the impressive and iconic Paro Rinpung Dzong. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries Rinphung Dzong served as a bastion against invasion from the north. It is regarded as one of the finest Bhutanese architecture - with intricate wood work, large beams slotted into each other and held together without nails

The green and lush Thimpu Valley photo courtesy of Tourist Council of Bhutan

Day 7: Paro

Your holiday concludes after breakfast and on onward departure transfer to Paro airport for your international flight