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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 2739

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

Day 1: Paro - Thimphu

As you enter Paro valley, you will see the silvery Pa Chu (Paro River) meandering down the valley, the Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watch tower). On arrival in Paro you will be received by our representative and drive to Thimpu (55 Kms/ 01 Hr.). En route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom which now houses the School for religious and cultural studies. Evening visit National Memorial Chorten: The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (“the Father of modern Bhutan”) and a monument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

Ready for battle! Photo courtesy of Tourism Council of Bhutan

Day 2: Thimphu

After breakfast, you will go sightseeing in Thimphu valley including a visit to the National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts, the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan's 13 traditional arts and crafts. Later visit the textile and folk Heritage Museum. After lunch, we visit King's Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Then, visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops, to browse through some of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. In the evening drive past Trashichhoedzong, "fortress of the glorious religion", this is the center of government and religion, site of monarch's throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot.

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

Day 3: Thimphu - Paro

Early morning after early breakfast drive to Paro(50 Kms./ 01 Hr.) Upon arrival check in at the Hotel and proceed to visit Ta Dzong (Sun, Mon Govt holiday closed): once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century.Afterwards, walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, which has a long and fascinating history.

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

Day 4: Paro

Taktshang or 'Tiger's Nest' as it is often referred to for Taktshang Pelphung monastery, is one of the most venerated and famous of Bhutan's monasteries. It is located on the face of a 900m sheer cliff. It is an impressive and un-missable site, but accessible only by foot or by riding mules/pony. From the trail head at Rumtokto (2600m), the walk till the Cafeteria is a steep one hour uphill (about 350m ascent). From the Cafeteria (2940m), one can get a good close-up view of Taktshang.

Day 5: Paro

Today we bid you farewell and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight home.

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