Protected by the mighty Himalaya, the isolated kingdom of Bhutan is an unforgettable place to visit.
The landscape is stunning, with steep forested hills and misty mountains rising from fast flowing rivers. However it’s the fascinating culture that makes this country unique, boasting several colourful annual festivals.
Be a part of these festivals where hundreds gather to see the monks, dressed in brightly coloured robes, perform ritual dances. For several days there are masked dances and prayer meetings, and a general carnival atmosphere prevails.
The first thing you will notice as you disembark is the transparent purity of air and the absence of noise. The Paro Valley has kept its bucolic nature in spite of the airport and the existence of development projects. Fields, brown or green depending on the season, cover most of the valley floor, while hamlets and isolated farms dot the countryside. The houses of Paro Valley are considered to be among the most beautiful in the country. Paro is believed to be one of the first valleys to have received the imprint of Buddhism
Thimphu lies in a wooded valley, sprawling up a hillside on the West Bank of the Thimphu Chhu [Chhu means River]. Thimphu is unlike any other world capital. Small and secluded the city is quiet and there are never the traffic jams familiar in other Asian Capitals. It is often said that Thimphu is the only world capital without traffic lights. Thimphu's main shopping street is a delight not so much for what you can buy there, but for the picturesqueness of the architecture and national costume. Beautiful weaves in wool, silk and cotton, basketwork, silver jewelry, thangkas and other traditional crafts of the Kingdom are available in various Handicraft Emporiums.
Rinchen build a temple there which can still be seen today opposite to the great Dzong. Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel a key figure in the History of Bhutan built the Punakha Dzong and his body is preserved in one of the Dzongs temples, Machen Lhakhang. The Dzong was damaged six times by fire, once by floods and once by earthquake.
Spectacular mountain flight to Paro, Bhutan; visit Paro and the festival.
Full day at Paro festival
Drive to Punakha, stop at Dochu La Pass (3050m); visit Punakha Dzong.
Visit Chimi Lakang Monastery and drive to the Gangtey Valley, home of the black-necked cranes.
Morning walk in the beautiful Gangtey Valley; afternoon drive to Wangdi Phodrang.
To Thimpu; witness an archery competition and visit Trashichodzong.
Visit Memorial Chorten, Zilukha Nunnery and the Handicrafts school. Drive to Paro, visit Semtokha Dzong en route.
Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery.
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