Majestic Bhutan Cultural Tour is one of the popular cultural tour package. It covers the most important 3 districts on western Bhutan including Paro, Thimphu and Punakha. Its mix of cultural and some short hikes and walks. The detailed itinerary is as follows.
Duration :6 days 5 nights
Places covered : Paro, Thimphu & Punakha
Day 1: Paro Arrival, Drive to Thimphu
You will be received by our people at the airport and if the flight is morning will visit Ta dzong (watch tower) built in 1951 to use as a watch tower to defend Ringpung Dzong and Paro valley during the time of war and converted into national museum in 1967 which recorded in UNESCO world heritage. Unfortunately original museum was destroyed by the earthquake in September 2011 but one can still see a magnificent collection of Bhutanese artifacts like costumes, religious Thangka paintings, arm weapons, and a fascinating collection of Bhutan stamps in new gallery. Then will visit Paro Ringpung Dzong which is one of the finest example of Bhutanese architecture. If still feel energetic you can take a short walk down to the cantilever bridge. After that will drive to Thimphu and on the way will stop at Tamcho to see 15th century old Iron chain bridge built by Drupthop Thangthong Gyelpo. Then will continue to Thimphu. After reaching Thimphu we can have leisurely walk around the town to feel the atmosphere of capital.
Night Halt: Thimphu
Day 2: Thimphu Sightseeing
After breakfast will visit; Memorial Chorten which was built by Her majesty Ashi Phuntsho Choden in memory of her late son His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk ("the father of modern Bhutan") the third king of Bhutan. Then will drive to Kuenselphodrang(Buddha Point) where you can see largest Buddha statue in Bhutan which is about 169 feet tall. Then will visit Weaving Center where you will find Bhutanese women weaving on the vertical hand-loom. Followed by Bhutan Post if you like to have personalized stamps.
After lunch will visit Folk Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of Bhutan's living traditions. Then will visit Zorig Chusum, where students are taught 13 arts and crafts of Bhutan, followed by Takin Preserve where you will find Takin, the National animal of Bhutan native to only Himalayas and also the endangered species.
Then will drive to Punakha. On the way you will stop at Dochula (3150m) and there you can see 108 Druk Wangyel Chorten. And if the weather is fine you will be able to see the Himalayan Ranges that falls within Bhutan. Then will drive further through temperate forests into semitropical range of orange and cactuses. On reaching Punakha will check in Hotel.
Night Halt: Punakha
Day 3: Punakha to Paro
After breakfast will visit Sangchen Dorji Lhundrup Nunnery from where you will have a very good view of the villages around. Then will visit Majestic Punakha Dzong built on the confluence of Pho chu (Male River) and Mo chu (Female River). Today it is the winter residence of the Je- khenpho the chief abbot and also serves as the administration center of the Punakha district.
After that will visit Chimi Lhakhang which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in 15th century (This monk is popularly known as the Devine madman for his philosophy, “Salvation through sex”). He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “The Temple of Fertility”. After lunch will drive to Paro.
Night halt in Paro
Day 4: Hike Taktshang(Tigers Nest)
After breakfast will drive till Taktshang base and the will hike to the sacred Taktsang Goenpa (tiger nest monastery) which was built on the rock face. The history says guru Rinphoche during his second visit to Bhutan in 8th century have flew to the place riding on a tigress to subdue demon Singye Samdrup and meditated here for three months. Later temporary ruler of Bhutan Gyalshe Tenzin Rabgay has built monastery in late 16th century. It is one of the most highlighted holy site of the tourist as well it is a place where Bhutanese people believe they must visit once in their life time.
Towards evening will take you for Farm house, for dinner where by you can experience traditional Bhutanese Cuisines as well as Bhutanese way of dinning. And if you are interested can also take a Traditional Hot Stone Bath. Night halt: in Paro
Day 5: Drive to airport and Departure
Today after breakfast, depending on the flight timing will reach you to airport and see you off with the wish to see you again and safe journey back to your next destination.