Tigers Nest monastery (3190 m)
Max- 20 pax.
Flight and comfortable drive.
All over the year.
Paro Phuntsholing Tour takes you to some of the best places of Bhutan including Paro, Thimpu, Punakha. Phuntsholing, a town near the Bhutan-India Border. The country of the thunder dragon, Druk Yul is the other name of the country Bhutan. It is famous for its well preserved natural and cultural heritage sites. This small Himalayan Kingdom is the only country to follow Mahayana Buddhism as an official religion. You won’t miss the Tiger’s Nest, one of the most iconic places in Bhutan. From Phuntsholing you can continue journey onward to some other destination of fly back from Paro the next day.
If you are taking a flight to Bhutan, then you always land at the only International Airport at Paro. Thimpu being the capital city of Bhutan does not have the Airport. The reason behind this is because of the higher altitude. Thimpu is located at a higher altitude than Paro. Thus, it will be comparatively difficult for the flight to take-off and land.
Immediately after landing at Paro International Airport, you go for sightseeing in Ta Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan, the Rinpung Dzong often described as the fort with heaps of Jewel, Khichu Lhakhang, the oldest monument. By the late afternoon, we reach the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort) built around the mid 17th century in the memory of the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan invaders. Then the next day you do an excursion to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. locally known as the Taktsang Monastery. This monastery has been the identification of Bhutan for a long time because of its religious significance and also because of its location. The Mahayana Buddhist believes that the first Dalai Lama, Padmasambhava flew on the back of a tigress to her for Meditation. While coming down we will have lunch halfway down the hill and continue to Paro. We drive to Thimpu in the late afternoon. This is a scenic drive through the hills for around 2 hours.
The places we visit today include the King’s Memorial Chorten, Nunnery Temple, Changgangkha Monastery, Majestic Thimphu Dzong, etc. Besides that, we also go to the Central zoo to see the animals over there and among them the Takin, a goat-antelope is a major attraction as it is the national animal of Bhutan. In the afternoon visit the Weekend market famous for all kinds of local products ranging from handicrafts to vegetables. You can also visit the radio tower on a hilltop, which offers a panoramic view of Thimpu city.
We start the day in the morning with a drive to Punakha via Dochu La. The drive is around 3 hours long and is 77 km from Thimpu. This town derives its name from the river on whose banks it is situated, the Punakha River. We will make a brief visit to the fertility temple known as Chimi Lhakhang. You can receive blessings of fertility with a phallus from the Lama. Upon arrival at Punakha, we visit the Punakha Zhong in the evening.
You begin the day with a visit to Wangduephodrang town to see the stone carvings. Our destination today is Gangtey a beautiful settlement with the White Mountains and green hills around it. After spending some time at the Gangtey we take a short walk in the Phobjikha village and drive back to Punakha.
You drive to the town of Phuntsholing, a bordering town near the Bhutan-India Border. The drive goes past hilly road for 234 km and on the way, we will make a few stops, one for lunch and others for photography. Your trip to Bhutan ends here.