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The highlight of this trip
is Bumthang-the wide Central Valley, which is ancestral home of Buddhism in Bhutan and is
a place of pilgrimage for Bhutanese people. Its many important monasteries and
temples contain a wealth of valuable religious artifacts. The visit of Punakha Dzong at
Punkha, Wangdiphordang and Gangtey Gompa at Phubjika are all worth of visit. Of course
Thimpu-the capital of Bhutan and Paro valley will fascinate you with their cultural
heritage and natural beauty,
Day 1 Arrival at Paro and drive to Thimpu.
Reception by Windhorse representative and drive to Thimphu. Overnight hotel.
Day 2 Sightseeing of Thimphu
Visit the Kings memorial Chorten; the handmade paper Factory and the Archery Grounds
where Bhutans National Sport of Archery can be witnessed. In the afternoon, visit
the traditional medicine hospital, school of Thangka painting and Mask Making and
Traditional crafts. Stroll in the capital town of Thimphu.
Day 3 Thimphu to Punakha
Drive over the 10,000ft pass of Dochula to view the stunning scenery of the Himalayan
ranges; descend to the old winter capital of Punakha; visit Wangdiphodrang valley.
Day 4: Punakha to Phubjika ( Gangtey)
Excursion to serene Gangtey valley, home of the rare black-necked cranes that fly over
Tibet in the winter; visit the Gangtey monastery.
Day 5: Phubjika to Bunthang via Tongsa
Drive to Bumthang. Visit Tongsa - the biggest Dzong in Bhutan and the seat of power in
19th century Bhutan; walk to the Watch Tower, Ta Dzong that once guarded the
Day 6:Sightseeing of Bumthang
Considered the most sacred and religious of all the valleys in Bhutan. In Bhumthang view
the White Bird Dzong, drive to the Flaming Lake - Membartsho - where the sacred religious
treasures were found in the 15th century by Terton Pemalingpa, the Treasure Finder and
reincarnation of the eminent Buddhist saint Guru Padmasambhava.
Day 7 Bhumtang to Punakha
Drive back to Punakha with a picnic lunch en route.
Day 8 Punakha to Paro via Thimpu.
Drive back toThimpu; visit Simtokha Dzong; and continue to Paro. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 9 Sightseeing of Paro
In Paro, visit the northern part of the valley to Drukgyel Dzong ruins (Monastery
Fortress) that once was a strategic post to withhold invading Tibetan forces from the
north; visit the famous Kyichu Lhakhang- one of 108 sacred Lhakhang built by the Buddhist
King Srongtsen Gampo of Tibet. Visit the Rinpung Dzong-fortress of a mountain of jewels;
the Nature History Museum at Ta Dzong is one of the finest in Asia.
Day 10 Takstang excursion
Hike up to the Tigers Nest known as Taktsang one of the most spectacular and most
sacred pilgrim sites to all Buddism - Guru Padmasambhava is known to have flown on a
Tigers to meditate on the cliffs- the Tigress being his consort the diving Yeshe Tsogyel.
Drive to Paro Airport for onward journey.