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Day 1 Arrival in Paro/Paro Sightseeing
Day 2 Takshang (Tiger’s Nest) Hike
Day 3 Paro to Jele Dzong, 4-5 hours
Day 4 Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha, 4-5 hours
Day 5 Jangchulakha to Jimilang tsho, 4-5 hours
Day 6 Jimilang tsho to Semkotra, 3-4 hours
Day 7 Semkotra to Phajoding, 3-4 hours
Day 8 Phajoding to Thimphu, 2-3 hours
Day 9 Thimphu Sigtseeing/ To Paro
Day 10 Departure from Paro
Day 01 Arrival in Paro
Arrival in Bhutan’s only International airport. You will experience the freshness of the pristine air with stunning mountains surrounding Paro valley with backdrop of distant Himalayas. You will be received at the gate by Ambrosia Bhutan Travels Representative in a traditional fashion and will be ushered to your hotel in Paro for lunch.
After lunch, you will take a stroll around historic sites of Paro valley. First, visit Ta Dzong which had been an ancient watchtower and now converted to the National Museum. This iconic structure standing on a hilltop houses a collection of ancient Bhutanese art and artifacts, weapons, coins and stamps. Then take a leisure walk down the hill through a trail that leads you to Rinpung Dzong situated at a commanding height overlooking Paro valley. On the way enjoy the scenic overview of Paro valley with fascinating lush green fields and mountains. Rinpung Dzong is a ancient fortress built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 to protect the valley from foreign invasions. This dzong now houses Paro’s monk body and the offices of the civil administration and is symbolic as the religious and secular center.
Then take a walk further down and board the vehicle across Pachu (Paro river) after you walk along the traditional cantilever bridge Called Nyimizampa.Then,visit to a 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of 108 lhakhangs constructed by Buddhist Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. This temple is considered to be very sacred and holds great significance in Bhutanese history.
Overnight in a hotel in Paro.
Day 02 Hike to Paro Taktshang, the Tiger’s Nest
The most irresistible site for foreigners to visit in Bhutan is the Paro Taktshang. It is undeniably an awe-inspiring site. People often say that your visit to Bhutan is incomplete without a trip to this monastery. Built in 1692 by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye, Takshang whichliterally means ‘Tiger’s Nest’ is perched amazingly on a rocky cliff believed to be the cave where Guru Rinpoche, the whisperer of Buddhism in Bhutan, flew on a tigress’s back and meditated for years to subdue demons.
After breakfast, we will hike uphill for 1.5 to 2 hours to reach to the monastery. The experience of walking through the forest of pine trees is off course exhausting but is fanned away by refreshing air which is irresistibly gratifying. The view of incredible grandeur of the structure clinging on a crag and literally entering the cave will leave a lasting impression of your journey to Bhutan.
Lunch at Cafeteria on the way return from Takshang.
On return, visit to a historic site of a ruined Drugyel Dzong approximately 9 miles towards north built somewhere in 1647 to commemorate victory of Drukpas (Bhutanese) over Tibetans. Unfortunately, in 1951 it caught fire and raged to ground leaving behind the collapsed walls outlining this historic site.
Day 03 Trek Begins - Paro to Jele Dzong
(7 Km/4-5 hours/Camp Altitude 3480m, 1090m ascent & 50m descent)
Today, since you will climb uphill over the elevation of more than 1000 m, you need to be fit and prepared. Our starting point would be the Ta Dzong (the National Museum) where you will find your trekking staff, the horsemen and the horses.
The trail follows a gravelly road around few farm houses for about 30 minutes and then ascends up a steep ridge winding through blue pine forests and fir forests leading to Damche Gom. Once you reach the ridge below Jele Dzong, the trail opens a little and you descend about 80m to tonight’s campsite below the Dzong.
Day 04 Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha
(10 Km/4-5 hours/Camp Altitude 3770m, 310m ascent & 50m descent)
Today’s trek begins with a little steep climb for about an hour and a half. Then the trail takes you through gentle slopes with gradual climbs till you reach the campsite. The area is covered with thick alpine forests and dwarf rhododendron trees. The sighting of yak herders with their yaks around the campsite is very common.
Day 05 Jangchulakha to Jimilang Tsho
(11 Km/4-5 hours/Camp Altitude 3870m, 230m descent & 330m ascent)
The trail follows a ridge and if the weather is favourable with bright sun you can enjoy the spectacular views of mountains and valley surrounding you. You will also enjoy a great view of Jichu Drake (6,989m), the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Today’s campsite is very close to the Lake, Jimilang Tsho (Tsho literally means lake) which is popular for rearing giant sized trout.
Day 06 Jimilang Tsho to Semkotra
(11 Km/3-4 hours/Camp Altitude 4110m, 820 m ascent & 420m descent)
The trail leads you crossing some steep climbing through bushes and dwarf rhododendrons and later opens to lake Jane Tsho. You may come across camps of some yak herders where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. We camp overnight close to Semkotra Lake. For the dinner, try our luck to catch some trout in the lake.
Day 07 Semkotra to Phajoding
(10 Km/3-4 hours/Camp Altitude 3750 m, 130 m ascent & 680 m descent)
The day begins with a gradual climb. On a good weather, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum (7570 m), the highest mountain in Bhutan and several other Himalayan peaks. On the way, you may meet some monks marching to their sacred sites of meditation around. There are also places where historical evidences of sky burial used to be practiced. From this pass, the trek takes you steep downhill towards Phajoding where you will halt for the night. The camp is located just above Phajoding Monastery.
Day 08 Phajoding to Thimphu
(4 Km/2-3 hours/1130 m descent)
The trek to Thimphu from Phajoding is a steep descent slowly walking through thick blue pine forest. We cross a monastery, Chhokhortse Gompa (3010 m) and walk further down to Sangaygang, the area brimmed with hundreds of colourful prayer flags. You will find your vehicle waiting in a small parking of the Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS) radio tower, where our trek ends.
On driving down the hill you can drop by Motithang Park to see Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Then drive straight to the hotel. Take lunch and relax.
In the afternoon on your convenient time, you will visit National Memorial Chorten (temple), iconic monument at the heart of the city constructed in memory of our third king of Bhutan. Here, we can find young and old customarily circumambulating the chorten and huge prayer wheels rotating with bell chimes. Memorial Chorten stands in the heart of Thimphu with its grandeur in intricate Bhutanese sculptures, designs and paintings. Then we drive to the Institute of Zorig Chusum (the 13 crafts) which is the school for traditional art and crafts where we may see students amid their work.
By evening, visit Tashichhodzong, the archetype of ancient Bhutanese engineering which was constructed without using any nails or work plans. It houses the throne room, King’s office and many vital government agencies. The construction dates back to as early as 13th Century which was renovated several times until 1952 when the capital was moved to Thimphu.
In the evening, explore through temporary huts of locally made traditional goods queued along the road and buy some souvenirs.
Day 09 Thimphu to Paro
In the morning, we will move out for Thimphu sightseeing. After breakfast, we ascend up the hill Kuenselphodrang to see 169 feet (51.4 meters) tall statue of Shakyamuni Buddha called the Dordenma. This bronze statue gilded in gold is although still under construction, it is open to tourists and safe to visit. While descending down the hill, you will enjoy taking pictures of spectacular Thimphu valley with a wide view of the city.
Next, visit to Changangkha Lhakhang, a 12th century monastery which is often flocked by people for blessings from the protective deity Tamdrin. Here, it is believed to be auspicious for new born babies to receive name from Lama.
We will also visit Jungshi paper factory where Dehsho is manufactured. Itis a handmade authentic Bhutanese paper produced locally using traditional method. While you study the entire process involved in this ancient craft, you can also try your hand and have feel of it.
After lunch, take a drive of 1 hour and 20 minutes alongside the riverto Paro. Just before reaching Paro, stop at Tachogang Lhakhang (literally, temple of the excellent horse) built by Tibetan monk Thangtong Gyalpo in 15th century. It is situated on a hillock across an iron bridge constructed in a traditional style.
In Paro, visit Dungtse Lhakhang built in 1421 by an eminent Tibetan lama named Thangtong Gyalpo. The three storeys of this lhakhang represent hell, earth and heaven.
Last shopping in the town and then to our hotel.
Day 10 Departure
After breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport to for your onward flight. Your guide from Ambrosia Bhutan Travels will bid you farewell. Good bye.
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