Cultural Heritage of Bhutan

Looking for a culturally enriching yet Natural Bliss, then Bhutan is the right place for your next Holiday destination. Bhutan the land of Buddhism beholds the best architectural and cultural locations for you. Bhutan has dramatic landscapes ranging from Valleys to mountains with breathtaking scenery.Monasteries, Rich archaeological monuments, Trekking, river rafting, Rock climbing, kayaking, Hot water springs, wild life sanctuaries

Day 1
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Arrival at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) and transfer to Phuentsholling/Jaigaon, which is 170 kilometres and 6 hours’ drive from Siliguri. Phuentsholling is in the India and Bhutan border; The Indian side is called Jaigaon and the Bhutanese side is called Phuentsholling. Indian Nationals do not require visa or passport to visit rest of Bhutan but Government issued Identity Proof like Passport or voter Id card is required.Check into the hotel in Phuentsholling and rest overnight.
Day 2
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Morning after breakfast Passing through the beautiful landscape we proceed to Thimphu. Thimphu is 172 kilometres and 7 hours drive. The capital of Bhutan is beautiful valley with a mixture of modern facilities and culture. Thimphu Valley has cradled its culture and tradition in a sustainable manner since 1216. The valley is surrounded by hills and provides outstanding view-Adventure sports like hiking,trekking,river rafting and wildlife excursion is available here. One can get to see colorful festivals and dance celebrated in the dzongs of Thimphu on festival days. Don’t forget to taste the butter tea. Upon arriving in Thimpu Check into Hotel and rest Overnight.
Day 3
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Early morning breakfast and then visit the Memorial Chorten (Stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who was called the Father of modern Bhutan .Next visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved, Wood Craft and Painting School. Later visit the handicrafts Emporium which has beautiful and creative collection of textile arts, and indigenous fibres-Future plans of becoming a center of textile learning. Trashichhoedzong is also called fortress of the glorious religion.The dzong houses main secretariat building and is the throne of His Majesty, King Of Bhutan.During the summer His Holiness, Je Khenpo visits the dzong. The car will be at your disposal – Other places to visit are National Zoo, National Institute of Traditional medicine, Traditional Paper Factory(made from Daphne Plant). Please note it is not possible to cover all the sites mentioned above in a single day-Back to Hotel. In the evening local markets like handicraft shops, weekend market (Saturdays and Sundays), Craft Bazaar(Tuesday and Wednesday) can be visited . Overnight stay in Thimphu
Day 4
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After break fast drive over Dochu-la pass to Punakha. Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955, when the seat of government moved to Thimphu. Originally situated on the riverbank and dominated by the towering walls of Punakha Dzong, Although four catastrophic fires and an earthquake in past time destroyed many historic documents, Punukha Dzong still houses many scared and historic artifacts and also the embalmed body of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Later drive to Wangduephodrang, the last town on the highway before entering central Bhutan. Situated on a ridge overlooking a river junction, the formidable Wangduephodrang Dzong is the town’s most visible feature. Also visit the local market. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha
Day 5
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After lunch drive to Paro, visiting Simtokha Dzong en route. This Dzong, built in 1627 is the oldest in Bhutan. The valley of Paro contains a wealth of attractions. In the morning, visit Ta Dzong. Once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan’s’ National Museum in 1968. Arrive Paro and check into the hotel. Afterwards, walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, which has a long and fascinating history. Overnight at the hotel in Paro
Day 6
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The valley of Paro contains a wealth of attractions. In the morning, visit Ta Dzong. Once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutans’ National Museum in 1968. After Breakfast, drive ups the valley to view the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, 18 km. From Paro town on the north side of the valley. It was from here that the Bhutanese repelled several invading Tibetan armies during the 17th century. Also visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the kingdom. After early lunch to drive to Phuentsholling(190kms / 06 – 07 hrs). Night stay at hotel
Day 7
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After breakfast transfer to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) - Nearly 170 kilometers 4 -4½ hours drive – onward Journey.