Arrival to Paro Bhutan
On arrival to Paro International Airport, you will be met by the representatives at Amedewa Tours And Trek.
we will begin the tour with the National Memorial Chorten which was built in 1974 to memorialize Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, the third king of Bhutan (1928-1972). The chorten is whitewashed with a golden finial on top, a popular location for prayer with hundreds of locals gathered every day.
Thimphu Tashichho Dzong is a fortress and Buddhist monastery with a distinctive Bhutanese architectural design, just aside to the Wang Chhu (river), it is the current seat of the Druk Desi, the head of the civil government and houses the offices of the king.
Centenary Farmer’s Market is where farmers come to sell their local products like vegetables, cheeses, grains, etc. And just across the street is the Kundeyling Baazam where you can check out local handicrafts, such and prayer wheels and other souvenirs.
We will then take a scenic drive up to Buddha Point in the Kuenselphodrang to see the 169-foot-tall bronze statue of the seated Buddha Dordenma. One of the largest sitting Buddha statues in the world, it sits on top of a hill where you will see an amazing view of the valley and mountain.
Tour of Thimphu
After breakfast, we will begin today with the Thimphu festival, whereby you will be dressed in our National costumes “Gho for men” and “Kira for Women” if interested to wear and attend the festival to get blessed and pray for health and happiness.
Visit Simply Bhutan Museum, It provides a unique experience as visitors are firstly welcome by a local drink “ARA” traditional liquor made from wheat, maize, barley, or rice.
It showcasing Bhutan’s unique culture and tradition with its ancient architectural designs and activites like trying archery, hear songs and dances performed by locals which is overall an wonderful experience.
Next, we will visit Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory, check out the ancient practice of natural papermaking. Using the bark of two local tree species (Daphne and Dhekap), craftsmen demonstrate how to make the traditional paper Deh-sho.
We will make a visit to Bhutan postal Office where one can get their own personalized stamp.
We will end the day with a visit to Simtokha Dzong. Built in 1629, it was the first fortress of its kind in Bhutan. Simtokha means “demon stone” and legend has it that the fortress was used to contain a demon inside a rock which was terrorizing the region. Today, it is home to one of the premier monk-taught Dzongkha learning centers, the national language of Bhutan.
Hike to Tango and Chelri Monastery
After breakfast we will drive to road end to Chelri monastery and then start our hike which is approximately an hour and a half the Monastery.
There is option of taking a pack lunch and have it near the river side of the monastery.
After lunch meditate for sometime in the monastery in pursuing one’s own spiritual goals.
Next continue to The Royal University of Bhutan which is of 30 to 40 mins hike.
In the evening you are free to stroll Thimphu town.
Thimphu to Punakha
After breakfast, we will drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, we will stop at Dochula Pass, Providing stunning 360-degree views of the Himalayan Mountains, it is also the location of the 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens. Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, the present Queen Mother of Bhutan, built in memorial to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Indian militants and to liberate the souls of those who died.
Sitting at the fork of two rivers, Punakha Dzong is considered one of the most beautiful Fort in Bhutan. Built in 1637, it is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan. It still serves as the winter home of the Je Khenpo, Chief Abbott of the clergy.
Visit Suspension bridge and a short hike of 40 to 50 mins to the fertility temple.
Punakha to Paro
Drive back to Paro after breakfast and start today’s tour with Paro Dzong. Later visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower housing the National Museum, with abundant culture relics. Next go to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan Enroute visit Archery ground where locals play archery on weekends and on holidays.
Drive to Chelela Pass and Haa valley
After breakfast drive to Chelela pass, highest motorable road end in Bhutan. Haa Valley Hiking, Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) , Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple), Haa Town.
Explore the least visited Haa Valley. Start with the ancient Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple) in the tiny village of Dumchoe. Then hike to Haa Town,visit the central bazaar and have the insight to the local folk culture
Hike to Tiger’s nest
This morning, hike to visit Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), be amazed by the view of this sacred temple hanging on the rocky cliff, and take in the beauty of Paro valley. We will continue with visit to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, built to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetan invaders. if interested, stroll Paro town.
After breakfast we will bid fond farewell and we look forward to seeing you again with us.