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If you Haven't Visited Bhutan, This is why you Must!

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Known as a the land of Thunder Dragon, Bhutan is a landlocked country that has guarded its traditions with rigour. Here is your itinerary for a memorable trip to Bhutan.


If you Haven't Visited Bhutan, This is why you Must!:

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Day 1. Arrive at Paro Airport

Arrive at Paro Airport
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The Paro valley is home to many of Bhutan’s sacrosanct monasteries and temples. The first gift of Bhutan on embarking the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air and view of the Paro Dzong, the magnificent monastic fortress on the hillside and Ta Dzong(watchtower).


Day 2. Visit the ruins of Drugyal Dzong

Visit the ruins of Drugyal Dzong
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Drugyal Dzong is a ruined fortress that resisted several invasion attempts for centuries but burnt down in 1950. On a clear day you can see Mount Chomolhari. One the way down you path winds through lush pine forest. Check out Kyichu Lhakhang, it's one of the oldest monastery in Bhutan.

Day 3. Drive down to Thimphu

Drive down to Thimphu
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Thimphu is Bhutan’s capital city and home to Bhutanese Royal Family. Visit Tsamchoe Lhakhang across the river; you have to cross a historic suspension bridge built with an iron chain. Check out Trashi Chhoe Dzong and National Library that houses complete Bhutan’s history.


Day 4. Drive to Punakha

Drive to Punakha
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Just 5 kms from Thimphu is Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress in the kingdom perched on lofty ridge. Drive up to Dochu-la Pass which offers panoramic view of snow-capped mountains and morning sunlight. The drive down is adorned with rhododendron forest and blue pine tree forest.

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Day 5. Drive to Wangdue

Drive to Wangdue
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A pleasant drive of 30 mins takes you to Wangdue which is famous for its fine bamboo work and stone carving. On the way to Wangduephodrang, visit the Chemolhakang, monastery of a divine madman (Lama Drukpa Kuenley).


Day 6. Trek up to the Taktsang Palphug Monastery

Trek up to the Taktsang Palphug Monastery
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Taktsang monastery(Tiger’s lair) is perched on the side of a cliff roughly 900 m above the Paro valley. The hike takes upto 3-4 hours. It is said that in 8th century Guru Rinpoche rode on the back of tiger and meditated in a cave for 3 months to subdue the demons. Pack your bags and get ready to be board the flight.


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