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The Land of Paro Valley: Where Fairytales are Real

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Paro is intensely picturesque and one of the widest valleys in the kingdom. It is verdant and is recognized as one of the most beautiful places in all Bhutan. Covered in paddy fields it has a sparkling river meandering down the valley. 


The Land of Paro Valley: Where Fairytales are Real:

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  2. Thimphu

Day 1. Paro city sports the only international airport in Bhutan

Paro city sports the only international airport in Bhutan
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Paro city is a fitting introduction to the enchanting kingdom. From Paro drive to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital and on the way visit Tamchhog Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s iron bridge builder. 

Day 2. Thimphu is a perfect mix of the old and the new

Thimphu is a perfect mix of the old and the new
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Visit the weekly market, the revered Memorial Chorten, the national library and the School of Traditional Arts. Drive up to the radio tower, drop in at the Takin Reserve to see the national animal, the Takin.

Day 3. Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until 1955

Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until 1955
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On the way to Punakha, stop at Dochu La pass and enjoy the spectacular view of the Eastern Himalaya ranges. Visit the massive Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakhang which is the temple of fertility. It was built in the 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kuenley also known as the ‘Divine Madman’.

Day 4. The Gangteng Monastery is the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition

The Gangteng Monastery is the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition
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Gangteng Monastery is important for its Nyingmapa school of Buddhism. Enjoy the views of the Phobjikha valley and the black mountain ranges. Every November the black-necked cranes visit in their hundreds each year after spending the summer in Tibet. So as to not disturb their habitat, no electricity is run to the valley.

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Day 5. Wangdi is the secondary capital of Bhutan

Wangdi is the secondary capital of Bhutan
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The Dzong at Wangdi was built by the Shabdrung in 1638 on an auspicious site where four ravens were seen flying in four different directions. It was badly damaged in a fire in June 2012. You should see plenty of flowering rhododendrons, orchids and magnolia along the way.

Day 6. End your trip with the best at Paro

End your trip with the best at Paro
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Don't miss out the ‘Tiger’s Nest’, the sacred Taktshang monastery which clings to the rock face 900 metres above the valley floor. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site riding on a tigress. He subsequently meditated here for three months. 

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