For centuries, Bhutan was made up of
feuding regions until it was unified under King Ugyen Wangchuck in 1907.
The British exerted some control over Bhutan's affairs, but never
colonized it. Until the 1960s Bhutan was largely isolated from the rest
of the world, and its people carried on a tranquil, traditional way of
life, farming and trading, which had remained intact for centuries.
After China invaded Tibet, however, Bhutan strengthened its ties and
contact with India in an effort to avoid Tibet's fate. New roads and
other connections to India began to end its isolation. In the 1960s
Bhutan also undertook social modernization, abolishing slavery and the
caste system, emancipating women, and enacting land reform. In 1985,
Bhutan made its first diplomatic links with non-Asian countries.
||Fly Kathmandu/Paro. Arrive by
Druk air A 319, the only national carrier. The flight offers you
beautiful view of mountain and landscape. On arrival and after
visa formalities you will be received by ITT members. Afternoon
/ evening time at leisure. Overnight Kichu Resort or similar.
||Paro Sightseeing - visit the
ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attracts visitors
due to the strategic location of the fort Drive back and hike to
the view point of Taktsang monastery. The hike which is all the
way uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through villages and pine
forests. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters
from the paro valley. Afternoon proceed through the beautiful
valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. It was
housed into the National museum in the 1960s by the third King
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The seven floors museum highlights
various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to
the 7th century. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong
which serves as the administrative center and school for monks.
Walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town
. Stroll around the market and return to Kichu Resort.
||Drive to Thimphu will take 2
hours and will be a pleasant one mainly due to the well
maintained road through out Bhutan . Upon arrival check into
Hotel Druk or River view or similar. PM sightseeing - Visit the
Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme
Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Motithang
mini zoo to see the rare "Takin" national animal of Bhutan and
drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley. Visit
the new Drupthob nunnery temple and free time in the market.
||AM visit the Painting school,
National library, Royal goldsmith workshop and Handicraft
centers. PM drive 3 hours to Wangduephodrang crossing the
Dochula pass 3100 meters. On fine weather you will see the
eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in
Bhutan Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is
all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of
lobesa. Visit the Wangduephodrang Dzong from outside and the
market area. Overnight at Wangdi Kichu Resort or similar
||Day excursion to the Gangtey
Gompa valley at an altitude of 2800 meters. The only Nyingmapa
monastery in western Bhutan is located here. This beautiful
valley is also home to the rare Black Necked Cranes migrating
from the Tibetan plateau to escape the harsh winter. Currently
there are 200 to 300 cranes residing in this valley and the
Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) is taking every
measures to ensure the safety of the Cranes.While the cranes
reside in the winter valley for 4/5 months the village folks are
not allowed to make loud noises or fish in the river that runs
through the valley. Explore the fascinating glacier valley and
return to the Resort.
||AM drive 45 minutes to Punakha
and visit the Punakha Dzong which served as an old capital of
Bhutan . This remarkable fortress is built between two rivers
and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during
the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda
takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. Drive
3 hours to Thimphu for lunch and proceed 2 hours to Paro via
visiting the oldest building in Bhutan , the Simtokha Dzong. It
now serves as a Buddhist university. Overnight Kichu Resort or
||Transfer to airport for
departure to Kathmandu.
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