To The Peaks Of Bhutan

16th May 2017
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Let’s take a leisurely ramble around the landlocked “Kingdom of Bhutan”, nestled in the Himalayas, the beauty of which can quench the thirst of every person seeking a perfect ‘mise en scene’. Bhutan, with its culture and traditions, scenic beauty, holy waters and cordial folks, can magnetize every being. This “Dark Southland” is a camouflage of beauty and adventure, something every traveller seeks for.

Day 1
Photo of Phuentsholing, Chhukha, Bhutan by Offbeat Tracks

We start with driving to Phuentsholing, the point that takes us to the rest of Bhutan. Spend the night at the bordered city of Bhutan.

Day 2
Photo of Thimphu, Bhutan by Offbeat Tracks

Today we start our journey by driving into the capital-city of Thimphu, we do local sightseeing here, and we enjoy the luscious delicacies of the region.

Photo of Memorial Chorten, Thimphu, Chhoten Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan by Offbeat Tracks

Visit the National Memorial Chorten which is built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Thimphu Dzong, the largest Dzong in Bhutan, is also the seat of the office of the King of Bhutan.

Photo of Kuenselphodrang, Thimphu, Bhutan by Offbeat Tracks

Thereafter, we will drive up to Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park where the 169 feet bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma, Vajra Throne Buddha is located. It one of the largest statue of Buddha in the world.

Photo of Tango Gompa, Thimphu, Bhutan by Offbeat Tracks

Located 14 kilometers to the North of Thimphu is the Tango Monastery which was founded by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo in the 13th century. The monastery’s excellent architecture has stayed for decades now. It consists of six temples, each with unique architecture.

Also visit the Thirteen Traditional Arts and Crafts School and the Folk Heritage Museum, before continuing to the National Library and the Traditional Paper Making Factory.

Day 3
Photo of Dochula Chorten, Dochula, Thimphu, Bhutan by Offbeat Tracks

After breakfast, we will drive you to Punakha and stop at Dochula Pass, where you will have a coffee break, regard the grand 108 stupas (sacred structures) and appreciate the stunning view of the Himalaya’s if it is a clear day.

Photo of Chimi Lhakhang, Punakha, Bhutan by Offbeat Tracks

Later we will hike around 1.5 hours to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a temple dedicated to the divine Madman and people come here to pray for children.

Photo of Punakha Dzong, Punakha, Bhutan by Offbeat Tracks

Continue to Punakha Dzong, a large and spectacular Bhutanese architecture, located at the confluence of Pho Chu and Mo Chu Rivers. It was the religious and administrative centre of Bhutan until 1950 when the capital moved to Thimphu.

Photo of Punakha Suspension Bridge, Punakha, Bhutan by Offbeat Tracks

After that we visit the nearby Suspension Bridge, which is the longest bridge of Bhutan.

Day 4
Photo of Paro, Bhutan by Offbeat Tracks

Today we will drive to Paro. It takes about 3 hours by road.

Photo of Ta Dzong, Paro, Bhutan by Offbeat Tracks

Later we visit the Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, now housing the National Museum with more than 3000 exhibits. Some of them may date back to the 8th century.

Photo of Kyichu Lhakhang, Paro, Bhutan by Offbeat Tracks

We will retrace our steps to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.

Photo of Paro Rinpung Dzong, Paro, Bhutan by Offbeat Tracks

Also known as the “Rinpung Dzong”, this is an extravagant monastery and fortress, which is the highpoint of Bhutanese architecture .Now it is the local administrative centre and the school for monks.

Day 5
Photo of Tiger's Nest, Paro, Bhutan by Offbeat Tracks

Tiger’s nest monastery: This is a strenuous day as we will hike up to the holiest Buddhist monastery in Bhutan, Taktsang (Tiger's Nest). It is located in a cliff about 900 meters (3000 feet) above the Paro Valley. After about 2 hours hiking, we arrive at this spectacular monastery, where you will appreciate the awesome architecture and take in the beauty of the Paro Valley.

The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 1⁄2 hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. Then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months. The principal Lhakhang (monastery) of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has now been fully restored to its former beauty.

Day 6
Photo of Paro, Bhutan by Offbeat Tracks

Spend the day relaxing and exploring Paro.You may stop at the market for some quick souvenir shopping.You may indulge in some shopping, a hot stone bath, have an archery lesson or simply watch the beautiful country go by.

Drive from Paro to Phuentsholing with overnight at Phuentsholing.

Day 7

Since all good things have an end, we part from Bhutan, and carry with us unforgettable memories. We drive back to Bagdogra from Phuentsholing.

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