Bhutan Adventure Trip
: 16 nights / 17 days
: Paro - Jele Dzong - Jangchulakha - Jimilangtsho
- Simkota - Phajoding - Thimphu - Paro
01 : Arrive Paro
Druk Airways flight to Bhutan is one of the most spectacular in entire Himalayas.
Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills
from Kolkatta, each flight is a mesmerizing aeronautical feat and offers an
exciting descent into the Kingdom. On arrival at Paro airport, after completion
of immigration & customs formalities, received by our representative and
transfer to the hotel. Overnight Hotel Olathang, Paro.
Day 02 : Paro
After breakfast in the hotel, drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where
Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of
sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory
from the approach road to the Dzong.
Along the way, see the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples
built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this
temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.
After lunch, visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses
National Museum . The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings,
textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of
natural and historic artifacts.
Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (?fortress of the
heap of jewels?), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden
galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating
Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of
life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.
Overnight Hotel Olathang, Paro
Day 03 : Paro , Jele Dzong, 8 km, 3 hours trek
Today is a short trekking day. The The journey starts with a short climb up
to Jele Dzong. The trek trail ascends gradually up to the camp, and if the weather
is clear the Paro valley can be seen with snow-capped mountains behind. Above
the camp is Jele-la (3,400m) and Jele Dzong (mostly in ruins). Overnight camp.
04 : Jele Dzong , Jangchulakha, 10 km, 4 hours trek
Begin with a one and half hour climb and then ascend gradually upwards. The
trail takes you through thick alpine forests and rhododendron. You will have
the fine views of Chomolhari and other snow capped peaks if the weather is
right, and you may hear some monal pheasants calling during the day. You may
also see yak herders around your campsite. Overnight camp.
Day 05 : Jangchulakha , Jimilangtsho, 11 km, 4 hours trek
The trail follows the ridge, and on a clear day the views of the mountains
and valley are sensational. You will enjoy a great view of Jichu Drake (6,989m),
the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Our camp is close to the
Jimilangtsho lakes, which are famous for their giant sized trout. Overnight
Day 06 : Jimilangtsho , Simkota, 11 km, 4 hours trek
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and bypasses the lake
of Janetsho. Today you may come across some yak herders? camp and get an idea
of how these people live. Today we camp close to Simkota lake, and if you
are lucky you can catch a lake trout for dinner. Overnight camp.
Day 07 : Simkota , Phajoding, 10 km, 4 hours trek
Today begin with a gradual climb, and if the weather permits, you will enjoy
majestic view of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, and a host of other peaks. The trail
slowly descends through juniper trees to a campsite beside a community hall
near Phajoding cafeteria. Overnight in cafeteria or camp, depending upon weather
Day 08 : Phajoding , Thimphu, 5 km, 3 hours trek
The trek to Thimphu is downhill all the way, passing through a forested area
of mostly blue pine. Taking a leisurely pace, you reach Thimphu in about 3
lunch, visit Tashichhodzong, ?fortress of the glorious religion?. This is the
center of government and religion, site of monarch?s throne room and seat of
Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier
of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1960s in traditional
Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans. Also visit King's Memorial
Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning
their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan?s
third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (?the father of modern Bhutan?)
who has wished to erect monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in
1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King
and as a monument to peace.
Overnight Hotel Phuntsho Pelri, Thimphu.
Day 09 : Thimphu / Paro (approx 55 km, 2 hrs drive)
After breakfast, sightseeing in Thimphu valley including visit to the following
: the National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist
manuscripts; the National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only),
where Bhutan?s famed traditional herbal medicines are compounded and dispensed,
the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where
students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan?s 13 traditional arts and
crafts. Later visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony
of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.
Later drive to Paro. Overnight Hotel Olathang, Paro
Day 10 : Depart Paro
Early morning transfer to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.
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