Posted in : 29th Oct, 2018
Firstly, the Bhutan trip package holds many surprises. This is a country where chilies are the main dish and the rice is red. Bhutan also is a deeply Buddhist land, where giant protective penises are painted beside the entrance to many houses. During the Bhutan tour, you will see plenty of these, but do not get embarrassed. Known as “Phallus” painting, for centuries, people in the tiny landlocked nation of Bhutan, have sworn spiritual allegiance to a divine-human organ: the phallus, or as we know it, the “penis”.
Normally, Bhutan tour starts from Kathmandu, Nepal. There are direct flights to Paro, Bhutan, from Bangkok, Singapore, India, and Bangladesh. However, there are daily flights to Paro, Bhutan from Nepal. Hence, Nepal is the most convenient starting point for any luxury Bhutan tour package.
The scenic flight (1 hrs 5 min) from Kathmandu will take you to Paro (2,200 m). After you arrive, the mountain-bounded and scenic Paro Valley, you will soon realize that you have arrived at a special destination of the world. Prayer flags flutter from nearly every rooftop of the buildings, women and men dress in traditional attire, Stupas and Chorten’s decorate river and road junctions, and the fortress-like monasteries command the mighty Himalayas.
The charming town of Paro lies on the bank of the Paro (or Pa) Chhu, just a short distance northwest of the imposing Paro Dzong. Until now, and for many years, Paro will remain one of the best Bhutanese towns to explore.
This Dzong rank as a high point of Bhutanese architecture. The massive fortified walls that tower over the town are visible throughout the Valley. Formerly, it was the meeting hall for the National Assembly and now. Like most Dzongs in Bhutan, houses both the monastic body and district government offices.
Also known by “Tiger’s Nest Monastery”. This is one of the best attractions during the Bhutan tour. Bhutan’s famous monastery, Taktsang is one of its most revered religious sites. Legends say Guru Rinpoche flew to this site on the back of the Tigress to vanquish a local demon; after that, he meditated here for three months. This beautiful monastery clings to a sheer cliff overlooking the Paro Valley. The steep walk to this site is well worthwhile.
It is one of Bhutan’s oldest and most beautiful temples. It sits just a short distance from a town of Paro. The oldest temple in this twin-temple complex is one of the oldest in Bhutan. The premises of the temple hum with prayers and spinning prayer wheels. We recommend you do not miss this site during your Bhutan trip.
The other attraction of Bhutan is Thimphu, situated in the western central part of Bhutan. After landing in Paro and commencing the tours in Paro, continue on to the Thimphu Valley (65 Km/1 hrs). Thimphu delights with its museum and cultural attractions. The relatively broad valley surrounding Bhutan’s capital is dotted with interesting out-of-town sights.
This is one of the most religious structures in Thimphu. For many Bhutanese, it is the focus of their daily prayer. The whitewashed Chorten, with its sun- catching golden final, decorated with richly painted extension facing the cardinal directions. The features elaborate mandalas, statues, and a shrine dedicated to their king.
This museum is a part of the Royal Textile Academy. It is also a place where the locals learn about Bhutan’s living national art of weaving. The ground floor focuses on royal clothing, including the wedding clothes worn by the fourth king and his four wives. The upper floor introduces the major weaving techniques, styles of local dresses, and the type of textile made by women and men.
This library serves as a fine example of traditional Bhutanese architecture, great historic photos, and on the top floor is a copy of a letter sent by Druk Desi (secular ruler) to the British army officer. In addition, traditional books and historic manuscript are on the top floor.
In the Thimphu weekend market, vendors from throughout the region start arriving on Thursday and remain until Sunday night. Visitors combine a visit here with some souvenir shopping in the nearby handicraft market. The incense area is one of the most interesting sections, with delicious aromatic raw ingredients.
Like a fortress, perched on a ridge above central Thimphu, hums with pilgrim activities.
Traditionally, parents come here to get an auspicious name for their newborn or blessing for their young children from the protector deity Tamdrin. Children are blessed by a ritual dagger and given a sacred thread.
After Thimphu, continue to drive to Punakha Valley (1,240 m), passing through Dochu La Pass. The drive from Thimphu, along the National Highway and climbs to the Dochu La (3,140 m). Dochu La marked by a large array of prayer flags and an impressive collection of 108 Chortens. On a clear day, the pass offers a panoramic view of the Himalayas.
A stop at this place for a lunch, also there are many hiking trails from here. The popular hike for here is Chimi Lhakhang (The Divine Madman) hike.
The vegetation changes dramatically at the pass from oak, maple, and blue pine to a moist mountain forest of rhododendrons, alder, cypress, hemlock, and fir. On a hillock below the Metshina–, Punakha road is the yellow-roofed Chimi Lhakhang, built in 1499 by the cousin of Lama Drukpa Kunley in his honor after the lama defeated the demons of the nearby Dochu La with his ‘magic thunderbolt of wisdom‘.
A wooden effigy of the lama thunderbolt is still preserved in the Lhakhang, and childless women go to the temple to receive a blessing or empowerment from the saint.
After the hike, continue on to Punakha Valley. The Punakha district covers the wide altitudinal terrain from the heights of Dochu La (3,140 m) to the subtropical riverside of Punakha itself. There is a plenty of scope for optional activities such as river rafting, mountain biking, and many popular hiking trips.
No doubt, Punakha Dzong is the most beautiful Dzong in the country. This was the second Dzong built in Bhutan. Furthermore, it served as a capital and the seat of government until the mid- the 1950s. All the Bhutan’s kings have been crowned here. This Dzong is 180m long, 72m wide, and six- story’s high. Further, this Dzong sits, at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chhu (mother) rivers in the Punakha–Wangdue valley.
A tour of Punakha Dzong during Bhutan trip package is highly recommended.
Western Bhutan trip package is the most popular among the tourists and that for a good reason. It is the heartland, the home to the major airport, the capital, and the most spectacular Dzongs in the country.
Bhutan is the only carbon- negative country in the world. Blessed by nature and its king, no doubt, this is one of the beautiful destinations in the World.