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Magical Bhutan Through Lense

  1. 1. G r e a t J o u r n e y s “ Mystical nights ablaze with chants, Beside monasteries on divine hills, Meandering rivers fed by holy peaks, Contagious laughter sparked by bliss, Joy is achieved in nature; beyond all sins, Because here, where the world ends, heaven begins. ” ”
  2. 2. Magical Bhutan, through the lense Bhutan is perhaps one of the most photogenic places in the world. The landscape, nature, culture, architecture and the people make it a photographer’s paradise. The variety of images that are available almost make one believe that this small, Asian kingdom was designed as a training ground for photographers. In addition, the consistency of Bhutanese architecture and design, varied only by the imagination of the designers, will keep all avid photographers clutching their cameras in anticipation of that one memorable shot. Explore how their life flourished over centuries and how their heritage has remained deeply rooted even after the waves of technological development and globalization have swept over. Explore Bhutan and discover that this heaven on earth does not only belong to its gentle people; it belongs to the birds, the bees, the flowers, nature and to the Gods.
  3. 3. DAY 01 ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU Arrive Katmandu, assistance upon arrival and transfer to Hotel DWARIKA’S. Experience our unique hospitality at the airport. Traditional Tika welcome with welcome drink at Hotel Garden and key distribution. Briefing about the Program. Evening: – A cultural evening with folk music and ethnic dancing with a fine Nepalese cuisine at Bhojan Griya, welcome with RAKSHI, local Nepali wine at the courtyard illuminated with butter lamps. Overnight at DWARIKA’S HOTEL. DWARIKA’S HOTEL. - Dwarika's Hotel (a Award winning hotel) is a unique place in Southern Asia. It is a modern example that tourism need not destroy heritage and the environment. On the contrary, it has demonstrated that a proper blending of cultural restoration and tourism leads to the preservation of historical artifacts and contributes to the growth of skills and culture that would otherwise have been lost in today’s commercialism. This unique blending of past and present has shown that heritage can be preserved and used even in today’s hectic pace. In fact, it could be the model that demonstrates what must be done to preserve the culture of the Kathmandu Valley - a stepping stone towards the larger, more gigantic task of restoring the uniqueness and beauty of the Kathmandu Valley, which is currently experiencing severe environmental stress by uncontrolled modernization.(website: www. Day 02: KATHMANDU TO PARO Drive to Kathmandu Airport for the flight to Paro. Druk Air – Bhutan’s national carrier). During 1 and half hour dramatic flight to small township of Paro, you will capture panoramic view of Great Himalaya in the north including Everest, Kanchanjungza and southern plains. As we slowly move Nepal and soon after we see Chomolhari and Jichudrake in Bhutan. After exciting approach through Bhutanese foothills we land at the tiny airstrip in the beautiful Paro Valley [we recommend you to take left hand side seat of the plane for the most spectacular views]. In Paro you will meet your Bhutanese Guide and transfer to the Hotel. After briefing about your program, wonder around and have a peek at the Queen Mother’s Winter Palace, walk up to look at the Dzong.
  4. 4. DAY 03 THIMPU The morning will be leisure time in Paro. We will then take the road to Thimphu. We will occasionally stop for beautiful sights on the way. When you reach Thimphu, you will perhaps realize that the city is not what most people think it to be like. This is simply because it is different from the other cities. It is perhaps the only capital city in the world without any traffic lights. In fact there were no cars in Thimphu till 1962. Overnight at the Hotel in Thimpu. Day 04: Thimphu In the morning we will go to the National Library. There is an excellent collection of Buddhist manuscripts here. The Folk and Heritage museum is the one place where you can see the culture and lifestyle of the Bhutanese in the past. We will also visit the Memorial Chorten built in memory and honor of King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, father of the present king. A lot of foreigners are dazed with the sculptures and Buddhist paintings that they see in Bhutan. In order to see how it is done, we will go to the Painting school where you can see students painting Thankas and sculpting and carving wood. Overnight at the Hotel in Thimpu. Day 05: Trongsa Today we will move towards Trongsa. The trail will take us first to Dochu la pass situated at a height of 3100 m. There are beautiful and clear views of the mountain peaks of Bhutan. We can stop here for a while and look at the mountains over a cup of tea. On the way we will also visit the Druk Wangyel Chorten. This Chorten is an amalgamation of 108 stupas which envelopes the hill on the pass. We will continue our journey until we reach Wangdi Phodrang. We will stop at Wangdi Phodrang for a while and visit some beautiful places there. We will continue on our way until we reach Trongsa situated at a height of 2,300 m. Overnight at the Hotel in Trongsa. Day 06: Bumthang Valley We will visit the Trongsa Dzong in the morning. The Trongsa Dzong which was built in 1648 is the District Administration Office. In the ancient times this was the home of the ruling class. This Dzong is a colossal structure and sits atop a supposedly strategic position as it lies on the top of a hill. The Trongsa Dzong also witnesses the annual Trongsa festival. We will then move towards Bumthang.
  5. 5. The journey takes about two and a half hours and is one of the most picturesque drives in Bhutan. Overnight at the Hotel in Bumthang. Day 07: Bumthang Valley Today we will be checking out beautiful places in Bumthang. In the morning we will visit the beautiful Jakar Dzong. In the 7th century 108 temples are supposed to have been built by King Songtsen Gampo. One of the 108 temples is the Jambay Lhakhang monastery which we are going to visit. We will then take a 30 minute hike uphill to reach the Kurjey monastery. This monastery, which is supposed to have been built in the 1652, is considered the most sacred in Bhutan. There are actually three temples but main temple was built by Minjur Tempa and is the oldest among the three. Overnight at the Hotel in Bumthang. Day 08: Punakha We will drive to Punakha today. Punakha once served as the winter capital of Bhutan until 1958. This tradition is followed even today by the monk body. The head Abbot and central monks live in Punakha Dzong during the winters and move to Tashicho Dzong at Thimphu in the summer. When we reach Punakha you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel in Punakha. Day 09: Punakha - Paro We will visit the Punakha Dzong in the morning. The Dzong lies between two rives. The Punakha Dzong, today, works as the District Administration office. We will then visit the Khamsum Yule Namgyal Monastery which is perched on the top of a hill that overlooks the Punakha valley and the river. After lunch, we will move to Paro. On the way we will stop at the temple of the divine
  6. 6. mad monk. It is called Chimi Lhakang. Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as the divine mad monk is one of the most revered saints in Bhutan and Tibet. He lived and preached in the 15th century and became popular due to his unconventional way of teaching. He was so unorthodox that his methods being different from social conventions of that time caused him to be called a mad monk. Today his temple is a pilgrimage site for the Bhutanese. Overnight at the Hotel in Paro. Day 10: Paro Paro is a valley situated at a height of about 8,500 ft. It is an ideal place for cultivating rice and the soil and weather is absolutely conducive for growing strawberries, apples and peaches. Paro has once acted like a strong fortress against all enemy attacks. The main street in the centre of the town was built in 1985 and lies close to the Paro Chu River. We will visit the Ta Dzong which is a fortress that protected the town from Tibetan invaders. Today this fortress has been converted into a museum. We will also visit the Drugyel Dzong which unfortunately lies in ruins today. It was built to commemorate the victory of the Bhutanese over the Tibetans in 1644. We will then make a short trek up to Taktshang monastery. The hike will take us about 1 hour. This place is also known as the Tiger’s nest. Legend has it that Saint Padma Sambhava, flew on the back of a tigress from Tibet and rest there for a while. A monastery was built there. Incidentally the monastery is situated on a cliff and they place inspires nothing short of awe. In 1998, Taktshang was destroyed by fire but it was later restored. When we head back to Paro, we will we will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, which is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. It has fascinating statues and carvings. The temple was built in the 8th century by King Songtsen Gampo.
  7. 7. Overnight at the Hotel in Paro. Day 11: PARO -KATHMANDU You will be transferred to Paro International Airport for departure. Explore the incredible historical and religious sites and experience the unique culture and unforgettable lifestyle of the mythical Kathmandu, the medieval capital city. The Durbar Square is one of the amazing historic sites with the cluster of incredible sacred temples is very impressive. The hilltop Buddhist monkey temple of SWOYAMBHUNATH Stupa, PASHUPATINATH, the famed Hindu temple where Hindu pilgrim perform sacred rituals with thrilling scene of funeral pyres burning in Ghats and BOUDHNATH Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrine in the world are unparallel and spectacular sacred religious sites. Your visit to the amazing historical and religious places in Patan would be most exciting and rewarding. The widely known destinations in PATAN are Durbar Square, Golden Temple, Mahaboudha Temple, and Krishna Mandir. The evening is free to relax in the fabulous hotel or you may wish to stroll around the delightful streets of Thamel for shoppin Overnight at Hotel.
  8. 8. Day 12: Explore Bhaktapur. Drive to Bhaktapur for sweeping sightseeing tour before we reach Kathmandu. Bhaktapur is known for the fabulous art, wonderful culture, and unforgettable lifestyle, Here are some of the most celebrated architectural masterpieces that made the Newari craftsmen much sought after The fascinating destinations of Bhaktapur are Durbar Square, Nyatapola Temple, Pottery Square, The unique five-tiered pagoda of Bhaktapur is one of the wonders of the eastern world. Overnight at Hotel. Day 13: Final Departure. Leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Rest of the day on your own for last minute shopping, catching up with new acquaintances or bidding farewell to old ones. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Post Box 25551 Kathmandu, Nepal. Ph +977-1-4442812/4428746/4362706 / Email: w w w. h i m a l aya n d re a m z . co m