The Splendour of Western Bhutan – 6 days
This tour takes in Paro and Thimphu, on an itinerary similar to the Glimpse of Bhutan tour.
The Punakha dzong ( A dzong is a distinctive type of fortress architecture found in the former and present Buddhist kingdoms of the Himalayas, most notably Bhutan.), is far away from towns of any size, reminding us of Bhutan’s predominantly rural character. The dzong lies north of the junction of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (‘mother’ and ‘father’ rivers), which together form the Sankosh river. This large fortress is especially busy in winter when hundreds of monks from other Bhutanese dzongs, including Je Khempo, the spiritual leader, come in to Punakha to escape the bad weather in their own area!
The size and elaborate religious artwork inside this dzong hint at the former glory days of Punakha, which was once the national capital.
Wangdiphodrang Dzong is situated on a narrow, windswept bluff above the junction of the Sankosh and Tang Chu rivers, down-valley from Punakha. At the dzong the bright national flag – gold and orange separated by the image of the thunder dragon – ripples high on a staff. Wangdi is the headquarters of one of Bhutan’s largest districts, an administrative region which stretches from Tibet to within 15 miles of the southern border.
Day 1 : Fly to Paro. Transported to your hotel – tour briefing.
Day 2 : Thimphu Sightseeing
Day 3 : Drive, Thimphu ~ Punakha ~ Wangduephodrang ~ Punakha.
Day 4 : Drive back to Paro
Day 5 : Paro sightseeing tour
Day 6 : Transported to the airport for your departure.