In clear weather, Druk Air’s flight to Bhutan provides a wonderful view of Himalayan scenery. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkata, it is a breathtaking journey, culminating in an exciting descent past forested hills into the kingdom.
❖ Pick up from airport by our representative
❖ Tamchu Lhakhang
It is located along Paro-Thimphu highway, on the base of a mountain across the Pa chu river. It was built in the early 15th century by the great iron bridge builder and Poet-Yogi Thangtong Gyalpo (1385-1464). The temple is privately run by the descendents of Thangtong Gyalpo.
❖ Lunch at Thimphu
❖ Visit the Takin Zoo. Takin is the national animal of Bhutan.
❖ Buddha point
The huge 51m tall steel of Buddha Dordenma commands the entry to the Thimphu valley. The massive three-storey base houses a chapel, while the body itself is filled with 125,000 smaller statues of Buddha. The paved road to the site passes a new hindu temple. The area is also called Changri Kuensel Phodrang.
❖ Memorial Chorten
The memorial chorten was built in 1974 to honour the 3rd king of Bhutan. It is the most visible landmark in Bhutan; it is patterned on the design of a classical Tibetan stupa, with a pyramidal pillar crowned by a crescent moon and sun. It is decorated with richly carved annexes facing the four directions, and contains mandalas, statues and a shrine dedicated to the third king. The stupa attracts elderly Bhutanese on a daily basis who circumambulate the stupa, whirls the large prayer wheels and prays at the shrine.
Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal built TrashichhoDzong- the fortress of the Glorious religion in 1641. The third king of Bhutan rebuilt the fortress in traditional fashion, without nails or written plans. Today, it houses the Throne Room of the King of Bhutan and the government secretariat. Its northern flank is used as the summer residence of the Chief Abbot and the clergy.
❖ Overnight in Thimphu.
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