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Location: London Heathrow

Day 1 - 2 Apr 2019

Paro

London Heathrow, Paro
London Heathrow, Paro
London Heathrow, Paro

Content: The airport is between two mountain picks a very dangerous landing, as to my friend, quite knowledgeable in an air-plane. The landing and taking off is from both directions of the airports only a runway.

Location: Paro

Day 1 - 2 Apr 2019

Le Meridien Paro

Paro, Le Meridien Paro
Paro, Le Meridien Paro
Paro, Le Meridien Paro

Content: Beautiful 5 star property with very picturistic and sceneic view. Easy access from airport, just less than 15 minutes drive.

Location: Paro

Day 2 - 3 Apr 2019

Motithang Takin Preserve

Paro, Motithang Takin Preserve
Paro, Motithang Takin Preserve
Paro, Motithang Takin Preserve

Content: We start our tour at Motithang Takin Preserve, home to Bhutan’s national animal, the takin. This unusual animal is often described as looking like a moose that was stung by a bee.

Buddha View Point

Paro, Buddha View Point
Paro, Buddha View Point
Paro, Buddha View Point

Content: We will then drive up to Buddha View Point where the Buddha Dordenma statue sits. At 169 feet tall, this bronze statue can be seen from just about anywhere in Thimphu. One of the largest statues in the world depicting a seated Buddha, it is the perfect place to enjoy stunning, panoramic views of the city.

My Kind Of Place

Paro, My Kind Of Place
Paro, My Kind Of Place

Content: One of the must have food place not just in Paro but entire Bhutan. The hosts are excellent, it's run by 2 sisters . One of them is a cook and other takes care of management.

Location: Paro

Day 3 - 4 Apr 2019

Thimphu

Paro, Thimphu
Paro, Thimphu
Paro, Thimphu

Content: It take an hour to reach Thimphu from Paro by car.

Location: Thimphu

Day 3 - 4 Apr 2019

Le Meridien Thimphu

Thimphu, Le Meridien Thimphu
Thimphu, Le Meridien Thimphu
Thimphu, Le Meridien Thimphu

Content: Its an incredible hotel to stay when in Bhutan. The best of it is the staff. The front desk team, restaurant, everyone is really helpful, warm and kind. Highly recommend.

Centenary Farmers’ Market

Thimphu, Centenary Farmers’ Market
Thimphu, Centenary Farmers’ Market
Thimphu, Centenary Farmers’ Market

Content: Centenary Farmers’ Market is where most of the locals gather on the banks of the river every weekend. Villagers from the nearby valley come here to sell agricultural products and handmade crafts.

National Memorial Chortent

Thimphu, National Memorial Chortent
Thimphu, National Memorial Chortent
Thimphu, National Memorial Chortent

Content: The National Memorial Chorten was built in 1974 to honour the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. A chorten is a hemispherical shaped memorial stupa. Known as the most visible religious landmark in Bhutan, it is used as a place of meditation.

Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory,

Thimphu,  Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory,
Thimphu,  Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory,
Thimphu,  Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory,

Content: At Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory, you will witness the art of paper making. Craftsmen demonstrate how Deh-sho paper is made using the bark of two local tree species. Buddhist monks use Deh-sho to write prayers and for woodblock printing.

Location: Punakha

Day 4 - 5 Apr 2019

Dhensa Boutique Resort

Punakha, Dhensa Boutique Resort
Punakha, Dhensa Boutique Resort
Punakha, Dhensa Boutique Resort

Content: Its a 3 hours journey by road from Thimphu to Punakha. Amazing hotel! Beautiful location, with amazing views. It's so serene and relaxing being immersed in the beauty of the forest overlooking the valley. Amazing staff and service, so hospitable and friendly. Would definitely recommend to anyone and everyone visiting Punakha.

Punakha Dzong

Punakha, Punakha Dzong
Punakha, Punakha Dzong
Punakha, Punakha Dzong
Punakha, Punakha Dzong

Content: Sitting at the fork of two rivers, Punakha Dzong is considered one of the most beautiful spots in Bhutan. With spectacular displays of Bhutanese architecture, it stands like a medieval city surrounded by lavender Jacaranda trees.

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten

Punakha,    Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
Punakha,    Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
Punakha,    Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
Punakha,    Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten

Content: Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten is an example of Bhutanese art and architecture, built by the third Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck. This beautifully designed chorten took nine years to build, using only religious scriptures to construct the four-story temple. Accessible only by foot, the one-hour walk crosses over a suspended footbridge that is adorned with colourful prayer flags.

Location: Punakha

Day 5 - 6 Apr 2019

Trongsa Dzong

Punakha,  Trongsa Dzong
Punakha,  Trongsa Dzong
Punakha,  Trongsa Dzong

Content: About eight hours’ drive from Punakha to Bumthang, the central district of Trongsa, the ancestral home of Bhutan’s royal family and from where the first two kings ruled the kingdom. Long before you reach it, you see the resplendent Trongsa Dzong in the valley centre.

Location: Bumthang

Day 5 - 6 Apr 2019

Swiss Guest House Bumthang, Kharsumphe

Bumthang, Swiss Guest House Bumthang, Kharsumphe
Bumthang, Swiss Guest House Bumthang, Kharsumphe
Bumthang, Swiss Guest House Bumthang, Kharsumphe

Content: Lovely location on the hill with great view to the Dzong of Bhumthang. Very friendly service and good food with significant Swiss influence: you can even enjoy Raclette or cheese fondue meals for a little on top.

Location: Bumthang

Day 6 - 7 Apr 2019

Tamshing Goemba

Bumthang, Tamshing Goemba
Bumthang, Tamshing Goemba

Content: Built by 1501 by Buddhist saint Pema Lingpa then hikes up to Thangbi Valley and cross a suspension bridge to visit Thangbi Lhakhang built in the 14th century via unpaved road.

Kenchosum Lhakhang

Bumthang, Kenchosum Lhakhang

Content: Kenchosum Lhakhang is a rural looking temple which has its roots in the 7th century. The current structure, however, dates back to the 15th century when Pema Lingpa, the Treasure Discoverer, restored it and revealed terms (sacred texts and artefacts) on the hillside behind the temple.

Jakar Dzong

Bumthang, Jakar Dzong
Bumthang, Jakar Dzong
Bumthang, Jakar Dzong
Bumthang, Jakar Dzong

Content: Jakar Dzong was founded in 1549 by the great grandfather of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the father and unifier of medieval Bhutan. Known as the Castle of the White Bird, it was built on top of the hill because the lamas were directed there by a large white bird.

Location: Bumthang

Day 7 - 8 Apr 2019

Gangtey

Bumthang, Gangtey
Bumthang, Gangtey
Bumthang, Gangtey

Content: On our way to Gangtey, we passed through Trongsa, the ancestral home of the Wangchuck monarchy. Meaning new town, the first temple was built here in 1543.

Location: Gangtey

Day 7 - 8 Apr 2019

Gangtey Lodge Bhutan

Gangtey, Gangtey Lodge Bhutan
Gangtey, Gangtey Lodge Bhutan
Gangtey, Gangtey Lodge Bhutan

Content: One of the nicest hotels in the area and probably all of Bhutan. The rooms are gorgeous, the staff are extraordinarily helpful and the lodge is well-designed and makes you want to just relax on the porch and watch the sunrise.

Phobjikha (Gangtey) Valley

Gangtey, Phobjikha (Gangtey) Valley
Gangtey, Phobjikha (Gangtey) Valley
Gangtey, Phobjikha (Gangtey) Valley

Content: Today we travel to Phobjikha (Gangtey) Valley. Known as the winter home of the black-necked cranes (Grus nigricollis), you can see 600 of these elegant, shy birds that migrate here from Tibet between November and March. This bowl-shaped valley is also a wildlife preserve, so you might also see the other native animals of Bhutan, including Muntjac, Sambar, Serow, or Yak.

Gangtey Goemba

Gangtey, Gangtey Goemba
Gangtey, Gangtey Goemba
Gangtey, Gangtey Goemba
Gangtey, Gangtey Goemba

Content: Gangtey Goemba is a 17th-century monastery that sits on a hill, overlooking the entire valley. An excellent example of Tibetan architecture, the prayer hall (tshokhang), features eight great pillars. In the 15th-century, the Buddhist saint Pema Lingpa foretold that a temple would be built there, so his teachings could be spread.

Location: Gangtey

Day 8 - 9 Apr 2019

Paro

Gangtey, Paro

Content: We head back to scenic Paro Valley, home to many of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries and the country’s only airport.

Paro

Gangtey, Paro
Gangtey, Paro
Gangtey, Paro
Gangtey, Paro

Content: We head back to scenic Paro Valley, home to many of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries and the country’s only airport.

Location: Paro

Day 8 - 9 Apr 2019

Paro Airport

Paro, Paro Airport
Paro, Paro Airport
Paro, Paro Airport
Paro, Paro Airport

Content: We bid fond farewell to this beautiful Himalayan country and take flight back to London.