The Last Shangri-la, Bhutan is a magical nation of towering mountains, magnificent fortresses and unimaginably happy people. On your visit to this Himalayan Kingdom with our Bhutan packages you will enter a mesmerising world of tradition, modernity and mystique.
Bhutan is the only Vajrayana Buddhist nation in the world and lies between India and China amidst the lofty Himalayas. It is the only country in the world that measures its development on the basis of wellbeing and not gross domestic product, a unique approach that reflects the philosophy of its people. The country’s distinctive culture and traditions as well its pristine natural environment has made Bhutan tour packages a favourite among Indian tourists.
The capital of the Kingdom of Bhutan, Thimpu is the country’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. The city is home to many monasteries, museums and parks that you will love to visit on your Bhutan tour. When at Thimpu, visit some of the many ancient gompas or monasteries that are found across the capital. Changangkha Lhakhang and the National Memorial Chorten are included in most Bhutan tour packages.
Constructed in the 15th century, the Changangkha Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples in the Thimphu Valley dedicated to Avalokiteshvara, the Buddhist emanation of compassion. One of the best places to visit for panoramic views of the valley, the temple is an essential addition to Bhutan packages. The National Memorial is beautiful stupa built in honour of the third king of Bhutan. Among the museums that are part of our Bhutan packages are the National Folk Heritage Museum that showcases local life and folklore, the Royal Textile Academy that displays exquisite traditional textiles, some of which date back to the 1600s, and the Alaya Gallery that is home to an extensive collection of contemporary Bhutanese art. Do visit the Statue of Sakyamuni Buddha with our Bhutan packages. Perched atop a hillock, the statue represents the Buddha and offers fantastic views of the valley below. Other monuments that you should visit during your Bhutan tour include Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the current palace fortress. Built in the 18th century, the building accommodates government officials and monks.
Not far from the capital is the historic town of Paro. One of the most beautiful places in the kingdom; it is a highlight of our Bhutan tour packages. Paro is also home to the country’s only international airport so it is likely that that the town will be your introduction to the Kingdom of Bhutan. Paro is home to the famous Taktsang Monastery that is popularly called Tiger’s Nest. One of the best known sights in the entire country, the monastery is precariously perched atop a 1200m sheer cliff. Originally built in 1694, the monastery stands at the spot where Guru Rinpoche, who introduced Buddhism in Bhutan, had once meditated in the 8th century. The temple is decorated with beautiful paintings of the guru and other gods and goddesses. Also visit the National Museum of Bhutan, housed within an ancient watch tower. Established in 1968, the museum has a splendid collection of Bhutanese art including sculptures, paintings and woodwork covering over 1500 years of the country’s history. The Paro leg of your Bhutan tour will showcase the best of the country with mountains, monks and colourful markets. Take a scenic walk to Paro Dzong, the town’s main fortress. The structure is as impressive as it is intimidating. A great example of Bhutanese architecture, the towering walls of the building are visible from across the valley. The dzong, whose name means “heaps of jewels” was built in 1644 and was the location of the Hollywood film, Little Buddha. The airport at Paro is considered one of the most dangerous in the world with only eight pilots certified to fly to it. The town is also the perfect place to shop during your Bhutan tour.
Punakha, located in the heart of Bhutan, is a popular stop for many Bhutan tour packages. The city was the capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu. The main dzong in the city, the Pungthang Dewachen Phodrang, is possibly the most beautiful in the entire Himalayan kingdom. Called the Palace of Great Happiness, the dzong is where the monks of the kingdom reside during the winter and where the relics and remains of famous Buddhist monks and saints are kept. The beautiful palace with its intricately carved pillars, beautiful murals that depict the life of Buddha and lilac jacinda trees in the grounds around it is an enduring image from our Bhutan tour packages. Another popular attraction in Punakha is Chimi Lakhang. Sure to be the most interesting part of most Bhutan packages, the temple is located on a small hillock surrounded by lush paddy fields and is dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, a Bhutanese monk. It is a renowned fertility temple where couples are blessed with a scared bow and arrow. We also recommend making Khamsum Yueling Monastery a part of your Bhutan tour packages. It was constructed by the Queen Mother for world peace and the health of the Bhutanese King. The temple is adorned with elaborate religious paintings and is built in the traditional architectural style of the nation. You could also visit a traditional nunnery called Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang. The nunnery is at the edge of the city of Punakha on a ridge overlooking the entire valley. The temple is strewn with uncharacteristically opulent bronze statues of the Buddha as well as other local deities. Punakha is also well known for river rafting. Most Bhutan packages will offer you the chance
Bhutan packages often include the frontier town of Phuentsholing, on the border of India and Bhutan. Set in the foothills of the Himalayas, the town makes for a great addition to Bhutan packages. The town offers a fascinating mix of Indian, Nepalese and Bhutanese cultures that makes for a great experience in your Bhutan tour. Be sure to visit Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang, a simple, typically Bhutanese temple adorned with beautiful paintings and carvings depicting the life of Guru Rinpoche. You will also enjoy to short walk to Kharbandi Goemba, a monastery built by the Royal Grandmother Ashi Phuntsho Choedron in 1967 that has commanding views of town and plains of Bengal. We also recommend making the trip to Amo Chuu Crocodile Centre. Named after the river on whose banks it is built, the centre houses two types of crocodiles, namely gharial and mugger. The crocodiles are bred and then released into the natural habitat, a treat for wildlife lovers on our Bhutan packages.
Our Bhutan tour packages offer visitors a great opportunity sample local cuisine. Try traditional red rice with ema datshi, a delicious chilli cheese stew, and dry pork. If you feel particularly homesick on our Bhutan tour packages, the country has a host of Indian restaurants serving authentic meals. The capital Thimpu is a great place to shop for souvenirs and Bhutanese handicrafts. With our Bhutan packages, you will have the opportunity to stroll through the many street markets in town. While shopping, do have a look at thangka scroll paintings, masks, prayer wheels, Buddha figurines, Mandala paintings, yak hair bags, woollen shawls and colourful kiras. You could also load up on the locally brewed liquor, ara.
The Kingdom of Bhutan and its rich culture and traditions must be seen to be believed. Its beauty, simplicity and enigma deserve a visit from even the most discerning of travellers, making Bhutan tour packages one for the bucket list.Read Less
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