The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular in entire Himalayas. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkatta, the journey offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom. After immigration formalities and baggage collection, we were met by our representative, afterwards drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan with en-route stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. Three different style of stupas; Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese adorn this confluence.
On arrival, in Thimphu we checked-into the hotel. The capital town of Bhutan and the center of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. With the population of about 1,00,000 it is perhaps still the world’s only capital city without a traffic light.
We went for an exploratory walk around Thimphu main street and market area.we stayed at the lemon tree hotel thimphu.https://www.google.com/travel/hotels/Thimphu/entity/CgsIrpjTo-HZwsCAARAB?g2lb=2502548,4258168,4271060,4306835,4317915,4322823,4328159,4330862,4371335,4401769,4419364,4425458,4433754,4435574,4436127,4444000,4445603,4451649,4270859,4284970,4412693&hl=en&gl=in&un=1&ap=aAE&grf=EqoCCiwIDhIoEiZyJCoiCgcI5A8QChgWEgcI5A8QChgXIAAwHkDKAkoHCOQPEAoYChIKCAcoAToEOgIgARIKCAIoAToEEgIIARIKCAQoAToEIgIQARILCBMoAjoFmgECCAESBAgfKAMaOggKEgYKBFoCCAYSBgoEWgIIBBIGCgRaAggFEgYKBFoCCAkSBgoEWgIIChIGCgRaAggCEgYKBFoCCAMaAggCGgIIBBoLCBMSBwoFmgECCAEaAggOGkIIBxIOCgw6CgoDCPAuGgNJTlISDgoMOgoKAwjAPhoDSU5SEg4KDDoKCgMIkE4aA0lOUhIOCgw6CgoDCPhVGgNJTlIaJggfEgkKBYICAgguIAESCwoHggIECEgYLiABEgoKBoICAwjLASABIgIgAQ&q=hotels+in+thimphu+bhutan&rp=EInLke3ZuMb87AEQ9_69-_bqqr97EK6Y06Ph2cLAgAEQrPSmjLGbtN9FOAFAAEgCogEPVGhpbXBodSwgQmh1dGFuwAEDyAEA&ictx=1&ved=2ahUKEwjthcvwv6rsAhVkmeYKHQV3C8cQvS4wAnoECAEQQw
Day 2: Thimphu
After breakfast at the hotel,we drove to Buddha Dordenma, located atop a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and overlooks the Southern entrance to Thimphu Valley.. This massive statue of Shakyamuni made of bronze and is gilded in gold, measures 51.5 meters in height, making it one of the largest statues, in Bhutan. The throne that the Buddha Dordenma sits upon is a large meditation hall.
Then, visit King's Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”) who has wished to erect monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument.
Trashichhoedzong: This is the center of government and religion, site of monarch’s throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans.
Evening time we spent strolling through Thimphu city centre and local crafts bazaar, to browse through example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here we bought hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, jewelry, interesting items made from local materials.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 3: Thimphu – Paro .
After breakfast we drove to Paro. En route visited Simtokha Dzong, one of the oldest fortresses of the country and known as the place of profound tantricbhutan teaching.Later in the day after checking into hotel, we proceeded to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons.Then we walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, which has a long and fascinating history. Evening we explored Paro local market and town.
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