BHUTAN ODDYSEY


15 Days / 14 Nights

PARO

Overlooked by the spectacular Taktsang monastery, the beautiful Paro valley encapsulates the rich culture and scenic beauty of Bhutan. Perched on a cliff, the monastery is believed to be the site where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tiger in the eighth century and is one of the country’s holiest sites. Paro is also home to many of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries, including Rinpung dzong, the impregnable fortress, and Ta dzong, the old watchtower. Rinpung dzong is also the venue for the Paro festival, which for 2019 will take place between 17 and 21 March.


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PUNAKHA

Situated in the lowest of Bhutan’s central valleys, Punakha is Bhutan’s winter capital. Its warmer climate sees the fertile valley blanketed in cactus plants and orange orchards. Naturally and culturally spectacular, Punakha is set against the backdrop of snow-covered mountains and pine-clad hills. The scenic drive from Thimphu passes over the stunning Dochu-La-Pass and through rhododendron forests. A short walk to Khamsum Yueling temple provides an idyllic spot for a picnic lunch and a walk across the second largest suspension bridge in the world, which crosses the Pho-chu river.

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PARO

Overlooked by the spectacular Taktsang monastery, the beautiful Paro valley encapsulates the rich culture and scenic beauty of Bhutan. Perched on a cliff, the monastery is believed to be the site where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tiger in the eighth century and is one of the country’s holiest sites. Paro is also home to many of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries, including Rinpung dzong, the impregnable fortress, and Ta dzong, the old watchtower. Rinpung dzong is also the venue for the Paro festival, which for 2019 will take place between 17 and 21 March.


PUNAKHA

Situated in the lowest of Bhutan’s central valleys, Punakha is Bhutan’s winter capital. Its warmer climate sees the fertile valley blanketed in cactus plants and orange orchards. Naturally and culturally spectacular, Punakha is set against the backdrop of snow-covered mountains and pine-clad hills. The scenic drive from Thimphu passes over the stunning Dochu-La-Pass and through rhododendron forests. A short walk to Khamsum Yueling temple provides an idyllic spot for a picnic lunch and a walk across the second largest suspension bridge in the world, which crosses the Pho-chu river.

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