Paro Rinpung Dzong is a Buddhist monastery and fortress. Rinchen Pung Dzong means 'Fortress on a heap of jewels'.
Source: Bhutan Kuenshey Tours
The first & second day of the festival happens inside the Paro Rimpung Dzong(Fortress on a heap of Jewel). The first day of the festival is said to be the most important.
Day 1: Arrival Paro
- Arrive Paro international airport. Your tour guide will meet you at the airport to receive you.
- It will be a short one-hour drive from Paro to Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan along the river and the huge mountains terrains.
- In the evening take a walk around town and try the Bhutanese National Dress, Gho for Male and Kira for Female. You may also like to visit the craft bazaar or the centenary farmers market where you will find a hug segment of imported and organic fruits and vegetables produced by our villagers. Overnight in Thimphu
Day 2: Paro Thimphu
- Sightseeing in Thimphu includes Memorial Chorten is one of the most visible religious structures in Thimphu, and for many Bhutanese it is focus of their daily worship. It was built in 1974 as a memorial to the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The Buddha Dordenma is located atop a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and overlooks the Southern entrance to Thimphu Valley.
- You may also visit post office and try your own personalized stamps at the National Post Office. You may give your family and friends a pleasant surprise by sending home a postcard with your face on the stamp.
- Visit one of the impressive forts Tashichho Dzong. Dzongs are a dominating part of Bhutan’s architecture. Mostly build atop cliffs and hilltops. Spend your time exploring Tashichho dzong, which was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and reconstructed in 1962, by the late king his majesty, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It now houses the throne room and office of His majesty the king.
- Other sightseeing also includes the National Textile museum that showcases a wide range of Bhutan’s textile that differs quite substantially from region to region.
- Folk heritage museum at Kawangjangsa that is set inside a three storied, 19th century traditional house. The museum will give you a glimpse of traditional Bhutanese lifestyle.
- National Institute of ZorigChusumpopularly known as Painting school.
- Over night in Thimphu
Day 3: Thimphu Punakha
- We will depart early for the dramatic drive over the mountain pass of Dochula. Stop at Dochula Pass to enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of the eastern Himalaya ranges. The pass is marked by 108 Bhutanese stupas (Chorten), a beautiful monastery and prayer flags fluttering on the hill. You may also visit the Druk Wangyel Temple that depicts an example of traditional Buddhist culture meeting the 21st century.
- Sightseeing in Punakha incudes the magnificent Punakha Dzong, Sangchen Dorji Lhendrup Choling nunnery, TaloGoenpa(/monastery) and the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan.
- You may choose to hike
- End your day taking a walk along the beautiful valley of Punakha.
- Over night in Punakha.
Day 4: Punakha Paro
Drive back to Paro. Visit Chimi Lhakhang (temple of fertility), which was built in the 15th century by the ‘Divine Madman’ (Lama Drukpa Kuenley).
If the weather is perfect you will enjoy a picnic lunch at the beautiful Lamperi Botanical Park.
Exploring Paro Town where you find many Handicraft shops just so you want to buy souvenir. Overnight in Paro.
Day 5: Paro
- Today you will experience the most exciting event at the courtyard of Paro Rinpung Dzong. Paro Tshechu (festival) is the most popular dance festival in the country. It offers the best opportunity to mingle local people who come out with their best dress to witness the festival.
- You may visit the interior of Rinpung Dzong.
- Towards evening you may visit the 7th century Kyichu lhakhang, a temple of historical significance and one of the most sacred shrine in Bhutan.
Day 6: Paro
Hike to Taktsang monastery (“Tiger's Nest”). The Tiger’s Nest or the Taktsang is one of the most popular spiritual heritage sites, perched precariously on the rock face of a sheer cliff 900m above the valley. Here one can enjoy the stunning view of the monastery.
Relax evening, as you may be tired after the hike or if interested you may try a hot stone bath at a farmhouse.
Please note these tour packages are very flexible and can be altered according to your taste/preference