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Bhutan a purely Buddhist Himalayan Kingdom is unsurpassed in its scenic majesty and vibrant culture. The Kingdom shares with Nepal the world’s greatest concentration of mountains and living heritage Buddhism. It is one of the few countries in the world still untouched, paradise for tourist interested in Buddhist culture and philosophy, flora and fauna, trekking and mountaineering. Trip to Bhutan is considered an experience once in a lifetime.
A few years old, Thimphu was built by the late king Jigme Dorje Wangchuk, to replace the ancient capital of Punakha a mountain range away. At a altitude of 7,710 ft in the fertile valley of the Wang Chu river, the capital Thimphu is an engaging blend of the old and the new. A unique law, which retains the forms and motifs of Bhutan's traditional architecture even in new buildings give Thimphu a delightful structural harmony. The capital's most striking visual landmark is the magnificent Tashichhodzong, which is the seat of the Royal Government and Central Monastic Body.
To the west of Thimphu, the Phajoding monastery overlooks the town from 10,000 feet and commands a splendid view of whole area. Visitors may also go to Dontsho la pass for an impressive vista of snow peaks, lakes, streams and alpine flowers, and to Dochu la, another scenic mountain pass, where the panorama of vivid rhododendrons and azaleas against the backdrop of the great Himalayas is breathtaking.
paro-museumBelow the Dzong, across a covered medieval bridge, is uggen palri a royal palace, where architect’s imagination reached, hiterto unattainable peaks in the ecstasy of devotion. Here is Bhutan’s architecture at its height. About 6.5-km north of the Dzong, is the legendary and most revered sacred shrine in Bhutan; Kytchu-Lakhang was built in the 7th century, the wooden floor tells the tale of the years of prostration by the devout monks, for goughed into the heavy timber are footprints as clear as if freshly made. The Queen Mother of the present king recently added a new chapel dedicated to the Guru Rimpoche with a great image of the saint crafted by Bhutan’s foremost artisans.
Beyond Paro, the road runs along the river valley to the Tibetan border. A few miles down the road, a side track leads onwards Tastsang a gem-like monastery that clings to a sheet 3,000 foot rock face. The name Taktsang means “theTtiger’s Nest” for the legend that Padma Sambhava, the bringer of Buddhism, flew here from Tibet on the back of a Tiger. Today pilgrims and other visitors reach it by crossing a bridge and mounting a steep, winding track on horseback. The monks welcome visitors and will readily act as guides and show their small sacred library. Another 15 minutes further along, even highen Thantaktsang, is the Sang-Tog Peri monastery. Its name means literlally “ the temple of heaven” a claim which no one who sees it, would think to contest.
A three hour drive to the east of thimphu takes one to the old capital of bhutan - punakha. A superb example of bhutanese architecture, the punakha dzong majestically stand on the bank of the river punakha. With abundance of trouts, the punakha river is considered an angler’s paradise.
Trekking and touring in Bhutan is a wonderful experience for those who enjoy rich natural habitats, indigenous people and their culture. It offers diverse opportunities for trekking and tours with its splendid scenic beauty, majestic mountains and deep gorges and valleys less affected by the effect of modernization.
It is one of the short treks operated in Bhutan. It is one of the popular treks of the land of thunder dragon. Although it is a short trek it reaches a high altitude. The total trekking duration is only six days. No doubt, this trek provides unique experience to the visitors. The trek starts from Paro and concludes at Motithang.