Thimphu Valley Tour Surrounded by green hills, Thimphu, the Capital of Bhutan, is fast becoming a concrete jungle; although they try to retain the old architectural style which is somewhat a relief. Thimphu Chu flows quietly, dividing the valley into two halve. We started with the striking National Memorial Chorten and proceeded to Changangkha Lhakhang, Craft centre and to the Folk heritage Museum. A quick lunch and then again we were off to Pangri Jampa, Dechenphu Lhakhang, Telecom tower to have a birds’ view of the valley and lastly to Thimpu Dzong. Only Bhutanese are allowed inside Pangri Jampa, Dechenphu Lhakhang. Constructed by the queen mother of third king Jigme Dorzi Wanchuk in 1974, the huge National Memorial Chorten on the backdrop of a turquoise blue sky was a striking construction, so was the Trashichhoe Dzong. Thimphu contains most of the important political buildings in Bhutan, including the National Assembly of the newly formed parliamentary democracy and Dechencholing Palace, the official residence of the King, located to the north of the city. The old dzong build in 1216 and was rebuilt in 1630 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, again carefully repair and christen by the Namgyal in 1641. It became the summer residence of Namgyal and Je Khempo (the religious head of Bhutan).
Thimphu, as the political and economic centre of Bhutan, has a dominant agricultural and livestock base, which contributes to 45% of the country's GNP. Although the Thimphu Valley has supported small settlements for many centuries and a dzong has existed there since 1216, the city didn't really develop until the king declared Thimphu the new capital in 1961. The culture of Bhutan is fully reflected in Thimphu in respect of literature, religion, customs, and national dress code, the monastic practices of the monasteries, music, dance, literature and in the media. Vehicles first appeared on the streets a year later, and slowly the city began to adapt to its role as the nation's capital. Currently the town is undergoing massive development. Tourism, though a contributor to the economy, is strictly regulated, maintaining a balance between the traditional and development and modernization. Tsechu festival is an important festival when mask dances, popularly known as Cham dances, are performed in the courtyards of the Tashichhoe Dzong in Thimphu. It is a four day festival held every year during Autumn (September/October), on dates corresponding to the Bhutanese calendar.
Day 01:- Kathmandu to Paro by flight and overnight hotel.
Day 02:- Paro to Thimphu and overnight hotel.
Day 03:- Thimphu valley sightseeing and overnight hotel.
Day 04:- Thimphu to Punakha and overnight hotel.
Day 05:- Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten and Punakha Dzong and overnight hotel.
Day 06:- Chimi Lhakhang and Wangdue and overnight hotel.
Day 07:- Phobjikha Valley Wangdue Tour and overnight hotel.
Day 08:- Wangdue to Paro and overnight hotel.
Day 09:- Departure to Kathmandu, Nepal and overnight hotel.