drive from Thimpu to Punakha is spectacular. You make a gradual climb to a
pass over 12000ft and then gradually descend to 5000ft at Punakha. The views
of the snow capped Himalayan ranges from the pass are stupendous. The prayer
flags add a rich colour to the pass. Punakha is an absolutely incredible
place with valleys and terrace farming on mountains on either side and a
river flowing through the valley.
Punakha is a paradise for people who love nature walks as well as for the
bird lovers., The 17th century Punakha Dzong which besides containing many
religious and ritual artifacts, also shelters the embalmed body of its
maker. Punakha also has many other fascinating smaller monasteries as well
as tombs of former rulers. The rivers Mo-chu and Pho-chu meet here to form
the Santoshi river. Punakha offers excellent opportunities for scenic walks
through incredible landscape; infact the entire area speaks of picture
Gangtey Valley is considered one of the most scenic in all of Bhutan.
Imagine finding a wide and flat valley without obstructing trees and
providing incredible views of breathtaking natural scenery all around. This
valley is also home to the rare black necked crane who migrate from central
Asian plateaus to escape the harsh winters.
journey to Paro is special as we punctuate it with visits to tribal homes,
terrace fields, interaction with families' etc. This is surely to provide
you greater insights into this fascinating Kingdom. The kingdom of Bhutan is
probably the only protected Himalayan paradise that is still thriving in its
natural splendour. The government's policy of limited tourism will ensure
the Dragon Kingdom to remain as an exclusive destination for a long time.
From the thick alpine forests to the cultured and friendly people, this
pristine country exudes the colour, life and jest, typified by the yells
from the zealous archers.
The gateway to the entire kingdom's treasures is the quaint Paro valley.
From the moment you alight a blissful feeling envelops you. Ancient forts
with its white washed walls and the imposing Mt. ` Chomolhari as a backdrop
will transport you back into time. The Drugyel Dzong fortress and the
ancient Taktsang monastery of hermits, which hangs on impossible cliffs, are
some of the fascinating historical places to visit in Paro.
A 90 minute drive from Paro brings us to Chelela Pass which is situated at
an altitude of 12000 ft . The views from here are absolutely mind boggling
as the sweep of the snow clad Himalayas lie before us. Chelela pass offers
some very scenic soft treks along the ridge of the mountain.