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TAJ TASHI AFFAIR AT THIMPU

A place that takes you breath away with its beauty, hospitality and just thoughtfulness. Everything about Taj Tashi is like a warm hug on a cold winter evening. It feels so good that you never want to let go, no matter how inviting the outside world looks.

Nestled in the heart of stunningly picturesque Thimphu Valley overlooking the Wang Chu river, is the gateway to a magical land brimming with fascinating mythology. This is the ideology followed by Taj at Taj Tashi as it blends the Dzong architecture and modern design, all while being adorned with classical hand-drawn Buddhist murals. The 66 spacious rooms and suites overlook the exquisite mountains and township, and capture the essence of Bhutanese art and architecture. Let’s step in!

 

Paro to Thimpu

On reaching Paro, our representative will receive and escort you to the hotel in Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Just the drive to the hotel takes you through winding roads filled with beautiful hamlets.
Visit Simtokha Dzong on the way and later visit Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu. Almost every Dzong you come across has an interesting myth/story.
Legend Alert:
Simtokha Dzong was constructed to subdue an evil spirit, that was harassing the people in the region, and to guard the place. Hence, Simtokha translates as ‘Atop a Demon’. Simtokha is believed to be the first dzong built in Bhutan and is the gateway to Thimphu Valley. The Dzong’s antique murals are renowned for their historic and artistic value and the frescoes and images are among the finest in the country.
On reaching Taj Tashi, expect a royal welcome. The quietness of your well-done luxury suite balances out the bustling city around and presents you with a selection of comforts – a pillow menu, a grand canopy bed, floor warmers, Abraham and Thakore bathrobes in a walk-in closet, handy bath salts next to your fabulous Cristina bathtub and a daily turndown service – all under the wise watch of the stunning view outside. The signature JIVA Spa tempts you to linger on in the comfort of the hotel instead of venturing out by offering more signature treatments than you can experience during a single stay.
Request a ‘Sushupti’, an intensive body exfoliation massage and wrap with rice, honey and cream that is rinsed off with warm milk and flower petals. Power up with some delicious local cuisine at Chig-Ja- Gye, with some tea to follow at Rimps.

Thimpu

Start the day with The Memorial Chorten, also known as the Thimphu Chorten, a large Tibetan-style Buddhist Monastery with golden spires and bells. It is a popular landmark and one of the most visible religious structures in Thimphu.
Move on to the The National Library of Bhutan, a four-storied eight-cornered traditional building, which looks like the central tower temple of a Bhutanese Dzong.
The Folk Heritage Museum is set inside a 19th century three-storied traditional building and was established in 2001. The museum houses different tools, materials, objects, equipment and artifacts from rural Bhutanese households and gives a good insight of the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle.
We then, head out to see the Buddha Dordenma or Buddha Point, a gigantic 51m tall statue of the Buddha. Located atop a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park it overlooks the entrance to Thimphu Valley. It was built to bring peace and happiness to the entire world.
Fact:
This is the largest Buddha statue in the world, it was made in China in 2015. The statue has engraved over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the Buddha itself, are made of bronze and gilded in gold.
We then close the day with a visit to The School of Traditional Painting of Arts and Crafts where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.
Right Time. Right Place:
Weekend Market: Thimphu’s weekend market is a lively atmosphere bustling with vendors, bargaining customers and the pungent smell of various spices. The market sells all kinds of food, the holy incense, clothing and handicrafts, dried fish, fatty pork, chillies and the Bhutanese favourite, datse (soft cheese), unique red rice and kapche, also known as tsampa, the ground roasted barley. All this with the distinct aroma of light incense fills the space with an assortment of sorts.
If you are there on weekends, you know where to head!

Wangditse Nature Trail Hike

Drive above Thimphu city, pass Mothitang area and drop by the Takin Reserve Center to see the national animal of Bhutan, the Takin. It has the body of a cow and head of a goat, believed to have been created by Buddhist Master popularly known as Divine Madman.
From here, begin walking through apple orchards and farmhouses with prayer flags fluttering above making the place look beautiful. You are rewarded with stunning views of Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu city, and Buddha statue from here.
We then, head out to see the Buddha Dordenma or Buddha Point, a gigantic 51m tall statue of the Buddha. Located atop a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park it overlooks the entrance to Thimphu Valley. It was built to bring peace and happiness to the entire world.
Fact:
This is the largest Buddha statue in the world, it was made in China in 2015. The statue has engraved over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the Buddha itself, are made of bronze and gilded in gold.
In the evening, visit Tashichho Dzong. This dzong is an impressive building also known as ‘the fortress of the Dharma Raja’. It has traditionally been the seat of the Druk Desi, the head of the Bhutan’s civil government.
Melt into the luxurious comforts at Taj Tashi for the night!

Taktsang Monastery

We have all seen the pictures, we have all craved to go there. Well, the day is really here. Perched on the side of a vertical cliff at 3000m altitude north of Paro, the beautiful Taktsang Monastery also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’ is the most famous and an unofficial symbol of Bhutan.
Legend Alert!
Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) flew to this location from Khenpajong, Tibet on the back of a tigress and subdued a demon. He then meditated in a cave here for three months and emerged in eight incarnated forms (manifestations) and blessed the place.
And Guru Padmasambhava, known for introducing Buddhism to Bhutan, was said to have meditated here.
This is not just beautiful for a hike, it's a place where you truly find peace. An hour hike up to a small wooden teahouse called Cafeteria provides a close view of the monastery. A further and a rather challenging hike will lead you to the glorious Taktsang Monastery itself.
It's a hike like none other!
We then check out Kyichu Lhakhang, located close to the Paro Airport, its an important Himalayan Buddhist Temple, built in the 7th century.
Legend Alert!
The temple is one of 108 built by Tibetan emperor Songtsen Gampo to subdue a she-demon who prevented the spread of Buddhism. With this our trip to Bhutan comes to an end. Dream on for the night about peaceful dragons and dzongs!

Log Jay Gay Taj Tashi!

Say good bye to the Taj Tashi and the wonderful Bhutan!

Cost Break up

Price Inclusions:
- All necessary arrival and departure transfers.
- 4 nights’ hotel accommodation at Taj Tashi (Deluxe Room), Thimphu - in a twin sharing room on bed and breakfast basis.
- All the sightseeing tour and transfers as per the itinerary with English speaking guide by private vehicle.
- Bhutan Visa Fees.
- Tourism development fee Entrance fee in Bhutan.

Price Exclusions:
- International airfare.
- Insurance and rescue of any form.
- Items of personal nature such as bar bills, alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone calls, extra mileage, personal gratuities as tips to guide, porters, drivers etc.
- Personal insurance policy - suggested a comprehensive travel insurance covering tour and flight cancellations, loss of valuables, thefts, illness, accidents and hospitalization.
- Excess baggage.
- Gratuities, tipping to guides and drivers.
- Expenses incurred by re-routing, inclement weather, floods, famine, political disruptions, strikes, riots and other disturbances.
- Any meals and services not mentioned on cost inclusions.

Birds eye view

5 Days
From USD 2430
Day 1 : Paro to Thimpu
Day 2 : Thimpu
Day 3 : Wangditse Nature Trail Hike
Day 4 : Taktsang Monastery
Day 5 : Log Jay Gay Taj Tashi!

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