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Buddhist Tour of Bhutan  
Buddhist art flourished during the 2nd century BCE when sculpture became clearer and depicted the whole life of Gautum Buddha and his teachings in the form of sculptural episodes. It took form of friezes in relation to the decoration of stupas. In India from where the Buddhism actually started, Buddha was never shown in human form but through his symbols. The reluctance in showing Buddha in human form was due to many of his sayings which are mentioned in "Dighanikaya" that discouraged showing himself in human form after his demise.

The human representation of Buddha started in 1st century CE in Northern India. The two main centers of creation have been identified in "Gandhara" in today's North Western Frontier Province of Pakistan and "Mathura" region of central northern India. The Gandhara art emerged due to the centuries of influence from the Greeks since the conquest of Alexander the Great in 332 BCE. The influence of Greek sculpture is widely seen in the Gandharan Buddist sculpture. The contribution of Gandharan sculpture added wavy hair, drapery covering shoulders, sandals and shoes, acanthus leaf decorations etc. Where as strong Indian traditions can widely be seen in the Mathuran art which are exemplified by the representation of Buddha in human form with divinities like Yaksas. Mathuran art also added clothes covering left shoulder, the wheel on the palm, the lotus seat, etc.
 
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Itinerary Details
Day 1 : Arrival Delhi
On arrival you will be received by our representative and escorted to the hotel. We would want you to take a rest from the journey. After that you will be exploring the major tourists attractions of the old Delhi for the entire day. We will start from the Jama-Masjid, which is the largest mosque in India. It was built during the rule of Emperor Shah Jahan. The mosque is made of red stone and white marble. You will be asked to enter the Mosque barefooted and head should be fully covered. Next comes the Rajghat on your tour package. Rajghat is a place where Mahatama Gandhi – the Father of the Nation was cremated following his assassination in 1948. Thereafter we will be taking a sightseeing tour in and around Rajghat and will be making a visit to the two museums dedicated to the Mahatma Gandhi. You can also simply laze down in the garden area of Rajghat. Then we will move towards the Chandni Chowk. First of all we will hang out at the eating joints of Chandni Chowk, which are famous all over India. After taking the delicious lunch of Parathas and Kababas, we will take the Rikshaw ride in the market of Chandni Chowk. If you love to shop here, then the best thing that you can buy are the saris, pearl, silver and gold plated jewellery. No visit to this area is complete without sampling a jalebi the sweet made of flour and sugar. While in Chandni Chowk you will feel the old worldly charm still lingering. Then you will be transferred to the hotel for the overnight stay.

Day 2 : Delhi – Kathmandu - Paro
Next morning you will transferred to the Indira Gandhi International Airport for flight to Kathmandu. The flight offers you the beautiful view of the mountains and snow capped peaks. Meet and assist at the airport and transfered to the hotel. Day 2 is dedicated to the visit of Paro via Kathmandu. After that we will be taking the excursion trip to the Tiger's nest, also known as Taktsang monastery. It is the place of pilgrimage for the local people. We have also arranged a short horse riding trip for you. The trip will take you through the villages and pine forests. In between we will stop to taste Emadaste (dish made of chillies in cheese sauce). In the evening we will visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong, which attract thousand of visitors through out the year. Witness the collection of old paintings and admire its unbelievable beauty. There after we will visit the national museum located in Ta Dzong, that displays a rich collection of art and weapons. Dinner at night with an overnight stay at the hotel.

Get A Free Quote Day 3 : Paro Sightseeibng
In the morning hours of the third day venture through the terraced farms and visit some of the oldest temples and monasteries of Paro. Also witness the production of the red rice and fruits while in Paro. After taking the nature walk in the nearby areas, we will pay a visit to the Rinpung Dzong – the monastery here was first built by the Guru Padmasambhava during the tenth century. It is the myth that it was built by the villagers during the day and by the spirits during the night. Than we will make a move towards the Kyichu Lhakhang, which is considered as highly sacred, it is the composition of two temples. Next on your tour comes the Kila Gompa, which was erected for the nuns who present their lives for the spiritual causes like religious studies and meditation. The most exciting thing that you can do while in Paro are trekking and hiking. For which we have already arranged the team of expert guides especially for you. In the evening go for the walk to the colourful shops, bug some of the traditional costumes, local products and fabrics too. Enjoy the cultural dance performed by the local people wearing masks. After the dinner go to the hotel for the overnight stay.

Day 4: Paro- Thimphu
Drive towards Thimphu on the day 4 of the tour. We would book a room for you in a hotel where you can drop in your luggage. Your journey would begin from the Tashichho Dzong (the fortress the glorious religion). It was first built in 1661. It now constists of main government departments, National Assembly, the throne room of the King and summer head quarters of the Central Monastic Body. Simtokha Dzong is the another main attraction of Thimphu that comes next on our tour. It is the oldest Dzong in Thimphu and is also the gateway to the Thimphu Valley. Admire the beautiful frescos and slate carvings in Simtokha. After lunch we will move towards the Handicrafts Emporium and will shop for some of the exotic items such as papier-mβchι masks, prayer wheels, decorative motifs, silk-screened handmade paper, rings, ornaments for clothing, woven wool and silk clothe. Take home the collection of prestigious stones sold by the people in the local market. Then we will stop for the lunch at the local restaurant, where we will taste Dartsi and Ema Dartsi the famous dish that are cooked here.

DarjeelingThimphu is the heaven for the spicy food lovers, not a single dish is cooked here without the red chillies. After lunch we will go for the wildlife excursion in Thimphu. Enjoy the famous yak safari while in Thimphu. Entertain yourself listening the melodious songs of the variety of birds. Enjoy the thrills of river rafting and engage yourself in hiking. We have the team of experts that will guide you through out the trekking routes in Thimphu. After the full day enjoyment return to the hotel. Take rest and prepare yourself for the next excursion trip.

Day 5 - Thimphu – Punakha – Wangdi
After breakfast leave for Punakha in the morning. We will take a scenic drive across the Dochula Pass (Punakha), where you will have the superb view of the mountains and its rich flora. We will stop for the tea at the cafetaria at the pass. Then we will take sightseeing tour, admire the beauty of the Bhutanese art. It is the old capital of Bhutan. Punakha Dzong is a superb example of the intricate Bhutanese style of architecture. After that we will go for the hiking up to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten Perched high on a hill on the opposite side of the river. We have provides the facility of free guide to instruct you at every step. There after take the nature walk through magnificent forest of rhododendron and magnolia. Discover the rich flora and fauna of this place. Spot the snow leopards, takin and blue sheep. Than move towards the Chime Lakhang or the temple of fertility. After lunch proceed towards the Wangdi District. Enchant with the local people here, who are known for their warm behaviour. Take home items made of bamboo, slate items and work of stone carvings as souvenirs. Take a view of the solitary houses on the hills and the noble forts blessed by the Buddhism. The fluttering prayer flags and the smiling people are some of the views that will stay in your mind for the years to come. In the evening explore the local area. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6 :Wangdi – Phubjikha - Wangdi
On the 6th day of the tour, you would pack your bags for the sightseeing trip to Phubjikha, which is the high glacier valley just beyond the Pele La Pass. On the way spot the black necked cranes that are considered as highly endangered species. Along with that enjoy the panoramic Himalayan views and evergreen forests. Here we get the chance to visit the famous Dzong, built in 1647 and is the largest Dzong in the country. After that we have planned to visit the famous Gangtey Gompa, the oldest and largest Nyingma Buddhist monastery in Bhutan, that is located on a hill overlooking the beautiful valley. After lunch we will take up the trekking trip passing through the valleys and miniature forests of dwarf bamboo, the favourite food of the yaks. There after we will be strolling the small temples and idyllic villages on foot or on the bicycle. Enjoy the private performance by the local dance troupe in the evening. Drive towards Wangdi for the overnight stay.

Day 7 :Wangdi- Thimphu
Get A Free Quote Next morning again take the excursion trip to the Thimphu. After rest we will visit the National Memorial Chorten, a monument dedicated to the third king of Bhutan. The paintings and statue inside reflect the essence of Buddhism. After taking the insight view of the Chorten Memorial, we will pay a visit to the National Library, which holds the vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts. Cheri Monastery is the tourist spot that we would be exploring on our trip. We will also make a visit to the Painting School where children learn the traditional techniques of drawing and painting. After taking lunch trek through the picturesque medieval villages and the towns rich in cultural spots. In the evening shop for the local items. Also visit the gold and silversmiths and learn about their art. After the long day excursion shift to the hotel for the overnight stay.

Day 8 :Thimphu- Paro
After breakfast, pack your bags and get ready to move towards the Paro Spend full day visiting the eco attractions of Paro which you might have missed earlier.Enjoy the cultural programmes in the evening along with the traditional dinner.

Day 9: Paro -Delhi
In the morning hours of the 9th day you will be transferred to the Paro airport for the flight to Delhi.