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Sakya

Located in the Sakya County, Sakya Monastery covers a space of 45 000 m² and is surrounded by a moat, an outer wall and an inner wall. With fortifications and battlements atop, it has only one entrance on the east. The monastery stands in two parts on either side of the Dongchu River.
This monastery is the center of the Sakyapa Sect (White Earth Order).
The State Council of People's Republic of China has classified it as a national level protected monument.


The northern part of the monastery was built in the year 1079.
The southern part was founded in 1268 by a famous abbot of Sakya named Phakpa who had ruled the whole of Tibet under the Yuan Dynasty's supervision.

Day 01: Arrive Paro

After being welcomed in the Paro International Airport, you are taken to Thimphu and transferred to your hotel for refreshing and resting.
Night in Thimphu.

Day 02: Thimphu.

During all the day, you visit the highlights of Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Your guide will bring you to the Traditional Painting School, the National Library and the Memorial Chorten. Today you also discover the Takin, the Bhutan national animal: a body of cow with a head of goat. At the end of the day, you enter into Tashichho Dzong.
Night in Thimphu.

Day 03: Wangdue Phodrang-Punakha

After three hours driving, you arrive in Wangdue Phodrang and its Dzong located at the top of a hill.
After Wangdue you are taken to the Dzong of Punakha, on the banks of a river. This fortress is said to be one of the most beautiful in Bhutan.
Night in Punakha.

Day 04: Bumthang

A long day driving brings you to Bhumthang. The beautiful valley of Bhumthang is considered as the Switzerland of Bhutan.
Night in Bhumthang.

Day 05: Bhumthang-Jakar Dzong

During all day you visit Bhumthang: Jakar Dzong which is the biggest Dzong in Bhutan, Jambay Lakhang, Tamshing Monastery and the Swiss Farm.
Night in Bhumthang.

Day 06: Ura

After breakfast, you proceed to Ura, a valley to the south-east of Bhumthang. It is believed to have been the home of the earliest inhabitants of Bhutan. Ura is a very beautiful valley with Buddhist monasteries and traditional houses. After the lunch, drive back to Bhumthang.
Night in Bhumthang.

Day 07: Tashigang

You travel all day from Bhumthang to Tashigang during a 10 hours journey.
Night in Tashigang.

Day 08: Samdrup Jongkhar

After sightseeing in Tashigang Dzong and bazaar, you proceed to Samdrup Jongkhar. The road between Tashigang and Samdrup Jongkhar completed in the 1960's, enables the eastern half of the country to access and benefit from trade with the south as well as across the Indian border.
Night in Samdrup Jongkhar.

Day 09: Mongar

On the way to Mongar, you stop at Khaling to see the traditional weaving center and at Kanglung College which is the only college in Bhutan.
Night in Mongar.

Day 10: Mongar Dzong

In the morning, visit of the Mongar Dzong and the bazaar.
Later on, you drive up to Bhumthang, the stop of today.
Night in Bhumthang

Day 11: Trongsa

Today we come back to the western valleys of Bhutan. On the way we stop at Trongsa to visit the Dzong of the city.
Five hours later we are in Wangdue Phodrang.
Night in Wangdue Phodrang.

Day 12: Paro

Five hours driving bring you back to Paro. This city is the home of the only airport of the country. The rest of the day is spent to visit the Paro Dzong and the National Museum.
Night in Paro.

Day 13: Taktsang

Today is an excursion day to Taktsang also called Tiger's Nest. This hike leads to a monastery hanged to the rock of a hill. It is one of the main highlights of Bhutan.
Night in Paro

Day 14: Departure

You are transferred to the airport for your final departure.

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