Day 2: Thimphu Sightseeing and Tango excursion
Take a drive to Buddha point which offers a beautiful city view of Thimphu. Astrologers & locals believe this spot is one of the central meeting point of the sacred energy vibe of the country hence the massive statue of Buddha facing the sun. On the way down, circumambulate around the Memorial Chorten (huge stupa) built in memory of the 3rd King of Bhutan. This is the favourite place for the locals to practice their devotions.
Embark on an excursion to Tango. Tango monastery is situated in solitary hill covered by forest and is one of the best places to study Buddhism. The monks take pride in being a part of this beautiful Dratsang and at present there is also seventh reincarnation studying here. It takes about two hours round trip on a stone pave path. Along the way you can also lookout for some birds as well.
Visit the Bhutanese Paper Factory, This traditional handmade paper is still being widely used around the country. It is made from the bark of the plant called Daphne. It is all produced manually by a handful of people.
Later, drive to the animal sanctuary where the national animal of Bhutan, the Takin, is found in captivity. It is believed that the animal was created by the foremost saint Drukpa Kinley popularly known as the “the divine mad man “for the westerners. Afterwards walk around the BBS tower which is surrounded by multi coloured prayer flags, and also known as the “romantic point” and lovers often come here to look at the panoramic view of the Thimphu valley.
After evening tea, witness an archery match played by the locals with lots of hue & cry! Archery is the national game of Bhutan and one of the best ways of expanding your public relation is by participating in it (If it is happening while you are there).
Overnight Thimphu. (Alt; 2,320m)