WESTERN BHUTAN TOUR
We offer a choice of 07 day tour to western Bhutan, where you will be visiting only the important places and monuments with limited sightseeing or a tour of longer period where you will be enjoying all the sightseeing.
1 / PARO
It is the entrance and the exit point for the international tourist.
Location: West of Thimphu
Distance from Thimphu: 65km (1hr 30mins)
Elevation: 2,250m (7,382ft)
SITE TO VISIT : -
TAKSANG, THE TIGER NEST: It is referred as one of the most venerated and famous monasteries in Bhutan. It is located on the face of a sheer 900m cliff above the floor of Paro valley, located approximately10km north of Paro town at an altitude of 3.120m.
Please note: Proper walking boots or shoes are recommended for this hike. Further, if you have more time and ready for more challenging day, there are several monasteries, temples, retreat houses in the surrounding area of Taktshang. The most notable among them are Zangdopelri and Ugyen Tsemo.
PARO TSHECHU (Festival): It is held every spring and is one of the most colourful and significant events in Paro Dzongkhag (district).
RINPUNG DZONG: It is built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who was a spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan.
TA DZONG: It was one time watch tower built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, since 1967 Ta Dzong is serving as the National Museum of the country.
DRUKGYEL DZONG: It was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders .Recently reconstruction work has started as it was destroyed by the fire in early 1950s.
KYICHU MONASTERY: It is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to7th century.
DRUK CHOEDING MONASTERY: It was built in 1525; Monastery was formed by Ngawang Chhogyel, one of the prince-abbots of Ralung in Tibet and an ancestor of the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
DUNGTSE MONASTERY: It has three floors representing hell, earth and heaven and the paintings inside are said to be some of the best in Bhutan.
JANGSARUB MONASTERY: It is a home to the magnificent statue of Sakyamuni Buddha that was carried all the way from Lhasa and also houses the protector deity of Paro.
Other attraction: Some of the popular trek routes start and end in Paro (Jhomolhari, Laya-Gasa trek, Drukpath), Birding in Paro, etc.
2 / HAA VALLEY
The road to Haa diverts towards the right hand side and ascends towards Chele-la pass from Paro and Thimphu.
Location: Western Bhutan, Southwest of Paro valley
Distance from Thimphu: 119km (3hrs 30mins)
Elevation: 2,670m (8,758ft)
SITE TO VISIT : -
CHELE-LA PASS (4200 meters): It is a beautiful place to walk around for few minutes enjoying the magnificent view of mountains Jumolhari, Jichu drakey and Kanchenjunga (India’s highest mountain). Followed by a visit to the famous Monastery of Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) and to Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple)
CHHUNDU MONASTERY: This is one of several temples dedicated to the Haa valley’s protective deity, ‘Ab Chhundu’. The Temple is located 10km north of Haa and accessed by a short 5-10 minutes’ walk from the road in Gayekha village.
Other Attractions: Haa lomba, beautiful lakes in Sangbe Geog, numerous treks etc.
3 / THIMPHU
Capital city of Bhutan
Location: Western Bhutan
Distance from Paro: 65km (1hr 30mins)
Elevation: 2,320m (7,610ft)
SITE TO VISIT : -
DOCHULA PASS: Located about 30km away from the capital of Bhutan, where on a clear day you can enjoy spectacular view of Himalayan peaks.
TASHICHHO DZONG: The fortress of the glorious religion’ and housing some important offices.
NATIONAL MEMORIAL CHORTEN : It has large impressive monument with its golden spire, built in 1974 in the memory of the third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928 – 1972).It was built by his mother Her Majesty late Queen Ashi Phuntsho Choden Wangchuck
BUDDHA DORDENMA Statue: It is a massive statue of Shakyamuni, measures in at a height of 51.5 meters (169ft) making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world.
FOLK HERITAGE MUSEUM: The museum gives you a glimpse of the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle.
THE JUNGSHI PAPER FACTORY: The factory uses the bark of two tree species, the Daphne tree and Dhekap tree to manufacture traditional paper.
SIMTOKHA DZONG:SPAN The Dzong houses countless statues and paintings of various Buddha’s, deities and religious figures including the eight manifestations of Guru Rimpoche, Jampelyang the Bodhisattava of wisdom, Shakya Gyalpo the Buddha of compassion and many more.
CHANGANGKHA MONASTERY: The Monastery is considered the spiritual home of new born children in the Chang valley. It is the oldest temple in Thimphu.
NATIONAL LIBRARY: It was established in the late 1960s, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts and modern academic books
TEXTILE MUSEUM / HANDICRAFT: It has a wide assortment of colourful, hand woven textiles and other craft products.
TANGO/CHERI MONASTERY: It was established in 1620, by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It takes about an hour to walk up the steep hill to reach the monastery from the road.
ZORIG CHUSUM: Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instruction in the art of painting Thangkas (Sacred Buddhist religious scrolls.
MOTITHANG ZOO: Glance at the national animal of Bhutan, Taken
TRADITIONAL MEDICINE INSTITUTE: A place where medicine are prepared according to ancient practise.
THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS: It is the home of the Royal Dance troupe. The history of the academy dates back to 1954. When it was started under the command of His late Majesty the King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck with the gracious intention to preserve and promote Bhutanese performing arts. The academy was institutionalized in 1967 with a mandate to preserve and promote performing arts traditions.
Other attractions: Observe the Royal silversmith, Bhutanese paper factory, Centenary Farmer’s Market, River rafting.
4 / PUNAKHA
It served as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 till 1907. It is the winter resident of monk body and the Je Khenpo (head of monk body).
Location: Western Bhutan, east of Thimphu
Distance from Thimphu: 72km (2hrs 30mins)
Elevation: 1,350m (4,050ft)
SITE TO VISIT : -
PUNAKHA DZONG: It is breath-taking example of traditional architect with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. Annual festival is also celebrated in this Punakha Dzong.
CHHIMI MONASTERY: It is also known as the Monastery of fertility. Temple of Lam Drukpa Kuenly
HOME STAY/ fARM HOUSE: One can opt for a farm house visit (optional)
Other attraction: Hot springs in Gasa,(3 hrs drive), Sinchula trek, river rafting and kayaking, biking, etc
5/ WANGDUE PHORDANG
The last town on the central highway before central Bhutan.
Location: Between Punakha and Trongsa
Distance from Thimphu: 72km (2 ½ hrs)
Elevation: 1,400m (4,480ft)
SITE TO VISIT : -
GANGTEY VALLEY OR PHOBJIKHA: It situated at top a hill at an altitude of 2800m, Offers a stunning view of Phobjikha valley, winter home to the rare Black Necked Cranes.
DARGAY GOEMPA: It was built in the spot where Divine Madman Drukpa Kuenley first met Ashi Genzo, who was renowned for her beauty. He is an iconic saint due to his unorthodox method of teaching through ribald humour.
WANGDUE PHODRANG DZONG: The Dzong is open for visitors during Wangdue Phodrang Tsechu celebrated in autumn.
Note: Now Wangduephodrang Dzong is no longer available for visit as it is completel gutted down by the devastating fire on 24th June 2012.
FARM HOUSE: Optional for spending a night in a traditional Bhutanese farm house in Phobijkha valley.
Other attraction: Gangtey trek, and more.