Western Bhutan is considered to be the most developed part of Bhutan, and has a lot to offer in terms of scenery and culture. It will involve visiting three districts of Bhutan: Thimphu, the capital city, Punakha the old ancient capital of Bhutan, and Paro the wide valley where the only international airport is located. Dzongkha is spoken language in the three districts. Enjoy the world reknown touristic sites in Thimphu, or the architecture of Punakha dzong and feel a sense of achievement as you hike up to the Tigers’ nest in Paro.
DAY 01: Paro – Thimphu (Tashichho Dzong, National Library, Painting School)
Once in Paro, you will be received by the company guide who will accompany you for the duration of your stay. Drive to the capital city for an hour through smooth winding roads, giving a first impression of the fresh green young mountains of Bhutan. Lunch will be served in Thimphu. Visit Tashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery housing most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room; as well as serving as the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Proceed to the National Library with a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. After that, drive to the Painting School, famous for traditional “thangkha” paintings and catch a glimpse of students at work producing intricate design on cloth. If time permits, also visit the Traditional Medicine Institute. Then dinner at your hotel in Thimphu!
DAY 02: Thimphu - Punakha (Dochula Pass, Trek to Lhuenchutse, Chimi Lhakhang)
Today, drive to the Dochula Pass, at an altitude of 3150 meters. Appreciate a spectacular array of 108 chortens, built in honor of the Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuk, by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. The spot offers a 360 degree panoramic view of the snowcapped Himalayan ranges. If the weather permits, you may even get the chance to see the Gasa Dzong at a distance.Then, take a 3 hour trek to Lhuenchutse monastery, several hundred meters above the Dochula pass. A late lunch or afternoon tea will be served at the Dochula Resort.
Proceed to Punakha, but stop on the way to visit one of the most famous monasteries in Bhutan, Chimi Lhakhang. It was built in 1499, by the cousin of Lama Drukpa Kuenley (the Divine Madman, famous patron saint of Bhutan) in his honor for having subdued a nearby demoness with his “magic thunderbolt of wisdom”. A wooden effigy of the lama’s thunderbolt is preserved in the monument. Moreover, this monastery is famous for being the “Temple of Fertility”, as it is known to be a place where people trying to conceive a child come for blessings. Lunch will be served at the Chimi Lhakang cafeteria. Then, continue onwards to Punakha where dinner will be served at your hotel.
DAY 03: Punakha (Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten, Punakha Dzong) – Wangdue Phodrang - Thimphu
Explore the ancient capital of Bhutan, Punakha. Get ready to see some important monasteries and hear some great stories behind them. After breakfast, take a relaxing 45 minute walk to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten (Stupa), perched on a strategic beautiful ridge overlooking the nearby villages under Kabisa gewog. It was built under the sponsorship of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangden Wangchuck to remove evil forces and promote peace, stability, harmony throughout the world. An interesting fact about this stupa is that it is the first of its kind in the world to have been constructed in consultation of holy scriptures, as visualized by Dudjom Lingpa, rather than engineering books. Next, visit the astonishing Punakha Dzong, built in 1637. It stands between two rivers, the Pho Chu (Male River) and the Mo Chu (Female River) and served as the seat of Government until 1955. A magnificent fortress, in which, the much mediatised Royal Wedding of the Fifth King of Bhutan took place to the beautiful Queen Jetsun Pema in October 2011. Punakha Dzong also serves as the winter residence of Je-Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) and the Central Monastic Body.
After lunch, a half an hours’ drive will take you to another district of Bhutan: Wangdue Phodrang. Once there, you will visit the site of the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, built in 1638 and situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tsang Chu rivers. Wangdi Phodrang had been the second capital of the country long ago. Unfortunately, the Dzong caught fire on the 24th of June 2012, literally destroying it to the grounds save for the lower walls, much to the horror and anguish of the Bhutanese people. Currently it is still under construction and is expected to continue until 2021. Then drive back to Thimphu in the afternoon, where dinner will be served at your hotel.
DAY 04: Thimphu (Tango Monastery, Simtokha Dzong) – Paro (Drugyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang)
It will be a relaxed day in Thimphu today, but only after a one hour hike to the Tango monastery. This monastery was founded in the 13th century by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and the great founder of Bhutan, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, was known to have meditated in its cave. After breakfast, drive to the base of Dodeyna from where the trek begins through a beautiful pine forest. In the afternoon, visit the oldest dzong in Bhutan: Simtokha, built in 1627 and located in South Thimphu. Legend relates that a demoness caused havoc to travelers and as a consequence the dzong was built in order to subdue it, which is why Simtokha literally translates to “Atop a demon”. It also houses the bed chambers of the two most important figures in the history of Bhutan: the Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the unifier of Bhutan as a nation and Jigme Namgyel, the father of the First King of Bhutan.
Then time to bid adieu to the capital city of Thimphu and drive to Paro through the scenic smooth roads. First stop in Paro will be Drugyel Dzong, about16 km away from Paro town and built in 1644.This ruined fortress has great historical importance for the Bhutanese people, as it where they defeated a Tibetan invasion centuries ago. If weather is clear on this day, enjoy a most spectacular sight of the sacred Mount Jhomolhari. Next, visit the KyichuLhakhang, indeed one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating back to the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century. Many elderly pilgrims go round the monastery in order to gain good merit. After a rich cultural day, dinner at your hotel in Paro, and a good nights’ rest in order to prepare for the great hike, the next day, to the world famous Taktsang monastery, climbed even by Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge in 2016 during their visit to Bhutan.
DAY 05 : Paro (Taktshang Monastery, Ta Dzong)
Put on your hiking shoes as it involves the 2 and half hour hike to Taktsang monastery also known as Tigers nest. After breakfast, a drive will take you to the trail head of the mountain, from which point the breathtaking and memorable hike through a beautiful pine forest begins. The monastery was built on the side of a gigantic rock face. It dominates the view of the mountain at a height of 2600 meters (those with altitude sickness are recommended to take medicine for it beforehand) and clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 m into the valley below.
The great saint, Guru Rimpoche was known to have meditated in a cave on the rock and around 1684, the main temple of the Taktsang monastery was built around it. Walk slowly and eventually get the chance to rest and refresh yourself with some light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria before continuing on. If not much of a hiker, experienced ponies can be hired for halfway up the trail. The trail allows from some spectacular views of the Paro valley and surrounding peaks. Lunch will be served upon your descent from the mountain. Next will be a visit to the famous “Ta-Dzong “, initially a watchtower but now a national museum, built in 1656. Enjoy a view of the Rinpung Dzong right below it. Finally, after an eventful day, enjoy leisure time to stroll through the quaint town of Paro and explore it to the fullest. Dinner will then be served at your hotel in Paro.
DAY 06 : Deaprture from Paro International Airport to onwards destination
You will be escorted to Paro International Airport in the morning, accompanied by your guide who will bid you farewell. We already miss you and until next time! Tashi Delek!
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1. When and how to visit Bhutan?
Choose your traveling date like Arrival/Departure date. You also need to choose entry/depart Bhutan via AIR or LAND.
By Air: Druk Air, the national carriers is the only service operator in the kingdom and operates several flights per week from Bangkok (Thailand), Delhi & Kolkata (India) and Kathmandu (Nepal) to Paro (Bhutan). The Paro International Airport is located about an hour and a half drive from Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.
Paro airport is daylight restricted, and the flights are totally dependent on the weather. As a result, sometimes flights are delayed. It is therefore a good idea to keep at least 24 hours of transit time for connecting flights out of Paro. You might also want to consider traveling on a non-restricted ticket so that if you miss a connecting flight, you can be rerouted or seated on the first available carrier.
Sometimes flights into Paro are disrupted because of unfavorable weather conditions. If this occurs, the flight will stop for the night at the transit airport. To be prepared, you may want to carry your essential personal items in your carry-on luggage.
By Land: Phuentsholing, a Bhutanese town in the southwest has road access to India. It is located about 170 km from the Indian domestic airport at Bagdogra, West Bengal. Phuentsholing is about 172 km from Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan and is about 6hours drive distance. And S/
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Trip Length: 05 nights/06 days
1pax = USD 1500
2 Pax = USD 1420 per person
3 Pax & above = USD 1380 per person.
The above price is inclusive of the followings:
- Government Royalty USD 65/person/night
- All government Taxes.
- Lodging (3* hotel – Twin Sharing)
- Meals (Three Meals a day)
- Comfortable Land Transportation within Bhutan.
- Service of guides (English Speaking)
- Camping Equipment & Haulage of trekking tours.
- Visa Fee of USD 40/person
- Mineral Water
- Tea/coffee with snacks ever evening at hotel
- Trying and wearing of our Traditional Costumes and photo shoot.
The above price shall be exclusive of the following:
- Travel Insurance Coverage
- Medical Expenses
- Sleeping bags on treks.
- Tips to guide and driver, others
- Personal bills and others