A short trip across Western Bhutan

Trip Facts

A short trip across Western Bhutan
Length : 8 Days - 7 Nights
Start : Paro
Finish : Paro
Trip Style : Cultural Tour
Discounts : Applicable on this trip
Group Size : Maximum 12, Avg 5
Group Leader : Certified Tour Leader from The DBT.
Transport : New Model Toyota Hiace /Coaster bus/Land Cruiser not more than 3 years old.
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Can it be Tailored? : Yes

Trip Overview

This journey takes you to five western districts, with breathtakingly beautiful valleys with lush green paddy fields, incredulous fortress-like monasteries known as Dzongs and majestically flowing rivers.

Outline Iteinerary

DAY 1: Arrival

  • Reception by our representative
  • In the afternoon, visit Rinpung Dzong and Tadzong. Rinpung is the district administrative centre and also houses the monastic body. Tadzong, above Rinpung, was traditional built as a watch tower but today has been turned into a museum and give you a valuable insight into Bhutanese culture and tradition.

DAY 2: Paro sightseeing

  • Hike to one of Bhutan’s most venerated pilgrimage sites, the Taktsang monastery, commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest.”
  • Visit Drukgyel Dzong , built in 1647 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetans in 1644. Drukgyel means “the fortress of the victorious Drukpas”. The Dzong, with a delightful village nestling at its foot and Mount Jomolhari (Alt 24,000 feet) appearing as a backdrop on a fine weather is an awe-inspiring sight.
  • Overnight: Hotel in Paro.

DAY 3: Drive to Haa

  • Stop at Chelela , one of the highest motorable pass, festooned with prayer flags and veritable a garden of Himalayan followers and plants, including the Blue Poppy, the national flower.
  • Arrive at Haa town, stroll around town before lunch
  • Visit various goenpas such as Haa Goenpa, Wangtsa lhakhang, Lhakhang Karpo, etc.
  • Drive back to Paro for overnight stay in a hotel

DAY 4: Drive to Thimphu

  • On the way, visit the Semtokha Dzong, the oldest Dzong in Bhutan. Visit the Memorial Chorten and the Changangkha Temple.
  • Visit the Folk Heritage Museum and the Handicrafts Emporium.
  • Visit the post office in town to see/buy a wondrous collection of Bhutanese stamps and postcards.
  • Visit Royal Textile Academy (including museum) and the Paper factory
  • Drive up to the BBS (Bhutan Broadcasting Service) tower viewpoint and enjoy the view of the entire Thimphu town.
  • Stop at the Takin Zoo (Takin is the national animal of Bhutan)
  • Drive to Tashichhodzong, also known as the “fortress of the glorious religion.”
  • If time permits, also visit the Zilukha Monastery, a nunnery with about 80 nuns studying and performing pujas.

DAY 5: Drive to Punakha

  • Stop at Dochula, a mountain pass (alt 3050 m) with its fluttering prayer flags and a spectacular set of 108 miniature chortens (stupas). On a clear day, you will get awe-inspiring glimpses of the towering eastern Himalayan peaks.
  • Lunch at the Dochula cafeteria and gradually descend down to Punakha valley.
  • Visit Punakha Dzong, strategically built between two rivers, the Phochu (Male River) and the Mochu (Female River).
  • Hike to Khamsum Yule Namgyel Chorten, a shrine built by the Queen Mother of Bhutan, involving a brief 30-40 minutes’ walk uphill through terraces of paddy fields.

DAY 6: Punakha – Wangdue Phodrang

  • Visit Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, the divine mad monk with stops at some of the local village homes here to get a feel of the traditional Bhutanese way of living
  • Drive to the small town of Wangdue Phodrang. Right before arriving Wangdue Phodrang, you will catch a glimpse of the very distinctive Rinchengang village whose inhabitants are all celebrated stonemasons.

DAY 7: Punakha to Paro

  • Visit Rinchengang village in Wangdue Phodrang (About 30 – 40 minutes’ drive from Punakha). This is a very interesting village where all the houses are clustered close to each other like the villages in Tibet. You can also visit and explore some local farm houses here
  • After lunch, drive to Paro
  • Visit the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan
  • Stroll through Paro town in the evening

DAY 8: International departure

  • Drive to airport for onward journey

Note: Cultural tours centred around Paro Tshechu and Punakha Drubchen can be designed with visits to the neighbouring districts after the festival or prior to the festival. Please check Festival Section for festival-related tours.

Date and Departure Information

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Price Details

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), Tourism Business regulating agency of the Royal Government of Bhutan, fixes the Tourist Tariff rate. This rate is valid for all the inclusive tour packages. The tariffs for tourists visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:

Peak Season Rate: (March, April, May, September, October and November) Cultural Tour /Trekking – US$ 250/per person per night halt.

Low Season Rate:(January, February, June, July, August and December) Cultural Tour /Trekking- US$ 200/per person per night halt.

Price Inclusions

  • Bhutan Royalty ($65 per person per day).
  • Visa Fees ($40 per person).
  • All necessary permit fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • All meals including evening tea.
  • All accommodation in our partner hotels, which are some of the best in the country on twin sharing basis.
  • All trekking equipments and logistics including cooks, camp personnel, horsemen and ponies.
  • English-speaking tour leader, guide and driver.
  • Trekking Insurance (Our value-added service).
  • Cultural Performance (our value-added service).

Price Exclusion

  • Airfare for flights into and out of Bhutan.
  • All personal expenses like laundry, telephone, tips, shopping expenses.
  • Meals and Beverages other than the ones mentioned above (see inclusions).
  • Spa Charges.
  • Travel and Medical insurance.

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A short trip across Western Bhutan
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