Western Bhutan Tour
Bhutan is spiritually influenced Buddhist kingdom that lures the visitors with its prehistoric culture and beliefs. This is specially designed covers both western and central part of the kingdom and visitors can explore Bhutan’s unique culture ...
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|Duration: 07 Days | Best Month: Spring/Autumn | Trip Grade: Easy | Starting Point: Kathmandu | Mode of Travel: Flight & Private transport | Number of Pax: 2+|
Bhutan is spiritually influenced Buddhist kingdom that lures the visitors with its prehistoric culture and beliefs. This is specially designed covers both western and central part of the kingdom and visitors can explore Bhutan’s unique culture and traditions, or splendid arts and crafts, or exquisite textiles or different dialects and beliefs or Buddhist religion and pilgrimage sites or rural life of medieval age or pristine environment. This trip gives a lot of opportunities to discover all the aspects of nature and culture one at a time.
Day 01: Fly Kathmandu to Paro
Transfer to Kathmandu airport, fly to Paro by Druk Air. After completing the visa formalities at the Paro airport you will be received by our Bhutan 's representative and transferred to the hotel . While driving through the picturesque Paro valley with its quaint clusters of hamlets amid terraced paddy fields you will see by the sight of white-domed peak of the sacred Mt. Jhomolhari that looms overhead. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the town of Paro and its markets.
Day 02: Paro Sightseeing
After breakfast in hotel we drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong, built in 1647 by the Great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan. The dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. We will explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). On our way back, we will visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. This monastery is one of the 108 monasteries built across the Himalayan region by the Tibetan King to subdue the Demoness that lay across the Himalayan region. The rest of the monasteries lie in other neighboring countries. Then, we will get back to hotel for overnight stay. Dinner will be served in the evening.
Day 03: Paro Sightseeing
After breakfast we will drive to Satsam Chorten. From the road- point we hike up to Taktshang, (Tiger's Nest) on a well maintained path, which is quite uphill and it takes around 3-4 hours walk. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche's meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. After lunch, we will visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning "Heap of Jewels"), the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Overnight & dinner at hotel in Paro.
Day 04: In Thimphu
After breakfast we will one and a half hour drive along the winding road alongside the Paro Chu (river) to the confluence with the Wang Chu. On the way you will pass the striking Tacho Gompa founded by the Tibetan saint. When you reach Thimphu, the Capital of Bhutan you will be served lunch at the hotel. After lunch you will visit the Memorial Chorten, dedicated to the Late Third King, Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. After that we will visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, Institute of Traditional Arts, Folk Heritage Museum and National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Textile Musuem and Handicrafts Emporium. Overnight at dinner in hotel
Day 05: Drive Thimphu to Punakha/Wangdue
After breakfast we will drive to Punakha and Wangdue (about 2 hrs) On the way we stop at Dochula pass (10500 ft) to see the spectacular view of snow - capped eastern Himalayan mountains. After lunch, we will visit Punakha Dzong and Khamsum Yuela Chorten. Overnight & dinner in the hotel
Day 06: Drive Punakha/Wangdue to Paro
After breakfast we will visit Chimi Lhakhang (about 20 minutes leisure walk across the rice fields from the road) and Wangdue Dzong. After lunch, we will drive back to Paro (about 3hrs 20 m). Overnight & dinner in the hotel
Day 07 Final Departure
After breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred to the airport to connect the flight for your onward destination.
• Accommodation in double rooms on twin sharing basis with attached bath
• American/continental Breakfast.
• Services of qualified local guides (English speaking or languages of your choice) at every place of sightseeing.
• All Transfers and departures on arrival and departure
• All Transfers and Sightseeing throughout the tour by an air-conditioned vehicles
• Any kind of personal expenses such as tips, laundry, telephone bills and alcoholic beverages.
• Camera Fees (Still or Movie).
• International flight fare
• Bhutan Visa fee
• Medical/ Travel insurance
• Monument Entry fee
• Unspecified Meals