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October 21, 2019
  • Welcome to Bhutan
  • Welcome to Bhutan
  • Welcome to Bhutan
  • Welcome to Bhutan
  • Welcome to Bhutan
  • Welcome to Bhutan
  • Welcome to Bhutan

Western Bhutan Tour (7nights/ 8 days)

Day 1 - Arrive at paro & Transfer to Thimphu. (Overnight in Thimphu)
Druk-Air, your flight to Paro flies over a breathtaking view of the himalayan mountain ranges. As you descend you will see lush green mountains dotted with sparse farm houses and nice terraces impossibly perched in high, remote valleys. 

Transfer to Thimphu. (1 ½ hr.)
Check into the Hotel and after lunch we can visit the following places:-

Day 2 - Thimphu
Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan. It has many modern and traditional buildings.

Tashichhoedzong (The Fortress of the glorious religion) This Dzong was built in 1641 by the Shabdrung. In 1965 Tashichhodzong was rebuilt into its present grandiosity by the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck to serve as the administrative headquarters for the government and the religious order. Today it houses the seat of Bhutan’s government and houses the office of the King and the chief Abbot that is as par in ranking with the King. It’s courtyard is open to the visitors during the Thimphu Tshechu (festival).

Memorial Chorten This Stupa was built built in 1974 in memory of the Third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.

The Institute for Zorig Chusum (13 traditional arts & crafts):

National Library It has Bhutan’s history in the form of religious and historical literature.

The Folk Heritage MuseumFounded by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. This museum gives you a sense of what a traditional Bhutanese home looked like in the medieval days. Many houses in the villages more or less still look like this one.

The Institute of Traditional Medicine: Here one can receive indigenous treatment. It produces it own herbal medicine.

Weekend Market:This is one interesting place for a tourist to visit. Here villagers come to sell their agriculture products from all over the village.

Day 3 - Phobjikha
In the morning transfer to Phobjikha. Stop over for Lunch at Dragon’s Nest at Wangdue. To go to Phobjikha you will have to pass by Punakha & Wangdue. The drive from Thimphu to Punakha & Wangdue is the most enjoyable one. First you come across the Dochula pass from where a beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range can be seen, specially on a clear winter days. The beauty of this place is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyal Chortens – a 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen. Then we descend to a warm climate. All through your journey you will come across many farm houses and farming taking place. You will stop at Wangdue for lunch and after lunch push off to Phobjikha which is about 3 hrs. journey. Overnight at Phobjikha.

Day 4 - Phobjikha/Gangtey Goenpa

Gangtey Goenpa is an old 16th Century private monastery that belongs to a reincarnate (Gangtey Trulku). This imposing building of ancient Tantric Buddhist history (although now being renovated) dominates and overlooks the Phobjikha valley. The Phobjikha valley is the roosting grounds of the black-necked cranes (grus nigricollis) also known as Thrung Thrung Karm by the Bhutanese. They arrive like clockwork with the onset of winter and leave just as systematically with spring. There are myths, legends and songs about them; a clear indication of longlasting familiarity with and affection for the cranes. Their arrival and departure in flocks flying with necks and legs outstretched and heavy flapping of their broad wings punctuated with glides is a sight one never tires of.

Day 5- Punakha
Punakha is about 3 hours journey. On reaching Wangdue, have lunch at Dragon’s Nest. After lunch visit Punakha Dzong. The interior of the Dzong is very beautiful and it is well maintained. Therefore, it is worth visiting it. It was built a year before the Wangdi Dzong in 1637. Punakaha used to be the capital of Bhutan at one point but now serves as the winter capital for the monk body that moves their headquarters from Thimphu. Overnight at Punakha.

Day 6 - Paro

Return to Paro which is about 4 ½ hrs. Afternoon at your leisure.

Day 7 - Paro
Paro is one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan. Here we can visit Kichu Monastery/Museum (Ta Dzong). You can also hike up to Taktsang Monastry (Tigers Lair) or drive to chelela.  

Day 8 - Departure

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