Western Bhutan Tour

Western Bhutan Tour
Activity
Cultural Tours
Destination
Bhutan
  • Trip Grade
    Easy 
  • Group Size
    Min. 1 Pax 
  • Accommodation
    3-Star Hotels 
  • Best Time
    March - May and Sept - Nov 
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All Inclusive Price: $2,080USD

Trip Overview

Bhutan is growing as a popular tourist destination and has attracted visitors and tourists from all over the globe. Its western territories in particular offer spectacular destinations that showcase the rich tradition of Bhutan and its Buddhist cultures. The western part of the country is also well developed and offers convenient infrastructure and services for the comfort of all national and foreign visitors.

The western region mainly constitutes of places such as Thimphu the capital of the country, Paro that holds the only international airport in the country, Punakha that has a rich history with spectacular landscape, and Wangdue where the most beautiful valley, the valley of Phobjikha lies. These places are linked by highways and are just a few hours’ drives from each other.

The Western Bhutan Tour will start with your arrival at the only International Airport in the country located in Paro valley. You will then be taken to the capital Thimphu city where the touring will begin. Most of the administrative offices, headquarters, and other important structures of the country are located in Thimphu. It also holds the highest portion of the population compared to all other regions and is home to the king of Bhutan. Touring of places such as the Memorial Chorten, Kuensel Phodrang, the Changlimithang national stadium, the Takin Preserve, Changangkha lhakhang and other popular sites will be done here before departing to Wangdue dzongkhag.

Wangdue dzongkhag is about a few hours drive from the capital and a few more hours of journey are needed to reach the valley of Phobjikha which has fantastic scenery and where the very rare black necked cranes are seen. This valley truly looks like heaven on earth and provides natural greenery and landscape that captivates every visitor. The blacked necked cranes that land in this valley are also of rare species and feature in the folk songs of Bhutan from time to time.

After exploring Phobjikha valley, a ride to Punakha which is only a few minutes’ drive from Wangdue dzongkhag awaits you. Chimi Lhakhang is the immediate site that deserves some touring just as you enter Punakha. This religious site is the sign of devotion to the Saint Lama Drukpa Kuenley and his legacy. This is culturally rich dzongkhag and the wonderful Bhutanese architecture displayed in the Punakha dzong is a must-see for all visitors. Punakha is one of the main highlights the Western Bhutan Tour.

Punakha was the initial capital of the country as it served as an important landmark in Bhutan’s history and is also the winter residence for the central monastic body. Bhutan’s longest bridge built by Thangtong Gyalpo is also situated right behind the dzong and crossing it delivers a feeling of nostalgia as well as courage while light breezes hit you making you feel more alive than ever. A visit to Dzomlingthang awaits you next which is a small picnic spot by the Punakha river side.

After touring Punakha, a journey back to Paro awaits you where you will visit temples that hold much significance in the Dharma country of Bhutan. A visit to the Kyichu Lhakhang, Paro Rinpung dzong and Sangachokor which are all well connected by roads will make for a short trip while also exploring rich traditional infrastructure and culture. A visit to the museum situated right above the Rinpung dzong will also be arranged. After these short trips, a hike to the Tiger’s nest which has in recent years grown very popular amongst all tourist will be made. The Tiger’s nest monastery has been constructed on the face of a cliff and in recent years gone through a lot of maintenance due to damages caused by fire.

The Paro International Airport will be the next and final destination for you, where it all began. A representative will drop you off and you will hopefully leave with lots of beautiful memories.

Highlights of the Western Bhutan Tour

  • The tour covers the most popular sites of Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and Wangdue dzongkhags (districts).
  • At Thimphu you would be visiting the Memorial Chorten build in the memory of the Third King of Bhutan. You will be visiting Changangkha Lhakhang which is an old Buddhist monastery built on top of a hill. You would also be taking a stroll in Changlimithang stadium, the only stadium in the country.
  • At Wangdue you will be visiting the spectacular Phobjikha valley. There you will be visiting the Gangtey monastery, local villages and the Black necked crane centre which offer traditional and unique cultures of Bhutan.
  • At Punakha you would be visiting the fertility temple Chimi Lhakhang, the Bhutanese architectural marvel Punakha dzong, dzomlingthang and Bhutan’s longest iron bridge.
  • Finally, at Paro a visit to Rinpung dzong, the national museum and Kyichu Lhakhang will be the initial visiting places for you. Your hike to the Tiger’s nest (Taktsang) will be the concluding trip of your western Bhutan tour.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Paro and Departure to Thimphu

Day 02: Short touring of Thimphu and Departure to Phobjikha

Day 03: Experiencing Phobjikha valley

Day 04: Departure to Punakha dzongkhag and paying a visit to Chimi Lhakhang

Day 05: Tour of Punakha

Day 06: Drive to Paro

Day 07: Hike to the Taktsang (the Tiger’s nest) in Paro

Day 08: Departure

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Assistance in acquiring Bhutan visa and visa fee
  • Accommodation at a 3-star category hotel approved by Bhutanese Government
  • Single room surcharge when travelling 1-2 people in a group
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the tour
  • Mineral water will be supplied during the tour
  • Highly experienced local tour guide and all entry/permit fees during the tour
  • All applicable government taxes and tourist service charges
  • Our office expenses and service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary”
  • International flights to/from Bhutan
  • Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee
  • Personal shopping, internet/Phone bill, and laundry
  • Pony service and porters
  • Tips for tour guide and driver

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

Reviews

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Dave, USA Had a truly great time in the mountains with the Nepal Hiking Team. Arrived from the Pacific Northwest with my boomer mom to trek to Everest Base Camp. (Made it.) Our group included four other ladies who’d met in college and were reconnecting. Was tough going at times but the NHT crew led us well. Our guides and porters were professional, kind, generous, and attentive. Their work was difficult—carrying our extra stuff, monitoring our conditions as we gained altitude, maintaining morale if/when it flagged, teaching us about Nepali and Sherpa culture, and showing us the way—and they all performed legendarily. Ganga and Raj put a lot of thought into making our trek enjoyable. They took great care of my mom and were very proactive with those who faced any altitude-related issues. I’m no world traveler or experienced backpacker, but this trip felt particularly fun and special. It awakened in me a far greater curiosity for travel. The mountain experience—organized by Ganga and led by Raj and his team of guides and porters—will be a cherished memory. Our NHT crew were all good people. I enjoyed their company and guidance immensely. We fly home this evening from Kathmandu and I’m already excited to return with friends, family, or solo. I look forward to trekking with NHT, Ganga, and Raj again. Read this review on Tripadvisor.