Western Bhutan Tour

Western Bhutan Tour

Activities:
Cultural Tours
Duration
8 days
Destination
Bhutan
  • Trip Grade
    Easy 
  • Group Size
    Min. 1 Pax
  • Best Time
    March - May and Sept - Nov 
  • Accomodation
    3-Star Hotels

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

Gabrielle, Australia A family trip was organized to the Everest Base Camp, a long-awaited adventure that was on our list for the longest time. We had wanted to organize the trip a year ago, but circumstances prevented us from doing so. Nevertheless, we finally did the trek this year and are ever so happy about it. With seven in our group, we had members ranging from 20 to 50 years old. Our guide was considerate and hiked with all of us while arranging the pacing. Logistically, everything went very smoothly. On our first day we were given a great tour of Kathmandu and also a briefing to pick up our gear and help on re-packing. Nepal Hiking Team had reservations made for the Lukla flight early in the morning and off we all went for the trek the next day. Staying at the lodges and guesthouses the higher up we went, we had the view of the mountains right from our windows! Our guide was always able and willing to make changes for us and overall, I feel like we stayed in the best available places. The itinerary of our trek was very reasonable and had enough acclimatization days to fit into the schedule. We spent two nights at Namche and Dingboche as well and had good tours of the villages. Our guide and our porters were very open and willing to help accommodate us in any way they could. Overall, the trek was beautiful and had many great and splendid moments. We are grateful to Nepal Hiking Team and their efforts. Arranging one of the best trips for our family, Nepal Hiking Team played a big part in making sure that we had a good time, and we most certainly had a grand old time in the mountains of the country with great people and beautiful landscape!
Jennifer Silva, Canada For our 12-year anniversary, I and my wife did the Everest Base Camp Trek with Nepal Hiking Team. A top-notch agency, Nepal Hiking Team was probably the best decision. With their spick-and-span record with reviews and happy customers, we were certain that we would not be disappointed. Beginning the trek, our conjecture was concreted as we were accompanied by one of the best people we had the pleasure of coming across- our guide, Bhim Adhikari. Adjusting the pace of the trek to match ours, carrying our bags, and making sure the accommodations were right and the food was good, Bhim was the one who carried all of the responsibility of the trek on his shoulders and succeeded marvelously. We had no worries nor any complaints. We were contending with our situation and happy that we were spending our time in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. The fact of the matter was that our team of guide and our porter, a 24-year-old Sherpa named Dorje, were the best people who certainly earned their share of the profit. We were treated with warmth and friendliness everywhere, making our trip thousand times more beautiful. The monastery at Tengboche, the view of the mountains while on the trail, the gorgeous landscape, and the courteous people throughout the trek were all utterly spectacular and amazing. We are thankful to Nepal Hiking Team and would definitely be using their company again for the next Nepal visit!
Astrid Reilly, Singapore Nepal Hiking Team is the best travel agencies that I had the fortune of being accompanied by. Everyone at the agency was kind and professional and I had a really good time doing the Everest Base Camp Trek. Arun was my guide and he was always amazing. He took care of all of my needs and made sure that I was comfortable. The breakfast, lunch and dinner that I was provided were all appetizing and content. It was the best trekking experience that I had and I would give Nepal Hiking Team two thumbs up!  
Ashley Rowe, Australia It was always my dream to be close to Mount Everest at some point in my life and being the enthusiastic trekker that I am, I finally had the opportunity to do so with Nepal Hiking Team! I couldn’t have chosen a better travel agency for my endeavor! First of all, let me start by saying that from the very first e-mail, I was made assured that I was in good hands. Mr. Ganga never missed any opportunity to inform me about my queries and answered all of my questions immediately and fast. Then when I arrived at the airport, I was greeted with a warm welcome and flower garlands by my soon-to-be guide for the trip, Arjun. He truly is a friendly guide who made me feel comfortable immediately. We had a very good run-in throughout the trip, he always showed great enthusiasm that matched my own and his energy was palpable! Aside from the friendly demeanor, Arjun was also extremely professional and showed the signs that he had done this thousands of time before. He never missed any beat when it came to my well-being and concern. If there was anything that I wanted, Arjun arranged it for me in a heartbeat! Back at the office as well, I was always getting calls from Mr. Ganga asking about my trip and if everything was going fine or not. Nepal Hiking Team is an agency that really cares about their customers and that was what made me so grateful for my experience with them. Not only did I fulfill my lifelong dream about being close to Everest, but I was lucky enough to choose the best agency as well. It was a parenting that truly was serendipitous! Nepal Hiking Team fully has my recommendation and I cannot emphasize enough how much I am grateful for NHT! It was an experience that will forever be engraved in my mind and bring a smile to my face whenever I remember back on it! Thank You Nepal Hiking Team, Arjun, Mr. Ganga and the whole staff for a beautiful experience!
Tanya Henderson, Australia

My husband and I did Annapurna and Everest Base Camp Treks Nepal Hiking Team. Ganga and his team members went out of their way to ensure we had a smooth and enjoyable trip and provided professional and excellent services (airport pickups, provision of city and mountain maps, goose-down trekking gear, relevant and useful advice, driver services, etc.).

We had regular contact with management throughout our time in Nepal (before, during and after trekking) and we always felt like we were in capable hands! We were even taken out for dinner and presented with EBC completion certificates upon arriving back in Kathmandu after trekking.

Our guide, Raj, was absolutely outstanding!! Not only was he great fun but he was also knowledgeable, kind and honest (this is very important as not all companies provide reliable guides - many will try to make a quick buck off tourists in the mountains whenever they can!) Our trek to Everest base Camp was incredible but the experience was made even better by having such a superb guide with us. Thoroughly recommend this company and requesting Raj if you can!

Everest Base Camp Trek in November 2012.