Western Bhutan Tour

Western Bhutan Tour
Activity
Cultural Tours
Destination
Bhutan
  • Trip Grade
    Easy 
  • Group Size
    Min. 1 Pax 
  • Meals
    B.L.D 
  • Accommodation
    3-Star Hotels 
  • Best Time
    March - May and Sept - Nov 
Trip Unavailable
All Inclusive Price: $3,025USD

Trip Overview

Discover the cultural and natural treasures of Western Bhutan with our short and well-planned Western Bhutan Tour. Within eight days, you can explore four popular Bhutanese destinations – Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, and Phobjika.

Walk around ancient lakhangs, or Buddhist shrines, dating back to the medieval period. Visit the majestic dzongs, or traditional citadels. Hike along terraced fields and forests to reach secluded gompas, or monasteries. Experience the breathtaking Himalayan landscape while traveling across cities.

The Western Bhutan Tour begins in Paro, a city with one of the quietest and greenest international airports in the world. After meeting your local tour guide and driver, you will be driven to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.

In Thimphu, visit the King’s Memorial Chorten, a stupa built in memory of the third king of Bhutan, and the grand Tashicho Dzong. Drive to the hilltop shrine of Buddha Dordenma, where a gigantic statue of Lord Buddha looks down benignly on the Thimphu valley.

Leaving Thimphu, you will be driven to the glacial valley of Phobjika, the nesting site of the endangered Black-necked cranes. Nestled beneath the Black Mountains, Phobjika is home to a variety of Himalayan flora and fauna. It is also home to one of the ancient monasteries in Bhutan, the Gangtey Monastery. Explore the Gangtey Monastery and traditional villages surrounding the gompa. You can also take a nature tour and hike along the idyllic Gangtey Nature Trail, observing the wildlife and enjoying the gorgeous scenery.

At Punakha, we will take you to the Fertility Temple, or Chimi Lakhang, an important pilgrimage site for childless couples. Perched on a hill overlooking the Punakha valley, this temple was built in the fifteenth century by Drukpa Kuenley, the patron saint of Bhutan. Visit the impressive Punakha Dzong, a huge castle which houses administrative buildings, a monastery, and chapels. Located at the confluence of the Po Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers and surrounded by jacaranda trees, Punakha Dzong is probably the most beautiful dzong in Bhutan.

After a delightful tour of Punakha, you return to Paro and visit the major sightseeing spots – Ta Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, and Kyichu Lakhang. The Ta Dzong, also known as the National Museum, showcases ancient weaponry and military artifacts used by the Bhutanese warriors. In the olden days, Bhutan had to defend itself constantly from invading Tibetan armies. The dzongs, or forts, were built to defend the cities from Tibetan invasion. Walk to the holy Kichu Lakhang, one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan emperor Songsten Gampo in the seventh century. The lakhang is one of Bhutan’s oldest temples.

You wrap up your insightful Western Bhutan Tour with a hike to the Tiger’s Nest or Taktsang Monastery. Perched on the side of a sheer cliff, Taktsang Monastery is one of Bhutan’s sacred pilgrimage sites and a popular hiking destination.

March to May and September to November are the best months for the Western Bhutan Tour. Travelers of all ages and fitness levels can do this trip. If you find the long hikes (Gangtey Nature Hike and Tiger’s Nest Hike) exhausting, you can skip those.

If you want to experience the best sites in Bhutan, then we recommend this Western Bhutan Tour.

Take this adventure and join us in unraveling the cultural treasures of this beautiful Himalayan kingdom.

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 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
  • Entrance fees at the temple and monuments during the tours.
  • 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

Rachel and MeganUSA

We had an unbelievable adventure completing the Mardi Himal Trek in January 2023. Our guide Rajendra (Raj), and porter Rajesh  were professional, fun, energetic, and knowledgeable about not only the trek we were on but about many others in the area.

Tamar NitzanUSA

I'm so happy I went with Nepal Hiking Team. From the moment I arrived at the hotel, I knew I made the right choice. The hotel was in a great area. Bars, restaurants, clubs, shops were all within a 10 minute or less walk from the hotel.

I was doing

LachlanAustralia

I completed the 14 day Annapurna Circuit early December 2022, thank you so much to Surya and Rabin, who both went out of their way to make this trip, that I'd been planning so long,and  memorable. They were always checking in with me during the hike

Rick BelliveauPortland Oregon USA

Namaste! I highly recommend Nepal Hiking Team for your trekking adventure in the beautiful Himalayan Mountains of Nepal. This was my first trip to Nepal and additionally my first ever muli-day trek. Annapurna Base Camp Trek became a dream of mine about

JulesSydney, Australia

Posted on Nov 22 | Trip Advisor Review

We completed the 15-day Manaslu Circuit trek with Nepal Hiking Team in late November 2022.

The scenery of the Manaslu region is stunning and far more beautiful than we had imagined. The weather was excellent!