West Bhutan Cultural Tour 5 days

West Bhutan Cultural Tour 5 days

Start Point

Kathmandu

End Point

Kathmandu

Duration

4N/5D

Grade

Easy

Max Altitude

2334 meter

Meals

B+L+D

Accomodation

Hotel/Resort

No. of Person

Min. 02 Pax

Highlights

1. Paro Valley:

  • Visit the iconic Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery perched on a cliffside, offering stunning views and spiritual significance.
  • Explore the historic Paro Rinpung Dzong (fortress) and the National Museum, showcasing Bhutanese art and artifacts.

2. Thimphu:

  • See the massive Buddha Dordenma statue overlooking the Thimphu Valley.
  • Visit the Tashichho Dzong, a magnificent fortress that serves as the seat of government and religion.

3. Punakha:

  • Explore the Punakha Dzong, one of Bhutan’s most impressive architectural wonders, located at the confluence of two rivers.
  • Hike to Chimi Lhakhang, the “Fertility Temple,” dedicated to the “Divine Madman” and known for its phallus symbols.

4. Wangdue Phodrang:

  • Visit Wangdue Phodrang Dzong and immerse yourself in the historical significance of the region.

5. Phobjikha Valley:

  • Witness the stunning beauty of the valley, known as the winter home of the endangered black-necked cranes.
  • Explore Gangtey Monastery, an important religious site.

6. Trongsa:

  • Visit Trongsa Dzong, the ancestral home of the Bhutanese royal family and a significant historical site.
  • Explore the Ta Dzong, which has been transformed into a museum showcasing the history of Bhutan’s monarchy.

7. Bumthang Valley:

  • Discover the rich cultural heritage of Bumthang, with its sacred temples, monasteries, and traditional villages.
  • Explore the Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake) and participate in a trek to experience the natural beauty of the region.

8. Traditional Festivals:

  • Depending on your timing, you might have the chance to witness and participate in local festivals (tsechus) that feature colorful mask dances, religious rituals, and cultural celebrations.

9. Interaction with Locals:

  • Engage with local communities, monks, and artisans to gain insights into Bhutanese daily life, traditions, and craftsmanship.

10. Scenic Drives:

  • Enjoy picturesque drives through mountainous landscapes, lush valleys, and quaint villages.

The West Bhutan Cultural Tour is a 5-day tour that takes you through the western part of Bhutan, which is home to some of the most important cultural and historical sites in the country. The tour includes visits to the following places:

Paro: This is the gateway to Bhutan and is home to the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktsang Palphug). You will also visit Paro Dzong and Ta Dzong.

Thimphu: The capital of Bhutan, Thimphu is a charming city with a mix of modern and traditional architecture. You will visit the Memorial Chorten, Sangaygang viewpoint, mini zoo, museums, and Tashi Cho Dzong and Cheri Monastery.

Punakha: This valley is located in the western part of Bhutan and is known for its beautiful scenery and its Punakha Dzong, which is considered to be one of the most important dzongs in Bhutan.

Gangtey: This village is located in the Phobjikha Valley and is known for its black-necked crane sanctuary.

The tour also includes accommodation, meals, transportation, and activities. The cost of the tour will vary depending on the time of year and the level of accommodation you choose.

Detail Itinerary

During the journey, one will experience breath taking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Jomulhari and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro Airport, you will be received by representatives of our tour operator who will escort you to the hotel. Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon : Visit the National Museum ( Ta-Dzong ). This was originally the Watch Tower of the Paro Rinpung Dzong. It was converted into the National Museum in 1968. It is located on top of a hill above the Paro Dzong overlooking Paro valley and river. On the way back from the Museum, take a leisurely stroll in the Paro market and along the beautiful Paro river.

Drive to Drugyal Dzong ( a ruined fortress – 16 Kms away from Paro town ).

Although in ruins, this Fortress of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, the peaks of Mount Jomulhari ( Alt. 7329m ) “Mountain of Goddess” can be seen on a clear day.

Visit the Rinpung Dzong. This massive fortress is located in the Paro valley and is approached by a gently sloping flagstone road and a beautiful wooden bridge roofed with shingles and abutted by two guard houses. Today, this fortress houses the Administrative seat of the district of Paro and the district Monk Body with about 200 monks. The central tower ( Utse ) of the fortress, is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan with its superb woodwork. The Dzong ( fortress ) was built in 1645 AD. Picnic lunch at the river bank or in the hotel.

Afternoon : Drive to Thimphu ( capital ). The drive to Thimphu through the winding road along the Paro and Thimphu river takes about 2 hr. ( 65 Kms. ). Check in at the hotel. After tea at the hotel, take a leisurely stroll in the Thimphu town.

Morning: Visit the Memorial Chorten ( a huge stupa ) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the country from 1952-1972. Visit the Painting and Wood Craft school where traditional art and craft is still kept alive. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased. Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Visit Simtokha Dzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan located about 6 Kms. from Thimphu town. It houses the largest Monastic schools in the country.

Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building. This massive fortress houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the office and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot.

Evening: Free to do some shopping in the town.

After an early breakfast, drive up to Dochula pass ( 26 Kms. ). From the pass, you can enjoy the most spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayan mountain ranges. Tea/coffee at Dochula and return to Thimphu.

Drive up to Dechencholing ( 5 Kms. from Thimphu town ). At Dechencholing, you can view the palace of the Queen Mother where all the luncheons and banquets for the Head of the States and other important guests are hosted. Also, visit a beautiful private monastery on top of the hill. Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Drive to Paro. Check in at the hotel. After Tea/coffee, Drive up to Satsam Chorten ( 10 Kms. from Paro town ). From there, you can view the picturesque Taktsang Monastery ” Tigers Nest “perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800 ft.

After an early breakfast, drive to Paro Airport. See off by the representative of our tour operator or your guide.

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