- Religious and Spiritual Tours
- Cultural and Historical Tours
Three meals per day
from 2175 USD
Western Bhutan Tour is designed in such a way that one can experience the gift of Western Bhutan with beautiful mountains and valleys; the rich tradition and great history. Western Bhutan Tour offers stunning scenery with golden paddy fields cascading down the magnificent mountains, the pristine rivers flowing through the main towns of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, and unique two-story houses displaying rich traditional paintings and architectural designs.
During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga (if flying from Kathmandu or Delhi) and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Chomolhari and Mount Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, meet our representative and escorted to Hotel. After lunch visit Rinpung Dzong, the massive fortress is located on a small hill just above the Paro river (Pachu). The Dzong houses the district administration office and the District Monk body. It was built in 1645 A.D. After then proceed towards Kyichu Lhakhang (Monastery). One of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan was built in 659 A.D by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet as one of the 108 such monasteries he built in across the Himalayas to spread Buddhism. Back to hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
In the morning hike to Taktsang Monastery. Taktsang meaning “Tiger’s Nest”, is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (also known as Guru Padmasambhava) meditated. The eighth century's monastery is perched on a rock overlooking a sheer drop and clings seemingly impossible to a cliff of rock at 2,950 m above the sea level.
After lunch drive towards Thimphu and visit to Tashichho Dzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government's office and King's Throne room it is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Then, visit the National Memorial Chorten (a huge Stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972., it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace. Evening is free. Overnight at hotel
After breakfast, visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased. Visit the School of Traditional Paintings - Known as ‘Zorig Chusum’ where 13 traditional arts of Bhutan be trained. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit Paper Factory, Changzamtok textile, Nunnery, Takin reserve. Visit Simtokha Dzong (6 km from Thimphu) the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built in 1629 AD. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
After breakfast drive to Punakha, leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Stop at the pass to visit Druk Wangyal Chortens, 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen.Once you cross the pass, you wind down into a warm fertile valley and meander along a gently flowing aquamarine river that leads you to the Punakha valley. Then visit the Punakha dzong, the winter residence of the Je khempo (chief abbot). Punakha Dzong is the most Magnificent and Largest Dzong in Bhutan located beautifully in between the two largest rivers Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River); it is an outstanding structure with intense artwork. On the way back from Punakha, stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chhimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple, where you may receive a special fertility blessing if you wish. Back to Paro through same highway. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
After breakfast free till departure time. Transfer to the airport for onward journey.
- Necessary airport, hotel and airport transfers
- Bhutan Visa Fee
- Government approved A and B category hotels on twin sharing basis
- Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan.
- Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu airfare
- Airport tax
- Entrance fees and permit
- Overland transport in comfortable private vehicle
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- Experienced English speaking guide
- Government royalty, tax and Fees
- Service Charge
- Travel Insurance
- Expenses of a personal nature
- Tips to guides and drivers
- Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc
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