This tour is designed especially for our guest who wants to see most of western region in Bhutan. This 5 days tour will cover Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang.
This is one of the most booked travel package and it will not only give you better trip of western Bhutan but also amazing places of interest:
When you arrive to Paro, one of guides will greet you outside Arrival waiting hall. After your putting you comfortably in arranged vehicle we will take short trip towards capital city Thimphu and you will be checked into your hotel.
Once you are in Thimphu, you can explore Bhutan at glance. You will notice that dress people wear is very different from any other countries’. Men wear ‘Gho’ and the one women wear is called ‘Kira’ Then next thing you can is one of the very important stupa Memorial Chorten which was built in the year 1974 to remember leadership of Third King, Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.
Just few minute drive from any hotel in Thimphu is popular tourist site Buddha Point where you can see 169 foot tall bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma. Towards the evening, you can also check the night view of Tashi Chhoedzong either from BBS tower or from below Nunnery located Zilukha.
After this visit we will go down to Craft Bazaar where you will see Bhutanese made arts and craft products.
In the evening once you are done with sight seeings you can either rest or go out to cafe or restaurant nearby.
Right after breakfast we will head towards Punakha. Punakha district is almost 2 hours drive from capital city Thimphu. Punakha Dzong was former capital of Bhutan until 1955. On the way towards Punakha we will come across local Apple and fruits sellers. Then, you will see spectacular Dochula Pass. It serves as one of the hot-spots for tourist. There are 108 Chhortens (Stupas) which were built in memory of soldiers killed in battle with Assamese Insurgents.
Right after this we will pay visit
Once we pass through a Place called Lobesa we will head towards Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. The historic fortress was built in the 17th century by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It was repaired in 1837 after a fire and an earthquake in 1897. In the year 2012 a major fire has completely destroyed the 374 years old Wangduephodrang Dzong and rebuild is near completion keeping its original structure alive. Then we head towards Punakha.
After this trip we can visit Punkha Dzong. Punakha Dzong sits at the fork of two rivers, it is a stunning example of Bhutanese architecture. Built in 1637, it is the second oldest and second largest Dzong in Bhutan. It was also the location of the royal wedding of Bhutan’s current king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck to Jetsun Pema in 2011. One of the hottest events of Bhutan “Flower Exhibition 2018” took place nearby this Dzong.
After this trip is done we will head towards hotel and rest for the night.
After breakfast we will head towards Punakha. One of many places to visit in Punakha is Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, which is a splendid example of Bhutanese art meets architecture, and the only one of its kind. You will see amazing Punakha valley from Yulley Namgyal Chorten. It is one of picturesque landscape among many other places in Punakha. In 1999, the temple was consecrated to remove negative energies and promote peace, harmony, and stability around the world. It is a stunning building with splendid views of the valley that are well worth the walk.
After this trip we will head towards Sangchhen Dorji Lhendup Nunnery. The double-storied temple was built by Yab UgyenDorji and was offered to His Majesty the King and the people of Bhutan. The temple on the top floor is dedicated to Tshela Namsum and 21 Taras. The main temple is on the ground floor where the main statue is of Avoloketeshvari or Chenrizig Chagtong Chentong.
When we are done with this sightseeing we will head towards Thimphu and on the way visit Mad Man’s Lhakhang ‘Chimmi Lhakhang’. In founding the site it is said that Lama Kunley subdued a demon of Dochula Pass with his “magic thunderbolt of wisdom” and trapped it in a rock at the location close to where the Chorten now stands. The place also used to be known as ‘Khi Mae” which means place without ‘dog’. A dog was said to be demon during those times. The monastery is the repository of the original wooden symbol of phallus that Kunley brought from Tibet. This wooden phallus is decorated with a silver handle and is used to bless people who visit the monastery on pilgrimage, particularly women seeking blessings to beget children. Many amazing stories such has been told by many tourists visiting the monastery.
Towards evening we will check into one of hotesl in Thimphu. You can relax or pass your time nearby restaurant or bar.
Today we will hike towards Paro Taktsang/ Tiger’s Nest. Paro is 45 minutes drive from Thimphu. Paro Taktsang also known as the Taktsang Palphug Monastery and the Tiger’s Nest, is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and the temple complex is located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan. This will be one to two hour hike from main Paro town. Tiger’s nest us one of the wonders of Bhutan, so sacred and gives your breathtaking landscape view.
After we are done with this hike we will move towards Drukgyal Dzong. Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro District, Bhutan. The dzong was probably built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Ngawang Namgyal, Zhabdrung Rinpoche, to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet. On clear days, you can also see the snowcapped peak of Chomolohari mountain.
Since today is last day for the trip as you will be departing tomorrow, we will also make our last visit to nearby town if you have any shopping to be done. After this we will head to hotel.
Today is the last day for you in Bhutan. This is last day of amazing tour. After breakfast we will checkout from hotel and head towards Paro International Airport. We at Bhutan Getaways wish you safe journey and wish to see you back in Bhutan again in future.