This is one of the most preferred packages as this covers most of the western part of Bhutan. Some of places of interest in this packages are Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Haa.
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 you are done with sight seeings you can either rest or go out to cafe or restaurant nearby.
First stop for the day will be at National Folk Heritage Museum. You will be amazed to see Bhutanese arts and essential household items that Bhutanese used. There will be display of traditional arts , cultural relics, and artifacts.
One peculiar distinctive culture of Bhutanese is national attires. So, weaving is one of the prominent traditions we can see in Bhutan not just in Thimphu but all over the country. So, The National Textile Museum is our next stop. Here, you will be amzed how weaving is done and how beautifully the dresses are designed.
From there we move to Takin Reserve located at Motithang which is home for Takins. Originally this was small zoo and it was our King who decreed that animal should be free but those Takins never left from this place. Now, they are preserved.
After this we can move to another popular place called BBS Tower where you can see Thimphu town view.
Last stop for the day is Thimphu Tashi Chhoedzong where you will see Thimphu Fortress where most of the civil offices are located and houses the office of our King.
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.
After having short break at Dochula pass we will head towards Punakha. One of many palces 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 can visit Punkha Dzong. Punakha Dzong sits g 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 Paro. On the way we will make a visit to Chimi 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.
After reaching Paro we will visit Kyichu Lhakhang. Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Just like Jambhay Lhakhang in Bumthang, it is one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo to subdue and pin down an demon that was obstructing the spread of Buddhism. History says those 108 temples were all built in one night.
After this one we will cross towards Dumtse Lhakhang. Dumtse Lhakhang was built in 1433 by the iron bridge builder Thangton Gyalpo, the temple was built to subdue a demoness and so was chained firmly to the ground. It’s three floors represents hell, earth and heaven. Please note that visiting Dumtse Lhakhang you may need special permit.
Paro Dzong is also one among oldest Dzongs in Bhutan. It is home to only International Airport and Jomolhari a peak which is 7300m above sea level. After we are done with today’s short trip we will come to our hotel. Our Guide will come instruct you for next day.
Right after breakfast we will drive towards Haa via Chele la (3, 988m). From the pass you can see Paro Valley on one side and then Haa valley on the other. Chele La is also wonderful place for picnic. We can arrange lunch for you at Chele if only weather favour us. In Haa, some sightseeing and then head to Katsho village and visiting the Katso Lhakhang. Then you will head back to Paro.
Chelela Pass gives spectacular views of paro valley surrounded by snow-laden mountains. Walk through hills with forest of prayer flags is so wonderful. In spring, we can Blue Poppy flowers so much one can experience snowfall in winter.
For those who rather have a leisurely sightseeing day, there is the option to drive from Chele La Pass down the other side to the Haa valley. In case Chele La Pass is not accessible during the winter months due to ice or snow, your guide will propose an alternative for this day excursion.
Since Haa was opened for tourist for only in the year 2002 so place until now do not have tourist standard hotel. We will head back to Paro for the night.
Lhakhang Nagpo, or the Black Temple, located a little above Lhakhang Karpo, was established at the same time as Lhakhang Karpo. Inside the temple is a small pool associated with the Buddhist protector Mahākāla.
According to one legend, rays of light emanated from the body of Chögyal Songtsen Gampo to this place and Lhakhang Karpo was built where the bright rays fell and Lhakhang Nagpo where the dark rays fell.
After this sight seeing we will return to Paro.
Today is your last day. Today we will hike towards Paro Taktsang/ Tiger’s Nest. 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 this 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.