Splendors of Western Bhutan Tour Highlights

Grade Duration Trek Style Group
Moderate 5 Days Guest House SGL / GRP / FM / STU

SGL = Single, GRP =Grouping, FM= Family, STU = Students

Splendors of Western Bhutan Tour

Splendors of Western Bhutan Tour 7 days, Venture into a world that will touch your heart and soul – a land of myths, legends and traditions which are as vital and alive today as when they originated.

Thickly forested valleys, snow-capped mountains, colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze, maroon robed monks and architecture from another age. This is Western Bhutan Tour 7 days, a kingdom that has long maintained its independence and isolation from the outside world and so preserved a fascinating Himalayan culture and tradition.

Short Itinerary

Day Activity Destination Altitude Time
1 Fly Fly Paro 2200m
Drive Thimphu 2300m 2 hrs
2 Drive Thimphu
3 Drive Punakha 1350m 3 hrs
4 Drive Day trip to Gangtey 3000m 6 hrs
5 Drive Paro 2200m 5 hrs
6 Drive Paro – Visit Taksang 3120m 5 hrs
7 Fly Depart

Trip Information for Splendors of Western Bhutan Tour

The Cost Includes:

Accommodation – twin sharing room

All applicable transfers & sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary

All Sightseeing entry fee, permit charges & royalties as per the itinerary

All meals

Flight Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu (economy class)

English speaking interpreter/guide

Bhutan visa

The cost does not Include:

Cost for extra usage of vehicle, other than scheduled & mentioned in the itinerary.

Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” Head

Cost for Insurance.

Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guest directly.

Payment for service provided on a personal request.

Personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips etc.

Price for Splendors of Western Bhutan Tour:

  • The given price is in US dollars.

Visa Information for Splendors of Western Bhutan Tour:

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu Nepal.

  • Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Note: Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos to issue visa.

Insurance  for Splendors of Western Bhutan Tour:

Guide / Porters  : RMT (Royal Mountain Trekking) provides insurance facility to our guides and porters as per state law.

Day 1

FLY KATHMANDU – PARO (2200m) – THIMPU (2300m, 2 HRS)

A flight from Kathmandu over the Himalayan range or over the foothills to Paro is the most spectacular mountain flights of all. Each mesmerizing flight offers exiting descent into the Kingdom. On arrival, our representative will receive you and transfer to Thimpu – the modern capital of Bhutan.
If we have time we can also visit Buddha Park and Trichichoe Dzhong at Thimpu.
Day 2

GUIDED TOUR IN THIMPU

Thimpu is a quiet and peaceful capital. It lies in a wooden valley sprawling up a hillside at the west bank of the Thipmu River. The capital is relatively small with wide streets and lined trees having approximately the population of 45000.

The sights at Thimpu certainly includes Late King’s Memorial Chorten, the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved, Drubthob Nunnery, Folk Heritage Museum, the handmade paper factory, the school of arts and crafts where young students learn the traditional arts and crafts (Zo Rig Chusum – the thirteen crafts), Gold and the Silver Smiths workshop, Zangtopelri Lhakhang, and the Handicraft Emporium and the local handicraft centers to see the weavers at work and also varieties of textiles, thangkha paintings, masks and many more.

Day 3

THIMPU – PUNAKHA (1350m, 75 KMS, 3 HRS)

After a breakfast we drive to Punaka via Dochula Pass (3150 m) offering a marvelous view of the Eastern Himalayan Mountains. At Dochula Pass, on the way to Punaka we take a short break and enjoy the view of the chorten, mani wall and prayer flags decorating the highest point on the road. Additionally, the highest peak in Bhutan, Gangkar puensum (7,497m), can be seen along with many mountain peaks like Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ) which dominates the isolated region of Lunana.

Further on the way to Punkha we visit the temple Chimi Lhakhang. It is popularly known for blessing of child for childless and protection for children who already have them. Many people from Bhutan and other parts of the world visit the temple and vouch on the success of their prayers.

Punakha Dzong is next in our list in Western Bhutan Tour. It was strategically built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1637 at the junction of Pho Chhu (Male River) and Mo Chhu (Female River). It played an important role in Bhutan’s history and serve as the religious and administrative center of the region. Punakha Dzong is also the winter residence of Bhutan’s spiritual leader, the Head Abbot and the Central Monastic Body.

Day 4

PUNAKHA: DAY TRIP TO GANGTEY VALLEY (3000m, 6 HRS)

Gangety (Phobjikha) is among the few flacial valleys chosen home for Black Neck Cranes. They migrate from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters. Today we explore the valley and visit Gangtey Monastery, only Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. Finally return back to Punakha for overnight stay.
Day 5

PUNAKHA – PARO (2200m, 125 KMS, 5HRS)

On the way to Paro we stop at Simtokha Dzong for visit. It is the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, now houses the School for religious studies.

At noon we visit Ta Dzong and walk down the hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong. Ta dzong is the National Museum of the Kingdom, originally built as Watch Tower during 1967. Now, Ta Dzong holds fascinating collection of art, artifacts, thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps.
Rinpung Dzong was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan. The Dzong houses the mosastic body of Paro, the office of Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpn (judge) of Paro district. Finally, we stay at hotel for overnight stay.

Day 6

HIKE TO TAKSANG MONASTERY (TIGER’S NEST) (3120m, 5 hrs) & SIGHTSEEING IN PARO

Today, we drive north to Paro valley to visit ruins of Drukgyel Dozng and an excursion to Taktsang Monastery. It is a popular fort used by Bhutanese to repel several invasions of Tibetan Armies. It also provides an opportunity to visit nearby traditional Bhutanese Farm House and have good insight into the lifestyle of local people.

Taktsang is the most famous Bhutanese Monastery. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche arrived on the back of the tigress and meditated at this monastery. Therefore, it is also called “Tiger’s Nest”. The round trip excursion of monastery takes almost 5 hours and we return back to Paro town. En route visit the Kyichu Lhakhang which is one of the oldest and most scared shrines of the Kingdom.

Day 7

FLIGHT PARO TO DELHI OR BANGKOK

After an early breakfast we drive to the airport to connect with onward destination to Delhi or Bankok.
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