Detail about the package
During a week-long tour in the western part of Bhutan, you will see the highlights of Bhutan, like Punakha Dzong and the old capital of Bhutan. We can even include visits to rural Phobjikha and the Gangtey valley, including the winter home of Black Necked Cranes if it is the right time of year.
We can also arrange your stay at a local Farmhouse for a night or two to experience our typical meals, soak in a traditional Hot Stone Bath and see the way of life in rural areas.
On this short trip you could also enjoy a few scenic short hikes in Thimphu and Punakha. These include hiking to the very popular Tiger’s Nest Monastery or the Taktshang Temple on your last day in Bhutan.
The fight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks , including the sacred jumolhari and jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival, you will be received by our guide and transfer to restaurant for lunch. After lunch, you can visit Paro Rinpung Dzong meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels” built by Zhubdrung in 17th century. You will walk downhill till the road point crossing the traditional wooden bridge.you can visit Kichu, the oldest temple in the country built by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo in 7th century., you will be taken to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan. Overnight in hotel.
After breakafast, sightseeing in Thimphu includes King’s Memorial Chorten (which was built in honor of late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck), School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school), Nunnery temple, Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory, Buddha Point, and Motithang Takin Preserve. In the evening, visit the Tashi Chhoedzong, the seat of the national government, you can stroll through Thimphu city and absorb the life style of the people. Overnight in the hotel.
Today you can enjoy beautiful drive to Punakha. En route we will stop at Dochula pass (3150 meters) where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas.In the clear sky, we will see all the the Himalayan ranges including the highest peak of Bhutan Gangkar Puensum(7560m) above sea level. From the pass, drive downhill through the forest of rhododendron,fir,and hemlock. After lunch, you can take short walk through rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang( a temple of fertility). Continue drive to Punakha. On arrival, visit Punakha Dzong, former capital and the most beautiful Dzongs in Bhutan. Overnight in hotel
Today we will drive to beautiful Phobjikha valley. We will stop in Wangdue to get a glimpse of Wangdue Phodrang Dzong that dramatically sits on the ridge .We will continue our drive through dense forests of oak and rhododendrons till Lawala pass(3250m). The pass offers exotic views of the Himalayan Mountains. Drive downhill for some time and get the stunning views of Gangtey Goenpa and Phobjikha Valley. Visit Gangtey Goenpa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. Later in the afternoon, you can hike amazing Phobjikha valley and Crane Centre has detail information.The home to the Black Necked Cranes, which migrate from the Tibet to this valley in winter.
After breakfast, you will drive to Paro. Stop at Dochula pass and visit Druk Wangyal temple, which is on the hilltop. Enjoy Lunch in Thimphu and visit folk heritage museum .Continue drive to Paro. In the evening, you can stroll in Paro town. Overnight in hotel
Today, you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, Bhutan’s most famous monastery, which located at face of the cliff( 3100m) offering the best view of Paro valley. According to the legend, it is believed that Guru Rinpoche, the 8th century Spiritual Master, flew to this location on the back of a tigress to meditate. Lunch will be served at Cafeteria Restaurant halfway up on the mountain. Explore the monastery and hike back to Paro. Overnight in hotel
In the morning, we will drive to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you farewell.
While Bhutan is one of the smallest countries in the world, its cultural diversity and richness are profound. As such, strong emphasis is laid on the promotion and preservation of its unique culture. By protecting and nurturing Bhutan’s living culture it is believed that it will help guard the sovereignty of the nation.