Explore Western Bhutan
- Enter Bhutan amidst its breathtaking landscape from Kathmandu, Kolkata or Bagdro – and take in sights of some of the world’s tallest peaks, Everest, Kanchen Dzonga, Lhotshe and Jomalhari. You will be warmly received by our friendly, traditionally dressed representative with the offering of a white welcome scarf.
- Drive to capital city Thimphu along the Paro and Thimphu rivers (about 1½-hour drive from airport).
- Visit the Memorial Chorten of third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. The Chorten was built in 1974 by Her Royal Grand Mother Ashi Phuntsho Choden. Today it is popular worship place in Thimphu city.
- Drive to Mini Zoo located in North West of Thimphu city. It is Bhutan’s only zoo to see the national animal Takin.
- 5-minute drive from zoo to the Bhutan Broadcasting Service Tower (BBS) to get panoramic view of Thimphu city.
- Visit nunnery founded by 16th Drubthob Tshangthong Gyalpo in 1976. More than 40 nuns study Buddhism in this nunnery.
- Drive to Thimphu Tashicho Dzong, a fortress built in 1772 by the temporal ruler Zhidar and Younten Thaye the Chief Abbot. It is open to visitors only after office hours. The king’s office is in the Dzong, and is residence to the Centre Monk’s Body and Chief Abbot in summer.
- Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Punakha, old capital of Bhutan (about 3-hour drive from Thimphu).
- Stopovers on the way at enchanting Docula pass (3040m above sea level). On a clear day one can see panoramic view of the Eastern Himalayas Mountains ranges.
- Arrive at Punakha Valley (1300m above sea level), a fertile valley were farmers grow two crops in a year.
- Visit Punakha Dzong which played an important role in the olden days. It was Bhutan’s second monastery school after the Cheri Monastery. The first king was crowned inside this Dzong in 1907. It is residence to the Centre Monk’s Body and Chief Abbot in winter.
- Hike to Chemi Lhakhang through a nice walk along the rice field and through farm houses. The temple was built by Lama Nawang Chogyel in 1499 and is today a popular temple where barren women come to pray for a child. The temple is popularly known as the Fertility Temple.
- After breakfast in hotel, drive back to Paro.
- Visit Ta Dzong (watch tower) which was built in 1649 by Paro Governor Tenzin Drugda to protect the fortress below. The Ta Dzong was almost destroyed in 1965 but was restored by the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk into the National Museum of Bhutan in 1968.
- Visit Paro Dzong which was built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Rimpoche. It was built to protect Paro Valley from frequent Tibetan invasions. Today this Dzong serves as the administrative office of Paro district and houses 110 monks.
- Breakfast in hotel.
- Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery, the holiest monastery in the Buddhist World.
- Visit the Drukgyel Dzong, 7km north of Tiger Nest Monastery. The Dzong, whose name means “fortress of Victory Drukpas”, was built in the 17th century to celebrate victory over Tibetan invaders. It was severely damaged in a fire in 1951 and had been left in ruins since then.
- Visit farm house for local hospitality and experience local butter tea and Ara (local brew). We provide complimentary hot stone bath in the farm house for interested guests.
- Breakfast in hotel.
- Drive to airport for departure.