6Nights Tour to Western Bhutan

Bhutan is a land of Happiness
Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley

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Duration

6 days

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  • What's included :
    • 6x Breakfast
    • 6x Dinner
    • 6x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 6 nights
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Entry/Admission - Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)
    • Entry/Admission - Buddha Dordenma
    • Entry/Admission - Dochula Pass
    • Entry/Admission - Chimi Lhakhang Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Punakha Dzong
    • Entry/Admission - Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
    • Entry/Admission - Kyichu Lhakhang
    • Entry/Admission - National Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Taktsang Resort
    What's excluded :
    • Use of bicycle

  • Day 1: Arrive Paro International Airport - Excursion in Paro

    Stop At: Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), Chhagchhen Lam, Thimphu Bhutan
    after arrival at Paro Airport you will be received by your tour guide and then drive to Thimphu which is around 1 hour drive, on arrival you will be visiting Tashi ChhoDzong Tashichho Dzong, which means “Fortress of the Glorious Religion” is opened to visitors only after 5PM during working days and from 9AM to 5PM on weekends. The original Dzong was built in 1216 AD on a location where Dechen Phodrang monastery stands today. Following a fire disaster, which destroyed the original dzong in 1771, it was relocated to the present location. The Dzong suffered several earthquakes and fires and was subsequently renovated and new structures added by successive rulers.

    It was late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the third hereditary King of Bhutan, who renovated and enlarged the entire Dzong to its present form in 1962 over the period of six years. The magnificent architectural feat was achieved using traditional method without any blueprint plans or nails.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: 3 star Hotel

    Day 2: Thimphu / Punakha Valley

    Stop At: Buddha Dordenma, Kuensel Phodrang Viewing Point, Thimphu 11001 Bhutan
    The magnificent 169 feet tall bronze statue of Lord Buddha is located on a hilltop, Kuensel Phodrang, overlooking the Thimphu valley. From here you can see a nice view of Thimphu city. It was built to celebrate the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth King His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck and also for the purpose of bringing peace in the world . The giant Buddha statue houses more than 100,000 8-inch tall Buddha statues of same type. The construction began in 2006 and was completed in 2015 after almost 10 years. The total cost of the entire project is well over US$100 million. We will then drive to Dochula Pass. We then start our journey toward Punakha.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Dochula Pass, Thimphu Bhutan
    About 45 min drive from Thimphu towards Punakha is a mountain pass at an altitude of 3,150 meters above sea level from where you can see, on a clear day, some of the highest peaks of Bhutan. Before the construction of these beautiful 108 Druk Wangyal Choetens (stupas) in 2004, this mountain pass remained only as a sacred place blessed by a famous Buddhist saint, Lam Drukpa Kuenley in late 15th century.
    From Dochu La Pass, we will continue driving towards Punakha, passing through some villages, the elevation drops gradually and the road winds through the pine trees. As you reach the lower subtropical valley, you will feel the drastic change in altitude from 3,150m just an hour and a half ago to subtropical valley at 1,200m.
    Arriving Mesina or Lobesa, a small quaint town about 20 km before reaching Punakha town, you will visit a 15th century Buddhist temple called Chhime Lhakhang. Then transfer you to hotel, have lunch and then visit the historic Punakha Dzong, a 17th century fortress.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Chimi Lhakhang Temple, Punakha Bhutan
    Chhime Lhakhang is located on a gentle hilltop near the village of Sopsokha. To reach the temple, you have to walk 20 – 30 minutes through beautiful terraced paddy fields and traditional farm houses. The history of Chhime Lhakhang is associated with 16th century Lama Drukpa Kuenley who was affectionately known as “Divine Madman” for his obscene behavior and outrageous ways of cleansing people from religious dogmatism and egoistic self-possession by exhibiting his strong desire for sex. He would often use phallus as a tool to subdue malevolent spirits. Using the phallus was also intended to free up the social inhibitions enforced by the socially established values. Today, one of the relics of Chime Lhakhang is a phallus. The blessing of the phallus is considered sacred particularly to women who are unable to conceive a child as it brings fertility to women, giving them ability to bear offspring. Because of this belief, people like to call Chhime Lhakhang as “Temple of Fertility”.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Punakha Dzong, Punakha 13001 Bhutan
    The historic Punakha Dzong was originally known as Pungthang Dewa Chenpoi Phodrang, meaning the “Palace of Great Bliss”. It was built in 1637 AD by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel (Tibetan Buddhist master who came to Bhutan in 1616 and founded nation-state of Bhutan) on a small stretch of land where the rivers Phochu and Mochu converge. Punakha Dzong is the second oldest and second largest Dzong in Bhutan. The sacred wall paintings and main artifacts inside the dzong, the intricate wood works and the architectural structure of the dzong displays fine example of Bhutanese arts and craftsmanship, which continues to influence Bhutanese architecture even today.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: 3 star Hotel

    Day 3: Punakha Valley / Transfer to Phobjikha Valley

    Stop At: Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, Punakha Bhutan
    Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Choeten. Located on a mountain ridge overlooking the picturesque Punakha valley, this wonderful Buddhist structure is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture used in building temples, monasteries and Zangdogpelri (copper coloured mountains). It was built over a period of almost 10 years under the command of Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck, one of the Grand Queen Mothers of Bhutan and was consecrated in 1999.
    It takes only about 20 minutes drive from the main town of Punakha to the nearest road point. From there you cross a suspension bridge over the Punakha Mochu River (female river) and the trail takes you through paddy fields. Normally it takes just 1.5 hour to reach the serene site of the marvelous choeten. The view below is stunning with glacial fed Mochu river snaking through the fertile valley of Punakha.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Phobjikha Valley, Phobjikha Valley, Wangdue Phodrang District
    The Phobjikha Valley is a vast U-shaped glacial valley, also known as Gangteng Valley named after the impressive Gangteng Monastery of the Nyingma sect in central Bhutan, where the graceful black-necked cranes in Bhutan
    (Grus nigricollis) from the Tibetan Plateau visit the valley
    Gantey Nature Hike A pleasurable walk (around 2 hours) that gives a nice feeling for Phobjikha valley.It is the most beautiful and shortest of the existing nature trails in Bhutan

    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Home Stay

    Day 4: PhobjikhaValley / Transfer to Thimphu Valley

    Stop At: Dochula Pass, Thimphu Bhutan
    we will drive to Thimphu on the way at Dochula pass we will hike to Wangditshe which will take around 4 hours, after the hike we will drive to Thimphu, over Night Thimphu
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: 3 star Hotel

    Day 5: Thimphu / Transfer to Paro Valley

    Stop At: Kyichu Lhakhang, Lamgong Gewog, Paro 12001 Bhutan
    As it is considered auspicious, you will first begin by visiting one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, a seventh century Kyichu Lhakhang (Lhakhang means “temple”), which is located just a few minutes drive from the main town of Paro, is one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan, It is believed to have been built in 659 A.D. by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo to subdue spirit of a giant demoness causing harm to the propagation of Buddhism in the Himalayan region. In order to subdue this demoness, King Songtsen Gampo was required to build 108 temples across the affected region. Bhutan is blessed with two of these 108 temples, the other one is Jampa Lhakhang located in the district of Bumthang in central Bhutan, Both the temples were believed to have been built overnight.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: National Museum, Tag-Dzong Rinpung Dzong, Paro 12001 Bhutan
    The National Museum of Bhutan is located in Paro just above the Rinpung Dzong (administrative headquarter of Paro district). It is housed in an ancient watchtower called Paro Ta Dzong (Ta Dzong means “watch tower fortress”) built in 1649. It displays hundreds of ancient Bhutanese artifacts and artworks including traditional costumes, armour, weaponry and handcrafted implements for daily life. The collection at the National Museum preserves a snapshot of the rich cultural traditions of the country.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Paro, Paro, Paro District
    Paro Rinpung Dzong (Rinpung Dzong means “fortress of the heap of jewels”) was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1646 and established as the administrative and monastic centre of the western region. Today, the Dzong serves as the office of the governor of Paro district and head of the district monk body in Paro A great annual festival known as Paro Tsechu is held in Rinpung Dzong from the eleventh to the fifteenth day of the second month of the traditional Bhutanese lunar calendar (usually in March or April of the Gregorian calendar). On this occasion, holy images are taken in a procession followed by a series of traditional mask dances conveying religious stories, which are performed by monks for five days. After visiting the Dzong, take a short walk to the traditional wooden cantilever bridge called Nemeyzampa, where your driver will be waiting for you. The roofed wooden cantilever bridge is built in a traditional style and this type of bridges is called Bazam.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: 3 Star Hotel

    Day 6: Hike to Tigerness

    Stop At: Taktsang Resort, Ramthangka, Paro, Bhutan
    After early breakfast, we will do 4-5 hour return hike to the famed Taktsang or the Tiger’s Nest, which is located on the face of a sheer 800-meter rocky cliff in Paro. It normally takes about 2 hours to reach the monastery from the nearest road head. The history of Taktsang is associated with the visit of Guru Padmasambhava (known as Guru Rinpoche), the Indian saint who came to Bhutan and introduced Tantric Buddhism in the 8th century AD. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava flew into the cave from Kurtoe Khenpajong in eastern Bhutan, riding on a tigress. It is not only considered as one of the most sacred pilgrimage site in Bhutan but also “a must visit” place for tourists.
    After visiting Taktsang monastery and a sumptous lunch at Taktsang cafeteria, hike downhill back to the road head where your driver will be waiting and then visit to a Farm House. If you are interested you can also Try traditional Hot stone Bath

    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: 3 Star Hotel
  • Departure Point :
    Paro, Bhutan
    Traveler pickup is offered
    at the airport Guide will be waiting with your Name CardAirports
    • Paro Airport, Paro Bhutan
    Departure Time :
    1:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Click Bhutan Expedition

Activity ID: V-164011P12

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