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Sight Of Western Bhutan

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“Journey to Discover Bhutan, organizes specialist tours for studying Bhutan’s natural history; cultural endeavors, especially those centered on the exuberant Buddhist religious festivals”

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AUSTRALIA

“Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

“Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. “

    OVERVIEW

    Sight Of Western Bhutan

    A captivating Bhutan Culture Tour, where every step is a journey into the heart of this enchanting kingdom’s rich heritage. Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Bhutanese culture, exploring ancient monasteries and intricately adorned dzongs that echo with centuries of spiritual significance. Witness colorful festivals that come alive with traditional dance, music, and elaborate costumes, offering a firsthand experience of Bhutan’s celebratory spirit.

    Engage with locals in traditional villages, where age-old customs are preserved, and the warmth of Bhutanese hospitality leaves an indelible mark. Delve into the art of thangka painting, traditional weaving, and archery, essential elements of Bhutanese identity. As you traverse this cultural odyssey, the serene landscapes, adorned with prayer flags and terraced fields, serve as a backdrop to a journey that goes beyond sightseeing—immersing you in the soul-stirring essence of Bhutanese culture.

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    DAYS

    This trip is designed for a lasting impression and includes the best cultural and natural aspects of western Bhutan. We spare no effort to make your trip a most memorable experience, to the extent of customizing the itinerary to suit your best interest.
    WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

    When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

    Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


    4-25
    °C
    20-50
    MM
    Spring
    MAR – MAY
    15-27
    °C
    90-120
    MM
    Monsoons
    JUN – AUG
    3-26
    °C
    0-70
    MM
    Autumn
    SEPT – NOV
    (-2)-17
    °C
    5-10
    MM
    Winter
    DEC – FEB

    Trip Highlights

    Paro

    Zoom into a cluster of quaint farmhouses that embroiders the beauty of Paro Valley. Visit National Museum, 1400-year-old Kichu temple, Rinpung Fotress, The best in Paro is hike to Taktsang Monsatry, the most renowned Buddhist structure in the entire Himalaya, built on sheer cliff wall 900m above the valley. Only the sounds are murmurs of winds, waterfall, birds and the chanting of monks.

    Thimphu

    Capture the unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient tradition in Thimphu. Visit academy of Art & Craft, World Biggest Buddha Statue, Takin Enclaves, Memorial Stupa, Textile Factory, Indigenous paper factory, Tashi Cho Dzong “ The Glorious Fort of Happiness” & weekend market to mix with locals and get a closer view of their traditions.

    Punakha & Wangdue

    Stop over at Dochula for the breath taking view of Eastern Himalaya. Visit Dochu-la Temple and 108 Stupas. Drive through a beautiful dense forest of spruce, pine, rhododendron and larch. Stopover at Chimi Lhakhang the “ Temple of Fertility”. The best for the day is the visit to the magnificent Punakha Fortress considered the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture and epitome of beauty and ancient political power. Also sock in the beauty at Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel another an impressive fine Bhutanese Art & Architecture and capture the beautiful landscape of Punakha valley with farms, rice fields and the part of Jigme Dorji National Park

    Tour Includes

    • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

    • Meal Plan: All the meals

    • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

    • Guide: Professional English Speaking

    • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

    • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

    • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

    • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

    Tour Excludes

    • Airfare

    • Laundry

    • Private Calls

    • Beverages or Drinks

    • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

    • Bank Charges

    Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

    Itinerary

    DAY 01: Arrival at Paro – Thimphu

    As the plane banks over the mountain slopes, the Paro Valley greet you with luminous paddies rippling in the breeze and tiny houses sprinkled on the bank of the meandering river. The air is crystal clear, light translucent and on horizon, snowcapped mountains frame the idyllic like painting. It does not matter how many times you land in Paro, the bucolic valley unfolds like a dream. If you are lucky, you will have a glorious view of the Snowcapped Himalayas. After visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will meet by our representative from “Journey To Discover BHUTAN”

    Afternoon:

    Visit Kyichu Lhakhang:

    It is one of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. The legend tells that a giant demon was terrorizing the whole of Himalayan region, preventing the spread of Buddhism, so to subdue it the king built 108 temples in one day all over the Himalayan region out of which 2 are in Bhutan (Kichu Lhakhang in Paro & Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang). Kyichu Lhakhang was built on her left foot. The temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over the very heart of the demoness.

    Paro Dzong built in 1646, which houses the administrative center of the Paro district and religious institute for monks. The Paro Dzong may be familiar to people who watched Bertolucci’s film “The Little Buddha” walk down to the coach crossing over the traditional wooden covered bridge called “Nymezampa” which spans over the Paro river. Good place to take the Photo of Dzong, with cantilever bridge and Paro River.Their after drive to Thimphu- Stop at Tachog Lhakhang view point to take a picture of iron bridge and the 15 Century old Monaste

    Tashi Chodzong- the seat of the Central government and the center of all religious affairs of the kingdom. It houses the office and throne room of His Majesty The King of Bhutan. Just below the Dzong we can have glimpse of the King’s Palace.

    After visiting the Dzong free time to scroll in and around Thimphu city.

    Over Night at Hotel

    DAY 02: Punakha ( 1400m) / Thimphu Sightseeing: Dochu-La to Punakha

    Visit the following places of cultural interest in Thimphu:

    The Memorial Chorten:

    With its golden spines shining in the sun, its tinkling bells built in honour of third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The inside paintings and statues provide a very rare insights into Buddhist Philosophy in all its complexity of tantric Buddhism. This Chorten is centrally located and you will see an endless procession of elderly people circling

    Visit To Kuenselphordang “ Big Buddha”

    This massive statue of Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 meters, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. 125,000 smaller Buddha statues have been placed within the Buddha Dordenma statue, 100,000 8 inch tall and 25,000 12 inch tall statues respectively. Each of these thousands of Buddhas have also been cast in bronze and gilded. The throne that the Buddha Dordenma sits upon is a large meditation hall.

    Afternoon:

    Drive to Punakha Over a Dochu-La ( 3050m) This Pass is one of the most beautiful pass in Bhutan dotted by many colorful prayer flags and 108 chortens. On a clear day you will be able to see a spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayas from this pass. Walk around the pass and visit Dochula Lhakhang .

    Over Night at Hotel

    DAY 03: Punakha Exploration / Punakha – Gangtey

    Morning

    In the morning after breakfast hike to the grand Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten. The Chorten is 30 meters (100 feet) tall and can be seen in the distance when driving. The three-leveled chorten took eight and a half years to build and was consecrated in 1999. Dedicated to the Fifth King, it was built to remove negative forces and to provide peace, stability, and harmony in an ever- changing world. It is therefore filled with every form of colorful protector imaginable.

    Thereafter visit the dzong is one of the most beautiful and architecturally impressive Dzong in the country. It is ideally located between two rivers Pho Chu “Male River” and Mo Chu “Female River”.

    Late Afternoon rafting along the Pochu side

    Diner & Over Night at Hotel

    DAY 04: Gangtey (The valley of Blacknacked Crane)

    Drive to Gangtey and Phobjikha valley are some of the most stunning areas in the country. The wide flat valley without any trees after a hard climb through the dense forest is an extremely an experience in Bhutan. In contrast to some parts of Bhutan, where modern development is already very apparent, Gangtey is a place with natural beauty, untouched scenery, local tradition and culture and unconstrained peacefulness. Unlike rest of the Bhutan you walk from one stunning viewpoint to next, in phojbjikha you will have constant breathtaking view wherever you venture. It is also the winter habitat for the Black necked cranes migrating from Tibet.

    Afternoon: Visit Thahung village

    DAY 05: Gangtey (3100m) / Gangtey – Paro

    Easy and beautiful morning walk along the nature trail, this pleasurable walk will give you nice feeling for Phobjikha valley Their after we depart to Paro,

    Dinner and Over Night at Hotel.

    DAY 06: Taktsang Hike

    With Early Breakfast a hike to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of tress festooned with Spanish moss and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche, founder of Buddhism flew from Eastern Bhutan on a tigress, bringing Buddhist teachings and meditated here in this cliff.

    This is one of the most venerated and sacred of all Buddhist site around the world. After visiting the monastery, we will walk down to Taktsang cafeteria for lunch.

    Free time to scroll in and around Paro city.

    DAY 07: Departure

    Drive to Paro Airport for your onward flight.

    “The Last Shangri-la”.

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