6-Day Western Trio

6 Days West is a tour package crafted for visitors who wish to visit Bhutan’s western heartlands. The three main western cities of Bhutan are Paro, Thimphu and Punakha. You will be visiting plenty of iconic structures with deep rooted history and numerous historical sites and have glimpses of Bhutanese culture, art, food, and architecture.

  1. Accommodation (twin sharing basis) in Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) certified 3 star hotels
  2. All meals
  3. All internal transport in a SUV or Mini Bus
  4. A licensed tour guide and a driver during the tour
  5. Entrance fees and activities as per itinerary
  6. All taxes and charges
  7. Government Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) of US $ 65 per night
  8. One time visa processing fee of US $ 40
  1. All drinks, laundry and items of a personal nature
  2. Tips and gratuities
  3. Flight tickets
  4. Insurance

Upon cancelation of the tour after booking, the following charges apply:

  1.      Cancelled 40+ days prior to arrival date in Bhutan            – Full Refund
  2.      Cancelled 35-39 days prior to arrival date in Bhutan         – 50% Refund
  3.      Cancelled 30-34 days prior to arrival date in Bhutan         – 25% Refund
  4.      Cancelled within 30 days prior to arrival date in Bhutan    – No Refund

Brief Itinerary

Arrival in Paro

Thimphu sightseeing

Thimphu to Punakha

Punakha to Paro

Tiger’s Nest Hike

Depart from Paro

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Paro to Thimphu

You will be received at the Paro international airport by our guide and will proceed to visit:

  • Paro Rinpung Dzong: A fortress consecrated in 1646 as the administrative and monastic centre of the western Bhutan.
  • Paro Ta Dzong: The National Museum of Bhutan that exhibits collection of ancient Bhutanese art and artifacts like traditional costumes, weapons and handcrafts.
  • Drugyel Dzong: The ruined structure was built  in 1649 to celebrate the victory of Drukpas (Bhutanese) over Tibetan invasion. Unfortunately, in 1951 it caught fire and razed to ground leaving behind the collapsed walls.

Then drive towards Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan (approx. 1 hr, 20 mins drive). Night halt at Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu sightseeing

  • National Memorial Chorten (temple): The iconic monument constructed in the loving memory of our late third king of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Dordenma statue in Kuenselphodrang: One of the tallest structures of Shakyamuni Buddha called Dordenma, is made of bronze and gilded in gold, measuring 169 ft (51.4 meters) tall, It overlooks Thimphu city.
  • Mothithang Takin Preserve: Wildlife reserve area for Takin, the national animal of Bhutan found only in the eastern Himalayas.
  • Changangkha Lhakhang: A 12th century monastery is often flocked by people for blessings from the protective deity Tamdrin.
  • Centenary Farmers Market: (open only on friday, saturday, and sunday)
  • Jungshi paper factory: Traditional art form of paper making.
  • Tashichhodzong: It houses the throne room, King’s office and many vital government agencies.

Night halt at Thimphu.

Day 3  Thimphu to Punakha

In the morning drive to Punakha (approx. 2 hrs, 30 mins drive) and stop on the way at

  • 108 Druk Wangyal chortensin Dochula : At a height of 3100 meters the majestic elevation is a perfect point to capture panoramic view of the silhouettes of distant dark ridges and snowcapped Himalayan mountain ranges.
  • Chhimi Lhakhang (temple) :Built in 1499 by Ngawang Chogyal. You will learn about Drukpa Kuenley the ‘Divine Madman’ whose unorthodox practice of Buddhism advocated use of wooden Phallus to drive away evil spirits.

Overnight stay at Punakha.

 

Day 4   Punakha to Paro

  • Khamsum Yulley Namgyel chorten: It is about 30 minutes hike from a bridge, through rice fields and gentle uphill hiking path. Enjoy the scenic green valley downhill resonating peace and tranquility surrounding you.
  • Punakha Dzong: It is one of the most beautiful and majestic dzongs (fortress) built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1637 at the confluence of two significant rivers, Pho Chhu (male river) and Mo Chhu (female rivers).

Drive back to Paro in the afternoon (approx. 3 hrs, 45 mins drive)

 

Day 5   Tiger’s Nest Hike

  •  Taktsang the Tiger’s Nest:Taktsang literally means ‘Tiger’s Nest’ is perched amazingly on a rocky cliff at 3120 meters above sea level. It is believed to be the cave where Guru Padmasambhava flew on a tigress’s back and meditated for years to subdue evil demons. It is a hike of 2-3 hours uphill to the monastery and is irresistibly gratifying with incredible view and will leave a lasting impression of your journey to Bhutan.
  • Kyichu Lhakang(temple) : After hiking down from Taktsang (Tiger’s nest), you will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, which was built in 7th century by Buddhist Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo.

Overnight in Paro.

Day 6   Depart from Paro

Our tour guide will reach you to the airport for your departure to onward destination.

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