The Himalayan Heartlands of Western Bhutan
Your chance to explore western Bhutan
Memorial Chorten in Thimphu
Buddha Point at Kuensel Phodrang in Thimphu
This 5 day tour package will leave you absolutely amazed with the thrilling insight into Western Bhutan. We will escort you to famous places and sites that will leave you tremendously bewildered by scenic beauty and serenity.
Arrival in Paro. You may avail Druk Air, national airline or Bhutan Airline which is privately owned to come to Bhutan. The tour guide will receive you at the airport and escort you to your dwelling inn in Thimphu where you can relax and anticipate yourself for a memorable experience for the coming days.
Thimphu ( Tashichhodzong, Zorig Chusum, Buddha Point, Memorial Chorten) – Punakha via Dochula Pass
Start the day in Thimphu by visiting Tashichhodzong. Tashichhodzong is sacred in the sense that it houses the King’s Throne room with several important government offices. It is also the seat or summer residence for the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot and central monastic body. After that, visit Zorig Chusum, the embodiment of 13 unique traditional arts and crafts where you will be able to explore unique paintings and other crafts. After lunch, visit Buddha Point where you will be able to relish the breathtaking view of entire Thimphu City. 169 feet tall Statue of Lord Buddha was built to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Then, visit the Memorial Chorten built in loving memory of the Third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. In the evening, drive to Punakha via Dochula pass which is 3,100 m above sea level where you will certainly enjoy the view of 108 stupas locally known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens”. Finally you can enjoy the dinner and night in Punakha.
Punakha Dzong- Wangdue Phodrang- Paro
Start the tour in Punakha by visiting Punakha Dzong, the winter residence of the Je Khenpo, Chief Abbot and the central monastic body. Punakha was the capital of Bhutan earlier. This majestic fortress is where important national events such as royal weddings take place. It is the same fortress where Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel also entered into his lifetime retreat. Wangdue Phodrang Dzong will then be the next destination. The Dzong was destroyed by fire in 2012, however, about fifty percent of the reconstruction works are almost completed. After lunch drive to Paro.
Tour in and around Paro (Drugyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, National Museum, Rinpung Dzong)
The tour in Paro can be started by visiting Drugyel Dzong. Drugyel Dzong is approximately about 16 kms away from the main town of Paro. It is a must visit place in Paro which hold so much of historic importance. The name can directly be translated as “The Fortress of Victory” since it was built back in 1644 by the Great Master, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to mark glory over the Tibetans who waged invasive war against the Bhutanese centuries ago. The fortress was ruined by fire 1951. However, re-construction of the fortress started in 2016 coinciding with the birth of Crown Prince, Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck. Then, drive towards Kyichu Lhakhang. It is believed that Kyichu Lhakhang was one of the 108 holy shrines built in one day by a great Tibetan saint back in the 8th century. After lunch, visit the National Museum locally known as Ta Dzong. The National Museum in Paro is just few minutes walk away from Rinpung Dzong. The last travel destination in Paro will be Rinpung Dzong which means “Heap of Jewels”.
Departure from Paro International Airport