Western Bhutan Tour

Day 01. Arrive Paro
Your Bhutanese escort from Destiny Bhutan will receive you upon arrival and drive you through the valley of Paro to the hotel. Sightsee the Paro town or be at leisure.

Afternoon Visit Ta Dzong, the National museum housed in an ancient watchtower, which has a fine collection of ancient Thangka painting, textiles, weapons and artifacts. O/N Hotel

Day 02. Paro Sightseeing
Morning hike to viewpoint of Taktshang, the Tiger’s Nest. This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 3,000 ft above the valley floor. The monastery was burnt in 1998 but has recently been reconstructed. It is one of the most holy places and all Bhutanese believe that they must visit it at least once in their lifetime.

On the way back drive to the ruins of Drugyel Dzong. This Dzong is of historical importance, from whose ramparts the Bhutanese repelled Tibetan invaders. On a clear day one can view the sacred Chhomolari (Mountain of Goddess) – 24,000 ft.

Day 03 Paro -Thimphu
Morning visit Kichu Lhakhang and visit near Lhakhangs and Monastries, later transfer to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Check in you hotel have lunch and visit National memorial Chorten built by Queen mother in the memory of Lt. King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and later scroll down town. O/N Hotel

Day04. Thimphu –Punakha
Morning visit to Changangkha Lhakhang, Motithang Mini zoo to see the National Animal “Takin” drive to view point from where you can see the beautiful views of Thimphu. Have bird eyed view of Tashichodzong the Parliament House of the country. Visit National Library, folk heritage Museum and school of Arts and crafts. Afternoon transfer to Punakha. Drive through Dochula Pass where one gets one of the most enchanting views in Bhutan. On a clear day, the one can get a good view of the Himalayan ranges and also see the Gasa Dzong at a distance. The journey continues through varying scenes of greenery all the way to Punakha.

Day 05. Punakha Sigthseeing.
The Punakha Dzong is set on the junction of the two rivers Phochu (male river) and Mochu (female river) and is one of the most spectacular Dzongs in the country. At present this Dzong serves as the winter residence for the Je Khenpo, Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body. Visit the Dzong if the monastic body has shifted to Thimphu for the summer.

Visit the Crown Princes’ Monastery, visit Chimey Lhakhang the Temple of the Divine Mad Man, this is the Temple of Fertility.

Day 06. Punakha-Wangdue- Thimphu
Visit the Wangdue Dzong, stroll the little town of Wangdue.

Drive back to Thimphu. Complete sightseeing in Thimphu.

Buddhist manuscripts and the Institute of Traditional Medicine, where centuries old healing arts are still practiced. Stroll through Thimphu town.

Day 07. Thimphu – Paro
Morning visit the Weekend Market in Thimphu and later transfer to Paro.

Day 08. Paro-Departure.
Early breakfast at hotel and drive to Paro Airport.