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Western and Central Bhutan Tour

western&centralTour

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Season: Any Season
  • Destination: Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Wangdue Phodrang, Trongsa, Bumthang

This in-depth cultural tour offers a rare opportunity to savour the different customs and cultures of western and central valleys of Bhutan at a leisurely pace. Highlights include Ta Dzong Museum, Rinpung Dzong and the infamous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) in the beautiful Paro Valley. The National Memorial Chorten, 12th century Changangkha Temple and the National Library, exhibiting ancient scriptures, in Bhutan’s capital Thimphu. After crossing the 3050m Dochula Pass with spectacular Himalayan views, a journey into the sub-tropical Punakha Valley featuring the incredible Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakang, temple of the ‘Divine Madman’ starts and continues onto the central districts of Trongsa, the birthplace of monarchy, and Bumthang Valley, Bhutan’s spiritual heartland featuring 7th century Jambay Lhakhang and Kurje Lhakhang with its rock imprint of Guru Rimpoche. The tour then returns westward to the glacial valley of Gangtey/Phobjika, the winter home to the rare black necked cranes.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1:

Arrival at Paro International Airport. You will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight stay at Paro.

Day 2:

Paro Sightseeing, including hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Overnight stay at Paro.

Day3:

Paro –to Thimphu in the morning. Afternoon, Thimphu sightseeing. Overnight stay at Thimphu.

  • Driving time from Paro to Thimphu: 1 hour

Day 4:

Morning, Thimphu Sightseeing. Afternoon, drive to Wangdiphodrang. Overnight stay at Wangdiphodrang.

  • Driving time from Thimphu to Wangdiphodrang: 2 1/2hours

Day 5:

Further drive to Trongsa. Afternoon, Trongsa sightseeing. Overnight stay at Trongsa. 

  • Driving time from Thimphu to Wangdiphodrang: 2 1/2 hours

Day 6:

Morning, visit Kuengarabten Palace, then further drive to Bumthang. Overnight stay Bumthang.

  • Driving time from Trongsa to Bumthang: 2 hours

Day 7:

Bumthang Sightseeing. Overnight stay at Bumthang.

Day 8:

Morning, drive to Phobjikha, the winter home of the black necked cranes. Overnight stay at Phobjikha.

  • Driving time from Bumthang to Phobjikha: 4 1/2hours

Day 9:

Drive back to Wangdiphodrang. Afternoon, Wangdiphodrang sightseeing, including short hike to Rinchengang village. Overnight stay at Wangdiphodrang.

  •  Driving time from Phobjikha to Wangdiphodrang: 2 hours

Day 10:

Sightseeing at Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan. Overnight stay at Wangdiphodrang.

  • Driving time from Wangdiphodrang to Punakha: 30 minutes

Day 11:

Wangdiphodrang – Paro. Drive back to Paro, with a free afternoon in Thimphu for last minute souvenir shopping. Overnight stay at hotel in Paro.

  • Driving time from Wangdiphodrang to Paro: 3 1/2 hours

Day 12:

Departure by Druk Air from Paro International Airport.