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Bhutan, the most popular tourists destination, is well known for its distinctive cultural heritage offers you different relic visits to different traditional and overwhelming places having historical Significance. Western Bhutan Tour, the cultural tour lets you explore several places in Bhutan including the capital where the rare side of Paro Thimphu and Punakha is. Get deep experience in Druk (Bhutan local) experience, Drukpa cuisine, Buddhist culture, and urban natural atmosphere, the beautiful experience it will be. A well developed western part of the country, Bhutan grants convenient infrastructure and services for the comfort of all national and foreign visitors.
Western Bhutan Tour 7 days gives you a chance to explore the popular sites of a kingdom that maintains its independence and isolation from the outside world and so perpetuates an enchanting Himalayan culture and tradition. Inaugurate your journey with a scenic flight of arrival to Paro, the tour takes places like Drugyel Dzong, Ta Dzong you will then go for a hike to Taktsang monastery. The 2-hour hike let us experience the wonderful platform of culture and heritage sites in Bhutan. The monastery is located on the cliffside of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan. Then, we will explore the capital of Bhutan also, the largest city in Bhutan. Moreover, the capital offers us wonderful Buddhist monasteries and Gompas such as Memorial Chorten, Tashi Choe Dzong, cemetery farmers markets, crafts bazaars. Besides, you can visit Takins- home to Bhutan’s national animals. On the other hand, ramble around Punakha Dzong and hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, Wangdi Dzong, and explore Jigme Dorji National Park in Punakha. Likewise, the tour comes to an end and returns back where you started from. Find yourself in an exotic place so different from your everyday world. Many clients start with this tour and based upon what they experience, return later to explore the many more things Bhutan has to offer.
The unchallenging and delightful trip to Western Bhutan covers an area of scenic magnificence and cultural specificity displaying the best of Bhutan. Therefore, you will be simply astonished by the splendour and cultural uniqueness that is offered by Bhutan. On the Other hand, the best season for this tour is all around the year. There is no specific time or season for this tour. Thus, this breathtaking tour to Bhutan is one of the life-changing experiences for many people pursuing cultural odyssey.
Narayan Baniya (nature pathfinder) and Sumir Gyawali (yoga teacher) guide me in
this adventure. Actually they manage perfectly my short time and all the noisy
burocratic thinks like documents or Covid control. They makes me feel safely and
had care of me since the moment I reserved .. now I’m at home and still feel the
power of their experience, friendship and good nature. They makes me “enter” in
the Nepali lifestyle, from metropolitan Kathmandu until the top of the mountain
were the vibes are soo deep. Their good vibes are compatible with all, Sumir had a
clinical yogi eye and Narayan the calm you need to arrive over the clouds.. it was
like a day dreaming and I never forget this experience out of time. Thank you
A great & well organised experience. I highly recommend Himalayan
recreation to anyone planning to trek to the Annapurna Basecamp. Everything from
start to finish was all taken care of, taking away all of the stress of
organisation so that I could focus on enjoying the trek.
Ashok was very responsive on whatsapp at all times and was able to adapt the tour
when circumstances changed. For example, when my flight to Pokhara was cancelled,
Ashok arranged for a friendly driver to take me all the way there by private car
instead (I did have to wait 1.5 hours for the driver, but traffic in Kathmandu is
difficult). My guide Santosh and porter Bal were very friendly and accommodating
and were good company during the trek. They have the English skills required to
answer the majority of questions, particularly relating to the trek. Overall, a
very good experience.
The trek itself is very beautiful. It has everything, including rural villages
with rice terraces, bamboo forests, and epic mountains. The accommodation is basic
but everything you need for a trek (much better than camping). The weather
forecast is inaccurate - I enjoyed decent weather despite the forecast being
constant rain/thunder. I found the difficulty to be much easier than others state,
and could have completed the trek in 5-6 days. Almost anyone with a decent level
of fitness would be able to complete this trek (adjusting the duration to
The Annupurna Poon Hill Trip is a lovely trek through the lower elevations of the
Annupurna range of the Himalayas. Starting from Pokhara, a 90 minute drive in a
taxi drops us off at the beginning of the trek and then goes up from there. My
guide, Raj, was absolutely awesome and provided a lot of great information about
the area during our trek over the several days that this trek takes place. The
second day of the climb takes us to the small town of Ghorepani, and then an early
climb the next morning to Poon Hill.
I went on this trip in the 2nd year of the virus. According to my guide, the
number of travelers was still way down from pre-pandemic years. So, in one way, it
is a great time to travel since you will have most of the trails to yourself. The
tea houses are also pretty empty. The negative side to this is that there are
limited menu items and several places didn't have WiFi.
There are a few recommendations I would make about this trip. The first is the
ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara. I took the bus and regretted it about halfway
there. While the distance is only 200 km, it took about 8 hours on the bus. If I
were to do this again, I would have opted for a 30 minute flight. It costs more,
but is so worth it.
Second, make sure you bring toilet paper with you on the trek. The tea houses I
stayed in during my trek didn't have any. So, bringing a roll of your own is a
huge help. And speaking of bathrooms, most of the toilets along the route are not
the western style sit-down toilets. Rather they are the hole in the grounds. So,
make sure to use the bathroom before leaving the tea house since the next
western-style toilet isn't until the next guest house, which could be a half day
Finally, if you have time after the trek, spend an extra day in Pokhara. It is
much more interesting than Kathmandu.
Otherwise, the trek was wonderful and the folks at Himalayan Recreation did a
great job in staying in touch, picking me up at the airport when I arrived in
Nepal, and provided excellent service all the way through.
This trip was the first we took with those guys. It was very nice, guide was
interesting and gave us a lot information about Bhaktapur and Nepal itself.
After they arranged few more trips for us. First was Chitwan national park and
jeep safari. After Pokhara and paragliding. And then return to Kathmandu. It was
very helpful to have someone local there who can arrange flights, pick ups, all
the activities and return wherever needed.
We didn't have more time, but all the time we had, they managed to organize for
us, without stressing or worrying.
I truly recommend them, because they are very responsible and helpful for any
situation. I firstly met them in Kathmandu for our first trip and they helped us
with all the others.
Our representative from Bhutan will receive you at the Airport. You will be taken to the hotel for checking in with your Welcome tea. And then visit Kyichu monastery dating back to the 7th century, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan. After having lunch you will head to Drugyel dzon, a ruined fortress at present, and it was built in 1649 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel. The dzong was actually built to commemorate the winning victory over the Tibetans in 1644, holds great historical significance. The name means the victorious Bhutanese. This spot offers a magnificent vista of Mount Chomolhari, “Mountain of Goddess” 7329 meters. Visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse on the way back. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon, Visit the National Museum – Ta-Dzong. Once the watchtower for the Rimpung Dzong, it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The Museum stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro valley in all its glory. Visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong. A flagstone path rises gradually from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle roofing abutted by two guardhouses, to the dzong. Today, the Dzong is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower Use of the Dzong, with the superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the nation. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D. Evening: Tea at the hotel and drive for two hours 65 km. to reach the capital city of Bhutan. Overnight in Thimphu.
Today, you will start your tour with a visit to the school of Arts and Crafts established to preserve and promote our age-old arts and crafts. Explore the Folk Heritage Museum which is a replica of a medieval farmhouse, and you might get to see this kind of house in some of our rural parts. And visit the mini zoo to see the Takins which is our national animal. Have lunch in town and visit our Memorial Chorten, a stupa built-in 1974 in the memory of our beloved 3rd king. After exploration then, you will head to the next destination Phobjika with a comfortable drive. Overnight in Phobjikha.
The day to explore Phobjikha valley with the first visit to Gangtey Goemba, located atop a hill grants a magnificent view of the entire Phobjikha valley. A very significant site related to Saint Pema Lingpa, the reincarnation of Guru Rinpoche who introduced Buddhism in the country and uncovered its treasures. It also houses one of the largest halls in Bhutan. Mostly known as the Black Cranes circle the monastery three times when they arrive and three times when they leave. After then, you will head to the Black-necked Crane, an indigenous species of the Himalayan Region. They migrate from Tibet to Bhutan in late autumn each year. Black Necked Crane Information Centre is run by the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) and has an observation room with high-power telescopes and good scope for spotting the famous Black Necked Crane which migrates to the region during winter. Get a proper exploration of the sites nearby during the route. Overnight in Phobjikha.
After the morning breakfast session, you will be departing for Punakha. This journey will stop at the entrance of Punakha valley where Chimi Lhakhang is located. A sacred Buddhist temple idyllically nestled atop a rotund hill in Punakha district Chimi Lh. Today, many newly married and childless couples from all over the world visit Chimi Lhakhang to receive fertility blessings. Get more pieces of information on history and cultures. After touring Chimi Lhakhang, you will be escorted to your hotel in Punakha.
Proceed for a full-day tour to Punakha (Approx 85km/ 3 Hours From Thimphu). Today, you will make your way to Punakha Dzong, sitting in an exceedingly sultry, fertile and exquisite natural depression between Pho Chhu ( Male River) and Mo Chhu (female river). With white-brilliant walls, red roofs and therefore the close charming nature, Punakha Dzong is praised because of the most stunning one in Bhutan’s twenty-one Dzong. once the spring comes, the encircling lilac rosewood tree trees in blossom build Punakha Dzong additional beautiful. Punakha is the capital of the Punakha Dzongkhag district of Bhutan. Punakha was the capital of Bhutan till 1955. Wangdue Phodrang is a town and capital (dzongkhag thromde) of Wangdue Phodrang District in central Bhutan. Enroute Dochu la Pass. The pass is popular among tourists because of its 360-degree panoramic view of the Himalayan range. The place is worth going on clear winter days with a magnificent view of snowcapped mountains and mountain passes. Overnight in Punakha.
You will finally be leaving for Paro valley where your journey started. Enjoy drive seeing the lush forests, natural beauty, the old buildings, monasteries, arts, cultures, tiny houses etc. Overnight in Paro.
After reaching Paro, the main motive is to experience a short trek to Taktsang monastery 10km. from Paro Town. The name Taksang means “Tiger’s nest”. The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800m, the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava, the second Buddha, alighted here upon the back of a tigress. Picnic lunch at Taktsang cafeteria. The round trip hike takes about 4 hrs. Evening: a casual ramble through Paro Town for shopping and visit to some village homes. Overnight in Paro.
The admiring trip comes to an end today!!! You will be transferred to the airport for departure. Off to Bhutan staff will bid you farewell and safe journeys until we meet again.
All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
Assistance in acquiring Bhutan visa and visa fee
Accommodation at a 3-star category hotel approved by Bhutanese Government
Single room surcharge when travelling 1-2 people in a group
Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the tour
Mineral water will be supplied during the tour
Highly experienced local tour guide and all entry/permit fees during the tour
All applicable government taxes and tourist service charges
Our office expenses and service charge
Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary”
International flights to/from Bhutan
Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee
Personal shopping, internet/Phone bill, and laundry
Pony service and porters
Tips for tour guide and driver