5 Days Cultural tour around Thimphu, Paro and Punakha western Bhutan
within 4 days you will be able to explore 4 western Bhutan, Thimphu,paro, Punakha and wangdu District
per adult from
What's included :
- 3x Breakfast
- 4x Dinner
- 4x Lunch
- Accommodation included: 4 nights
- Entry/Admission - Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)
- Entry/Admission - Buddha Dordenma
- Entry/Admission - Thimphu’s Weekend Market
- Entry/Admission - Dochula Pass
- Entry/Admission - Chimi Lhakhang Temple
- Entry/Admission - Punakha Dzong
- Entry/Admission - Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
What's excluded :
- medical Insurance coverage. Alcohol beverages, Internet,Laundry, riding pony, Airfare to Bhutan
Day 1: arrive paro international airport and transfer to Thimphu
Stop At: Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), Chhagchhen Lam, Thimphu Bhutan
Tashichho Dzong, which means “Fortress of the Glorious Religion” is opened to visitors only after 5PM during working days and from 9AM to 5PM on weekends. The original Dzong was built in 1216 AD on a location where Dechen Phodrang monastery stands today. Following a fire disaster, which destroyed the original dzong in 1771, it was relocated to the present location. The Dzong suffered several earthquakes and fires and was subsequently renovated and new structures added by successive rulers.
It was late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the third hereditary King of Bhutan, who renovated and enlarged the entire Dzong to its present form in 1962 over the period of six years. The magnificent architectural feat was achieved using traditional method without any blueprint plans or nails. It houses the Secretariat and office of the King, the Throne Room, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Finance and Central Monastic Body. It is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot (Je Khenpo) of the Central Monastic Body of Bhutan.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Buddha Dordenma, Kuenselphodrang, Thimphu, Bhutan
The magnificent 169 feet tall bronze statue of Lord Buddha is located on a hilltop, Kuensel Phodrang, overlooking the Thimphu valley. From here you can see a nice view of Thimphu city. It was built to celebrate the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth King His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck and also for the purpose of bringing peace in the world . The giant Buddha statue houses more than 100,000 8-inch tall Buddha statues of same type. The construction began in 2006 and was completed in 2015 after almost 10 years. The total cost of the entire project is well over US$100 million. We will then drive to Dochula Pass. We then start our journey toward Punakha.
Duration: 30 minutes
Accommodation included: over night 3 star Hotel
Day 2: Visit around Thimphu and after Lunch Transfer to Punakha
Stop At: Thimphu’s Weekend Market, Chhogyal Lam, Thimphu Bhutan
after breakfast we will visit weekend market to explore and then drive to Punakha
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Dochula Pass, Thimphu Bhutan
About 45 min drive from Thimphu towards Punakha is a mountain pass at an altitude of 3,150 meters above sea level from where you can see, on a clear day, some of the highest peaks of Bhutan. Before the construction of these beautiful 108 Druk Wangyal Choetens (stupas) in 2004, this mountain pass remained only as a sacred place blessed by a famous Buddhist saint, Lam Drukpa Kuenley in late 15th century.
From Dochu La Pass, we will continue driving towards Punakha, passing through some villages, the elevation drops gradually and the road winds through the pine trees. As you reach the lower subtropical valley, you will feel the drastic change in altitude from 3,150m just an hour and a half ago to subtropical valley at 1,200m.
Arriving Mesina or Lobesa, a small quaint town about 20 km before reaching Punakha town, you will visit a 15th century Buddhist temple called Chhime Lhakhang. Then transfer you to hotel, have lunch and then visit the historic Punakha Dzong, a 17th century fortress.
Duration: 45 minutes
Stop At: Chimi Lhakhang Temple, Punakha Bhutan
Chhime Lhakhang is located on a gentle hilltop near the village of Sopsokha. To reach the temple, you have to walk 20 – 30 minutes through beautiful terraced paddy fields and traditional farm houses. The history of Chhime Lhakhang is associated with 16th century Lama Drukpa Kuenley who was affectionately known as “Divine Madman” for his obscene behavior and outrageous ways of cleansing people from religious dogmatism and egoistic self-possession by exhibiting his strong desire for sex. He would often use phallus as a tool to subdue malevolent spirits. Using the phallus was also intended to free up the social inhibitions enforced by the socially established values. Today, one of the relics of Chime Lhakhang is a phallus. The blessing of the phallus is considered sacred particularly to women who are unable to conceive a child as it brings fertility to women, giving them ability to bear offspring. Because of this belief, people like to call Chhime Lhakhang as “Temple of Fertility”.
Lama Drukpa Kuenley built a small black stupa on this hilltop to mark the burial site of demons whom he managed to subdue after chasing all the way from Dochula Pass, where the demons were terrorizing the travellers. This black stupa can be seen even today just outside of the main temple. It was Lama Ngawang Chogyel, the younger brother of Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who built the present temple in 1499 AD.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Punakha Dzong, Punakha 13001 Bhutan
The historic Punakha Dzong was originally known as Pungthang Dewa Chenpoi Phodrang, meaning the “Palace of Great Bliss”. It was built in 1637 AD by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel (Tibetan Buddhist master who came to Bhutan in 1616 and founded nation-state of Bhutan) on a small stretch of land where the rivers Phochu and Mochu converge. Punakha Dzong is the second oldest and second largest Dzong in Bhutan. The sacred wall paintings and main artifacts inside the dzong, the intricate wood works and the architectural structure of the dzong displays fine example of Bhutanese arts and craftsmanship which continues to influence Bhutanese architecture even today.
Duration: 2 hours
Accommodation included: overnight 3 star in Punakha
Day 3: Punakha and drive to paro
Stop At: Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, Punakha Bhutan
After breakfast, you will be going for 2.5 hour return hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Choeten. Located on a mountain ridge overlooking the picturesque Punakha valley, this wonderful Buddhist structure is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture used in building temples, monasteries and Zangdogpelri (copper coloured mountains). It was built over a period of almost 10 years under the command of Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck, one of the Grand Queen Mothers of Bhutan and was consecrated in 1999.
It takes only about 20 minutes drive from the main town of Punakha to the nearest road point. From there you cross a suspension bridge over the Punakha Mochu River (female river) and the trail takes you through paddy fields. Normally it takes just 1.5 hour to reach the serene site of the marvelous choeten. The view below is stunning with glacial fed Mochu river snaking through the fertile valley of Punakha.
Duration: 2 hours
Accommodation included: overnight 3 star hotel in paro
Day 4: Hike to Tigerness
Stop At: Taktsang Trail, Taktsang trail, Bhutan
Taktsang Altitude 3,120m/10,235ft
After early breakfast, we will do 4-5 hour return hike to the famed Taktsang or the Tiger’s Nest, which is located on the face of a sheer 800-meter rocky cliff in Paro. It normally takes about 2 hours to reach the monastery from the nearest road head. The history of Taktsang is associated with the visit of Guru Padmasambhava (known as Guru Rinpoche), the Indian saint who came to Bhutan and introduced Tantric Buddhism in the 8th century AD. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava flew into the cave from Kurtoe Khenpajong in eastern Bhutan, riding on a tigress. It is not only considered as one of the most sacred pilgrimage site in Bhutan but also “a must visit” place for tourists.
After visiting Taktsang monastery and a sumptous lunch at Taktsang cafeteria, hike downhill back to the road head where your driver will be waiting at the road head.
Duration: 5 hours
Accommodation included: Overnight 3 star Hotel
Departure Point :Paro International Airport, Airport Road Paro, Paro 12001, Bhutan
Departure Time :1:00 AM
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.