Enchanting Tour of the West

Paro Taktsang
Paro Taktsang, is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site is located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan
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This is an excellent place for photography. The scenes and the architectural structural are out of this world.

Day 1: Arrival

Spend the day taking in the beautiful scenery and air of Paro. Night Halt.

Day 2: Hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tigers Nest)

This is an excellent place for photography. The scenes and the architectural structural are out of this world. It will be a full day hike to Taksang and back to Paro.

Day 3: Day Excursion to Haa (2670mts, 68km 2hrs)

The isolated Haa valley lies south of Paro. It is one of the picturesque valleys in Bhutan. 

It's a 68km to Haa over the Chelela pass (3810mts), that is claimed to be the highest motor-able road in Bhutan. On a clear day you can see the second highest peak in Bhutan, Mt. Jumolhari (7314mts). 

Photography and sightseeing around Haa. Late afternoon, drive back to Paro. Overnight halt.

Day 4: Thimphu (65km, 1.5hrs with photo stops)

Travel back to Paro. 

Sightseeing around Paro  (Paro Rimpung Dzong ("The Fortress on a heap of Jewel"), Nyime Zampa(traditional bridge), the National Museum, Kyichu Monastery, one of the oldest monastery built in the 7th century by a Tibetan king, marking the first coming of Buddhism to Bhutan).

After lunch, drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Overnight halt.

Day 5: Thimphu (2330mts)

Sightseeing in Thimphu. Overnight Halt

  • The Buddha Dordenma at Kuensel Phodrang, the tallest Buddha with the view of the Thimphu city.
  • Drive to Sangay Gang to view the city from a different angle.
  • Drupthop Nunnery, for the bird's eye view of the fortress Tashichhoe Dzong("The Fortress of the Glorious Religion").
  • Tashichhoe Dzong visit. Visiting the fortress is possible only after the office hours on weekdays and whole day on weekends. 
  • The National Memorial Chorten.
  • Farmer's centenary market
  • The Painting school to get an insight on the traditional arts of Bhutan. 
  • The Motithang Takin(national animal) Preserve.
  • The stadium and Archery(national sport) ground.
Day 6: Punakha/Wangdue(77km, 2.5hrs)

Drive to Punakha/Wangdue(1250mts). 

En-route, halt at Dochula (3140mts) pass, where you can have a spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayas, if the weather is clear. The pass is marked by 108 Bhutanese stupas (chortens), a beautiful monastery and prayer flags fluttering on the hill. The road from Dochula descends about 1500mts to Punakha. 

Sightseeing in Punakha. Ovrernight halt.

Day 7: Punakha - Wangdue - Gangtey/Phobjikha(67km, 3hrs)

Drive to Gangtey/Phobjikha(2900mts) valley, the winter home for the endangered Black Necked Cranes. It is one of the most beautiful high altitude valleys in Bhutan. Phobjikha is one of the Bhutan's few glacial valleys. Explore the valley and also visit the Gangtey Gompa(monastery). Overnight halt.

Day 8: Phobjikha - Paro(209km, 6.5hrs)

Drive to Paro. It'll be the longest drive on this trip. Lunch in Thimphu. Overight halt at Paro.

Day 9: Paro


Please note these tour packages are very flexible and can be altered according to your taste/preference