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Village Tour of Western Bhutan - 09 Days Villages in Paro -Punakha - Thimphu & Haa Valley

Bhutan Village tour is our sincere effort to show real Bhutan found in its villages, where time have stood still. Immerse in its culture, try the local food, visit Bhutanese farmers, interact with the families, children, monks and nuns and revitalize with traditional stone bath. We also include visits to the key monuments such as Dzongs and but ensuring that you will not be dzonged out with too many of them. Our long experience and visitors’ feedback for many years have prompted us to come up with this tour that provides authentic Bhutanese experience. It is a summary of all that draws visitors our country; friendly people, beautiful scenery, a vibrant, proud culture. On this tour, Wind Horse strive to showcase the living culture and traditions, and its harmony with modernity. It is our endeavor to show the pristine environment and how culture, nature and modernity can coexists to provide happiness in the country known for Gross National Happiness.


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Paro Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel.
This afternoon begin the tour familiarizing with visit to local village, which gives the first glimpse of Bhutanese rural life. We also visit historical Rinphung Dzong, and also stroll around Paro.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 2: Paro –Punakha/Wangdue On the way to Punakha, we will get the first sight of Thimphu, which is an hour drive from Paro.
From Thimphu, continue drive uphill to Dochula pass (3,100m), which provides spectacular panoramic views of the Bhutanese Peak. We spend some time exploring the area, its park and may be even walk for a bit. In the afternoon, visit Ewakha village and take a short walk to visit Chimi Lhakhang. Later in the evening, visit impressive Punakha Dzong at the confluence of Pho & Mo Chu rivers. Punakha and Wangdue are located at about 1400m in warm sub-tropical valley, alongside Punatsangchu river.
Overnight in hotel or (option to stay family run Guest House)

Day 3: In Punakha & Wangdue Drive up the hilly road to explore Talo village and Nobgang village, the home of the Queen mothers of Bhutan. We will have an opportunity to visit one or two homes, enjoy a tea with them, see their vegetable and flower garden and learn about their daily living. Then return to the valley and visit Richengang village near Wangdue.
Overnight in hotel or (option to stay family run Guest House).

Day 4: Punakha – Thimphu After early breakfast, drive back across Dochula pass, to Thimphu. Rest of the afternoon is for touring the capital, where we visit among others, Folk Heritage Museum, Textile Academy, the great Tashicho Dzong, Colorful Farmer’s Market and Changlimithang ground for opportunity to see an Archery in progress.
Overnight in hotel (Option to stay in a home-stay Guest House).

Day 5: Thimphu – Haa Valley In the morning, after briefly touring Thimphu, drive through one of the least traffic road, and beautiful landscapes to Haa Valley. Along the way, we will make stops in several villages.
After our arrival in Haa, we will visit Chebri village and drive up the dirt road to Tachu Goempa village. Your accommodation in Hatoey village is in a traditional Farm house converted to a modern lodge.
Tonight, you will be provided traditional hot stone bath, and you try Ara, a local Bhutanese Liquor as a part of this Bhutanese experience.
Overnight in lodge.

Day 6: In Haa Valley Full day in Haa, to explore local villages on foot, visit their homes and meet the families. Today, you will also try some Haap dishes.
Overnight in lodge.

Day 7: Haa – Paro On the way to Paro, stop at Chele la pass, the highest motor-able road in Bhutan. Just below the pass, visit secluded Kila gompa nunnery, a cluster of cliff-hanging homes for nuns. Upon arrival in Paro, the rest of the afternoon is for visiting local villages in Paro.
Overnight in hotel

Day 8: In Paro – Hike to Takstang Our Bhutan Village tour culminates with the hike to famous Taktsang (Tiger’s nest) monastery.
Options are available for hiring riding pony/mules till the view-point.
Upon return, freshen up at the hotel and visit the town area, for a final stroll and a farewell dinner.
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 9: Departure If you flight departs late, we will cover any remaining sights in Paro. Then transfer to the airport, in time for departure flight out of Paro.


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Trip highlights

Step back in time while visiting the remote villages of western Bhutan. Experience real Bhutan in its villages, in meeting local folks and experience Bhutan’s unique culture. Take in spectacular Himalayan scenery. Go walking in pristine valleys. Join a pilgrimage trek to the remarkable ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery Learn about local legend at the Buddhist temples and Dzongs. Visit local markets.


Trip Overview

Trip Price From US$ 1630 | See Details

Trip Accommodation Hotels & Lodges with Bhutanese Hospitality and ambience.

Trip Seasons Through-out the year.

Group SizePrivate travels - individual or small group

MealsAll meals and evening tea & Snacks are included.

Route Paro - Punakha / Wangdue - Thimphu - Haa - Paro

Trip Type Cultural & Village tour

Best MonthsJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Paro Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel.
This afternoon begin the tour familiarizing with visit to local village, which gives the first glimpse of Bhutanese rural life. We also visit historical Rinphung Dzong, and also stroll around Paro.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 2: Paro –Punakha/Wangdue On the way to Punakha, we will get the first sight of Thimphu, which is an hour drive from Paro.
From Thimphu, continue drive uphill to Dochula pass (3,100m), which provides spectacular panoramic views of the Bhutanese Peak. We spend some time exploring the area, its park and may be even walk for a bit. In the afternoon, visit Ewakha village and take a short walk to visit Chimi Lhakhang. Later in the evening, visit impressive Punakha Dzong at the confluence of Pho & Mo Chu rivers. Punakha and Wangdue are located at about 1400m in warm sub-tropical valley, alongside Punatsangchu river.
Overnight in hotel or (option to stay family run Guest House)

Day 3: In Punakha & Wangdue Drive up the hilly road to explore Talo village and Nobgang village, the home of the Queen mothers of Bhutan. We will have an opportunity to visit one or two homes, enjoy a tea with them, see their vegetable and flower garden and learn about their daily living. Then return to the valley and visit Richengang village near Wangdue.
Overnight in hotel or (option to stay family run Guest House).

Day 4: Punakha – Thimphu After early breakfast, drive back across Dochula pass, to Thimphu. Rest of the afternoon is for touring the capital, where we visit among others, Folk Heritage Museum, Textile Academy, the great Tashicho Dzong, Colorful Farmer’s Market and Changlimithang ground for opportunity to see an Archery in progress.
Overnight in hotel (Option to stay in a home-stay Guest House).

Day 5: Thimphu – Haa Valley In the morning, after briefly touring Thimphu, drive through one of the least traffic road, and beautiful landscapes to Haa Valley. Along the way, we will make stops in several villages.
After our arrival in Haa, we will visit Chebri village and drive up the dirt road to Tachu Goempa village. Your accommodation in Hatoey village is in a traditional Farm house converted to a modern lodge.
Tonight, you will be provided traditional hot stone bath, and you try Ara, a local Bhutanese Liquor as a part of this Bhutanese experience.
Overnight in lodge.

Day 6: In Haa Valley Full day in Haa, to explore local villages on foot, visit their homes and meet the families. Today, you will also try some Haap dishes.
Overnight in lodge.

Day 7: Haa – Paro On the way to Paro, stop at Chele la pass, the highest motor-able road in Bhutan. Just below the pass, visit secluded Kila gompa nunnery, a cluster of cliff-hanging homes for nuns. Upon arrival in Paro, the rest of the afternoon is for visiting local villages in Paro.
Overnight in hotel

Day 8: In Paro – Hike to Takstang Our Bhutan Village tour culminates with the hike to famous Taktsang (Tiger’s nest) monastery.
Options are available for hiring riding pony/mules till the view-point.
Upon return, freshen up at the hotel and visit the town area, for a final stroll and a farewell dinner.
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 9: Departure If you flight departs late, we will cover any remaining sights in Paro. Then transfer to the airport, in time for departure flight out of Paro.


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Dates & Prices

Cost Information

Cost varies by group size and travel dates.
From $1630 till $2770 Per Person. Request details or contact us.

Trip Dates:

Private Journeys for independent travel with your own dates.

Accommodations


Hotels in Thimphu

Hotels in Paro

Hotels in Punakha

Hotels in Wangdiphodrang

  • Hotel Y.T

    Y. T hotel is located conveniently between Punakha and Wangduephodrang, the hotel provides simple and clean accommodation and good food. The establishment is good for its personalized services, being run by a family. Although small, the hotel has 20 ...

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Hotels in Haa

Testimonials

  • Our trip to Bhutan was FABULOUS Sacramento, California, USA Trip Date:
    March 23 - April 02, 2015
    Rating:
    Our trip to Bhutan was FABULOUS ( Our trip to Bhutan was FABULOUS)
    5 "Flora & Norman S" Dear Anand - Our trip to Bhutan was FABULOUS. We can't stop talking about it with all of our family and friends.  Bhutan is a magical country. All of our living arrangements were marvellous (especially in Thimbu). We absolutely LOVED our guide, Penjor and our driver, Arum.  We have traveled extensively

    Dear Anand - Our trip to Bhutan was FABULOUS. We can't stop talking about it with all of our family and friends.  Bhutan is a magical country. All of our living arrangements were marvellous (especially in Thimbu). We absolutely LOVED our guide, Penjor and our driver, Arum.  We have traveled extensively all over the world, but we have never had a more helpful, sweet guide as Penjor, or a better, safer driver than Arum.  They were truly wonderful. We have absolutely no suggestions to better the trip.  It was all wonderful.  Please give our warmest regards to both.  We congratulate and thank


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  • Wind horse Tours has made our trip to Bhutan truly unforgettable. South Horizons, Hong Kong. Trip Date:
    March 30-April 08,2015
    Rating:
    Wind horse Tours has made our trip to Bhutan truly unforgettable. ( Wind horse Tours has made our trip to Bhutan truly unforgettable.)
    5 "Rachel Tang G." TID-8731, Village Tours of Western Bhutan, March 30 -April 08, Guide Sonam Palden. Wind horse Tours has made our trip to Bhutan truly unforgettable. From my first correspondence with Mr. Jambay via email to our arrival in Bhutan, everything was absolutely outstanding in terms of organisation and professionalism. The response Mr.

    TID-8731, Village Tours of Western Bhutan, March 30 -April 08, Guide Sonam Palden. [caption id="attachment_10564" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Rachael & Family with local family in one of the village[/caption] Wind horse Tours has made our trip to Bhutan truly unforgettable. From my first correspondence with Mr. Jambay via email to our arrival in Bhutan, everything was absolutely outstanding in terms of organisation and professionalism. The response Mr. Jambay gave was immediate and positive and Windhorse Tours managed our expectations exceedingly well. From the accommodation to the itinerary, to the hotels and meals, Wind horse Tours was considerate and extremely proactive in thinking ahead


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  • We loved the entire trip, especially the Haa Valley. Lechuna Heritage Hotel is a gem. USA Trip Date:
    Dec 21- 29, 2014
    Rating:
    We loved the entire trip, especially the Haa Valley. Lechuna Heritage Hotel is a gem. ( We loved the entire trip, especially the Haa Valley. Lechuna Heritage Hotel is a gem.)
    5 "Susan Thomas" Village Tour of Bhutan for Ms. Susan Thomas & Son TID 8626: Dec. 21 - 29, 2014 I just returned a few days ago.  Bhutan was part of a 2 month trip.  I do plan to write a review on Trip Advisor. Both Tashi and Sonam were terrific. I have hired guides

    Village Tour of Bhutan for Ms. Susan Thomas & Son TID 8626: Dec. 21 - 29, 2014 I just returned a few days ago.  Bhutan was part of a 2 month trip.  I do plan to write a review on Trip Advisor. Both Tashi and Sonam were terrific. I have hired guides and drivers around the world and they rate with the best.  We loved the entire trip, especially the Haa Valley.  Lechuna Heritage Hotel is a gem. The only problem we encountered was with Tashi Namgay Resort.  We stayed there our first night in a new room with radiant heating in the


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Trip Leader


  • Jambay Dorji

    Since kid, Jambay Dorji was sold to idea of travelling, growing up  amidst the bountiful nature in Trongsa, left an indelible imprint in his mind. His fascination grew stronger as the time flew. He joined the travel industry, right after his completion of Bachelor degree from Kalimpong college of arts.

    Like most of colleague at Wind Horse, he started his career in travel trade as travel guide, he came through ranks, and now he is a Sale Director. Although he completed his training in both – cultural and trekking aspects. But affiliation towards trek is more  strong.

    His love for nature is so deep seated that he find himself at peace in the wilderness of trek as well as the passion that he holds so dearly – Birds.He attended birding classes and workshops that gave wings to his passion and given any opportunity, he is either trekking or amidst the vegetation watching birds in action, probably the only way  he know to let his hairs down, after  hard days at work.

    As a kid, his head start in schooling was in Trongsa, and went to different school in the country.He was instrumental behind the opening of Sale and Support office in Phuentsholing. Currently he is settled in Thimphu. He looks after the sale as well as lend helping hand in the affairs of operation of the tours in Thimphu.

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