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Village Tour of Western Bhutan 9 Days

Villages in Paro -Punakha - Thimphu & Haa Valley- 9 days

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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.

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 Price From US$ 1630 | See Details

  • Trip Accommodation Hotels & Lodges with Bhutanese Hospitality and ambience. See Details

  • 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

  • Trip Seasons Through-out the year.

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

Prices & Dates

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.

Included

  • Bhutan Royalties, tourists fees, Visa fees and taxes.
  • Accommodations in listed or similar hotels & lodges
  • All meals, including evening tea/coffee etc through-out the tour in Bhutan.
  • All land transfers, sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • Experienced English Speaking Bhutanese Tour Guide.
  • A Traditional Stone bath with treat to Bhutanese Liquor.
  • Tea and snacks during visits to local homes.
  • Bottled water in the vehicle and other complimentary services.

Not included

  • Flights into and out of Bhutan.
  • Optional Travel/Medical Insurance.
  • Personal expenses such as bars, beverages in the hotel, telephone, laundry, trips, and others.

Accommodations


Hotels in Thimphu

Hotels in Paro

Hotels in Punakha

Hotels in Haa

Trip Guide/Leader


  • Pema Dhendup

    Pema Dhendup

  • Namgay

    Namgay

  • Yonten Phuntsho

    Yonten Phuntsho

  • Sonam Pelden

    Sonam Pelden

  • Sonam Loday

    Sonam Loday

Reviews / Testimonials

  • Maureen Allyn
    California, USA
    Jan 1970
    Western Bhutan Village Tour ( Western Bhutan Village Tour)
    5 " Maureen Allyn " Hello Anand- We had an incredible trip with Sonam and Dawa and can't think of a single "low moment" !!!!! Sonam was so knowledgable about everything from the Buddhist religion to the birds of Bhutan. He and Dawa were so respectful and conscious of our needs and abilities the entire trip. Every day was

    Western Bhutan Village Tour Hello Anand- We had an incredible trip with Sonam and Dawa and can't think of a single "low moment" !!!!! Sonam was

  • Flora & Norman S
    Sacramento, California, USA
    Jan 1970
    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

    Our trip to Bhutan was FABULOUS Dear Anand - Our trip to Bhutan was FABULOUS. We can't stop talking about it with all of our family

  • Rachel Tang G.
    South Horizons, Hong Kong.
    Jan 1970
    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.

    Wind horse Tours has made our trip to Bhutan truly unforgettable. 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

  • Susan Thomas
    USA
    Jan 1970
    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

    We loved the entire trip, especially the Haa Valley. Lechuna Heritage Hotel is a gem. Village Tour of Bhutan for Ms. Susan Thomas & Son TID 8626: Dec. 21 - 29, 2014 I just returned a