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Window to Bhutan

7 days Tour of Western Bhutan

7

Days

CULTURE

Window to Bhutan Trip Map, Route Map

The word Bhutan evokes a far reaching reactions to the minds to the outside world. Mostly swinging to the extremes – it is generally perceived as paradise on earth or country isolated and trapped on time wrapped. This 7 days tour widely opens the window that can laid rest to these reactions.. As this tour provide a close encounter with living and unique culture, tradition and religions values along with its spectacular natural beauty, pristine environment ,fabulous architecture. All along the beautiful valley of Thimphu, Punakha and Paro that forms the major portion of western Bhutan.

Starting from capital, Thimphu, which houses some major contemporary attractions as well historical, After visiting Thimphu valley, we drive east, you will cross Docula pass on the crest of a ridge at 3050 m. On clear day, astounding view of snow covered peaks of the eastern Himalayas is conspicuous.Passing through the magnificent group of 108 chortens  at Docula then the road descend steeply to bring to fertile Punakha valley, continuing a little further will reach under renovation Wangdi Dzong, dramatically straddling the ridge. After stopping here for a few night, we retrace our step back via Docula pass into Paro valley, one of most beautiful valley in the country, after visiting major religious  and cultural attractions, we bring the curtain down to the odyssey with hike to famous Tiger’s nest (Taktsang) monastery.

Outline Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrive in Paro – Thimphu
Upon arrival in Paro, you are met by Wind Horse Guide & driver and transferred to Thimphu, which takes around 1hr from the airport.This afternoon visit attractions of Thimphu according to your interests and available time. This may include Tashicho Dzong, which is the main Govt. center with kings’ throne room. Visit Farmer’s market, which is more vibrant during the weekends.
Overnight in the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu Valley Tour
The capital of Bhutan also has most things to see for visitors. A full day tour of Thimphu’s cultural sites and monuments may include Memorial Chorten, traditional Art school or Painting school, Indigenous Hospital, Nunnery at Zilukha, a short drive up to a view point for aerial view of the capital and its suburbs. Along the way, visit Takin Sanctuary, the national animal of Bhutan. Also visit giant Buddha statue. There are others like Zangdopelri temple, Changangkha monastery, Simtokha Dzong, Crafts workshop, Textile museum which can be visited as per available time or based on your interests.
Overnight in hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdue
The drive from Thimphu to Punakha across spectacular Dochula takes about 3hrs. From Thimphu, road climbs up to Dochula pass (3,050m),where you have opportunity to view the peaks of the eastern Himalayas. Descend into Wangdue/Punakha valley. Punakha-Wangdue valley is lower (about 1450m above sea leel) and it enjoys sub-tropical climate. In the afternoon, visit impressive Punakha Dzong at the confluence of the two rivers. Later drive short distance north through the idyllic countryside and walk short distance uphill to Khamsum Chorten on Nyenzangang hill. The views from here of the terraced rice fields, dotted with traditional houses, the river and the valley surrounded by mountains is amazing ! On the way to the hotel, stop to visit the township of Punakha at Khuruthang.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 4: Wangdue /Punakha – Paro
Check-out of the hotel. Take a short walk into the village and visit Chimi Lhakhang temple, dedicated to Lam Drukpa Kuenley, affectionately known as “Divine Madman,” for his unconventional ways of teaching using dirty jokes.He is a folk hero and a cultural icon around whom countless yarns of facts and fiction, stories and legends have been spun. Make a brief tour of Wangdue Phodrang; view the ruins of its Dzong, drive through the town area, and return drove to Thimphu recrossing magnificent Dochula pass, with one more opportunity to see the panoramic views of the Eastern Himalayan peaks.
(If you are interested in walking, you can skip Chimi Lakhang & Wangdue this morning and instead take a beautiful hike for about 3hrs from Dochula to Trashigang monastery via Lungchuzekha monastery. The hike is quite easy or moderate. From Trashigang meet the vehicle and drive to Thimphu). After Thimphu, continue 1hr drive to Paro. Along the way, there is a nice small nunnery at Sitsina that you can visit. Upon arrival in Paro, stroll around the town and the check-into you hotel for dinner and overnight.
Overnight in hotel in Paro.

Day 5: Paro Valley Tour
Paro valley is one of the loveliest in Bhutan. The willow trees and apple or chards line many of the roads. Large whitewashed farmhouses and temples complement the terraced fields with forested hills rising on either side to create a beautiful, organic and peaceful whole. Paro is also excellent agricultural land and the people here are better off than many elsewhere in Bhutan. We’ll tour by short drives and walks to see its many attractions such the Drugyal Dzong ruins, Ta Dzong (watchtower) which houses the museum, Rinphung Dzong fortress, the beautiful 7th century Kichu Lhakhang temple, local farm house, and also cover Dumtse Lhakhang temple, known to hold some of the finest murals in the kingdom.
Overnight in Paro.

Day 6: Paro Valley (Takstang)
Our journey in Kingdom culminates with a hike to the most famous pilgrimage site in Bhutan: Taktsang Goempa (tiger’s nest) monastery (at about 3100m/10,100ft). Visible from afar, this magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 1,000 feet above the valley floor, defying logic, gravity, and reason in the quest for spiritual enlightenment. It is one of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan. (If for some reason, some of the members wish to skip hike to Taktsang, our Guide and driver can arrange other interesting alternatives for them.) You can also hire pony for the uphill part, till the first view point & cafeteria but you must be able to walk back downhill on return. The steep hike to the first view point or cafeteria (at 2940m/9,650ft) takes between 1-2hrs (ascending about 300m/1,000ft) from the starting point. From here it is another half hour or so to higher spectacular lookout point after ascending another 200m/650ft that puts you eyeball to eyeball with the monastery. From this vantage point, Takstang seems close enough to touch but it is on the far side of deep chasm and takes a knee breaking descent and ascending of another 40 minutes or so to the monastery. While some will probably not make it all the way to the monastery, but even to get to the first view point is really worth all the effort. Upon return from the hike, we may have time to visit the ruins of Drugyal Dzong. Farewell dinner.
Overnight in the hotel, in Paro valley.

Day 7: Departure
 After breakfast, transfer to Paro airport in time for your departure flight.

  • Group SizeDepending on Group size

  • MealsAll meals

  • Trip AccommodationBest Tourist Hotels

  • RouteThimphu-Punakha-Paro

  • Trip Type Cultural Tour

  • Trip SeasonsSuitable for all seaseon

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

Prices & Dates

Cost Information

Please request cost after deciding on the choice of hotels.

For larger groups, contact us for special quote.
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 (pleasant hotels 3-4 star type)
  • 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.
  • Bottled water in the vehicle and other comp. 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

Trip Guide/Leader


  • Sonam Pelden

    Sonam Pelden

  • Chencho Dem

    Chencho Dem

  • Tashi Gyeltshen

    Tashi Gyeltshen

  • Yeshi Penjor

    Yeshi Penjor

Reviews / Testimonials

  • Zuzanna Katarzyna Flokiewicz
    Poland
    Jan 1970
    Window to Bhutan – April 2018 ( Window to Bhutan – April 2018)
    4 " " Thank you for your email and apologies for the late reply. I am traveling and I am not checking my emails very often. The trip was very interesting. Buthan is a beautiful country. My guide was very knowledgeable and also a nice person to talk to. Also the driver was really

    Window to Bhutan – April 2018 Thank you for your email and apologies for the late reply. I am traveling and I am not checking my

  • Jenny Bell
    New Zealand
    Jan 1970
    Bhutan Tour for Jenny x 4 – March 2018 ( Bhutan Tour for Jenny x 4 – March 2018)
    4 " " Steve and I really enjoyed our trip to Bhutan. Highlights for us was visiting the art school, textile museum and paper making factory in Thimphu. The hotel was lovely but the downside was not being able to sleep because of the many dogs barking in the square. The fort at Punakha was

    Bhutan Tour for Jenny x 4 – March 2018 Steve and I really enjoyed our trip to Bhutan. Highlights for us was visiting the art school, textile museum and paper

  • Hermance Maria Puench
    Australia
    Jan 1970
    Window to Bhutan – March, 2018 ( Window to Bhutan – March, 2018)
    5 " " First of all I apologise for the delay in my review. I got back to Australia a few days ago. I am very pleased with my trip to Bhutan. First of all your reactiveness was great, every time I had a request or a question you would reply to me in a

    Window to Bhutan – March, 2018 First of all I apologise for the delay in my review. I got back to Australia a few days ago. I

  • Richard Masla
    USA
    Jan 1970
    Window to Bhutan -April, 2018 ( Window to Bhutan -April, 2018)
    5 " " Our group of 4 just returned from a 7 day tour of Bhutan. From the beginning of my contact with Bas, to touring the amazing countryside of Bhutan with Sonam and Tawa (guides from Bhutan). My experience was phenomenal, two thumbs up for the curtosy, kindness and professionalism of all

    Window to Bhutan -April, 2018 Our group of 4 just returned from a 7 day tour of Bhutan. From the beginning of my contact with

  • Rowena
    Oct 2018
    Memorable Trip ( Memorable Trip)
    5 " " This is long overdue.  My partner  & I have planned our Bhutan trip since last year.  We were working with another tour company when we came upon Wind Horse.  Just our first phone conversation with Ugen, we knew we had to switch to Wind Horse and have not regretted our

    Memorable Trip This is long overdue.  My partner  & I have planned our Bhutan trip since last year.  We were working with

  • Rose
    Jan 1970
    Highly recommended ( Highly recommended)
    5 " " We highly recommend Windhorse, our wonderful guide Tshering and our driver Subba. We spent a week in Bhutan and it was absolutely wonderful. We visited the cultural highlights of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha. Tshering was very considerate about making the trip a special holiday for us. He tailored the trip to

    Highly recommended We highly recommend Windhorse, our wonderful guide Tshering and our driver Subba. We spent a week in Bhutan and it was

  • Maria Elena
    Colorado, Denver
    Jan 1970
    Window to Bhutan for Maria by Wind Horse ( Window to Bhutan for Maria by Wind Horse)
    4 " " Hi Anand Sorry for the late report. I had a good time in Bhutan. I was able to have so many questions answered by my tour guide.  I did the cultural tour. I was expecting fast pace tour but I guess I will need to schedule trek tour next time.I am vegan

    Window to Bhutan for Maria by Wind Horse Hi Anand Sorry for the late report. I had a good time in Bhutan. I was able to have so many

  • Elinor and Sam
    Zurich, Switzerland
    Jan 1970
    Bhutan Cultural Tour ( Bhutan Cultural Tour)
    1 " " We traveled to several different festivals in numerous cities, mixed with a few short hikes in between. A once in a lifetime experience. We loved the dances, the colourful costumes, and the journey through Bhutan. Thanks to our marvellous guide Tshering with the support of driver Kencho, the visits to

    Bhutan Cultural Tour We traveled to several different festivals in numerous cities, mixed with a few short hikes in between. A once in

  • Anil
    Austin, Texas, USA
    Jan 1970
    Bhutan Tour for Anil Shelat and Group ( Bhutan Tour for Anil Shelat and Group)
    4 " " Dear Anand; Both Bhutan and Sikkim trip went well. If I were to mention some specifics, services in Darjeeling Hotel (Little Tibet) was little less than expected. (This could have been due to the demand of several guests who were attending wedding of the owner's son).  Wi-fi everywhere is an area

    Bhutan Tour for Anil Shelat and Group Dear Anand; Both Bhutan and Sikkim trip went well. If I were to mention some specifics, services in Darjeeling Hotel (Little

  • Andrew Lim
    New York, USA
    Jan 1970
    Window to Bhutan For Andrew and Celia ( Window to Bhutan For Andrew and Celia)
    5 " " Hi there! Celia and I had taken part in the “Window to Bhutan Tour” from 8/30 – 9/5 and we would like to share some positive feedback with you regarding our tour guide (Kinley) and driver (Jigme). Both have taken care of us so well during our trip. Kinley was knowledgeable,

    Window to Bhutan For Andrew and Celia Hi there! Celia and I had taken part in the “Window to Bhutan Tour” from 8/30 – 9/5 and we would

  • Mrs. Tanja E
    Rockanje, Netherland
    Apr 2018
    I really want to thank you again for the most wonderful trip ( I really want to thank you again for the most wonderful trip)
    5 " " Dear Mr. Sirs, I really want to thank you again for the most wonderful trip I have made in your beautiful country last April 17th. Asspecially our wonderful guide Duba and driver Dawa. Duba is so kind, attent, helpful, well informed about everything. As I arrange guided nature tours in

    I really want to thank you again for the most wonderful trip Dear Mr. Sirs, I really want to thank you again for the most wonderful trip I have made in your

  • Karl V.D.B
    Bandra (E) Mumbai.
    Jan 1970
    What a phenomenal holiday! You have a lovely country and very nice fellow citizens. ( What a phenomenal holiday! You have a lovely country and very nice fellow citizens.)
    5 " " Dear Anand and Ugyen, Dear Laki, What a phenomenal holiday! You have a lovely country and very nice fellow citizens. Though there was a 6 hours delay at the day of arrival - rain in Paro obstructed the sight - we were still able to see a bit of the town. Mr. Yonten

    What a phenomenal holiday! You have a lovely country and very nice fellow citizens. Dear Anand and Ugyen, Dear Laki, What a phenomenal holiday! You have a lovely country and very nice fellow citizens. Though there was

  • Ian , Patricia & Lawrence Party
    Keswick Road, Leatherhead Surrey, UK.
    Jan 1970
    Thank you Windhorse for such an amazing experience ( Thank you Windhorse for such an amazing experience)
    5 " " Dear Anand,   On behalf of myself and my parents Trish and Ian, I would like to thank Windhorse for such an amazing experience. Our guide Sonam and driver Hemrag went far beyond the call of duty. My mum was sick to start with, not from Bhutan but from India, and

    Thank you Windhorse for such an amazing experience Dear Anand,   On behalf of myself and my parents Trish and Ian, I would like to thank Windhorse for such

  • Jummi T. R.
    JL. KH Makassar Sulsel Indonesia
    Jan 1970
    They also want me to speak with the owner, Mr.Tsering but because my english is not very good so I refuse it. haha ( They also want me to speak with the owner, Mr.Tsering but because my english is not very good so I refuse it. haha)
    5 " " TID 8737 (23 feb - 1 March) 2015 Guide - Pema Dhendup. Dear Windhorse Travel. I wrote this on behalf of my family Jummi Tandung Raya : "Your service is very nice and kind. Your tour provide me any equipment and tools needed, including instant noodle, drink and some medicine when I am

    They also want me to speak with the owner, Mr.Tsering but because my english is not very good so I refuse it. haha TID 8737 (23 feb - 1 March) 2015 Guide - Pema Dhendup. Dear Windhorse Travel. I wrote this on behalf of my

  • Angus M & Kelly M.C.
    Suite Street, Edmonton Alberta,Canadian
    Jan 1970
    We are very happy to have met him and his knowledge of the area and specific sites are phenomenal. ( We are very happy to have met him and his knowledge of the area and specific sites are phenomenal.)
    5 " " TID - 8708 ( 06.02.15 - 12.02.15) Window to Bhutan (Guide - Kezang Norbu) Dear Anand, Sorry for the delayed reply. Overall, we had a fabulous time!  Our guide Kezang and driver Chimi provided lots of insight, guidance, and knowledge to us (and kept us safe on the roads in Bhutan).  And we

    We are very happy to have met him and his knowledge of the area and specific sites are phenomenal. TID - 8708 ( 06.02.15 - 12.02.15) Window to Bhutan (Guide - Kezang Norbu) Dear Anand, Sorry for the delayed reply. Overall, we

  • Nerissa and Kellie
    Gordon Avenue, Victoria, Australia
    Jan 1970
    We were sad to leave magical Bhutan – an amazing country with wonderful people. ( We were sad to leave magical Bhutan – an amazing country with wonderful people.)
    5 " " Window to Bhutan TID 8541 ( 17 to 23 Oct,2014) Hi Jambay Hope you are well.We just wanted to touch base to say how delighted we were with our tour of Bhutan through Windhorse.Sonam was the ultimate professional: well organised, a great communicator, flexible, very knowledgeable. And most importantly to us, fun!

    We were sad to leave magical Bhutan – an amazing country with wonderful people. Window to Bhutan TID 8541 ( 17 to 23 Oct,2014) Hi Jambay Hope you are well.We just wanted to touch base to

  • Bridget L & Melanie G
    Baltimore, Maryland,21223 USA
    Jan 1970
    You have a beautiful country in Bhutan ( You have a beautiful country in Bhutan)
    5 " " Window to Bhutan, TID 8605, (7 Oct – 13 Oct, 2014) Hello Anand, Yes, we did indeed complete our trip, the last part being a visit to Bhutan and what a trip is was, absolutely fabulous. From the moment we stepped off the plane in Paro and got greeted by our guide

    You have a beautiful country in Bhutan Window to Bhutan, TID 8605, (7 Oct – 13 Oct, 2014) Hello Anand, Yes, we did indeed complete our trip, the last

  • Taka J
    New York, USA
    Aug 2018
    I think the trip exceeded my expectations ( I think the trip exceeded my expectations)
    5 " " Dear Anand, I think the trip exceeded my expectations, but it may have been more the case because of the beauty of Bhutan. Actually, Yeshi and the driver were great traveling companions and were able to accommodate my requests. I did not get a chance to go to Punakha as the

    I think the trip exceeded my expectations Dear Anand, I think the trip exceeded my expectations, but it may have been more the case because of the beauty

  • Furkan J
    Hounslow, United Kingdom
    May 2018
    There was the right balance of standard itinerary and free time. ( There was the right balance of standard itinerary and free time.)
    5 " " Window to Bhutan Tour for Furkan TID: 8508 Hi Anand The trip was amazing....there was the right balance of standard itinerary and free time....the guide Pema was excellent. Everything was organised professionally! If I could do my own itinerary, I would have squeezed the two days in Thimphu into one long day....it

    There was the right balance of standard itinerary and free time. Window to Bhutan Tour for Furkan TID: 8508 Hi Anand The trip was amazing....there was the right balance of standard itinerary and

  • Meagan, Micheal & Kids
    Gatineau, Quebec, J8X3L7, Canada
    Apr 2018
    There isn’t much to improve on- the trip was wonderful. ( There isn’t much to improve on- the trip was wonderful.)
    5 " " TID 732: Megan Byers Family Bhutan Tour(TID 732) Apr. 08 - 14, 2014 Hi Anand, Thank you for your email. There isn't much to improve on- the trip was wonderful. Jambay may have told you I found the wait for confirmations of hotels and visas stressful. I am not used to travelling

    There isn’t much to improve on- the trip was wonderful. TID 732: Megan Byers Family Bhutan Tour(TID 732) Apr. 08 - 14, 2014 Hi Anand, Thank you for your email. There

  • Vasanthi & Subramany B
    United State of America
    Jan 1970
    We enjoyed everything we saw in Bhutan – the country, culture, people and food. ( We enjoyed everything we saw in Bhutan – the country, culture, people and food.)
    5 " " We returned home on November 7th after a wonderful trip to Nepal and Bhutan. We enjoyed everything we saw in Bhutan - the country, culture, people and food. We must thank you and your team that planned our visit so well. You have excellent staff. Pema and Cheemi, our guide

    We enjoyed everything we saw in Bhutan – the country, culture, people and food. We returned home on November 7th after a wonderful trip to Nepal and Bhutan. We enjoyed everything we saw in

  • Jan W
    Spokane, WA. USA
    Jan 1970
    He gave us good suggestions and guidance ( He gave us good suggestions and guidance)
    5 " " Sonam Pelden, our guide, felt like a member of the family within the first couple of days. His nuanced English was invaluable in helping us understand the complexities of Bhutanese Buddhism and culture -we also laughed a lot! He gave us good suggestions and guidance. It was clear that he

    He gave us good suggestions and guidance Sonam Pelden, our guide, felt like a member of the family within the first couple of days. His nuanced English

  • Andrea P.J
    6 Rope WalkMount Hawke
    Apr 2018
    As a family we are still buzzing about it and are keen to come back to Bhutan for a longer stay! ( As a family we are still buzzing about it and are keen to come back to Bhutan for a longer stay!)
    5 " " TID 612 Jones Family tour of Bhutan (19.04.13-25.04.13) Wow! Thanks for an amazing trip. As a family we are still buzzing about it and are keen to come back to Bhutan for a longer stay! I've got to say that as a company, you have been fab from the start. You

    As a family we are still buzzing about it and are keen to come back to Bhutan for a longer stay! TID 612 Jones Family tour of Bhutan (19.04.13-25.04.13) Wow! Thanks for an amazing trip. As a family we are still buzzing

  • Dr. Sechung C
    California, USA
    Mar 2018
    I love the architectural decorative styles that adorn almost all buildings ( I love the architectural decorative styles that adorn almost all buildings)
    5 " " Bhutan Private Tour (March 18-24,2012) Dear Ugen, I tried to enter my comments into your website but couldn't figure out how to do so. So, I send you the following paragraph that you may quote. "My husband and I visited Bhutan for a week in March 2012. I knew ahead of time that

    I love the architectural decorative styles that adorn almost all buildings Bhutan Private Tour (March 18-24,2012) Dear Ugen, I tried to enter my comments into your website but couldn't figure out how to

  • Ayesha R
    Washington, USA
    Jan 1970
    I really had a great time during my weeklong exploration of Bhutan ( I really had a great time during my weeklong exploration of Bhutan)
    5 " " Ayesha Bhutan Tour (13 - 19 Jan,2012) Hi Ugen and Jambay, Thanks for the followup, and also for the very prompt and responsive manner in which you guys set up my tour at such short notice. My experience was very positive, and I would definitely recommend your services to others. I really

    I really had a great time during my weeklong exploration of Bhutan Ayesha Bhutan Tour (13 - 19 Jan,2012) Hi Ugen and Jambay, Thanks for the followup, and also for the very prompt and

  • Frank M
    Hamburg, Germany
    Dec 2018
    Bhutan is worth every penny. ( Bhutan is worth every penny.)
    5 " " Bhutan Tour December 8-12, 2008 Dear Fellow Travelers, I just came back from a five days tour through Bhutan, organised by Wind Horse Tours. It was one of the best experiences I’ve made in the past twenty years of traveling in Asia which I have mostly done alone without any organised tours

    Bhutan is worth every penny. Bhutan Tour December 8-12, 2008 Dear Fellow Travelers, I just came back from a five days tour through Bhutan, organised by Wind

  • Colin and Marie Ward
    Sydney, Australia
    Jan 1970
    It was a special trip as the country was in transition from an ancient one to a modern one ( It was a special trip as the country was in transition from an ancient one to a modern one)
    5 " " Dear Anand, Marie and I greatly enjoyed our trip to the Kingdom of Bhutan, it was a special trip as the country was in transition from an ancient one to a modern one. We savoured the ancient Buddhist traditions and the most magnificent scenery plus the honesty of the people

    It was a special trip as the country was in transition from an ancient one to a modern one Dear Anand, Marie and I greatly enjoyed our trip to the Kingdom of Bhutan, it was a special trip as

  • Don Riedel
    Hollywood CA U.S.A
    Apr 2018
    I traveled alone as a visitor to Bhutan in 2002 with Wind Horse. ( I traveled alone as a visitor to Bhutan in 2002 with Wind Horse.)
    5 " " 25 - 29 April 2002 I traveled alone as a visitor to Bhutan in 2002 with Wind Horse. Upon my arrival, I was greeted by a warm and friendly guide and driver with a nice car to travel in. For the next four days, every wish that I had was fulfilled. I

    I traveled alone as a visitor to Bhutan in 2002 with Wind Horse. 25 - 29 April 2002 I traveled alone as a visitor to Bhutan in 2002 with Wind Horse. Upon my arrival, I