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Western and Central Bhutan Tour 11Days

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10 Nights 11 DaysTour Code:BTG-D
  • Route:Paro-Thimphu-Punakha-Gangtey-Trongsa-Bumthang-Paro
  • Group Size:1-6 pax
  • Tour Guide:English-speaking
  • Meals:10Breakfasts;9Lunches;10Dinners
  • Accommodations:10Nights, 3-Star
  • Single Supplement:USD400/pax
  • Tour style:
    Bhutan Odyssey Travel, Bhutan Cultural Tour


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Western and Central Bhutan Tour 11Days

Bhutan 10 Nights 11 Days Group Tour Package will help you visit the highlights of Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Gantai - Thongsa - Bumthang. You will land at Paro, the only international airport in Bhutan. Here begins our eleven-day tour of the Midwest of Bhutan. The people of Bhutan are hospitable and hospitable, and the scenery in Bhutan is spectacular and pleasant. During these eleven days, you will take a gentle tour in the central west of Bhutan.

Bhutan 10 Nights 11 Days Group Tour Package will help you experience Bhutan's inherent cultural vitality and magnificent natural beauty. Your trip to Bhutan begins and ends in the beautiful city of Paro. Bhutan's tour packages are specially designed to satisfy nature and culture lovers. During these eleven days, you will definitely have a deeper understanding of Bhutan as a country, and be more amazed by the scenery of the Midwest of Bhutan, and this trip will also leave you with beautiful memories! Then please continue to read this page to learn more about this 11-day trip to Western and Central Bhutan!

  • 1. Relax via Bhutan's traditional hot stone bath
  • 2. Drink traditional red rice beer with a unique local taste
  • 3. Dress in Bhutan National Attire (Gho or Kira) to take photos
  • 4. Get 1 Bhutan sim card with 5GB internet access
  • 5. Welcome dinner with Bhutan Culture Dance Show in Paro
  • 6. Have dinner in Folk Heritage Museum (based on the group over 5Pax)
  • 7. Try local archery which is not only Bhutan's national sport but also art
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Day1  Arrive in Paro, Bhutan (airport pick-up & hotel check-in)

Tashi Delek and welcome to Bhutan. Our local representative will greet you at the only international airport in Bhutan that is located in Paro(2262m), Western Bhutan. Then check in at your sweet hotel for a good rest while getting used to the time difference.

Meals:    Dinner


  • Fly over the himalayas
    Fly over the himalayas
  • Welcome to Bhutan.
    Welcome to Bhutan.
Day2  Paro (Tiger’s Nest Monastery)

Today we will drive from Paro city to the start point of the hiking route of the Tiger's Nest Monastery. It takes about 2.5 hours to reach Tiger's Nest by foot (5 hours for a round trip), and you can have a rest at the view terrace which is located at the halfway point of the hiking road. Also, you can choose to ride a horse(self-paying) from the camp base to the Taktsang Cafeteria (lunch spot). Enjoy the welcome dinner with the Bhutan culture dance show.

Tiger's Nest Monastery (Taktsang Goemba, Takhtsang Lakhang, Paro Taktshang), first built in 1692, is the iconic landmark of Bhutan. As a world cultural heritage, it is sited on the side of a cliff at a height of 900m above the Paro valley. It is said that Guru Rinpoche (a Buddhist saint) rode a tigress to the current site of the monastery and meditated in a cave for 3 years 3 months and 3 days. Now it is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Bhutan and a sacred religious site for Bhutanese to pilgrimage at least once in a lifetime.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner


  • Tiger's Nest
    Tiger's Nest
  • On the way to Tiger's Nest
    On the way to Tiger's Nest
Day3  Paro-Thimphu (Buddha Dordenma Statue, National Memorial Chorten, Tashichho Dzong)

In the morning, we will head to Bhutan’s capital city Thimphu (72km, about 2.5h) via a visit to Tamchog Lhakhang on the way. After sightseeing in Thimphu (2360m) with Buddha Dordenma Statue, National Memorial Chorten, Motithang Takin Preserve, and Tashichho Dzong, we will have dinner in the Folk Heritage Museum. Then have a good rest in your hotel.

Tamchog Lhakhang (Tachog Lhakhang) is located by the Paro river on the way to Thimphu from Paro. To get to the temple we must walk across a unique iron chain bridge with colorful fluttering prayer flags. Both the Lhakhang and the iron bridge are built by the saint Thangthong Gyalpo (1385-1464, Tibetan polymath). As the "King of the Empty Plain", Thangthong Gyalpo is now commonly known as the "Iron Bridge Maker". Enjoy his pioneering old-aged buildings left till today.

Buddha Dordenma Statue (Kuenselphodrang, Buddha Point) is a landmark of Thimphu city and you can have a great view of the Thimphu Valley there. With 51.5m in height, built of bronze and gilded in gold, the statue is famed as the largest sitting Shakyamuni statue in the world and there are 125,000 smaller Buddha statues placed within it. The statue was finished in 2015(built for 9years) to fulfill an ancient prophecy to emanate an aura of happiness and peace all over the world.

National Memorial Chorten is the most visited landmark of Thimphu which was built in 1974 in memory of the Third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk(the Father of Modern Bhutan) by his mother. Due to the idea of Jigme Dorji, this stupa is dedicated to world peace and prosperity. It is a Tibetan-style chorten with amazing paintings and brilliant sculptures, you can see the classical stupa pattern like the pyramidal pillar crowned by a crescent moon and sun. It is also a good place to meet local Bhutanese people circumambulating the Chorten throughout the day in a clockwise direction for praying.

Tashichho Dzong (Thimphu Dzong) is located on the right side of the Wangchu River in the northern part of Thimphu city. As the "Fortress of the glorious religion", it houses the throne room of His Majesty the King, government offices, and the central monk body. Thimphu Dzong was initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s. There are two main entrances in the Tashichho Dzong. One leads to the administrative section to the south and the other one (at the north) leads to the monastic quarter where festivals and dances are performed.

Motithang Takin Preserve (Takin Zoo) is a wildlife reserve for Takin (Budorcas taxicolor), the national animal of Bhutan. Drukpa Kunley (Divine Madman), the famous Tibetan saint, is said to be responsible for the creation of Takin which has the head of a goat and the body of a cow.

Folk Heritage Museum (Phelchey Toenkhyim) was established on July 28th, 2001 with the initiative of Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (the Queen Mother of Bhutan). It is set inside a three-storied, 19th-century traditional house and provides visitors with a glimpse of the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle, artifacts from rural households, collection of typical household objects, tools, and equipment. The museum also organizes regular demonstrations of rural traditions, skills, habits, and customs as well as hosts educational programs for children.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner


  • Buddha Dordenma Statue
    Buddha Dordenma Statue
  • Buddha Dordenma Statue
    Buddha Dordenma Statue
Day4  Thimphu-Punakha (Dochula Pass, Chimi Lhakhang, Limbukha Village)

This morning we will drive to Punakha (74KM, about 2.5hrs) via Dochula pass and Chimi Lhakhang. In Punakha (1310m) we can take a hike in Limbukha Village. If your visit to Thimphu coincides with the weekend (Friday to Sunday), we will walk through the Thimphu Market to see the variety of food of Bhutan, including basket upon basket of fiery chilies, fresh cheese and a variety of fresh greens. In addition, many stalls contain Bhutanese handicrafts and household items.

Dochula Pass (108 memorial chortens) is a place in honor of 108 Bhutanese Soldiers, there are 108 stupas called the "Druk Wangyal Chortens" representing each soldier's life that was lost in the war of December 2003. The pass is decorated with colorful prayer flags which are symbols of veneration and the best wishes for peace and prosperity for Bhutan. If the weather is good, the Dochula Pass will become the best platform to get breathtaking views of the snow-covered Himalayas.

Chimi Lhakhang (Fertility Temple, Chime Lhakhang) is located on a hillock among the rice field and is a pilgrimage for a childless couple to seek blessings. The monk there blesses the couple with a wooden phallus that is believed to have the power to help the childless couple conceive a child. This temple is associated with the famous Drukpa Kunley (1455-1529, Divine Madman, Tibetan saint), who is famed for using his phallus to guide people to enlightenment and subdue demons. That is why you can see the symbol of phalluses scattered everywhere. You can buy handicraft souvenirs here with the phallic symbol in various colors, shapes, and sizes.

Limbukha Village is known for its love of peace and tranquility. During the annual festival, the Limbuk men are found carrying peace flags instead of swords and fireworks. We can walk along its red rice fields and have an idea about Bhutan's famous red rice which is supposed to have medicinal value. Also, you may meet local farmers in their tradition Gho or Kira working in the field with a pure smile on their face.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner


  • Dochu la Pass in winter
    Dochu la Pass in winter
  • Chimi Lhakhang
    Chimi Lhakhang
Day5  Punakha-Gangtey (Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, Punakha Dzong)

After a morning hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten and the sightseeing in Punakha Dzong in Punakha Valley, we will drive to Gangtey (74KM, about 2.5hrs) the winter home of the Black-Necked Cranes (Grus nigricollis), immersing yourself in the beautiful Phobjikha Valley.

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten is on the west bank of the Mo Chhu river. After across a suspension bridge, it is about 45mins' walk from the main road to the Chorten(stupa). The stupa was built in 1990 by Ashi Tsering Yangdon Wangchuck(the wife of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck) to drive off evil forces and bring peace to Bhutan and the world. This Chorten was a typical combination of the art, architecture, and traditions of Bhutan. It took Bhutanese carpenters, painters, and sculptors 9 years to finish this Bhutan-style pagoda. Also, you will get an excellent view of the Punakha Valley and Punakha Dzong there.

Punakha Dzong stands at the junction of two great rivers called the Pho Chu river (father river) and Mo Chu river (mother river). As the palace of great happiness or bliss, it is also known as the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan. It was first built in 1637 by the founder of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, and was played as the administrative center and the seat of the Bhutanese official till the capital city was moved from Punakha to Thimphu in 1955. Now, this Dzong is served as the winter residence for Je Khenpo, Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body. In 2011, the Dzong witnessed the royal wedding ceremony of the 5th Bhutan's King, His Majesty Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck to Queen Jetsun Pema. If you visit Bhutan in May, you will be amazed by the breathtaking purple-blue jacaranda blooms outside the fortress.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner


  • Punakha Dzong
    Punakha Dzong
  • Punakha Dzong Tshechu Festival
    Punakha Dzong Tshechu Festival
Day6  Gangtey (Gangtey Nature Trail, Phobjikha Valley, Black-necked Cranes Center)

This morning, we will have a light hike on Gangtey Nature Trail (4km, 1.5-2hours) that start from Gangtey Monastery(3030m) and ends in Khewang Lhakhang(2850m). It is the most beautiful and shortest of the existing nature trails in Bhutan. You can immerse yourselves in the beauty of the Phobjikha Valley(2840m) with farmhouses, dense pine forests, rhododendron forests, and bamboo plants on foot. During the winter, it may be a bonus to see the rare and endangered Black-neck Cranes. In the afternoon, we will drive to the Black-necked Cranes Information Center.

Gangtey Monastery (Gangtey Goemba, Gangtey Gonpa) was first built in 1613 by Pema Thinley, the grandson, and re-embodiment of Pema Lingpa (the reincarnation of Guru Rinpoche, 1450-1521). It is a beautiful temple architecture that stands on the hilltop and is a great spot to view the picturesque Phobjikha Valley. It is said that the Black-necked cranes circle the monastery three times when they arrive and three times when they leave. Each year on Nov. 11, the Black-necked Crane Festival with local songs, dramas, and masked dances is held at the courtyard of Gangtey Goemba to celebrate the arrival of the endangered bird migrating from the Tibetan Plateau.

In Black Necked Crane Information Centre, you can enter the observation room and use the telescope and spotting scopes to watch the Black-necked crane (Grus nigricollis). Every year (Oct. to Feb.), over 300 cranes migrate from Tibet to Bhutan for their winter months in Phobjikha Valley. As an indigenous Himalayan species, the black-necked cranes are the holy bird in the eyes of local people as it is a symbol of longevity. It was helpful for the center to protect and conserve the Black-necked crane and its species since 2003. It is a nice place to know more about the cranes and study their behavior.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner


  • Gangtey Monastery Festival
    Gangtey Monastery Festival
  • Black Necked Crane
    Black Necked Crane
Day7  Gangtey-Trongsa-Bumthang (Trongsa Dzong, Yotongla Pass)

Depart Gangtey and drive to Bumthang via a visit to Trongsa Dzong (160km, about 5 hours) and Yotongla Pass on the way. Then check in at your hotel in Bumthang (2590m) and visit around if you like. By the way, Bumthang, also known as Jakar is located in central Bhutan. It is famous for the production of honey, cheese, apples, wheat, buckwheat, potatoes, and yatra (woolen materials).

Trongsa Dzong (1920m), built in 1648, is the ancient fort where the first and the second King of Bhutan ruled the kingdom due to its strategic position. All successive Kings of Bhutan hold the post of Trongsa Penlop (governor) before being crowned as the Prince and the King. This Dzong is considered one of the longest and the largest fortresses in Bhutan. It also provides an extraordinary view of the Mangde River. There is a Ta Dzong (built in 1652) that served as the watchtower for Trongsa Dzong from internal rebellion and it is now a heritage museum focused on Buddhist art and Royal memorabilia which is worth a visit.

Yotongla Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3,436m above sea level, located in the Bumthang District of Bhutan. It falls within the Black Mountain range and connects Trongsa and Bumthang. Trongsa and Bumthang served as the summer and the winter capitals respectively and the pass was thus used frequently by the King and his traveling entourage. The road to Yotongla Pass is one of the highest mountain roads in the country. It's called Bumthang-Ura Highway and was built in the 1990s. The pass is covered with mist and prayer flags most of the time. It is worth a stop for a photo break.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner


  • Trongsa Dzong
    Trongsa Dzong
  • Trongsa Dzong
    Trongsa Dzong
Day8  Bumthang (Kurje Lhakhang, Jambay Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong)

Sightseeing day in Bumthang. As the home of some of the oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries like Kurje Lhakhang and Jambay Lhakhang, Bumthang is one of the most historic districts in Bhutan. What is more, it was here the place that Buddhism was first introduced into Bhutan. Sure we will also explore the Jakar Dzong and the Yathra Weaving Center today.

Kurjey Lhakhang consists of three buildings facing south namely: Guru Lhakhang (built-in 1652), Sampa Lhundrup Lhakhang (built-in 1900), and Ka Gon Phor Sum Lhakhang (built-in 1900). It is said that, in the 8th century, the Saint Guru Padmasambhava(Rinpoche) meditated here for three months. The upper floor of the Kurjey Lhakhang houses 1000 small statues of Guru Rinpoche. There is also a huge cypress tree near the entrance of the temple which is believed to have sprouted from Guru Rinpoche's walking stick. It is a must-visit Lhakhang in Bumthang.

Jambay Lhakhang is one of the 108 monasteries built on a single day by Tibetan King Songtsen Goenpo in 659 AD to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region while spreading Buddhism over the Himalayas. It was believed that Jambay Lhakhang was built to pin down the left knee of the ogress. There is an annual festival called Jambay Lhakhang Drup held here to honor Guru Rinpoche who consecrated the Jambay Lhakhang. Visitors can enjoy watching the mask dance of Bhutan. It is worth seeing the beautiful statues, fascinating relics, and preserved murals in this Lhakhang.

Jakar Dzong (Jakar Yugyal Dzong), literally meaning "Castle of the White Bird", was initially built as a monastery in 1549 by Lam Ngagi Wangchuck (1517-1554), a Tibetan who came to Bhutan to spread the Drukpa Kagyupa Buddhist order. It was also the seat of the first King of Bhutan. As the dzong or fortress of the Bumthang district, it is located on a ridge above Jakar town that can give a spectacular view of the Chamkhar (Chokhor) Valley. Jakar Dzong is now the administrative center for Bumthang valley and houses the regional monk body.

Yathra Weaving Centre is a sales outlet showcasing textiles woven from sheep and yak wool. You will see women weaving intricate designs on their backstrap loom, wool dyeing in a natural way, and other processes there. Yathra is traditional wool weaving with intricate patterns native to Chumey Valley in Bumthang of central Bhutan. Almost every family in Chumey owns a backstrap loom. Girls around 8 years old are learning to weave. Yathra products are unique souvenirs, they are the main income for the people of Bumthang.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner


  • Kurjey Lhakhang
    Kurjey Lhakhang
  • Jakar Dzong
    Jakar Dzong
Day9  Bumthang-Wangdue Phodrang (Rinchengang Village)

Today we will drive to Wangdue Phodrang from Bumthang and explore the Rinchengang Village.

Rinchengang Village is located opposite to the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong and Punatsangchhu runs along the highway. Believed to be one of the oldest villages in Bhutan dating back to the Zhabdrungs era., Rinchengang Village is famous for its proficiency in traditional means of stonework and its Bhutanese architectural designed houses. The village is also famous for its houses being close to each other and the space between the houses is barely enough to walk through. Meet local people and know more about the history of the Rinchengang village.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Wangdue Phodrang

  • Farmhouse, bumthang
    Farmhouse, bumthang
  • Jakar Dzong
    Jakar Dzong
Day10  Wangdue Phodrang-Paro (Paro Dzongkhag Archery Ground, Bhutan Hot Stone Bath)

Today it is time for us to drive back to Paro from Wangdue Phodrang (110km, about 3h), after check-in at the hotel in Paro you can have a rest. In the afternoon, experience the national game of Bhutan: Archery time in Paro Dzongkhag Archery Ground. Complimentary Hot stone bath after sightseeing.

Bhutan Archery is the favorite pastime for Bhutanese. It has a history of over two thousand years and was declared Bhutan's National Sport in 1971. Every town and village has its full-length archery field and teams of archers. The traditional Bhutanese archery equipment is a long bamboo bow. Now most archers use a state-of-the-art carbonite Hoyt brand bow. A compound bow made of fiberglass and pulleys can cost between 50,000 to 100,000 Nu (about 1250USD). Targets at traditional Bhutanese tournaments are placed at both ends of a 140m range (Olympic distance is 70m). Enjoy your Archery time by holding a bow and arrow.

Complimentary Bhutan Traditional Hot Stone Bath in the late afternoon. A visit to Bhutan without enjoying the health benefits hot stone bath would be incomplete. After the hiking, a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath is perfect to relax in the water heated by hot river stones roasted on the fire.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner


  • Bhutan Archery
    Bhutan Archery
  • Paro Dzong and Ta Dzong
    Paro Dzong and Ta Dzong
Day11  Paro Departure(Depart Bhutan, airport see-off)

Time to say goodbye to Bhutan, the beautiful Himalayan country. Our local representative will meet you at your hotel and send you to the international airport. Happiness is a place, wish you get happiness and great memories from the Bhutantrip with us. We look forward to seeing you again, Tashi Delek!

Please note that some of the sites in the itinerary may change due to season, weather, national holidays, and special events. We maintain the right to alter the itinerary. The changes in itinerary will mainly base on improving your tour experience in Bhutan.



  • Paro Airport
    Paro Airport
  • Thank you for Choosing us.
    Thank you for Choosing us.

Price Includes

    • 1. Meals listed in the itinerary (Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner)
    • 2. Accommodation in 3-star hotel under twin/dbl bed sharing basis
    • 3. All transportation within the country including airport transfers
    • 4. English-speaking local guide
    • 5. Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments
    • 6. Bhutan SDF fee
    • 7. Bhutan Visa fee: USD 40 per person
    • 8. Bhutan Hot Stone Bath in Paro
    • 9. Archery time in Paro Dzongkhag Archery Ground

Price Excludes

    • 1.Single room supplement charges (USD 40 per person per night for 3-star hotels)
    • 2.International flights before and after the tour
    • 3.Personal expense and Travel Insurance
    • 4.Cost for any services not mentioned in the "PRICE INCLUDES"

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