Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Western Bhutan Tour - Unlimited Lovely Sights

Beautiful Dochula Valley
Dochula Pass
Sandwiched between India and Tibet, the isolated country of Himalayan Bhutan is a hidden gem that hasn’t yet been overrun by tourists. Those who are privileged enough to visit this hermit-like Buddhist kingdom will get the best value for their time and money with a western Bhutan tour. This itinerary rewards travelers with views of majestic mountains, historic fortresses and monasteries, and an unforgettable encounter with rural Asian life.

Some parts of the kingdom are closed off to tourists by government regulation, but there is no shortage of places to see. A tour of Western Bhutan can give you a comprehensive journey of both adventure and culture. You will get to see the country’s stunning natural attractions and wildlife while meeting friendly locals along the way. From hiking (or cycling) through dense forests to visiting the weekend markets to feasting on traditional dishes, you will get to experience everything you need to know about the Bhutanese way of life.

Traveling to the Western fringe of Bhutan puts you up close to the following highlights:
  • Paro (Tiger’s Nest, Mount Jumolhari, Drugyel Dzong Ruin, Ta Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang, Kila Gompa, Farm House, Chele La Pass)
  • Thimphu (Memorial Chorten, Simtokha Dzong, Trashichhodzong, National Library, Traditional Medicine Institute, Art School, The Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, Weekend Market, the Handicrafts Shops, Broadcast Tower, Tango Monastery, Phajodhing Monastery, Cheri Monastery)
  • Punakha (Punakha Dzong, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, Limukha Village, Talo Village)
  • Wangduephodrang (Wangduephodrang Dzong, Wangdue Town, Gangtey Gompa, Rinchengang Village)

When is the Best Time to Go?

Temperatures in Bhutan range from 30 degrees Celsius in the lowlands during mid-summer, to sub-zero in the highest elevations during January. The capital Thimphu is generally warm but can reach down to single figures during the coldest winter days. Expect a lot of rain during the Southeast Asian Monsoon season June to October. After this period, the country remains warm and dry.

Most tourists come from March to May, when the kingdom’s abundant flora is in full bloom. Fall and winter (November to February) are also popular for the clear skies and vivid mountain views.