Western Bhutan Tours
Western Bhutancomprises of the Haa Valley (2670m, 8760ft.) opened to visitors only in 2001,Paro (2280m, 7480ft.) the Valley that encompasses the only airport in Bhutan,Thimphu (2320m, 7600ft.) the capital city, the Punakha Valley and Wangduephodrang(1250m, 4200ft.). Western Bhutan is known for its stunning scenery with beautiful farmlands and apple orchards, the pristine
rivers from perpetual snow-capped mountains meandering through the main towns of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Wangduephodrang.
While Bhutan is one of the smallest countries in the world, its cultural diversity and richness are profound. As such, strong emphasis is laid on the promotion and preservation of its unique culture. By protecting and nurturing Bhutan’s living culture it is believed that it will help guard the sovereignty of the nation.
Bhutan’s numerous festivals are a joyful expression of its culture – and largely inspired by Buddhism.
The Tshechu – or the masked dance festivals – is a rare occasion and a living testimony to the country’s ancient past. These festivals are a dedication to Guru Rinpoche who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in the 7th century. They are held in every district (often in the Dzongs) annually. As it has happened for centuries, people continue to converge at festivals both to pursue their spiritual practice, and to participate in the community event. The Tshechu is a place to see and be seen.
Tshechus are also an important social event for the Bhutanese. People come dressed in their finest. Women wear their most beautiful jewelry, families pack their best food for lunch, men and women joke and exchange tales, and children crane their necks to catch a sight of the day-long dances.
Bhutan has many activities available for those visitors seeking a place of solace, rest and recuperation. Whether it’s a session of peaceful, contemplative meditation, a relaxing soak in a mineral hot spring bath or the all natural remedies of our traditional medicine Bhutan has just what you need to revive and rejuvenate your body and spirit.
Bhutan’s pristine environment, with high rugged mountains and deep valleys, offers ecosystems that are both rich and diverse. Recognizing the importance of the environment, conservation of its rich biodiversity is one of the government’s development paradigms.
Whether you are looking for a day hike or a gruelling 31 day adventure, Bhutan has it all. Pristine mountain lakes, imposing glaciers and some of the world’s most endangered species await you in the mountainous amphitheatre of the Himalayas. Let us give you a selection of some of the country’s finest treks.