There are six important districts in Western Bhutan. They are Thimphu, Paro, Haa, Wangdue Phodrang, Punakha and Gasa. A special attention given to exploring better ways of getting better sights in these districts makes them some of the preferable districts in the country. During the pleasant summer, you can delve into the wonders of a living culture by being part of the summer festival of Haa. The Shamanic rituals and other folk dances are the major highlights of the festival. For nature lovers, summer is also a season when the rare Himalayan flowers bloom. You may also take a daring trek to Nob Tsonapatra that has interesting legends to offer. In the capital city Thimphu, you can witness the Takin Festival, Balloning, Hand Gliding, MICE & GNH conferences, meditation and wellness facilities. You may visit temples, dzongs (fortresses) and museums or attend to a festival where textiles come to life. Festivals abound throughout the year and trips can be tailored in accordance. Punakha festival marvels you with the historical depiction of medieval warriors who defended Bhutan with swords and shields. Experience the plantation of rice in early summer or the harvests of the same in autumn. The golden hue of ripening rice fields are photographers’ delight in autumn. Do not miss the museums. Paro museum (Tadzong), reveals the history, cultural, and in Thimphu, let the Folk Heritage museum enthuse you with farmers’ livelihood.
Destinations in Western Bhutan
Dochula pass is over 3000 m altitude and lies on the way to Punakha from Thimphu. On a clear sunny day, the pass is an ideal location from where one can enjoy the beautiful and breathtaking panoramic view of Himalaya mountains. You will find 108 stupas with rich architectural designs and the stupas were built to honor the dead who laid down their lives during the war in 2003.
Folk Heritage Museum
The museums in Thimphu provide fascinating insights into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life. They were established in 2001…
Gasa district lies in the northern most part of the country and adjoins the districts of Punakha, Thimphu and Wangdue Phodrang and with Tibet to its north…
Haa is one of the smallest districts in the country but is one among those with unique picturesque. The district is an ancestral home of the Royal Grandmother and the Dorji family…
Paro district is well known for the intricate and beautiful textiles worn by the people during the valley’s annual festival….
Punakha district is the most historically important and beautiful region in the country. It served as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 till 1907 and the first National Assembly was held here…
Taktsang monastery is popularly known as the Tiger’s Nest. A spiritual tour to Bhutan is never complete with visiting Taktsang….
Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan. It is the only city in the world without traffic lights. Situated at an altitude of 2400m, Thimphu is the centre of government, religion and commerce…
Wangdue Phodrang lies in the west central part of Bhutan. It is considered as the gateway to the districts of Eastern Bhutan….