Bhutan’s Western Triangle includes the three districts of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha. According to the annual report of Tourism Council of Bhutan, almost every visitor who visited covered their stay in Western triangle.
Paro- The National Gateway
Paro has everything to offer from colorful festivities to a rich patchwork heritage that depicts Bhutan’s intriguing history. With only one international airport located, the broad valley of Paro has managed to grab the attention of globe trotters with its famous iconic monument; Taktsang monastery or tiger’s nest (as it is most commonly known to visitors). Paro also houses the country’s only national museum where large numbers of age old artifacts are conserved.
On the adventure front, a trek to Jumolhari mountain base offers Bhutan’s natural scenic beauty. Surrounded by alpine flora and fauna. In addition, the cycling culture amongst Bhutan is flourishing throughout the country leaving an impact in the tourism industry as well. If tourists are fond cyclists then taking a view of Paro valley on two wheels can be an exhiliarating experience.
Paro has several high end hotels where you can indulge your pleasures and unwind with many relaxation activities such as a hot stone bath and a luxury spa treatment after the end of your day trip. Paro is a gateway in all its textural richhness, it ranks as the most visited destination by tourists in Bhutan.
Thimphu- Capital Valley
The capital city of Thimphu depicts a parallel picture of political heritage and evolution of a modern city. Geographically located at an altitude of 2300 meters above sea level, the city experiences pleasant springs, warm summers and cold winters. 45 km from Paro, Thimphu has always been a cherished destination by visitors. There are many things to do and witness in Thimphu ranging from architectural and cultural beauties to conservation of biodiversity awareness.
The Tashichhodzong houses both political and religious office. The office of the King of Bhutan who is the head of state; the prime minister, the head of government; and the Je Khenpo, the head of religious body all are based in Tashichhodzong. Along with it is political significance, the architectural beauty of the fort is truly magnificent given its historical build up and constant maneuvering work carried out by the government, its maintenance overseen by the government.
On the religious front, the gigantic statue of Lord Buddha hovering on the hill of Thimphu valley is one of the most visited tourist spots in the city. The construction of the statue was carried out recently in the year 2008 and due to be fully in completed by 2017, however, visitors are allowed to experience the exterior beauty.
Dochula- Himalaya at 180 Degree
Located at about 30 kilometers from Thimphu, Dochula Pass (3300m) is a common tourist stop off point en route to Punakha district. The significance of the Dochula pass lies in a stunning view of Himalayan scenery it has to offer. On a sunny day with clear skies, the view of the Himalayan range bordering northern Bhutan with the Tibetan plateau gives for an optical treasure.
Aside from the natural view, the Druk Wangyel Lhakhang (temple) recently built in honor of the fourth King of Bhutan showcases the country’s modern history under him. And most importantly it highlights Bhutan’s heroic victory against Indian insurgents in the deep-south and far-east during 2003 flush out campaign by the national army under the leadership of the fourth king. In addition, against the backdrop of the Himalayan range, 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens were constructed to pay tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives during the flush out campaign.
Punakha- History in the beginning
Historically Punakha is what defines the country and the continual evolution of a nation state. It was in this dzongkhag the people of Bhutan were unified under the leadership of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1616. Politically Punakha has been linked with momentous occasion throughout the course of Bhutanese history. The seed of nation state was sowed from the very beginning of the country’s political history. Both during theocracy and monarchy up until recent years Punakha was the capital of the country. Still today, Punakha Dzong houses the Je Khenpo as his winter residence which signifies its political importance.
Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel is one of the most iconic monuments in the country. It’s strategic location between two rivers (Pho Chu and Mo Chu) proved vital and significant during troubled political crisis.
The physical structure of the Dzong displays the core strengths of Bhutanese architecture. The six storied structure with a central tower or Utse at an average elevation of 1,200 meters provides a scenic and mountainous background. The three storied temple of Punakha Dzong displays stunning example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars made out of cypress tree with gold and silver blended in it.
The preservation of remains of Zhabdrung considered as a unifier of Bhutan adds extra beauty as well as structural magnificence. Furthermore, the sacred relic known as Ranjung Karsapani, which is a self-created image of Avaloketeswara that emerged from the vertebrae of Tsangpa Gyarey, the founder of Drukpa School in Tibet when he was cremated is also preserved in Punakha Dzong.
Chimi Lhakhang, located a few kilometers from mainland Punakha is another must visit temple. The temple is dedicated to Bhutan’s popular saint Drukpa Kinley or also commonly known as “divine madman” due to his unconventional style of religious preaching. Making visits to Chimi Lhakhang more amazing while crossing over the rice field.
On the Adventure front, the culture of river rafting has been on rise in recent years. The swift flowing river Pho Chu and Mo Chu provides an exciting experience for those interested water sports. Our company ensure to provide rafting facilities if asked by our guest.