Welcome to the West!
Dzonghka is the language of the area, though English is common in Thimphu and Phuentsholing.
The predominant ethnic group in Western Bhutan are Ngalops, who are generally followers of the Kagyu tradition of Buddhism and tend to be taller than people in other parts of the country. Another characteristic of Western Bhutan is that the cities and towns are built besides rivers in wide valleys.
The western circuit comprises of the six western Districts in the country that includes Thimphu, Paro, Haa, Wangdue Phodrang, Punakha and Gasa. What makes this circuit special is that the Tourism Council of Bhutan has categorized new ways of exploring the existing great sights.There are many popular tourists destination around western Bhutan in region of Paro,Thimiphu,Punakha and Haa. Beautiful Punakha dzong,Fertility temple and one of the oldest temple in Paro called Kichu Lhakhang. During peak season this region receives plenty of guests as this was the only initial places that was opened to tourists in the year 1974.
with us you can attend the summer festival of Haa and delve into the wonders of the ancient living culture of the Haaps (People from Haa). The festival highlights Shamanic rituals and other folk dances. You may also enjoy the beauty of rare Himalayan flowers in bloom or take a daring trek to Nob Tshonapatra, immersing you in the interesting legends of the area.
In Thimphu you can witness the newly introduced Takin Festival, GNH conferences, meditation and wellness facilities. You can also visit temples, dzongs (fortresses) and museums or attend a textile festival that brings to life the rich culture of Bhutanese weaving.
You’ll be able to witness historical depiction of medieval Bhutanese warriors who defended Bhutan with swords and shields during the Punakha Tsechu/festival. The various festivals are scheduled throughout the year and trips can be tailored accordingly.
Experience the plantation of rice in early summer or the harvests of the same in autumn in around bountiful Paro. The golden hue of ripening rice fields is a photographers’ delight in autumn. Western Bhutan is home to some of the country’s finest museums, and you’ll not want to miss the opportunity to learn about our storied history and traditional culture. Paro museum (Tadzong), displays hundreds of artifacts revealing the history and culture of Bhutan, In Thimphu, let the Folk Heritage museum enthuse you with an in-depth look into a typical farmers’ livelihood.
Apart from your regular temple visits you can also do some outdoor activities like hiking, trekking,cycling and river rafting and kayaking.