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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.

In this circuit 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 Tsonapatra, immersing you in the interesting legends of the area.

In Thimphu you can witness the newly introduced Takin Festival, MICE & 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 marvel at the 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 in accordance.

Experience the plantation of rice in early summer or the harvests of the same in autumn. 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.

1. Paro

Paro is quite wide and the valley is very fertile agricultural land growing the principal crops of rice, wheat, apple and potatoes. It is the location of Bhutan’s international airport.

Most visitors spend most of their days in Paro to visit the Bhutan’s most iconic landmark Taktsang Monastery, the Tiger’s Nest. This awe-inspiring temple was constructed upon a sheer cliff face, hundreds of meters above valley floor. There are also ancient temples that back to 14th century.

Place to Visit in Paro

2. Haa

Haa is one of the smallest districts in the country, roughly an area of 1706 sq. kms. This small district is one of the most stunning and isolated areas in the country, which is opened to tourists only in 2002. It is festooned with perfect alpine forests and serene mountain peaks.

Haa is home to a number of nomadic herders and hosts an annual Summer Festival that showcases their unique lifestyle and culture. The festival is an ideal occasion to immerse oneself in the traditions and unchanged lifestyles of nomadic Bhutanese herders.

Place to Visit in Haa

3. Thimphu

Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan. It has many modern and traditional buildings. The one of the most unusual capital city in the world, by keeping a strong national character in its architecture. One can also visit many sacred places here.Temperatures average between -2.6 to + 17 degrees Celsius during winter and 13 to 25 degrees Celsius during summer.

Place to Visit in Thimphu

4. Punakha

Punakha has an altitude of 4420 feet. Until 1955, Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan. It is also the winter seat of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot) and the monk body. It is fed by Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (female) rivers.

Place to Visit in Punakha

5. Wangdue

The last western town before heading towards central Bhutan, Located towards the south of Punakha, This district is also famous for its fine bamboo work and its slate, stone carvings etc. There are however many unique sites in and around this area.

Place to Visit in Wangdue

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