Festival Vibes

Departure Date

07 Oct

Duration

7 nights 8 days

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Maximum Seats

15

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Tour Summary

Day 1   : Arrival in Paro, then transfer to Thimpu. Observing Thimpho Tshechu in Tashichho Dzong. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 2   : Drive to Phobjhikha valley. On the way, stop to see Druk Wangyal Chorten. Observing Gangtey Tshechu in Gangtey Monastery. Overnight in Phobjhikha.

Day 3   : Drive to Bumthang. On the way visit Chendebji Chorten. Afternoon visit Jakar Dzong. Overnight in Jakar.

Day 4   : Observing Thangbi Mani Tshechu in Thangbi Monastery in Chhoekhar Gewag. Afternoon visit Jambey Lhakhang and Kurjey Lhakhang. Overnight in Jakar.

Day 5   : Drive from Bumthang to Punakha via Trongsa where we stop to visit Trongsa Dzong. Then continue to drive to Punakha. Overnight in Punakha.

Day 6   : Morning visit Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakhang. Afternoon drive to Paro. Overnight in Paro.

Day 7   : Morning hike to Taktsang Monastery. Afternoon visit Paro National Museum and evening stroll in the town. Overnight in Paro.

Day 8   : Departure

Tour Day by Day

Day 1

arrival in paro, transfer in Thimpu

Upon arrival in Paro International Airport, you will be welcomed by our representative. Then drive to the capital city, Thimphu. After arriving in Thimphu, check in at Hotel and have refreshments. After lunch, we drive to Tashichho Dzong where the Thimpho Tshechu is held. The festival is performed for 3 days as a tribute to Guru Rimpoche, the great master who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. It commences in the 10th day of 8th Lunar month. On the 1st day, Shawo Shachi, the dance performance is related to the 11th century’s yogi and hunter Gompo Dorje. In the 2nd day, the dance of the lords of cemetery known as Durdag chham is shown. At last, in the final day, we will watch the dance of judgement of dead called Bardo Raksha Mangchham. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 2

Thimphu to Phobjhikha valley

Drive for almost 4 hours to reach in Phobjhikha valley. On the way we stop to see 108 miniature stupas in Dachula pass from where we can have a panoramic Himalayan vista on clear day. After arriving in Phobjhikha valley, check in Hotel and refreshment. After lunch, drive to Gangtey Monastery where we’ll observe the Gangtey Tshechu. This festival performed with sacred mask dance based on Peling tradition to commemorate the great deeds of Guru Rimpoche for 3 days in the large courtyard of the monastery. Overnight in Phobjhikha.
Day 3

Phobjhikha valley to Bumthang

Today we drive almost for 5 hours in a snaky road to reach Bumthang. On the way, we stop at Chendebji Chorten built in a Nepalese style of architecture where local people stop to picnic. Upon arrival in Bumthang, check in at Hotel. Afternoon visit to Jakar Dzong, initially built as a monastery in 16th century and later transformed in Dzong in 1667. Jakar Dzong is literally translated to “castle of the white bird” which is now the center of administration of Bumthang Dzongkha and houses the regional monk body. Stay overnight in Jakar, Bumthang.
Day 4

Bumthang

Today we drive to Thangbi Monastery in Chhoekhar Gewag where the Thangbi Mani Tshechu is held. The commencement of Tshechu is marked by the ceremonial procession from the temple to Mewang (fire blessing) in an open area nearby. The particularities of this festival are the purification ritual which includes jumping over the fire to purify oneself from all sins and all evil deeds, mask dances and folk dances which are performed as scheduled. Afternoon we visit 7th century’s Jambey Lhakhang built by Tibetan king Songsten Gampo and Kurjey Lhakhang, where imprint of Guru Rimpoche is still preserved. Overnight in Jakar.
Day 5

Bumthang to Punakha via Trongsa

Today we drive for the whole day, halting at Trongsa, the origin of Wangchuk dynasty. Here we visit Trongsa Dzong, originally a small temple dated back to the 16th century and later enlarged and transformed into a Dzong which is standing today. It is the largest and majestic Dzong of the whole kingdom. On the way to Punakha, we stop at Wangdue Dzong. This is constructed in 1638 atop a high ridge between the Punak Chhu and Dang Chhu, which was seriously damaged by fire in 2012 and is undergoing restoration. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 6

Punakha to Paro

After breakfast we move to visit Punakha Dzong, built at the confluence of two major rivers of Bhutan, Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu. Built in the 17th century, it is the second largest Dzong of the Kingdom. Then we go on to visit Chimi Lhakhang, the fertility temple dated back to 15th century. It is renowned throughout Bhutan as a fertility inducing magnet, pledging that all who wish to conceive will find guidance at the temple. We move towards Paro. Overnight in Paro.
Day 7

Paro

Today, we enjoy two hours hike after having a drive to reach Taktsang Monastery, the cultural and religious emblem of Bhutan for tourists around the world. The temple complex was first built in 1692 and it is said that Guru Padmasamvaba meditated here in the 8th century. Then return back to Paro and visit Paro National Museum which is set in Paro Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower where hundreds of ancient Bhutanese artifacts and artwork including traditional costumes, armor, weaponry and handcrafted implements for daily life are displayed. In the evening, stroll in Paro town. Overnight in Paro.
Day 8

Departure

In the morning, drive to the airport according to the flight time of departure.

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