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Enchanting Festivals of central Bhutan

Enchanting Festivals of central Bhutan is specially designed to highlight the beautiful Bumthang valley by witnessing popular festivals at Bumthang combined with Bhutan’s other main attractions. It is a 12 days leisure paced cultural trip that is designed to give you the most of what Bhutan has to offer. It provides a fairly complete and an indulging experience with something for everyone-a glimpse of our living culture and tradition, rich history, stunning nature walks through virgin forests, interaction with friendly people whose natural sense of hospitality is renowned and a genuine reason to tick Bhutan as one of your favorite destinations. Every new place on this trip is a hotspot for tourism, laden with attractions to enliven your senses-bet it an exquite ancient fortress or the breath-taking scenery from the Tigers Nest, from Paro’s golden paddy fields to Bumthang’s local delicacies-this trip is one of the favorites of our guests in terms of sale numbers.

per adult from

$387

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Duration

13 days

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  • What's included :
    • 12x Breakfast
    • 12x Dinner
    • 12x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 12 nights
    • Bhutan Tourism Royalty/Levy ($65 per day per person)
    • Visa Fees ($40 per person)
    • All necessary permit fees
    • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees
    • Drinking mineral water
    • All 3-star accommodations
    • All meals and evening tea
    What's excluded :
    • All personal expenses like laundry, telephone, tips, shopping expenses
    • Spa Charges
    • Travel and Medical insurance
    • Airfare

  • Day 1: Arrival to Bhutan

    Stop At: Paro, Paro, Paro District
    The flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas; offering dazzling scenic views of world’s highest glacial peaks. Upon arrival you’ll be received by our friendly professional guide who will help you settle into your comfortable car and then proceed to your hotel.

    Dinner at the best restaurant to enjoy authentic Bhutanese cuisines.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Metta Resort/ Gangtey Palace/ Mandala Resort

    Day 2: Paro Sightseeing

    Stop At: Paro, Paro, Paro District
    In the morning explore the Paro valley by visiting Rimpung Dzong (fortress of the heap of jewels), built in 1644 by Zhabdrung (dynamic political and spiritual leader). Visit Kyichu Lhakhang – believed to be the oldest Buddhist temple in Bhutan built during the 08th century. Visit the National Museum to immerse yourself into some rich history and heritage of Bhutan.
    On the way back visit the ruins of Drugyal Dzong fortress, which is an important Bhutanese heritage as it served as a strategic watchtower and a fortress that helped repel numerous Tibetan invasions in the 1600s.
    In the evening watch a game of archery match played in Bhutanese style over a range of 120 m archery range, and filled with fun and frolic.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Metta Resort/ Gangtey Palace/ Mandala Resort

    Day 3: Drive to Thimphu

    Stop At: Thimphu, Thimphu, Thimphu District
    In the morning drive to the capital city Thimphu. Enroute stop to visit the Tamchog Lhakang and marvel at the iron bridge.
    Drive to visit Semtokha dzong one of the oldest fortresses in the country which was built in 1629. It is situated on the lofty ridge. Your guide will take you to you hotel for check-in and for short rest. Drive to visit Zulikha nunnary. In the evening visit the Memorial Chorten Stupa. Continue to Tashichoddzong– the fortress that is now the government’s central administration headquarters, and also the offices of the King and the Prime Minister.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Thimphu Tower/ Hotel Pedling/ Hotel Damisa

    Day 4: Explore the capital city Thimphu.

    Stop At: Thimphu, Thimphu, Thimphu District
    After breakfast, drive to Kuensel Phodrang where the gigantic 169ft statue of Buddha. Enjoy a panoramic view of Thimphu city from there while taking a short scenic hike through the Park. Visit some of the treasures of the capital - the Zorig Chusum school of 13 traditional arts/crafts.Continue to the Folk Heritage-a three stored,19 century traditional Bhutanese farm house . Proceed to the Royal Textile Museum and Academy and visit the Bhutan Post Office .
    Drive to the entrance gate of the radio tower (BBS) area and enjoy the good views of the Dzong and the underlying Thimphu valley. Drive back to the radio tower and visit the Takin Reserve Center to see the national animal of Bhutan and followed by visit to Changangkha temple.
    In the evening visit the Crafts Bazaar, along the streets of Thimphu which sells and displays various handicrafts and textiles made entirely in Bhutan.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Thimphu Tower/ Hotel Pedling/ Hotel Damisa

    Day 5: Thimphu to Punakha Sightseeing.

    Stop At: Punakha, Punakha, Punakha District
    Drive to Punakha over the Dochula Pass (3140). Situated atop the pass at the backdrop of fluttering prayer flags is the Druk Wangyal Chortens, a collection of 108 chortens (stupas) that was built to exemplify the greatness of the Fourth King. From here you can enjoy the great views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Descend to the low-lying rice valley of Lobesa and pay your respects to one of Bhutan’s most charming and eccentric historic figures nicknamed ‘The Divine Madman’ at the Chhimi Lhakhang – also called the fertility monastery - our guide will explain the entire story about it. The visit involves a short nice hike through a beautiful village surrounded by paddy fields.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel Lobedsa/Meriphuensum Resort/ Punatshangchu Cottages

    Day 6: Punakha Sightseeing with scenic hikes.

    Stop At: Punakha, Punakha, Punakha District
    Drive to Punakha valley to visit Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal stupa, which involves a short scenic hike through paddy fields for about 45 minutes till the hilltop. From here you can also enjoy a majestic view of the underlying valley.
    Continue to Punakha Dzong – the most beautiful fortress in Bhutan situated at the confluence of two rivers. This ancient fortress is the winter residence of the monastic order’s leadership and still serves as the administrative headquarters for the Punakha region.
    Proceed to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery which is atop a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang. Interact with the nuns and they love to speak English with visitors and learn about the ways of the world.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Lobedsa/Meriphuensum Resort/ Punatshangchu Cottages

    Day 7: Punakha to Gangtey

    Stop At: Gangtey, Gangtey, Wangdue Phodrang District
    After breakfast you begin your scenic drive to Phobjikha. The highway to Phobjikha (Gangtey) follows the scenic Dang Chuu ( River), climbing through forests of bamboo and oak, and just before crossing Pele La ( Pass) a small side road splinters off into the hidden Phobjikha valley.
    Visit the famous Gantey Gompa monastery. Development of industry and electrification in the valley has been installed in Phobjikha valley as it is home for the endangered Black-necked cranes who visit the valley in winter from the Tibetan plateau. Visit the Black-necked Crane Information Centre, the Kewang (Lhakhang) temple and hike around Phobjikha village and observe daily lives of farmers. We will also visit some of the local farmers’ homes. Enjoy a leisurely nature hike around Phobijkha valley.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Dewachen Resort/ Phuntsho Yangkhil Lodge/ Farm House stay

    Day 8: Phobjikha valley to Bumthang valley.

    Stop At: Bumthang, Bumthang, Bumthang District
    After breakfast drive to Bumthang valley through Trongsa town. After lunch at Trongsa town, visit the Tower of Trongsa museum, an old watchtower now converted to a museum highlighting the establishment of our monarchy and the royal dynasty of Bhutan. Continue to visit the Trongsa fortress – historically a very important fortress, as it was the central seat of administration from where our monarchy was institutionalized in the early 1900s. Stop by in Chumey valley to visit the famous Textile weavers of Bumthang known for their Yatha textiles made out of Yak wool.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Gongkor Guesthouse/ Chumey Nature Resort/ Yoezerling Lodge

    Day 9: Bumthang Sightseeing

    Stop At: Bumthang, Bumthang, Bumthang District
    After breakfast, drive to visit the 07th century old Jambay lhakhang temple which was built by King Songsen Goempo. Proceed to visit Tamshing Lhakhang – founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa, the temple was restored at the end of the 19th century. Visit the Cheese factory to see how local Gouda cheese is made. Take some rest here at this cozy outlet and snack on Bumthang Cheese and locally made white beer- the Red Panda beer- brewed by a gentleman from Switzerland. Bumthang is known for their unique local cuisines and we’ll take you to one of our favourite restaurants to spend the evening with good food, locally brewed beer and some conversation.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Gongkor Guesthouse/ Chumey Nature Resort/ Yoezerling Lodge

    Day 10: Attend Nimalung festival

    Stop At: Bumthang, Bumthang, Bumthang District
    After breakfast drive to attend the Nimalung festival. The festival takes place at Nimalung Lhakhang, located in the stunning valley of Chummey. The main highlight of the festival is the unfurling of a nine-meters high and twelve meters wide Guru Padmmsavaha Thongdrol (large scroll). The evening ends with a visit to a local handloom weaving house specialising in the famous Yak Wool textiles called Yatha textiles. You will see weavers at their craft and opportunity to interact with the weavers.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Gongkor Guesthouse/ Chumey Nature Resort/ Yoezerling Lodge

    Day 11: Attend the Kurjey festival at Bumthang

    Stop At: Bumthang, Bumthang, Bumthang District
    In the morning after breakfast drive to Chokhor valley to attend the festival. Kurjey Tsechu is celebrated in the popular Kurjey Lakhang in Bumthang. People of Jakar and Kurjey villages attend the Tshechu to pay obeisance to Guru Rinpoche who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. It is a one-day festival and the chams/dances include the Guru Tshengye and Shinjay cham performed by the monks of Kurjey Lhakhang. It is then closed with unfurling of a giant Buddha/Guru Thangka painting known as thongdrel. The festival is fully supported and funded by the government of Bhutan.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Gongkor Guesthouse/ Chumey Nature Resort/ Yoezerling Lodge

    Day 12: Take a domestic flight and Excursion to the Tiger’s Nest monastery.

    Stop At: Paro, Paro, Paro District
    Today you’ll experience Bhutan’s most valued attractions and perhaps the biggest highlight for your trip! An excursion to the famous Taktshang monastery –translated as- Tiger’s nest monastery. The temple was built in 1692 by a prominent historical figure named Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgyewhose reincarnation is now a young teenager and already a prominent figure in the clergy. Your guide will complement the experience with its story.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Metta Resort/ Gangtey Palace/ Mandala Resort

    Day 13: Farewell

    Stop At: Paro, Paro, Paro District
    After breakfast at your hotel, your driver will drive you to the airport for your onward journey.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Phuentsholing, Bhutan
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Our tour guide will be waiting for you at the the airport with your names on placard.Airports
    • Paro Airport, Paro Bhutan
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Bhutan Travel Club

Activity ID: V-159397P5

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