Festival Tour

Day 1 : Arrive at Paro | Transfer to Thimphu

Day 2 : THIMPHU

Day 3 : THIMPHU

Day 4 : THIMPHU – PUNAKHA

Day 5 : PUNAKHA – PARO

Day 6 : PARO

Day 7 : Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Day 8 : DEPART PARO.

Day 1 : Arrive at Paro | Transfer to Thimphu

You will be received by your tour guide. After lunch, you will drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. You can also stop on the way to capture in the magnificent Tachog Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s iron bridge Builder (Drubthob Thangtong Gyalpo (13851464)). In the evening relax at the hotel or go for orientation walk of the town. Overnight hotel in Thimphu

Day 2 : THIMPHU

After breakfast, drive to Tashichhodzong to attend the Thimphu festival. You will see locals dressed in their finest clothes who have walked from miles around to attend the festivities. They come to watch masked dances, to pray, and to feast. While the underlying purpose of the festival is spiritual, dances are more often like plays, telling stories where good triumphs over evil, or depicting significant historical events, especially surrounding the life of Bhutan’s patron saint, Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche). There is inevitably a great deal of socialising as well. Tashichhodzong, ‘the fortress of the glorious religion’. Initially erected in 1641 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was rebuilt in the 1960s during the reign of Bhutan’s third king in the traditional style, without plans or nails. Tashichhodzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3 : THIMPHU

Enjoy a morning of sightseeing, including a visit to 12th century Changangkha Temple, and the National Memorial Chorten depicting the Buddhist faith in the form of paintings and statues. This temple was first initiated by the Third King as a protection from the negative elements of modernisation, and as a monument to world peace. The Royal Queen Mother completed it as a memorial stupa for the Third King who passed away in 1972. In the afternoon return to Tashichhodzong to further experience the colourful events of the Thimphu festival. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

Day 4 : THIMPHU – PUNAKHA

After breakfast, you will visit Thimphu’s ‘Weekend Market’ located at north of Changlimithang Stadium. Vendors from throughout the region come to sell their products. Most people combine a visit here with some souvenir shopping in the nearby Handicrafts Market. After lunch, enjoy the drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get beautiful views of the Himalayas. From there, drive downhill through the forests. You will arrive at Punakha after traveling through rice field and along the bank of Punachanngchu River. Visit the Punakha Dzong, which is situated in between Phuchhu and Mochu. overnight stay at Punakha.

Day 5 : PUNAKHA – PARO

In the morning drive to Yabesa village and hike to through ricefields and up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten, built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. Perched high on a hill on the bank of the river, the Chorten houses paintings belonging to Nyingmapa Traditions. Return to Paro. On the way, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to the Devine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. On reaching at Dochula, visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. After lunch at Dochula, you will continue drive to Paro. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 6 : PARO

In the morning you will visit to Ta Dzong. It is a Museum located on the hill behind the Paro Dzong. Open from 9 am to 4pm every day except Mondays and some national holidays, a visit takes a good hour. Housed in a 17th century watch tower, it has a unique character and beautiful panoramic views over Paro Valley. Later in the afternoon you to will travel to visit the ruined Drukgyel Dzong (fortress of victory), constructed to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invaders in 1644 and destroyed by a butter lamp fire in 1951. The reconstruction of Drukgyel Dzong has begun. On return you will also visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 7 : Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Take a day walk to the ‘Tiger’s Nest’, the sacred Taktshang monastery which clings to the rock face 900 metres above the Paro valley floor. The Guru Rinpoche a Buddhist saint is said to have flown to the site riding on a tigress. He subsequently meditated here for three months and subdued the demon residing there. You can have lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria. After lunch you will hike downhill viewing the aesthetic beauty of wide Paro valley. In the evening relax at the hotel. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 8 : DEPART PARO.

After breakfast, drive to the airport for departure

Cost of booking is as follows:

  • Single Traveler : $3345
  • Dual/ 2 Travelers : $2640 Per Person
  • 3 Travelers : $2385 Per Person
  • 4 Travelers : $2130 Per Person
  • 5-6 Travelers : $2105 Per Person
  • 7 and above Travelers : $2000 Per Person

The above mentioned price covers the following:

  • Tour vehicles with experienced driver – (SUV cars for single and dual travelers, Toyota Mini buses for group of 3 – 9 travelers and Toyota coaster buses for group consisting 10 or more travelers).
  • All meals – (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
  • All accommodations in 3 star hotels/ guest houses in twin sharing basis – (Up gradation to 4 stars and 5 stars available on paying the extra premium).
  • Licensed English speaking tour guide – (Language speaking guides for French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Thai are available on paying extra premium of $60 – $100).
  • Sustainable Development fee of US $65 per person per night spent in Bhutan – (This money goes for a very good cause of reducing poverty, rural development, free medical services and free education for Bhutanese people).
  • Entrance fees to all tourist sites
  • Tea and snacks during the day
  • Bottled water during the day
  • Bhutan Visa Fee of US $40
  • Trekking Equipments as follows:
    1. Horses/ potters and ponies
    2. Toilet tents with toilet pots and toilet papers.
    3. Sleeping tents (A-shaped) with pillows and mattress
    4. Dinning tents with tables and chairs
    5. Kitchen tents with whole set of kitchen items to prepare meals.
    6. Trekking/camping cooks
    7. Trekking/camping staffs
    8. Hot water bags in bed.

The above mentioned price does not cover the following:

  • Airfare (both international and domestic)
  • Travel insurance
  • Laundry, Beverages and tips
  • Any cost incurred due to flight cancellation, delayed flight or road blockage