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Punakha Festival (10 days)

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Day 1: Arrival in Paro – Thimphu (1.2 Hrs)

As you start approaching Bhutan, you can see breathtaking views of the Great Himalayas on this flight.  Arrive Paro where you will be welcomed to the Kingdom by your guide.

After 15-20 minute drive from the airport you'll reach the hotel.  Check in to the Hotel.

After lunch we will visit the 200 year old Watch Tower which was renovated and converted into National Museum in1968.  It has a unique character and beautiful panoramic views over Paro Valley. It houses a fine collection of national costumes and fabrics, gallery of thangkas, an impressive stamp gallery with three dimensional and CD stamps issued as early as 1960 that are remarkable and other galleries showcasing armor and silverware with the handsome Royal tea pots. On the top floor there is a four sided temple complex depicting the history of Buddhism and its propagation.

Evening drive to Thimphu, the capital and largest city of the Bhutan. Overnight Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu sightseeing

After breakfast Visit at Thimphu Memorial Chorten which is whitewashed structure with gilded carvings, located prominently in the center of Thimphu City. It was built in 1974 to honour the memory of the third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928 – 1972), by the King’s mother, the late Queen Ashi Phuntsho Choden Wangchuck. Built in the traditional Bhutanese style, the glistening conical chorten houses statues and images of Buddhist deities, and is a place for worship. One of the most important prayer ceremonies in the country, the Moenlam Chenmo, presided by the chief abbot of Bhutan, takes place here annually. It is considered meritous to circumambulate the chorten clockwise, and many Thimphu residents like to add a few rounds around the chorten to their evening walks.

Lunch at the folk heritage will give the opportunity to the guest to capture the traditional Bhutanese cuisine, freshly cooked and served and near the restaurant you can see the Folk Heritage Museum which gives you a glimpse of the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle, in addition to artifacts from rural households; it also displays an impressive collection of typical household objects, tools and equipment. The museum also organizes regular demonstrations of rural traditions, skills, habits and customs as well as hosting educational programs for children.

Then visit takin mini zoo. The Takin (Budorcas taxicor) is the national animal of Bhutan and also called cattle chamois. This globally rare and endangered animal is admired for its unique physique and agility on steep terrain of Bhutan. According to Lam Drukpa Kuenley (Devine Madman) Takin was created by joining the bones of a goat’s head and bones of the cow’s body.

Overnight at Thimphu

Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha (2.5 Hrs)

Drive through Dochula pass at 3010m. When the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a site that stretches almost 180 degrees. After a short tea break continue to sub-tropical Punakha.

Overnight at Punakha

Day 4: Punakha Festival

The Tshechu (Festival) is a religious event celebrated on tenth day of a month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the birthday of Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava). However the exact month of the Tshechu varies from place to place and temple to temple.

Tshechus are grand events where entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialize. . In addition to the mask dances tshechus also include colorful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment.

We will spend whole day in the festival which will accompany with various mask dances and folk dancers along with jokers actions in the crowd.
Overnight at Punakha

Day 5: Punakha Festival

Whole day in the interesting Punakha festival or in the afternoon we can proceed for other sightseeing like visiting Khamsum Yulay Temple or Wangdue excursion visit Rinchingang.
Overnight in Punakha

Day 6: Punakha – Phobjikha

After check out of the hotel, visit at Chime Lhakhang or the Temple of fertility is a small 16th century temple stands on a picturesque hilltop between Punakha and Wangdue valley. Built by the Buddhist saint Lam Drukpa Kuenley popularly known as the 'Divine Madman', the Lhakhang is famous for its fertility wish grants to childless couples. Not only Bhutanese but even foreigners who heard of it come specifically to visit Chime Lhakhang to pray to Lam Drukpa Kuenley for a child. And of course a couple genuinely praying and wishing are blessed with children. It's a pleasant 30 minutes’ walk from the road junction between Punakha and wangdue through mustard and paddy fields. After lunch 3 hours’ drive to Phobjikha.

Overnight at Phobjikha

Day 7: Phobjikha Sightseeing

The valley of Gangtey is one of the most stunning valleys in the Himalayas, and many call it the Shangri La of Bhutan, just as how Bhutan is well known for being “one of the world’s happiest nations,” and “the last Shangri La on Earth.” The surprise of finding such a wide, flat valley without any trees after the hard climb through dense forests is augmented by an impression of vast space, which is an extremely rare experience in Bhutan as most of the valleys are tightly enclosed. This moderate trek visits the villages of Gogona and Khotokha, passing through meadows and fields, then forests of juniper, magnolia and rhododendrons, which will be in full bloom in April. Besides the attractive scenic valley and mountain trails passing through the magnificent forest with its undergrowth changing from rhododendron and magnolia to ferns and dwarf bamboo, we can also visit the historical Gangtey monastery and the Blacked Necked Crane Information Centre. Additionally, there will be a special treat for those visiting the Gangtey during the winter season, as they will be able to catch the graceful Black-necked Cranes in action as they head to roost.

Overnight at Phobjikha

Day 8: Phobjikha – Paro (6 Hrs)

After breakfast drive back to Paro and relax in hotel.Evening stroll old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. One can also venture to try local restaurant for dinner.
Overnight at Paro

Day 9: Hike to Paro Takshang (tiger nest)

Early breakfast, Today, we hike up to the famous cliff-hermitage called Taktsang, the “Tiger’s Nest.” This day hike is not only historically and culturally interesting, but also incredibly scenic! It takes about two hours to reach the cafeteria, which gives a breathtaking view of the Tiger’s Nest. From Cafeteria it takes 1 hour to reach the main temple. This day hike is not only historically and culturally interesting, but also incredibly scenic! This monastic retreat is built into a sheer cliff face high above the Paro valley. Legend has it that the Tibetan Buddhist saint Padmasambhava flew across the Himalayas on the back of a tiger and landed here, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags.

After Lunch, visit Drugyel Dzong, although mostly now in ruins. considered as the most beautiful and famous archaeological sites in Bhutan, is situated on a ridge in the upper Paro valley built in 1647 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel to commemorate the victory over Tibetan Invaders, which indicates by the name of the Dzong meaning Victorious Bhutanese Fort.  Evening traditional hot stone bath which releases key minerals to relieve aches.


Overnight at Paro

Day 10: Departure

Morning transfer to the airport (15 mins) for your departure flight.

 

 

 

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