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Bhutan Festival Tour

  • 8 Days
  • Easy
  • 10 People

Destination: Nepal

Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner

Transportation: Private Vehicle / Tourist Bus

Accommodation: Teahouse+Hotel

Max. Altitude: 3,100 m -Dochu La Pass

Activities: Hiking, Cultural Tour

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Travel during the festival time is great experience of Bhutanese culture and tradition. People of Bhutan’s are celebrating many fasts and festivals every year from centuries. Nepal Mother House is design special tour package focus on most famous festivals such as; Paro festival, Thimphu festival, Punakha festival, Ura and Bumthang Drup festival. Mostly the travelers target to visit Bhutan on main festivals, so there will overcrowd by people. Nepal Mother House advise that if you wish to visit one of the most famous festivals in Bhutan, you should try to book trip at list sixth month before from the date of festival. To avoid the crowd, it is wished to visit the less frequently visited festivals. This festivals are unique but due to lack of publicity, just few tourist visit on this occasion.

In Bhutan there are newer themed community festivals also, it aim to encourage the tourist to visit in different seasons and performance of Bhutanese tradition. Nomad festival – Bumthang – 23 February 2017, Rhododendron festival – Lamperi Botanical Park – 14 to 16 April 2017, Haa Summer festival – Haa valley – 5 July 2017, Genekha Mushroom festival – Genekha – 15 to 16 August 2016 / 2017, Matsutake Mushroom festival – Ura – 23 to 24 August 2017, Jomolhari Mountain festival – Jangothang – 25 to 26 October 2016 / 14 to 15 October 2017, Black Necked Crane festival – Gangtey – 11 November 2016 / 2017, Druk Wangyel festival – Dochu La – 13 December 2016 / 2017 are newer subject festivals  of Bhutan.

Among many festivals of Bhutan, Thimphu Festival (Tsechu) is one of the most important festivals; this tour package is focus on activities of Thimphu Festival. Thimphu Festival is religious Buddhist festival, which is celebrating honor of Guru Rinpoche, who introduced the Buddhism to this country in 8th century. According to the history, the Thimphu Tsechu/festival has started to celebrate by the 4th temporal ruler, Tenzin Rabgye in 1670 on the 8th month of Bhutanese calendar to commemorate the birth of Guru Rinpoche.  People wear traditional dress and gathering to the capital city at Thimphu to celebrate the festival, on this festival various dance performance belong to different history with religious significance. The mask dance is special for this festival. The traditional dance by the Royal Academy of Performing Arts is interspersed with religious or mask dance.  It is believed one who witnesses this festival, will bestow with good luck, they gain merits and their wishes are realized. The Tsechu is also a yearly social gathering where people rejoice together.

Thimphu Festival Tour is not only religious significance; during this tour you will visit most of landmarks of Bhutan. You will visit the Paro valley and Tiger Nest Temple (Taktsang) and Punakha. We at Nepal Mother House is glad to organize Bhutan festival trip by expert local Guide according to your requirements and time schedules.

Trip Highlights

  • A religious festival tour in Bhutan.
  • Performance of traditional culture and dance.
  • Visit most on the touristic attraction of Bhutan.
  • Experience of Bhutanese belief and tradition.  
  • Sight of Paro Valley, Tiger Nest Monastery, Punakha.
  • Significance tour for History, religious, couture and Natural charming.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:Fly to Paro (2,250m) -1:30 to 2 hours, and sightseeing

Day 02:Drive Paro to Thimphu (2,320m) - 51 km, 1:30 to 2 hours, after hike to Taktsang Monastery

Day 03:Full day Sightseeing in Thimphu

Day 04:Thimphu Festival (Tshechu) Celebration

Day 05:Thimphu to Punakha (1,300m) - 76 km, 2 to 3 hours

Day 06:Punaka to Gangtey (2,900m) and back to Punakha (1,300m) - 164 km, 5 to 6 hours

Day 07:Drive Punakha to Paro (2,250m) -127 km, 3 to 4 hours

Day 08:Final Departure your Destination

Cost Include

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis entire Bhutan trip.
  • All transfers and sightseeing during Bhutan tour.
  • Professional English speaking Bhutanese Guide and his/her wages, accommodation, food.
  • Three times meals (breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) a day on Bhutan trip.
  • Requiring royalty, taxes to the government, and company service charge.
  • Fees to museums and monuments during trip.

Cost Exclude

  • Bhutan Visa fees and Nepal re-entry Visa (multiple entry visas are available).
  • All flight Ticket (Kathmandu-Paro/back-Kathmandu & Home destination).
  • Refreshments, alcoholic and beverage drinks and dessert.
  • Tips for local guide, water, driver and staff attending you if you are happy with their services.
  • Photography charges at monasteries/palaces/sites.
  • Extras cost for up-grading rooms at hotels if/when applicable.
  • Any cost arising from political disturbances, strikes, cancellation of flights, deviation in program, and delays due to landslides / road blockage or otherwise.
  • Things which don’t mention above, in our services (Trip Cost Includes).

Trip Note

Your satisfaction is our great pleasure! So, we Nepal Mother House are always concern about your safety and successful trip. We always do our best to make your enjoyable trip whatever; we can do best from our side. Normally, you will follow the itinerary accordingly our agreement. And the leader will try to ensure your trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if anything required change. As this is adventure travel in high Himalaya, we cannot make any guarantees! Due to the unpredictable high Himalaya weather conditions, High altitude sickness, unexpected natural disasters, local political issue, fuel crises etc. are can be factor of to changes in the itinerary. In this situation, we will provide you best alternative trip in Nepal instead to cancel. But you have to bear for all extra expenses like transport, group visa splitting charge, accommodation charge and medical expenses that occur while returning from the tour and there will not any refund or adjustment from us!

Day 01 : Fly to Paro (2,250m) -1:30 to 2 hours, and sightseeing According to our trip itinerary, you will fly Kathmandu to Paro, it takes about 1 hour 15 munities. But you can get in Bhutan from your home town or any appropriate location. While your flight get nears Bhutan, you will enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas including the sacred Jumolhari Mountain and Jichu Drake peas. At the Paro international airport, the representative of Nepal Mother House will be greeted you and drive to the hotel. As this is your first day trip in Bhutan, you will visit Rinpung Dzong Monastery; the monastery reflects its history, belief and faith since establish date 1646 to now. This is very important monastery as district Monastic Body of Paro and government administrative offices of Paro Dzongkhag. Next, you will visit one of the oldest Monasteries “Kichu Lhakhang”, which was built in 659 AD by Tibetan King Songtsen Gyampo. Then you will visit the national museum, once it was a fortified lookout tower but has now been changed into the National Museum. In the museum you will observe a wide collection of ancient paintings, armors, philatelic displays and a “field of Buddhas”, which helps one visualize while meditating. You will stay overnight in Paro.

Day 02 : Drive Paro to Thimphu (2,320m) - 51 km, 1:30 to 2 hours, after hike to Taktsang Monastery This is your second day trip, after breakfast, you will hike 4 to 5 hours to the Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery (3,180m), located on the side of Paro Valley hangings on a cliff and stands above a beautiful forest of blue pine and rhododendrons. Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master), who mediated three years, three months, three days and three hours and got enlighten. He transfers as tiger, then it literally known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery. The Monastery was blessed and sanctified as one of Bhutan’s most sacred religious sites. You will have lunch in the restaurant, located about halfway up the mountain. After explored the Tiger Nest monastery, you will hike down to the Paro valley basin. Then you will drive about 55 km to the capital city Thimphu, and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 03 : Full day Sightseeing in Thimphu This is full day sightseeing in Thimpu. At the begging day tour you will visit Memorial Chorten, which is built in 1974 as memory of Bhutan’s third King “His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (1952-1972)”, who is regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. Then visit to nunnery temple, mini zoo to see National animal Takin. We visit other several landmarks of Thimphu including the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Bhutanese traditional painting school, folk heritage museum, the majestic Tashichho Dzong and the traditional paper factory of Bhutan. Some landmarks are closed in the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays). Therefore, if you are in Thimphu during the weekends, we explore the Weekend Market instead. Stay overnight in Thimphu.

Day 04 : Thimphu Festival (Tshechu) Celebration The festival celebrate 3 to 4 days at Thimphu, you may stay for whole day, observe different dance performance with significant art and dress. The locals come for Thimphu Tsechu with their tradition dress and prying for Buddhist deity Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava ), who had introduced Buddhism in this country in eight centaury. The dance performance court yard of monastery, this is cast periphery of Guru Padmasambhava and Buddhist goddess. The folk mask dance is remarkable. Manly the Monks and Nuns are participating for this program after long time well training but there will be other ordinary people also. People believe that, to participate Thimphu Tsechu is one of the great occasions, where we prays the God, will blessing us whatever we wish. You will make good merit and wash out bad Karma unknowingly we made it. As there is huge number of people gathering, it will be best to attend early in the morning with good view location. And it is batter to bring with you bottle of water and umbrella to secure from sun. After show, we will back to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 05 : Thimphu to Punakha (1,300m) - 76 km, 2 to 3 hours The day trip of today is start from capital city Thimphu after having breakfast. It is scenic drive to Punakha, we stop for tea at Dochu La Pass (3,100 meters), where the spectacular mountains view can see on a clear day. From here, we drive downhill through rhododendron, fir and hemlock beautiful forests. Now the road goes through the rice fields along rivers river banks and finally reaches confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu, where is it Punakha. After refreshment and having lunch, we visit Punakha Dzong Monastery; it was built in 1637-1638, often referred to as the 'Palace of Happiness' and is the second oldest and second largest Dzong in Bhutan. Punakha Dzong is the second oldest and the second largest Dzong in Bhutan. Stay overnight at hotel in Punakha.

Day 06 : Punaka to Gangtey (2,900m) and back to Punakha (1,300m) - 164 km, 5 to 6 hours The day begins explore round the beautiful Wangduephodrang town. You will find very fine art in slate and stone carvings in this village. The village is untouched by modernization. After explore this village, we drive to Gangtey (3,000m); through dense oak, pine and rhododendron forests, often you have a picturesque snow-capped mountains view and scene of village. The beautiful Phobjikha valley view can see from here, Phobjikha is in the Black Mountain National Park at Wangduephodrang districts with elevation of 2900 meters. This is winter habitat of the black necked cranes, which are migrating from Tibetan plateaus to avoid extremely cold winter. These elegant birds can be seen from the end of October to March around the monastery. Then, we explore Gangteng Monastery before driving back to Punakha for an overnight stay.

Day 07 : Drive Punakha to Paro (2,250m) -127 km, 3 to 4 hours Today, you will drive back about 3 to 4 hours to Paro. After having breakfast, we drive to Yabesa village and hike to through rice fields and village up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten, which built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. You walk on the edge of the high hill and drop down to on the bank of the river, the Chorten houses paintings belonging to Nyingmapa Traditions. Then we drive back to Paro about 3 to 4 hours via capital city Thimphu, where you may visit the National Library housing, it is collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century and a fascinating replica of a medieval farmhouse at the Folk Heritage Museum. Meanwhile we visit handicraft and souvenir stores, if you are interested to buy some souvenir this is best place. Fanailly you will get in hotel at Pro. Stay overnight at your hotel in Paro.

Day 08 : Final Departure your Destination Today we organize farewell program to you, accordingly to Bhutan’s hospitality. After early breakfast, we will drive Thimpu to Paro airport for your home destination; it takes about one and half hour. Generally, the national aircraft company Druk Air departs in the early morning to avoid unfavorable weather conditions. Therefore, you need to departure early in the morning, after having breakfast.

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