MYSTIC HIMALAYAN JOURNEY WITH THIMPHU FESTIVAL 10 days tour

Theme: Art, Theatre, Landmarks, Walking, Culture/Tradition

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You will discover

  • Bhutan
  • Bumthang
  • Jakar
  • National Museum of Bhutan
  • Paro
  • Punakha
  • Rinpung Dzong
  • Thimphu
  • Trongsa
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  • Paro, Bhutan

  • 1

    Trongsa, Bhutan

  • 2

    Jakar, Bumthang, Bhutan

  • 3

    Punakha, Bhutan

  • 4

    Thimphu, Bhutan

  • 5

    Rinpung Dzong

  • 6

    National Museum of Bhutan

  • Paro, Bhutan

Schedule

Day
Arrive in

TRAVEL DATE: 6th – 15th October

FESTIVAL DATE: 11th – 13th October

The Thimphu Tshechu is one of the biggest festivals in the country. The festival is held in the capital city for three days. The tshechu or festival is witnessed by thousands of people, both local and tourists. The actual tshechu is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods. Mask dances like the Guru Tshengye (Eight Manifestations), Shawa Shachi (Dance of the Stage), Pachham (Dance of the Heroes), Bardo Chhan (Dance of the Judgment of the Dead), Driging (Dance of the Sword Dance), Drametse Nga Chham (Dance of the Drums), Shana Chham (Dance of the Black Hat Dance), and many more are performed during these three days festival.

DAY-TO-DAY BHUTAN ITINERARY

DAY 01 ARRIVAL PARO/ THIMPHU

Flight to Bhutan in the Kingdom’s only airline, The Druk Air. In-flight offers breathtaking scenery of Himalayan Mountain ranges including the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest and Kanchenjunga. Your local tour executive on arrival at Paro International airport will give traditional reception. Following the pick up, you will be driven for sightseeing at Paro Ringpung Dzong and Paro Museum. Upon completion, lunch will be served in one of the finest local restaurant in Paro followed by visit to Kichu Monastery and Drugyal Dzong. Evening take a 45 minutes drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.

DAY 02: THIMPHU/ TRONGSA

The fascinating drive, through interlocking valleys and mountain passes are all time beauty of tour across central Bhutan. Aside, scarcity of human settlement is a noticeable feature especially in the mountain passes between Wangdue and Trongsa where people still practice seasonal migration. Trongsa remains at seven and half hours drive distance from the capital city offering silent night tranquility. Prior to crossing Wangdue province, chill out at Docula pass and break for the sunrise tea at cafeteria in the immediate vicinity. On arrival in Wangdue, pop inside the 17th century fortress to glance the main shrine. Faring Wangdue will set your drive over green hills and through beautiful alpine forest. On arrival at Chendibji, photography session will be timed for 15 minutes followed by lunch break at cafeteria that is located at stone throw distance from the photography spot. Trongsa will be your designated destination for night halt.

 

DAY 03: TRONGSA /BUMTHANG

Since from the inception of monarchy until present, Trongsa has been a significant seat of successive monarchs of Bhutan. The Past history unfolds the fact that Trongsa was a crucial place from where the unification of eastern region was brought to fruition. Today the prominent cultural icons of this place are Trongsa Dzong, Watchtower (Ta-Dzong), Thruepang and Kuenga Rabten Royal Palaces.

Optional one and half-hour hike from either side of the Trongsa Dzong is at your convenient choice besides sightseeing visit to previously mentioned cultural situates. 

DAY 04: BUMTHANG SIGHTSEEING

Situated between 2600-4500m, Bumthang is a spiritual heartland of Bhutan and home to epic and legends. The prominent Jambay Lhakhang built in  sixth century and Kurjay Lhakhang built in 19th century are permanent attractions to thousand of devotees from Bhutan and overseas. Besides, myriads of other Buddhist temples and monasteries, national parks, spiritual lakes and legendary valleys with wide open landscape makes Bumthang unique from rest of the destination in the country. 

DAY 05: BUMTHANG/PUNAKHA

Early hotel check out to catch up the bright day visit to Phobjikha, the winter home to black necked crane, the migratory bird from Tibet. With breakfast in Trongsa, three hours non stop drive will reach you to Phobjikha for a short sightseeing. Wangdue will be the lunch spot and 20 minutes drive towards north will be your today’s destination, the Punakha.

DAY 06: PUNAKHA/ THIMPHU

The remarkable Punakha was once the old capital of Bhutan where the historic events, coronation of the first king and the first national assembly session were accounted to have held here. Still today, the place is a winter resident of central monastic body and the chief Abbot.

DAY 07-08: THIMPHU FESTIVAL & OPTIONAL SIGHTSEEINGS

On the evening of day 08, you will drive to Paro, which takes around 1 hrs. Overnight in hotel Paro.

These two days in Thimphu you will witness the mask dance with other optional sightseeing .

Optional Program available along with Thimphu Festiaval

Simtokha Dzong: Originally called Simmo Dokha (Demon on the Stone)till the Zhabdrung cleansed and purified it and build the dzong whose complete name is San Ngay Sabdon Phodrang (The Palace of Profound Tantric Teaching).This was the first of the many dzongs constructed by Zhabdrung in 1631.

National Meomrial Chorten: It was built in 1974 in memory of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk by his mother.

Changangkha Lhakhang: Is one of the oldest temple in Thimphu, dating back to the fifteen century. It was built by a descendent of Lama Phajo Drugom Zhipo. The main statue here is that of Avaloketeswara and opposite the entrance is a large painting of Tsangpa Gyaray Yeshay Dorji. The place has an air of peace and tranquility, located as it is above and away from the city.

Trashichhoe Dzong:  “The Fortress of Auspicious Religion” ,Your last stop for the day. The Dzong can be visited only after 5 pm on week days, when the government office closed-or then during the day on Saturday/Sunday. The Trashichhoe Dzong, in its present incarnation, was consecrated as late as 1969 and this building is a visual delight. With its superb sense of proportion and space, it carries an aura of regal dignity. Its history dated back to the 13th century. After becoming the property of Zhabdrung in 1641 he rebuilt the dzong.

Tango Gompa: This is a 300m hike and takes around one hour. Although founded by Gyalwa Lhanangpa , it was further developed by Lama Drukpa Kinley in the 15th century. Nearby is the cave where Zhabdrung meditated and believing that his spiritual powers had helped repel the Tibetan invasion, this gompa was presented to him in appreciation. Desi Tenzin Rabgyel renovated and added to the structure in 1688, bringing it to its current magnificent form.

Mini-Zoo: Heading back , stop a few minutes at the ‘mini-zoo’ which is now a large outdoor enclosure that holds one of the strangest looking creatures you are likely to see- the takin.(Actually the best time to see them is when they come to the fence for food in the early morning so if you are really interested, you can reschedule your day accordingly.)

Drubthop Gompa: A small building surrounded by prayer flags that now house the Zilukha Nunnery. Located above the dzong, this gompa is believed to protect it from fires.

Dechen Phodrang: Descending further, your arrive at Dechen phodrang which was the original site of the dzong and is now occupied by the state monastic school.

National Library: Your drive will now take you past the rolling greens of the golf course with the grand National Library coming up on the opposite side. This was open in 1967 to preserve the ancient Dzongkha texts and act as a repository for thousands of old religious books and manuscripts as well as the wooden blocks used for printing

National Institute Of Zorig Chusum: Which offers a six-year course on Bhutan’s traditional crafts for those who are artistically inclined.

DAY 09: HIKE TO THE FAMOUS TIGER’S NEST

The highlight of this excursion will be graded as unforgettable memory as the incredible “Tiger Nest Hike” unveils the era of rescue by Guru from the darkness period. Taktshang, literally means the Tigers Lair, is adventurously perched on the rocky cliff elevating 1000 meters from the basement. 

DAY 10: BOARD YOUR FLIGHT BACK HOME

After the breakfast straight, drive to airport to board your flight to onwards destination.

Day 1
Arrive in

DAY 01 ARRIVAL PARO/ THIMPHU

Flight to Bhutan in the Kingdom’s only airline, The Druk Air. In-flight offers breathtaking scenery of Himalayan Mountain ranges including the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest and Kanchenjunga. Your local tour executive on arrival at Paro International airport will give traditional reception. Following the pick up, you will be driven for sightseeing at Paro Ringpung Dzong and Paro Museum. Upon completion, lunch will be served in one of the finest local restaurant in Paro followed by visit to Kichu Monastery and Drugyal Dzong. Evening take a 45 minutes drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.

 

Day 2
Arrive in

DAY 02: THIMPHU/ TRONGSA

The fascinating drive, through interlocking valleys and mountain passes are all time beauty of tour across central Bhutan. Aside, scarcity of human settlement is a noticeable feature especially in the mountain passes between Wangdue and Trongsa where people still practice seasonal migration. Trongsa remains at seven and half hours drive distance from the capital city offering silent night tranquility. Prior to crossing Wangdue province, chill out at Docula pass and break for the sunrise tea at cafeteria in the immediate vicinity. On arrival in Wangdue, pop inside the 17th century fortress to glance the main shrine. Faring Wangdue will set your drive over green hills and through beautiful alpine forest. On arrival at Chendibji, photography session will be timed for 15 minutes followed by lunch break at cafeteria that is located at stone throw distance from the photography spot. Trongsa will be your designated destination for night halt.

 

Day 3
Arrive in

TRAVEL DATE: 6th – 15th October

FESTIVAL DATE: 11th – 13th October

The Thimphu Tshechu is one of the biggest festivals in the country. The festival is held in the capital city for three days. The tshechu or festival is witnessed by thousands of people, both local and tourists. The actual tshechu is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods. Mask dances like the Guru Tshengye (Eight Manifestations), Shawa Shachi (Dance of the Stage), Pachham (Dance of the Heroes), Bardo Chhan (Dance of the Judgment of the Dead), Driging (Dance of the Sword Dance), Drametse Nga Chham (Dance of the Drums), Shana Chham (Dance of the Black Hat Dance), and many more are performed during these three days festival.

DAY-TO-DAY BHUTAN ITINERARY

DAY 01 ARRIVAL PARO/ THIMPHU

Flight to Bhutan in the Kingdom’s only airline, The Druk Air. In-flight offers breathtaking scenery of Himalayan Mountain ranges including the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest and Kanchenjunga. Your local tour executive on arrival at Paro International airport will give traditional reception. Following the pick up, you will be driven for sightseeing at Paro Ringpung Dzong and Paro Museum. Upon completion, lunch will be served in one of the finest local restaurant in Paro followed by visit to Kichu Monastery and Drugyal Dzong. Evening take a 45 minutes drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.

DAY 02: THIMPHU/ TRONGSA

The fascinating drive, through interlocking valleys and mountain passes are all time beauty of tour across central Bhutan. Aside, scarcity of human settlement is a noticeable feature especially in the mountain passes between Wangdue and Trongsa where people still practice seasonal migration. Trongsa remains at seven and half hours drive distance from the capital city offering silent night tranquility. Prior to crossing Wangdue province, chill out at Docula pass and break for the sunrise tea at cafeteria in the immediate vicinity. On arrival in Wangdue, pop inside the 17th century fortress to glance the main shrine. Faring Wangdue will set your drive over green hills and through beautiful alpine forest. On arrival at Chendibji, photography session will be timed for 15 minutes followed by lunch break at cafeteria that is located at stone throw distance from the photography spot. Trongsa will be your designated destination for night halt.

 

DAY 03: TRONGSA /BUMTHANG

Since from the inception of monarchy until present, Trongsa has been a significant seat of successive monarchs of Bhutan. The Past history unfolds the fact that Trongsa was a crucial place from where the unification of eastern region was brought to fruition. Today the prominent cultural icons of this place are Trongsa Dzong, Watchtower (Ta-Dzong), Thruepang and Kuenga Rabten Royal Palaces.

Optional one and half-hour hike from either side of the Trongsa Dzong is at your convenient choice besides sightseeing visit to previously mentioned cultural situates. 

 

Day 4
Arrive in

DAY 04: BUMTHANG SIGHTSEEING

Situated between 2600-4500m, Bumthang is a spiritual heartland of Bhutan and home to epic and legends. The prominent Jambay Lhakhang built in  sixth century and Kurjay Lhakhang built in 19th century are permanent attractions to thousand of devotees from Bhutan and overseas. Besides, myriads of other Buddhist temples and monasteries, national parks, spiritual lakes and legendary valleys with wide open landscape makes Bumthang unique from rest of the destination in the country. 

 

Day 5
Arrive in

DAY 05: BUMTHANG/PUNAKHA

Early hotel check out to catch up the bright day visit to Phobjikha, the winter home to black necked crane, the migratory bird from Tibet. With breakfast in Trongsa, three hours non stop drive will reach you to Phobjikha for a short sightseeing. Wangdue will be the lunch spot and 20 minutes drive towards north will be your today’s destination, the Punakha.

 

Day 6
Arrive in

DAY 06: PUNAKHA/ THIMPHU

The remarkable Punakha was once the old capital of Bhutan where the historic events, coronation of the first king and the first national assembly session were accounted to have held here. Still today, the place is a winter resident of central monastic body and the chief Abbot.

 

Day 7
Arrive in

DAY 07-08: THIMPHU FESTIVAL & OPTIONAL SIGHTSEEINGS

On the evening of day 08, you will drive to Paro, which takes around 1 hrs. Overnight in hotel Paro.

These two days in Thimphu you will witness the mask dance with other optional sightseeing .

Optional Program available along with Thimphu Festiaval

Simtokha Dzong: Originally called Simmo Dokha (Demon on the Stone)till the Zhabdrung cleansed and purified it and build the dzong whose complete name is San Ngay Sabdon Phodrang (The Palace of Profound Tantric Teaching).This was the first of the many dzongs constructed by Zhabdrung in 1631.

National Meomrial Chorten: It was built in 1974 in memory of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk by his mother.

Changangkha Lhakhang: Is one of the oldest temple in Thimphu, dating back to the fifteen century. It was built by a descendent of Lama Phajo Drugom Zhipo. The main statue here is that of Avaloketeswara and opposite the entrance is a large painting of Tsangpa Gyaray Yeshay Dorji. The place has an air of peace and tranquility, located as it is above and away from the city.

Trashichhoe Dzong:  “The Fortress of Auspicious Religion” ,Your last stop for the day. The Dzong can be visited only after 5 pm on week days, when the government office closed-or then during the day on Saturday/Sunday. The Trashichhoe Dzong, in its present incarnation, was consecrated as late as 1969 and this building is a visual delight. With its superb sense of proportion and space, it carries an aura of regal dignity. Its history dated back to the 13th century. After becoming the property of Zhabdrung in 1641 he rebuilt the dzong.

Tango Gompa: This is a 300m hike and takes around one hour. Although founded by Gyalwa Lhanangpa , it was further developed by Lama Drukpa Kinley in the 15th century. Nearby is the cave where Zhabdrung meditated and believing that his spiritual powers had helped repel the Tibetan invasion, this gompa was presented to him in appreciation. Desi Tenzin Rabgyel renovated and added to the structure in 1688, bringing it to its current magnificent form.

Mini-Zoo: Heading back , stop a few minutes at the ‘mini-zoo’ which is now a large outdoor enclosure that holds one of the strangest looking creatures you are likely to see- the takin.(Actually the best time to see them is when they come to the fence for food in the early morning so if you are really interested, you can reschedule your day accordingly.)

Drubthop Gompa: A small building surrounded by prayer flags that now house the Zilukha Nunnery. Located above the dzong, this gompa is believed to protect it from fires.

Dechen Phodrang: Descending further, your arrive at Dechen phodrang which was the original site of the dzong and is now occupied by the state monastic school.

National Library: Your drive will now take you past the rolling greens of the golf course with the grand National Library coming up on the opposite side. This was open in 1967 to preserve the ancient Dzongkha texts and act as a repository for thousands of old religious books and manuscripts as well as the wooden blocks used for printing

National Institute Of Zorig Chusum: Which offers a six-year course on Bhutan’s traditional crafts for those who are artistically inclined.

 

Day 8
Arrive in

DAY 07-08: THIMPHU FESTIVAL & OPTIONAL SIGHTSEEINGS

On the evening of day 08, you will drive to Paro, which takes around 1 hrs. Overnight in hotel Paro.

These two days in Thimphu you will witness the mask dance with other optional sightseeing .

Optional Program available along with Thimphu Festiaval

Simtokha Dzong: Originally called Simmo Dokha (Demon on the Stone)till the Zhabdrung cleansed and purified it and build the dzong whose complete name is San Ngay Sabdon Phodrang (The Palace of Profound Tantric Teaching).This was the first of the many dzongs constructed by Zhabdrung in 1631.

National Meomrial Chorten: It was built in 1974 in memory of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk by his mother.

Changangkha Lhakhang: Is one of the oldest temple in Thimphu, dating back to the fifteen century. It was built by a descendent of Lama Phajo Drugom Zhipo. The main statue here is that of Avaloketeswara and opposite the entrance is a large painting of Tsangpa Gyaray Yeshay Dorji. The place has an air of peace and tranquility, located as it is above and away from the city.

Trashichhoe Dzong:  “The Fortress of Auspicious Religion” ,Your last stop for the day. The Dzong can be visited only after 5 pm on week days, when the government office closed-or then during the day on Saturday/Sunday. The Trashichhoe Dzong, in its present incarnation, was consecrated as late as 1969 and this building is a visual delight. With its superb sense of proportion and space, it carries an aura of regal dignity. Its history dated back to the 13th century. After becoming the property of Zhabdrung in 1641 he rebuilt the dzong.

Tango Gompa: This is a 300m hike and takes around one hour. Although founded by Gyalwa Lhanangpa , it was further developed by Lama Drukpa Kinley in the 15th century. Nearby is the cave where Zhabdrung meditated and believing that his spiritual powers had helped repel the Tibetan invasion, this gompa was presented to him in appreciation. Desi Tenzin Rabgyel renovated and added to the structure in 1688, bringing it to its current magnificent form.

Mini-Zoo: Heading back , stop a few minutes at the ‘mini-zoo’ which is now a large outdoor enclosure that holds one of the strangest looking creatures you are likely to see- the takin.(Actually the best time to see them is when they come to the fence for food in the early morning so if you are really interested, you can reschedule your day accordingly.)

Drubthop Gompa: A small building surrounded by prayer flags that now house the Zilukha Nunnery. Located above the dzong, this gompa is believed to protect it from fires.

Dechen Phodrang: Descending further, your arrive at Dechen phodrang which was the original site of the dzong and is now occupied by the state monastic school.

National Library: Your drive will now take you past the rolling greens of the golf course with the grand National Library coming up on the opposite side. This was open in 1967 to preserve the ancient Dzongkha texts and act as a repository for thousands of old religious books and manuscripts as well as the wooden blocks used for printing

National Institute Of Zorig Chusum: Which offers a six-year course on Bhutan’s traditional crafts for those who are artistically inclined.

 

Day 9
Arrive in

DAY 09: HIKE TO THE FAMOUS TIGER’S NEST

The highlight of this excursion will be graded as unforgettable memory as the incredible “Tiger Nest Hike” unveils the era of rescue by Guru from the darkness period. Taktshang, literally means the Tigers Lair, is adventurously perched on the rocky cliff elevating 1000 meters from the basement. 

 

Day 10
Arrive in

DAY 10: BOARD YOUR FLIGHT BACK HOME

After the breakfast straight, drive to airport to board your flight to onwards destination.

Theme

  • Art
  • Theatre
  • Landmarks
  • Walking
  • Culture/Tradition

Additional Information

Your Everyday Benefits

Rates includes stay in selected rooms of choice (accommodation)

Rate inclusive of all 03 meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Rate inclusive of all applicable taxes – 10% BST & 10% Service Charge

Rate inclusive of all entry fees for museums & historical attractions

Rate inclusive of government royalty of USD 65(per person per night halt)

Rate inclusive of tour executive / guide on whole tour

Rate inclusive of Air-Conditioned vehicles for whole tour

Rate inclusive of Visa Fees

Rate inclusive of arrival refreshment (One time)

Rate inclusive of one bottle mineral water each a day

Rate inclusive of one time cultural program for group above 8 pax

 

Your Everyday Package Does Not Includes

Drinks/Brandy/ Beer etc.

Tipping to guides and drivers

Porters and other expenses of personal nature such as phone, laundry etc.

Extra expenses or loss due to nature and unforeseen events beyond the control of our management.

Airfare 

 

Getting Into Bhutan

By Air

India: Calcutta, New Delhi, Bodghaya, Bagdogra, Mumbai, and Guwahati

Nepal: Kathmandu

Thailand: Bangkok

Bangladesh: Dhaka

Singapore: Singapore

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Rates includes stay in selected rooms of choice (accommodation)

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Rate inclusive of all 03 meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Rate inclusive of all applicable taxes – 10% BST & 10% Service Charge

Rate inclusive of all entry fees for museums & historical attractions

Rate inclusive of government royalty of USD 65(per person per night halt)

Rate inclusive of tour executive / guide on whole tour

Rate inclusive of Air-Conditioned vehicles for whole tour

Rate inclusive of Visa Fees

Rate inclusive of arrival refreshment (One time)

Rate inclusive of one bottle mineral water each a day

Rate inclusive of one time cultural program for group above 8 pax

 

Your Everyday Package Does Not Includes

Drinks/Brandy/ Beer etc.

Tipping to guides and drivers

Porters and other expenses of personal nature such as phone, laundry etc.

Extra expenses or loss due to nature and unforeseen events beyond the control of our management.

Airfare 

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