Nimalung Festival Tour.

Festival dates: 18th – 20th June 2021

Nimalung festival is held in the courtyard of Nimalung Temple and is one of the best local festivals in Bhutan. This festival is for three days. On the last day, the monks perform Guru Tshengye cham and Drametse Nga Cham (Mask dances). This tour combines sightseeing in western and central Bhutan with this festival in Bumthang. Bumthang is the spiritual hub of Bhutan and the Terton Pema Lingpa was born here. The high lights of the trip include hikes to the Tiger’s nest, Khamsung Yulley and visits to the Temple of Fertility and many others.

Sketch Itinerary for Nimalung Festival Tour:

Day 1. Paro:  Arrive Paro & sightseeing:

Paro-dzong

Rimpung Dzong.

Meet & Greet in the airport and drive to the Hotel.

After lunch, visit to:

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 2. Paro – Bumthang (by Domestic flight):

After breakfast, drive to the airport and flight to Bumthang.

Meet & Greet at the Badbalathang Airport.

8-nights-9-days-Tour-in-BhutanAfter lunch, visit to:

  • Jakar Dzong established in 1667 by Yongzin Ngagi Wangchuk (1517–1554), a hierarch from Ralung when he came to Bhutan.
  • Jambay Lhakhang built by King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet in the year 659 on the same day as Kichu Lhakhang in Paro.
  • Tamshing Lhakhang (Temple of the good message), established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa.
  • Kurjey Lhakhang, where you can see the body print of Guru Rimpoche.
  • Kencho Sum Lhakhang.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 3. Bumthang – Nimalung festival:

Nimalung-Festival

Nimalung Festival.

After early breakfast, drive to the Nimalung temple.

  • Witness the festival (Full day).
  • Membarstho or “The Burning Lake” where Pema Lingpa discovered the treasures hidden by Guru Rimpoche in the 14th

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 4. Bumthang – Nimalung Festival (half day).

  • After lunch, excursion to Ura valley (51 kms – 2 hours).
  • Visit to the Ura Temple and village.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 5. Bumthang – Trongsa – Gangtey (143 kms – 4 hours):

Trongsa-Dzong-Nimalung Festival

Trongsa Dzong.

After breakfast, visit to:

  • Trongsa dzong built in 1648 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa.
  • Ta Dzong which houses the Royal Heritage museum.
  • After lunch visit to:
  • Gangtey Gompa Monastery. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson of Terton Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613.
  • Explore Phobjikha valley, the most beautiful glacial valley in the Himalayas and the roosting ground of the Rare Black- necked Cranes.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 6. Gangtey – Punakha (74.7 kms – 1 ½  hours):

Wangdiphodrang-Dzong-Nimalung Festival

Wangdiphodrang Dzong.

After breakfast, visit to:

  • Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong was razed by fire in 2012.
  • Chimi Lhakhang or the “Temple of Fertility” built in 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kuenley also known as “Devine Madman”.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Punakha Dzong is the winter residence of Je-Khenpo.
  • Beautiful Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery (short hike of 45 minutes).

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 7. Punakha – Thimphu (76 kms – 3 hours):

Dochu-La-Pass-at-3100-m

Dochula Pass at 3100 m.

After early breakfast, visit to:

  • Longest suspension bridge in Bhutan across the Pho Chu River.
  • Royal Botanical Garden at Lamperi.
  • 108 stupas at Dochula pass and view Higher Himalayas.

After lunch at Dochu La cafeteriavisit to:

  • Weekend vegetable market.
  • Witness archery match at Changlimithang stadium.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 8. Thimphu Sightseeing:

Buddha-Statue

Tallest statue of sitting Buddha in the world (51.5 m).

After breakfast, visit to:

  • National Postal Museum.
  • The National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of the Third King of Bhutan, Late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Tallest Statue of Sitting Buddha (51.5 m).
  • Changangkha Lhakhang, one of the oldest temple in Thimphu built in the 13th century by Phajo Drugom Shipo.
  • Sangaygang view point.
  • Takin Preserve center.

After lunch, we visit to:

  • Folk Heritage Museum.
  • Painting School (The school of 13 Arts and Crafts).
  • In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 9. Thimphu – Paro – Hike to the Tiger’s Nest (56 kms – 1 hour):

Taktsang-(Tiger's-Nest)

Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest).

After early breakfast, visit to:

  • Tamchog Monastery built by Thangthong Gyalpo in the 15th
  • Hike to the Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo who built 108 Temples in a single day.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 10. Paro – Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.