Paro Festival with Cultural Tour.

Festival dates: 24th – 28th March 2021

The Paro festival is the most spectacular and popular festival in Western Bhutan. This annual Paro festival lasts for 5 days and is held in the Spring. The various mask dances are performed by the monks of Paro Dzong. The high light of the festival is “Throngdroel ceremony” on the last day of the festival.

Early in the morning, a 400 year old huge Thanka or Tapestry is unfurled and hung from a tall building. The Local people come in thousands and get blessed by touching it with their forehead. The people believe that just the sight of this Thanka can cleanse them of their sins.

Sketch Itinerary for Paro Festival:

Day 01. Arrive Paro – Thimphu (Distance: 54 km, 1 hr drive):

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Tamchog Monastery.

Meet and greet Airport and drive to Thimphu. On the way we visit:

  • National Postal Museum where you can make your personalized stamps.
  • Tamchog Monastery built in 1420 by Thangthong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464).
  • Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Thimphu Sightseeing: After breakfast, visit to:

  • National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in memory of the Third King of Bhutan, Late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Tallest Statue of Sitting Buddha in the world (51.5m)
  • Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest Monastery of Thimphu valley built in the 13th
  • Takin Preserve center.
  • Sangaygang view point.
  • Dupthop Lhakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.
Cheri-Monastery

Cheri Monastery.

After lunch, hike to Cheri Monastery (40 minutes – one way):

  • Drive to the base of Cheri Monastery (18 kms) and hike to Cheri Monastery.

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

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 03. Thimphu – Punakha (76 Km, 2 hrs drive):

After breakfast, drive to Punakha and visit:

  • Dochu La Pass with its 108 stupas and view the beautifully arranged Himalayan mountain ranges.
  • Chimi Lhakhang built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley also known as “The Divine Madman” of Bhutan.

After lunch, visit to:

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 04. Punakha – Wangdiphodrang – Gangtey (74.6 kms, 1 ½ hours drive):

Khamsung Yulley Monastery

Khamsung Yulley Monastery.

After breakfast, hike to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.

  • Built by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck.

Then drive to Gangtey valley.

  • View Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638.

Lunch will be served at Nobding.

While in Gangtey, visit Gangtey Gompa. Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second re-incarnation of Terton Pema Lingpa, built the temple in the 17th century.

NOTE: The Upper part of the valley is called Gangtey and lower part is called Phobjikha.

In the evening, visit to:

  • Crane Information center and explore Phobjikha valley, the roosting ground of the Rare Black necked Cranes.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 05. Gangtey – Thimphu (Altitude 2320 m) (143 km – 6 hrs):

After breakfast,

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Dochula Pass with its 108 stupas.

Drive to Thimphu. We occasionally stop on the way to take photos.

Lunch will be served at Dochu La Cafe.

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

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 06. Thimphu – Paro (56 kms – 1 hr. drive):

Paro-dzong

Rimpung Dzong.

After breakfast, drive to Paro and visit to:

  • Ta Dzong, the National Museum.
  • Paro Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong houses the Administrative offices of Paro district.

After lunch,

  • Witness Paro Festival.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 07. Paro Festival (Altitude 2280 m):

After breakfast,

  • Witness the festival (Full day).
Paro-Festival

Paro Festival.

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

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 08. Paro Festival (Altitude 2280 m):

After breakfast,

  • Witness the festival (Full day).

In the evening,

  • Excursion to the Chele La Pass at 3810 m with highest motorable road in Bhutan. You can enjoy the scenic view of the Himalayas including Mt. Jumolhari.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 09. Paro sightseeing:

After breakfast visit to:

  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest built in1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay.
  • Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo.

Day 10. Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.