Punakha Festival Tour.

Festival dates: 22nd – 24th Feb. 2021

The Punakha festival tour is very unique and different from other festivals and is for three days. Besides the Mask dances performed by the monks of Punakha Dzong, they also enact scenes of the Shabdrung era (17th century). This Punakha festival trip is a combination of Cultural tour with day hikes and the festival in Punakha. You will also get opportunities to photograph the “Layaps” with their unique dress who come to witness the festival. The Layaps are the nomadic herdsmen who live in the Upper Himalayas with a unique life style.

Sketch Itinerary for Punakha Festival:

Day 01. Arrive Paro – Thimphu: (2320 m) (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:

  • Tamchog Monastery built in 15th century by Thang Thong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464).
  • Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Thimphu Sightseeing:

After breakfast, visit to:

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National Memorial Chorten.

National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of our Third King, Late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and National Postal Museum.

  • Tallest Statue of Sitting Buddha in the world (51.5 m)
  • Changangkha Lhakhang, Thimphu valley’s oldest temple built in the 13th
  • Takin Preserve center.
  • Sangaygang view point.
  • Dupthop Lhakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.

After lunch,

  • Hike to Cheri Monastery (drive to cheri – 18 kms, hike 40 minutes).

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

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 03. Thimphu – Punakha: (Altitude 1310 m) (76 Km, 2 hrs drive):

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Dochula Pass at 3100 m.

After breakfast, drive to Punakha and on the way, visit to:

  • Dochula pass with its 108 stupas and view the beautifully arranged Himalayan mountain ranges.
  • Chimi Lhakhang built in 1499 by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as “The Divine Madman”.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Punakha is the winter residence of Je-Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan.
  • Walk the longest Suspension bridge in Bhutan (160 m).

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 04. Punakha Festival: After breakfast, witness the Punakha festival (Full day):

  • In the evening, hike to hike to the beautiful Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

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Punakha Festival.

Day 05. Punakha Festival After breakfast, witness the festival (Full day):

Day 06. Punakha –Wangdiphodrang – Paro (Distance 132 km, Drive Time 3 hours):

After breakfast, drive to Paro via Wangdiphodrang.

  • Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638. This Dzong was razed by fire in 2012 and is under repair now.

After lunch in Paro, we visit:

  • Ta Dzong, the National Museum.
  • Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

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

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

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Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.

Day 07. Paro Sightseeing: (Altitude 2280 m):

After breakfast, hike to the Taktsang Monastery:

  • The Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) monastery built in1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay.
  • Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 08. Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.