Thimphu Festival Tour.

Festival dates: 16th – 18th September 2021

This is one of the most famous festivals of western Bhutan and is held in Thimphu. The Thimphu festival is for three days and is very popular among the Tourists and local people alike. This Thimphu festival normally falls between late September and mid October. The main event of the festival is the “Throngdroel ceremony”, which is held on the third day of the festival.

The Mask dances are performed by the monks in honor of Guru Rimpoche, who is revered as the Second Buddha. The trip is a combination of sightseeing visits to Punakha, Wangdiphodrang and Gangtey valley.

Sketch Itinerary for Thimphu Festival:

Day 01. Arrive Paro – Thimphu (Distance: 56 km, 1 hr drive):


Tamchog Monastery.

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

  • Tamchog Monastery built in 1420 by Thangthong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464).
  • Tashichho Dzong, the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan.

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

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Thimphu Sightseeing:

After breakfast, visit to:

  • National Postal Museum.
  • Changangkha Lhakhang, oldest temple of Thimphu.
  • Takin Preserve center.
  • Sangaygang view point.
  • Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.

After lunch, visit to

  • National Textile Museum.
  • School of 13 Arts and Crafts (Zorig Chusum) also called the Painting school.

In the evening, witness the Archery match at Changlimithang stadium.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 03. Thimphu – Punakha (76 Km, 2 ½ hrs drive):


Dochula Pass at 3100 m.

After breakfast, drive to Punakha. On the way, we visit:

  • Dochu La Pass (3100 m) with its 108 stupas and enjoy the view of beautifully arranged Himalayan mountain ranges.
  • Chimi Lhakhang, which was built in 1499 by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, also known as “The Divine Madman” of Bhutan.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • Walk the longest Suspension bridge in Bhutan (160 m) across Pho Chu River.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 04. Punakha – Gangtey (75 km, 2 hrs):

After breakfast, we hike to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.


Wangdiphodrang Dzong.

Then drive to Gangtey. On the way, we visit:

  • Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

After lunch, we visit:

  • Gangtey Gompa monastery established in the 17th
  • Black Necked Crane information center.

Explore the beautiful Phobjikha valley.

Note: the upper part of the valley is called Gangtey and lower part is called Phobjikha.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 05. Gangtey – Thimphu: (128 kms – 4 ½ hours):


Thimphu Festival.

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu. On the way, hike Lungchutse Monastery (3 hours).

  • This is a beautiful hike and you can see a very good view of the Himalayas including Gasa Dzong, Mt. Masagang and other mountains.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 06. Thimphu – witness the Festival:

After breakfast:

  • Witness the festival at Tashichho Dzong (Full day).

In the evening, visit to:

  • National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of the Third King of Bhutan, Late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Tallest Statue of Sitting Buddha or Buddha Dorderma (51.5 m) at Kuenselphodrang Park.

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

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

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 07. Thimphu – witness the festival:

After breakfast:

  • Witness the festival.
  • After lunch, hike to Cheri Monastery.

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

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 08. Thimphu – Paro (56 km – 1 hour):


Rimpung Dzong.

After breakfast, drive to Paro.

  • Hike to Dzongdrakha Monastery (30 minutes walk).

After lunch, visit to:

  • Ta Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan.
  • Paro Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the administrative centre of Paro district.

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

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 09.  Hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Altitude 2280 m):

After breakfast, hike to the Tiger’s Nest built in 1684 by the Paro Penlop, 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.