Thimphu Festival Tour

Festival dates: 16th – 18th September 2021

6-nights-bhutan-tourDay 01. Arrive Paro – Thimphu: (2320 m) (Distance: 56 km, 1 hr drive):

Meet and greet Airport and drive to Thimphu. On the way,

  • View Tamchog Monastery built by Thangthong Gyalpo (Popularly known as Lama Chazampa, which literally means, the Iron Bridge builder) in the 15thThang Thong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464) was a wonder working saint from Tibet who came to Bhutan in 1433 looking for Iron Ore. He built 108 bridges across Tibet and Bhutan, out of which 8 were built in Bhutan. His only surviving bridge is in Duksum (Tashi Yangtse in Eastern Bhutan).
  • Visit Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang)Day 02. Thimphu Sightseeing:

After breakfast, visit to:

  • National Postal Museum.
  • National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our 3rdKing, late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (The Father of Modern Bhutan).
  • Tallest Statue of Buddha, Changangkha Lhakhang, Takin Preserve center, Sangaygang view point, and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.

After lunch,

  • Hike to Cheri Monastery (18 kms).
  • 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 ½  hrs drive):

After breakfast, drive to Punakha.

  • Visit Dochula pass with its 108 stupas and the beautifully arranged Himalayan mountain ranges.
  • Chimi Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley (Popularly known as “The Divine Madman”,in the year 1499. He Travelled throughout Bhutan and Tibet as a “Neljorpa” (Yogi) using songs, humour and outrageous behavior to dramatise his teachings of Salvation through sex.

Punakha-DzongAfter lunch, visit to:

  • Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Punakha is the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the First National Assembly here in 1952.
  • Walk the Suspension bridge. The longest Suspension bridge in Bhutan.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 04. Punakha – Gangtey: (Altitude 3120 m) (75 km, 2 hrs):

  • Hike to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.
  • Visit the Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638. (Razed by fire in 2012), now in ruins & under construction.

After lunch:

  • Gangtey Gompa monastery.
  • Black Necked Crane information center.
  • Explore the beautiful Phobjikha valley (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):

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu.

  • Lungchutse hike (3 hours): This is a beautiful hike and you can see a very good view of the Himalayas including Gasa Dzong and Mt. Masagang and other mountains.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Thimphu-Festival-TourDay 06. Thimphu Festival:

After breakfast:

  • Witness the festival at Tashichho Dzong (Full day).
  • Evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 07. Thimphu festival: After breakfast:

  • Witness the festival.
  • After lunch, hike to Cheri Monastery.
  • Evening, witness Archery match.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

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

After breakfast, drive to Paro.

  • Hike to Dzongdrakha Monastery.

After lunch, visit to the Ta Dzong, the National Museum.

  • Paro Rimpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the administrative centre of Paro district.
  • 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 Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest built in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay.
  • Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal,
  • Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo.

Day 10. September. Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.