8 days Bhutan festival tour

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This 8 days Bhutan festival tour will explore the most important tourist attraction in Bhutan. Starting in Paro valley, the most cultural and sacred pilgrimage sites of Buddhism in Bhutan, exploring Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan and the seat of the Bhutan’s present government. You will also explore Punakha town where it has important Dzong and monasteries.

During 8 days Bhutan festival tour, you will see some of the most popular and important festivals in Bhutan. There are three different kinds of festivals in Bhutan which are different kinds of religious festivals, National day festival, King’s birth day festival and the anniversary of the throne of the Kings.

Most of Bhutan's festivals are calculated according to the Bhutan calendar. If you plan this 8 days Bhutan festival tour for the Tshechus and Drupchen festivals which are held in Thimphu, you will see the most important Tsechus festival in Thimphu as well as in other parts of Bhutan as well during the same period of time. Tsechus is the most important religious festival in Bhutan in honor of the Guru Rinpoche. The Bhutanese government takes official holiday during this Tsechus or Drupchen festivals and people from different regions gather in Thimphu to celebrate the festival.

During the festival in Bhutan, people usually perform prayer rituals and mask sword dance performances. The dance is performed by monks wearing a variety of religious masks and colorful traditional costumes, recreating the gods they worship. Dances often tell the story of a saint's submission to a demon or portray a major historical event. Bhutanese believe that watching the mask sword dance is a process of blessing and revelation. If you are lucky enough to witness the grand ceremony of the Buddha exhibition in the early morning of the festival, it is considered to have accumulated countless merits. Therefore, every Bhutanese wants to attend at least one festival in his lifetime. Bhutan's festivals are also a great occasion for family reunions and socializing.

During the festivals in Bhutan, people will put on their best clothes, show gorgeous coral and turquoise jewelry, pack food in traditional bamboo baskets, and gather in Dzongs or temples. The dancers were singing traditional songs with beautiful melody in the middle of the celebration. The audience laughed and drank butter tea and strong barley wine. During the 8 days Bhutan festival tour, you will get more chances to meet more local people, to interact with local Bhutanese people and monks inside Dzong and monasteries. You can communicate with them, ask the monks for their daily lives’ activities, visit monasteries of Dzong during their best chanting ceremony which can really give you the most authentic and unique experience of Bhutan tours. After your 8 days Bhutan festival tour, you can extend your Tibet festival tour.

 
DaysTrip OutlineDaily ActivityAccommodationGuide & DriverMeal
01Arrival in Paro international airport and transfer to downtown ( 2250m/5km )Ta Dzong, National museum-Rinpung Dzong, Paro Dzong-Paro townHotelBhutaneseLD
02Paro-thimphu ( 2350m/50km/1 h 19 min )14th century monastery-Iron bridege-Thimphu-Memorial Chorten-Pangri Zampa Astrological collage-Bhutan post office-Arts and craft shool-Indigenous HospitalHotelBhutaneseBLD
03Visit festivals in ThimphuDrupchen festival or Tsechus festival-Thimphu weekend marketHotelBhutaneseBLD
04Thimphu to Punakah ( 1310m/85km/2 h 26 min )Himalayan mountain view from Dochula Pass-Lamperi Botanical Garden-Chimi LhakangHotelBhutaneseBLD
05Punakha to Wangdue festival ( 1310m/15km/34 min )Visit festival-differnet kinds of religous musk wearing dances ( Cham )-fram houseHotelBhutaneseBLD
06Punakha to Paro ( 2250m/126km/3 h 22 min)Semtokha Dzong-Kyichu Lhakang-ParoHotelBhutaneseBLD
07Sightseeing around ParoTaktsang monastery-walk around Paro town and marketHotelBhutaneseBLD
08Paro town to Paro airport ( 2250m/5km/10 min )Paro valley-great view of the Himalayan mountain peaks including Everest in a distanceBhutaneseBB

Inclusive

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the program on twin sharing room basis
  • All necessary Bhutan travel permits
  • Transportation by one good conditioned tourist vehcile
  • Full board for entire tour
  • All entry fees to the sites and monasteries during your Bhutan tour
  • One good local English speaking guide

Exclusive

  • Both International and domestic flight
  • Bhutan visa fee
  • All kinds of insurance such as personal insurance, evacuation and medical insurance
  • Any extra cost in the event of landslides and personal nature expenses need to be paid by clients themselves
  • Day 01: Arrival in Paro international airport and transfer to downtown ( 2250m/5km ) Hotel on LD

    Your introduction to our enchanting kingdom begins on a flight over the Himalayas into the lush green valley of Paro; truly one of the world’s most spectacular sights. Flying into Paro, Bhutan is a unique experience altogether. You will view the world’s highest, most majestic peaks and enjoy the view of the approaching valley with its primeval alpine forest, monasteries, temples and farmhouse nestled in splendid mountain isolation.On arrival to Paro visit :National Museum National Musuem( TaDzong) This is once the Watch Tower for the RinpungDzong. It was converted into a NationalMuseum in 1968. It has many national treasures and a visit to the Museum will provide an excellent introduction to Bhutan and its history. The Ta Dzong stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro Valley. Paro Dzong: RinpungDzong. A flagstone path rises gradually from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle roofing and abutted by two guard houses, to the dzong. Today, the Dzong is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the country. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D.

  • Day 02: Paro-thimphu ( 2350m/50km/1 h 19 min ) Hotel on BLD

    Drive to Thimphu, the capital city, in the next one hour Drive From Paro to Thimphu takes about an hour follows the Paro river till its confluence with the Thimphu river from which point you will take the road along the Thimphu river valley till the capital city of ThimphuEn route visit The 14th century Temple and the Iron bridge. After Lunch : Thimphu Sightseeing : Visits to the Memorial Chorten where many locals come to Circumbulate the Stupa. Kuenselphodrang where the world’s biggest Buddha statue is built overlooking the valley Afternoon: Visit the Pangri Zampa Astrological collage Visit Bhutan post office, Visit: Arts and craft school Visit: Indigenous Hospital ( You can see traditional practice of medicine)

  • Day 03: Visit festivals in Thimphu. Hotel on BLD

    The first day of the 8 days Bhutan festival tour begins here in Thimphu which is Drupchen festival. Drupchen is celebrated on 6thday of the eight month of Bhutanese calendar every year. Drupchen is dedicate to appease the Peldon Lamo ( goddess Mahakali ) one of the three main spiritual protectors of the Drukpa Kagyue school of Buddhism. Most of the dances performed are wrathful figures of most Ter Chams ( Sacred dance ) Holiness Je Khenpo and the central monk body perform the Drupchen. Thousands of People attend the Drupchen inside the Thimphu Trashichhodzong , the Central Secretariat of the Government. After Lunch: Visit Thimphu Weekend market where local comes to sell their vegetable

  • Day 04: Thimphu to Punakah ( 1310m/85km/2 h 26 min ) Hotel on BLD

    Drive to Punakha (77 Km/3 hours). En- route stop at Dochula Pass (3,150 m.) on a clear day you will get a spectacular view of the ranges of the Eastern Himalayas. We will also come across 108 stupas that lend the place an air of deep spirituality. Visit Lamperi Botanical Garden, Beautiful natural place where it has rich information’s on flora diversity, forest of Bhutan park and nature conservations. Park has good collections of orchid .Take a Nature walk around this forest to see more tree and orchids . Video Presentation on Park. Nature walk around the park Drive down to Punakha . Take a short hike Chimi lhakhang short hike to Chimilhalkhang across peaceful rice patties to the Temple of Fertility at Lobesa, dedicated to the 15th century Buddhist master and iconoclast Drukpa Kuenley, also known as the Divine Madman. Today, the temple is frequented by barren couples to receive the blessings of fertility from a 15th century wooden phallus. After Lunch visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong. During this 8 days Bhutan festival tour, you will visit the most significant Punakha Dzong, a magnificent castle-fortress that served as the old capital of Bhutan. It is considered the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture. Built in 1637 on the confluence of the Pho Chu (male river) and Mo Chu (female river,) this fortress monastery is the preserve of Bhutan’s most precious religious relics and treasures. It is in this monument that the kings of Bhutan are crowned and the head of Buddhism in Bhutan (Chief Abbot), is anointed. ( Overnight Dhumra small comfortable place located over looking Punakha Dzong )

  • Day 05: Punakha to Wangdue festival ( 1310m/15km/34 min ) Hotel on BLD

    Wangdue Festival is held in open ground since the dzong is under renovations, dances are performed by monks and laity the festival is observed every year on 8th month of the 8 – 10thof Bhutanese calendar . Many villager from Wangdi area attend the festival. It is one of the popular religious festivals in Bhutan and they hold the festivals for a few days here. You will visit the most highlight of the festivals during 8 days Bhutan festival tour. Day 1 Program for the festival -Shingjey Chham by Gelong./ Monks The Bhodhisattva Manjusri (Jampelyang) represents the body of Wisdom of all the Buddhas. When he takes the appearance of the terrifying Lord (Jey) of the Dead (Shin). He is also the ruler of the three worlds which he protects. His wrathful Buffalo face guards the four continents and blesses them before the arrival on earth of the gods of Wisdom. -Folk Dance by the villager -Dance of the Four Stags (Shazam) by Laymen - Dance of the 21 Black Hats (Zhana Chham) by Gelong/Monks. - Nonglem by layman. - Jooging by layman. - Dance of the 21 Black Hats (Zhana Chham) with Drums by Gelong/Monks After Lunch : Drive to Farm house to experience Bhutanese hospitality. Experience a hot stone bath is in the cool mountain air by the gentle gurgling stream while enjoying the vista of the green forest is best. The family has their own hot stone bath by the stream near a small waterfall. The two full length wooden bath tubs are given privacy by straw mat partitions. Taking a hot stone bath is relaxing and therapeutic and adds to the experience of a farmhouse stay. Farmhouses have been lived in by several generations

  • Day 06: Punakha to Paro ( 2250m/126km/3 h 22 min) Hotel on BLD

    After Breakfast drive to Paro over Dochula Pass. En-route visit Semtokha Dzong one of the oldest Dzong built in Bhutan. Visit Kyichu Lhakhang Temple one of the oldest built in Bhutan by Tibetan King Tsongtsen Gonpo, and it houses the Jo Jampa future Buddha and the Guru Lhakhang with ancient painting, After Lunch free

  • Day 07: Sightseeing around Paro. Hotel on BLD

    Today, we go to a place that has become a must for every visitor to Bhutan – the hike up to the “Tiger’s Nest” or Taktshang monastery. This religious edifice, about 800 meters above the Paro valley floor, is built on a dizzying ledge of a gigantic granite cliff that hangs on a mountainside. Buddhists consider the place so holy that to visit it once in a lifetime is considered a must. As to how it could have been constructed in the 17th century remains a mystery; a story has it that celestial nymphs (Khandromas) aided in its construction. It was here that Padmasambhava, an eighth century master who is considered to be the second Buddha in the Himalayan Buddhist world, mediated and concealed religious teachings for the future generations. After Taktshang visit, we stop for lunch at a cafeteria en- route, and then descending down to base.

  • Day 08: Paro town to Paro airport ( 2250m/5km/10 min )

    Transfer to Paro international airport and fly back home.

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Inclusive

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the program on twin sharing room basis
  • All necessary Bhutan travel permits
  • Transportation by one good conditioned tourist vehcile
  • Full board for entire tour
  • All entry fees to the sites and monasteries during your Bhutan tour
  • One good local English speaking guide

Exclusive

  • Both International and domestic flight
  • Bhutan visa fee
  • All kinds of insurance such as personal insurance, evacuation and medical insurance
  • Any extra cost in the event of landslides and personal nature expenses need to be paid by clients themselves

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