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.
|Days||Trip Outline||Daily Activity||Accommodation||Guide & Driver||Meal|
|01||Arrival in Paro international airport and transfer to downtown ( 2250m/5km )||Ta Dzong, National museum-Rinpung Dzong, Paro Dzong-Paro town||Hotel||Bhutanese||LD|
|02||Paro-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 Hospital||Hotel||Bhutanese||BLD|
|03||Visit festivals in Thimphu||Drupchen festival or Tsechus festival-Thimphu weekend market||Hotel||Bhutanese||BLD|
|04||Thimphu to Punakah ( 1310m/85km/2 h 26 min )||Himalayan mountain view from Dochula Pass-Lamperi Botanical Garden-Chimi Lhakang||Hotel||Bhutanese||BLD|
|05||Punakha to Wangdue festival ( 1310m/15km/34 min )||Visit festival-differnet kinds of religous musk wearing dances ( Cham )-fram house||Hotel||Bhutanese||BLD|
|06||Punakha to Paro ( 2250m/126km/3 h 22 min)||Semtokha Dzong-Kyichu Lhakang-Paro||Hotel||Bhutanese||BLD|
|07||Sightseeing around Paro||Taktsang monastery-walk around Paro town and market||Hotel||Bhutanese||BLD|
|08||Paro town to Paro airport ( 2250m/5km/10 min )||Paro valley-great view of the Himalayan mountain peaks including Everest in a distance||Bhutanese||BB|
- 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
- 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