Highlander Festival

Durations

8 Days

Altitude

2200 – 3700 m

Destination Choice

Paro | Thimphu | Punakha | Gasa & Laya

Date

23 & 24  October

Tour Included

Hotels 3-star accommodation on twin sharing basis, All meals + tea, Sightseeing program & monument’s fee, surface Transportation, licenced & experienced English-speaking guide, Govt. SDF & visa

Excluded

Air fare cost, Insurance for travel and other contingencies, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, Personal shopping & tips

HIGHLIGHT OF THE TRIP

Grand Highlander festival is held in North of western Bhutan, Laya village for 2 days

During the festival, visitors can witness The traditional offering of Buelwa (Gift offering) with Auley (traditional epic poem/song recitation tradition originated from Zhabdrung Rinpoche days in 16th century) Variety of cultural programs is performed by Layaps, and other highlander part of Bhutan. The various competitions on highland animals including the Yaks, horses and Mastiffs will be held and also competition such as traditional songs and dances will be held. Horse races and Yak riding is very popular

The festival consists of series of stalls ranging from local based yak produce to highland technology, highland agriculture technology, medicinal herbs & plants and others.

Sights across your journey:

  • Paro
  • Tamcho Lhakhang
  • Thimphu
  • Dochula Pass
  • Punakha
  • Tashithang
  • Damji
  • Koina
  • Gasa/laya

DETAIL ITINERARY

Day 1 : Arrive Paro drive to Thimphu

On arrival to Paro, you will be received by our representative, tour guide Drive to Thimphu, the capital city. The beautiful drive From Paro to Thimphu takes about an hour, following the Paro River till its confluence. After the confluence, you will take the road along the Thimphu River valley till the capital city of Thimphu.

In Thimphu, visit the following places:

  • The Sorig Museum, Traditional Medicine Centre which includes, Celestial City of Medicine Buddha, Display of medicinal herb, you can also get the Cordyceps tea and Cordyceps Capsule
  • Pangri Zampa Astrological collage, where monks’ study traditional Astrology.
  • Textile Museum, beautiful display of Bhutanese age-old dress and various type of Textile
  • Takin Zoo National Animal and take easy nature walk Takin trails through beautiful streams

Overnight Hotel

Day 2 : Drive to Punakha – Gasa

Drive to Punakha (77 Km/3 hours). En route, stop at Dochula Pass (3,150 m.) Enjoy a spectacular view of the ranges of the eastern Himalayas if the sky is clear. We will also come across 108 stupas

Afternoon visit the majestic Punakha Dzong. This picturesque fortress is situated on the confluence of Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (female) Rivers. It was built in 1637 by the first supreme leader and unifier of Bhutan, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. After Lunch Drive to Gasa 4 hours through the village of, Shari, Tashithang and Damji. Gasa Village. 2840M

Overnight Home stay Evening Experience Hot spring

Day 3 : Koina – Laya Taktsemakha Army Post

Drive Koina and starts the trek, The trail winds up and down crossing through few streams and wood bridges. On this route we passed some beautiful water fall, cave, forest and rivers. Before Laya you reach to a Taksemakha Army Post where you need to show the trekking permit. From Tatsemakha it is One hour to Laya

Ovenight Home stay

Day 4 : Laya Festival

Attend the Highlander festival

Day 5 : Laya Festival

Attend Highlander festival and Laya village

Day 6 : Laya to Thimphu

Morning starting trekking back to Koina and drive to Thimphu

Day 7 : Thimphu to Paro Thimphu Sightseeing Paro

Visit the Sorig Museum, Traditional Medicine Centre which includes, Celestial City of Medicine Buddha, National Museum (Ta Dzong once the Watch Tower. It was converted into a National Museum in 1968. It has many national treasures and will provide an excellent introduction to Bhutan and its history Visit to Zhabdrung Lhakhang, very well-built. Visit Textile Museum, beautiful display of Bhutanese age-old dress and various type of Textile

Day 8 : Paro

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.

Day 9 : Departure

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