Punakha Festival JOURNEY

Durations

7 Days

Altitude

1240 – 3100 m

Destination Choice

Paro | Thimphu | Punakha

Best Season

17 FEB – 24 FEB – 2024

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

Attend the Punakha festival, held inside the courtyard of the Punakha Dzong, the festival includes, warrior dance mask dance and various folk dances by the locals.

Sights across your journey:

  • Paro
  • Tamcho Lhakhang
  • Thimphu City
  • Semtokha
  • Dochula Pass
  • Lamperi

DETAIL ITINERARY

Day 1 : Bangkok To Thimphu Via Paro

Transfer to airport for flight to Paro Bhutan by KB 151 1310 depart Bangkok : 1525 Arrive Paro

During your flight 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, 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 En- route, visit the Tamchog Lhakhang (temple) which has an iron chain bridge cast in the 14th century. After the confluence, you will take the road along the Thimphu River valley till the capital city of Thimphu

After lunch, visit the following places Visit : Dechenphodrang central Monastic school one of the oldest Dzong, houses hundreds of monks overlooking the Thimphu, Dzong, Supreme court and Bhutan Parliament building. Visit 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

Overnight : Hotel

Day 2 : Thimphu

Visit:

  • The Pangri Zampa Astrological collage, where monks’ study traditional Astrology. Zhabdrung Lhakhang, very well-built.
  • 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

 

Stroll through Visit Weekend Market and Thimphu Town

Day 3 : Thimphu To Punakha

Dochula Pass 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 that lend the place an air of deep Spirituality. 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

Day 4 : Punakha Festival

Attend the Punakha festival, held inside the courtyard of the Punakha Dzong, the festival includes, warrior dance mask dance and various folk dances by the locals.

Day 5 : Punakha To Phobjekha via Wangdue Dzong

After breakfast visit : Wangdue Dzong located at the confluence of two river Dangchu and Punatsanchu hill lock, the Dzong is architecture wonder and fascinating to experience.

Drive to Phobjekha takes about less the 2-hour crossing over the Gangtey Pass (3140 m), and then drop into the Phobjikha Valley. The Phobjikha Valley is one of the roosting grounds of the Black-necked cranes (grus nigri collies.)

Each year in winter, the birds migrate from Tibet and Siberia. Visit the 16th century Gangtey Goempa monastery overlooking the valley.

Phobjekha Nature hike

The hike starts bellow Gangtey Gompa near Mani wall chorten, the first part of the walk is downhill through the pine forest with the view of main Phobjekha valley where the Crane feeds in winter. Come across Khewa village located in the middle of the Potato fields and Meadow.

Visit the old Khewa Lhakhang built in 14th century. You spent some time meditating inside the temple.

Lunch at the lodge After lunch: Visit Crane information’s centre to see the Crane preservation Project, they have a nice display on community and RSPN working together to preserve the Crane. Overnight: Guest house

Day 6 : Phobjekha To Paro

We retrace our journey today, back to Paro via Thimphu, where we will stop for lunch. En route visit : Visit Dobjee Dzong one of the oldest Sample of Dzong built in 12th century, After Lunch to Paro valley Sightseeing

National Museum : TaDzong overlooking the Paro Valley, 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.

Zuri Dzong: Hike to Zuri lhakhang Zuri Dzong located above Paro Dzong The fortress ranks among the oldest in Bhutan, established in 1352 now houses the Monastery and meditations Place

Overnight Hotel

Stroll through Paro town overnight : Hotel

Day 7 : 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. 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. Visit Drukgyel Dzong ,nearing to complete

Day 8 : Paro To Bangkok

After breakfast, transfer to Airport for Departure to Bangkok by flight KB 130

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