PARO FESTIVAL TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Seasons
24th April to 28th March 2021

Trip Type
Cultural and Festival Tour in Bhutan

Trip Length
12Days Festival Tour in Bhutan

Places Covered
Paro,Thimphu,Punakha,Wangdi,Gangtey,Trongsa and Bumthang

Group Size
Available as small group/join-in or Independent.

Tour Cost USD 2515.00/person

Day Trip Outline Accommodation
Day 01-24th March 2021 Arrival Paro  Tashi Namgay Resort
Day 02-28th March 2021 Paro Festival  Tashi Namgay Resort
Day 03-29th March 2021 Paro to Thimphu  Peacefull Resort
Day 04-30th March 2021 Thimphu sightseeing  Peacefull Resort
Day 05-30th March ’21 Thimphu to Punakha (77km, 3hrs)  Hotel Meri Puensum
Day 06-31st March ’21 Punakha – Bumthang  Hotel Chummi Resort
Day 07-1st April ’21 Bumthang (Jakar) sightseeing  Hotel Chummi Resort
Day 08-2nd April ’21 Drive to Tang, Walk to burning lake – Ura – Evening drive back to Jakar  Hotel Chummi Resort
Day 09-3rd April ’21 Bumthang Jakar – Phobjikha  Hotel Dewachen
Day 10-4th April ’21 Phobjikha – Paro (180km, 7hrs)  Hotel Tashi Namgay
Day 11-5th April ’21 Paro – Hike to Taktsang (tiger nest), above 3000m from sea level  Hotel Tashi Namgay
Day 12-6th April ’21 Final Departure

Day 01: Arrival Paro:

The flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below. ParoDzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight.

Our representative will meet you at Paro airport, after arrival & visa formalities and collection of baggage, who will be your tour guide during your entire trip in Bhutan. Sightseeing in Paro includes. The Paro Dzong is probably Bhutan’s best known and most iconic Dzong that you see first while landing at Paro.

If time permits we shall take you to the only museum in Bhutan which was used as a watchtower and now converted into a museum. The museum has a collection of ancient textile paintings weapons and a small section dedicated to the national history of Bhutan.

After lunch visits the 7th-century Kyichu monastery. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

View of Paro Dzong

Paro Dzong view

Day 02: Attend the most popular Paro Tshechu (Festival) tour.

Paro festival is the most popular festival in Bhutan. During this festival tour of Bhutan, you shall see people from all walks of life gathering for celebration, mask dance, and Archery match. The festival is held in the courtyard of Paro RinpungDzong. This is the main Secretariat Building, where the government offices and living quarters of the monk body and its Chief Abbot are housed. Witness the festival the entire day

Most Festival Tour in Bhutan includes Dance of Black Hats (Shana / Ngachamp), Dance of the Nobleman and Ladies (phole Mole), Dance of the drum beaters, from Dramitse (DramitseNgachamp), Dance of the Stag and the hounds (shawaShachi) Evening Thimphu Exploration, Visit memorial Chorten, National Memorial Chorten.

Festival Tour in Bhutan

Paro Festival Tour

Day 03:Paro to Thimphu Tour:

After 50 minutes drive check into Hotel. After tea visits the memorial Chorten built by the Third King of Bhutan. After sometime visit the Textile museum which holds the painting and dresses of our great Kings of Bhutan followed by Schools of 13 arts and crafts of Bhutan which is still practiced in Bhutan. Overnight hotel in Thimphu

Day 4: Thimphu sightseeing.

Your second-day tour of Thimphu begins with a visit to Majestic Trshichhodzong the office of the present King of Bhutan. The dzong also holds the great Golden Throne. Every year the famous Thimphu festival which takes place in Autumn happens here at the courtyard of this Dzong.

Your next tour is a visit to the Folk Heritage Museum. It treasures troves of culture and rich Bhutan heritage provides rich insights into the Bhutanese ethos. Try to schedule your visit during the morning hours since the museum is less crowded at that time and there is plenty of sunlight to go ground.

The folk heritage museum is housed in a replica traditional Bhutanese house learn first-hand about Bhutan’s rich culture and traditions, it’s a deeply rooted heritage which spans thousands of years, and the Bhutanese way of life. The tour of this almost living museum will also give you a glimpse of how many rural folks of the country live today following the ancient Bhutanese ways.

Finally, the Largest Standing Bhudha overlooking Thimphu valley. The drive takes around 20 minutes from the main city. The Statue is 167 feet high. The view of Thimphu from this point is amazing. There is also a small hike starting from the road point to Buddha Statue.

Day 05: Thimphu to Punakha   (77km, 3hrs).

Early breakfast and visit Simtokha Dzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan. It was built in 1629 A.D. Drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass at 3150mts. The drive would take about 3hours. On arrival, drive to Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness” Built-in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’, Punakha Dzong is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (Mother and Father Rivers).

It is the winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move en masse from Thimphu to this warmer location. The three-story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. It was here in 1907 that Bhutan’s first king was crowned. Overnight hotel in Punakha.

Day 6:Punakha – Bumthang

Early breakfast and then you can drive into the beautiful valley of Bumthang. Bumthang is the valley which is the religious heartland of Bhutan. It is also the first valley to receive Buddhism in Bhutan. Many important and religious figures in Buddhism have visited this valley and blessed by them.

If time permits visit the 17th-century Jakar Dzong which defended the people of Bumthang from lots of enemies. Night at hotel in Jakar.

Day 7: Bumthang sightseeing:

Your tour of Bumthang starts with a visit to the 7th-century Jambhay Lhakhang monastery. There is a unique Naked dance festival that takes place every year in this monastery.

After lunch visits the Burning lake. Legend has it that treasure hunter Saint Pema Lingpa found many treasures hidden inside this lake. Evening at Hotel.

Day 8:Drive to Tang – URA – Evening drive back to Jakar. (65km, 1 and half hour)

After breakfast drive to URA valley, this valley is believed to be the earliest inhabited place in Bhutan. The road to Ura climbs to amazingly open countryside. Sightseeing in ura valley, evening drive back to Jakar.

Day 9:Bumthang Jakar – Phobjikha (68km, 2hrs).

Drive to Phobjikha Valley, Phobjikha is a glacial valley on the periphery of the northwestern tip of the Black Mountain National Park at an altitude of 9,840 feet. We drive toward Phobjikha, the valley is a wide, beautiful alpine wetland valley and is a conservation area and lies on the northern boundary of the Jowo Durshing range. The hillside vegetation is mostly pine forest, interspersed with Rhododendron trees. Phobjikha valley is also one of the roosting grounds of the Black-necked cranes that migrate each year in winter from its northern habitats in Tibet and Siberia. These elegant and shy birds can be observed from early November to the end of March.

Lunch at Trongsa. Sightseeing in Trongsa includes, visit to Trongsa Dzong, Built-in 1648, it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan.  Both the first and second kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat. The Dzong is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge on which it is built. Visit Ta-Dzong or the watchtower, which was converted to a museum in 2008. The museum houses about 244 items used over the years by the Wangchuck dynasty. Night halt at Phobjikha.

Day 10: Phobjikha – Paro (180km, 7hrs)

After breakfast drive back to Paro. On a clear day, there is a breath-taking view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas from this spot. In the evening hot stone bath at a traditional Bhutanese house will be arranged for you. This hot stone bath is the traditional way of taking bath for the Bhutanese, some like to put the natural medicinal plants which are grown wild in the forest believing that cure any kinds of skin diseases. Also, the belief is that the mineral from the stones also helps to cure joint pains and other related body aches. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 11:Paro- Hike to Taktsang (tiger nest), Above 3000mfrom sea level.

Your tour in Bhutan will not be complete if you don’t hike the most popular Tiger Nest Temple. The hike is about 3 hours uphill walk. You can also take a pony if you are not confident to walk. The pony will only take you half way towards Tiger Nest Temple. The temple clings 900m above Paro valley and it is one of the most iconic temples of Bhutan.

After Lunch, visit the town of Paro. There are many cafes that offer good coffee and one that I can recommend is Heritage cafe. You get absolutely nice coffee. You can also visit the handicraft shop to buy souvenirs to take back home.

Drukpath Trek in Bhutan

Trek to Tiger Nest Temple

Day 12: -Final Departure from Paro Airport.

Early morning breakfast, for departure to onward destination. Make sure your passport, onward journey tickets, and luggage are all intact before you leave your hotel.

Please reconfirm all your services before you start the journey. Sometime the flight time may change due to sudden weather change in Bhutan. Check that your name in Visa and Tickets are same with your passport.

Emergency contacts

Being a responsible company, we are always available 24 hours a day, in case if you need any emergency help. It is best to first call your designated travel coordinator or salesperson (whose contact numbers are will be listed on your tour agreement), for any reason if you are not able to reach him/her then please ring us on the below numbers:
Thimphu Head Office: (00975)-331423
Mobile number: (00975)-17140505(Available 24/7)
Note: office working time is 9 am – 5 pm from Monday to Friday.
Mr. Sagar Pradhan (Sales Manager) 00975 17343496 (Available for 24 hours a day)

Etiquette and Taboos

Cultural Considerations: Be aware that your cultural values may differ from those of locals. These may include different concepts of time, personal space, communication, etc., which are not wrong or inferior, just different. Making the extra effort to respect local customs and cultural differences will enhance your interactions with locals during your time in Bhutan and contribute to building mutual respect between locals and tourists.

Appropriate attire: Most Bhutanese are pretty conservative from our western perspective so it is always polite to wear long pants at all times (Man and Women). Women should wear long pants or skirts. Shirts should not be revealing and bras should be worn. Unfortunately, many tourists ignore these cultural norms and can be seen in towns and villages wearing shorts and revealing summer attire; while it may be comfortable, it is not appropriate, especially when visiting monasteries and Dzongs.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Generally, we adhere to the original itinerary that we described but sometimes little alterations can be born due to situations that are beyond our control. On the other hand, in order to make our trip for your personal experiences and flexible, we allowed our clients to make minor changes by discussing with us (office staff) and guide (field staff). The trip detail itinerary is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destination or activities is by no means of guarantee that they will be encountered or carried due to sudden change in time and the local circumstances and climate.

Keeping in touch with your beloved at home

If your family members or colleagues or friends want to talk to you during your Bhutan Tour or Trek, then you can either provide your guide mobile number to reach you during the trip or you can directly give the company phone number. We will make the arrangement to reach you with a guide.

Meals During the Festival Tour in Bhutan

Meals are usually provided in a buffet system and most of the tourist food is blend and if you need to change the food varieties we are very open to change and you need to discuss with a guide. We have Indian, Chinese, and authentic Bhutanese restaurants where you can have very spicy food.

Destination Guide

Bhutan is a unique travel destination with some special considerations. It is highly recommended that you undertake some background reading before travel to Bhutan. The more you learn about your destination, the more rewarding your travel experience will be. Check 2021 festival dates.

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