BHUTAN FESTIVAL, CULTURAL & HISTORICAL TOUR
The 12-day Bhutan festival 2017 and cultural tour is a perfect combination of the regional features and highlights of Bhutan which provides a new & unique way to explore its offers. Understand the local culture and way of life, explore the traditional cultural sites in Thimphu and Paro while incorporating more in depth trips to Trongsa, Gangtey, Phobjikha and the important cultural center of Punakha. Visit the scenic Bhumthang Valley and additional outing to the Haa Valley and its surroundings to experience local hill life. Feel the combining aspects of traditional culture, spirituality and history making for a once in a lifetime Bhutan experience after visiting all the highlights of these charming cities.
Bhutan Festival 2017
Kingdom of Bhutan in many ways the Last Shangri-La, the geographical isolation has left the country in a time warp – culture, traditions and way of life still a reflection of past centuries than any indication of 21st century. Bhutan is the last bastions of Mahayana Buddhism. Against the backdrop of majestic Himalayas, Buddhist Spirit permeates almost all aspects of Bhutanese culture. Prayer flags flutter on the hills, temples and dongs dot the landscape, and religious festivals are celebrated throughout the year. Due to Bhutan staunch conservation policies, country forest and environment are in pristine condition. Bhutan is one of the Biodiversity hot-spots with greater than 200 mammals, 770 birds and more than 5400 plants. Visit Bhutan with Bhutan Men Lha Adventure. Our experience, extensive contacts within the country and our personalized services would make your visit to Bhutan truly enjoyable and memorable one.
Day 1: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro.
Day 2: Excursion to Chele La Pass and drive to Thimphu.
Day 3: Thimphu Sightseeing.
Day 4: Thimphu to Punakha.
Day 5: Punakha Village Tour.
Day 6: Punakha to Bumthang.
Day 7: Sightseeing in Bumthang.
Day 8: Outing to Tang Valley then back to Bumthang.
Day 9: Bumthang to Wangdue.
Day 10: Wangdue to Paro.
Day 11: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
Day 12: Final departure.
We can admire amazing flight views of the Himalayas, includes sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks, near Bhutan. Our, Visit View Nepal Trek staff will welcome you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Today, we will visit Rinpung Dzong and it was built in 1646 but now it is a government administrative offices of Paro Dzongkhag. Our next targets to visit are Kichu Lhakhang and Drugyal Dzong which are the oldest temple and honor Bhutan’s victory over Tibetan invaders respectively. Overnight in Paro.
Day 2: Outing to Chele La Pass. Drive to Thimphu 174km. 5 – 6 hours
Today, we starts with a scenic drive to Chele La pass (3,810m.), which is about 22 miles to reach. One can enjoy with colorful Buddhist prayer flags and stunning views of Mt. jumolhari with other several mountains along the way of high ridges, plus wonderful vistas into the valleys below the pass. After lunch, we will hike down the ridges to the Kila Goempa Nunnery which is stand precariously along a rock face. Our walk of few miles takes us through the coniferous forests to road head and we will catch our private vehicle. Overnight in Thimpu.
Day 3: Thimphu Sightseeing
In morning, we will visit Memorial Chorten which was built for the memory of the third King of Bhutan, nunnery temple, mini zoo to see the national animal of Bhutan, Takin. Other landmarks of Bhutan offers us to visit National Institute of Traditional Medicine, folk heritage museum, traditional paper factory, the majestic Tashichho Dzong, and Bhutanese traditional painting school. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 4: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft) 76 km. 2 - 3 hours
After breakfast, we will take our drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La pass (3,100m.). One can enjoy with spectacular views of the Himalayas on a clear day or in good weather condition. We drive downhill through rhododendron, fir and hemlock forests, from the pass. Passing through the river banks and rice fields takes us to Punakha. We will serve our lunch and take you to visit Punakkha Dzong which was built in 1637-1638, one and only the second oldest and largest Dzong of Bhutan. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 5: Punakha Village Tour
Today our drive stop in the Punakha Dzong and walk across the suspension bridge following the farmhouses and gradually climb towards Dompola hills. Admire wonderful scene of the Dzong, the Phochu and Mochu rivers and the surrounding village set amazing Chir Pine forests. Our 2 hours uphill walk takes us to Limbhukha. During the medieval wars the “limpus” or the people of Limbhukha always volunteered as peace negotiators – Legend has it. One can enjoy with the ‘’ara’ local wine with the villagers if you wish. We, then return back to our hotel in Punakha. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 6: Punakha to Bumthang (2,850m/9,350ft): 214 km. 7 hours
Today, we will visit the heartland of Bhutan, Bhumthang and all the way is spectacular windy road, crossing 3,300m. high Pele La Pass. We will take our lunch in Trongsa. Next, we will visit one and only masterpiece in Bhutanese architecture, Trongsa Dzong then makes a move to Bumthang. We will stop at a yathra (textile weaving) factory, design with patterns unique to Bhutan. Overnight in Bumthang.
Day 7: Bumthang Sightseeing
Today’s attraction are the administrative center of the valley;Jakar Dzong, one of the oldest monasteries of Bhutan dating back to the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan;jambey Lhakhang, a sacred place where Guru Rinpoche is believed to have left his body when he was meditating. After sightseeing, we will have lunch and the last destination of today’s tour is Tamshing Lhakhang, a treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings. At night, we can visit local shops. Overnight in Bumthang.
Day 8: Excursion to Tang Valley then back to Bumthang 84km. 3 hours
The most remote valley in Bumthang is Tang valley and its neighboring villages and today we will visit these places. We will hike form road head to Ugyen Chholing Palace, built in 16th century. Nowadays, it is a museum and we can insights into lifestyle of a Bhutanese Noble family. On the return way to town, we will stop at Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake). Overnight in Bumthang.
Day 9: Bumthang to Wangdue (1,240m/4,068ft) 197 km. 5 - 6 hours
We drive to Wangdue but before that we we will visit Bumthang market. We will stop at Chendebji Chhorten, built in 18th century by Lama Shida. It is a place for our lunch. This chhorten is built in the Nepalese style with eyes painted at the four cardinal points. Then, we will cross the spectacular high passes before reaching Wangdue. The Wangdue village is well famous for its magnificent bamboo work and slate carvings. Overnight in Wangdue.
Day 10: Wangdue to Paro 124 km. 4 - 5 hours
We will stop at Metshina village and take a walk to Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to the Lama Drukpa Kuenley. We also visit the new Druk Wangyal monastery, after reaching Dochu La pass. With elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works, the Druk Wangyal Monastery is the one of its kind in the country. Overnight in Paro.
Day 11: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Today, we will hike about 5 hours after breakfast to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery, which is at the altitude of 3,180m. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Spiritual master) have flown on the back of a tigers to meditate in a cave where Taktsang monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up the mountain. After we complete our exploration of monastery, we hike down to the valley and return to hotel at Paro. Overnight in Paro.
Day 12: Final departure
Today we bid farewell to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom and her friendly and kind people. After breakfast, we will be taken to the airport in the morning for final departure. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions.
What are included ?
- Bhutan Visa Fees and Visa Processing assistance.
- Airport / Hotel Transportation.
- Standard government approved accommodation (in twin share rooms)
- English speaking, trained and experienced local guide.
- All Monument /Museum sightseeing tours, entrance Fees.
- All meals fixed breakfast, lunch & dinner with Tea and Coffee.
- Government Royalty (which is 35% of $250).
- Private Transport within Bhutan.
- Toyota 4 X 4 luggage vans & light trucks for group travel.
- All our government taxes.
- Tourist service charge, vat.
- Official expense.
What are not included ?
- International airfares and airport departure tax.
- Bottled/alcoholic/cold drinks, room service and all a cart meals.
- Travel insurance (compulsory).
- Photography charges (if and when applicable).
- Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
- Personal Equipment / medical / evacuation insurance.
- Tips to guides, restaurants, hotel lobby. (Tipping is expected.)
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
Luggage Weight Restrictions
44 pound (20 kg) is a weight limit of Druk air for checked luggage and another 11 pound weight limit for carry-on luggage on their flights. Personal carry-on bags are restricted to one piece with the size limitation 17” x 13” x 8”.
Important documents and Official Papers
- Passport with minimum validity of 6 months
- Copy of the first page of your passport
- Visa approval for Bhutan (should be brought with you)
- Airline tickets
Packing List for Cultural / City Tours
- 2 pairs of lightweight long pants
- 2 pairs of dress pants / dresses for evening
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 3 short-sleeved shirts/blouses
- 1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection
- Underwear, Socks, Sleepers
- Warm jackets (if trip falls in Sept – Feb)
- 1 sweater or light weight jacket
- 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
- Insect repellent
- Spare nylon duffel bag for purchase
- Lip balm
- Sunglasses, prescription glasses
- 1 sun hat
- Day pack/Hip pack for day trips
- Prescription medications
- Essential drugs such as diarrhea, headache pills and also pills for cold and cough
- Anti-bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands)