Festival is celebrated all around the world and this is the time to be merry. Like Christmas in western world and Dewali in India Bhutan also celebrates festival. Each district has different time to celebrate. The government office remains closed during festival and family from all over the place gather to celebrate with wine and fine dishes with varieties of meat displayed on the table. This is also the time to display their most expensive dresses worth 1000 dollar. Celebration is not only for wine and dine but also the time to receive blessing from the monk. Usually on the last day of celebration there is unfurling of big Thangka where local believe that getting the sight of it will have good merits. Mask dance, local dance are some of the highlight of all festival in Bhutan. Thimphu festival has taken its own wave of changes during last few years. The main road in town remains closed for vehicle and these places are all occupied by local shopkeeper and youths who sale their product.
BHUTAN TOUR BEGINS
Day 01: 3rd OCT – Arrival at Paro from Kathmandu and drive to Thimphu: The sightseeing includes visit to the late 3rd King memorial chorten and he was also called father of modern Bhutan because he was the person who brought modern education in Bhutan. Visit to simply Bhutan museum for local experience of archery and dart.
Afternoon the guest can visit local centenary farmers market followed by Trashichhodzong. Over night at Hotel. Click here for more hotel details.
Day 02: 4th OCT – Thimphu to Punakha
Punakha is the winter capital for Je Khenpo the religious head of the state. You can visit Dochula pass with 108 small stupa raised in the memory for the fallen army by fourth queen of Bhutan. Follow the winding road downhill towards the warmer valley to Punakha, visit Chimi lhakhang the fertility temple and check into Hotel.
Day 03: 5th OCT – Punakha to Phobjikha
Before proceeding to Phobjikha visit the longest suspension bridge connecting two small villages just near the punakha dzong. The views from the bridge are beautifull. Proceed to Phobjikha the glacial village. The village stands in glacial formed land 3 hours from Punakha. Visit monasteries and villages. Over night at Hotel.
Day 04: 6th OCT -Phobjikha valley excursion
Hike trails are very beautiful in this village. The village walk can be mesmerizing and we will definitely take you for the walk that will mark your memory. Phobjikha also is the place where rare Bird species named Black Necked Crane is preserved for its habitat.
Day 05: 7th OCT – Phobjikha to Thimphu (160Km 5 hours journey)
After breakfast drive to thimphu. Drive is long,after the arrival drive to tallest standing Bhudha dordenna overlooking thimphu valley followed by visit to folk heritage museam. Over night at Hotel.
Day 06: 8th OCT – Witness Thimphu Festival the whole day.
Day 07: 9th OCT – Thimphu to Haa
Haa is a small wester district and 4 hours journey from thimphu. There are two routes from thimphu. One route leading through villages but longer duration and another via Paro is short. We will take you through village and return Paro via short distance visiting chelela. You can also visit black and white monastery at haa and enjoy the local trout lunch at farm house. If time permit we shall take you for a hike through villages.
Day 08: 10th OCT – Haa to via Chelela Paro
Start early to get good view of snow capped Chomolhari mountain(7326M) from chelela pass(3988m). On the way you can also visit the Kili Goenpa nunnery perched over a cliff just like Taktsang. Drive further down to view the paro village.
Day 09: 11th OCT -Paro Sightseeing
Visit Drugyel Dzong also called victory dzong followed by 16th century kyichu lhakhang. In the evening leisure time at paro town. You can visit handicraft shop, visit CAFÉ for fresh coffee. You could see lots of handicraft and coffee house on the same street.
Day 10: 12th OCT – Paro Taktsang Hike
The most awaited hike to tiger nest starts from the base. The hike takes you 3 hours if you are fit and 5 hours if you take horse ride. The program takes whole day and in the evening we advice you to take Hot stone bath with local wine which will repax your tired body after Tiger nest HIKE.
NEPAL TOUR BEGINS
Day 11: 13th OCT – Paro to Kathmandu and sightseeing
Day 12: Kathmandu sightseeing- Hotel Aryatara
Day 13: Kathmandu Chitwan national park safari- Jungle villa Resort
Day 14: Chitwan to Pokhara sightseeing
Hotel Pokhara Vatika
Day 15: Pokhara sightseeing
Sunset trip to world peace Pagoda
Day 16: Pokhara sightseeing
Sunrise at Sarankot Hill to watch morning sunrise. After lunch free tour at lakeside and you can also do boat ride.
Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu- shopping and free day and dinner.
Day 18: see off