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Bhutan Festivals and traditions 

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For those seeking festival fun, Bhutan expresses extravagantly its ancient Buddhist culture during various traditional events. Cities grind to a halt to honour Guru Rinpoche and Guru Padmasambava. Tshechu festivals are held on days and months in the Bhutanese calendar and can last up to four days! A series of incredibly sty...

For those seeking festival fun, Bhutan expresses extravagantly its ancient Buddhist culture during various traditional events. Cities grind to a halt to honour Guru Rinpoche and Guru Padmasambava. Tshechu festivals are held on days and months in the Bhutanese calendar and can last up to four days! A series of incredibly stylish masked dances are performed. Both Jakar and Bumthang festivals are two of the most popular festivals in the country, held inside the Jakar dzong. Be a part of the vibrance on this jam-packed tour in the Land of the Thunder Dragon! 

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Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Welcome to Bhutan

On your way, fly past breathtaking views - Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Jumolhari, the second highest mountain in Bhutan.

​Upon arrival, our company representative will meet and escort you to your hotel. 

The Paro Valley is visually stunning and historically fascinating.

It is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest temples, as well as the only international airport.

In Paro, begin your adventure with the National Museum and Paro Dzong. 

Overnight at the hotel.

Visited:
Paro

Day 2: The Hidden Haa Valley

Haa valley has been open to tourists since 2002, when the locals expressed great interest and needs for developing tourism in the region.

Haa's rich cultural heritage is reflected with the Lhakhangs - the two renowned legendary temples of Lhakhang Karpo and Nagpo - the spiritual sites of Guru Ney at Juneydrag.

In the evening, join a hike from Katsho Bridge to Sonam Zhingkham Lodge and enjoy the stunning landscape along the way.

Explore the villages before staying overnight at the hotel.

Visited:
Haa

Day 3: Thimphu: The Capital of Bhutan

Thimphu sprawls along a valley at an altitude of 2300 metres.

Seize the opportunity to get to know Bhutanese culture and the way of life.

Unlike many modern cities, the capital has maintained its traditional architectural style.

Visit the weekend market, the National Library, the Textile and Folk Heritage Museum.

Overnight at the hotel.

Visited:
Thimphu

Day 4: Sightseeing in Thimphu

In the morning, visit the Memorial stupa, Buddha Dordenma, Tashichho Dzong, the Painting School, Taki Zoo, a traditional paper factory, Chang gang kha Lhakhang, Zilukha Nunnery and Pang ri Zampa Lhakhang.

In the evening, hike from the BBS tower to Wangditse Lhakhang before returning to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Visited:
Thimphu

Day 5: The Punakha Valleys

Head for an hours' drive to the Dochula Pass. On a clear day, you can see the panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain, including the highest mountain of Bhutan, Gangkhur Puensum (3514 metres). 

Visit Punakha Dzong, located between two rivers, Pho (male) and Mo (female).

This dzong is a fine example of Bhutanese crafts-man ship.

Continue on a short drive up to the Fertility temple called chimi Lhakhang, associated with the Divine Madman, popularly known as Lama Drukpa kuenly among Bhutanese.

Many childless couples come to receive a blessing from the temple. 

Overnight at the hotel.

Visited:
DochulaPunakha

Day 6: Trongsa Dzong

Drive to the central district of Trongsa, the ancestral home to the royal family and where the first two kings reigned. 
On the way, be dazzled by Trongsa Dzong in the valley's centre.
The biggest and the most impressive Dzong in the country, its labyrinth of temples, corridors, offices and living quarters for the monks add up to a masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture.
Explore Ta-dzong, located above the Trongsa, which houses a newly opened museum.
Overnight at the hotel.

Visited:
Trongsa

Day 7: Spirituality in Bhumtang

There are numerous monasteries and spiritual sites in this charming valley, where history and mythology come alive. 

Bhumtang is a picturesque valley full of beautiful houses, as well as buckwheat, barley and apple frields.

Stop en route at Zhuney to marvel at textile handicrafts, where you can see women weaving with Yaks hairs and Sheep wool.

Visit the notorious temples, including Kurjey Lhakhang, Jampey Lhakhang, Tashming Lhangkhang, Wangdichholing Palace, Pemba Sambava Lhakhang, and Zongto Pelri near Kurje Lhakhang. 

Overnight at the hotel.

Visited:
Bhumtang, Zhuney

Day 8: The Jakar at the Bhumtang Festival

Get in the festival spirit as families flock from far and wide to witness this great social occasion.

You'll come across the liveliness that comes with dress-up, and the finest coral and turquoise jewelery. 

Pack a picnic lunch and spend the entire day at the festival, held in the Dzongs or at monasteries.

The Tshechu is the biggest festival in Bhutan, commemorating the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche. 

Follow the festival for the whole day then overnight at the hotel.

Visited:
Bhumtang, Jakar

Day 9: The Cranes in Phobjikha Valley 

Phobjikha Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Bhutan, located just few kilometres away from Gangtey Goenpa.

In the winter, the valley is home to the rare Black-Necked Crane, the migratory bird which flies to Bhutan from the Tibetan plateaus. 

Visit Gangtey Sanga Choeling Gonpo, a ridge overlooking the beautiful Phobjikha valley.

Then set off on the nature trail, starting from nearby Gangtey Lhakhang to Khewa Lhakhang. 

Overnight at the hotel.

Visited:
Phobjikha, Gangtey

Day 10: Paro Valley

Stop off at Dochula and enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain ranges.

Next, visit Simtokha Dzong, before Tamcho gang and visthe Iron Bridge, constructed by the Tibetan Lama called Thang Tong Gyalpo, well-known as a founder of Tibetan opera.

Overnight at the hotel.

Visited:
DochulaParo

Day 11: Taktshang Monastery

Located in Paro, the Taktshan Monastery is about a two-hour hike from the bottom to the cliff point where your journey concludes. 

Overnight at the hotel.

Visited:
Paro

Day 12: Goodbye for Now!

Today you reach the end of your journey.

Departure from Paro Airport.

Visited:
Paro

Paro Haa Thimphu Dochula Punakha Trongsa Bhumtang Zhuney Jakar Phobjikha Gangtey Paro

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £2,530 / 12 days
Excluding international flights
1-2 People                    3+ People
Price per person£2,750£2,460

Included in price:

  • Accommodations in three-star hotels
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Visa fees
  • English speaking guide
  • Transportation
  • Fees for museums
  • Bottled water

Not included in price:

  • Airfare
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Insurance
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