(8 Nights 9 Days Paro Festival Tour)

Day 1: Arrive Paro
Fly into Paro by Drukair flight ( Royal Bhutan Airline). After immigration and customs formalities, you will be received by the representative  from Of Bhutan Divine  Hills and Valleys Tours and driven to your hotel. After checking into your hotel and  refreshments;

Visit Kyichu temple,one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The story goes that a giant demon lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples, which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in accordance with precise plans. Thus, it happened that in about the year AD 638 the temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over the very heart of the demon. Later take a leisure walk through the Paro town which gives one a picture of the traditional Bhutanese architecture and numerous souvenir/ handicraft stores, you can also  visit local stores. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Paro

Day 2: Paro Tshechu
Paro Tsechu is a magical show in its own way for on this day, you would see the people dressed in traditional attires woven with  special and intricately designed silk thread for both men and women including children.  It is the most divine and deeply symbolises  of all the Buddhist festivals celebrated in Bhutan. Monks and lay people, dressed in elaborate silk brocade costumes perform festive dances of good triumphing over evil to the haunting sounds of trumpets, cymbals and flutes. You will spend the whole day at Paro festival with lunch in between. In between you would also visit the gigantic Rinpung Dzong. The Dzong is currently  used as an administration centre and school for monks.Then walk down to Rimpung Bridge, one of the oldest bridges in Bhutan.

Dinner and overnight in Paro.

Day 3: A day  hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro
After breakfast,you will hike up to Taktsang Monastery, which is popularly known as ‘Tiger’s Nest.’ The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 ½ hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. After visiting the monastery, walk back down to the road on the way stop for lunch at the view point cafeteria and then walk further down to the road point. Then visit a farm house and enjoy the typical Bhutanese stone bath  to sooth the aching muscles after the hike to the Tiger’s Nest. Dinner will be served in the same farm house.

Dinner and overnight in Paro.

Day 4: Paro Tshechu and Paro-Thimphu
The last day of the Paro Tsechu also ends with the witnessing  of the unveiled Thongdroel and receiving the blessing, you will return to your hotel for breakfast and then visit the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). The one and only  museum has a collection of artefacts which will provide you with a reflection of  the rich culture and heritage of  Bhutan. After lunch travel to Thimphu through the rugged hills and deep gorges fed by the melting of the glaciers of the snow capped mountains.

Dinner and overnight in Thimphu

Day 5: Tour of Thimphu
Your day in Thimphu will begin with your breakfast being served in your hotel, followed by:

  1. The  visit to the Centenary Farmers’ Market: This market is a two storied building which has given a platform for local farmers and vendors for imported vegetables and fruits. Farmers here bring their produce collected from forest as well as cultivated themselves.  You would find farmers selling both dairy and poultry products, in addition to which there will also be  Bhutan’s red rice, white rice, beaten corn and rice, buck wheat flour, barley flour, millet flour, apples, peaches, mangoes, garlic, ginger, bamboo shoots, honey and different types of peppers (chillies). Market will be open on Thursdays through Sunday.
  2. Kuenselphodrang where largest Buddha statue in the country is perched on the hillock overlooking the Thimphu valley and also if interested/if time permits, take a leisure walk through Kuenselphodrang Nature park and enjoy the nice view of the entire Thimphu valley.
  3. The School of Traditional Painting of Arts and Crafts where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.
  4. Then visit a museum which reflect the typical rural  lifestyle of the Bhutanese known by the name, Folk Heritage Museum.
  5. Bhutan Postal Museum, you can see how the postal services have evolved over the years in Bhutan. You can also enjoy a collection of different stamps. If you feel like you can take your picture to make it into a stamp and send home greetings with the same stamp.
  6. The Memrial Chorten which  was constructed in 1974 in memory of  the third King of the country.
  7. Tashichhoe Dzong, meaning  a fortress of the glorious religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. Today it has the office of His Majesty the 5th King at the same time houses  monks and serves as school for the Buddhist monks.
  8. Changankha Lhakhang (temple): This temple located on top of a small hill  overlooking the Thimphu valley was built in the 13th century. Children born in Thimphu valley consider it their spiritual home and therefore, pay visit to this temple whenever they are sick or they are on an endeavour of great importance.

Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.

Day 6: Hike to Tango Monastery
After breakfast, travel to the base camp of Tango Monastery which lies north of Thimphu city. From the base camp which is the end of motor road you hike up to the Monastery is through the forest filled with oak and fine trees as well as Rhododendron flower trees which will be in full bloom during spring season.At present Tango Monastery is the center for higher studies for monks. The view from Tango Monastery is unbelievably   beautiful. If you are looking for  peace and serenity this is an  area you would want to visit over and again.

Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.

Day 7: Thimphu-Punakha/Wangdue
Early hours of the journey from Thimphu to Punakha would just make the journey more memorable as we would be greeted by the dew drops on the shrubs and feel of the fresh, clean air. Punakha is one of the most fertile valleys in Bhutan with a temperate climate, and fed by the two rivers , Pho-chu (male river) and Mo chu (female river). Reaching one of the hot spots of tourist destination, Dochula pass  en route to Punakha, you will be welcomed to an altitude of  3088 meters above the sea level to be brought face to face with the snow capped  younger Himalayan mountain’s panoramic view and as a bonus to the view, you would see the 108 stone and mud stupas  built in the honour of the Fourth King of Bhutan and for the well being and security of the country. Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, Her Majesty  also built  Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (temple) which has stories of supreme warriors, whose vision reflects the distant future in a fine blend of history and mythology of the country.

After a snack and over a cup of hot coffee or tea in the  Dochula cafe, your next destination would be the Divine Madman’s Monastery, known as Chimi Lhakhang.

Located in Punakha region, it stands on a round hillock and was built in 1499 by a buddhist saint. Couples usually believe that visiting this temple will ward off evils and also to  get blessings for women to conceive.

Overnight at hotel in Wangdue/Punakha.

Day 8:  Punakha-Paro
After breakfast, drive through upper Punakha valley, take a leisure walk through farmhouses and then through nature to the beautiful Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal temple built by the Queen Mother of Bhutan for peace and stability in this ever changing times.. After lunch,drive back to Paro. After a refreshment  drive up the valley to visit the historic Drukgyel (Bhutanese victory over the enemy) Dzong which was built in the 16th century to mark the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan invaders. The Dzong got razed down by fire and is being currently reconstructed to mark the birth of  Bhutan 6th crown prince. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 9: Paro Departure
After breakfast, you will be driven to the Paro Airport for your flight  to your onward destinations. Thank you and do visit us again!

Pricing Detail and time to visit Bhutan

Category Months for Travel 1 – 5 Pax 6- 10 Pax 10 Pax & more
 

Peak Season

March/ April/ May/September/October & November US $ 260 per day US $ 240 each per day US $  215 each per day
 

Low

Season

January/ February /June/July/ August & December US $ 230 per day US $ 210 each per day US $ 195 each per day

*The charge  of the trip for 9 days & 8 nights  INCLUDES accommodation in a 3 star hotel, an English speaking experienced  guide,bottled mineral water, tourist SIM with 4G, 3  meals (light refreshments to carry as well), a professional tourism driver with a luxury SUV transportation with a professional driver, fees & taxes.However, cost DOES NOT INCLUDE :

1.    Airfare to Bhutan
2.    Travel & medical Insurance coverage.
3.    Alcohol beverages, Internet, telephone etc…,
4.    Laundry, riding pony, tips and other expenses of personal nature.
5.    Meals in 5* hotels
6.    Bhutan visa fee.
7.    Language speaking Guide
8.   Overseas call