Bhutan Fall Festival - 13 Days

 

Overview

Bhutan also known as the ‘Thunder Dragon Kingdom’ is a rich mosaic of different cultures, traditions, life styles, ethnic groups, languages and belief systems. It is astounding that a country with a population of just over half a million speaks as many as nineteen different dialects and a few major languages. Diverse as it may seem, yet the Bhutanese socio-culture fabric is well interlaced and harmonized mainly due to the common thread of simple Buddhist values that the people share. Our cultural tours are the easiest way to get a taste of Bhutan.

Each town has a Dzong dating back from the 1600s, and many old temples and monasteries. In our trip, we will visit Bumthang, Gangtey, Punakha, Thimphu valley (the capital of Bhutan), Trongsa, Wangdue and Paro.

Bhutan’s festivals are extremely colorful and lively. With traditional mask dances and dramas, delicacies, games and a lot more, the Tsechu festival is celebrated annually on the 10th day of the 10th month of the Bhutanese calendar. This festival has plenty to offer and attracts thousands of tourists every year. Moving on to Bumthang, the Tamshing Phala Chhoepa festival is similar to the previous one yet different in its own environment. One can receive blessings from the monks and socialize within the local community, make merry and rejoice in the festive mood.

 

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Highlights

  • Attend the sacred Thimphu Drubchen Festival.

  • Visit the many ancient Dzongs, Monasteries, fortresses where monks still reside.

  • See the locals in finest traditional festival attire. Walk down cobbled streets, pass villages and farmhouses.

  • Be a part of the spiritual prayer, dances and plays performed to fend off evil.

  • A unique experience is to watch dances are performed only by monks in costume.

  • Stop by the heritage museum, Traditional carts & crafts school, and the national institute of traditional medicine.

  • Dochula Pass offers a 360-degree of beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range.

  • Observe the Wangdue Tsechu Festival.

  • Drive to Phobjikha Valley, an impressive U-shaped glacial valley.

  • Enjoy a visit to the Chummey weavers’ workshop.

  • At Bumthang attend the Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Festival.

  • Ura Valley is said to be home to the earliest inhabitants of Bhutan.

  • Hike to “Tiger’s Nest” Taktsang Monastery, perched on the side of a vertical cliff at 3000 m altitude.

 

Trip Facts

Destination: Bhutan

Trip Duration: 13 Days

Arrival In: Paro

Departure From: Paro

Meals: Full Board basis (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

Best Season: September

Activity: Tour/ Festival

Grade: Easy

Includes

•    Arrival and departure transfers with assistance from our representative

•    2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Thimphu in a twin sharing room on full board basis

•    1 night hotel accommodation in Wangdue in a twin sharing room on full board basis

•    1 night hotel accommodation in Gangtey in a twin sharing room on full board basis

•     4 nights’ hotel accommodation in Bumthang in a twin sharing room on full board basis

•    1 night hotel accommodation in Trongsa in a twin sharing room on full board basis

•    1 night hotel accommodation in Punakha in a twin sharing room on full board basis

•    2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Paro in a twin sharing room on full board basis

•    All transfers and tours as per the above program

•    Entrance fees at the monuments during sightseeing as per the program

•    Bhutan Visa Fees

•    Bhutan Tourism Development fees

•    All lunch and dinner at selected restaurants

Excludes

•    International airfare (Will be quoted separately)

•    Photography charges in monasteries and monuments

•    Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, laundry bills etc

•    Any expenses occur due to flight cancellation, road blockades, landslides or any other mishaps

•    Any other services and expenses not mentioned in the program

 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Paro and drive to Thimphu

Day 2 - In Thimphu

Day 3 - In Thimphu

Day 4 - In Wangdue

Day 5 - Drive to Trongsa

Day 6 - In Bumthang

Day 7 - In Bumthang

Day 8 - Day excursion to Ura Valley

Day 9 - Drive to Trongsa

Day 10 - Drive to Punakha

Day 11 - Drive to Paro

Day 12 - In Paro

Day 13 - Final Departure

 

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