Paro Spring Festival - 8 Days

 

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Overview

The Paro Spring festival makes way for various cultural dances and displays. The main highlight of this festival is the unfolding of the gigantic Thangka (embroidered painting) at dawn just before sunrise which is absolutely breathtaking.  Colorful Bhutanese attire and their spicy and zesty food are some of the other highpoints.

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.

 

Highlights

  • The “Tiger’s Nest”-Taktsang Monastery: The most famous and an unofficial symbol of Bhutan, perched on the side of a vertical cliff at 3000 m altitude.

  • Attend the Paro Festival an ancient festival where locals and monks dressed in elaborate costumes perform dances, plays and sing folk songs.

  • Visit a 7th century Buddhist temple Kyichu Lhakhang.

  • Witness the unfurling of the Throngdrel (A giant thangkha) if destiny permits.

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

  • Offer your prayers at the world’s largest sitting Buddha statue, the statue is 167 feet high.

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

  • Take time at town of Wangdue Phrodang, where the cultural wonders of the area lie in the villages of Wangdi.

  • Explore the Phobjika Valley, a vast U-shaped glacial valley stop by at the impressive Gangtey Monastery. Black neck cranes gracefully flock here annually during winter.

 

Trip Facts

Destination: Bhutan

Trip Duration: 8 Days

Arrival In: Paro

Departure From: Paro

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

Best Season: April

Activity: Tour/ Festival

Grade: Easy

 

Includes

•    Arrival and departure transfers with assistance from our representative

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

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

•    2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Punakha 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

 

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 expenses not mentioned in the above cost

 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Paro

Day 2 - Hike to Taktsang, attend Paro Festival

Day 3 - Drive to Thimphu

Day 4 - In Thimphu

Day 5 - Drive to Punakha

Day 6 - Day excursion to Gangtey

Day 7 - Drive from Punakha to Paro

Day 8 - Final Departure

 

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