The Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival was founded in 2011, to honor His Majesty the Fourth King of Bhutan and the Royal Bhutan Armed Forces’ victory over the Ulfa-Bodo (Indian insurgent forces residing in southern Bhutan), in 2003. The Festival takes place every December 13th at the Festival Ground, at the Dochula pass (3140m), about 22 km away from Thimphu. A most scenic location, the pass offers a stunning panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain range. The monastery itself took four years, from 2004 to 2008, to be completed, under the vision and patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. This Festival will truly be an experience like none other showcasing Bhutanese cultural traditions in its purest form!
DAY 01: Paro (Ta Dzong) – Thimphu (Tashichho Dzong)
Once in Paro, you will be received by our company guide who will accompany you for the duration of your stay. Before proceeding to Thimphu, stop at the “Ta-Dzong”, built in 1656. Initially a watchtower for the Paro Valley, it has now been converted into a National Museum. Then drive to Thimphu, capital and most vibrant city of Bhutan; through winding roads, by the Paro Chu (Chu meaning water or river) downstream to the confluence with the Wang Chu. Here, turn upstream and travel along the Wang Chu to Thimphu. It will be a very scenic and pleasant journey with spectacular views of the young and fresh mountains. In Thimphu, visit the main seat of power in Bhutan, the magnificent Tashichhodzong, which also serves as summer residence of the Central Monastic Body and the Je Khenpo, Chief Abbot of Bhutan. Finally, end the day with a delightful welcome dinner at your hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 02. Thimphu - Dochula Pass - Punakha
Spend the day at the Dochula Pass (3150), where you will be able to appreciate a spectacular array of 108 chortens, built in honor of the Fourth King, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. The pass is surrounded by a 360 degree panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges and if weather permits, you may even spot the Gasa Dzong at a distance. The festival will also be attended by members of the royal family, ministers and senior government officials besides the general public, so it may be an opportunity to see the who’s who of the little Kingdom! Lunch will be served at the Festival. After an amazing day of mask dances and appreciating Bhutanese cultural traditions on display, drive to Punakha, the old ancient capital of Bhutan, about an hour and a half away. Dinner will be served in Punakha, at your hotel.
DAY 03. Punakha (Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten, Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lhakang) - Thimphu
After an early breakfast, drive about 7km out of Punakha town, crossing a spectacular suspension bridge with prayer flags fluttering in the wind, over the Mochu River. From that point, begin a walk of about 30-45 minutes to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten (Stupa), perched on a strategic beautiful ridge, overlooking the nearby villages, under Kabisa gewog. The stupa was built under the sponsorship of Her Majesty, the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangden Wangchuck, to remove evil forces and promote peace, stability, harmony throughout the world and, took nine years to complete. An interesting fact about this stupa is that it is the first of its kind in the world, to have been constructed in consultation of holy scriptures, as visualized by Dudjom Lingpa, rather than engineering books.
Next stop will the beautiful Punakha Dzong, which served as the seat of the Government until 1955. A magnificent fortress, in which, the much mediatised Royal Wedding of the Fifth King of Bhutan took place to the beautiful Queen Jetsun Pema in October 2011. The Dzong also serves as the winter residence for Je-Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) and the Central Monastic Body. Then drive back to Thimphu, with a stop on the way to Chimi Lhakhang. It was built in 1499, by the cousin of Lama Drukpa Kuenley (the famous patron saint of Bhutan!) in his honor for having subdued a nearby demoness with his “magic thunderbolt of wisdom”. A wooden effigy of the lama’s thunderbolt is preserved in the monument. This monastery is also famous for being the “Temple of Fertility”, as it is a place where people trying to conceive a child come for blessings. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria of the Chimi Lhakhang. Continue drive to Thimphu and dinner will be served at your hotel. It will then be the end of another wonderful day!
DAY 04. Thimphu (Tango Monastery, Memorial Chorten, Kuenselphodrang, National Institute of Traditional Medecines) - Paro
The day will be rather relaxed but only after a one hour hike to Tango monastery. After breakfast, drive to the base of Dodeyna from which point the hike begins. Tango monastery was founded in the 13th century by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, and the great founder of Bhutan, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who was known to have meditated in its cave. This monastery overlooks a forested valley and other Buddhist retreats high in the mountains. Lunch will be served upon descent.
Next stop will be the Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to the late Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Important religious events are held there, for example, the recent Flower Exhibition in honor of Princess Mako of Japans’ visit to Bhutan. It is also the place where people, from the elderly to the youngest come to do “coras” (going around the Stupa to accumulate good merit). During the evenings, you may also witness some people, in workout gear, vigorously trying to gain merit and some exercise at the same time! Then, drive to Kuenselphodrang to see one of the largest statues of Buddha Shakya Muni at 52 meters high. From this point, you will have an excellent location for pictures and be able to enjoy a bird’s eye view of Thimphu town. Later in the afternoon, visit National Institute of Traditional Medicines, National Insitute of ZorigChusum (School of 13 arts & crafts), Royal Textiles Academy and local handmade paper house to appreciate the beautiful age old crafts and medicine of Bhutan. In the evening, drive to Paro and dinner will be served at your hotel.
DAY 05. Paro (Drugyel Dzong, Taktshang Monastery or Tiger’s nest)
Did you know that Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge had climbed to the Tigers nest during their visit in 2016? So it is now your turn! After a good breakfast, first, visit the Drugyel Dzong, at about16 km away from Paro town. The ruined fortress has great historical importance to the Bhutanese people, as it is where a Tibetan invasion had been defeated centuries ago. If the weather is clear, appreciate a most spectacular view of the sacred Mount Jhomolhari, also known as the Goddess Mountain, one the highest in the world. Start by driving to the trail head of the mountain from which point the breathtaking and memorable uphill hike of about 2 and a half hours begins; through beautiful pine forest. Taktsang was built on the side of a gigantic rock face. It dominates the view of the mountain at a height of 2600 meters (those with altitude sickness are recommended to take medicine for it beforehand) and clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 m into the valley below.
The great saint, Guru Rimpoche, was known to have meditated in a cave on the rock, and around 1684, the main temple of the Taktsang monastery was built around it. If you are not much of a hiker, do not worry. Take your time and even get some light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria halfway up the trail before continuing on. Also there is the possibility of hiring experienced ponies that can take you halfway up the trail. In the evening, enjoy leisure time to explore the beautiful and quaint town of Paro. Dinner will be served at your hotel in Paro.
DAY 06. Deaprture from Paro International Airport to onwards destination
You will be driven to Paro International Airport, accompanied by your guiude, who will bid you farewell, after breakfast. We already miss you and until next time! Tashi Delek!
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In order to experience the best and rewarding fulfillment clients must plan in advance the different logistics that you have in your minds before actually venturing into the world of trips. You might have wishes and hopes for which you need to plan.
The following information will help you to plan your dream trip to Bhutan.
1. When and how to visit Bhutan?
Choose your traveling date like Arrival/Departure date. You also need to choose entry/depart Bhutan via AIR or LAND.
By Air: Druk Air, the national carriers is the only service operator in the kingdom and operates several flights per week from Bangkok (Thailand), Delhi & Kolkata (India) and Kathmandu (Nepal) to Paro (Bhutan). The Paro International Airport is located about an hour and a half drive from Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.
Paro airport is daylight restricted, and the flights are totally dependent on the weather. As a result, sometimes flights are delayed. It is therefore a good idea to keep at least 24 hours of transit time for connecting flights out of Paro. You might also want to consider traveling on a non-restricted ticket so that if you miss a connecting flight, you can be rerouted or seated on the first available carrier.
Sometimes flights into Paro are disrupted because of unfavorable weather conditions. If this occurs, the flight will stop for the night at the transit airport. To be prepared, you may want to carry your essential personal items in your carry-on luggage.
By Land: Phuentsholing, a Bhutanese town in the southwest has road access to India. It is located about 170 km from the Indian domestic airport at Bagdogra, West Bengal. Phuentsholing is about 172 km from Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan and is about 6hours drive distance. And S/
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All the tours can be customized and extended as per our valued client’s requirements. There are sample itineraries for your kind reference and it will give you some general idea of the likely trip scheduled.
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Please remit us full payments and send us the copy of remittance paper via email. Visa will not be accepted without full payment.
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Trip Length: 05 nights/06 days
1pax = USD 1500
2 Pax = USD 1420 per person
3 Pax & above = USD 1380 per person.
The above price is inclusive of the followings:
- Government Royalty USD 65/person/night
- All government Taxes.
- Lodging (3* hotel – Twin Sharing)
- Meals (Three Meals a day)
- Comfortable Land Transportation within Bhutan.
- Service of guides (English Speaking)
- Camping Equipment & Haulage of trekking tours.
- Visa Fee of USD 40/person
- Mineral Water
- Tea/coffee with snacks ever evening at hotel
- Trying and wearing of our Traditional Costumes and photo shoot.
The above price shall be exclusive of the following:
- Travel Insurance Coverage
- Medical Expenses
- Sleeping bags on treks.
- Tips to guide and driver, others
- Personal bills and others