FESTIVALS OF BHUTAN
- Date : 3rd December 2017
- Duration : 10 Days, 9 Nights.
- Locations : Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Wangduephodrang valley. Trongsa, Phobjikha.
- Type of Tour : Festival/Buddhism.
Highlight: Visit to the Tashichho Dzong, Memorial stupa,Ta Dzong (National Museum), Punakha Dzong, Worlds tallest bronze Buddha statue, Tigers nest hike, 7th Century Jampa Lhakhang, Dochula mountain pass, Fertility temple,gangtey gompa monastery etc.
Description: Jambay Lhakhang Drub is one of the most important festivals which are held in the premises of Jambay Temple which was built in 7 century and to honor Guru Rinpoche (who introduced Tantric form of Buddhism in Bhutan). The main high light of this festival is ‘the scared naked dance known as Ter Cham and Mewang-the fire blessing’. A fire dance or Mewang is held in the evening to bless the infertile women so that they may bear the children.
Paro Arrive at Paro (2280m): 29th December 2017
You will be receive by the representative of Walk to Himalayas, visit Ta Dzong former Watch Tower which now houses the National Museum and then visit Rinpung Dzong which houses the monastic school Travel to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan.
Overnight : At hotel in Thimphu.
Thimphu Sightseeing 28th November 2017
Visit National Library, Traditional Painting of Arts and Crafts, visit Folk Heritage Museum, which is located in the same area, and further down to the Textile Museum. Later visit Tashichhodzong, “the fortress of the glorious religion”, National Memorial Chorten, the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops etc.
Overnight : At a hotel in Thimphu.
Thimphu -Punakha –Wangduephodrang 29th November 2017
Drive to Punakha through Dochula Pass (3,088m/10,130ft).Visit the beautiful 108 chortens also visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho – Chu (male) river and the Mochu (female) river.
Evening, walk through the Devine Madman’s Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine.
Overnight : At a hotel in Wangdue/Punakha.
Wangduephodrang –Trongsa 30th November 2017
Drive down the valley to the town of Wangdiphodrang and proceed towards the Pele La Pass at 11,152ft, where we make stop for views of the snow clad peaks, including that of Bhutan’s sacred peak Mt. Chomolhari. We arrive in the town of Trongsa, it is a very popular place with largest Dzong in Bhutan.
Trongsa – Bumthang 1st December 2017
After breakfast, drives to Bumthang via Pelela pass at the altitude of 3,150 meters.En-route stops at Chummy village to visit yathra weaving central. Continue drive to Bumthang. Mingle with the locals and overnight at the hotel.
Bumthang 2nd December 2017
Whole day sightseeing. Chakhar Lhakhang (Iron Castle),Kurjey Lhakhang (Kurjey means, “Body imprint”). Tamshing Lhakhang. This temple is also known as Tamshing Lhendrup Chholing (Temple of the Good Message). And visit Jakar Dzong. Later in the evening witness the festival. The first day of the festival begins in the late night.
Jambay Lhakhang Drub and MebarTsho (Burning Lake) 3rd December 2017
Attend the second day of Jambay Lhakhang Drup (festival). You will watch number of different dances, subdivided into three categories: those that are intended to give moral instruction; those that are designed to drive away evil spirits and those that celebrate the Buddhist faith in its many guises.
This is the occasion where the local people, dressed in their finest clothes, come to attend the festival with packed lunches. After lunch drive to Tang valley to visit MebarTsho (Burning Lake), night will halt in the hotel.
Bumthang –Gangtey 4th December 2017
Drive to Trongsa. And then Visit Trongsa Dzong, built in the 1648. And visit Tower of Trongsa converted into the museum from. Then drive to Gangtey after lunch.
Overnight : Will be at hotel.
Gangtey to Paro 5th December 2017
After breakfast, Travel back to Thimphu and then Paro. Dinner.
overnight : At a hotel in Paro.
A Day Hike to Paro Taktsang Monastery 6th December 2017
After breakfast, drive up to the base camp of Taktsang and then hike up to the most famous Monastery in the entire kingdom of Bhutan perched on the edge of a steep cliff.
Overnight : At a hotel in Paro.
Departure from Paro 7th December 2017
In the morning, your tour guide from Walk to Himalayas will escort you to the airport for your onward destinations.