Punakha Festival tour

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Tour price:

CHF 3600 per person

CHF 2950 for students

 

Days: 13 days

Trip start date:

4-02-2011 or it’s up to the individual interest

 

Note:

It is a full package including the druk air tickets from Katmandu to Paro and Paro to Katmandu. Hotels, foods, visa, permits, guide, entrance fees and all kinds of transports within Bhutan.

Not included: Travel insurance and international air fare

If interested please contact me, I will highlight your tour with all the arrangements.

 

KUZUSANGPO LA / HELLO

 

1st day - Joenpalekso! Welcome to Bhutan! / 2300 meters

 

Punakha Festival Tour in Bhutan First Day

 

Your sightseeing begins right from the air. The approach to Paro international Airport is like no other. You get spectacular view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Chomolhari One the arrival at the airport you will be received and escorted to the Pedling hotel in Thimphu by guide. The drive from Paro to Thimphu is very smooth and takes only one and a half hours, then check into Hotel.

 

2nd day - Thimphu sightseeing / 2320 meters

 

Punakha Festival Tour in Bhutan Second Day

 

Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan is located in a wooded valley, along the banks of the wang chu River. Over the past couple of years Thimphu has not only developed in terms of infrastructure but the population has drastically increased as well. With population of roughly 100’000, you will notice that the rural urban migration is very high here. Start your day by visiting the handmade paper factory silversmith, National Traditional Medicine, National Library, Zilukha Nunnery, the Takin Zoo (National Animal of Bhutan). Simtokha Dzong, oldest fortress in the country built in 1222. Tashichodzong, Bhutan’s administrative and the religious center. Lot of possibilities but one can keep it open and talk with your guide as per your will.

 

3rd day Sun. Easy Day with or without guide

 

Punakha Festival Tour in Bhutan Third Day

 

After breakfast walk down to the Sunday market explore the real moving life of Bhutanese, stroll through the main street, visit shops and handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other Handicrafts are available. Walk up to the memorial Chorten. The Memorial Stupa was built in 1974 in memory of third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk by his mother. Today many Bhutanese visit especially in the early morning and evenings. May be you will have your own interest so you can make use out of your free day.

 

4th day Thimphu to Trongsa / 7 hours drive / 2600 meters

 

Punakha Festival Tour in Bhutan Fourth Day

 

The journey to central Bhutan begins today. Hot lunch at Chendeji. Arrive Trongsa and check into Hotel. One can have spectacle view of Trongsa Dzong befor reaching to Trongsa, get ready with your camera. Trongsa dzong was built in 1644.

 

5th day Trongsa to Bumthang /2 hours drive / 2600 meters

 

Punakha Festival Tour in Bhutan Fifth Day

 

The door to the land of myth and mystery and tales of the Guru Padmasambhava opens today.He performed formidable feats and miracles here in Bumthang. The beauty of Jakar Dzong (castle of the white Bird)) can be viewed from the view point. Upon arrival, lunch will be served at the hotel. Overnight stay in hotel.

 

6th day Bumthang sightseeing / 2600 meters

 

Punakha Festival Tour in Bhutan Sixth Day

 

Many things can be seen or to explore in Bumthang valley. Centuries old temples like Jampay Lhakhang buit in 7th centuries by king Songten Gampo, Kurjey Lhakhang which means boday print left by Guru Rinpoche in 8th centuries, Tamshing Lhakhang in built 16th ceturies, Mebar Tsho (burning lake) where Pema Lingpa discovered treasures. Beside the temples and holy tour one can also enjoy a pleasant walk across the Chamkhat river, visit to Swiss cheese and Apple factory.

 

7th day Bumthang to Gangtey / 8 hours drive / 3000 meters

 

Punakha Festival Tour in Bhutan Seventh Day

 

The famous Monastery in the kingdom, which is also the seat of my teacher, Gangtey Tulku Rinpoche the reincarnation of Pema Lingpa. The valley itself is very famous and beautiful called Phobjikha. It is the winter roosting place for the black necked cranes where they migrate from Tibet. They stay here from November until about March, before embarking on their journey back to Tibet. Overnight stay Dewachen Hotel.

 

8th day Gangtey to Punakha / 4-5 hours drive / 1310 meters

 

Punakha Festival Tour in Bhutan Heighth Day

 

On the way back visit Wangdiphodrang dzong or fortress built in 1637 and Chimi Lhakhang, the Temple of fertility from Drukpa Kuenly (divine mad man) very well known to all the Bhutanese people.

 

9th day Punakha Teschu Festival / 1310 meters

 

Punakha Festival Tour in Bhutan Ninth Day

 

Enjoy the whole day festival in the main courtyard of the spectacular Punakha fortress Each and every mask dances has its meaning and different masks and steps. Your guide will be explaining. Punakha Dzong which is one of the most impressive Dzongs in Bhutan. It was the ancient winter residence of the king and the capital. Still today it is the residence of the Chief Abbot and the central monk Body.

 

10th day Punakha to Paro / 5 hours drive

 

Punakha Festival Tour in Bhutan Tenth Day

 

After breakfast, drive back to Paro. Lunch at Dochula Cafeteria.(3000 meters) En-route to Paro, visit Tachong monastery dates back to 14th century. Overnight in Hotel at Paro.

 

11th day Paro Sightseeing / 2300 meters

 

Punakha Festival Tour in Bhutan Eleventh Day

 

Morning visit Paro Dzong, which was built in 1646 during the reign of the first theocracy ruler of Bhutan. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and it is the finest example of Bhutanese architecture. It also serves as the district Administration Centre and for the Monk Body. Continue visit to Paro National Museum housed in the old Ta Dzong (Watch Tower) built in the early seventeen century to protect the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasions. It was transformed into a Museum in 1968 by the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Afternoon drive to Drugyal Dzong (ruined fortress). Although in ruins, holds great historical significance. This literally means Bhutan’s victorious fortress. It was from this fortress that the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. This spot unfolds a magnificent view of Mount Chomolhari, where your trek begins the next day. Over night at the hotel.

 

12th day Last Highlight Excursion to Taktshang

 

Punakha Festival Tour in Bhutan Twelfth Day

 

Taktshang which is supposed to be your highlight for the last stay in Bhutan. Enjoy lunch at the cafeteria. Taktshang Monastery is one of the most famous in Bhutan from over two thousand monasteries. It is perched on a cliff more than 200 feet above Paro Valley. The name Taktshang means Tiger’s Nest because it is believed that Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Buddhism in Bhutan, was said to have flown on the back of a tiger to the cave for meditation and this is where the monastery stands today. The original monastery was built by Desi Tenzin Rabgay in 1646. This site is considered sacred by pilgrims of all schools of Mahayana Buddhist and a highlight of one’s visit to Bhutan.

 

13th day Logjayel (Good bye) Departure Paro to Katmandu by Druk Air.

 

Punakha Festival Tour in Bhutan Thirtennth Day

 

KARDENCHE LA / THANK YOU

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