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Punakha festival


Witnessing Annual Punakha Tshechu Festival, Cultural Sightseeing with Hike to Famous Tiger’s Nest or Taktsang.

Festival Dates: 25th -27thFebruary, 2018

No. of nights: 6
  • Government Royalty of US $ 65 per night per person
  • sightseeing within Bhutan as per the itinerary
  • Accommodations in best 3 star hotels on twin sharing basis
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch &dinner)
  • Full time English speaking  guide
  • entrance fees and permits
  • All internal transport (excluding internal flights)
  • One time visa processing fee of US$ 40 per person
  • Flight tickets
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone, internet
  • Soft drinks and alcohol
  • Mineral water in hotels and restaurants
  • Travel insurance
  • Shopping and entertainment
  • Gratuities to guide, driver, etc.
  • Luxury star hotels and resorts available at an additional cost
  • Specialized guides (Foreign language,photography, Bird watching, Buddhism, flora and fauna) available at an additional cost.

Day 01: Paro – Thimphu

On arrival at Paro airport you will be received by our representative and transfer to Thimphu. It takes 2 hours drive to reach Thimphu.  Check into your hotel and relax. After lunch, visit Painting school which teaches the techniques of traditional paintings, sculpture and other forms of traditional arts and one can view the students at work. Visit National Textile Museum, and nearby Folk Heritage Museum. In the evening if time permits visit Craft Bazaar which has got a wide range of authentic Bhutan made art and craft products. Overnight you will stay at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 02: Thimphu

After breakfast, hike to Cheri goenpa. It takes 45 minutes to reach monastery. This is the monastery where the first monastic body was established in the Kingdom. Then drive back to town and visit Takin Preserve Park. Takin is the national animal of Bhutan. Changangkha lhakhang, the oldest temple in Thimphu built in 12th century. It is popular temple for pilgrims and for new born babies. Then visit Memorial Chorten (Stupa) built in 1974 in the memory of the Third king of Bhutan. Great Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue. The statue sited at kuensel phodrang is one of the largest Buddha rupas in the world. In the evening,  visit Tashichho  Dzong ( Fortress), which houses most of the government  offices, throne room and office of the king. Overnight , stay at a  hotel in Thimphu.

Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha (2.5 Hrs)

Drive to Punakha and we will pass through Dochula pass (3100m/10,200ft). On a clear weather to the east of the pass, the snow covered mountain peaks of the Himalayas are seen and among them is the Mt. Gangkar Phuensum at 7497m, which is the highest peak in Bhutan. Visit Druk wangyal Chorten (Stupa) at Dochula built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother. And, also visit Druk wangyal Lhakhang (Temple) at Dochula built in honour of the fourth Druk Gyalpo (head of the state of Bhutan) Jigme Singye wangchuk. En-route, stop at Lobesa and take a short hike to Chimi lhakhang. Childless couple who prays in this temple is believed to be blessed with a child very soon. After reaching Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong (fortress), which is built, in 1637 is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan. The Dzong is built between two rivers Mochhu (female) and Phochhu (male). In the evening freely stroll around the town. Overnight you will stay at hotel in Punakha.

Day 04: Punakha Festival
After the breakfast, proceed to festival site and witness the most interesting annual Punakha Tsechu. Festivals are preformed to honor Buddhist saint Guru Rimpoche who brought Buddhism in the country in 7th century. Tse meaning date and chu meaning tenth, is performed annually in all the districts coinciding with tenth day of the Bhutanese calendar. Interesting and colorful mask dances are shown publicly in open ground especially in the courtyard of the fortress. Witnessing the Tsechu is believed to accumulate the good deeds and help us to ride of the sins committed in the past. This is also wonderful opportunity to click the Bhutanese in best outfit with most expensive garments and jewelries. Overnight,at a hotel in  Punakha.

Day 05: Punakha – Paro

After breakfast drive back to Paro. En-route visit Khamsum Yuley Namgyel Chorten, built in 1990 by queen mother and dedicated to the King and for the wellbeing of Bhutanese. Royal Botanical Park in lamperi is the first botanical park in Bhutan, which has 46 different species of rhododendrons. This blooms during the mid of March to early august. After reaching Paro, check into the hotel and relax. In the evening explore Paro town. Overnight you will stay at hotel in Paro.

Day 06: Paro
 After breakfast visit Paro
Dzong (fortress) built in 1646. It houses the district monastic body and most of the government administrative offices. Then visit National Museum (Ta- Dzong), once a watch tower built to defend Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong),during inters valley wars of 17th century was later it was inaugurated as National Museum in 1968. Drukgyel Dzong is known as the fortress of victory from where the Bhutanese repelled several Tibetan armies during 17th century. It was built in 1649. Kichu lhakhang is one of the oldest and most scared shrines of the kingdom built in 7th century by Tibetan King songshen Gampo.

In the afternoon you may go to a traditional farmhouse to lunch with the family or hike to Taktsang (tigers nest) which is built on a cliff 900m above the Paro Valley. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhva) arrived on the back of a tigress and mediated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in cave in the 8th century where the monastery now stands.  Overnight you will stay at hotel in Paro.

Day 07: Departure

After early breakfast drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.

 

 


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