Rhoddendron Festival Tour
Festival Dates: 20th-22 April, 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.
On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative. After completion of the airport formalities, drive to Thimphu. After reaching Thimphu check into the hotel and if time permits visit Changangkha lhakhang, the oldest temple in Thimphu built in 12th century. It is popular temple for pilgrims and for new born babies. Takin Preserve Park. Takin is the national animal of Bhutan. Royal Textile museum provides fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life. Craft Bazaar has got a wide range of authentic Bhutan made art and craft products. In the evening freely stroll around the market. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Thimphu.
After breakfast,visit to witness Rhoddendron festival in Lamperi, Dochula which is celebrated on 14th-16th April every year. In the mid of autumn season in Bhutan starts with the series of festivals where spring season has its own surprises for the travellers. It is the right time for flower lovers to see varieties of wild rhododendron in its full glory. After visiting festival we will drive back to Thimphu and 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. Tashichho Dzong (Fortress), which houses most of the government offices, throne room and office of the king. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Thimphu.
After breakfast visit Dochula pass (3100m/10,200ft). On a clear day 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. 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. Punakha Dzong (fortress), which is built is 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, stay at a hotel in Punakha.
After breakfast drive to Thimphu. En-route visit Khamsum yuley Namgyel Chorten, built in 1990 by queen mother and dedicated to the King and for the wellbeing of Bhutanese. Enroute, Visit wangdiphodrang dzong, build by shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. En-route, visit Tachogang lhakhang, the bridge which leads to lhakhang is an iron suspension bridge in built in 15th century.
After breakfast drive to tigers nest hike point. Taktsang is built on a cliff. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhva) arrived in 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 stands now. Overnight, stay at hotel in Paro.
After breakfast visit Paro Dzong (fortress) built in 1646. It houses the district monastic body and most of the government administrative offices. National Museum (Ta- Dzong), once a watch tower built to defend paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) during inters valley wars of 17th century was later inaugurated as National Museum in 1968. Druk choeding (Town temple) was formed by Ngawang chhogyel, one of the prince abbots in Tibet. 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. Visit Farm House and in the evening stroll around the market. Overnight, stay at hotel in Paro.
After early breakfast drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.