Punakha Festival Cultural Tour 10 Days

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Introduction:

Punakha Festival Cultural Tour of Bhutan with Destination Holidays a short and fabulous holiday, guiding you towards Bhutan’s immense ancient culture and history where and past present glory exists in this small Himalayan Kingdom Bhutan in the comfort of nice traditional hotels with warm hospitality that Thundering Dragon of Bhutan has to offer.

Punakha Festival Cultural Tour of Bhutan a weeklong of impressive trip takes you to observe in depth of Bhutan old culture and its simple and happy way of life as it was form many past centuries. Paro Festival & Tour of Bhutan a wonderful trip of weeklong in unique setting of old Buddhist culture makes Bhutan an exotic country of destination to observe and to explore its past centaury treasure of ancient culture, religion, architecture and its simplicity as it existed for many centuries, Bhutan’s past is still its present with touch of tantric practice and Buddhism culture similar to Tibet but with a difference and its way of life.

Around Paro observe the Tshechu Festival which falls in 19th till 23rd March of 2016 with a year of a monkey as per the Tibetan Buddhism Lunar calendar for other next year booking please check with us. Paro Festival & Tour of Bhutan with Destination Holidays begins after your arrival in Paro with interesting tour at places of interest.

Fascinating tour around Paro for two days after a great flight, with impressive places of Paro historical and cultural area, includes famous Taksang Monastery known as Tiger’s Nest, 17th centaury Ta-Dzong, and Druk Gyaldzong, from here a scenic drive to Thimphu with overnight in Bhutan capital city, the city with no traffic lights.

In Thimphu visiting memorial stupa, indigenous hospital, where traditional medicine is still practiced and the painting school including its interesting markets and places of interest.

After Thimphu a scenic drive leads towards a green countryside where you can observe the simple and happy life of the Bhutanese people living in the rural area of Punakha 1,350 m via Dochu-La 3,200 m a warmer area visiting its historical monuments a peaceful town / village with marvelous scenery. Our fascinating Paro Festival & Tour of Bhutan concludes in Paro for the flight back to your respective countries or back to Kathmandu.

Note:

Punakha Tshechu Festival falls in – 17th to 19th Feb 2016 &
Talo Tshechu Festival in 16th to 18th March, 2016

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Reach Paro airport 2,200 and transfer to Thimphu 2,300m.
  2. Day 02: In Thimphu with sightseeing tour.
  3. Day 03: Drive to Punakha 1,350 m via Dochu-La 3,200 m – 04 hrs.
  4. Day 04-05: At Punakha with interesting and observe the festival.
  5. Day 06: Drive to Phobjikha 2,900 m- 04 hrs.
  6. Day 07: At Phobjikha with sightseeing tour.
  7. Day 08: Drive to Paro – 08 hrs.            
  8. Day 09: Sightseeing around Paro at places of interest
  9. Day 10: International departure towards respective countries.  

What Is Included in Trip:

  1. All arrival & departure transportation as per the itinerary chosen with Kathmandu/ Nepal and in Bhutan.
  2. Twin sharing accommodation on full board in tourist standard and 4-5 stars hotels includes breakfast-lunch and dinner.
  3. Applicable travel / tour and entrance permits of designated places.
  4. Full guided tour and treks accompanied by DH expert native guides and staff or representative of Destination Holidays in Bhutan.
  5. Re-confirmation of international tickets and trip briefing and orientations.
  6. Wages-accommodation-transportation-medical / insurance allowance of all field guides and staff in every tours and treks.
  7. Domestic airfare and overland transportation as per the itineraries.
  8. Services of native guide with medical / first aid experience if required.

What Is Not Included in Trip

  1. Nepal /Bhutan entry visa, medical / travel insurance & international airfare. Expenses of personal nature hard / soft drinks, laundry and other extra personal services including gratitude.
  2. Personal tour and trekking gear / equipment and personal medical kit.
  3. Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation including Helicopter services if required on medical / personal problems.
  4. Early return from the trip due to personal / medical problem where no refund will be entertained and extra cost that arises.
For single supplement in hotel / lodge / resort or in tents at extra cost:

Day 01: Arrival in Paro 2,280 m and drive to Thimphu 2,300 m – 02 hrs journey.

On arrival at Paro-Bhutan’s international airport after going through visa formalities our Destination Holidays native guide of Bhutan and representative will receive you with warm welcome and then drive for two hours through countryside dotted with farm villages and terraces with typical Bhutanese landscapes and Buddhist culture architecture villages.

On reaching Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan, interesting to know that Thimphu the only city in the whole world without traffic lights, all the traffic controlled by traffic police with their whistle.

In Thimphu in the best hotels, afternoon at leisure with time for a walk around the market and observe the Bhutanese way of life with short tour of memorial stupa, indigenous hospital, where traditional medicine is still practiced and the painting school.

Day 02: In Thimphu with sightseeing tour.

In Thimphu an interesting tour of Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King of Bhutan. Visit of Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley offering a nice view of the valley, a short scenic drive for a visit of the largest and recently built statue of Buddha with wonderful view of entire Thimphu valley.

Day 03: From Thimphu drive to Punakha 1,350 m- 04 hrs.

After a wonderful time at Thimphu a scenic short drive to Punakha through Dochu-la pass at 3,200 m, in fine clear weather a fantastic view of Bhutan’s highest mountains Chomolhari / Jumolhari can be seen with other snowcapped peaks extending almost 180 degrees.

Walk around 108 stupas and continue drive to sub tropical valley of Punakha, on arrival, if time permits hike to the temple of Chimi Lakhang, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus.

Day 04: At Punakha observing the festival with interesting tour.

At Punakha spend the whole day observing the festival with various mask dances and folk dancers along with jokers’ actions within the crowd. In the afternoon proceed for other sightseeing visiting Khamsum Yulay Temple or Wangdue excursion visit Rinchingang.

Day 05: At Punakha observing the festival with interesting tour.

At Punkakha observe the festival with short hike for less than 2 hours to Tashigang Hongtso Monastery, located into a clearing at the edge of a serene forested area overlooking the town of Hongtso, Tashigang has been one of our favorite visits for well over a decade.  In the surrounding buildings are pilgrims practicing silent meditation, and a peaceful calm pervades the area. 

The monastery houses about 40 orphans, who receive language, religious and general education from the monks an interesting tour of the Gompa (monastery), observe a private ceremony with chanting using ceremonial instruments in the main temple room, here you can interact with head lama. A nice drive at the top of Dochu-la for superb views of Himalaya peaks, including the unclimbed peak Gangkhar Puensum, 7570 m (24,836 feet).  Then back to Punakha Valley, a subtropical Shangri La carved by the Mo Chhu and the Po Chhu (Mother and Father River), arriving at the lodge with another short hike through the Royal Botanical Forest.

Day 06: Drive to Phobjikha 2,900 m – 04 hrs.

After a great wonderful time around Punakha, drive to the isolated valley of Phobjikha. The valley protected for endangered and rare Black Necked Cranes visits Bhutan every winter (early Nov to end of February).

The drive is very scenic and exciting with everlasting views, on reaching at Gangtery visit the famous old Gompa (monastery), the only Ningma-pa sect of Buddhism monastery and largest around western Bhutan. Phobjikha valley is a paradise for trekkers and hikers with afternoon at leisure for short walks.

Day 07: At Phobjikha with sightseeing tour.

Morning starts with a short walk and encountering school children close to the hotel, who have walked for hours to reach the nearest school at Phobjikha. This valley is a paradise for nature lovers and hikers. There are lots of great places for hikes around the valley here tour of Gangtey monastery, the richly renovated monastery offering rich architecture and paintings and then hike down to the valley through the village for your hotel.

Day 08: Drive back to Paro – 08 hrs. 

Today a long and interesting overland drive to Paro an opportunity to marvel the countryside and rural farm villages, after a great drive reaching Paro with a stroll around the old Paro town with local handicrafts stores. Here an opportunity to watch traditional game of archery the national sports of Bhutan.

Day 09: Sightseeing around Paro at places of interest

Morning after breakfast, our expert guide will take you on a pleasant walk or short drive with an hour uphill hike to Bhutan’s famous landmark old Taksang Monastery known as Tiger’s Nest.

A place for retreats and meditation of many Buddhist monks and high priest of Bhutan, the monastery located within the overhanging rock cliff with superb views of Paro town and snow capped peaks towards north, from here with steep downhill a short drive to visit 17th centaury Ta-Dzong, later converted into the National Museum in 1967, afternoon free at leisure for stroll around Paro shops and markets.

Day 10: Morning drive to Paro airport for respective destinations.

As per the flight time to respective countries with amazing time in Bhutan and great service of Destination Holidays our guide will transfer you to Paro airport for the flight to connecting Indian cities or to other next countries.

Duration = 10 Days
All the Prices are in USD ($) Per Person. A private departures on any day all around the year can be arranged for this trek/tour, for more details and dates E-mail Us info@destholiday.com
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Trips Highlights:

  1. The last and only world’s Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom, offering awesome views of high giant peaks.
  2. Immense culture and historical monuments.
  3. Visit of famous landmark of Bhutan the Taksang Monastery of “Tigers Nest” tour of ancient forts and monasteries.
  4. Exploring rural and remote traditional villages around Bhutan and witness of colorful Punakha festival.
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