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Druk Wangyel Tshechu Festival Tour

Duration: 1 day      (Based On review(s))

The Druk Wangeyl Tshechu is celebrated at the Druk Wangyel Lhakhang located at Dochula pass (3140 m) en-route Thimphu to Punakha. The festival is celebrated every 13th December of each year. From the year 2011, it began celebrating to mark the victory over the insurgents residing in Bhutan in 2003. her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo built Druk Wangyel Lhakhang four year’s period (2004-2008). The festival is an exclusive experience since it is performed by the Royal Bhutan Armed Forces and not by monks or locals. The festival is celebrated with mask dances and cultural performances with a spectacular Himalayan backdrop. Tour to Bhutan also goes for cultural sightseeing at the colorful Paro, the capital – Thimphu, the old capital – Punakha. Also explore around the beautiful Phobijikha Valley in Gangtey, Punakha. Back to Paro go for the hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’.

Trip Highlights: 

  • Witness spectacular bird’s eye view of the Himalayas while flying in/out from Paro.
  • Paro exploding with colors and traditions.
  • Explore the tiny capital Thimphu.
  • Witness Druk Wangyel festival at Dochula pass (3140m)
  • Take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang ‘the fertility temple’ dedicated to Drukpa Kunley – the divine madman.
  • Punakha Dzong arguably the most impressive monastery in Bhutan.
  • Discover one of the beautiful valleys on Bhutan ‘Phobijikha Valley’ in Gangtey.
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’- one of the most important monasteries in Bhutan.
  • Witness culture, traditions & daily lifestyles of Bhutan.

ITENERARY

Your Druk Wangyel Tshechu Festival Tour begins with the flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. The first gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you are met by your guide and transferred to your hotel to settle in. Your Bhutanese escort will greet you on arrival, and then drive you the short distance to hotel. Paro is a picturesque valley with quaint clusters of hamlets amid terraced paddy fields. Although the site of the nation’s first airport Paro still retains tradition by way of architecture and farming.After lunch depart to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. The drive will take around 1½ hour. Thimphu has a population of about 98,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. In the evening visit the Handicrafts Emporium, which has all types of Bhutanese handicrafts for sale. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Dochula Pass (3140m) which takes about 45 minutes from Thimphu where the Druk Wangyel Festival is held. From the pass, one can witness spectacular views of the eastern Himalayas. The festival portrays Bhutanese culture & traditions performed by the Royal Bhutan Armed Forces rather than the monks or lay people. It is a tribute to the wise leadership of His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck and celebrated for the continuous efforts of the Royal Army in protecting the sovereignty and the stability of the country. The festival is held at the Druk Wangyel Lhakhang by the Majesty Queen Mothe Ashi Dorji Wangmo. After attending the festival drive to Punakha en-route taking a hike to the Chimi Lhakhang. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast walk across the bridge and visit Punakha Dzong, an ancient capital of Bhutan, spanning the MoChu and Pho Chu rivers. It is also the winter capital for the monks and the Je Khenpo (chief abbot) and after the visit drive to Lobeysa for lunch. After lunch hike another 20 minutes to Chime Lhakhang, temple of the “Divine Madman” built in 1499 and today it is mostly visited by the women who couldn’t bear Children. Also it is known as temple of fertility. After the visit walk back to the road point and then drive Gangtey. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Today on the fourth day of Druk Wangyel Tshechu Festival Tour, we drive 5 hours to Bumthang valley. The road climbs rapidly through a series of hairpins out of Trongsa and there are great views back to the Dzong and out across the valley. After passing through cultivated fields for a while, the trail re-enters the forest and reach the Yotong La (3400m). Descending to a low point of 2650m at a village called Chumey; the scenery is once again totally different as the route enters the wide-open Bumthang valleys. It takes about an hour to get to the roadside at Chumey, the first of the four valleys in Bumthang. Overnight at Hotel.
This is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism. Here many great teachers meditated and left in their wake many sacred grounds. The Guru and his lineage of Tertons (treasure finders), have led to the sprouting of many temples in the valley. In the morning we hike to visit Tamshing Monastery (one of the oldest monastic schools built by Terton Pema Lingpa) and Kurjey Lhakhang (where the Guru Rinpoche subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock). We also visit Jambay Lhakhang (one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in 7th century) and Jakar Dzong (seat of the district administration). In the afternoon drive towards east of Bumthang valley to visit Membar Tsho (burning lake) where Pema Lingpa found some Dharma and then visit Swiss Cheese farm where you can taste the cheese along with some cider juices and wines produced locally. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, re-trace the same route back towards Wangdue and the road journey today is bit longer with 6 hours of drive. Upon arrival at Wangdue, check-in hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, drive back to Paro cross Dochula pass which is about 4 hours drive. PM: Stroll around the streets of Paro. Overnight at Hotel.
Today after breakfast we drive towards the base of the Taktsang Monastery and begin our hiking for the Taktsang Monastery. The trail to Taktsang Monastery takes about 3 hours and upon reaching the Monastery one can have the majestic view of the Paro valley which makes you forget all your sweat during the hike. After spending some quality time on the Tiger’s Nest we walk back to the road point and then visit Kyichu Lhakhang one of the oldest temple in Bhutan. Overnight at Hotel.
Your Druk Wangyel Tshechu Festival Tour terminates today so after breakfast, your representative will help you with the exit formalities and bid you farewell and wish you happy journey back home.

WHAT'S INCLUDED ?

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing.
  • Route Permit.
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan.
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide.
  • All land transportation by private vehicle.
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary.
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable.
  • Drinking water.
  • All internal taxes and charges.
  • A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)

WHAT'S EXCLUDED ?

  • Airfare & Travel Insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

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NOTE

  • The above quotation is for private tour.
  • On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to providing breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on a usage basis.
  • Package rate is not applicable during festival dates.

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