Date: 8 & 9 July, 2018
Venue: Town Festival Ground, Haa
In order to give tourists a peek into the Bhutanese culture and experience the Bhutanese way of life, the Alpine Summer Festival is organized in Haa for two days. In addition to the mask dances and traditional Bhutanese folks songs and dances, alpine flowers are at display and one can get a good sneak peek into the highlander community and their way of life. Traditional sports like archery and darts are played and tourists can also experience the unique cuisine of Haa, which is different from food from other parts of the country. Various home stay programs are also on offer for visitors who want to experience typical Bhutanese lifestyle and hospitality.
You will be received by the representative of Bhutan Corinthian Tours and Travels at the airport and transfer you to hotel.
After lunch, visit to Ta Dzong (National Museum) - built in1656 and renovated in 1968, watch tower built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century. A few minutes’ drive from the museum is Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan.
Dinner and overnight in hotel.
After breakfast, hike to the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) monastery - one of the most famous of Bhutan's monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is a 3 hrs uphill walk at a moderate pace.
On the way back, visit Kyichu Lhakhang - the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to 7th century (the other is Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang).
Drive to Thimphu in the evening. On the way view Tamchog Monastery - built by Thangthong Gyalpo (Popularly known as Lama Chazampa, which literally means, the Iron Bridge builder) in the 15th century. Dinner and O/N in Hotel in Thimphu.
Your day begins with the visit to National Memorial Chorten- built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan's third King, His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. We then visit Dupthop Lhakhang – One of few surviving nunneries followed by a visit to National Library - The history of Bhutan lies imprinted in archaic texts, which are preserved at the National Library.
After lunch, visit to Traditional Medicine Institute - In Bhutan, equal emphasis is given to both allopathic and traditional medicines. In the evening, visit Tashichho Dzong - built in 1641 and later rebuilt in its present form by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1965. The Dzong houses, main secretariat building which houses the throne room of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan.
Dinner and overnight in Hotel in Thimphu.
After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass (3116 m). It is also known as the Druk Wangyal Chortens- the construction of these108 chortens was commissioned by the eldest Queen Mother, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. En-route to Punakha visit Chhimi Lhakhang - dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humour, songs and outrageous behavior to dramatise his teachings and due to this also known as "Divine Madman".
After lunch, visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong - Built in 1637, by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region.
Dinner and overnight in in hotel in Punakha.
After breakfast, drive to Paro via Thimphu. After lunch, visit the tallest and the largest statue of sitting Buddha. You can have a bird’s eye view of the capital city from here. We then catch a glimpse of archer match (National game of Bhutan) at Changlimithang. In the evening, drive to Paro. Dinner and O/N in hotel in Paro.
After breakfast, drive to Haa valley about 69 km for 3 hours journey. En route stop off at the Chelila Pass at an altitude of 3,988m. On a clear day, you will enjoy the spectacular views of Mt. Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake and other Himalayan range.
Attend the Day 1 Festival showcasing the rich alpine flowers, folklore and culture – you will be given details of the program list. Dinner and overnight in Guest House or similar.
Attend Day 2 Festival in the morning.
After lunch, visit the Lhakhang Karpo and Nagpo (temple) and then drive to Paro. Dinner and O/N in Hotel in Paro.
Early morning, drive to Airport and Farewell.