Date of festival: 25th -27thFebruary, 2018
Venue: Punakha Tshechu Punakha Dzong, Punakha
Attend an ancient religious festival in Punakha valley, the old capital of Bhutan. The festival consisting of sacred mask dances takes place in the courtyard of majestic Punakha Dzong that sits at the confluence of two rivers.
Highlight of this visit:
Our representative from Bhutan Corinthian Tours & Travels will be at Paro airport to receive you and drive you to Thimphu. On the way, stop a while to view the beautiful Tamcho Lhakhang.
In the evening stroll through the capital city of Thimphu – only capital in the world, where there is no traffic light. Overnight at hotel, Thimphu.
After an early breakfast, you the drive to Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan. On the way, stop a while at Dochu La pass (3150m). You can see the eastern Himalayan range on a clear day.
En-route you will stop at Mitsina village and visit ChimiLhakhang, also known as the temple of fertility and dedicated to DrukpaKuenley, the 15th century saint, also known as the divine madman for his outrageous methods of teaching the dharma. It is a 20-minute walk through rice fields to the temple. Overnight at hotel, Punakha.
Attend the festival in the morning. In the afternoon, hike to the beautiful Khamsum Yule Lhakhang. Over night in Hotel, Punakha.
Visit the longest suspension bridge in the country after the breakfast. Visit Rinchengang village opposite Wangdue Dzong (this is being restored now).
In the evening, drive to Thimphu. Enroute you will visit Semtokaha Dzong, the oldest fortress in the Kingdom. Over night in Hotel, Thimphu.
Your day starts with the visit National Memorial Chorten; the National Institude of Zorig Chusum where students training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts; Folk Heritage Museum, Taken Preserve Centre to see the Bhutan national animal takin, Changzamtok weaving center.
Afternoon visit includes the largest and the tallest statue of Buddha point,visit nunnery temple and followed by a visit to Tashichho Dzong or “the fortress of the glorious religion” Evening you drive to Paro. Over night in Hotel, Paro.
Today’s exploration of Paro begins with a wonderful 3 hours hike to the most sacred Buddhist temple in the Eastern Himalayas. The temple clings to a 900m above the valley floor.
On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang. Free to stroll the town in the evening. Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Paro.
Early morning, drive to Airport and Farewell.