Festival Date: 19th -21st September, 2018
Venue: Tashichho Dzong
Thimphu Festival is the most popular autumn festival held in Trashichhodzong, Thimphu. Started by Desi Tenzin Rabgay, the 4th temporal ruler of Bhutan more than three centuries ago, the festival honours Guru Padmasambhava, who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century.
High light of the tour:
You will be received by Bhutan Corinthian representative in the airport and transfer you to Hotel. After lunch, visit Ta Dzong- The national Museum of Bhutan followed by visit to RimpungDzong. In the evening, visit a traditional farm house to see the daily life style of Bhutanese people. Dinner and O/N in Hotel.
After breakfast, Hike to the magnificent Taktsang Monastery or “Tiger’s Nest”.
- The monastery clings to a sheer rock face, almost 900 m above the valley floor. The uphill hike from the road point takes around 3 hours. The trail passes through beautiful pine forests adorned with Spanish moss as you go further up. Stop for rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tigress and meditated for three months.
On the way back, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gyempo.
In the evening, drive to Thimphu. On the way, stop a while to view the private Tamchog Lhakhang built byThangthong Gyelpo- Bhutan’s Iron Bridge Builder.
Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Attend the festival whole day. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Attend the festival in the morning. Afternoon visit includes the tallest and the largest statue of sitting Buddha, National Memorial Chorten built in memory of the 3rd King popularly known as the Father of modern Bhutan. If time permits, visit Changangkha lhakkhang and Takin Preserve Centre – to see the national animal Takin. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Drive to Punakha after a sumptuous breakfast. The first stop is at Dochu La pass (3160 m). From Dochula you can see the eastern Himalayan range if the weather permits. En-route you will visit Chimi Lhakhang, also known as the temple of fertility dedicated to a divine madman DrukpaKuenley, the 15th century saint known for his outrageous methods of teaching the dharma. It is a 20-minute easy walk.
Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Thimphu. On the way stop a while for then photo shoot of the oldest Semtokha Dzong and then proceed to Thimphu to visit Royal Textile Museum, Painting School, and Folk Heritage Museum.
In the evening, drive to Paro. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Today with early breakfast day excursion to Haa Valley with picnic lunch. You will drive over Chele La, 3850 meters pass through the forest of blue pines, fir, and oak. On the clear day you will see mountain Jomolhari 7314 meters, other snow capped and stunning valley below the pass.
After a picnic lunch at pass, you will drive further down to Haa Valley and visit Lhakhang Karpo and Lhakhang Nagpo. In the evening, drive to Paro. Dinner and O/N at Hotel.
Early morning, drive to Airport and Farewell.