|Bhutan & The Paro Festival Tour - 2013|
Bag Bazar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Day 01: In Thimpu
Depart from Bangkok, Delhi/Kolkotta or Kathmandu to Paro. On this flight, you can see breathtaking views of the Great Himalayas. Arrive Paro. Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be welcomed to the Kingdom by your guide. After completing your formalities, transfer to Thimphu.The drive from Paro to Thimphu is spectacularly scenic. Magnificent monasteries and stupas in the valleys and mountain tops. Experience the -Last Buddhist Himalayan Kingdom on Earth and take precious memories back home. Check in to your hotel and have lunch. After lunch, look around the Capital City on your own. Overnight Thimphu.
Day 02: In Thimpu
Full day Thimphu Sightseeing.
- Change money from the Bhutan National Bank
- Purchase worlds most beautiful postage stamps,
collectors items and postcards at face value from general post office which is right next to Bhutan National Bank.
- Visit Arts and crafts school where one can see young children at work.
- Visit Traditional Medicine Institute where the ancient healing arts are still practiced.
- Visit Memorial Chorten built in 1974 to honour memory of Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, popularly known as the
Father of Modern Bhutan. A multi-storied stupa that will introduce you to the vitality of Tantric Buddhism.
- Observe traditional paper making from Daphnia and Edgeworthia shrub to the finished product and purchase
some beautiful writing sets from the factory.
- Visit Botanical garden (Zoo) where one can see Takin, the National wild animal of Bhutan.
- Drive up to view point and take a hike beyond to see the
clear picture of Thimphu Valley.
- Downtown Thimphu on foot visiting Weekend Market,
Handicrafts Emporium and other Arts & Crafts stores. Buy stunning kiras which can be used and bed covers or wall decoration, jewelries and many more. Later afternoon, transfer to Paro for Overnight.
Day 03: In Paro
Excursion to Taktsang Monastery. Day hike to Taktsang, popularly known as Tigers Nest Monastery. Taktsang, meaning-Tigers nest, is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhawa) mediated in the 7th century. It clings seemingly impossible to a cliff of rock at 3,000 feet above the valley floor. For the local people it is a place of pilgrimage, but for a tourist, a hike up to the monastery is exhausting, thrilling and mystical. The legend has it that Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan and meditated in the cave there for three months. Overnight Paro.
Day 04: In Paro - Paro Festival
Enjoy Paro festival whole day. This is the second last day of the Annual Paro Festival and you can see hundreds of local Bhutanese people dressed in their best for the occasion. On this day, there will be a display of the Lord of Deaths Mask Dances.
Day 05: Departure
Get up early in the morning around 4-am. Go to the festival ground to watch the Great Thangka (Thongdrel)being displayed. You can also see some dances. "Thongdrel meaning liberations o all your sins and sorrows at sight. Return to the hotel for breakfast and then transfer to Paro Airport. Your guide will assist you to complete the departure formalities and bid.
PUNAKHA DRUBCHHEN -Punakha Dzong, PUNAKHA -15th â€'19th February
PUNAKHA TSHECHU -Punakha Dzong, PUNAKHA - 20th â€' 22nd February
CHHORTEN KORA - Chorten Kora, TRASHI YANGTSE- 25th February & 11th March
GOMPHUKORA - Gom Kora Lhakhang, TRASHIGANG - 20th â€' 22nd March
PARO TSHECHU - Rinpung Dzong, PARO -23rd â€' 27th March
CHHUKHA TSHECHU -Chhukha Dzong, CHHUKHA - 25th â€' 27th March
URA YAKCHOE -Ura Lhakhang, BUMTHANG - 21st â€' 25th April
NIMALUNG TSHECHU -Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi, BUMTHANG -
16th â€' 18th June
KURJEY TSHECHU -Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG - 18th June
THIMPHU DRUBCHEN -Tashichho Dzong, THIMPHU - 9th â€' 13th September
WANGDUE TSHECHU - Wangdi Dzong, WANGDUEPHODRANG -
12th â€' 14th September
TAMSHING PHALA CHHOEPA -Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG -13th â€' 15th September
THIMPHU TSHECHU - Tashichho Dzong, THIMPHU - 14th â€' 16th September
THANGBI MANI -Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, BUMTHANG - 18th â€' 20th September
JAMBAY LHAKHANG DRUP -Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG - 18th â€' 22nd October
PRAKHAR DUCHHOED -Prakar Lhakhang, Chummi, BUMTHANG -19th â€' 21st October
CRANE FESTIVAL - Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, WANGDUEPHODRANG -
MONGAR TSHECHU -Mongar Dzong, MONGAR - 9th â€' 12th November
PEMAGATSHEL TSHECHU - Pemagatshel Dzong, PEMAGATSHEL -
9th â€' 12th November
TRASHIGANG TSHECHU - Trashigang Dzong, TRSASHIGANG - 10th â€' 13th November
NALAKHAR TSHECHU -Nga Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG -
17th â€' 19th November
TRONGSA TSHECHU - Trongsa Dzong, TRONGSA - 9th â€' 11th January 2014
LHUENTSE TSHECHU - Lhuentse Dzong, LHUENTSE - 9th â€' 11th January 2014