Bhutan Festival Tour - 05 Days

Trip facts

Trip Code: GHA-BT-69
Duration: 05 Days
Best Season: Mar - May/Sep - Nov
Max. Altitude: 2500 M.
Trip Grade: Moderate
Accommodations: Hotel, Lodge
Transportation: Private Vehicle

Bhutan "Land of the Thunder Dragon" is deeply immersed into Buddhist beliefs, people of Bhutan have practiced unmodified religious ceremonies for centuries. Bhutan has over 40 such vibrant festivals through a calendar year, rich with colors, dance drama depictions & series of chants & prayers. We Global Holidays Adventure have made a number of Bhutan packages to cover these very striking festivals keeping the international traveler to Bhutan in perspective.The most famous festivals are the Paro festivals in spring and the Thimpu festival in Autumn because these are also the peak tourist times. However, every region & every village holds its own tsechu at different times of the year. Many colorful festivals take place in Punakha, already warm in the early spring, Wangdi in the Autumn & Trongsa in the middle of Winter.

The festivities consist mainly of masked dances, chanting, blessing or reading religious texts aloud & last two or three days. The repertory of masked dances & the gorgeous silk & brocade costumes are the same for all the 'tsechu'only the settings are different. The events take place outside & inside the Dzongs.

Itienery Overview

Day 01: Arrive at Paro airport by Druk Air and transfer to Thimphu. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Included )
Day 02: Stay at Thimpu. Overnight at Thimpu. (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Included )
Day 03: Thimpu to Punakha. Overnight at Thimpu. (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Included )
Day 04:  Punakha to Trongsa. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Included )
Day 05: Trongsa to Bumthang Valley. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Included )
Day 06:Bumthang Festival Day. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Included )
Day 07: Bumthang – Tang – Bumthang. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Included )
Day 08: Bumthang – Gangtey. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Included )
Day 09: Gangtey – Wangdue. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Included )
Day 10: Wangdue – Thimphu – Paro. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Included )
Day 11: Stay at Paro.  Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Included )
Day 12: Final Departure.

Useful Informations

During the trip such things weather, local Politics, transportation and other factors are beyond our control which can change our itinerary. However it is unlikely that the itinerary would be changed. If the cases alternative itinerary is needed the leader (Bhunaese Guide) will decide what is the best alternative itinerary for the whole group. Whether the change of itinerary is does not matter, we can do everything and minimized it effect but we can not be responsible for the result of delay.

Day 01: Arrive at Paro airport by Druk Air and transfer to Thimphu.
After arrival at Paro airport you will transfer to Thimpu. You will Have luncha at Thimpu. You wil attend the the first day of the Thimpu Tsechu (festival) at Trsahi Chhoe Dzong. This is a very special opportunity to see the fantastic and singing that is so integral to the preservation of this remote country’s culture. Overnight at Thimpu (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Included )

Day 02: Stay at Thimpu.
After breakfast, the group will again visit the THimpu Tsechu for another day of singing and dancing. You will have opportunity to see the cultural dance with their local dress and photographs.

After Lunch you will start your sightseeing tour to the Thimpu city. It might include  nunnery, handicraft emporium, handmade paper factory, the National Memorial Chorten, and the National Zoo. Overnight at Thimpu. (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Included )

Day 03: Thimpu to Punakha.
After breakfast you will leave for Dochu La Pass (1000 ft). You’ll then take a short downhill hike through the woods and board your vehicle when you meet up with the road again. You’ll then drive onward to the Punakha Valley. Overnight at Thimpu. (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Included )

Day 04:  Punakha to Trongsa.
After breakfast, you’ll depart for the 5-hour ride to Trongsa. Along the way, you will cut through the Black Mountains on Bhutan’s “Central Road.” This highway essentially opened central Bhutan to the rest of the world.

You’ll first pass through Wangdue, a small village and the district headquarters of Western Bhutan. The road then climbs through tropical vegetation to Pele La Pass (10,900 feet), surrounded by towering rhododendron and dwarf bamboo. You’ll likely see yak, which often graze in this area and, if clear, you’ll see impressive Mt. Jhomulhari (24,140 feet). Coming down from the pass, you will continue on to Trongsa, where you will visit the striking Trongsa Dzong. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Included )

Day 05: Trongsa to Bumthang Valley.
Today you’ll have a very early departure (7 a.m.) in order to head eastward to Bumthang in time for the start of the Thangbi Mani Tsechu! Upon arrival in the valley, you’ll have breakfast at your hotel and then continue another 25 minutes to the festival.

You’ll arrive in time for the Fire Dance, the first dance of the festival. It’s believed that just watching this has the power to wash away all of your sins. If that’s not enough, you’ll cherish this event because it’s small and intimate and will be very different from the much larger Thimphu Tsechu. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Included )

Day 06:Bumthang Festival Day
In the morning, the group will attend more dances that are part of the tsechu. You’ll notice that this festival is different from those in other parts of Bhutan. Most notably, locals perform dances that are traditional for their region. For the Thangbi Mani Festival, the dances are from the 14th century and 3 from an ancient sect of Buddhism called Nyingmapa. Because this festival is so small, you’ll also have the opportunity to interact with the local people who will be dressed in their finest clothes. In the afternoon, the group will go to the Ura Valley, about 25 miles from Bumthang. The road traverses Ura Shelthang-la where, in clear weather, there is a magnificent view of Bhutan’s highest peak, Gangkar Puensum (24,600 feet). The road then descends into the Ura Valley. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Included )

Day 07: Bumthang – Tang – Bumthang.
This morning you’ll set off for the Tang Valley about an hour and a half away. You’ll then make the hour-long hike through small villages up to Ogyen Choling Museum, where you’ll tour this remarkable building that provides a rare insight into traditional life in Bhutan. After walking back down to the road, you’ll have a picnic lunch in a quiet spot along the river.

In the afternoon, you’ll pay a visit to the Pema Choling Nunnery to see how the women there live. This is a very special opportunity to see where the nuns reside and how they run the nunnery, which is quite different than the monasteries (where the monks live). Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Included )

Day 08: Bumthang – Gangtey.
Following breakfast, you will start the drive back toward Paro. You’ll have a chance to stop at Yotong La Pass and continue east via Trongsa, to Pele La Pass, and then onward to the Phoblika Valley (10,000 feet), deemed the most beautiful valley in the Himalayas. There will be a lunch break along the way. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Included )

Day 09: Gangtey – Wangdue.
Following breakfast, you’ll visit Gangtey Gompa, which was built in the 17th century and was recently renovated. From the gompa, you’ll walk back to the hotel along a path that cuts through a beautiful forest and then across the valley floor. Lunch will be served at the hotel.

In the afternoon, you’ll drive about two hours to a riverside hotel near Wangdue (4,000 feet) and enjoy some leisure time before dinner. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Included )

Day 10: Wangdue – Thimphu – Paro.
From Wangdue, you’ll drive to Thimphu where you’ll have lunch at a local restaurant and one last opportunity for sightseeing and shopping in the capital. You will then head to Paro., Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Included )

Day 11: Paro
On this last full day in Bhutan, you’ll get an early start in order to hike the two+ hours to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), the country’s most photographed and well-known monastery. You’ll tour the few temples at the top and have time to enjoy the view from here. On the way down, you’ll stop at the tea shop/cafe, located midway, where you’ll see exceptional views of Tiger’s Nest up above. You will then proceed down for lunch.

Day 12: Final Departure.

Price Include

  1. All meals during the tour (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  2. Accommodation (Twin sharing ) Single room supplement etxra US $ 40.
  3. All transportation including airport pick up and drop.
  4. All government taxes.
  5. Bhutan Visa fee.
  6. One English speaking tour guide.
  7. Entrance fees and permit.
  8. 24 hrs service from guide and operator.

Price Exclude

  1. International Flight to and from Bhutan.
  2. Travel Insurance.
  3. Beverages.
  4. Airport taxes.
  5. Expenses of personal nature.

How can I get Bhutan Visa ?
Bhutan Visa Requirements

  1. Other than Indian, Bangladeshis nationals, all visitors to Bhutan require a visa.
  2. All visas are issued from Thimphu by the Tourism Council of Bhutan
  3. Visas are only issued to tourists whom booked tour packages with local tour operators, directly or through a foreign travel agent.
  4. The tour operator submits applications for tourist visas. Clearance takes at least 10 working days to process.
  5. The Royal Government of Bhutan sets minimum selling prices for packages to Bhutan and this must be paid in US dollars prior to arrival in Bhutan.

can I enter Bhutan?
There is one national airline Druk air. It flight from the Kathmandu, India, Singapore and more few destination. By the Druk air you can directly flight to Paro airport.

If go by land there are three points. SamdrupJongkhar (southeast Bhutan), Gelephu (South Bhutan), and Phuntsholing (southwest Bhutan).

Is somebody come to pick up me at airport ?
Yes our airport representative will there to greet you. He/ She will display a signboard with your name. Upon arrival you will transfer to the hotel.

What sort of accommodation can I expect during my tour ?
In Bhutan all government approved hotels are clean and well mentioned with cold and hot water, telephone and international dialing and fax facilities. Usually we Used 3 to 4 star hotel with breakfast and hot drinks included in Bhutan.

What short of food can I expect during my tour ?
Most of the restaurants serve Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese and continental cuisine. Local Bhutanese food are spicy like the Indian food.

What shot of transportation do I use?
Global Holidays Adventure use private tourist vehicle for city sightseeing tour. The vehicle are extremely reliable and make the journey as comfortable.

What is the best season to visit Bhutan?
The Bets season to visit Bhutan is between February to June and September to December.

What is the weather condition?
It is depend on the season you are travelling. IF you are travelling from December to February it is little cold the temperature is rating from 4°C (night) to 22 °C ( Day). From march to May it is the perfect season for travelling. The temperature is 25°C at the day time. From June to August it is totally rainy season. Most of days are become very hot. And the season from the September to November is also the perfect season for traveling. The average temperature of the season is around 20°C.

Is there any possible to Charge my digital camera and other equipment?
These facilities are available most of the places. Please do not forget to bring travel adapters.

Is there any photography restriction ?
You will get many opportunities to the photos during your tour. Please as for Permission before take the photos. Photography Inside the monastery, shrine room of Dzongs and religious institutions is generally not permitted. Make sure with your guide before enter these places.

Is there any communication facilities?
Telephone and Internet are readily available in most of the town.

Can I use my credit cards in the places visited in the tour?
There are just few ATM’s in Bhutan for credit. We suggest that bring US Dollar or Euros to exchange your pocket money.

How much additional money do I need per day ?
It is depending upon your spending habits. Generally all the accommodation, food, drinks are included your tour price so you can allocate 10 to 0 dollar for chocolates and other things.

Does the guide have first aid trading for high altitude ?
Yes all the government license holder guides are 45 days trained from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center. The guide have also receive the high altitude first aids training.

Is the water fine to drink?
Your tour cost also included all drinking water in Bhutan so you we will serve you fine drinking water.

Do I need to bring any essential documents?
Here are some list of documents:
Valid Passport must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy.
Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy
Cash and Traveller Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separately
Flight tickets
Emergency contact numbers for T/C, banks, insurance, family contacts.

Is there possible to add extra days to my trip?
Sorry, we can't change your Druk air flight once It is booked.

Is there possible to get clothes washed /Laundry ?
Yes you can easily fine in hotel. Please note that the laundry cost not included.

Can you tell more about ?
No problem !whatever you want to know about Tibet tour and guide, just free to ask with Usinfo@globalholidaysadventure.com

The Personal Equipment and items are individual interest & choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes while in travelling. The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the your Holidays.

List of the Recommended Equipment for the Tour:

  • Duffel or suitcase (We also provide one Global duffel bag )
  • Day pack
  • If you are travelling in winter (November to Feberary) please carry a warm woolen or synthetic Hat and nick warmer.
  • Goggle for sunbeam and dust.
  • 1 pairs of warm gloves.
  • T-shirt - 3
  • If you are travelling in rainy season (June to September) Please carry a waterproof jacket.
  • 1 pairs of cotton pants.
  • 1 Pairs of shoes .
  • 1 pairs Of shirts.
  • 2 pairs of liner socks.
  • 1 Pairs of light camping shoes.
  • 1 pairs of sandals.
  • 1 warm jacket if you are travelling in winter.


First Aid Kits:

Our guide also carry the first aids kit during The tour . still we recommended you to bring your personal first aid kit.

  • Extra strength Excedrin for headaches ( related to altitude sickness)
  • Imodium or related medicine for upset stomach or diarrhea .
  • Band aids .
  • Some waterproof tape .
  • Anti-infection ointments.

Note:This is only guide so while you are travelling bring everything which are required for your personal used.

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Trip Highlights

Bhutan Culture | Festival | Tiger‘s Nest Monastery | Thimpu | Bumthang | Punakha Dzong | Gangtey Valey | Black Mountain

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