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Itinerary for Paro Festival

Itinerary Details
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Paro Festival is considered as one of the most popular festivals in Bhutan. People visit this festival with their best jewalaries and garment reason is for both religious and socialization. This festival is to witness by old and young people, colorful and esoteric religious masked dance-dramas performed by specially trained groups of Buddhist monks and local farmers. This is good time for the photographers, and in this trip you will be visit the Bhutans capital city both old and new, Paro valley, Thimphu , punakha valley , wangdi valley
Day 1All itineraries can be customized to suit your schedule and interests. Arrive at Paro International Airport. Paro is situated in a beautiful valley and is a fitting introduction to this charming kingdom. Your guide from Himalayan travel expert will meet you and take you on a drive along the Paro and Thimphu river valleys to Thimphu, Bhutan's capital. Check inn the hotel and rest for an hour and we will go for lunch in one of the best restaurant in Thimphu town. In the afternoon we will visit the School of Traditional Arts. After that we will visit the National Textile Museum or visit the Folk Heritage Museum. And also visit the Institute of Traditional Medicine You can discuss with your guide what you would like to do. Take a late afternoon walk around town and soak in the atmosphere of this magical capital with its busy shops and bazaars and photogenic citizens in national dress. Overnight in Thimphu
Day 2 After break fast drive to Tango base for 1 to 2 hours hike to the monastery. After lunch sightseeing tour of Thimphu visiting Painting school,and Handicrafts Emporium. Then after lunch drive Punakha, a 3-hour drive through picturesque valleys and mountain slopes dotted with typical Bhutanese villages. From the Dochu La pass, at over 10-thousand feet, a vast panoramic view of the high snowcapped peaks of the Bhutanese Himalaya can be enjoyed on a clear day. Continue drive down into the Punakha valley. Overnight: Punakha
Day 3After your break fast , visit the Punakaha Dzong which is the old capital of Bhutan and is the winter home of the Je Kenpo and the national body of monks. The hike to Chhime Lhakhang, an ancient monastery near Punakha, dedicated to fertility and founded by Lam Drukpa Kuenley, to pray for children. They get blessed by a symbolic phallus, which represents the sign of fertility and other religious objects of the Lam. It will take only few stories of the Lam to understand why everyone in this magical kingdom believes that the Lama's blessings will help a woman conceive. Overnight: Thimphu.
Day 4After breakfast drive from Thimphu to Paro stopping at the Simthoka Dzong which is the oldest of the many Dzongs (forts) in Bhutan. Today it houses the National Bhutanse School where Dzongkha, the national language of Bhutan, is taught. Continue drive to Paro valley. On arrival check-in at hotel followed by lunch. After lunch visit the Paro Dzong where the masked dance-dramas of this typical Buddhist festival are going on. Be amongst throngs of Bhutanese from the Paro valley and from outlying villages of Bhutan all dressed in their traditional finery. Witness the age-old, wonderfully colourful and esoteric Religious masked dance-dramas performed by specially trained groups of Buddhist monks. Overnight: Paro
Day 5Early morning visit festival for the viewing the Thondrol, the great Buddhist Thanka scroll dedicated to Guru Padmashambava. Spend the rest of the morning at the festival viewing masked dances and ritual activities. Truly a great climax to the most revered yearly festival of Bhutan. In the afternoon visit Paro Museum housed at the graceful Ta Dzong, once a watch tower situated strategically overlooking the Paro valley. The Museum houses a rare collection of Bhutan's historical, religious, cultural and artistic heritage, all beautifully preserved and displayed in a unique setting "a museum lover" heaven. Overnight: Paro
Day 6 Today there will be a chance to go on an excursion to the Bhutan's most revered and certainly the most famous site, Taktsang Monastery or the "Tiger's Nest". Hike or ride a surefooted pony through a forested pathway ascending steeply toward the towering vertical cliffs two thousand feet above the valley floor. On this cliff face, overlooking a dizzying precipice, is the historic cave where the Buddhist teacher Padmasambava or Guru Rimpoche meditated, who, it is believed, rode on the back of a flying Tiger. Hence this holy place is also called the Tiger's Nest. Foreigners are not allowed inside the monastery but can enjoy the view from the cafeteria. The more intrepid hiker can continue further up the trail to get a closer and dramatic spot directly opposite the temple. Sadly, a few years ago, the main temple was destroyed by fire and is being rebuilt at the moment but this does not subtract from the rewards of the days excursion. Lunch at the Taksang View Cafeteria or at hotel. In the afternoon, if time permits, visit a Bhutanese Family home. Overnight: Paro
Day 7After breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport in time to catch up your onward flight. Soon the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappears again behind its guardian mountains.

Booking the Tour

* All the Foreign National Tourists visiting Bhutan must travel through all-inclusive package Tourism, for which there is a fixed tariff set by the Royal Government of Bhutan.
* This tariff includes:
accommodation, Meals, Transportation within the country, Guide services, sightseeing and entrance fees for the museums and monuments.
* All tours must be booked through a Local Travel Operator/Travel Agent.
Please find our bank address below to transfer the tour payment.
1. Bhutan National Bank, Thimphu, Bhutan.
Bank Acocunt No: 0005610423001
2. Bank Address:
Bhutan National Bank, P.O Box 439, GPO Building, Chang Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan SWIFT Code: BNBTBTBT

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