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Itinerary for Thimphu Drubchen and Chokor Festival Package

Itinerary Details
Day 1 Arrival to international air port Bhutan Takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some world's highest glacial peaks. In the airport your guide from Himalayan Travel Experts will welcome you with a white scarf, which symbolize the happiness and the good luck for the stay. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below. Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight. Our representative will meet you at Paro airport, and after completion of arrival formalities you will be transferred to Bhutan's capital, Thimphu, an exciting blend of tradition and modernity. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 2 Thimphu Thimphu Valley sight seeing Today's full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes: National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books Himalayan culture and religion; Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as Painting School) where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan; Textile and Folk Heritage Museum: These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life. National Memorial Chorten: the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity, envisaged the building of this landmark. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King ("the Father of modern Bhutan") and a monument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Trashichhodzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body. Overnight at the Hotel in Thimphu
Day 3 (Thimphu Dubchen) 11-14 October 2016 Today is a big day for the Thimphu Drupchen After your early breakfast we will drive towards Thimphu Trashi Chhodzong to witness the biggest festive the drupchen where thousands of people will be gathered to get blessings of the Domchen. You can see the dance of Palden Lhamu (Bhutan protective Deity). The monks perform the dances after a month of rituals inside the protected lhakhang. You will see many people gathered in the courtyard in their festive beautiful dress and ornaments this is the time for the people to show how beautifull and wealthy they are by wearing a most expensive clothes and ornaments. After Lunch we will drive to visit one othe biggest Buddha stupa in Bhutan which is recently constructed, Changangkha Lhakhang (monastery) memorial stupa which is in the heart of Thimphu city, The zoo were you can see Bhutan's national animal, Hike to Wangdue Tshe Lhakhang where you will see the secret of the 4th King's palace, Zulakha Nun-nary, Dechen Phodrang Monastry. In the evening if you like to go for a short walk to the Thimphu town for shopping. Over Night Thimphu
Day 4 Thimphu to Punakha Today your changing your destination from new capital city to old capital city After breakfast we will drive to Simtokha in the south of Thimphu valley to see the first Dzong built in Bhutan by Zhabdrung Rimpoche. We will offer butter lamp and listen to the story of this Lhakhang. Then we will drive via Hongtsho (2890 m) where we have to get permission from immigration check point. After crossing this pint we will reach Dochula Pass (3140 m). It is marked by 108 chorines built in 2005 as atonement for the loss life in a war in the south of Bhu-tan leaded by our 4th King Jigme Singye Wangchuk. We will also visit Druk Wangyel Lhakhang and enjoy the view of the Mountains and the village. As the road is rough due to the widening project we will drive slowly via Thinley gang and Mitsena. We will walk to Chhimi Lhakhang in the centre of the village. We will see preserved things of Lama Drukpa Kuenley and we will be blessed with the child if we pray and wish for. Then we will drive to visit Punakha Dzong , Do jaga lam Lhakhang and hike around 40 minutes to visit Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten built dedicated to 5th Kings and its people. We will visit the Lhakhang in the town and we will drive to Kuengaling Hotel where we will be welcomed over a dinner. Over Night Punkha
Day 5 Punakha to Bumthang (189Km 6-7 hrs drive) Today you will be having a long day drive to Bumthang, the gateway to central Bhutan. Set amidst spectacular scenery via Trongsa Dzong. Built in 1648 it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second Kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat. All four Kings were invested as Trongsa Penlop ('governer') prior to ascending the throne, and the present Crown Prince now holds the post. The Dzong is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge on which it is built.After lunch continue to Bumthang, 68 km from Trongsa, a journey of about 3 hours, over the Yutong-la pass (3,400m/ 11,155 ft). The road winds steeply up to the pass, 28 km from Trongsa, then runs down through coniferous forest into a wide, open cultivated valley known as the Chumey. Over Night Bumthang
Day 6 Visit to Bumthang chokhor Festival )13-14 October 2016 After breakfast we will drive Bumthang chokhor monastery for the festival, which will be held once in a year, where many people will be gathered to witness the annual festival of that local area. We will spend the day here observing and witnessing the festival. The Mask dances here and the mask dance in the west is completely different. Here in this festival dancers are farmers. Over Night Bumthang
Day 7 Bumthang Valley sight seeing Bumthang is the general name given to combination of four valleys, Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitude varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. It is home to many of prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries. Visit Kurje Lhakhang, where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock., the Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple), Tamshing Lhakhang (housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan) and Jakar Dzong (administrative center of the region). Stroll in the village, visit the little handicrafts shop at the entrance to the town perhaps take refreshments at a local restaurant. Overnight Bumthang
Day 8 Bumthang / Gangtey / Phobjikha (190 km, 7 hours drive) After breakfast drive to Gangtey / Phobjikha. In the mountains east of Wangduephodrang lies the beautiful Phobjikha valley, on the slopes of which is situated the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few km, down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quite, remote valley is the winter home of black-necked cranes, which migrate from the arid plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate. Explore Gangtey village and Phobjikha valley. Overnight at Gangtey
Day 9 Gangtey - Paro (6-7 hrs.) Morning visit Gangtey Gompa, the largest and the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan, continue your drive back to Paro. If time permits, in Paro visit the National Museum, the first of its kind, which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings. Visit the 17th century Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. Evening stroll around the old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. Overnight: Paro | Altitude: 2200m
Day 10Day Excursion to Haa Valley Via Chelela Pass 3910 mtrs from sea level one of the highest motor able pass in Bhutan 89Km 2 -3 hrs. drive for two ways Morning drive to Haa valley via chelela pass one of highest Moto road pass in Bhutan at the height of 399mts from the sea level, here you have option either you want go for the day hike on the ridge line or drive down to the Haa valley. Places to visit: Lhakhang larpo and nagpo balck and white monastery, visit small boutique town of Haa some other sightseeing later drive back to Paro. Overnight in Paro
Day 11Hike to Tiger's Nest (Taksang Monastery) Hike to Taktsang Lhakhang is Bhutan's most iconic landmark and religious site. The name Taktsang translates to Tiger's Nest. This temple is one of the most holy sites in the kingdom and clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 900 hundred meters above the Paro Valley. It was first built in 1692 at a cave where Guru Rinpoche meditated in the 7th century A.D. Legend states that Guru Rinpoche flew to the site atop the back of a tigress and meditated in the cave for 3 years, 3 months, 3 days and 3 hours in order to subdue evil demons residing within it. The cave has been considered a sacred site ever since and many famous saints have travelled to meditate in it.
Day 12Departure from Paro international air port After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination

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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