Bhutan: Dochula Festival (13th December 2023/2024)

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  • Trip Duration: 4 Nights 5 Days
  • Trip Type: Festival Tours
  • Date: 13th December 2023/2024
  • Elevation: 2200 m (7217 ft)-3100 m (10170 ft)

Detail

Dochula Festival, also known as Druk Wangyel Tshechu, is an annual celebration held on December 13th at Dochula Pass, located between Thimphu and Punakha dzongkhags. The festival, commissioned by Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck in 2011, is dedicated to Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King of Wangchuck Dynasty. Unlike other festivals performed solely by the monastery, this unique festival is performed not only by the state monk body but also by the Royal Bhutanese Army, who undergo three months of training in folk and mask dance. This tour offers to explore how the Dochula Festival represents the core value of Bhutan and its people.  

 Before your journey begins, you may hope to witness the rarity of the places and festival by: 

  • Visiting the extraordinary Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
  • Observe Dochula festival’s mask dances
  • Experience the perfect blend of modernity and tradition 

Trip Costs

The minimum daily tour package covers the following services.

$ 1610 (Single Traveler)
$ 1497 (Couple- per person)
$ 1384 (3 – 6 Travelers – per person)
$ 1288 (7- 9 Travelers-per person)
$ 1191 (10 Travelers & above -per person)

Price Includes

  • A minimum of 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars can be upgraded at an additional fee)
  • All meals / Tea & snacks
  • All internal transport (excluding Domestic flights)
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees
  • An experienced English speaking tour leader
  • Bottled water in the vehicle
  • SDF (Sustainable Development Fees/Government Fees) & Visa Fees

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Travel & Health Insurance
  • Additional personal expenses such as souvenirs, meals, snacks, alcohol, laundry, tips, and gratuities for the tour leader and staff.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival: Paro- Thimphu Sightseeing

Driving Duration: 1.5hrs/50km
Elevation: 2350m / 7710ft

After landing at the airport, drive on to Thimphu for sightseeing

Attractions: 
– Buddha Point
– Takin Reserve
– Zilukha Nunnery
– Tashichhodzong
– 13 Bhutanese Arts and Crafts (Zorig Chusum)
– Explore Thimphu town

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu

Day 02: Thimphu - Dochula (Attend Dochula Festival)

Driving Duration: 1.5hrs/64km
Elevation: 3088m/ 10130ft

After having breakfast at the hotel, drive to Dochula pass to witness the annual festival.

Attractions: 
– Observe Dochula festival’s mask dances
– Druk Wangyal Lhakhang temple
– Perfect spot for photography
– View of the snow-capped Himalayan Mountain peaks

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu

Day 03: Thimphu – Paro Sightseeing

Duration: 50km/ 1.5hrs
Elevation: 2200m/7218ft

Drive to Paro for sightseeing

Attractions: 
– Rinpung/Paro Dzong
– Ta Dzong (National Museum)

Overnight at the hotel in Paro

Day 04: Paro - Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Elevation: 2250m / 7382ft

Hike to the Tiger’s Nest

Attractions: 
– Paro Taktsang
– Kyichu Lhakhang

Overnight at the hotel in Paro

Day 05: Departure

On your penultimate day, enjoy an early hotel breakfast before being escorted to the airport for departure. Leave Bhutan with cherished memories as you board your flight.

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