Bhutan: Gangtey/Phobjikha Festival (16-18 September, 2024)

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  • Trip Duration: 7 Nights 8 Days
  • Trip Type: Festival Tour
  • Date: 16th- 18th September. 2024
  • Elevation: 1200m (4074ft) to 3150m(10334ft)

Detail

The Gangtey festival takes place in the autumn season, specifically in September and October, according to the Buddhist lunar calendar. During this festival, sacred Mask Dances are performed, along with local folk songs and dances presented by monks and local people. These performances take place in the large courtyard of the Gangtey monastery, where everyone wears elaborately designed silk brocade costumes. The monastery is situated in the stunning Phobjikha Valley, which is also a winter roosting ground for migrant and rare black-necked cranes.

This annual festival concludes with Nguedup Langwa (receiving empowerment of spiritual wisdom & power) which is a special blessing ritual for the people of Gangtey valley.

Each festivals have their own significance and you can learn about the importances of the Bhutanese customs by: 

  • Witnessing the Gangtey Festival.
  • Interacting with our Local People.
  • Visiting the pristine villages and Farm houses.
  • Participating in Archery game (National Game)

Trip Cost

The minimum daily tour package covers the following services.

$ 2765 (Single Traveler)
$ 2516 (Couple – Per person)
$ 2350 (3 – 6 Travelers -per person)
$ 2184 (7- 9 Travelers- per person)
$ 2046 (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: Arrive Paro – Thimphu sightseeing

Driving Duration: 1.5hrs/ 65km
Elevation: 2350m / 7710ft

Upon landing at the Paro’s International Airport, drive on to Thimphu for sightseeing

Attractions: 
– National Memorial chorten
– Tashichho Dzong
– Explore Thimphu Town by visiting Authentic Bhutanese Crafts street

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu

Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing

Elevation: 2200m/7218ft

After breakfast you will be escorted for  sightseeing around Thimphu Valley

Attractions
– Buddha Point (Siddhartha Gautama in seated position)
– Takin Preserve Center
– Hand Made Paper Factory
– Centenary Farmers Markets
– 13 Bhutanese Arts and Crafts (Zorig Chusum)
– Zilukha Nunnery

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu

Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha sightseeing

Driving Duration: 2hrs/76km
Elevation: 1310m / 4300ft

Drive on to Punakha, Punakha sightseeing

Attractions:
– Do Chula Pass
– Chimmi Lhakhang
– Punakha Suspension bridge
– Punakha Dzong

Overnight in Punakha

Day 04: Punakha – Phobjikha/Gangtey

Driving Duration: 2hrs/ 78km
Elevation: 2900m / 9510ft

After finishing sightseeing in Punakha, drive on to Phobjikha, Gangtey for the next day

Attractions: 
– Gangtey Monastery
– Gangtey Nature Trial
– Black Necked Crane Information Center
– Phobjikha Valley

Overnight at the hotel in Phobjikha

Day 05: Phobjikha or Gangtey -Attend one day Festival

Elevation:  2900m / 9510ft

Attend one day Festival in the courtyard of the magnificent Gangtey Monastery

Attractions: 
– Visiting the pristine villages and Farm houses
– Participating in Archery game (National Game)
– Observe different types of colorful mask dances and folksongs

Overnight at the lodge in Phobjikha

Day 06: Phobjikha – Paro sightseeing

Driving Duration: 4hrs/ 169km
Elevation:  2250m / 7382ft

Drive on to Paro after having breakfast at the lodge in Phobjikha

Attractions: 
– Ta Dzong ( National Museum)
– Rinpung Dzong
– Explore Paro Town

Overnight at the hotel in Paro

Day 07: Paro – Hike to the Tiger’s Nest monastery

Duration: 5-6hrs/11km
Elevation: 3000m/ 9842km

A day hike to Paro Taktsang

Attractions: 
– Tiger’s Nest Monastery
– Kyichu Temple

Overnight at the hotel in Paro

Day 08: Paro – Departure.

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be escorted to the airport for departure. Leave Bhutan behind, but take with you the great experiences as you board your departing flight.

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