Bhutan: Punakha Festival (9-11 March, 2025)

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  • Trip Duration: 7 Nights 8 Days
  • Trip Type: Festival Tours
  • Date: 9th - 11th March, 2025
  • Elevation: 1200 m (4265ft) - 3450 m (11319ft)

Detail

The Punakha Tshechu is one of the most popular festivals in the country which takes place back-to-back with Punakha Drupchen. The Unfurling of the Zhabdrung’s Thongdrel on the last day is the main attraction of the festival. It is believed that the mere sight of Thongdrel liberates the mind and body. The tour covers the valleys of  Thimphu, Paro, Punakha & Gangtey, whereby you will be soaking yourself in the view of the majestic landscape.

During the trip, two festivals happen one after another making your stay more exciting than other festivals. The trip highlights on:

  • Local sightseeing
  • exploring the Punakha festival 
  • Learning the significance of the Bhutanese customs
  • Hike to the Tiger’s Nest

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 Paro’s International Airport, drive on to Thimphu for sightseeing

Attractions: 
– Picturesque Paro Valley
– National Memorial chorten
– Tashichho Dzong

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu

Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing

Elevation: 2200m/7218ft

A day excursion in Thimphu Valley

Attractions: 
– Buddha Point (Siddhartha Gautama in seated position)
– The 13 traditional arts and crafts (Zorig Chusum)
– Zilukha Nunnery
– Centenary Farmers’ Market
– Takin Preservation Center

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu

Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha- Local sightseeing

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

Punakha sightseeing

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

Overnight in Punakha

Day 04: Punakha Festival

Elevation:  1310m / 4300ft

A day excursion at the annual Punakha Festival

Attractions: 
– Explore the significance of Punakha Festival
– Traditional Bhutanese attire (Gho & Kira)
– Colorful displays Thanka and Thongdrel (silk appliqué)
– Vibrant mask dances and folksongs

Overnight at the hotel in Punakha

Day 05: Punakha -Phobjikha or Gangtey

Driving Duration: 2.5hrs/ 79km
Elevation:  2900m / 9510ft

Drive on to Phobjikha Valley

Attractions: 
– Gangtey Nature Trail
– Gangtey Monastery
– Black Necked Crane Information Center
– Visiting the pristine villages and Farm houses
– Participating in Archery game (National Game)

Overnight at the lodge in Phobjikha

Day 06: Phobjikha – Paro sightseeing

Driving Duration: 4.5hrs/ 172 km
Elevation:  2250m / 7382ft

Breakfast at the lodge in Phobjikha, drive on to Paro

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

Overnight at the hotel in Paro

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

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

A day hike to Paro Taktsang

Attractions: 
– Tiger’s Nest Monastery
– A perfect spot for photography
– 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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