Bhutan: Thimphu Festival (13-15 September, 2024)

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  • Trip Duration: 7 Nights 8 Days
  • Trip Type: Festival Tours
  • Date: 13th - 15th September, 2024
  • Elevation: 1200m (4074ft) to 3150m(10334ft)

Detail

Thimphu Tshechu is held in honor of Bhutan’s patron Lama, Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as Guru Rimpoche. The festival is held from 9th to 11th day in the 8th month of the Bhutanese calendar. It is held in the courtyard of the Tashichhodzong and is considered one of the most beautiful Tshechus in western Bhutan. Apart from being a religious festival, it is also that time of the year where Bhutanese from all walks of life and ages gather in their finest attire to socialize and celebrate. The 2023 Thimphu Tshechu is scheduled to be held from 24th to 26th of September 2023. 

The tour highlights on: 

  • Exploring the history and the significance of  Thimphu Festival
  • learning about Bhutan and its culture
  • Witnessing the beauty of Taktsang (Tigers’ Nest) during the hike

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: Arrival in Paro- Drive on to Thimphu

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

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

Attractions: 
– Picturesque Paro Valley
– National Memorial chorten
– Buddha Point
– Centenary Farmers’ Market

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu

Day 02: Thimphu - Attend the annual Festival

Elevation: 2200m/7218ft

A day excursion at the Thimphu Festival

Attractions: 
– Tashichho Dzong
– Explore the history and the significance of Thimphu Festival
– The traditional Bhutanese attire (Gho & Kira)
– Colourful displays of Thanka and Thongdrel (silk appliqué)
– Vibrant mask dances and songs

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu

Day 03: Thimphu - Punakha

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 (sightseeing)

Elevation:  1310m / 4300ft

A excursion in Punakha

Attractions: 
– Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
– Nalanda Buddhist Institute
– Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Temple (Nunnery)

Overnight at the hotel in Punakha

Day 05: Punakha- Phobjikha Valley/Gangtey

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

Drive on to Phobjikha Valley

Attractions: 
– Gangtey Monastery
– Gangtey Nature Trail
– 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 Tiger's-nest

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

A day hike to Paro Taktsang

Attractions: 
– Tiger’s Nest Monastery
– Perfect spot for photography
– Bhutanese Traditional Homestay

Overnight at the hotel in Paro

Day 08: 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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