Bhutan: Trashigang Festival (09-11 December, 2024)

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  • Trip Duration: 14 Nights 15 Days
  • Trip Type: Cultural & Festival Tours
  • Date: 09th - 11th December, 2024
  • Elevation: 1242 m (4074 ft) -3750 m (12303 ft)

Detail

The Trashigang festival is a popular celebration in the eastern region that attracts people from all walks of life. Even the nomadic people of Merak and Sakten come to attend the festival by wearing their unique attire which makes them stand out in the crowd. The festival is observed for three days every year by featuring mask dances and folk dances in honor of Guru Rinpoche. In this way, the festival provides an opportunity for people from remote communities to come together and listen to the teachings of Padmasambhava. 

During the trip, you will be escorted from Western region to the Eastern region whereby you can expect the following from the trip: 

  • Stop at the Paro Airport Bird’s Eye View point
  • 2 hrs of hike on Gangtey Nature Trail
  • Learn about the customs of Merak and Sakten communities
  • Views of towering peaks and valleys from the flight
  • Local sightseeing
  • 4-5 hrs of hike to the Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)

Trip Cost

The minimum daily tour package covers the following services.

$ 5460 (Single Traveler)
$ 4969 (Couple -per person)
$ 4586 (3 – 6 Travelers -per person)
$ 4259 (7- 9 Travelers -per person)
$ 3986 (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 to Thimphu

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

Drive on to Thimphu and check into your hotel, Thimphu sightseeing

Attractions:
– Picturesque Paro Valley
– National Memorial chorten
– Tashichhodzong

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu

Day 02: Thimphu - cultural Sightseeing

Elevation: 2200m/7218ft

A day excursion in the 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

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

Punakha sightseeing

Attractions:
– Do Chula Pass (3100m/10200ft)
– Chimmi Lhakhang
– Punakha Suspension bridge
– Punakha Dzong

Overnight in Punakha

Day 04: Punakha - Phobjikha (Gangtey)

Elevation: 2900m/9510ft

Drive on to Phobjikha valley

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

Overnight at the lodge in Phobjikha

Day 05: Phobjikha – Bumthang via Trongsa

Driving Duration: 160 km/ 4.5 hrs
Elevation: 2800m / 9185ft

Drive on to Bumthang via Trongsa

Attractions:
– Pele la Pass (3,300m)
– Chendebji Chorten
– Trongsa Dzong
– Trongsa Museum
– Youtongla Pass

Overnight at the hotel in Bumthang

Day 06: Bumthang Sightseeing

Elevation: 2800m / 9185ft

A day excursion in Bumthang valley

Attractions:
– Jakar Dzong
– Jambay Lhakhang/ temple
– Kurjey Lhakhang
– Tamshing Lhakhang

Overnight at the hotel in Bumthang

Day 07: Bumthang - Day excursion to Tang Ugyen Choling Palace

Duration: 1.5hrs/50km
Elevation: 2800m / 9185ft

A day excursion to Tang Ugyen Choling Palace

Attractions:
– Tang Valley
– Membartsho Lake
– Pema Choling Nunnery Monastery
– Tag Rimochen Temple
– Ogyen Choling Palace and Museum

Overnight at the hotel in Bumthang

Day 08: Bumthang to Mongar

Driving Duration: 192 Kms/7 hrs
Elevation: 1700m / 5580ft

Attractions:
– Ura valley
– Thrumshing-La Pass
– Sengor valley
– Namling Waterfall
– Mongar town
– Mongar Dzong

Overnight in Mongar

Day 09: Mongar to Lhuntse

Driving Duration: 76Km/ 2hrs
Elevation: 1815m/ 5955ft

Attractions:
– Lhuntse Dzong
– Khoma village (known for weaving brocade dress)
– Takila (Giant Guru statue)

Overnight at the hotel in Mongar

Day 10: Mongar to Trashigang

Driving Duration: 76Km/ 2hrs
Elevation: 1815m/ 5955ft

Attractions:
– Lhuntse Dzong
– Khoma village (known for weaving brocade dress)
– Takila (Giant Guru statue)

Overnight at the hotel in Mongar

Day 11: Trashigang Festival

Elevation: 1850m / 6070ft

A day excursion at the Trashigang festival

Attractions:
– Trashigang Dzong/fortress
– Colorful Trongdrel and Tangkha (silk appliqué)
– Discover the significance of the festival

Overnight at the hotel in Trashigang

Day 12: Trashigang – Day excursion to Merak Villages

Driving Duration: 64km/2hrs
Elevation: 3500m/11482ft

A day excursion n Merak Villages

Attractions:
– Rangjung Woesel Chholing Monastery
– Radhi Village (Famous in Raw Silk Weaving)
– Brokpa people (Nomadic lifestyle)

Overnight in Trashigang

Day 13: Trashigang to Paro (Domestic Flight)

Flight Duration: 45 minutes
Elevation: 2250m / 7382ft

Attractions:
– Enjoy the views of green valleys and peaking mountains from the flight
– Paro Weekend Market (traditional products)
– Rinpung Dzong
– Ta Dzong (National Museum)

Overnight at the hotel in Paro

Day 14: Paro - Hike to Tiger’s Nest

Hiking Duration: 3-4hrs/ 6-7km
Elevation: 3120m/ 10236ft

Hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Paro Sightseeing

Attractions:
– Tiger’s Nest (Paro Taktsang)
– Bhutanese Traditional Homestay

Overnight at the hotel in Paro

Day 15: Paro- Departure

Breakfast at the hotel and then you will be escorted to the airport where your companion will help you with exit formalities and bid you farewell.

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