Bhutan: Wangdue Festival (11-13 September, 2024)

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  • Trip Duration: 7 Nights 8 Days
  • Trip Type: Cultural & Festival Tours
  • Date: 11th - 13th September, 2024
  • Elevation: 1200m (39937ft) - 3450m (11319ft)

Detail

The Wangdue Tshechu festival is celebrated for three days in autumn at the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. The festival features sacred mask dances, including the Raksha Mangcham, which portrays the trial system after death in the court of the Lord of Death. Thousands of people dressed in traditional attire attend the festival to witness this highly anticipated cultural event. 

The tour highlights the following: 

  • Interact with the locals to learn more about the festival
  • Enjoy quality time in pristine village  farmhouses that offer various cuisines. 
  • If you are interested, participate in Bhutan’s national traditional Archery game. 
  • Explore the renowned Tiger’s Nest in Paro, (stunning architecture and rich cultural significance.)  

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/65kms
Elevation: 2200 m/7218ft

Drive on to Thimphu, Thimphu sightseeing

Attractions
– National Memorial Chorten
– Tashichho Dzong
– Explore Thimphu Town

Overnight in Thimphu

Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing

Elevation: 2200m/7218 ft.

After breakfast you will be escorted for  sightseeing around Thimphu Valley

Attractions
– Buddha Point
– Takin Preservation Center
– Zilukha Nunnery
– Centenary Farmers’ Markets
– Authentic Bhutanese Crafts street

Overnight in Thimphu

Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha sightseeing

Driving duration:  2 hrs/76kms
Elevation: 2200m/7218ft

Drive to Punakha, Punakha sightseeing

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

Overnight in Punakha

Day 04: Punakha – Wangdue Festival

Driving duration:  30 minutes/14km
Elevation:  1273 m/4176ft

Drive to Wangdue, attend  annual festival in Wangdue

Attractions: 
– Wangdue Phodrang Dzong
– Colorful mask dances and folksongs
– Attend religious Wangdue festival

Overnight in Wangdue

Day 05: Wangdue - Phobjikha/ Gangtey

Driving Duration:  2hrs/64km
Elevation: 3000m/ 9842ft

Drive to Phobjikha, Phobjikha/Gangtey sightseeing

Attractions: 
– Phobjikha Valley
– The Gangtey Monastery
– Hike to Gangtey Nature Trail
– The Black Necked Crane Center

Overnight in Gangtey Farmhouse

Day 06: Phobjikha to Paro- local sightseeing

Driving Duration: 4hrs/169km
Elevation: 2200m/ 7217ft

Drive to Paro, Paro Sightseeing

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

Overnight at the hotel in Paro

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

Hiking Duration:  5-6hrs/11km
Elevation:  3120m/ 10236ft

Hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery

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

Overnight in Paro

Day 08: Paro – Departure.

After a delectable breakfast, time to check out from the hotel. Leave Bhutan behind you carrying only the good memories and experiences as you are accompanied by the representative to the airport for departure.

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