(10 nights/11 days)

Festival Date: 13th -15th December, 2017
Venue: Ngaa Lhakhang, Bumthang

This festival is held at the Ngaa Lhakhang in Nalakhar village in Bumthang. The three-day festival in one of the popular festivals in the Choekhor valley and attracts people from all over Bumthang, dressed in their finest clothes. This festival is celebrated to bring happiness and prosperity to the village and the country and the country as a whole.

It is also a symbolic prayer for good harvest and for the wellbeing of everyone.

The highlight of the tour:

hike to the “Tiger’s Nest”,
Gain insight into Himalayan Buddhism in Bhutan,
Visit Phobjikha valley.

Attend the three-day Nalakhar Tshechu festival, the most famous of spring festivals held every year at end of March or beginning of April month, hang out with the locals.

Visit Punakha – the old capital of Bhutan
Visit the tallest and the largest statue of sitting Buddha in Thimphu – the only capital in the world where there is no traffic light.

Day 01. Arrive Paro (Altitude 2280 m): Make My Holidays in Bhutan representative will receive you in the airport and transfer you to Hotel.

After lunch, visit Ta Dzong- The national Museum of Bhutan followed byIcH WAS Lat visit to Rimpung Dzong.

In the evening, visit a farm house. Dinner and O/N in Hotel. (L, D)

Day 02. Paro Sightseeing – Thimphu (2320 m) (Driving distance: 54 km, 1 ½ hrs. driving time)

After breakfast, drive to the base of monastery and hike to Taktsang or “Tiger’s Nest”.

The monastery clings to a sheer rock face, almost 900 m above the valley floor. The uphill hike from the road point takes around 3 hours. The trail passes through beautiful pine forests adorned with Spanish moss as you go further up. Stop for rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tigress and meditated for three months.
After lunch, visit to ruins of Drugyel Dzong, which kept at bay invasions from the north. On the way back, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gyempo.

In the evening, drive to Thimphu. On the way, stop a while to view the Tamchog Lhakhang built byThangthong Gyelpo- Bhutan’s Iron Bridge Builder.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 03. Thimphu Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m).

Your day in Thimphu begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten,built in 1974 in memory of the Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. The next stop is at National Institute of Zorig Chusum, school of 13 arts and crafts, where you can meet the students in training session. The next visit is Folk Heritage Museum, that provides insight into a traditional Bhutanese farm house and Bhutan’s fast disappearing rural past.

After lunch, you will visit the 12th century Changangkha Lhakhang, followed by a visit to Takin Preserve Centre (Takin is the nation’s national animal). We then visit a nunnery before visiting Tashichhodzong which is the seat of government. It is also the summer residence of the Je Khenpo or the Chief Abbot. Dinner and overnight in Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 04. Thimphu Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m). After breakfast,

Hike to Cheri Monastery
After lunch, visit the tallest & the largest statue of Buddha in the world & Royal Textile Academy. In the evening, leisure at your own.

Dinner and O/N in Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 05. Thimphu – Punakha (1300m) 76 km, 3 hrs. Drive time): 

After a sumptuous breakfast, drive to Punakha – the old capital of Bhutan. The first stop is at Dochu La pass (3160 m). From Dochula you can see the eastern Himalayan range if the weather permits. En-route you will visit Chimi Lhakhang, also known as the temple of fertility dedicated to a divine madman Drukpa Kuenley, the 15th century saint known for his outrageous methods of teaching the dharma. It is a 20-minute walk through rice fields to the temple.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 06. Punakha – Trongsa (2316m) (129 km, 5 hrs drive): 

Your first visit, after the breakfast, is Punakha Dzong, which stands at the confluence of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers.

The Dzong was first built in 1637 by the founder of Bhutan and has been witness to defining moments of Bhutanese history. It is a fine example of Bhutan’s highly refined architectural skills.
We then proceed to Trongsa passing over Pele La pass at 3390m. Dinner and overnight in Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 07. Trongsa – Bumthang (2800 m) (Distance: 68 km, 3 hrs):

After breakfast, visit Trongsa Dzong, built in 1648. It was seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second kings ruled the country from this ancient seat. Bhutan’s monarchs are invested as Trongsa Penlop (Governor of Trongsa) prior to ascending the throne. We then visit the ancient watchtower, which has now been restored from ground up and converted into a state of the art museum presenting the historical and religious heritage of the fortress.

After lunch you will drive to Bumthang passing over Yotong La pass (3425 m). On the way, stop at a Yathra textile weaving handloom centre. You can even watch some of the weavers at their looms. Dinner and overnight in Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 08. Bumthang NALAKHAR TSHECHU (2800 m). Whole day attend the Nalakhar festival.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 09. Bumthang – Phobjikha (3100m) (143 km, 6 hrs):

Drive to the beautiful valley of Phobjikha home to the rare black Necked crane that roost in winter. On the way, stop a while at Chendebji Chorten, patterned on Katmandu’s Swayambhunath stupa, with eyes painted at the four cardinal points.

After lunch, visit Gangtey Goenpa. Dinner and overnight in Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 10. Phobjikha – Thimphu (2320 m) (138 km, 6 hrs):

After breakfast, visit to the Crane Observation and Information Center and then drive to Thimphu. Enroute stop at Wangdue to briefly visit the Wangdue Dzong, which is being restored, and then visit Rinchengang village where the clustered settlement is made of mud and stone. Stop at Dochu La pass for lunch. Dinner and overnight in Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 11. Thimphu – Paro: Departure

Early morning drive to the Airport for onward journey. (B)

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