(8 nights / 9 days)

Festival Date:  30th September  – 2nd October, 2017 
Venu: Tashichodzong

Thimphu Festival is Bhutan’s largest and most popular autumn festival held in the vicinity of Trashichhodzong, a 17th century fortress, under clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine. Started by Desi Tenzin Rabgay, the 4th temporal ruler of Bhutan more than three centuries ago, the festival honours Guru Padmasambhava, the great Indian tantric

saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century. 

High light of the tour:

Hike to Taktsang Monastery which clings to a cliff at 900 m above from the valley floor.
Attend the colourful four-day Thimphu festival or tshechuheld to coincide with the 10th day of the 8th month of Bhutanese lunar calendar.

Visit Painting school of traditional arts & crafts & Folk Heritage Museum.
Witness Bhutan’s national game, archery, played in traditional style.


Day 01. Arrive Paro (2800 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 Taktsang 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 Festival (Festival Day 01). 

Attend the festival whole day. Dinner and overnight in Hotel. (B, L, D)


Day 04. Thimphu Festival (Festival Day 02).

Attend the festival in the morning. Afternoon visit includes National Memorial Chorten, the tallest and the largest statue of sitting Buddha, Changangkha lhakkhang and Takin Preserve Centre.

Dinner and overnight 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 – Paro (2280 m) (distance: 130 km, 5 hrs driving time)

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu and visit Royal Textile Museum, Painting School, and Folk Heritage Museum.

In the evening, drive to Paro. Dinner and overnight in Hotel. (B, L, D)


Day 07. Paro:After breakfast, drive to the base of Taktsang 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 08. Paro – Haa DAY EXCURSION

Today with early breakfast day excursion to Haa Valley with picnic lunch. You will drive over Chele La, 3850 meters pass through the forest of blue pines, fir, and oak. On the clear day you will see mountain Jomolhari 7314 meters, other snow capped and stunning valley below the pass.

After a picnic lunch at pass, you will drive further down to Haa Valley and visit Lhakhang KArpo and Lhakhang Nagpo. Later stroll in town later. Dinner and O/N at Hotel. (B, L, D)


Day 09. Paro Departure

Early morning drive to the airport and farewell. (B)

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