Bhutan cultural tour with Haa festival
A unique tailormade tour and trip in Bhutan, Asia, discovering its immense cultural heritage, visiting temples and monasteries and meeting local people. In the meantime, you will also have the unique chance to take part in the Haa festival on the 5th of July.Read more
The Haa festival is a summer event taking place in the Bhutan mountains and celebrating nomadic lifestyle, traditional habits and cuisine.
A unique opportunity to discover local lore while on vacation in Bhutan!
Upon arrival in Paro, you are met by your guide and driver and transferred to Thimphu, which takes around 1hr from the airport. This afternoon visit attractions of Thimphu according to your interests and available time. This may include Tashicho Dzong, which is the main Government center with the kings’ throne room.
Visit Farmer’s market, which is more vibrant during the weekends and the Bhutan Post Office. Overnight in 3* hotel.
The capital of Bhutan also has most things to see for visitors. A full day tour of Thimphu’s cultural sites and monuments may include Memorial Chorten, traditional Art school or Painting school, Indigenous Hospital, Nunnery at Zilukha, a short drive up to a view point for aerial view of the capital and its suburbs.
Along the way, visit Takin Sanctuary, the national animal of Bhutan and a giant Buddha statue. There are others like Zangdopelri temple, Changangkha monastery, Simtokha Dzong, Crafts workshop, and the textile museum which can be visited as per available time or based on your interests. Overnight in 3* hotel.
The drive from Thimphu to Punakha across spectacular Dochula takes about 3hrs. From Thimphu, road climbs up to Dochula pass (3,050m), where you have the opportunity to view the peaks of the eastern Himalayas. Descend into Wangdue/Punakha valley. Punakha-Wangdue valley is lower (about 1450m above sea level) and it enjoys sub-tropical climate.
In the afternoon, visit impressive Punakha Dzong at the confluence of the two rivers. Later drive short distance north through the idyllic countryside and walk short distance uphill to Khamsum Chorten on Nyenzangang hill. The views from here of the terraced rice fields, dotted with traditional houses, the river and the valley surrounded by mountains is amazing! On the way stop by to visit the township of Punakha at Khuruthang. Overnight in a 3* hotel.
Check-out of the hotel. Take a short walk into the village and visit Chimi Lhakhang temple, dedicated to Lam Drukpa Kuenley, affectionately known as “Divine Madman,” for his unconventional ways of teaching using dirty jokes. He is a folk hero and a cultural icon around which countless yarns of facts and fiction, stories and legends have been spun.
Make a brief tour of Wangdue Phodrang; view the ruins of its Dzong, drive through the town area, and return drive to Thimphu recrossing magnificent Dochula pass, with one more opportunity to see the panoramic views of the Eastern Himalayan peaks.
After Thimphu, continue 1hr drive to Paro. Along the way, there is a nice small nunnery at Sitsina that you can visit. Upon arrival in Paro, stroll around the town and the check-into you hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight in 3* hotel.
Our journey in the Kingdom of Bhutan culminates with a hike to the most famous pilgrimage site in Bhutan: Taktsang Goempa (tiger’s nest) monastery (at about 3100m/10,100ft). Visible from afar, this magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 1,000 feet above the valley floor, defying logic, gravity, and reason in the quest for spiritual enlightenment.
It is one of the most amazing and important piece of architecture in Bhutan. If for some reason, some of the members wish to skip hike to Taktsang, our guide and driver can arrange other interesting alternatives for them. You can also hire pony for the uphill part, till the first view point and cafeteria but you must be able to walk back downhill on return.
The steep hike to the first view point or cafeteria (at 2940m/9,650ft) takes between 1-2hrs (ascending about 300m/1,000ft) from the starting point. From here it is another half hour or so to higher spectacular lookout point after ascending another 200m/650ft that puts you eyeball to eyeball with the monastery.
From this vantage point, Takstang seems close enough to touch but it is on the far side of deep chasm and takes a knee breaking descent and ascending of another 40 minutes or so to the monastery. While some will probably not make it all the way to the monastery, but even to get to the first view point is really worth all the effort. Upon return from the hike, we may have time to visit the ruins of Drugyal Dzong. Farewell dinner. Overnight in 3* hotel.
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