Trongsa Festival Tour (11 Nights/12 Days)
“A land of friendly, devout Buddhists, mountain monasteries and snow-capped 22,000 foot peaks, Bhutan is the cultural explorer’s Philosopher’s Stone. This departure takes in the Festivals where people from all over Bhutan come to partake in the festivities. Festival goers and monks alike dress in brilliant costumes and wear masks representing Buddhist deities. Here they dance and re-enact Bhutanese legends. A unique, special, and spiritual way to explore Bhutan.”
Day 1 BKK-PBH
Arrive Paro. Met and transfer to the hotel. After lunch you will visit the National Museum, Paro Dzong. Evening explore the Paro town. Welcome dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 2 Paro-Thimphu
After breakfast you will drive to Thimphu. Upon arrival in Thimphu you will visit the Traditional Paper Factory. Check in and lunch in hotel. After lunch you will visit the Memorial Choeten, Changangkha Lhakhang, Sangaygang – the view point. Next you will visit the Dupthob Lhakhang, a nunnery and it has more than 60 practicing nuns. Evening you will visit the Handicrafts Emporium. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3 Thimphu
You will start your day with visit to the Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, National Library and Institute for Zorig Chusum – a painting school. Lunch in town. After lunch you will drive north of Thimphu to visit the Tango Monastery which is now a college for learning higher Buddhist Philosophy. It takes about an hour and the trail takes you through the gradual ascends. The monastery now has about 200 practicing monks. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4 Thimphu-Punakha
After breakfast you will visit the weekend market. Then you will drive to Punakha across the Dochula pass (3100m). If weather favors you, then you will get to enjoy the magnificent views of the eastern Himalayas. Tea stop at the pass. Resume your journey to Punakha. Check in and lunch at the hotel. After lunch you will make an excursion to Chimi Lhakhang – a Buddhist temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenlay. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5 Punakha-Gangtey-Trongsa
Early breakfast and start your journey to Trongsa. On route you will visit the Wangduephodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Phobjikha valley is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan and chosen home of black necked cranes which migrate from the Tibetan plateau to escape harsh winters. Explore the valley. Lunch will be served at Gangtey valley. After lunch you will resume your journey to Trongsa. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6 Trongsa (Festival/Tshechu)
After breakfast you will visit the majestic Trongsa Dzong – built in 1644 by Choegyal Minjur Tempa. It’s the most impressive dzong in the country – most aesthetic and magnificent works of the Bhutanese architecture. Today you will witness the Trongsa Tshechu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7 Trongsa-Bumthang
After breakfast you will witness the unfolding of the Trongsa Thongdrol. Resume your journey to Jakar ascending to the Yutongla (3400m). Lunch at hotel. Afternoon you will explore the town. Evening you will visit the Jakar Dzong – ” Fortress of the white bird.” Overnight at lodge.
Day 8 Bumthang
Morning you will begin your day with visit to Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang. Back to hotel for lunch. After lunch you will explore the other side of Chamkhar Chu(River) on foot. You will visit the Tamzhing Goenpa and Kuenchosum Lhakhang. You will wrap up your day with visit to the Swiss farm where you may like to enjoy the soft Gouda cheese. Overnight at lodge.
Day 9 Bumthang-Punakha
After breakfast you will say good bye to Jakar to go to Punakha. Tea stop in Trongsa. Resume your journey to Punakha. Lunch will be served at Chendebji Choeten. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 Punakha-Paro Via Thimphu
Today you will drive to Paro. Lunch stop in Thimphu. After lunch you will have time to do the final shopping you may have. You will then resume your drive to Paro. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 Paro-Day Excursion to Taktshang Monastery
Day excursion to Taktshang Goenpa (Tiger’s Nest). Evening visit Drukgyel Dzong & Kyichu Lhakhang. Farewell dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 12 PBH-BKK
After breakfast you will drive to the Paro International Airport for your onward destination. Your YANA Expeditions Team will assist you with check in formalities and bid you farewell.