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Druk Wangyel Festival

Festival dates: 13th December 2021.

The Druk Wangyel festival is a very unique festival in Bhutan and is performed by the Royal Bhutan Army. This event is a tribute to the wise leadership of His Majesty the King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. It is also to celebrate efforts of the Royal Bhutan Army in protecting the sovereignty and stability of the country. This festival is performed at the beautiful Dochu la pass with 108 well arranged stupas. You can also relax and enjoy the stunning view of the Himalayan Mountains in the north.

Detailed Itinerary for Druk Wangyel Festival:

Day 01. Arrive Paro – Thimphu (Distance: 54 km, 1 hr drive):

Tamchog-Lhakhang

Tamchog Lhakhang.

Meet and greet at the Airport and drive to Thimphu.

On the way, we take a short stop to view Tamchog Monastery.

  • Tamchog Monastery built in 1420 by Thangthong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464).

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • National Memorial Chorten.
  • Craft Bazaar.
  • Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Thimphu Sightseeing:

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National Memorial Chorten.

In the morning, visit to:

  • Tallest Statue of sitting Buddha in the world (51.5 meters) at Kuenselphodrang.
  • Changangkha Lhakhang.
  • Takin Preserve center.
  • Sangaygang view point.
  • Dupthop Lhakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.

Lunch at Simply Bhutan Museum restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • National Postal Museum where you can make your own personalized stamps.
  • School of 13 Arts and Crafts (Painting school).

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 03. Thimphu – Punakha (Druk Wangyal festival) 76 Km, 3 hrs drive):

Druk Wangyel Festival

Druk Wangyel Festival

In the morning, drive to the Dochu La Pass and visit 108 stupas. You can also see the beautiful view of Himalayan mountain ranges in the north.

  • Witness the Druk Wangyel festival.

In the afternoon, witness the festival.

In the evening, drive to Punakha.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 04. Punakha sightseeing:

In the morning, visit to:

  • Chimi Lhakhang built in 1499 by Lama Drukpa Kuenley (Popularly known as “The Divine Madman”. The Temple is also called “the Temple of Fertility”.
  • Punakha Dzongbuilt in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the afternoon,

  • Hike to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.

In the evening, walk the Longest Suspension bridge in Bhutan (160 meters).

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 05. Punakha –Wangdiphodrang – Gangtey (75 km, 2 hour drive):

Wangdiphodrang-Dzong-Druk Wangyel Festival

Wangdiphodrang Dzong.

In the morning, drive to Gangtey.

On the way, we take a view of Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Note: Upper part of the valley is called Gangtey and lower part is called Phobjikha.

While in Gangtey, visit to:

  • Gangtey Gompa Monastery founded in 1613 by Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa.
  • Crane Information center.

In the evening, explore Phobjikha valley, the roosting ground of the Rare Black- necked Cranes in winter.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 06. Gangtey – Paro (170 kms. 4 hrs drive):

Rinpung-Dzong-Druk Wangyel Festival

Rinpung Dzong.

In the morning, drive to Paro.

We occasionally stop on the way to take pictures.

In the afternoon, we visit:

  • Ta Dzong built in 1649, an ancient watch tower which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan.
  • The Rimpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

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

Tiger’s-Nest-(Taktsang)-Monastery

Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.

In the morning, hike to the Tiger’s Nest monastery (Taktsang).

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 08. Paro (Departure):

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.