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Nalakhar Festival

Festival dates: 19th – 21st November 2021.

Nalakhar Festival is one of the very popular Bhutan festivals and is held at the Ngaa Lhakhang in the village of Nalakhar, Bumthang. The 3 days Nalakhar festival in one of the popular festivals among the people of Choekhor valley and the people from all over Bumthang come to witness the festival dressed in their finest clothes. This theme of the festival is to bring prosperity and happiness to the community and the country as a whole. The Nalakhar festival is celebrated as a symbol of prayer for good harvest and for the good health and wellbeing of everyone in the community.

Detailed Itinerary for Nalakhar 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, a short stop to view:

Tamchog Monastery built in 1420 by Thang Thong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464).

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of Late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Craft Bazaar.
  • Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Thimphu Sightseeing:

Tallest-statue-of-Sitting-Buddha

Tallest statue of Sitting Buddha.

In the morning, visit to:

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

Lunch at Simple Bhutan Museum restaurant, where you can enjoy typical Bhutanese dishes, Ara (Local wine), witness Folk dances, visit to the Folk Museum and many more.

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • National Postal Museum.
  • 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 (76 Km, 3 hrs drive):

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Dochu La pass (3100 m).

In the morning, drive to Punakha.

On the way, visit to:

  • Dochu La Pass with its 108 stupas and enjoy the great view of Himalayan ranges in the north.

Chimi Lhakhang which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in the year 1499.

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Punakha Dzongbuilt in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, hike to the beautiful Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 04. Punakha –Wangdiphodrang – Gangtey (75 km, 2 hour drive):

Wangdiphodrang-Dzong

Wangdiphodrang Dzong.

In the morning, drive to Gangtey.

On the way, we stop to view the 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, the roosting ground of the Rare Black- necked Cranes in winter.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 05. Gangtey – Trongsa – Bumthang (130 km – 4 hours drive):

Trongsa-Dzong

Trongsa Dzong.

In the morning, drive to Bumthang.

We stop on the way at Pele la pass (3420 meters) which opens corridor to the Central Bhutan.

While in Trongsa, we visit:

  • Trongsa Dzong was built in 1644 by Chhogyal Minjur Tempa.

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Tower of Trongsa, the Ta Dzong which now serves as the National Museum.

In the evening, drive further to Bumthang. We spend a short time exploring Chamkhar town.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 06. Bumthang Sightseeing:

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Jakar Dzong.

In the morning, visit to:

  • The Jakar Dzong which means “The Castle of White Bird” was built in 1667 by the Tibetan Lama Nagi Wangchuk.
  • Jambay Lhakhang built by King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet in the year 659 on the same day as Kichu Lhakhang in Paro.
  • Chakhar Lhakhang, the Palace of the Indian King, Sindhu Raja.
  • Tamshing Lhakhang (Temple of the good message), established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa.
  • Kurjey Lhakhang where you can see the body print of Guru Rimpoche on a rock.

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Konchogsum Monastery built in the 6th century, this Lhakhang was renovated in 1995 and so it has a modern look to it. Legend has it that the Lhakhang contained a large bell that when it was rung, the sound could be heard all the way in Lhasa, Tibet.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 07. Bumthang – Nalakhar Festival – Bumthang:

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Nalakhar Festival.

In the morning, drive to the Nalakhar temple and witness the Nalakhar festival.

Packed lunch will be served.

In the evening, drive back to Bumthang.

On the way, back visit to:

  • The Mebar Tsho or “the Burning Lake”.

In the evening, visit to the Cheese factory.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 08. Bumthang – Paro (Flight to Paro):

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Rinpung Dzong.

In the morning, drive to the airport and fly to Paro.

Your guide will receive you at the Paro airport.

In the afternoon, we visit:

  • Ta Dzong built in 1649 which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan.
  • 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 09. Paro Sightseeing- Hike to the Tiger’s Nest.

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Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.

In the morning, we drive to Satsam Chorten and hike to the Tiger’s Nest monastery (Taktsang).

In the afternoon, visit to:

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 10 Paro – Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.