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Nimalung Festival

Festival dates: 18th – 20th June 2021.

Nimalung Festival is held in Nimalung Temple in Bumthang. This 3 day festival is an annual event and starts with the Mask dances and folk dances. The main event is on the last day where they display of Guru Tshengye Thongdrol (Huge Tapestry / Thanka) in the morning and people get blessed. On final day of the festival, people also get the opportunity to witness Guru Tshengye cham and Drametse Nga Cham performed by the monks of Nimalung monastery.

Detailed Itinerary for Nimalung Festival:

Day 01. Arrive Paro:

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Rinpung Dzong.

Meet and greet at the airport and drive to the Hotel. After lunch, visit to:

  • Ta Dzong, the tower of Paro built in 1649 which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan.
  • Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, explore Paro town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Paro – Bumthang:

In the morning, drive to the airport for flight to Bumthang.

Meet & greet at the Airport and drive to the Hotel.

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Jakar Dzong.

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Jakar Dzong literally means “The Castle of White Bird” built in 1667 by the Tibetan Lama Nagi Wangchuk.
  • Jambay Lhakhang built by the Tibetan King, Srongtsen Gampo in the year 659.
  • Tamshing Lhakhang which means “the Temple of the good message”, established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa.
  • Kurjey Lhakhang where you can see the body print of the Guru Rimpoche built in the 8th

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 03. Bumthang – Nimalung Festival:

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Nimalung Festival.

In the morning, drive to Nimalung and witness the festival (Whole day).

On the way back, visit to:

  • The “Mebar Tsho” or the Burning Lake where Pema Lingpa discovered the treasures hidden by Guru Rimpoche.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 04. Bumthang – Nimalung Festival:

Witness the Nimalung Festival.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 05. Bumthang – Trongsa – Phobjikha (143 km – 4 hours):

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Trongsa Dzong.

In the morning, drive to the beautiful valley of Phobjikha.

On the way, visit to:

  • Trongsa Dzong was built in 1644 by Chhogyal Minjur Tempa. The Dzong was strategically built by the ancient rulers to control the trade between Eastern and Western Bhutan.
  • Ta Dzong is an ancient watch tower which once guarded the Trongsa Dzong.

After lunch, drive further to Phobjikha valley.

While in Phobjikha, visit to:

Gangtey Gompa Monastery founded by Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613.

Explore the beautiful Phobjikha valley at an elevation of 3000 m.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 06. Phobjikha – Punakha (74 km – 3 hours):

In the morning, visit to the Crane information center.

Wangdiphodrang-Dzong

Wangdiphodrang Dzong.

We then drive to Punakha and visit to:

  • Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Rimpoche.
  • Chimi Lhakhang also called the “Temple of Fertility” built by in 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kuenley also popularly known as “The Devine Madman”.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Punakha Dzong was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, hike to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Temple. It was built by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck. The temple houses paintings that belong to the Nyingmapa Traditions.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 07. Punakha – Thimphu (76 kms – 3 hours):

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Dochu La pass (3100 m).

In the morning, walk across the Longest Suspension bridge in Bhutan (160 m).

  • Visit the Dochu La Pass (3100 meters) with 108 stupas. Enjoy the great views of the Higher Himalayas bordering Tibet. You can see Table Mountain, Mt. Masagang (7158 m), the highest mountain in Bhutan.

After lunch at Dochu La cafeteriadrive further to Thimphu.

  • Witness archery match at Changlimithang stadium.

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

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 08. Thimphu Sightseeing:

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Tallest statue of Sitting Buddha.

In the morning, visit to:

  • National Memorial Chorten built in 1974 by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Kesang Choden Wangchuck.
  • Tallest Statue of sitting Buddha (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, 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:

  • Handicraft Bazaar where you can buy Bhutanese Handicrafts and Art works.
  • Tashichho Dzong, the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan).

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 09. Thimphu – Paro (56 km. 1 hour drive):

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Tamchog Monastery.

In the morning, drive to Paro and visit to:

  • National Postal Museum.
  • Textile Museum.
  • Painting School (School of 13 Arts and Crafts).

After lunch, drive to Paro.

On the way, visit to:

  • Tamchog Monastery built in the 15th century by Thangthong Gyalpo.

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

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 10. Paro Sightseeing (Hike to the Tiger’s Nest):

Tiger’s-Nest-(Taktsang)-Monastery

Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.

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

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King, Srongsen Gampo.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 11. Paro (Departure):

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.