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Paro Festival Tour

Festival dates: 24th – 28th March 2021

The Paro Festival is a very famous festival and is held annually during the Spring at the Paro Dzong. The festival is for five days and main event of the festival is the Throngdroel ceremony. On the last day, the 400 years old Thanka (Tapestry) is unfurled from the top of a building. The local people come to get blessed by touching the Tapestry with their forehead. This is also a time for wearing nice clothes, family get together and entertainment.

Detailed Itinerary for Paro Festival Tour:

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

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National Memorial Chorten.

Meet and greet at the Airport and drive to Thimphu.

On the way, view Tamchog Monastery built in 1420 by Thangthong Gyalpo popularly known as Lama Chazampa.

While in Thimphu, Visit to

  • National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of the Third King, Late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Tashichho Dzong, seat of the Central Monastic Body.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Thimphu Sightseeing:

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Tallest statue of Sitting Buddha.

In the morning, visit to:

  • Tallest Statue of Sitting Buddha (51.5 meters) at Kuenselphodrang park.
  • Changangkha Lhakhang, one of the oldest temple of Thimphu valley.
  • Takin Preserve center.
  • Sangaygang view point.
  • Dupthop Lhakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.

In the afternoon, hike to Cheri Monastery (1 ½ hrs.)

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

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 03. Thimphu – Punakha (76 Km, 2 hrs drive):

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Dochu La pass (3100 m).

In the morning, drive to the beautiful Punakha valley. On the way, visit to:

  • The Dochu La Pass with its 108 stupas and you can see the beautiful Himalayan ranges in the north bordering Tibet.
  • Chimi Lhakhang built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley (Popularly known as “The Divine Madman”) in the year 1499. The Temple is also called “the Temple of Fertility”.

In the afternoon, visit to the Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, walk the longest Suspension bridge in Bhutan (160 meters) across Pho Chu River.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 04. Punakha –  Wangdiphodrang – Thimphu (90 km, 3 hours drive):

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Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.

In the morning, hike to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery (20 minutes walk one way).

  • This temple was built by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck. The Chorten houses paintings belonging to Nyingmapa Traditions.

While in Wangdiphodrang, view the Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Lunch will be served at Dochu La cafeteria.

In the afternoon, visit to the weekend vegetable market.

In the evening, witness Archery match at Changlimithang stadium.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 05. Thimphu sightseeing – Paro (54 kms):

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Paro Festival.

In the morning, visit to:

  • National Postal museum, where you can make your personalized stamps.
  • Textile Museum.
  • School of 13 Arts and crafts or Zorig Chusum.

In the afternoon, drive to Paro and witness the festival.

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

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 06. Paro – Witness the festival:

In the morning, drive to the Rinpung Dzong to witness the festival.

After lunch, witness the festival.

In the evening, excursion to the beautiful Chele La Pass at 3988 m that separates Paro from Haa valley. You can see the beautiful view of the Himalayan ranges including Mt. Jumolhari.

On the way back, visit to the Kila Gompa nunnery.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 07. Paro sightseeing (Hike to the Tiger’s nest):

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Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.

In the morning, hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktsang). It is 2 hours walk uphill from the base of the hill.

In the afternoon, visit to:

The Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and is under repair now.

  • Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple of Bhutan built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King, Srongsen Gampo.

In the evening, visit to a Bhutanese Farm house.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 08. Paro Festival:

After breakfast, drive to the Dzong and witness the festival (Full day).

In the evening, free to explore Paro town.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 09. Paro (Departure):

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.