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Thimphu Festival

Festival dates: 16th – 20th September 2021.

The Thimphu festival is one of the grand festivals held in the capital city. This Annual festival is held in the courtyard of Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat. Thousands of local people and tourists alike flock to witness this three day festival. The festival is preceded by three days of prayers and rituals inside the Dzong to invoke the deities. Various mask dances like the Guru Tshengye, Shaw Shachi and many more are performed. You should book this trip at least 3 months in advance.

Detailed Itinerary for Thimphu Festival:

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

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Tamchog Monastery.

Meet and greet at the Airport and drive to Thimphu.

On the way, visit to:

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.

  • The school of 13 Arts and Crafts (Painting school).
  • National Postal Museum.

In the evening, visit to:

  • Visit to the National Memorial Chorten built in honor of the Late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Largest Statue of Buddha Dordenma in the world (51.5 meters) at Kuenselphodrang.

In the evening, free to explore Thimphu town.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. 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.
  • Chimi Lhakhang built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in the year 1499.

After lunch, 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 03. Punakha –Wangdiphodrang – Gangtey (75 kms, 2 hour drive):

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Wangdiphodrang Dzong.

In the morning, walk the longest Suspension bridge in Bhutan (160 meters).

Then drive to Gangtey.

On the way, we take a 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, we visit:

  • Gangtey Gompa Monastery.

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 04. Gangtey – Thimphu Festival (130 kms – 4 hours drive):

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Thimphu Festival.

After early breakfast, drive to Thimphu.

We occasionally stop on the way to take pictures.

In the afternoon, drive to the Dzong and witness the festival:

  • Visit inside the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and office of the King.
  • Visit to the Craft Bazaar.

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

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 05. Thimphu Festival:

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Mask dance festival.

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

After lunch, witness the festival.

In the evening, visit to:

  • Changangkha Lhakhang.
  • Takin Preserve center.
  • Sangaygang view point.
  • Dupthop Lhakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 06. Thimphu Festival – Paro sightseeing (54 km. 1 hr. drive):

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Rinpung Dzong.

In the morning, drive to the Dzong.

  • Witness the Thimphu festival (The festival will be over by 12 pm).

Then drive to Paro.

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Ta Dzong built in 1649, an ancient watch tower which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan.

Rinpung Dzong built 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 Spectacular 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.

In the evening, explore the Paro market.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 08. Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.