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Religious Festivals Tour

Living testimonies of a society deeply marked by faith, festivals celebrated with masked dances are organized once a year in every monastery of the country. For several days, dances and rituals follow one another with the thumping sounds of trumpets, drums and cymbals, while the gods and demons of Buddhist mythology are revived; a dazzling display of colors and sounds.

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Kathmandu

Welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Free day

 

Day 2: athmandu - Paro (this day must be a Friday, Saturday or Sunday)

Transfer early in the morning to the airport. Flight to Paro. After the formalities of customs and visa, reception, transfer and installation at the hotel.

 

Day 3 to Day 14: General program in Bhutan each departure having a particular timing, according to the festival dates.

 

Paro

The beginning of the morning is reserved for an excursion in the direction of Drukyel dzong. From there, in good weather, you can admire the snowy pyramid of Jomolhari (7320 m). Excursion to the famous Taktsang monastery suspended at a 1000 m high cliff. Visit of the dzong of Paro and the Ta dzong, now transformed into a national museum; Interesting collections of statues, religious paintings, books and ancient weapons ...

 

Thimphu

In general, two days are dedicated to the discovery of Thimphu, capital of Bhutan. Visit the first day of Tashichhodzong, headquarters of the Bhutanese government, the National Library and the School of Painting where the thirteen traditional handicraft techniques of Bhutan are taught. Visit the second day of the ancient monasteries of Changangkhar and Zilukha, the manufacture of paper based on vegetable fibers, the museums of the textile or craft (Folk Heritage Museum) ...

 

Punakha

On the way to Punakha, the route crosses the Dochu La pass (3050 m); Magnificent panorama of the Himalayas and its peaks ranging more than 7000 meters, from the Kangchenta to the Kangkar Puensum, the highest peak of Bhutan (7541 m). Visit the Punakha dzong, a massive but elegant structure, built at the confluence of two rivers. Approximately 3 hours drive from Thimphu to Punakha.

 

Wangdiphodrang

The borough and dzong of Wangdiphodrang, built between Punakha and Tongsa, offers a serene view overlooking the river. Visit of the village, the market and the dzong.

 

Tongsa

The road to Tongsa crosses the Pele La (3400 m). A stop is organized at Chendebji, a magical place where a very large chorten of Nepalese style stands. The entry in Tongsa is also impressive. The dzong, one of the largest in Bhutan, stretches out after walking on the slopes of a hill overlooking the river. The visit of the Ta dzong allows you to discover an ancient building and to admire two interesting chapels, one dedicated to Jampa, the Buddha of the future times, and the other to Gesar de Ling, the famous hero of the Tibetan epic . 5 hours drive from Punakha to Tongsa.

 

Bumthang

The journey to Bumthang always includes a stop in Zugne, a village famous for its woolen weavings called yathras, with particularly vivid colors. In Bumthang, visit the main monasteries of the valley: Jampa Lhakhang (7th century) and Kurje where Guru Rimpoche meditated in the 8th century. Optional walk to Tangbi (2h) built in a beautiful valley. Visit Tamshing founded in 1501 by Pemalingpa. Paintings among the oldest of Bhutan. Stroll through the streets of Jakar, capital of the Bumthang district. Colored stalls. Visit the dzong, built on top of a hill overlooking the valley.

 

Mongar

Road to eastern Bhutan. Crossing the village of Ura and the pass of Thrumsing La (3900 m). Very beautiful landscapes (coniferous forests, terraced fields and subtropical vegetation) with sometimes an impressive road carved into the cliff. 6 hours drive.

 

Tashigang

Excursion to the Gora Kora (ancient temple) of Doksum (bridge suspended on 15th century chains, weavings ...) and Chorten Kora (huge Nepalese chorten, traditional wooden handicraft ...). 3 hours drive from Mongar.

 

Day 15: Tashigang - Samdrup - Jongkar (about 5 hours drive)

Transfer to Samdrup Jongkar, a city sharing border with India.

 

Day 16: Jongkar - Guwahati - Delhi.

Drive to Guwahati through the Indian plain (tea plantations). 3 hours drive. Flight to Delhi. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 17: Delhi

Free day in Delhi. Transfer to the international airport in the evening for the return flight.

 

 

From 3800 Euros per person

 

Included in the price :

Welcome and assistance at the airport,

Transfers / surface transportation by private car (car and jeep)

Accommodation in hotels or lodges, base double room with full board in Bhutan

Accommodation in hotels or lodges, double room basis & breakfast in India & Nepal

Taxes and hotel services,

Bhutanese visa fees only by us

All trekking permits.

The insurance

Assistance to local guides in Bhutan 

 

Not included in the price:

Indian visa fees with mention Sikkim

Visa Fees in Nepal

Other meals

Tours and excursions are all optional,

Tips for guides and drivers

The insurance cancellation and assistance repatriation

Personal expenses.

Domestic and international flights