Punakha festival tour is the festival of intense color, horns, drums and mystical mask dancers. This festival is very interesting and colorful has been less known to most visitors. This festival is especially celebrated for the peace and prosperity and all the misfortunes and sins will disappear. For certain dances, the monks wear masks which represent fearsome deities, animals or skulls of human being.
After the mask dance on the festival grounds, you will enjoy a picnic lunch which is also a chance to interact with the locals and enjoy making life long memories. This festival takes place in the month of the Lunar year and ends with “serda” a magnificent procession which re- enacts an episode of the war against the Tibetans in the 17th century.
Arrival in Paro to Thimphu.
Upon your arrival in the Paro airport our guide will meet with you and transfer you to the hotel at Thimphu valley. Stay night at hotel. Overnight at Hotel. (Meal Included: Lunch & Dinner)
Morning after breakfast, we begin our sightseeing with a view of the colorful weekend market, here people from different places near or far distances come to sell or buy the fresh produce. This is the place where the village folks jostle with the well heeled resident of Thimphu for the best and cheapest vegetables and other food stuffs. Weekend also provides opportunity to see the traditional of archery played in the nearby grounds.
Then we will visit handmade paper mill, school of arts and crafts where students learn thirteen different arts used predominantly in Bhutan. After lunch drive pass by memorial temple built in memory of the late 3rd king. Then we will visit the oldest temple in the valley called Changangkha Lhakhang. Overnight at Hotel. (Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Thimphu to Punakha
We are moving towards to Punakha through Dochula pass at 3010m. if climate flavor us then we can take enjoy with a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a site that stretches almost 180 degrees. We will continue our drive to sub tropical Punakha. At afternoon we will hike to Chimi Lhakhang temple which is famous of fertility which is associated with religious arts of Phallus. Overnight at Hotel. (Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Today, we will spend our whole day watching festival which will accompany with various mask dances and folk dancers along with jokers actions in the crowd. Overnight at Hotel. (Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Whole day in the interesting Punakha festival or in the afternoon we will proceed to visit sightseeing like Khamsum Yulay temple or Wangdue excursion and visit Rinchingang. Overnight at Hotel. (Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Punakha to Phobjikha
Morning we will check out the hotel and visit Chimi Lhakhang on foot, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of Phallus. On the way we will visit Wangdi town and continue to Phibjikha over the second highest road pass on your trip at 3140m. Then visit Gangtey Gompa, which is the largest and the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan. Overnight at Hotel. (Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Wake up early morning and after breakfast we will walk and meet the school children close to our hotel, who all walk for hours to reach their nearest school. Phobjikha is a paradise for nature lovers and hikers. In Phonjikha there are lots of great places for hike around the valley. Visit Gangtey monastery, the richly renovated monastery offering rich architecture and paintings. Overnight at Hotel. (Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Phobjikha to Paro
Today, we are returning back to Paro from Phobjikha. Driving about approximately of 8 hours then we will reach to Paro. After arriving in Paro we will visit the national museum, the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings. We will visit 17th century Paro Dzong on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge. Overnight at Hotel. (Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
After breakfast we will drive to Paro this will take about 2 hours, we will start our sightseeing by visiting the Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by Shubdrung Nawang Namgyal. Then we hike to Taktsang (tiger’s nest) monastery which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of the tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to Meditate in a cave where Takksang monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900m above from Paro valley. Overnight at Hotel. (Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Today we will drop you to the airport to catch your flight. (Meal Included: Breakfast)