“full of thrills and excitement throughout this trip, from traditional villages, green rolling hills, valleys, pristine forest, amazing landscapes around rural villages of Tongsa, Bumthang central Bhutan, views of high mountains, traveling on Himalayan last Buddhist Kingdom, visiting traditional Bhutanese villages, cities, monasteries enrich with old culture, customs and tour of famous and magnificent Taksang monastery (Tigers Nest)and attending the important Thimphu Tsechu Festival, are the main attraction and highlights of this exciting Bhutan Festival & Cultural Tour”
Trexmount Ventures welcomes you to join in our remarkable and fascinating Bhutan Festivals Tour. You have variation to experience a holiday with scenery and cultural exploration. The pure lush greenery hills and valley and snow capped peaks are highlighted. The historical 17th century Jakar Dzong (Fort) in Thimphu and Ta-Dzong in paro together with famous Taksang monastery perched on rocky cliff hill top. This interesting journey then leads to central Bhutan around Bumthang valley.
Bhutan, a small country known as the land of ‘thundering dragon’ enriched with culture, custom its old traditions which is similar to Tibetans, Bhutan one and only Buddhist kingdom around Himalaya and last bastions of Mahayana Buddhism, against the backdrop of great Himalaya range; Buddhist spirit permeate almost all aspect of Bhutanese culture.
Prayer flags flutter on the hills, temples and Dzong (fort) villages dot the hilly landscapes, and religious festivals are celebrated all the year around.
In Thimphu observe the colorful Tsechu festival, in honor of Guru Padmasambava “belief born from a Lotus flower”, popularly known as “Guru Rinpoche”, the precious Teacher. This saint contributed enormously to the diffusion of Tantirc Buddhism in Himalaya regions of Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan as well in Northern India, around 800 A.D.
The Tsechu fesivial is religious attending it, it is believed one gains merits. It is also a yearly social gathering where the people gather to rejoice, dressed in finery.
The Thimphu Tsechu was started by 4th Temporal Ruler, Tenzing Rabgye around 1638-1696 AD and in 1670 AD on the 8th months of Bhutanese calendar to commemorate the birth of Guru Rinpoche.
Bhutan Festivals Tour offers a complete insight of country’s vibrant religion & culture. The most popular events in the cultural areas are Thimphu , Paro, Punakha, Wangdue and Bumthang .
Tsechus are weeklong festivals where teachings of Padmasambhava are imparted to the deity through mask dances, other attraction of this festival visiting rural Bhutanese in their sleepy and pristine environment hamlets and observing their way of life with an opportunity to interact with Bhutanese and enjoy the hospitality. From Thimphu a scenic drive to Tongsa and Bumthang around central Bhutan, where you can observe the true Bhutanese country and traditional village life, as the journey continues leading over a scenic Duchulu pass at 3,050 meters and then to another high pass at Pele-la 3,150 meters high and then downhill to a lovely looking farm village of Tongsa.
Tour leads to inner central Bhutan at Bumthang, one of the most charming areas with green valley and picturesque villages, the drive is for about 4 hours with few stops in between for memorable pictures of this fascinating place and country side farm villages.
This great tour concludes with a drive to Thimphu Bhutan’s capital city and then to Paro with sweeping scenic flight of an hour back to Kathmandu, during the flight in Druk Air, super views array of snow capped peaks includes Mt. Everest at mere distance as the plane fly over and then touching down at Kathmandu international airport, where our Trexmount Ventures staff will transfer you back to respective hotels after an awesome Bhutan Festival & Cultural Tour.
Our representative will come to the airport for transfer to the Hotel. After some refreshment in the hotel, Our Tour leader will make pre departure meeting in the Hotel or at our office. The meeting will cover trip related information & the collecting your Documents (passport copy, 2 passport size photos, Travel insurance).
Morning after breakfast as time set for the sightseeing tour, our city guide will lead you for few hours in our fascinating heritage and cultural tour around places of interest, tour of holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swaymbhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, old historical Palaces, courtyard; and then back to hotel after the wonderful tour, afternoon free for individual activities and preparation for Bhutan trip.
Depart from the hotel in Kathmandu for a scenic flight to Paro in Bhutan, during flight, breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan mountains with sacred Jhumolhari & Jichu Drake peaks of Bhutan. On reaching at Paro Bhutan’s one and only airport, after immigration process and formalities our native Bhutanese guide will receive you and then a short drive to respective hotels in Paro, afternoon free for short walk around this interesting town.
With first night in Bhutan soil flying in Druk Air, after breakfast drive to Drugyel Dzong (fort), first fort built in 1927-29 by Shabdung Ngawang Namgyal, who unified the Kingdom, at present a ruined fortress which once defended Paro valley from Tibetan invasion. This fortress, now a burnt shell, was strategic point of Bhutan’s defense against Tibetan invasion, from here stunning views of Jhumolhari 7,326 meters peak, on the way back visit of National Museum, after lunch a half-day excursion to famous Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest /Den) perched on a high rock cliff with excellent views of Paro valley below.
Today a short drive of few hours to Bhutan capital in Thimphu, as the ride leaves Paro town leading through interesting villages and countryside, drive climbs over few hills on the winding road to reach one of the world’s last Buddhist Kingdom capital at Thimphu, a quaint and moderate size city with less traffic, on reaching the capital check into hotel, Afternoon tour of interesting places, the memorial stupa, indigenous hospital, where traditional medicine is still practiced and the painting school, rest of the afternoon free at leisure to walk around and to observe the Bhutanese daily life. Visit Zilukha Nunnery, Painting School, and Memorial Chorten, built in the memory of Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, afternoon visit Handicraft Emporium, and display of all kinds of handicraft products of Bhutan with time for a stroll downtown.
Morning after breakfast our Bhutanese guide will take you to areas of Tsechus festival which is celebrated weeklong to honor teachings of Padmasambhava, the Lama, monks dressed in colorful dress which are imparted to the deity through mask dances, other attraction of this festival is to observe Bhutanese people from all walks of life and to interact with the ever smiling and cheerful people. The Tsechu fesivial is religious attending it, it is believed one gains merits. It is also a yearly social gathering where the people gather to rejoice, dressed in finery. The Thimphu Tsechu was started by 4th Temporal Ruler, Tenzing Rabgye around 1638-1696 AD and in 1670 AD on the 8th months of Bhutanese calendar to commemorate the birth of Guru Rinpoche. After a lovely and enjoyable time, in the afternoon stroll around the market and streets in the eve of festival atmosphere.
After a nice time in Bhutanese capital Thimphu, morning an interesting drive towards central Bhutan, where you can observe the true Bhutanese country and traditional village life, as the journey continues leading over a scenic Duchulu pass at 3,050 meters and then to another high pass at Pele-la 3,150 meters high and then downhill to a lovely looking farm village of Tongsa, here overnight in tourist standard lodge or similar.
From this nice place, morning drive to inner central Bhutan at Bumthang, one of the most charming areas with green valley and picturesque villages, the drive is for about 4 hours with few stops in between for memorable pictures of this fascinating place, on reaching at Bumthang transfer to local lodge or cottage like Inn. After lunch visit of 17th centaury Jakar Dzong, at present turned into administration centre of Bumthang Valley, here with time for short walk to marvel the beautiful scenery.
At Jakkar morning free at leisure to explore the surrounding area and to observe the village typical country life, after having lunch with great time here and then taking a drive back to Tongsa following few villages and rivers to reach at Tongsa for overnight stop in a tourist standard lodge or similar.
From Tongsa after a wonderful memorable and fascinating time around central Bhutan, morning drive leads to Thimphu, but with a difference this time with a visit of Punakha town, which was the old capital of Bhutan before it was shifted to Thimphu during last century, after a refreshing stop drive continues to Thimphu for the last overnight in Bhutan, afternoon free for shopping souvenirs.
Last day in Bhutan, early morning drive towards Paro airport upon reaching the terminal good bye to guides, drivers and the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, after going through visa and passport process a scenic flight back to Kathmandu or to other destination. Upon reaching Kathmandu Tribhuvan international airport, transfer to respective hotels back into hustle bustle Kathmandu city.
Today, last day in Nepal with great memories and experience of Bhutan Festival & Cultural Tour and of amazing Nepal, transfer to Tribhuvan International airport for final departure towards homeward bound or to next port of call.