TOP FESTIVALS IN BHUTAN

TOP FESTIVALS IN BHUTAN

 

Paro Festival is a massive festival and by far the biggest spring time event in Bhutan. At the end of the festival a four storey high thangkha (Buddhist religious scroll) is unrolled in celebration. The scroll is said to be over 350 years old!

 

Thimphu Festival is held in Bhutan’s capital and, as such, draws thousands upon thousands of attendants, creating an atmosphere that is unforgettable. It runs annually from the 10th – 13th August. The three day Festival is actually followed by many days and nights of prayers.

 

Jakar Festival is a 3-day festival displays several sacred mask dances. The festival also hosts different types of folk songs and dances. People visit the festival dressed in their finest clothes.

 

Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival, known as the ‘fire ceremony’. The 5 day Tshechu is incredibly flamboyant and entertaining, consisting of locals running underneath large flaming gates and nude masked dances in the middle of the night! 

 

Wangduephodrang Festival is one of the largest Tshechus in Bhutan. The event is a welcome respite for locals who come together to drink, dance and socialize. 

 

Haa Summer Festival celebrates the nomadic and traditional-living lifestyles of the Bhutanese. Gorgeous lakes and lush valleys are the backdrop to this fantastic festival.

 

The Punakha Drubchen Festival celebrates the famous victory by Bhutan when the armies managed to suppress the invading Tibetan forces in the 17th century. Local military and village volunteers re-enact the battles in glorious costumes of bright colours.

 

The Black-necked Crane festival is an annual event held to celebrate the arrival of the endangered black-necked cranes to the Phobjikha Valley. This is the festival for nature lovers!

 

 

 

Our sample itineraries:

THIMPHU FESTIVAL 10 Days 9 Nights

BUMTHANG JAKAR FESTIVAL 10 Days 9 Nights

PARO FESTIVAL 10 Days 9 Nights

PUNAKHA FESTIVAL 10 Days 9 Nights

 

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CULTURE EXPLORATION 6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS

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6-Day Itinerary

6 Days 5 Nights

DAY 1 Paro

  • Flight into Paro by Druk-Air
  • Delightful lunch in Paro valley.
  • Visit Ta Dzong, the watch tower of Paro Dzong which now houses the national museum.
  • Drive to the confluence of Paro – Thimphu river, you will see three forms of Stupas in different styles: Nepalese, Tibetan, and Bhutanese

DAY 2 Thimphu – Punakha

  • Begin our journey toward Punakha via Dochula. The Dochula Pass is at an altitude of 3,050 meters above sea-level.
  • Take a walk around the 108 memorial Chortens, one of the most beautiful passes facing toward eastern Himalayas.  
  • Visit Punakha Dzong, the administrative Centre of Punakha Dzongkha in Bhutan and winter capital for Thimphu monks. 

DAY 3 Punakha – Thimphu

  • Biggest sitting Buddha recently built named Kuenzang Phordang.
  • Memorial Stupa: The Memorial Stupa, “a chorten to represent the mind of the Buddha”.  
  • Changangkha Lhakhang: built in the 13th century 
  • Motithang Mini Zoo: where you can see Takin, the National Animal of Bhutan.
  • Visit nunnery (The women monk temple) for drawing and meditation.
  • Thirteen art and craft institute: popularly known as zorig chusum.

Day 4 Thimphu – Paro 

  • Visit Tashichhoedzong, a Buddhist monastery and fortress on the northern edge of Thimphu in Bhutan.
  • Thumphu for lunch and depart via Tachhogang monastery

DAY 5 Paro Tiger’s Nest 

  • Hiking to Taktshang (the Tiger’s Nest) from Ramthankha and have a meditation.
  • Walk down hill en route Kyichu Lhakhang which was built in 7th century by King Gongtsen Gompo of Tibet

DAY 6 Farewell Bhutan 

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CULTURE EXPLORATION 11 DAYS 10 NIGHTS

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11-Day Itinerary

11 Days 10 Nights

DAY 1 Paro

  • Flight into Paro by Druk-Air.
  • Delightful lunch in Paro valley.
  • Visit Ta Dzong, the watch tower of Paro Dzong which now houses the national museum.
  • Way back to Thimphu via Tachhogang Monastery

 

DAY 2 Thimphu

Thimphu sightseeing

  • The biggest sitting Buddha recently built named Kuenzang Phordang
  • Changangkha Lhakhang: built in the 13th century
  • Motithang Mini Zoo: where you can see Takin, the National Animal of Bhutan
  • Take a walk around the 108 memorial Chortens, one of the most beautiful passes facing toward eastern Himalayas
  • Visit nunnery (The women monk temple) for drawing and meditation 
  • Thirteen art and craft institute: popularly known as zorig chusum
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PARO FESTIVAL 10 DAYS 9 NIGHTS

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PARO FESTIVAL 10 Days 9 Nights

 

DAY 1 Paro

  • Flight into Paro by Druk-Air.
  • Delightful lunch in Paro valley.
  • Visit Ta Dzong, the watch tower of Paro Dzong which now houses the national museum.
  • Visit the Jowo Temple of Kyichu, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan

 

DAY 2 Thimphu

  • Begin our journey by Thimphu Tashichho Dzong 
  • Visit Folk Heritage Museum
  • Thirteen art and craft institute: popularly known as zorig chusum
  • Motithang Mini Zoo: where you can see Takin, the National Animal of Bhutan
  • Visit nunnery (The women monk temple) for drawing and meditation ​
  • In the afternoon, we go to Bhutan Post office to make stamp and visit handmade paper factory

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PUNAKHA FESTIVAL 10 DAYS 9 NIGHTS

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PUNAKHA FESTIVAL in FEBRUARY 10 Days 9 Nights

 

DAY 1 Paro

  • Flight into Paro by Druk-Air.
  • Delightful lunch in Paro valley.
  • Visit Ta Dzong, the watch tower of Paro Dzong which now houses the national museum.
  • Visit the Jowo Temple of Kyichu, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan

 

DAY 2 Thimphu

  • Begin our journey by Thimphu Tashichho Dzong Mask Dance Festival 
  • Visit Folk Heritage Museum
  • Thirteen art and craft institute: popularly known as zorig chusum
  • Motithang Mini Zoo: where you can see Takin, the National Animal of Bhutan
  • Visit nunnery (The women monk temple) for drawing and meditation ​
  • In the afternoon, we go to Bhutan Post office to make stamp and visit handmade paper factory

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BUMTHANG JAKAR FESTIVAL 10 DAYS 9 NIGHTS

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BUMTHANG JAKAR FESTIVAL 10 Days 9 Nights

 

DAY 1 Paro

  • Flight into Paro by Druk-Air.
  • Delightful lunch in Paro valley.
  • Visit Ta Dzong, the watch tower of Paro Dzong which now houses the national museum.
  • Visit the Jowo Temple of Kyichu, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan

 

DAY 2 Thimphu

  • Begin our journey by Thimphu Tashichho Dzong 
  • Visit Folk Heritage Museum
  • Thirteen art and craft institute: popularly known as zorig chusum
  • Motithang Mini Zoo: where you can see Takin, the National Animal of Bhutan
  • Visit nunnery (The women monk temple) for drawing and meditation ​
  • In the afternoon, we go to Bhutan Post office to make stamp and visit handmade paper factory

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THIMPHU FESTIVAL 10 DAYS 9 NIGHTS

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Tshechus are large social gatherings, which perform the function of social bonding among people of remote and spread-out villages. Large markets also congregate at the fair locations, leading to brisk commerce. The Thimphu tshechu and the Paro tshechu are among the biggest of the tshechus in terms of participation and audience. This Unique Dance are composed by the great teacher Guru Rinpoche for the well beings of all sentience beings, visiting this festival brings great merits and better Karma.

 

THIMPHU FESTIVAL 10 Days 9 Nights

 

DAY 1 Paro

  • Flight into Paro by Druk-Air.
  • Delightful lunch in Paro valley.
  • Visit Ta Dzong, the watch tower of Paro Dzong which now houses the national museum.
  • Visit the Jowo Temple of Kyichu, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan

 

DAY 2 Thimphu

  • Begin our journey by Thimphu Tashichho Dzong – Mask Dance Festival
  • Visit Folk Heritage Museum
  • Thirteen art and craft institute: popularly known as zorig chusum
  • Motithang Mini Zoo: where you can see Takin, the National Animal of Bhutan
  • Visit nunnery (The women monk temple) for drawing and meditation ​
  • In the afternoon, we go to Bhutan Post office to make stamp and visit handmade paper factory

  Continue reading “THIMPHU FESTIVAL 10 DAYS 9 NIGHTS”