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Druk Wangyel Tshechu Festival 2023
- Cultural Extravaganza: Immerse yourself in the rich and unique cultural traditions of Bhutan, as you witness traditional performances and rituals.
- Royal Bhutan Army Spectacle: Experience the precision and dedication of the Royal Bhutan Army as they pay homage to His Majesty the King, showcasing their integral role in protecting Bhutan’s sovereignty.
- Dochula Pass Splendor: Ascend to the majestic Dochula Pass at 3140 meters, where 108 meticulously arranged stupas provide a spiritual and visually stunning backdrop.
- Himalayan Panorama: Marvel at the awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan mountain range to the north, a breathtaking natural spectacle that complements the cultural festivities.
One of the most striking aspects of this festival is its awe-inspiring location at the Dochula Pass, which sits majestically at an elevation of 3140 meters. Here, a harmonious ensemble of 108 meticulously arranged stupas creates a mesmerizing backdrop, adding an air of spirituality and grandeur to the festivities.
The Druk Wangyel Tshechu Festival also offers visitors the privilege of gazing upon the pristine beauty of the Himalayan mountains to the north. As the festival unfolds, you can bask in the mesmerizing vistas of these snow-capped peaks, creating a sensory experience that combines the spiritual and the sublime.
Intriguing, insightful, and visually spectacular, the Druk Wangyel Tshechu Festival 2023 is an occasion to be celebrated and cherished, offering an authentic window into the heart and soul of Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage. Join us from December 11th to 17th, 2023, as we come together to honor the past and celebrate the future amidst the enchanting vistas of Dochula Pass.
Arrival in Paro, Thimphu Sightseeing (54 km, 1 hr)
Upon your arrival at Paro Airport, a warm welcome awaits you. From there, we embark on a scenic drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Along the way, we make a brief stop at Tamchog Monastery, a historical gem built in 1420 by Thang Tong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464). In the afternoon, we delve into the heart of Thimphu, visiting the National Memorial Chorten, exploring the Craft Bazaar, and admiring the Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat. The day concludes with a delightful dinner at the hotel, where you’ll spend the night.
Our second day in Thimphu begins with visits to some of the city’s most iconic sites. We start with a visit to the tallest sitting Buddha statue in the world, an awe-inspiring 51.5-meter masterpiece located at Kuensel Phodrang. We then explore the serene Changangkha Lhakhang, the Takin Preserve Center, and the scenic Sangay Gang Viewpoint. Our journey continues with a visit to Dupthop Lhakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. For lunch, we dine at the Simply Bhutan Museum restaurant. In the afternoon, we delve into the world of Bhutanese art and culture, visiting the National Postal Museum, where you can even create personalized stamps, and the School of 13 Arts and Crafts (Painting School). The evening offers free time to roam the town for shopping and photography.
Dochula Pass and Druk Wangyel Festival
On the morning of day three, we embark on a journey to the breathtaking Dochu La Pass, where 108 meticulously arranged stupas and panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges to the north await. Here, we witness the vibrant and authentic Druk Wangyel Festival 2023. In the afternoon, our journey continues as we drive to Punakha, with a visit to the renowned Chimi Lhakhang, also known as “The Temple of Fertility.”
Punakha to Gangtey (75 km, 2 hrs)
Our day begins with a hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery, a beautiful architectural creation built by Her Majesty Queen Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck. We then explore Punakha Dzong, one of Bhutan’s most striking fortresses, and take a leisurely stroll across the longest suspension bridge in the country, spanning an impressive 160 meters. In the afternoon, we continue our journey to Gangtey, with stops at Gangtey Gompa Monastery and the Crane Information Center. Here, we have the opportunity to explore the serene Phobjikha valley, a winter haven for the Rare Black-necked Cranes.
Gangtey to Paro (170 km, 4 hrs)
Our morning drive to Paro is marked by occasional stops for picturesque photo opportunities. In the afternoon, we explore Paro’s historic treasures, starting with a visit to Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower now housing the National Museum of Bhutan. We then explore the Rinpung Dzong, a historic fortress built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The evening allows for leisurely shopping and photography in Paro’s town.
Tiger's Nest Hike
The morning’s adventure promises a memorable hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Paro Taktsang), one of Bhutan’s most photographed landmarks. The hiking trail is part of the captivating Bumdra trek in Paro Valley. In the afternoon, we visit Drugyal Dzong, an architectural gem built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, and Kichu Lhakhang, a historic temple constructed in 659 A.D. by Tibetan King Srongtsen Gampo.
After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to Bhutan. We drive to the airport, marking the conclusion of this remarkable journey, the Druk Wangyel Tshechu Festival tour.
- All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner and Evening Tea].
- Accommodation [twin / double sharing basis]. Single room supplement is extra.
- All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
- Sustainable Development Fee (SDF).
- Bhutan Visa Fee (US $ 40).
- English speaking Local guide.
- Bottled water.
- Entrance fees for museums and monuments.
- Drukair / Bhutan Airlines fares.
- Travel Insurance Premiums.
- Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
- Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”.
- Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
- Personal expenses such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera charges, Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services.
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