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DRUK WANGYEL FESTIVAL

Druk Wangyel Festival

Festival Date: 13th Dec, 2016      11 Days / 10 Nights of Bhutan Festival Tour.

Dochula is the second highest pass in Bhutan which separates Thimphu and Wangdue. Dochula Pass is one of the most scenic locations in the entire kingdom, offering a stunning panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. Another attraction of the location is also the magnificent collection of stupas built on the hill which separates the road. There is a total of 108 stupas situated on the hill. Bhutanese believe that making a circle around the hill will bring good luck and smooth ride for the rest of the day.

Druk Wangyel Festival is an annual festival held on December 13th at the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang Festival Ground located at Dochula Pass around 22km from the capital city Thimphu. It is one of the festivals which receives Royal patronage and is participated by Royal family annually. Set amidst this breath-taking backdrop, the Dochula Druk Wangyal Tsehchu is an experience unlike any other and truly exemplifies Bhutanese cultural traditions.

The Druk Wangyal Lhakhang was built over a period of four years (2004-2008) under the vision and patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo. The Lhakhang honors the courageous service of the Fourth King, who personally led the troops against the insurgents, as well as the regular Armed Forces of the country.


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HIGHLIGHTS

Day From To Distance Time Accomodation
1 Arrival in the Airport Hotel accommodation in Paro
2 Excursion to Paro Taktshang Hotel accommodation in Paro
3 Paro Thimphu 54km 1 hr Hotel accommodation in Thimphu
4 Thimphu sight seeing Hotel accommodation in Thimphu
5 Thimphu Punkaha 72km 2.5hrs Hotel accommodation in Punkaha
6 Punakha sightseeing Hotel accommodation in Punkaha
7 Punakha Phobjikha 72km 3 hrs Hotel accommodation in Phobjikha
8 Phobjikha sightseeing /birdwatching Hotel accommodation in Phobjikha
9 Phobjikha Thimphu 135km 5 hrs Hotel accommodation in Thimphu
10 Thimphu Paro 54km 1 hr Hotel accommodation in Paro
11 Airport Drop and Farewell

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in the Airport

  • Our representative from Bhutanitis travels will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.
  • After lunch visit Drugyel Dzong (now under renovation), catch a glimpse of Mt Jomolhari from Drugyel.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Paro.
Food and accommodation will be according to your reservations.

Day 2: Excursion to Paro Taktshang

  • After breakfast, commence your hike towards Taktshang. Also known as the Tiger’s Nest. It is the most visited tourist destination in Bhutan.

Day 3: Paro to Thimphu

  • After breakfast, Visit Ta Dzong also known as the National Museum of the country and the Paro Ringphung Dzong.
  • After lunch, drive to Thimphu.
  • Upon Reaching Thimphu , check into the Hotel

Day 4 : Thimphu sight seeing

  • After breakfast, visit Kuensel Phodrang, where the largest statue of sitting Buddha is located overlooking the capital city of Thimphu. It will give you a panoramic view of the entire stretch of the city.
  • Visit the Takin preservation center in Mothithang , on the way to Mothithang visit changgangkha lhakang.
  • After lunch, visit Thimphu memorial Chorten and Centenary Park.
  • Check into the hotel and rest for the day. Before dinner you are also welcome to explore some of the most famous tourist cafes around Thimphu and enjoy an evening show in the clock tower performed by local artists and singers.

Day 5:  Thimphu to Punkaha

  • Today is the day of the most important event in the itinerary. The Druk Wangyal Festival is held in Dochula on December 13th at the Druk Wangyel lhakhang. The event is annually graced by the members of the Royal family.
  • After the festival, drive towards Punakha, and check into a hotel.

Day 6: Punakha sightseeing

  • After breakfast, visit Punakha Dzong. Punakha Dzong is situated in the confluence of two rivers, Pho chhu and Mo chhu.
  • Drive back to Punakha Town, after lunch visit Chimmi lhakhang and hike to khamsum yulley Namgyal chorten.
Other alternatives you can chose after lunch :
  • River rafting in the Po chhu /Mo chhu
  • Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery

Day 7:  Punakha to Phobjikha

  • After breakfast, drive to Phobjikha.
  • On the way visit Wangdi phodrang Dzong(now under reconstruction)
  • Dinner and overnight Stay at hotel in Phobjikha.

Day 8: Phobjikha Sightseeing

  • After breakfast, take a detour in the Phobjikha valley. you can also take up an excellent photography session while you enjoy the view of the Black necked cranes . Phobjikha valley is the winter retreat for the black necked cranes that fly from Tibet every year to spend their summers in Bhutan.
  • Visit Gangtey valley and Gangtey Lhakhang.
  • Snowfall and the cranes in the valley make it a wonderful vacation spot loved by every traveller who has enjoyed this heavenly abode of the cranes.

Day 9:  Phobjikha to Thimphu

  • After an early breakfast, drive back to Thimphu.
  • On the way to Thimphu visit the LamPelri botanical garden. For plant lovers it is an ideal destination to get a glimpse of the wide varieties of flora that is found in the botanical garden. Varieties of plants that are only found in some pockets of Himalayas can be found here.
  • Upon arrival in Thimphu, check into the hotel and retreat for the night.

Day 10 :  Thimphu  to Paro

  • After breakfast, drive to Dechenphu lhakhang.
  • Take a short hike to Tango Chari monastery.
  • After lunch, drive to Paro.
  • Check into the hotel for retreat.
Other alternatives you can choose from
  • Visit Tashi chhodzong , visit to the Royal textile academy or the National library.

Day 11:  Airport Departure

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell

PACKAGE INFO

Package Includes

  1. All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner].
  2. Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room. Supplement Extra US $: 40 per room per night.
  3. All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  4. Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
  5. Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
  6. English speaking Local guide.
  7. Sightseeing.

Package Does Not Include

  1. Druk Air fares.
  2. Insurance Premiums.
  3. Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
  4. Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”.
  5. Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  6. Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water.
  7. Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services.
  8. Visa Fees

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