Paro Festival Journey
This escorted tour takes you to Paro Festival, one of the biggest and most important festivals in Bhutan. People travel from all over Bhutan and the world to witness this spectacular festival. Experience a colourful celebration of Bhutanese culture and faith and witness sacred dances and rituals performed by monks and laymen in elaborate costumes. On the last day of their mesmerising performance, the monks display a gigantic thangkha (embroidered painting) inside the Paro dzong.
As well as the festival, we take you to visit scenic Haa, the quaint capital Thimphu, serene Wangdue Phodrang, and the most famous site in Bhutan - the cliff-hugging Tiger's Nest Monastery near Paro. The Paro Tsechu (Paro Festival) is held in Bhutan's spring, from the end of March to the start of April, when the weather is clear and temperate and the flowers begin to bloom on every hillside.
Don't miss these highlights of Western Bhutan and the once in a lifetime experience of the Paro Festival, with our Paro Festival Journey.
8 NIGHT tour
DEPARTS: paro, bhutan
Availability: March 2019 (Paro Festival is on 17th - 21st March 2019)
Minimum group size: 1 person (subject to surcharges)
* Price based on twin share accommodation. Single room supplement available for US$45 per night, subject to availability.
Find out approximate trip price in your own currency here
- Transport by private mini bus
- All meals, mineral water, tea and coffee
- 8 nights handpicked hotel accommodation
- All entrance fees at monasteries and museums
- Bhutan daily fee including visa, Bhutan government tourism royalties and local taxes
- English speaking Bhutanese guide
Your journey begins in the beautiful Paro valley where, we stay in a charming Bhutanese style hotel located on the edge of a forest. Wake up to breath-taking views of Himalayan peaks in your rustic villa. Visit Paro Dzong, the National Museum and the famous Nyamai Zam Bridge. Spend a day enjoying the spectacular Paro festival.
We cross the Cheli La Pass at 3,810 metres to the picturesque Haa valley before travelling on toThimpu, one of the world’s smallest capital cities, and the only one in the world without traffic lights! Enjoy a city walk and visit Trashi Chhoe Dzong. Visit the Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point, Folk Heritage museum, National Library and the School of Traditional Arts and Crafts. If there is time, see Bhutan’s national animal the Takin, at the Takin reserve.
We continue our journey the next day via the scenic Dochu La Pass, offering stunning panoramic mountain views, to the fertile Punakha valley. Spend the afternoon at the stunning Punakha festival in the magnificent Punakha Dzong, situated on the confluence of two rivers. This ancient monastery was built in 1637. Punakha served as Bhutan’s capital for 300 years, and is the place where traditionally the kings of Bhutan have been crowned.
We then return to Paro where we will visit to Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), Bhutan’s most famous landmark. A hike up through blue pines, passing water powered prayer wheels, leads you to this most holy site. This ancient monastery clings miraculously to a sheer cliff, rising 1,000 metres from the valley floor. The views are magnificent over the Paro Valley, and the only sounds to be heard are prayer flags blowing in the wind.
Arrive in Paro, Bhutan: You will be met at the airport by your guide and travel to your hotel just outside Paro. Stroll around the town, visit the famous Nyamai Zam Bridge and Kyichu Lhakhang. Altitude: 2,195 m Overnight: Paro
Paro: Attend Paro Festival. Altitude: 2,195 m Overnight: Paro.
Haa: Drive to Haa via the Cheli La Pass at 3,810 metres. Day hike in the picturesque Haa Valley or visit the nunnery temple. Driving time: 2 hrs Altitude: 3,056 m Overnight: Haa.
Thimpu: Drive to Thimpu. Visit the Folk Heritage Museum and the School of Traditional Arts and Crafts. Driving time: 3 hrs Altitude: 2,320 m Overnight: Thimpu.
Thimpu: Visit the Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point, Folk Heritage museum, National Library and the School of Traditional Arts and Crafts. If there is time, see Bhutan’s national animal the Takin, at the Takin reserve. Altitude: 2,320 m Overnight: Thimpu.
Wangdue Phodrang: Travel from Thimpu via the Dochu La Pass (3,140m) to Punakha. Visit the temple of fertility at Chimi Lhakhang and then Punakha Dzong. Driving time: 2 hrs Altitude: 1,310 m Overnight: Wangdue Phodrang.
Paro: Return to Paro for sightseeing and shopping. Visit the National Museum and Paro Dzong. Driving time: 3 hrs Altitude: 2,195 m Overnight: Paro.
Paro: Tiger's Nest excursion. Altitude: 2,195 m Overnight: Paro.