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Paro Festival Journey

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This escorted tour takes you to Paro Festival (or Paro Tsechu) one of the biggest and most important festivals in Bhutan. People travel from all over Bhutan and the world in spring 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 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 tour.   

 
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US$2,845*

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 

TRIP EXCLUSIONS

  • International airfare to Bhutan. (This can be arranged for you. Please contact us for details)

  • Stopover hotel if needed

  • Comprehensive travel insurance. Click here for an insurance quote

  • Additional activities (e.g. massage, hot stone bath)

  • Alcoholic or soft drinks

  • Laundry

  • Tips for guide or driver

Trip Inclusions

  • 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

 

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TRIP OVERVIEW

Your journey begins in the beautiful Paro Valley, where you’ll stay in a charming Bhutanese-style hotel located on the edge of a forest. Wake up to breathtaking 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.

Cross the Cheli La Pass (3,810 metres) to the picturesque Haa Valley, before travelling on to Thimpu, one of the world’s smallest capital cities (and the only one in the world without traffic lights!) Enjoy a city walk and visit Tashi 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 Motithang Takin Reserve.

Continue your journey the next day via the scenic Dochu La Pass, which offers 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 the kings of Bhutan have traditionally been crowned. 

Return to Paro, where you 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.

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1

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

DAY 2

Paro: Attend Paro Festival.                                                                                          
Altitude: 2,195 m                                                                                                             Overnight: Paro 

DAY 3

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

DAY 4 

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

DAY 5 

Thimpu: Visit the Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point, Folk Heritage Museum, National Library, and the School of Traditional Arts and Crafts. If there’’s time, see Bhutan’s national animal the takin, at the Motithang Takin Reserve.                                                       Altitude: 2,320 m                                                                                                           Overnight: Thimpu

DAY 6

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

DAY 7

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

DAY 8

Paro: Tiger's Nest excursion.                                                                                      
Altitude: 2,195 m                                                                                                                           Overnight: Paro

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Depart Paro

 
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