Bhutan’s Festival Tour (30th Oct to 08th November)
Bhutan Festival tour a perfect destination with Annapurna Encounter in one and only country Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan “ The Land of Peaceful Dragon” a medieval period country which is slowly exposing and opening its mighty door from centuries of enclosed in isolation and its remoteness welcoming the outside world and turning into modern civilizations, which makes Bhutan a truly a exceptional place to discover its hidden treasure of ancient culture, religion and awesome architecture with its way of life as it was for hundreds of years back, so Bhutan’s ancient past still retains at present with tantric Buddhism way of life.
Bhutan Festival tour with Annapurna Encounter, starts from Kathmandu with interesting and fascinating sightseeing tour in and around Kathmandu valley, as Kathmandu is steeped with ancient history, culture and religion which can be seen in best World Heritage Sites around Kathmandu itself, after Kathmandu flying to amazing country with awesome panorama of mountains during an hour airborne, on reaching at Bhutan airport in Paro, with cultural activities visiting interesting places in Paro which includes the famous Taksang Monastery known as Tiger’s Nest the drive to Bhutan’s capital at Thimphu here visiting special and interesting places for cultural tour and immersing in its colorful festival, with tour at beautiful area of Tongsa and Bumtang located in central Bhutan the true and pure side of this small country with typical village life and village and then driving back to Paro for sweeping scenic flight to Kathmandu by Bhutan’s National Carrier “Druk Airlines” or to connecting flight to Delhi for your onward journey back home or to respective destination after a remarkable trip to Bhutan Cultural Tour with great and excellent service of Annapurna Encounter.
- Trip Mode : Hotels & Lodge
- Total Trip : 11/12 days
- Trip Grade : Easy and moderate
- Season : October to November
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
Day 03: Fly to Paro-Bhutan via Druk Air.
Day 04: In Paro for sightseeing tour.
Day 05: In Paro visit Druk Gyaldzong.
Day 06: Drive to Thimphu 54 k.m - 02 hrs journeys.
Day 07: In Thimpu observe the festival.
Day 08: Drive to Tongsa 129 k.m - 04 hrs journeys.
Day 09: Drive to Bumthang 2,600 m / 8,580 ft - 06 hrs journey.
Day 10: Drive back to Thimphu 198 k.m. -05 hrs journey.
Day 11: Morning to Paro, flight to Kathmandu & other destinations.
Day 12: International departure for homeward bound.
Our extension trip near or within Kathmandu and beyond:
Para Gliding - Bungy Jumping - Cannoning - Rafting at Upper Sun-kosi Bhote-kosi) Trisuli River-Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park or tours in Kathmandu-Bhaktapur & Patan ( Lalitpur)
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu meet our staff and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport our AE staff will receive with a transfer to hotel in the hub of Kathmandu around Thamel area, an interesting place with shops, stores, international standard restaurants. Our guide will meet and inform you with details of the hotels and of Bhutan’s Festival Tour and more.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A free day in Kathmandu with tours, morning guided sightseeing tour at places of interest, Kathmandu city and the surrounding valley steeped with history, culture. Kathmandu is full of World Heritage Sites with old Temples, Monasteries, Stupas, Royal Courtyard and Palaces, afternoon free at leisure for souvenirs shopping.
Day 03: Fly to Paro-Bhutan via Druk Air and transfer to hotel.
Depending upon the flight time to Paro in Bhutan transfer to Kathmandu international airport for an hour panoramic flight to Paro, on reaching at Paro airport, after going through immigration and visa formalities our Bhutan representative and guide will receive you in Bhutanese custom and tradition and a short drive to respective hotels in Paro, with afternoon free at leisure.
Day 04: In Paro 2,280m / 7,524 ft for sightseeing tour.
Morning after breakfast our guide will meet you at given time for a tour with short drive and nice walk with an hour uphill with slow gradual pace to the famed and charm of Bhutan at Taksang Monastery also called as “Tiger\'s Nest”. A place for meditation and prayers when monks and lama are in retreat and prayer in isolation for few weeks or months, from this high cliff edge of Taksang monastery overlooking scenic views of Paro and of distance snow capped Mountains, after a wonderful time return back by the same route, after lunch visit of 17th centaury Ta-Dzong, and then in 1967converted into a National Museum.
Day 05: In Paro visit Druk Gyaldzong.
Today in Paro for another tour of historical, cultural and heritage sites, guide will lead you on this full day on this interesting and impressive tour visiting Druk Gyaldzong a 17th century ruined fort, built to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invaders, after a fascinating time in the morning tour, late afternoon visit of National Museum, displaying rich collections of fine arts and weapons.
Day 06: Drive to Thimphu 2,320m / 7,656ft ( 54 km) - 02 hrs.
From Paro after an interesting time, morning heading to the Bhutanese capital at Thimpu, with a scenic drive for about two hours to reach the modern capital of Bhutan at Thimphu (probably the only city in the world without traffic lights), at Thimphu transfer to nice hotels with Bhutanese hospitality, after lunch visit of memorial stupa, indigenous hospital, where traditional medicine is still practiced since hundreds of years and tour of painting school.
Day 07: In Thimphu sightseeing tour and observe the festival.
In this fascinating Bhutan’s capital at Thimphu full day of enjoyable and exciting time to observe the famous Thimphu Festival, Weekend market, Mini Zoo and Tashichoo Dzong, hike to Cheri Monastery, visiting handicraft and hand make paper factory, 13 Arts and Crafts institute, museums, see people playing archery, walk around city.
Day 08: Drive to Tongsa 129 k.m - 04 hrs journeys.
After a nice time in Thimphu, morning a pleasant scenic drive over Duchulu pass at 3,050 meters to reach Tongsa after heading with another climb at Pele-la a pass of 3,150 meters high, offering glamorous views of inner and central Bhutan’s landscapes panorama, which is just before Tongsa, then arriving at Tongsa a small countryside village with nice surroundings, here overnight in Lodge or nice Guesthouse stopping for lunch and overnight stay, afternoon a free time to walk around this nice village of Tongsa and interact with the locals.
Day 09: Drive to Bumthang 2,600 m / 8,580 ft (68 k.m.) - 03 hours.
From Tongsa with delightful time, after breakfast another pleasant drive with nice scenery of inner Bhutan’s landscapes and of Himalayan peaks, the drive leads for about 3 hours of interesting journey to Bumthang located in central part of Bhutan, on reaching at Bumthang a nice charming town with many farms and agriculture area, a pleasant view of this place with large green fields and coniferous alpine woodland full of rhododendron and pine trees, in Bumthang overnight at lodge or in a nice Guest Houses with warm Bhutanese hospitality, afternoon visit of 17th century Jakar Dzong, at present turn into Bumthang valley administration centre.
Day 10: Drive back to Thimphu 198 k.m - 05 hrs journey.
After fascinating time in areas of central Bhutan and its beautiful countryside, morning drive leads to Punakha town, which is an old capital of Bhutan, here visit of Buddhist monuments and monastery and then continue drive to the Bhutan’s capital in Thimphu, at Thimphu check back in the same hotel or similar type for last overnight in Bhutan soil, with afternoon free for walk and last day shopping souvenirs.
Day 11: Drive to Paro flight to Kathmandu and other destinations.
Morning back to Paro on the same route, after a wonderful drive reaching at Paro airport, as per the flight time to Kathmandu for sweeping scenic flight of an hour with parallel views of mountains all the way to Kathmandu, at Kathmandu transfer to hotel after a short drive around Thamel area, with whole day free as per the time of return flight from Paro.
Day 12: International departure for home ward bound.
Last day in Nepal with memorable moment and awesome experience and good time with Annapurna Encounter services, as per the international flight time our AE staff will transfer you to airport for the flight back home or to respective countries.
land of peaceful dragon Bhutan in the last Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom
wonderful picturesque landscapes and view of amazing snow capped peaks
visiting Taksang Monastery “ The Tigers Nest” high above the cliffs edge
country of monasteries, religions, culture, traditions as it was for many years
colorful and centuries old festivals with beautiful Bumthang valley