Punakha Dromchoe Festival Tour

Punakha Dromchoe Festival Tour

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Duration:

10 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

Tiger nest monastery (3190m)

Group Size

Any

Trial Access:

Flight and comfortable drive.

Best Season:

Feb-March

The Punakha Festival Tour is an incredible 10 days journey to learn about the unique culture, tradition, history, and religion of this only Buddhist Kingdom. 

Punakha Drubchen and Punakha Tshechu are two of the most important festivals in Bhutan that take place on the grounds of Punakha Dzong.

The Punakha Drubchen is celebrated for five consecutive days featuring a dramatic recreation of the 17th century battle with the Tibetan army. Then the Punakha Tsechu takes place directly after, which consists of unique mask dances. 

You will also explore other famous and important landmarks of Bhutan like Paro, Thimpu, Bumthang, Trongsa with many monasteries, Dzong, and other attractions.

So, if you are interested in witnessing the ancient living culture of "the Last Shangri La", this amazing Punakha Festive Tour is an ideal package for you. 

Starting Price

USD 2539 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Paro

Departure from: Paro

Day 1

Arrival in Paro & sightseeing

Meals included: Lunch & Dinner

A representative from Himalayan Trekkers will greet you and escort you to the hotel once you arrive at the Paro International Airport. 

Once you reach the designated hotel, you will check-in and rest. Later, you will be assisted in explore the National Museum, and Paro Dzong. In the evening stroll around the local handicraft market.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

Day 2

Hike to Taktsang Monastery & scenic drive to Thimpu

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Afterr breakfast, drive and hike to Taktsang Monastery. Taktsang is one of the most venerated pilgrim sites of the Himalayan world which is also called as Tigers' Nest Monastery.

After lunch, scenic drive to Thimpu, capital of Bhutan.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs hike & 2 hrs drive

Day 3

Full-day Thimpu sightseeing

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, you will have guided sightseeing of Thimpu. You will explore the King’s Memorial Chorten, Nunnery Temple, Changgangkha Monastery, Majestic Thimphu Dzong, etc. Besides that, we also go to the Central zoo to see the animals over there and among them the Takin, a goat-antelope is a major attraction as it is the national animal of Bhutan.

In the afternoon, visit the Weekend market, famous for all kinds of local products ranging from handicrafts to vegetables. You can also visit the radio tower on a hilltop, which offers a panoramic view of Thimpu city.

Overnight. 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs sightseeing

Day 4

Drive to Punakha & explore

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We start the day with a drive to Punakha via Dochu La (3,100m). This town derives its name from the river on whose banks it is situated, the Punakha River.

We will make a brief visit to the fertility temple known as Chimi Lhakhang. Upon arrival at Punakha, we will have lunch and visit the Punakha Zhong in the evening.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs drive

Day 5

Experience the festival; Last day of Punakha Drubchen

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, you will attend the Punakha Drubchen festival held at the courtyard of the Punakha Dzong.  This festival ends with a dramatic recreation of the scene from the 17th century battle with the Tibetan army. 

In free time, you will explore the Punakha Dzong, and Namgyal Lhakhang (temple/monastery).

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 6

Observe first day of Punakha Tsechu & drive to Bumthang

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, you will enjoy certain time by observing another festival; Punakha Tsechu and will have a scenic drive to Bumthang via Kiki La pass (2950m).

In the evening, explore the street of Bumthang and interact with locals.

Overnight.  

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 7-8 hrs drive

Day 7

Explore Bumthang & drive to Wangdue

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, visit Jaka Dzong and drive towards Wangdue.

Wangdue is a typical Bhutanese village situated almost 200km from Bumthang renowned for its stone carving. 

The drive will be scenic with lots of beautiful lush green forests, nice scenery, and small and interesting Bhutanese settlements.

Overnight at Wangdue.

Accommodation: Hotel/guest house/ local lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs drive

Day 8

Short drive to Punakha; Last day of Tsechu festival

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You will have a short drive to Punakha and will enjoy the last day of the Punakha Tsechu festival.

In free time you will explore the remaining attraction of Punakha.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: An hour drive

Day 9

Scenic drive to Paro

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Soon after breakfast, we leave behind Punakha and drive to Paro. En route, we will halt at the Dochula Pass for some astounding views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes.  

A scenic drive across hills, small passes, beautiful settlements by observing the culture & smile of Bhutanese people, will add more flavor to your drive.

After reaching Paro, free on your own.

Overnight.  

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs drive

Day 10

Final Departue

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will be assisted to the Paro International Airport by your guide for a flight back to your home. onward destination. 

Bidding farewell, we wish you a safe journey! 

Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Paro, Thimpu, and Punakha, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

Meals

All meals in Bhutan are included within the evident cost. However, if you want to eat your meals other than at your hotel or local restaurant, you will have to pay the additional amount.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Airport pick-up and drop off 
  • All Transfers as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary with all meals
  • Bhutan Entry Fees
  • All Permit and Entrance Fees
  • Bottle of mineral water 
  • Guide and Driver
  • All Taxes and office surcharges 

Whats Not Included

 

  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable conditions such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the INCLUSION section 


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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