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

Punakha Dromchoe festival tour is an amazing 10 days tour of Bhutan as it allows visitors to experience the two different festivals at the same time.

The two festivals named: Punakha Drubchen and Tshechu is celebrated within five days of the interval where visitors can experience unique festivals. 

Punakha Drubchen and Tshechu is considered to be one of the holiest festivals all over the country. The Punakha Drubchen is unique because it features a dramatic recreation of the 17th century battle with the Tibetan army.

Punakha Tshechu is popular as a sacred relic of the country 'Rangjung Kharsapani'; a bone relic of a Buddhist master Tsangpa Gyarey is shown to the public once a year.

You will also explore other attractive destinations and sites of Bhutan like Paro, Thimpu, Bumthang, Trongsa with many monasteries, Dzong and other attractions.

So, come to experience different services with an exploration of the beautiful Himalayan nation with Himalayan trekkers. We never let you down and will convert your leisure into memorable holidays.

 

 

Starting Price

USD 2539 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Paro

Departure from: Paro

Day 1

Arrival at Paro and explore.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After arrival at Paro, a representative from Himalayan trekkers will greet, meet and transfer you to the hotel where you will be staying overnight.

During the flight, you will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, and other famous Himalayan peaks.

with some brief rest, you will explore the national museum, Paro Dzong and stroll around the local handicraft market.

  Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive.

Day 2

Hike to Tiger nest monastery and scenic drive to Thimpu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive and hike to Taktsang Monastery. Taktsang is one of the most venerated pilgrim sites of the Himalayan world which is also called as Tiger nest monastery.

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

Overnight.

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

Day 3

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

Day 4

Drive to Punakha and explore.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We start the day in the morning 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. You can receive blessings of fertility with a phallus (Symbolic representation of male sexual organ) from the Lama. 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 enjoy 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, Namgyal Lhakhang (temple/monastery).

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 6

Observe first day of Punakha Tsechu and 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 and drive to Wangdue.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, visit Jaka Dzong, the monastery and drive towards Wangdue.

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

The drive will be scenic with lots of beautiful lush green forests, nice scenery and small but 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

We will cross the Dochula Pass and drive almost 140 km from Punakha to reach Paro.

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

After reaching Paro, free on your own.

Overnight.  

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

Day 10

Departure from land of thunder dragon.

A representative of Himalayan trekkers will assist and transfer you to the airport for connecting flights back to your home town.

Hope you enjoyed this trip with us and please do remember us for other exciting and amazing (cultural, adventurous and special) trips in the Himalayas.

Have a safe journey!

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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

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!
On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

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
  • All Transfers as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary with all meals
  • Bhutan Entry Fees
  • Entrance Fees
  • Sightseeing
  • Guide and Driver
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes

Whats Not Included

  • International Airfares and Airport tax
  • 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.


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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