Mimicry of 16th century Bhutanese war with Tibetans retold in festivity.
Trip Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights Price: 1 person US $1895, 2 persons US $1825 each, 3 more US $1615 each.
Punakha Dromchoe is an annual festival introduced by Zhabdrung, the founder of united Bhutan to commemorate the victories over the Tibetans. During the festival, the ‘pazaps’ or local militia men, dressed in battle gear showcase a battle scene of this distant past recalling the days when in the absence of a standing army, men from the village blocks of Thimphu came forward and managed to expel the Tibetan forces out of the country ushering in a new-found internal peace and stability.
Inclusions: Government levy, all meals, tea and snacks, accommodations, transport, permits, visa fee, entrance fees, guide services and sightseeing. Inclusions on trek: Sleeping tents, dinning tent, toilet tent, sleeping mats, utensils, cook, assistant and pack animals. Exclusions: Air fares, tips, insurance, drinks and beverages, laundry, phone / internet and other personal bills.
As Bhutan has limited hotels and flights get sold out fast specially during festival seasons, it is advisable to book our trip well in advance. Drukair and Bhutan Airlines services to and from Bangkok, Delhi, Kathmandu, Kolkotta, Dhaka, Singapore (Drukair).
Druk Airways flight to Bhutan provides during a clear weather the most fascinating view of Himalayan scenery. On arrival at Paro airport, you will be greeted by our representative and transfer to hotel. After lunch, visit Paro Dzong, which was built in 1646, and visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country and the National Museum. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Morning drive to Punakha, with a stop en route for tea at Dochu La Pass (3,100 meters). The passes are marked by a large Bhutanese Chorten and prayer flag. The pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the Himalayas on a clear day. En route stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley popularly known as the Devine Madman. If you wish, you may receive a special fertility blessing from a wooden phallus. Overnight hotel in Punakha.
Today you will drive back to Thimphu via Dochula pass. At Dochula, you can visit the new Druk Wanggyel Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. After this continue drive to Thimphu. Check into hotel on arrival. In the afternoon, you can stroll in Thimphu City of your own and absorb the lifestyle of the people. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
After breakfast, you will visit the King’s Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), nunnery temple, Folk heritage Museum, which depicts the life of a rural Bhutanese and the Textile museum which is a repository of archaic Bhutanese textiles. After a relaxing lunch, you will visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, a traditional paper factory, the majestic Tashichhodzong and the giant Buddha statue on a hill overlooking Thimphu which is reputed to be the largest Buddha Shakymuni in the world. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Morning will be spent hiking to Wangditse Monastery. The hike starts from Radio tower. It is a one hour walk on a levelled trial amidst pine forests with great view of north Thimphu valley. On the way, you will also have an opportunity to see Takins – unique national that is found only in the Himalayas. You will hike back till road head at Radio tower where your vehicle will be waiting to transfer you to Thimphu. After lunch, you will drive to Paro. In the evening, you can visit Paro town. Overnight hotel in Paro.
After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Lunch will be served at Cafeteria restaurant located up on the mountain. After having explored the monastery, you will have back to Paro. Evening visit a traditional farm house which offers opportunity to mingle with local people and to get an idea on their lifestyle. Overnight hotel in Paro.