Mountain Echoes is a three-day one of a kind literary festival in Asia held in Thimphu, Bhutan. It gathers notable writers, poets, film-makers, scholars, artists, politicians, saints, environmentalists, social workers and biographers from around the world to participate in immersive dialogues on different subjects.
Organized under the royal patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck the festival aims to share, disseminate and learn from one’s knowledge base, experience and expertise.
The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by the guide. If time permits you will visit the Rinpung Dzong meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels”. It has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the courtyard of the Rinpung Dzong are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore. You will walk downhill till the road point crossing the traditional wooden bridge. Your vehicle will be waiting here to take you to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Check into hotel on arrival. Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.
You will attend the Mountain Echoes festival. Themes and subjects of the event will later be informed by the Organizer.
After breakfast this morning, enjoy a scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at the Dochu La pass (10,170 feet), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass we drive downhill through forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. You will arrive in Punakha after traveling through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. On the way, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple, dedicated to Devine Madman, a man who was known for earthly sense of humour. After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Overnight at a hotel in Punakha.
Today you will return to Paro via Dochula pass again. You will stop in Thimphu for lunch. After lunch, continue drive to Paro. Check into hotel on arrival. In Paro you can visit the Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most scared temple in the country. Afterwards, you can stroll through Paro town. Walking through the market and meeting with the people will be an enjoyable experience. Overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Today you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. After having explored the monastery, you will hike down to Paro. Evening you will visit a farmhouse for a nice traditional Bhutanese meal. You can also enjoy the traditional hot stone bath. This is a fantastic conclusion to your stay in Bhutan! Overnight at a hotel in Paro.
After breakfast, you will drive to airport for departure. Our representative will bid you farewell.
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