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8 Nights 9 Days
Availability : Any season
Tour Details:
Duration 8 nights and 9 days
Guide Festival, nature, wild flowers, landscape and cultural sightseeing
Tour Highlights Cultural sightseeing, nature, beautiful landscape, interaction with the locals, hikes

 

The festival celebrates the rhododendron flower. The festival features the rhododendron garden walk and exhibition, local culture and cuisines, arts and crafts, traditional games, cultural programs, guided walks and activities. The festival show case different species that are in full bloom in their natural habitat. Of the 46 rhododendron species recorded in the country, 29 are found in Lamperi Botanical Park, 35km from Thimphu.

The venue of festival is at Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu.

Besides festival, you can enjoy the Cultural tour, Hiking, Rafting, Home stay, nature, photography, meditation in the temple or in the open grounds in the woods, architecture – a unique arts and crafts man-ship of Bhutanese.

Tour Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival in Paro, the journey of discovery

Up arrival, our company’s representative will wait outside the airport and escort you to the hotel-Overnight stay at a prearranged resort/hotel of your preference, some of the best resorts/hotels in the country spread out from atop hillocks, admits pine forests to riverbanks. Irrespective of locales, an air of quiet tranquility and rustic charm is ever-present.

Visit Parodzong – the correct name for the Pro dzong is RinchenPungdzong (more commonly shortened to Rinpungdzong), which means “Fortress on a Heap of Jewels”.

Your next stop is the DungtseLhakhang – is possibly the only ancient temple built in the shape of a chorten and is literally chained down since local belief holds that it will otherwise fly off to heaven! It was constructed in 1421 by ThabgtongGyalpo.

Ta dzong (National Museum) – it is a repository of not only precious works of art but also costumes, armor and other hand crafted objects of daily cultural traditions of the country.

KyichuLhakhang – it is the oldest temple in the country built in 7th century by the Tbetan king called SongtsenGempo.
Free time in the evening, the town is boom with numerous homes, shops with the traditional Bhutanese architecture, there is a symmetry and harmony maintained. The market centre was built in 1985 and stretches for about 500m.

Day 2: Drive up to Chele la Pass and visit the hidden valley of Haa

It is a time now to take a break and indulge your visual senses with some time to relax and soak in the atmosphere. The Pass is at a cool crisp 3988mtrs and your route takes you through a spectacularly lovely forest of pine, oak and rhododendrons that are ablaze with red and pink blooms in April and May.

On the other side, the road descends to the Haa valley. In Haa visit LhakhangKarpo and Nagpo, the 7th century temple. After lunch, refresh yourself by hiking from the Katsho Bridge till SonamZhing Lodge, the hike hike will take around 02 hrs and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful landscape. Over Night at Home Stay.

Day 3: The first stop being the largest city and capital of the country, Thimphu

In the morning drive to the capital and en route stop and visit the Dobjidzong. Continue driving at this road and bypass the mighty Simtokhadzong, the oldest dzong in the country built in 1629 by the father of unification—ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyel. You can make a stop and visit National Memorial Chorten. It was built in 1974 in memory of the late third King by his mother.

Next visit – Buddha point, one of the biggest Buddha staute in the world measuring 50.5 mtrs, take a same road back and visit the ChanggangkhaLhakhang which is one of the oldest temples in Thmphu, dating back to the 15th century. A few minutes drive there is a ‘mini-zoo’which is now only a large outdoor enclosure that holds one of the strangest looking creatures you are likely to see- the takin.

Preceding downwards you will pass the DruthopGompa, a small building surrounded by prayers flags that now houses the Ziluka Nunnery.

Free time in the evening and stroll around the city without a traffic light. Over Night at Hotel.

Day 4: Tango Gompa or Tango Buddhist University

In the morning drive for about 30 minutes towards the north of Thimphu. Upon arrival at the parking lot hike the 300 mtrs away and takes around one hrs to ascend on the regular trail. This monastery sits at the edge of a richly forested hill at Thimphu’s northern end.

After the visit, return to Thimphu for lunch after which you can take in some more attractions that this quaint capital has to offer.

Visit the painting school, National library, traditional handmade paper factory, National textile Musemum and in the evening visit the great Tashichoedzong, which houses the office of our current king and monastic school. Over Night at Hotel.

Day 5: DrukWangyelStupas and beyond

We suggest making an early start since, on a clear day, the view of the eastern Himalayas from Dochula Pass is possibly one of the best in the country. The Pass lies at 3100mtrs and is reached after negotiating the check point at Hongtso village.

At the Pass there are 108 stupas, constructed in 2005 by our queen mother AshiDorjiWangmoWangchuk. This group is known as the DrukWangyelChortens.

Winding down the Pass, you will reach to the Lobesea you can spot the Chime Lhakang atop a small hillock. It is a pleasant 30-40 minute walk from the road head, through the cultivated fields and up a gentle slope. This lhakhang dates back to 1499 and was built by lama Drukpakinley.

After Lunch, drive to Punakha and visit Punakhadzong. The dzong straddles the confluence of two rivers and resembles a giant battleship.  The Punakhadzong is one of the most spectacular with a scenic setup standing in and show cases the arts and craft-man ship of Bhutanese architecture.

Day 6: KhamsumYulleyNamgyelChorten

In the morning drive to Nyinzergang and hike about 45 minutes to the Stupa. It was built by the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. This stupa is a splendid example of the Bhutanese architecture and art and is the only one of its kind in the world. It has been built over eight and a half years in its details have been drawn from religious scriptures.

Visit kuruthang lhakhang, which today’s house the school for a young monks. Later visit the Rinchengang village and experience the typical clustered houses, one kind of a village settlement that we find in the country. Over Night in the Hotel.

Day 7: Attend the Rhododendrons Festival at the Lamperi Botanical Garden

In the morning early drive from Punakha for about a 01 hrs and attend the festival. In the evening drive back to Paro, after the tiring day enjoy the traditional hot stone bath, local cuisines, and good interactions with the local family and over sleep at the Home stay.

Day 8: Climb up to Taktsang monastery (Tiger Nest)

In the morning, hike to the Tiger Nest. It is a continuous and fairly steep climb up to the meadow where a tea house is located – but beyond this point the trails ascends steeply till you reach a fantastic vantage point above the monastery.
According to the legend Guru Padmasambhava came to Taktsang in the 8th century, flying from the East of the country on the back of a tigress (a form that one of his consorts is believed to have taken). He meditated for three months in a cave here and then donning his terrifying form of DorjeDroloe subjugated the evil spirits. Over Night at Hotel.

Day 9: Time for Good Bye!!

Depart from the Paro International Airport.