This is another one of the great festivals of Bhutan. Like the Paro festival, its timing depends upon the Bhutanese lunar calendar, but usually occurs in September or October.
Because it is held in the populated capital of Bhutan, the Thimphu festival can be congested. This can make picture-taking challenging. One has to come early to secure a place to sit and watch the Festival.
The Thimphu festival takes place inside the capital-building courtyard. The capital building also houses the offices for the King, Ministry of Home Affairs, as well as summer residences for the monks when they move to the capital from their Punakha winter residence.
Day 01: Arrival in Paro
Arrive Paro, Bhutan, by Druk Air. After completing your Disembarkation formalities, you will be greeted by your Bhutanese guide. Start drive to Thimphu – a pleasant 2 hours drive through picturesque river valleys and mountain slopes dotted with typical Bhutanese villages. On arrival check-in at the hotel. Rest of the evening free to relax or take a short walk through the streets of Thimphu. Dinner and overnight Hotel in Thimphu.
Day 02: Thimpu
Today’s exploration of Thimphu begins we will take with visit to National Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan; the Kingdom’s rich culture at the National Library; the National Institute of Zorig Chusum where students undergo training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts; Folk Heritage Museum which will provide an insight into traditional Bhutanese farm house and rural past through exhibits and documentation of rural life.
Day 03:& 04: Thimphu Sightseeing and Festival.
It is not necessary that whole three days you have to spend in Thimphu festival we can tailor the itinerary depending on your interest and requirement. Please ask us, we are happy to amend your itinerary. Overnight stay at hotel, Thimphu.
Day 05: Thimpu to Punakha Excursion (1300m):
Your journey continues with travels to the east onwards to Punakha through some of the Kinddom’s richest agricultural land and most dramatic river valleys. En route you will stop over Dochu La, the 3050meter pass; snow-capped eastern Himalayan ranges can be seen on a clear day. Prayer flags will flutter you over the pass deeper into the essence of Bhutan. The beauty is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyal Chorten – 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen Mother. Once you cross the pass, you wind down into a warm fertile valley.
Day 06: Paro Tiger’s’s Nest Hike
Today’s day will begin driving back to the Paro valley to take on a stunning hike on foot to visit the Taktshang Gompa or Tiger’s Nest viewpoint. Our hike to Taktshang from the road point will take through the well maintained path which is quite uphill and it takes around 3-4 hours at an average walking speed. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees adorned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria.
Day 07: Paro departure
Morning drive to Paro International Airport for your onward journey.