Trongsa festival tour travels to central Bhutan in the Trongsa district. We visit the longest fortress in the country to witness the festival where the traditional dances and mask dances are performed by monks and laymen in different costumes. We also take you to visit the religious heartland of the country which is Bumthang so you can visit some of the oldest and sacred monasteries and temples with an amazing history.
Day 1 Paro
As you step out of the plane you can witness the beautiful landlocked terren of paro valley. Received in harmony by the team of Druk regal tours you will be escorted to the transport that you will be touring in.
Check in at hotel in Paro, leisure time at hotel to relax for a bit and after lunch visit Taa Dzong (watch tower), now converted into Bhutan’s national museum. Once it was used as a watch tower to protect the Rinpung Dzong and the Paro valley.
Then take a walk down to the Rinpung Dzong,the famous film “Little Buddha” starring Keanu reeves was shot in and around the Dzong, and then witness the Tsechu.
Then visit Dungtse Lhakang and the Drugyal Dzong. Note that currently the ruins of the Drugyal Dzong is being Glorified to its original structure of the past.
Stroll around Paro town
Overnight at Paro hotel.
Day 2: Paro to Thimphu
After breakfast travel to Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan. The drive is of two hours as on the way we will Vist the Tacho Lhakang and the still existing iron bridge.
Stop at Chunzom the river confluence of Haa Dzongkhag and Paro Dzongkhag to take pictures of 3 different types of stupa Tibeten design, Bhutanese design and Nepal design Stupa.
As you reach to the city, one unique thing about the city that you can notice is that there are no traffic lights.
Check in hotel and after lunch visit Buddha point (kuensel phodrang) and get refreshed by the beautiful scenes of Thimphu City. Witness one of the tallest statues of Buddha Dordenma in the world which is 169ft.
Visit Memorial Chorten in the heart of the town. The stupa is a Tibetan style Chorten dedicated to the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, built on 1974.Then visit textile museum and folk heritage museum.
Visit Bhutan postal museum and craft bazar.
Leisure time in the town.
Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha
After breakfast, we begin our journey to Punakha. Stop at Dochula pass for sightseeing of the beautiful Himalayas and the magnificent 108 stupa, built in dedication to the fourth king Jigme Singey Wangchuck.
Take a short hike to Chimmi Lhakhang when reaching to lobesa. The temple is built during the 15th century by the divine mad man Drukpa Kunley.
Once reaching to Punakha, check into hotel and after lunch and visit Punakha Dzong (fortress of great happiness and bliss). Punakha district was the capital of the country 1995.
Then hike up to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel stupa. A beautiful place to refresh your mind and take photos.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Punakha to Trongsa
After breakfast we begin our journey to Trongsa which is a 150 km drive from Punakha and it takes 5 hours driving time.
Lunch will be en route and stop at Pele la pass and the beautiful Chendeb Ji stupa for photographs.
As we reach to Trongsa check into hotel and then visit the Trongsa Taa dzong(watch tower) now converted into a museum. Take pictures of the Trongsa fortress the longest Dzong in the country from a distance.
Overnight at Trongsa.
Day 5: Trongsa
After breakfast we drive to the Dzong to attend the festival.
Various mask dances will be performed where people who come to witness the Tsechu come in their best Gho and Kira with beautiful jewelries.
The occasion is considered auspicious and is a dedication to the great tantric master Guru Padmasambhava the second Buddha. It’s believed that one can cleanse their sins and soul by witnessing the mask dances.
Overnight at Trongsa.
Day 6: Trongsa to Bumthang
After breakfast we travel to Bumthang the religious heartland of Bhutan. En-route we will stop at weaving center, which is famous in the region.
Check into hotel at Bumthang and free time and stroll through the Chamkhar town.
Overnight at Bumthang.
Day 7: Bumthang
After breakfast we visit Jakar Dzong. The fortress was built in 1646 AD by the 3rd Druk Desi Minjur Tenpa.
Visit Jambay lhakhang and visit kurji temple where exciting stories dwell around the area during the time of the great tantric master Guru Padmasambhava.
¬ Then visit Tamshing temple and the beautiful Ken Cho Sum temple.
Overnight at Bumthang.
Day 8 Bumthang to Phobjikha(Gangtey)
After breakfast we drive to Phobjikha and visit the Gangtey monastery which is a Nyingmapa school of Buddhism as we reach to Gangtey.
The monastery was initially built in the 16th century and the architecture of the monastery is richly and beautifully painted.
Check into hotel and if weather and time permits take a refreshing walk through the Gangtey nature trail experiencing the beautiful environment and some part of the Phobjikha valley.
Overnight at Phobjikha.
Day 9: Phobjikha to Paro via Thimphu
After early breakfast we then travel back to Paro.
Lunch will be en-route and visit Semtokha fortress at Thimphu once reaching to the capital city.
Check into hotel at Paro and then stroll through the Paro town.
Overnight at Paro.
Day 10: Paro
Visit to one of the hot spot destination, Paro Taktsang (Tiger Nest).
800 meters and 5hrs hike till the Monastery including lunch and rest.
The hike is divided into three view stops:
Cafeteria view stop- take rest and have refreshments
Photo view stop – best stop to take photos of monastery
Final stop at monastery- get detailed explanations from guide
Note: Transportations like ponies will be available (individual has to bare their own cost)
Overnight at hotel
Day 11: Depart
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