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8 Days Druk Wangyal Festival

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Duration

8 Days

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

10 people

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Languages

English

Overview

The Druk Wangyal Festival was established in 2011 in commemoration of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and the Armed Forces’ victory over Indian insurgent forces residing in southern Bhutan in 2003. The Tsechu takes place every December 13th at the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang Festival Ground located at Dochula Pass around 22km from the capital city Thimphu. The Druk Wangyal Tshechu is a unique festival in that it is performed by the Royal Bhutan Army rather than monks or lay people. It is a tribute to the wise leadership of His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King of Bhutan. It also celebrates the continuous efforts of the Royal Bhutan Army in protecting the sovereignty and the stability of the country.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor.
  • Marvel at the elaborate and ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples.
  • Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests.
  • Incorporate a Value-Added Option such as a cooking lesson or meditation session with a monk

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive Paro - Thimphu


  • Visit to Tachog Lhakhang on the way, It is one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan. The iconic feature of this monastery is the 600 years old traditional suspension iron bridge.

  • Drive to Thimphu (Capital of Bhutan)

  • Visit Memorial Chorten (Built in 1974 in loving memory of the Third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck)

  • Visit to Changangkha Lhakhang (Built in 13th Century by Lam Phajo Dugom Zhigpo)

  • Visit Takin Reserve (The National Animal of Bhutan)

  • Visit to Tashichho Dzong (The Fortress of the Glorious religion

Day 2: Thimphu: Attend Druk wangyel Tshechu at the Docholla Pass

Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha


  • Visit to Dochula Pass which consist 108 interesting monuments built as a tribute to the selfless service and visionary leadership of our Fourth King

  • Visit to the typical Bhutanese village at Sopsokha and Chimi Lhakhang, The Fertility Temple blessed by the Devine Mad man Drukpa Kuenley.

  • Drive to Punakha

  • Visit Punakha Dzong, the second largest and the second oldest monastery in Bhutan located at the confluence of the two great rivers, Pho chhu and Mo chhu.

Day 4: Punakha


  • Drive to Nezergang

  • Hike (Aprox 40 mins) to Khamsum Yueley Namgyel Chorten built by The Queen Mother, Her Majesty Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck for the protection of the country and universal peace in the world.

Day 5: Punakha - Paro


  • Visit to Kyichu lhakhang at Paro. It is one of the 108 temples built by King Songsten Gampo of Tibet in one day.

  • Visit to Rinpung Dzong (Fortress built on the heap of jewel) by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1646.

Day 6: Paro


  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger Nest- cliff at 914m) Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of the tigress and meditated in the cave.

  • Visit the Ruins of the Drugyel Dzong, built in 1946 to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetan invaders.

Day 7: Depart from the Paro International Airport.

Included/Exclude

  • check-1 Visas for Bhutan.
  • check-1 Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
  • check-1 All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]
  • check-1 Accommodation
  • check-1 All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  • check-1 English speaking, trained and experienced local guide
  • check-1 Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
  • check-1 Sightseeing.
  • check-1 Mineral water.
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