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  • Package Name :- Amazing Nimalung Festival
  • Duration :- 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • Trip Difficulty Level :- Easy

Amazing Nimalung Festival

Paro l Thimphu l Punakha l Gangtey l Trongsa l Bumthang

Amazing Nimalung Festival

Trip Length:  11 Days / 10 Nights

Day

Activities

Overnight

Saturday, 1st July 2017

Arrive at Paro. Sightseeing in Paro.

Paro

Sunday, 2nd July 2017

Fly to Bumthang.Sightseeing in Bumthang.

Bumthang

Monday, 3rd July 2017

Attend the Nimalung Festival in Bumthang.

Bumthang

Tuesday, 4th July 2017

Drive to Trongsa. Sightseeing in Trongsa

Trongsa

Wednesday, 5th July 2017

Drive to Gangtey. Sightseeing in Gangtey.

Gangtey

Thursday, 6th July 2017

Gangtey to Punakha. Sightseeing in Punakha

Punakha

Friday, 7th July 2017

Full day sightseeing in Punakha.

Punakha

Saturday, 8th July 2017

Punakha to Thimphu. Sightseeing in Thimphu

Thimphu

Sunday, 9th July 2017

Sightseeing in Thimphu. Evening drive to Paro

Paro

Monday, 10th July 2017

Hike to Taktshang Monastery.

Paro

Tuesday, 11th July 2017

Depart from Paro.

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1/Arrive Paro. Sightseeing in Paro.

On your Druk air flight to Bhutan, you will be treated to a spectacular view of the snowcapped Himalayan Mountains. On arrival at Paro International Airport you will be received by our representatives who will accompany the group throughout the journey. After checking in at the hotel, we will be doing some sightseeing in Paro which includes the National Museum, which houses antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and armor, and the Rinpung Fortress/Dzong, built in 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. Later you can take a leisurely stroll in the main street of Paro where you can see many handicrafts selling Bhutanese traditional arts, crafts, antiques, religious objects, etc.

Day 2/Domestic flight to Bumthang. Sightseeing

Morning after breakfast, we will drive to the airport and you will take the 30 minutes flight to the beautiful valley of Bumthang. On this short flight you will get breath taking views of the beautiful valleys and Bhutanese mountains. Bumthang valley is one of the most sacred valleys in the Kingdom of Bhutan and innumerable legends surround the area. Guru Rinpoche visited and meditated in several places in the Bumthang valley and blessed it as a hidden paradise. Today, Bumthang is still one of the most important pilgrimage destinations for the Buddhist community. After arriving in Bumthang we visit we visit the Kharchu Dratshang monastery where young novice monks debate and are challenged on subjects of Buddhism. Also visit the 16th century Tamshing Lhakhang which was built by the great treasure discoverer Pema Lingpa and the Red Panda brewery where locally Weiss beer is produced.

Day 3/Witness Nimalung festival. Sightseeing

Morning drive to Chumey Valley to witness the Nimalung festival. It is one of the popular local festivals and attracts people from all over Bumthang, dressed in their finest attire. This festival is celebrated to bring happiness and prosperity to the village and the country as a whole. It is also a symbolic prayer for good harvest and for the wellbeing of everyone. The festival dances are performed by both monks and lay man and it is believed to bring blessings onto the onlookers. You will have ample opportunity to interact with the locals and take many pictures of the colorful festivities. Later in the afternoon we will visit a local farm house for lunch and to try out our national sports archery/ dart games at the farm house. Then also visit the sacred Kurje Lhakhang, where all royal family members are cremated upon their deaths), followed by Jambay Lhakhang one of the oldest temple built in Bhutan in 7th century.  

Bhutan’s Festivals: The Tshechu is a festival in honor of Padmasambhava popularly known as "Guru Rinpoche", the precious teacher. This Indian saint contributed enormously to the diffusion of Tantric Buddhism in the Himalayan regions of Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan etc. around 800 A.D. During the Tshechus (pronounced say-choo), chaams (religious dances) are performed either by monks or by lay people. The dances take place in beautiful monastery courtyards under the brilliant cobalt sky. The Tshechu is a religious festival and it is believed that these dances bring blessings upon the onlookers to instruct them in the teaching of the Buddhist dharma and protect them from evil influences. It is also a yearly social gathering where the people come together to rejoice dressed in all their finery. It is in this way that the festivals become a showcase for Bhutan's highly developed indigenous art of textile weaving.

 

Day 4/Bumthang to Trongsa. Sightseeing

The drive to Trongsa from Bumthang would approximately take about 3 hours and as we exit Chamkhar Town we enter a wide, open, cultivated valley known as Chumey Valley. En route we stop to visit the Yathra sheep wool factory, where we can watch the wool being spun, died and woven. Yathra style weaving is found only in this area. In addition to being able to buy sweaters, jackets, and a variety of woven goods, this is one of the best shopping experiences in Bhutan. The local shop carries a wide variety of local craft items. Then we continue our drive to Trongsa. Later visit the magnificent Trongsa Dzong, built in 1648. It is the ancestral home of the royal family of Bhutan. It was around this dzong with its strategic location that the nation of Bhutan was formed. Perched above the Trongsa Dzong is a watch tower, that now serves as a repository/museum, housing some of the most beautiful and interesting pieces of religious and secular arts. In the evening, we have free time to explore the small town of Trongsa at your leisure. 

 

Day 5/Trongsa to Phobjikha valley. Sightseeing

After breakfast we drive to the beautiful Phobjikha valley a glacial valley on the western slopes of the Black Mountains crossing over the Pelela Pass (10,830 ft. / 3,300mtr), the traditional boundary between east and west Bhutan. This pass is marked by a large Stupa surrounded with many colorful prayer flags. With luck, we may see herds of yaks with their herders. At the high pass we will find the best spot to hoist prayer flags. Prayer flags are hoisted for happiness, long life, prosperity, luck and merit, to clear ones’ sins, and to offer karmic merit to all sentient beings. When the wind blows, it is believed that it carries the prayers on the flags, thereby blessing all sentient beings.   Later at Phobjikha valley we stop at the 17th century Gangtey goemba monastery, located on a high point overlooking the wide, open valley. This is an important site to the Bhutanese as it is one of oldest monasteries in the country, and as it is one of the few Nyingmapa (the old school of Tibetan Bhuddism) monasteries still in existence in Bhutan. The valley itself is a designated conservation area because a large flock of black-necked cranes winter here. Later in the afternoon, take a leisurely stroll in the valley through the villages.

Day 6/Phobjikha to Punakha. Sightseeing

Morning sightseeing in Gangtey first we will visit the 17th century Gangtey Goemba. Then do the beautiful Gangtey Nature trail where we walk along the local farm houses, beautiful pine forests, through open valley marshland. Then drive to Punakha. Enroute, we stop to take a half-hour walk through mustard fields  to Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery and fertility temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, a Tibetan Buddhist saint known popularly as “the divine madman” and considered a folk hero in Bhutan for his unconventional ways. As part of this fertility cult, this temple is frequented by couples wanting children, who go there to be blessed by a large wooden phallus. Related to this religious notion, one finds phallic symbols all over Bhutan, where it represents both fertility and protection.

Day 7/Full day sightseeing in Punakha. White River rafting in Punakha

Morning hike to Kamsum Yuelly Namgay Chorten. After the hike we will be doing a 2 hours raft on the beautiful Mo Chu river. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the serene landscape and possibly spot the White Bellied Heron, an endangered bird species only few hundred remaining in the world. At the end of the rafting below Punakha Dzong, we will have a picnic lunch by the riverside in a small beach with a magnificent view of the Dzong. Later we visit the Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 which stands majestically at the junction of the two rivers – Pho (Male) and Mo (Female).

Day 8/Punakha to Thimphu. Sightseeing

Morning we head out of town on a spectacular 3 hour drive over the 10,170 ft./3100 mtr. Dochu La Pass to Thimphu.  At this pass we have magnificent views of the Himalayas and surrounding valleys, while walking among the   108 beautiful chortens (stupas). Here we stop for a snack and a hot cup of tea at a café atop the pass and time to savor the mountain views; we continue our drive to the Thimphu Valley. Later at Thimphu we will be doing some sightseeing by visiting the local market where you see farmers selling locally grown fresh vegetables. Also visit the paper making factory where the local paper desho being is produced from Daphne plant using very old traditional methods. Evening leisure and free time for shopping.

Day 9/Full day sightseeing in Thimphu. Evening drive to Paro.

After breakfast visit the King's Memorial Stupa built in 1974, around which elderly Bhutanese in their colorful traditional clothing circumambulate the holy structure, while spinning their prayer wheels. Then drive to Kuenselphodrang to visit the 51mtr tall Buddha statue overlooking valley. Then drive to the takin preserve to see the unique national animal of Bhutan the Takin. After lunch drive 10KM north to Thimphu and undertake the beautiful 1 hour hike to Tango Monastery. Later towards the evening drive to Paro.

Day 10/Hike to Taktshang Monastery "The Tigers Lair"

Today we will hike to the famous Taktshang Lhakhang “The Tiger's Lair”, the national symbol of Bhutan. Clinging to a black rock face, 900 meters above the valley floor, nestles Taktshang Lhakhang, one of the holiest and the most beautiful site of Bhutan.  Taktshang, the tiger's lair, acquires its name from the legend of its foundation, when in the 8th Century Guru Rinpoche, widely revered as the second Buddha, arrived from Tibet flying across the mountains on the back of a tigress. The hike to the Monastery is a gradual climb through lush meadows, oak and rhododendron forest, past quaint hamlets, fluttering prayer flags and rotating prayer wheels. For those who do not desire to earn a great deal of merit by walking, we can arrange for horses to take you to a landing close to the monastery (USD 17 per horse).  Evening at leisure.

Day 11/Depart from Paro

Depart from Paro International Airport to your destinations

Accomodation Detail

Thimphu : Namgay Heritage Hotel or Tashi Yoedling

Paro : Tashi Namgay Resort or Hotel Gangtay Palace

Punakha : Hotel Meri Phuensum or Drubchu Resort

Gangtey : Hotel Dewachen or Yuloke

Trongsa : Yangkhil Resort or Phuenzhi Guest House

Bumthang : Gongkhar Guest House or Wangdicholing Guest House

Note : Please note that the above hotel will be based on availability at the time of confirming your trip. In the event the above hotels are not available, we will provide hotel in similar catagory.

Price Details

High Season(Mar,Apr,May,Sep,Oct & Nov)

  • One Person :  $2900.00
  • Two Person :  $2800.00
  • Three Person :  $2500.00

Lean Season(Dec,Jan,Feb,Jun,Jul & Aug)

  • One Person :  $2400.00
  • Two Person :  $2300.00
  • Three Person :  $2000.00

Cost includes:  

  • Bhutan Government Royalty & Taxes
  • Accommodation in Standard Tourist Hotels
  • All Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • A licensed English-speaking guide
  • An experienced driver with comfortable private vehicle
  • Bhutan visa fees
  • Entrance fees to all museums & monuments
  • Mineral water
  • Evening Tea/Snacks

Cost does not include:  

  • Drinks and Beverages
  • Tips/Gratitude
  • Personal Insurance
  • Flight ticket To/From Bhutan
  • Domestic flight from Paro to Bumthang
  • White water rafting in Punakha

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