Dochula Festival Tour-7 Days

Locations: Bhutan (Paro, Thimphu, Wangdue, Punakha valley.)

Duration : 7 days / 6 nights

Highlight:  Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival straddles the well-known pass at the heart of the Royal Botanical Park,. The pass marks the cut-off point between the districts of Thimphu on the western side and Punakha on the eastern side. Dochula Festival is a good opportunity for everyone to see the Royal family also.

The venue is related to important national landmarks while the date commemorates the commencement of the military expedition of 2003. The Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival’s scene features two of very inspiring modern Bhutanese monuments. Including the works on the influential wall painting, The temple was built under the personal supervision of Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wanghuck, a year after she built the 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens.

Following Bhutanese tradition, the Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival is named after its location. The Dochula pass is one of the most spectacular passes in Bhutan and is 22km from the capital city, Thimphu.

ITINERARY OVERVIEW
  • DAY 01 : ARRIVE PARO – THIMPHU (KINGDOM OF BHUTAN)
  • DAY 02 : THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING
  • DAY 03 : THIMPHU – PUNAKHA (DOCHULA FESTIVAL)
  • DAY 04 : PUNAKHA – WANGDUEPHODRANG
  • DAY 05 : PUNAKHA – PARO
  • DAY 06 : HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST
  • DAY 07 : DEPARTURE
Day 01: Arrive Bhutan
  • Drive to Thimphu. Distance: 54 km
  • Estimated driving time: 1 hr
  • Altitude 2248 meters

Fly into Paro by Druk Air, Bhutan’s National Airline. The great snow-capped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up to the heavens can be seen during clear weather. As the plan approaches Bhutan, if you look down farmhouses as dots on the hillsides can be seen. As the aircraft enters the Paro valley, you will see Paro Dzong on the hillside overlooking the Paro Chu (river), with Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now the National Museum, above it.

You will be received by the representative of Bhutan, who will be your Bhutan travel guide throughout your tour.
Visit the following:

  • Ta Dzong built in the 17th century as a watchtower for the Paro Dzong. This dzong was converted into the
  • National museum in 1967 and is filled with antiqu thankha paintings, textiles, weapons and armour.
  • Rinpung Dzong built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now being used as an administration centre and school for monks.
  • Drive to Kuensel Phodrang and take a short leisure hike to the Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park and enjoy the full view of Thimphu Valley below.
  • Visit Buddha Point and offer your prayers to the largest Buddha statue in the country and walk around to enjoy the great view of Thimphu valley below.
  • National Memorial Chorten, chorten literally means ‘ seat of faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments the ‘Mind of Buddha’. Meet the elderly generation in circumambulation at the National Memorial Chorten.

Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu

Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing

After breakfast Thimphu sightseeing’s includes the following:

  • The Institute for ZorigC husum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts.
  • Visit Changankha Lhakhang. (Changankha Lhakhang is one of the spiritual and most important temple in Thimphu.
  • Takin Preserve which houses the national animal- takin which is found only in Bhutan. Takin is an extremely rare member of goat family.
  • Craft Bazaar where artisans and craftsmen from across the country come to sell their products.
  • Centenary Farmers’ Market (open from Thursday to Sunday) where farmers sell their farm produces.

After 5PM we will visit the Tashichhodzong, “the fortress of the glorious religion”. This is the centre of government and religion, site of the monarch’s throne room and seat of the Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in the 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plan
Night halt in Thimphu

Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdue (Dochula festival)
  • Distance: 71 km
  • Estimated driving time: 2 1/2 hrs

After breakfast, drive to Punakha via the Dochula pass. An hour’s drive from Thimphu will take you to this pass (3140 m) where one can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day with a powerful
binocular telescope.Dochula Festival will be held here at the Mountain pass. The festival will be very colourful and also many members of the Royals family will be present there. After lunch we will drive to Punakha velly. Visit the beautiful 108 chortens built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo for the security and wellbeing of His Majesty the King of Bhutan. Also visit Druk Wangyel Temple which was builto honour His Majesty, the fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

The past and future appear to merge in the details of the temple that tells the story of a supreme warrior figure whose vision pierces the distance future.We will drive to Mesina to visit the Fertility temple. Walk through the Metsina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to
the Devine Madman’s Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where couples unable to conceive come here for blessing.

Overnight at hotel in Punakha


Day 04: Punakha Valley

Today after Breakfast we will drive onto Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan and presently the winter residence of the central monk body. We will drive to upper Punakha via Punakha Dzong for a short Hike to Khamsum Yuelley Temple located at the upper Punakha Valley.

later we will visit the magnificent PunakhaDzong. Visit the DhoJhaGha Lam Temple, located on the island of the Pho-Chu (male) river and the Mochu (female) river. After Lunch drive to Wangdi valley and walk through the town.
Night halt in Punakha.

Day 05: Wangdue/Punakha – Paro
  • Distance: 110 km
  • Estimated driving time: 3:30 Min.

After breakfast, we will drive to Paro. Visit Kichu temple, one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo.
The story goes that a giant demon lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King SongtsenGampo decided to build 108 temples, which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in accordance with precise plans.Thus, it happened that in about the year AD 638 the temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over the very heart of the demon.


Overnight in hotel at Paro

Day 06: A Day Hike to Taktsang

Today after breakfast, we will drive to base of Taktsang and hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1½ hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour.

It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months.The principal Lhakhang (monastery) of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has nowbeen fully restored to its former glory.After visiting the monastery, walk back down to the road on the way stop for lunch at the view point cafeteria and then walk further down to the road point. Then drive back to hotel.


On the way, in the evening relax and overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 07: Departure from Paro

In the morning tour guide from Bhutan will escort you to the Paro airport for your flight to your onward
destinations.

Dochula Festival
End of Tour
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Inclusions
  • •    Deluxe rooms on twin sharing basis.
    •    Meals (Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner, Tea/Coffee with snacks as and when required)
    •    Accommodation in the best 3-4 star Resorts/hotels in Bhutan.
    •    Brand new Bus, SUVs’ (not exceeding 4-5 years)
    •    1 complimentary Bhutan air ticket if group exceeds 17 Pax
    •    Tea, coffee and snacks during the long drive and tour.
    •    Complimentary 1 Hour cultural program and farewell dinner for 8 plus pax.
    •    All Trekking Equipments (2 men sleeping tents, Kitchen Tents, Dining tents, Toilet Tents, Cooking Utensils etc.
    •    Trekking Guide and trekking cook along with supporting staffs
    •    Medical Facilities on free of cost (consulting doctors & medicine)
    •    Mineral water on long trips both on trek and cultural tours
    •    Museum fees and other special entry fees.
    •    A sustainable tourism Royalty of $65. This Royalty goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.

Exclusions
  • • Airfare
    • Laundry/Drinks / Telephone calls and any personal expenses.
    • Travel Insurance (Recommended but not available in Bhutan)
    • Excess baggage charges.
    • Single room supplement USD$40 per night.
    • Tips and Gratuities

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