14 Days Lhuentse Festival
21 – 24 Dec. 2020 | Venue: Gangzur, Lhuentse Dzong.
The festival is held at the Lhuentse Dzong. It draws people from all over the district. The religious mask dances are the main attractions of the festival. It is also the best time to witness women of Lhuentse wear the famous Kushuthara – the intricately hand woven kira (womens’ dress). This district is the birth place of some of the most intricate and beautiful textiles.
Day 01: Arrive Paro.
Day 02: Paro – Bumthang (flight).
Day 03: Bumthang – Mongar.
Day 04: Mongar – Lhuentse.
Day 05: Lhuentse Festival (whole Day).
Day 06: Lhuentse – Mongar.
Day 07: Mongar – Bumthang.
Day 08: Bumthang sightseeing.
Day 09: Bumthang – Gangtey.
Day 10: Gangtey sightseeing.
Day 11: Gangtey – Punakha (1310m) – Thimphu.
Day 12: Thimphu Sightseeing.
Day 13: Thimphu – Paro (Taktsang hike).
Day 14: Paro – Departure.
Detail Itinerary for 14 Days Lhuentse Festival
Day 01.- Arrive Paro (2280 m).
Representative from Yak Holidays will greet you on arrival, and then drive you the short distance to the hotel. Visit Ta Dzong (built in 1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley.
In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.
Day 02.- Paro – Bumthang (by flight)
After breakfast drive to Paro Airport and fly to Bumthang. Afternoon visit to Tamshing Lhakhang. Then visit Jakar Dzong, which is the main center of Administration of Bumthang District.
Day 03: Bumthang – Mongar – (184 km – 7 hours)
After morning breakfast begin the drive along the eastern highway. The drive will take 7 hours and cover 184km of distance from Bumthang to Mongar. Stay for a while at Thrumsingla Pass (3780 m altitude) mid way to Mongar.
Visit The Jarung Khashor Chorten located in Lingmethang next the bridge over the Kurichu River.
Day 04: Mongar – Lhuentse (76 km – 4 hours)
After early breakfast visit to Mongar Dzong, and then drive towards Lhuntse Dzong.
On the way stay for a while at Autsho village which is at a distance of 67 km from Mongar and takes 1 & half hours drive. And visit tall statue of Guru Rimpoche which is 45 meters tall near Tangmachu village. After crossing Tangmachhu you will reach Lhuentse after 30 minutes drive.
Day 05: Lhuentse Festival (whole Day)
The next day begins with the Lhuentse Tshechu and witness the Tshechu whole day.
Day 06: Lhuentse – Mongar
Next morning after breakfast drive back to Mongar.
Day 07: Mongar – Bumthang
Next day after breakfast start the journey towards Bumthang. On the way stop for a while at Ura Village. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 08: Bumthang sightseeing
The next day begins with the visit to Jambay Lhakhang and Kurje Lhakhang. Jambay Lhakhang was built by Tibetan King, Songsen gampo, in the year 657. It is one of the 108 Lhakhangs which were built in one day. Jambay lhakhang consists of three buildings. One is the previous old Lhakhang where you can see the body imprint of Guru Rimpoche, and the other two were constructed later. Then visit Namkhai Ningpo Lhakhang which is located above the Chamkhar market.
After Lunch 10 kms drive to the Membar Tsho, also called as “the Burning Lake”, from where Pema Lingpa discovered the hidden Religious treasures from under the lake water.
Day 09: Bumthang – Gangtey
The drive from Bumthang to Gangtey will be amazing as you will cross two districts of Trongsa and Wangdi, and reach two high passes namely Yotongla Pass between Bumthang – Trongsa and Pelela Pass between Trongsa – Gangtey. On the way stop for a while at Trongsa to visit Trongsa Dzong and Chendebji Stupa which falls under Trongsa District. After crossing Pelela Pass, reach Gangtey after 7 hours drive.
Day 10: Gangtey sightseeing
While in Gangtey, visit Gangtey Gompa. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second re-incarnation, built the temple. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth re-incarnation. It is a Nyingmapa monastery and is affiliated to other Nyingmapa monasteries including Tamshing in Bumthang.
After lunch, explore Phobjikha valley, the roosting ground of the Rare Black necked Cranes in winter and visit the Crane Information center.
Day 11: Gangtey – Punakha (1310 m) – Thimphu
Start early from Gangtey after breakfast. After reaching Punakha visit Punakha Dzong which was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. Then drive towards Thimphu. On the way to Thimphu visit Chimi Lhakhang at Lobesa. Chimi Lhakhang was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley (Popularly known as “The Divine Madman”, in the year 1499.
Day 12: Thimphu Sightseeing
When at Thimphu visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late 3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchukand, who is considered as the Father of Modern Bhutan. On the top of Kuenselphodrang visit the largest Statue of Buddha followed by a visit to Dupthop Lhakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.
We then visit the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls).
Bhutanese Paper making factory (called Desho), Takin reserve area and National Handicraft Emporium.
Day 13: Thimphu – Paro (Taktsang hike)
The day begins with an excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery – After early breakfast, a short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684 by the then Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay.T his incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tigress, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort.
After lunch visit Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Then visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo, who built 108 Temples in a single day to pin the Ogress to the earth forever. Free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 14: Paro – Departure
Early breakfast and drive to Airport for departure.
- Hot stone bath.
- Cycling around Paro valley.
- Practice Archery.
- Bhutanese cooking class.
- Bhutanese cultural show featuring various mask dances and folk dances.
- Talk on Gross National Happiness / Buddhism.
- Consulting an Astrologer.
- Practice Dart.
- Performing religious ceremony.
- Marriage ceremonies.
Please contact us for the price.
Tour Cost Includes:
a. All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
b. Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room Supplement Extra.
c. All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
d. Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
e. Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
f. Visa Fee.
g. English speaking Local guide.
i. Bottled water.
Tour Cost Excludes:
a. Drukair fares.
b. Insurance Premiums
c. Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
d. Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”.
e. Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
f. Personal expenses such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services.