Punakha festival

Punakha Festival

Day 01: Paro - Thimphu

Arrive at Paro International Airport where your guide will meet you and take you to Thimphu. On the way you will stopover Tamchog Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship to Bhutan’s bride builder Thangthong Gyelpo. Night at Thimphu

Day 02: Thimphu
We will visit the revered Memorial Chorten, the National Library and the School of Traditional Arts. In the afternoon you can take in more of the sights and culture of the capital, with the option of a trip to Simtokha Dzong (one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan, dating from 629 AD). Night at Thimphu

Day 03 Thimphu – Punakha
In the morning drive to Punakha via the Dochu La Pass, where we will stop for a hot drink and to enjoy views of the Eastern Himalaya ranges. In the afternoon visit Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility), built in the 15th century by the ‘Divine Mad Man’ (Lama Drukpa Kuenley).Night at Punakha

Day 04: Punakha Festival
Today you will witness the Punakha Festival held inside Punakha Dzong which is said to be the palace of great Happiness, build in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in between river of male and female. People walk for festival from miles and miles with their finest and colorful dress. The festivities give them an opportunity to feast and relax from their daily works.  The festival is unusual than any other festival in Bhutan because it depicts how Zhabdrung  played a trick against the Tibetan invaders about the Rangung Khazherpane ,a self-created image of Chenresig by throwing into the river. Night at Punakha. 

Day 05: Punakha – Paro
On the fifth day you can visit the festivities in the morning. Afternoon after the lunch,  you will return to paro. Night at Paro

Day 06: Paro sightseeing
After the breakfast you will visit to Paro Rinpung Dzong, one of the finest epitomes of Bhutanese architecture. Then visit to National Musuem, Drugyel Dzong( fortress of victory built in 1644, kyichu Lhakhang and Dungtse lhakhang.

Day 07: Hike to Tiger Nest
Hike to Tiger’s Nest, one of the most sacred Taktshang monasteries in Bhutan. it is perched on the cliff  where Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site riding on a tigress. He subsequently meditated here for three months. You can have lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria from where you get a spectacular view of the monastery. Night Paro

Day 08: Departure