Thangbi Mani Festival

Thangbi Mani Festival is one of the most vibrant and popular Bhutan’s tshechu celebrated in Chhoekhor Gewog in Bumthang. The 10-day Thangbi Mani Festival tour is an eye-opening opportunity to get an insight into the wonderful spiritual life of the Bhutanese letting you witness the fire blessing ceremony (Mewang) performed in an open ground.

It also a chance to marvel at several vibrant masked dances professionally performed by monks. Besides joyfully attending the colorful festival, you can indulge in natural beauty in the country.

Tour Highlight:
  • Enjoy the vibrant ambiance of Thangbi Mani Festival as well as sacred masked dance.
  • Get into Mewang ritual (fire blessing)
  • An opportunity to experience old-aged attractions in Bhutan
  • Marvel at the breathtaking views of Bhutan
  • Cooking class or Meditation session with a monk (optional)
  • Visit the beautiful central valley of Bhutan.
BRIEF ITINERARY

( Tour program will varies as per date of travel)

Day 01: Paro Arrival
Day 02: Explore Paro ( Tigers nest temple hike )
Day 03: Transfer from Paro to Punakha
Day 04: Transfer from Punakha to Bumthang
Day 05: Thangbi Mani Festival
Day 06: Explore Bumthang
Day 07: Transfer from Bumthang to Gangtey
Day 08: Transfer from Gangtey to Thimphu
Day 09: Transfer from Thimphu to Paro

DETAILED TOUR PROGRAM.
Day 01: Paro Arrival

As you arrive at Paro International Airport, our representative will be waiting to meet you and escort you to your hotel in Paro.

After lunch, we begin our sightseeing trip around Paro as we head to the National Museum – Ta Dzong. The museum is home to a vast of works of art, religious relics and handicrafts providing a great orientation into history and culture of Bhutan.

Then, we visit Rimpung Dzong in order to witness the painting of Milarepa – the great saint considered as the master of meditation by the people in Bhutan and believed to have attained enlightenment in official centers.

After that, we enjoy a leisure walk through the stunning cantilever wooden bridge.Later, enjoy your first dinner at Paro and the rest of the day will be yours.

Overnight at a 3 star hotel.

Day 02: Explore Paro

Today, we will enjoy a hike to Taktsang Goemba – the Tiger’s Nest Monastery after having breakfast. It takes us 1.5 to 2 hours to hike uphill and reach a spot offering breathtaking views overlooking the Taktsang Goemba.

The monastery was constructed on a sheer cliff 900m above the valley floor. Once there, carefully listen to your guide because you will be told a very interesting story about the Tiger’s Nest.

In the afternoon, take a drive and we head to the Drukgyel Dzong – a monument structured by the Shabdrung to commemorate his victory of defeating the Tibetan conquest in 1644. It also a chance for you to admire the impressive towering peak Jomolhari.

On returning Paro, we will pay a visit the 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang – one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo.

Overnight at best 3 star hotel.

Day 03: Transfer From Paro To Punakha

After breakfast, our journey will begin with a pretty drive to Dochu-La pass (3.100m). On a lovely day, it will be an opportunity to witness an incredible vista of Himalayan peaks before making our way descend to Punakha Valley (3 hours).

En route, remember to indulge yourself in vibrant scenery surrounding and the daily life in this remote region. When we reach Punakha, ready to head to Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful Dzong in

Bhutan known as the ‘Palace of Great Happiness’. The Dzong is a good example of traditional architecture with 4 intricately embossed entrance pillars which was crafted from cypress as well as decorated in gold and silver.

Next, we visit Chimi Lhakhang where you will see several weirdest things relating to the Drukpa Kuenly – also known as the Divine Madman. The story about this monastery will absolutely be exciting; thus, listen to your guide carefully.

Overnight at a 3 star hotel in Punakha.

Day 04: Transfer From Punakha To Bumthang
  • Elevation: 2650 m
  • Driving time: 7 hours

This morning, we will drive to Bumthang. En route, we visit stunning Chendebji Chorten which was erected in the 18th century. When you see Trongsa Dzong, it means that you are approaching the town. After lunch, we visit Trongsa Dzong – the largest Dzong in Bhutan.

Once there, you can both learn about the Dzong’s history and witness the spectacular view surrounding. Afterward, we continue driving to Bumthang valley where the barley fields, apple groves and meadows are waiting to welcome you to the region.

Overnight at a 3 star resort in Bumthang.

Day 05: Thangbi Mani Festival

Our Thangbi Mani festival today will begin. While attending the tshechu, you will marvel at the purification rituals Mewang ceremony (fire blessing) performed by lay monks in an open ground.

All the people will jump over the flame three times as in their belief, this action will wash away all sins and misfortunes for a year. You can enjoy this interesting ritual if you want. Masked and folk dance are also performed.In the afternoon, head to Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred attractions in Bumthang where saint Guru Rinpoche mediated.

Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 06: Explore Bumthang

Today, we enjoy exploring the Bumthang valley. Our journey starts with a visit to the 7th century Jambay Lhakhang – one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.

Also, we head to Jakar Dzong and Tamshing Lhakhang – a home to interesting and old-aged Buddhist wall paintings.

Later, making our way to visit the 14th century Tang Rimochen Lhakhang which is the places the saint Guru Rinpoche meditated and continue our excursion with Mebar Tsho (means Burning Lake) where some treasures of saint Guru Rinpoche were found in the 15th century by Pema Lingpa.

Overnight at 3 star resort in Bumthang.

Day 07: Transfer From Bumthang To Gangtey
  • Elevation: 2900 m
  • Driving time: 7 hours

Wake up early and today, we will take a 6-hour drive to Gangtey. En route, there will be a stunning vista of farmhouses and temples dot the landscape as well as a peaceful view of the locals’ daily life.

Furthermore, do not miss the breathtaking view of Phobjikha Valley which is one of the very few stunning glacial valleys in Bhutan – a winter home to black-necked cranes.

We will visit Gangtey Goenpa – the only Nyingmapa temple in the west of Bhutan. We also explore the Phobjikha valley and witness black-necked cranes.

Overnight at a 3 star resort in Gangtey.

Day 08: Transfer From Gangtey To Thimphu
  • Elevation: 2280 m;           
  • Driving time: 6 hours

Today, we get up, have breakfast, drive back to Thimphu (about 6 hours) and head to Simtokha Dzong, en route.

The Dzong is the oldest one in Bhutan built in 1627 housing the Institute for Culture and Language studies. When we reach Thimphu, check into your hotel. After lunch, the rest of the day will be yours. Freely discover the capital city and enjoy the vibrant nightlife.

Overnight at a 3 star resort in Thimphu

Day 09: Transfer From Thimphu To Paro

Enjoy the whole day for sightseeing in Thimphu. Head to gorgeous Buddha Dordenma Statue and the National Memorial Chorten – a showcase of the Buddhist faith in the form of statues and paintings.

Our journey continues with a visit to the 12th Century Changangkha Temple and the National Library which is home to the collection of the 8th-century Bhutanesescriptures.In the late afternoon, we transfer to Paro.

Overnight at a 3 star resort in Paro.

Day 10: Paro Departure

Time to say goodbye Bhutan. Enjoy your last moment in Bhutan with breakfast in the hotel and then our representative will meet you at the hotel and escort you to the Paro International Airport.

The trip ends. Hope you had a very good time in Bhutan and wish that we can serve you next time.

End Of Tour

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A wide variety of accommodations are available ranging from luxurious 5-star hotels to cozy little hotels, homestays in traditional Bhutanese homes to camping under the stars. Visitors can be assured of comfort, ambiance and hospitality.

The types of accommodations can be divided into:

  • Government Categorized 3 Star Hotels and Resorts
  • Luxurious 4 Star Hotels & 5 Star International Hotel Chains
  • Village Homestay
  • Camping
  • Government Categorized 3 Star Hotels & Resorts

Hotels in Bhutan are rated according to a National 5 Star rating System. All Tour Operators are required to provide their guests with Government Categorized Hotels and Resorts, a minimum of 3 Star accommodations so you can be assured of your comfort. Most hotels provide their guests with Basic Necessities, Room Service, Free Wi-fi, Television and some of them also have Fitness Centers and Spas

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Village Homestay

Visitors also have the option of spending a night in a traditional Bhutanese Farm House with a Bhutanese family. Agriculture is still one of the major sources of livelihood among the Bhutanese people and a farm-stay will give you an excellent glimpse into the day-to-day life of a typical Bhutanese family. You’ll be able to observe age old Bhutanese farming traditions as the family goes about its daily tasks. You’ll enjoy delicious home-cooked meals and the unparalleled hospitality of a Bhutanese host.

Camping

There’s nothing like camping in some of the most breath taking landscapes of Bhutan. Visitors embarking on long treks will be provided with tents and whatever other camping equipment is deemed necessary. Regardless of where you stay, visitors can be assured of their comfort and traditional Bhutanese hospitality.

What is included in this tour?

  • Wedding ceremony in Bhutanese style
  • Tours specified in the itinerary
  • Accommodation in 4 star hotel/ Complimentary Deluxe rooms.
  • Meals (Breakfast; lunch; dinner, mineral water) as per your choice
  • Transportation within Bhutan (Toyota Hiace Bus/High roof)
  • Services of experienced and licensed culture tour guide
  • Museum fees and other special entry fees
  • US $ 10 per pax for Tourism Development Fund
  • Visa fee of US$ 40 per person
  • Tax and government royalty

 

Whats not included in this tour.

  • Air fare
  • Travel and health Insurance( All medical facilities in Bhutan is free )
  • Laundry, telephone, mobile, fax and Internet bills (Hotels in Bhutan provide free wifi facilities)
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Alcohol, beverages in resorts.
  • Shopping and Entertainment

How can we confirm our Bhutan visa and tour?

Your Bhutan Visa and Bhutan tour will be 100% confirmed once the company receives your full payment. You will receive you Bhutan Visa and confirmed tickets 24-48 hours after you transfer us the full tour payment.

 

When is the best time to travel Bhutan?

You can visit western Bhutan (Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and Wangduephodrang) anytime of the year. Avoid central and eastern Bhutan during the monsoon months of July and August when the weather is sometimes a little wet for sightseeing

 

Would we need travel insurance?

All visitors in Bhutan are advised to get their insurance coverage from their own country.

 

Is a tipping standard practice in Bhutan?

Yes, tipping is a standard practice in Bhutan and it is part of a Bhutanese culture. All your service staff such as guide, driver, hotels staff will expect tips from you at the end of the service.

 

What kind of travel guides can we expect?

Licensed Bhutanese travel guides will introduce you to the many facets of this interesting country. The English-speaking guides undergo regular training and, where required, specialized guides will lead you on bird watching, botany or other special tours.