Paro Festival

Paro Festival Tour

from $2,550.00$2,440.00

It is said that the chipdrel ceremony of escorting the chief abbot of the monk body, Penlop and the mask dances are introduced by Penlop Dawa Penjor. Penlop Tshering Penjor is also said to have introduced many Peling chams such as Ngaging, Driging and Juging etc. He himself is a descendant of Pema Lingpa’s lineage. The traditions set up by these earlier leaders are still intact and people in the valley still revere the Tshechu.

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All about the Paro Festival Tour.

It is said that the chipdrel ceremony of escorting the chief abbot of the monk body, Penlop and the mask dances are introduced by Penlop Dawa Penjor. Penlop Tshering Penjor is also said to have introduced many Peling chams such as Ngaging, Driging and Juging etc. He himself is a descendant of Pema Lingpa’s lineage. The traditions set up by these earlier leaders are still intact and people in the valley still revere the Tshechu.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  •  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.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  •  Airfare not included.
  • 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
  1. Day 1 Arrive Paro

    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 plane 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 representatives of Yelha Bhutan Tours & Treks (Bhutan tour operator) who will be your Bhutan travel guide and driver throughout your tour.

    Check into your hotel in Paro and after refreshments, 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 antique thankha paintings, textiles, weapons and armor.
    • Rinpung Dzong, built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now being used as an administration center and school for monks. Then walk down to Rimpung Bridge (Traditonal Bridge), oldest bridge in Bhutan.

    In the evening stroll through Paro town and you may visit local shops.

  2. Day 2 Paro Festival – Thimphu

    After Breakfast visit the Paro Dzong where the masked dance-dramas, Bhutanese all dressed in their traditional finery witness the age-old, wonderfully colorful and of this typical Buddhist festival are going on. Be amongst throngs of Bhutanese from the Paro valley and from outlying villages of esoteric Religious masked dance-dramas performed by specially trained groups of Buddhist monks.

  3. Day 3 Thimphu sightseeing. Full day of sightseeing

    Some of the highlights of Thimphu include:

    • Visit the weekly Thimphu market.
    • Change money at the Bhutan National Bank
    • Visit the Thimphu Post office.
    • Visit the Arts and crafts school and the Traditional Medicine Institute.
    • Visit Memorial Chorten to honor memory of Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, popularly known as the Father of Modern Bhutan. A multi-storied stupa that will introduce you to the vitality of Tantric Buddhism.
    • Observe traditional paper making from Daphnia and Edgeworthia
    • Visit Botanical garden (Zoo) where one can see Yak and Takin, the National wild animal of Bhutan.
    • Drive up to viewpoint and take a hike beyond to see the clear picture of Thimphu Valley.
    • Downtown Thimphu on foot visiting Handicrafts Emporium and other Arts & Crafts stores. Buy stunning kiras which can be used and bed covers or wall decoration, jewelry’s and many more.
  4. Day 4 Thimphu to Punakha

    After breakfast we will drive to Punakha Valley– It’s a 3 hours drive through picturesque valleys and mountain slopes dotted with typical Bhutanese villages. At around 1 hour drive from Thimphu we will reach Dochula Druk wangyel temple situated at 3150 meters above sea level.

    We will continue drive down into the Punakha valley. We will have lunch at Sobsokha Village and then hike to Chhime Lhakhang , an ancient monastery near Punakha, dedicated to fertility and founded by Lam Drukpa Kuenley, to pray for children. They get blessed by a symbolic phallus which represents the sign of fertility and other religious objects of the Lam. It will take only few stories of the Lam to understand why everyone in this magical kingdom believes that the Lam’s blessings will help a woman conceive.

  5. Day 5 Drive to Trongsa Valley

    After breakfast we will visit the famous Punakha Dzong. Punakha was the winter capital for over 300 years until the time of second King. Punakha Dzong, which dominates the whole area, was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel, and established the central monastic body with 600 monks. Today, Punakha is still the home for Je Khempo (Chief Abbot) and the central monastic body. Punakha Dzong is one of the most impressive Dzongs in the Kingdom.

    Later we will continue our drive to Trongsa valley. Trongsa is the ancestral home of Bhutan’s Royal Family. Both the First and Second King ruled the Kingdom from this ancient seat. All the Kings of Bhutan has to become Tongsa Penlop (Honorary post of Governor) prior to being crowned as the Druk Gyalpo (King of Bhutan).

    Trongsa Dzong (fort), one of the largest in the country was first built is 1648 and later enlarged many times. Because of being situated on a highly commanding position on the only connecting route between the eastern and western sectors (where trail actually runs through the Dzong), the Tongsa Penlop was able to control the whole of eastern region very effectively for many centuries. Visit the ancient watch tower (Ta Dzong), which is situated just above the town. (Optional Visit the Trongsa Dzong and Ta Dzong “National Museum “on the same day or visit the sites in the morning )

  6. Day 6 Trongsa to Bumthang

    The drive to Bumthang takes 2-3 hrs. Tales of the great Guru Padmasambhava dominates this holy valley. View the Jakar Dzong “The Castle of White Bird”. A stop will be made on the way in the Chumey Valley where one can see girls weaving Yatha the traditional woolen material used。Overnight Bumthang at Hotel

  7. Day 7 Bumthang Sightseeing.

    Different from all the other valleys in Bhutan, Bumthang is very spacious and open ranging in altitude from 2,600m to 4,000m. Bumthang is a heaven for hikers and trekkers, not to mention the numerous beautiful and important Buddhist monasteries and pilgrimage sites, making it the Cultural and Historic center of Bhutan.

    One could spend months exploring this fascinating valley. Almost every little valley or hill has a background of interesting myths and legends about Kings, Buddhist masters and Serpents. Bumthang is combined of four main valleys, Chumey, Tang, Ura and Choskhor (Jakar). Commonly known as Jakar valley where you can see a little bit of modern touch with Swiss Influences. Visits to the important cultural and historic sites in the special valley.

  8. Day 8 Bumthang to Phobjikha

    After breakfast we will drive to the beautiful Gangtey and Phobjikha valley. Phobjikha valley has been declared as the first eco-tourism destination of Bhutan by the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN). The valley falls under the Black Mountain Natural Park. Phobjikha valley is the winter home to rare and endangered black necked cranes (grus nigricllis), which migrate, in large flocks to Bhutan from Tibet & Sikang, Yunnan and Tonkin in eastern China. For centuries the cranes have captured the human imagination with their intelligence, poise, sociality, beauty and freedom, which have given rise to several myths, legends, folktales and songs.

    In 1998 there were about 250 cranes and the numbers are increasing. Although the cranes fly back to their summer homes in mid – late February, there may be a couple of birds that have not yet flown to their summer homes in Tibet and China. There are lots of other wild animals in the surrounding valleys like wild boar, barking deer, Himalayan black bear, red fox, leopard and many species of birds.

  9. Day 9 PHOBJIKHA-PARO

    After breakfast, travel to Gangtey Gompa. Visit Gangtey Gompa, which now houses one of the only Nyingmapa monasteries in Bhutan. Later drive back to Paro Valley.Lunch at Punakha.

  10. Day 10 PARO TIGERS NEST HIKE.

    After breakfast, drive up to the base camp of Taktsang and then hike up to the most famous Monastery in the entire kingdom of Bhutan perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to the viewpoint will take about an hour and it will take 2 hours to the monastery. Lunch at the viewpoint. Afterwards visit the famous 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang..

    Farewell dinner with in the evening. Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

  11. Day 11 PARO to your Destination

    After breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer you to the Paro International airport.

    Tashi Delek!