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Want to experience vibrant Bhutanese culture at close proximity take a festival trip to Bhutan.Bhutanese love to socialize. An integral part of the Bhutanese tradition is its culture. Bhutanese love social gatherings and present themselves in spirit of celebration. If you wish to see Bhutanese from all walks of life making fun, play, flirt and drink alcohol during such festivities Western Bhutan Tour is tour program designed in such a way that when you  travel or tour in Bhutan one can experience the gift of Western Bhutan with beautiful mountains and valleys. It offers stunning scenery with golden paddy fields cascading down the magnificent mountains. If you wish to experience Bhutanese culture and tradition any time of the year then a tailor made Bhutan cultural trip is meant for you. The drive through the undulating landscape takes you to the central Bhutan where you will experience ancient fortresses, monasteries, and temples. Your wishes to explore the scenic beauty and pristine environment of mountainous terrain then trekking in Bhutan is for you. As a Bhutan trekking company we promise a memorable experience amidst lofty mountains, deep valleys and rushing streams, On trip like Himalaya Walking Tour don’t miss Bhutan Walking Tour is tour program designed for the clients on their trip to Asia or trekking in Himalaya that has more of walking tours and less of driving. The advantage of doing more of walking will give more time to explore Bhutan. This tour has great advantage When you explore Asian textile tour don’t miss Bhutan textile tour or textile in Bhutan which is a living textile museum of Himalaya. The Bhutanese textiles are the highest form of art and spiritual expression. The indigenous knowledge and unique skills on textiles have been passed down for generations. Photographers in Bhutan come across photographic seductions and have abundant opportunities to photograph the Himalayan ice peaks, the virgin forests, the unique plants and flowers, the Dzongs (fortresses), the temples, the chorten (stupas), the prayer wheels and multicolored prayer flags, the farm houses. Tour package for individual tours and private group tours based on the availability of your time and the things that you are interested in.

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Bhutanese love to socialize, an integral part of the Bhutanese tradition and culture. Bhutanese love social gatherings and present themselves in spirit of celebration. If you wish to see Bhutanese from all walks of life making fun, play, flirt and drink alcohol during such festivities. Festivals are also considered annual gathering for the family members scattered across the country. Linked to spirituality, festivals are annual events in all corners of Bhutan. Tsechu (Tse– Date Chu – Ten) is the most recognized and respected amongst festivals conducted during the auspicious tenth day of the Bhutanese calendar. Tsechu invites big gatherings where Bhutanese want to see and be seen in best attires.

Tsechu is celebrated to remember and respect the great deeds of Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric master who spread Mahayana Buddhism in entire Himalayan region in the 8th century. It is during the 8thcentury that mask dances were invented. We will find Tsechus being dominated by multicoloured Mask Dances of ancient times. Monks and lay persons in brilliant costumes perform Cham (mask dance) depicting the legendary events of religious significance. The music of cymbals, drums, large and small horns, conches and bells accompany the dancers as they bend, whirl and leap on the courtyard of aDzong (Fortress). The mask dances are said to bring blessings to onlookers. In some cases, dancers wrap their heads with cloth strips to protect them from the weight of the masks. The dancers with colourful costumes represent the wrathful and compassionate deities, heroes, demons, the dead and animals. Their movements tell the stories about history and fantasy. Atsaras (masked clowns) entertain the crowds, mimic the religious dancers and make fun of onlookers.

Festivals are rare opportunities to witness crowds of people gather in their finest hand woven dresses with bright patterns exhibiting the rich Bhutanese art and tradition.  Local Bhutanese believe that presenting themselves in best attire in such occasions is another way of pleasing the deities, which brings them merit, luck and prosperity. The dances depict the religious and social lives and movements reflect deep devotion, compassion, tolerance, and harmonious living. The mask dancers represent the deities that are encountered when one journeys through the intermediate phase of death and rebirth.

Festivals are conducted in Dzongs and monasteries. Some monasteries are far flung while some are about half an hour walk from the motor able road.  During these festival trips, you will travel to various parts of Bhutan depending on the tour programs you select.

Festival tour can be combined with the cultural tours and you can choose the festival for 2011 and 2012 from the list given below. All the tours are to be booked at least minimum of six months prior to the dates of arrival. Last minute will be very difficult to arrange with the airline ticket and hotel conformation.Drukair is the only airlines flying in and out of Bhutan .Hotels get booked in advance.


1 PUNAKHA DRUBCHHEN Punakha Dzong,PUNAKHA 10th to 12th FEB
2 PUNAKHA TSHECHU Punakha Dzong,PUNAKHA 13th to 15th FEB
3 THARPALING THONGDROL Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chummi,BUMTHANG 18th FEB
4 TANGSIBI MANI (URA) Tangsibi Lhakhang, Ura,BUMTHANG 17th to 21st FEB
5 BULLI MANI (CHUMMI) Buli Lhakhang, Chummi,BUMTHANG 19th to 21st FEB
7 GADEN CHODPA (URA) Gaden Lhakhang, Ura,BUMTHANG 2nd to 4th MARCH
8 GOMPHUKORA Gom Kora Lhakhang,TRASHIGANG 13th to 15th MARCH
10 ZHEMGANG TSHECHU Zhemgang Dzong,ZHEMGANG 13th – 16th MARCH
11 PARO TSHECHU Rinpung Dzong,PARO 15th to 19th MARCH
13 DOMKHAR TSHECHU Domkhar, Chummi,BUMTHANG 12th to 14th MAY
14 URA YAKCHOE Ura Lhakhang,BUMTHANG 14th to 18th MAY
15 PADSEL-LING KUCHOD Padsel-ling Gonpa, Choekhor,BUMTHANG 22nd & 23rd MAY
16 NIMALUNG TSHECHU Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi,BUMTHANG 8th to 10th JULY
17 KURJEY TSHECHU Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor,BUMTHANG 10th JULY
19 THIMPHU DRUBCHEN Tashi Chhodzong,THIMPHU 1st to 5th OCT
21 GANGTEY TSHECHU Gangtey Gonpa, PhobjikhaWANGDUE PHODRANG 4th to 6th OCT
22 TAMSHING PHALA CHHOEPA Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor,BUMTHANG 6th to 8th OCT
23 THIMPHU TSHECHU Tashi Chhodzong,THIMPHU 6th to 8th OCT



DRUBCHHENPunakha Dzong,

PUNAKHA27th February – 02nd March2PUNAKHA TSHECHUPunakha Dzong,


THONGDROLTharpaling Lhakhang, Chummi,

BUMTHANG08th March4TANGSIBI MANI (URA)Tangsibi Lhakhang, Ura,

BUMTHANG08th – 11th March5BULLI MANI

(CHUMMI)Buli Lhakhang, Chummi,

BUMTHANG09th – 11th March6CHHORTEN KORAChorten Kora,

TRASHIYANGTSHE08th March & 22nd March7GADEN CHODPA (URA)Gaden Lhakhang, Ura,

BUMTHANG20th – 22nd March8GOMPHUKORAGom Kora Lhakhang,

TRASHIGANG31st March – 02nd April9TALO TSHECHUTalo Gonpa,

PUNAKHA31st March – 02nd April10ZHEMGANG TSHECHUZhemgang Dzong,

ZHEMGANG31st March – 03rd April11PARO TSHECHURinpung Dzong,

PARO02nd – 06th April12CHHUKHA TSHECHUChhukha Dzong,

CHHUKHA04th – 06th April13DOMKHAR TSHECHUDomkhar, Chummi,

BUMTHANG01st – 3rd May14URA YAKCHOEUra Lhakhang,


KUCHODPadsel-ling Gonpa, Choekhor,

BUMTHANG08th – 10th June16TAKIN FESTIVALTsharijathang, Laya (JDNP)

GASA9th – 10th June17NIMALUNG TSHECHUNimalung Dratshang, Chummi,

BUMTHANG27th – 29th June18KURJEY TSHECHUKurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor,


FESTIVALTown Festival Ground,

HAA9th – 10th July20THIMPHU DRUBCHENTashi Chhodzong,

THIMPHU20th – 24th September21WANGDUE TSHECHUWangdi Dzong,

WANGDUEPHODRANG23rd – 25th September22GANGTEY TSHECHUGangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,


CHHOEPATamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor,

BUMTHANG24th – 26th September24THIMPHU TSHECHUTashi Chhodzong,

THIMPHU25th – 27th September25GASA TSHECHUGasa Dzong,

GASA25th – 27th September26THANGBI MANITangbi Lhakhang, Choekor,

BUMTHANG29th September – 01st


BUMTHANG20th – 24th October28JAKAR TSHECHUJakar Dzong, Choekhor,


DRUPJambay Lhakhang, Choekhor,

BUMTHANG29th October – 02nd

November30PRAKHAR DUCHHOEDPrakar Lhakhang, Chummi,

BUMTHANG30th October – 1st

November31SUMDRANG KANGSOLSumdrang Lhakhang, Ura,

BUMTHANG11th – 13th November32CRANE FESTIVALGangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,


MONGAR20th – 23rd November34TRASHINGANG

TSHECHUTrashigang Dzong,

TRSASHIGANG21st – 24th November35TANG NAMKHA

RABNEYTang Namkha, Lhakhang,


SINGYE CHAMJambay Lhakhang, Choekhor,

BUMTHANG28th November37CHOJAM RABNEYChojamrab Lhakhang, TANG,

BUMTHANG27th – 29th November38NALAKHAR TSHECHUNgaa Lhakhang, Choekhor,

BUMTHANG28th – 30th November39PEMAGATSHEL

TSHECHUPemagatshel Dzong,

PEMAGATSHEL20th – 23rd November40TRONGSA TSHECHUTrongsa Dzong,

TRONGSA21st – 23rd December41LHUENTSE TSHECHULhuentse Dzong,

LHUENTSE21st – 23rd December42SHINGKHAR

METOCHODPAShingkhar Lhakhang,Ura,


DRUPNabji Lhakhang, Nabji,

TRONGSA28th December 2011 – 01stJanuary 2013


Trongsa is one of the important districts in central Bhutan. Trongsa Dzong (fortress) was built in 1644 by Chhogyel Minjur Tenpa under the command of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It is the biggest dzong in Bhutan. The present settlement originally started three centuries ago from a small retreat house. Over the centuries, the settlement gradually grew into the present form and the place was named Trongsa or “new village”. It was the main seat of the government in the early days of monarchy. Situated along a gorge, Trongsa offers unique landscape unlike other districts of Bhutan.

The Fall Festival of Trongsa is held in the courtyard of the fortress. It is one of the popular festivals in Bhutan. The local people celebrate their annual five-day festival after the harvest during the winter. The festival begins with mask dances and ends with unfurling of huge ancient old Thangkha (Buddhist Religious Scroll) that is hung from a 3-storey building. As the beauty of Bhutan is better experienced in winter, we will spend couple of nights in Trongsa learning the history, meeting people and joining them in their festive mood. The surroundings look different with not many tourists in the main areas. The crops are in, village rooftops are bright red with the colors of drying chilies, and the pace of life in the villages is slow as villagers spend most of their time basking in the winter sun. The sky stays clear to let us view the snowcapped mountains forming a backdrop of brilliant white against the azure skies.

This trip allows the travelers to enjoy the daily lives of friendly Bhutanese people by visiting villages, temples, monasteries, and gigantic fortresses. It gives you a chance to meet people, enjoy the pristine forest with rare glimpse of wildlife and observe the ancient old traditions of arts and crafts. We would be traveling through the less frequented areas of Bhutan. Our journey starts from Paro Valley where our flight from Bangkok will land and continue by road through the lush valley of Thimphu and to Punakha.  Continue our overland journey to the enchanting valleys of Trongsa and Bumthang, which played a key role in influencing Bhutanese history, culture and religion.  And then to Phobjikha valley, a winter habitat to the rare black-necked cranes that migrate from Tibetan plateaus in winter. This route will take us through the temperate zone with great biodiversity, ranging from lush forest of conifer, rhododendron and magnolia to orchid draped oaks, banana trees and cactus plants. During clear weather, the high passes we cross, provides spectacular views of high snow capped peaks that go up to 25000 feet.  There will be ample opportunities to interact with the friendly people of Bhutan and learn their philosophy of “GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS”.

FLIGHT  TIME 2:20 hrs
PARO ALTITUDE 7,600 feet / 2,280 meters
THIMPHU ALTITUDE 7,730 feet / 2,320 meters
DISTANCE PARO – THIMPHU = 54 kilometers / 33.75 miles time taken 2 

Fly from Bangkok to Paro on Druk Air. From a left window seat on clear days you can experience a spectacular view of Himalayan peaks as you approach Paro. On arrival you will be received by our representative and then start our two hours drive to Thimphu, the road winds along with the Paro River, until you arrive at the confluence of Paro and Thimphu River. From here we start north along the Thimphu River passing through paddy fields, villages and Apple orchards until we see the Capital City from a distance. We check in to our hotel, if time permits we will have sightseeing around Thimphu Valley. This will solely depend on the arrival time of the Druk Air. Overnight at htl in Thimphu.

Visit King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk Memorial Chorten, Dupthop Lhakhang ( Monastery for the nuns), National Library, the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkhas ( sacred Buddhist religious scrolls), and the Medicine Institute where traditional medicines are prepared according to ancient practices. After lunch you will visit Lungtenzampa to observe the traditional silver smiths plying at their crafts and tour the Bhutanese traditional paper factory. Return back to town to visit the handicraft stores and stroll around the tiny capital city. Overnight at Hotel. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. (B/L/D)


After breakfast we will start our drive to Punakha early before the clouds come in and bloke the views of the Bhutan’s Snowcapped Mountain seen from the Dochula Pass. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (10,460 feet / 3,140 m). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges, as we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha (1,350 meters/ 4,162 feet). Before proceeding further to our hotel we will hike up to the Chimi Lhakhang temple on a small hilltop. This temple is dedicated to the great Yogi in 14th century known as Drukpa Kuenley or popularly known as “Divine madman” to the westerners. It is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility; it is about one hour of round trip walk. We proceed to hotel; check in, lunch will be served here. After lunch we will proceed to Punakha town to view the majestic Dzong (fortress), situated between the two rivers Pho Chu and Mochu (male and Female River). This fortress is now used as the winter seat of the Je Khenpo (the Spiritual head of Bhutan). In the past this Dzong was the capital seat of the Kingdom. Return to hotel,Overnight at punakha.


We will have a heavy breakfast today as our lunch will be late and simple. The drive to Trongsa takes approximately 6 hours. We start early for the fabulous drive to the central valleys of Bhutan through the breathtaking beauties and serenity of Bhutan’s rich flora and fauna.  As we cross the fertile valley of Punakha and enter into the valley of Wangdue Phodrang, we take an opportunity to photograph the majestic fortress of Wangdue Dzong, which stands on a spur of a hill at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers. We then climb steadily passing through semi-tropical vegetation and then to Pele la Pass (3,300 m/ 10,989 ft.)  With an alpine environment of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo, the Pass is traditionally considered the boundary between West and East Bhutan. During the clear weather we can view the high snow capped peaks specially the Mount Chomolhari (7,314 m/ 24,355 ft.). From here we continue our drive to Chendebji Chorten, where we will make a brief stop. This Chorten or Stupa was built in 18th century by a Lama known as Shida, in order to nail into the ground a demon that had been terrorizing the inhabitants of this valley and the Ada valley just over the ridge. Continue your drive to Trongsa, as you enter Trongsa valley, the huge fortress of Trongsa makes you wonder if you will ever reach it. Backing on mountain and built on several levels, the Dzong fits narrowly on a spur that sticks out into the gorge of the Mangde River and overlooks the routes south and west. The view from the Dzong extends for many miles and in former times nothing could escape the vigilance of its watchmen. Arrive Trongsa and overnight at Yangkhil Resort, this resort offers a superb view of the soaring mountains and the majestic Trongsa Dzong.

ALTITUDEGAIN:1,245meters/4,145feet &
After breakfast we will drive to visit the majestic Trongsa Dzong, built in 1647, by Shubdrung Nawang Namgyal, this Dzong was the source of many important historical events in making of Modern Bhutan. Our car will drop us at the junction of the road to Bazaar and the dzong, you will walk from here to the Dzong. After the visit the car will pick you and drive to Taa Dzong, the ancient watchtower, this tower had served as the watch tower in the ancient time, now it is turned into a beautiful museum dedicated to the Kings of Bhutan. We will then return to hotel for lunch, after lunch we will start our drive to Bumthang, crossing the Yotongla Pass and into the first four valley of Bumthang known as Chumey, we will make a short stop at Tsungney village, where we will observe the weavers weaving the famous Bumthang fabric known as Yathra. Continue our drive for an hour and arrive at the Chokhor Valley, if time permits your car will drop you at the Chamkhar Bazaar, from where you can walk back to the hotel after sightseeing around the market. Overnight at htl in Bumthang.

After breakfast we will start our sightseeing around Chokhor valley. We begin our walk around the valley from our Lodge carrying our day pack towards the Jambay Lhakhang temple through scattered and clustered villages of Jakar. A Tibetan King, Songtsen Gonpo, built this temple in the 7th century. Your next stop will be Chakar Lhakhang, which was built in the 8th century. This House was a castle of the King Sindhu Raja who used to rule the Bumthang Valley. Continue your hike to Kurjey monastery, it is here, the great tantric saint Padmasambhava had meditated and subdues a local deity known as Shelging Karpo. Continue your hike north and cross the Chamkhar River over a suspension bridge and we will arrive at Tamshing Lhakhang. Terton Pemalingpa built this temple in 1500s. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 07.JAN02nd.BUMTHANG/TangValley

Today after the breakfast we will drive to Tang valley with packed lunch and visit one of the old palaces, which is now a museum. From Jakar, we will drive towards Ura in the east. After about 10kms, unpaved road on the left leads you to narrow gorge of Tang. After the turn off, there is a parking lot for short walk to Mebartso. The road climbs above the river for 7km before the Drangchel village. You will notice the monastic hermitage Kunzangdrak Goemba perched on the rocky cliff. It was founded in 1488 by Terton Pema Lingpa. The excursion to Knzangdrak takes about 2 hrs of steep uphill climb. We will continue along high feeder road for about 3km and pass through Jamzhong village. After short descent for about 2km, you will arrive at Misithang. Short distance away from misithang is a lhakhang known as Tag Rimochen (impression of tiger stripes) now known as Tang Rimochen,  located below an enormous rock. Tang Rimochen was founded by Dorji Lingpa in 14th Century. The name of the place was derived from the marks on the rock that resemble tiger’s stripes. It is a sacred place where Guru Rimpoche meditated. The rock has body imprints of Guru Rimpoche and his two consorts.  After Tang Rimochen, the road gets rougher till Kizum. From Kizum, we will cross the bridge over Tang Chu and climb up to the hill top of UgyenChholing Palace, built in 16th century by Deb Tsoki Dorji. The palace complex is now a museum for religious studies, research and solitude. The exhibits in the main building depict the life style and art works of a Bhutanese noble family.

Overnight: lodge in Tang.

DAY 08.JAN02nd.Tang/Jakar(Bumthang)

After breakfast we will see the morning session of the school kids at the community school. It’s about a walking distance from the lodge where you stay. We will continue our drive to Jakar and on the way we will visit the nunnery which is only the nyingma monastery in Tang valley.

Overnight: lodge in Bumthang.

DAY 09.JAN03rd.JAKAR–TRONGSA(AttendFestival)

After an early breakfast we will drive to Trongsa, this will take about 2.5 hours, we will straight away visit the ongoing festival at the Dzong. The festival is celebrated annually by the people of Trongsa district. During the festival various spiritual mask dances are performed and local people with their picnic lunch participate the festival in their finest dress. This is a season when you would like to see and be seen.

DAY 10.JAN04th.TRONGSA(Festival at the dzong).

After the breakfast we will witness the festival at the dzong and the hot lunch will be served near by the dzong.

After breakfast we will start our drive back towards west taking the same lateral highway from where we drove in. From Pele Pass we will take the left hand road to beautiful glacial valley of Phobjikha. This valley is the designated winter home for 100s of endangered black-necked crane that migrate here from the Tibetan plateaus. This valley is also known for produce of best potatoes in Bhutan. From the Phobjikha Pass we will start walking downhill to Gangtey Monastery. If you enjoy the nature then this is a beautiful walk. If lucky you may encounter the precious Red Panda and many bird species. We will visit the magnificent Gangtey Monastery that overlooks the valley. This monastery has recently under gone a major renovation and has been built into a very magnificent Monastery.

DAY 12. JAN 05th Gantey-Thimphu.
After breakfast we will start our 5 hours drive to Thimphu, we will have several stops en route for pictures and leg stretch. We will have a brief stop at the Dochu La Cafeteria, if weather permits; we will be able to see the northern snowcapped mountains of Bhutan from here. Continue our drive to Thimphu. Rest of the day free for shopping in the capital city, overnight at Hotel in Thimphu.

After breakfast we will drive back to Paro, this will take about 2 hours, check into hotel and then we will start our sightseeing of Paro valley by first visiting Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by Shubdrung Nawang Namgyal, the Dzong was destroyed by fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. On a clear day you can get a magnificent view of the Mount Chomolhari, alt. 7314 m / 23,990 ft. Go round the fortress, it is a 30 minutes leisurely hike, this is a beautiful walk. Drive south to Satsam Chorten, built in memory of the late Dilgo Khentse Rinpochey, and continue on to Kyichu Lhakhang, built in seventh century by a Tibetan King, Songtsen Gonpo. After lunch visit the National Museum of Bhutan, (Ta Dzong) which contains works of art, handicrafts, costumes, armors and rare stamps. Take a leisurely hike down to Rimpung Dzong. You will walk through a traditional covered bridge across the river to your waiting car and drive to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Paro.

After breakfast our car will drop us at the starting point of the excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s lair). The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You stop at the cafeteria for a rest and refreshments and continue the hike (if not tired) for short while until you see, clearly and seemingly within reach, the remains of Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. The history states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger. Looking at the monastery flying tigers doesn’t seem so impossible after all. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria. After lunch we start our hike back to Paro valley, if time permits we will have some more sightseeing or a free day for more shopping in the small Bazaar. Overnight at Paro.

After breakfast our car will drop us at the Paro International airport for our flight back to Bangkok