Trip Name: Thimphu Festival Tour with Tiger’s Nest Hike
Trip Duration: 5 Days, 4 Nights.
Max. Altitude: 3,120m/10,240 ft (The Tiger Nest Monastery)
Best Season: October
Meal: Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Accommodation: Government approved 3 stars and Above
Transportation: Private car, van or bus (Depends on group size)
Trip Type: Private Tour
The price in listed for this tour is subject to change depending on the number of Travellers. More the travellers, the lesser the price will get.
Day 01: Arrival at Paro then Thimphu sightseeing
Day 02: Thimphu Tshechu festival.
Day 03: Thimphu to Paro (Dochula Pass Detour)
Day 04: Paro sightseeing and Tiger’s Nest Hike
Day 05: Depart from Paro
- Visit the city of Paro exploding with colors and tradition.
- Guided city tour of the tiny capital Thimphu.
- Hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ (3,120m) outskirts Paro.
- Short hike to Chimi Lakhang, en-route Thimphu to Paro.
- Dochu La (3,140m) pass commanding great mountain panorama of the eastern Himalayas.
- Experience Bhutanese culture, tradition and lifestyles.
You will arrive in Paro, one of the biggest cities in Bhutan. Take a look out of the plane window for the incredible view of the Himalayan snowcapped peaks from above. Our representative will welcome you at the airport, then we will drive to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital.
Thimphu, while being the capital, remains charming with the mix of ancient landmarks and modern restaurants and cafes in one city. The first destination we will visit is the National Memorial Chorten. The remarkable site was built as a monument for world peace and prosperity, and later serves as a memorial the Late Third King His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928-1972).
After that, we will head to Buddha Point (Buddha Dordenma Statue), the tallest Buddha statue in Bhutan. Measured at a height of 51.5m, the large figure is seen sitting on a meditation hall, and overlooks the beautiful sight of Thimphu from a hill’s top. Placed inside the giant figure are 125,000 smaller Buddha statues.
The National Institute for Zorig Chusum, or otherwise called ‘the Arts and Crafts School’, the ‘Painting school’, is a perfect place to learn about the traditional arts of Bhutanese and see the skill demonstrations. The students are enrolled in different course, which teach a variety of traditional arts, from painting, clay arts to wood-carving, embroidery.
Later in the afternoon, we will take you around to see the dynamic life in Thimphu. The noises on the street on shops and bazaars, delicious smell from restaurants and music from nightclubs together create a lively picture of Thimphu to welcome anyone to the city.
The first night we will rest at the hotel in Thimphu.
Thimphu Tshechu festival is held every year and is one of the most celebrated festival in Bhutan. Thousands of people will come to participate in the festival, including those from outside of Bhutan. As all festival, Thimphu festival is a religious ceremony held in honour of Guru Rinpoche (or Padmasambhava), the great master who is believed to have introduced Tantric Buddhism throughout the Himalayas.
There will be many performances during Thimphu festival. The monks will wear colourful brocade attire to perform mask dances while chanting and reading out Buddhist scripts. Ancient stories about victories of Guru Rinpoche, driving out evil spirits and purifying the ground with his footsteps will also be told by the monks.
The most awaited event of the festival is the unfurling of the Guru Thongdrel, a giant thangkha (embroidered painting). The impressive Thongdrel is big enough to cover the face of an entire building. It is a very sacred scroll and will only be displayed before sunrise and brought down before the sun touches it. As the name Thongdrel means ‘liberation on light’, it is believed that one can cleanse their own sins just upon viewing the scroll.
Thimphu festival is held at Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of The Glorious Religion), first built in 1216 A.D. The imposing complex is one of the city’s most famous sites. Surrounding the massive building are lovely green lawns and exquisite gardens, which is a very pleasant sight to see.
We will stay for another night at the hotel in Thimphu
Today we will return to Paro, the starting point of your whole journey. On the way, we will take a small detour to Dochula Pass.
There are several renowned dzongs in Paro, we will first see Paro Rinpung Dzong (Fortress on A Heap of Jewels). This construction is praised as a great example of Bhutanese architecture with giant buttressed walls that are visible from anywhere in the town. Inside you will find the wooden galleries lined with wonderful wall-paintings, which illustrate famous Buddhist lore.
The National Museum of Bhutan, or Ta Dzong, is an ideal place for you to have a deep insight about the country, from its culture, history, nature to the daily life. This museum used to be a watchtower to protect Paro Dzong from invasion. Its unusual circular design, which resembles a conch shell is another interesting point about this landmark.
The first half of the day will be for our hike to the holy Taktsang Monastery, also known as the Tiger’s Nest. This is probably one of the most attractive destinations in Bhutan, and also one of the most sacred ones. Clinging to a cliff at more than 3,000m, it will take approximately 5-6 hours to reach the site. The highest altitude of the hike will be at 3,120m, with a 600m of walking height. The monastery is a place that any visitors to Bhutan will need to visit to see the incredible construction.
Though the hike will be long, the sights along the hike will make it all worth it. Along the hike, you will have the remarkable sights of lush forests and great mountain ranges. We will also stop for refreshments on the way there.
Leaving the sacred monastery, we will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples in the Himalayas erected by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. The marvelous temple was also visited by Guru Padmasambhava in the 8th century. The sight of elderly pilgrims constantly shuffling around the temple and spinning its many prayer wheels makes this one of the most fascinating sites to explore in Paro valley.
Then we will travel to the north of Paro valley to explore the ramparts of Drukgyal Dzong. The dzong was built in the 17th century by the great Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of medieval Bhutan. The site now serves as an evocative reminder of the great victories over the Tibetan armies. Seeing the ruins of the dzong will you feel like travelling back in the time of war and relived the memories of a glorious past.
In the late afternoon, we will join a local family for a special dinner in a traditional farm house. You will definitely enjoy your time with the most warmhearted people, chatting over delicious Bhutanese dishes.
Later you can try taking a traditional hot stone bath, which is probably the best way to relax after a day of hiking. Make sure to check out the nightclubs and bars in Paro during your last night in Paro, these clubs are where you will find great music and good food.
You will stay in Paro for the last night of the holiday.
Inclusive in Package
- • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
- • Accommodation in 3, 4 or 5 stars accommodation as per your requirements.
- • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
- • Route Permit
- • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
- • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
- • All land transportation by private vehicle
- • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
- • Sightseeing as per itinerary
- • Monuments entrance fees where applicable
- • Drinking water
- • All internal taxes and charges
- • A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
Not included in the package
- Airfare & Travel Insurance
- Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
- Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
- Note: To get a quote for the package, send us an inquiry using the form below or simply call us. The itinerary can also be modified as per your need