Bhutan Package Festival Tours
[Please note that the festivals
take place during high season. Hence the high season rate of US$ 250 per
person per day applies. Package Costs given below is total price of the
Holiday from start to finish. Please also note that dates are subject
to change, plus or minus a few days, depending on local religious and
astrological determinations on timings called "Zakar".]
(The dates for 2013 package tours
are confirmed but these dates, except for the festival dates themselves,
are open to change depending upon the client's wishes and requirements.
For tours after March 2014 onwards the exact dates of the tours have not
been confirmed yet. The tours will naturally be around the festival dates
but logistics have to be confirmed, hence early booking is encouraged.)
Tsechu Festival Tour- 9 Nights 10 Days
Thimphu Tshechu: Tshechu are religious festival honoring Guru Rinpoche,
the patron saint who brought Buddhism in Bhutan in the 8th century. He
is regarded as the founder of the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism, the "oldest
school" of Lamaism which is still followed very popularly.
Mani Festival Tour- 11 Nights 12 Days
Thangbi Mani Festival - This is a four day festival performed in Thangbi
Lhakhang, located in Thangbi village in Central Bhutan. This festival
is organised by the people of the three vilages of Thangbi, Goling &
Kharsath and it displays the rich cultural heritage of the ancient Lhakhang
Lhakhang Drup Tsechu Festival Tour- 10 Nights 11 Days
Jambay Lhakhang Drup: This festival is held in Bumthang annually around
the end of October or sometimes the beginning of November. It is held
to honour the deeds of Guru Rimpoche, an Indian saint who brought the
Tantric form of Buddhism to Bhutan.
Crane Festival Phobjikha Tour- 12 Nights 13 Days
Bhutan, in autumn, the Gangtey province in Wangdue welcomes our annual
visitors from Tibet. The welcome is in the form of a colourful festival
to celebrate the return of the black-necked cranes.
Punakha Domchey Festival Eight Nights Tour- 8 Nights 9 Days
This festival includes masked dances; and wearing of spectacular costumes
made of yellow silk or rich brocade, often decorated with ornaments of
carved bone. For certain dances, the monks wear masks which represent
Domchey Festival Ten Nights Tour - 10 Nights 11 days
This tour differs from the one above with an extra day in Punakha an excursion
to Ura in Bumthang.
Kora Tsechu (arrive Paro, Depart Paro)- 17 Nights 18 Days
Attend the climax of the little-known country side festival at
Chorten Kora in eastern Bhutan where the tantric mystic is said to have
subdued the local demon. Mingle with the locals and people from the Arunachal
Pradesh who come across the border to witness the Festival. Entry to Bhutan
and exit is both from Paro.
Kora Tsechu (arrive Paro, exit India)- 17 Nights 18 Days
The most comprehensive cultural adventure of the Dragon Kingdom
takes us from the western to the eastern borderlands of Arunachal Pradesh,
with in depth exploration of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangduephodrang and
Gangtey in the west; Trongsa and Bumthang in central Bhutan; Mongar and
Trashigang in the east. The trip expands from west to east along the lateral
high way and finally concludes at Samdrup Jongkar to exit to Indian cities
for your onward journeys.
Kora Tsechu (arrive India, exit Paro)- 17 Nights 18 Days
In this tour package the arrival is through Guwahati and
exit is from Paro.
Kora Tsechu (enter Paro, exit Paro)- 12 Nights 13 Days
In order to honour Guru Rimpoche, people mostly from eastern
Bhutan such as Brokpa, Sharchokpa and some people of the central and western
parts of Bhutan as well as people from Aurnachal Pradesh in North-East
India gather to celebrate Gom Kora Tsechu. Circumambulate around the Lhakhang
in search of their partner for the night and if they get their partner
they vanish into the dark, nearby and play the game of love. Places covered:
Samdrup Jongkhar, Trashi Gang, Trashi Yangtshi, Gomkora, Mongar, Bumthang,
Trongsa, Wangdiphodrang, Punakha, Thimphu & Paro.
Kora Tsechu (enter Paro, exit India)- 12 Nights 13 Days
This is the same festival tour but exit is from Samdrup
Jongkhar and Guwahati, India. This exit is chosen when the guest wishes
to tour North-East India or Assam.
Kora Tsechu (enter India, exit Paro)- 12 Nights 13 Days
In this particular tour package the entrance is from Guwahati while exit
is from Paro.
Tsechu Festival Tour- 6 Nights 7 Days
Thimphu & Paro Festivals account for over 50 percent of the total
arrivals; and certainly Paro Tsechu is the most popular one with its unique
unfurling of the world’s biggest Thangka or Thongdrel ceremony.
The pageantry is a unique experience, nothing you would have ever seen
before. This tour differs from the next two below as it covers just the
Paro festival itself and Thimphu visit.
Tsechu Festival Tour with Visit to Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, Phobjikha,
Bumthang & Trongsa- 10 Nights 11 Days
Paro Tshechu: Tsechu or the religious festivals are usually the main tourist
attractions for visitors. Thimphu & Paro Festivals account for over
50 per cent of the total arrivals; and certainly Paro Tsechu is the most
popular one with its unique unfurling world’s biggest Thangka or
Thongdrel ceremony. The pageantry is a unique experience, nothing you
would have ever seen before. This tour differs from the one below as it
goes to Gangtey/Phobjikha and Bumthang.
Tsechu Festival Tour with Druk Path Trek- 10 Nights 11 Days
This differs from the tour above in that it includes the famous Druk
Path Trek from Paro to Thimphu via Phajoding.
Yakchoe Festival Tour- 10 Nights 11 Days
Ura Yakchoe - Ura is a beautiful village set amidst a pristine highland
meadow across the Thumsingla Pass. The village has retained its traditional
character and holds its own festival that offers an insight into lives
of the rural Bhutanese.
[About entering Bhutan by road: A visitor to Bhutan
may be entering or leaving Bhutan by road via India either from Assam
(after visiting Guwahati) or West Bengal (after visiting Darjeeling or
Sikkim). There is no airport in Darjeeling or Sikkim. From Darjeeling
and Gangtok (Sikkim) Jaigaon is only around four hours away by road. When
entering from West Bengal via this border town of Jaigaon you reach Phuentsholing
the Southern Gateway to Bhutan. From Phuentsholing it is only 4 and a
half hours drive to Thimphu or Paro. However when entering from Guwahati
via the Eastern gateway of Samdrup Jongkhar one has to pass many dzongkhags
of East and Central Bhutan to reach Thimphu and Paro.]
For Clients travelling in peak seasons and
Festival time, it is necessary to book the Tour at least 2 1/2 months
in advance. Festivals held in autumn and spring are peak time for tourists
and without early reservation it can be difficult to confirm flights and