Paro Festival Tour - 8 days

Paro Festival Tour - 8 days

Paro Festival Tour offers an excellent prospect of the Bhutanese culture, traditions, and religions attending the festivities in celebration of the birth anniversary of Guru Rimpoche. The 8 days tour combines sightseeing visits in Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha districts in addition to attending Paro Festival in Paro Dzong.

The tour begins with a drive from Paro to Thimphu for a sightseeing tour of famous temples, statues, and chortens. Then drive to Punakha for a day's tour of the famous Dzong, a nunnery, and temples before setting out to Paro to attend the festival. After witnessing a day's festivities, the following day treats you with a hike to the iconic Tiger's Nest Monastery before the final departure.

How Much Does This Trip Cost?

The trip's price depends on the type of services chosen by our clients and the group size. The cost of each trip we organize is different because we see travelers as individuals having their own particular needs and preferences.

Get ready for an incredible journey tailored to your interests and preferences, whether you're looking for a budget-friendly adventure or a luxurious getaway. Leave the planning to us as we take care of all the details, ensuring your dream trip becomes a reality. You can relax and focus on creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever.

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Trip Highlights

  • Attend the Paro Festival at Paro Dzong to witness unique dances and rituals, get blessings from monks and interact with the locals
  • Visit the King's Memorial Chorten, Buddha Dordenma, Crafts Bazaar, and Archery Ground in Thimphu
  • Make a stop at DochuLa Pass (3,100m) and Chimi Lhakhang fertility temple on the way to Punakha
  • Witness the second largest and second oldest Dzong in Bhutan, Punakha Dzong
  • Sightseeing tour to Sangchen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery in Punakha
  • Pay a visit to Kichu Lhakhang, the spiritual heart and the oldest temple of Bhutan, and Dumtse Lhakhang
  • Hike up to the popular Tiger's Nest Monastery sitting atop a cliff at 3,180m in Paro 

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Paro and Drive to Thimphu - 1 hour (55 Km)
Day 2 Sightseeing tour in Thimphu
Day 3 Drive from Thimphu to Punakha - 2 to 3 hours (76 Km)
Day 4 Sightseeing tour in Punakha
Day 5 Drive from Punakha to Paro - 4 hours (120 Km)
Day 6 Attend Paro Festival
Day 7 Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery
Day 8 Final departure from Paro

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Paro and Drive to Thimphu - 1 hour (55 Km)

When you arrive at the Paro Airport in the Land of the Dragon, you will be greeted by our representatives. Following lunch, take a drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, for a sightseeing tour.

After dropping your luggage at the hotel in Thimphu, the guide will take you on a short drive around the city to witness the local's lifestyle and unique architectural homes and monuments.

Overnight stay in Thimphu.

Day 2
Sightseeing tour in Thimphu

King's Memorial Chorten King's Memorial Chorten

In the morning, the guide will pick you up and take you on a drive around the most famous sights in Thimphu. The first is King's Memorial Chorten which was built in honor of the late king Jigme Dorji.

From there, we will drive to see the 50m tall Buddha Dordenma, which is one of the tallest sitting statues of Shakyamuni Buddha. Another exciting architectural beauty is the Tashichho Dzong which houses the seat of the national government.

Moreover, you can also visit the local handicrafts at the Crafts Bazaar, a perfect place to buy some souvenirs.

If time permits, you can try your hand at the national sports of Bhutan, Archery in the Archery Ground, or even witness professionals playing this sport.

Overnight stay in Thimphu.

Day 3
Drive from Thimphu to Punakha - 2 to 3 hours (76 Km)

Dochula Pass Dochula Pass

On this day, you will drive from Thimphu to Punakha, known best for its rice fields and ancient fortresses. Enjoying the scenic view, you will make a brief stop at Dochula Pass (3,100m /10,170 ft) to observe the panoramic views of the Bhutanese Himalayas.

Driving downhill through rhododendron, fir, and hemlock forests, you will stop at the Metshina Village. A short 20-minute walk through the rice fields will take you to Chimi Lhakhang fertility temple, dedicated to a Divine Madman, known for his unorthodox Buddhist teachings.

Following lunch, continue your drive to Punakha. On arrival, unpack your belongings in the hotel, then visit the Punakha Dzong, the second oldest and largest Dzong in Bhutan, anchored between two rivers.

Overnight stay in Punakha. 

Day 4
Sightseeing tour in Punakha

The day will begin with a drive to the Sangchen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery, where you interact with the nuns. You will understand their spiritual life and also get a chance to witness some activities that they engage in, including tailoring, statue making, embroidery, and Thangka painting.

After lunch, the guided tour continues to Wangdue Phodrang to have a glance of Wangdue Phodrang Dzong which sits on a beautiful ridge. The fortress caught on fire in 2012 and is in the rebuilding process, but the history surrounding it is iconic. After your time there, return to your hotel in Punakha and enjoy some Bhutanese cuisine.

Overnight stay in Punakha.

Day 5
Drive from Punakha to Paro - 4 hours (120 Km)

You will take a drive from Punakha towards Paro. On the way, you will cross the Dochula Pass and make a stop at Thimphu for Lunch.

After having lunch, continue to your hotel in Paro. As you will have the entire afternoon free, you can opt to visit the Dumtse Lhakhang, a rare Buddhist temple in the form of a chorten.

Then drive on to Kichu Lhakhang, popularly the oldest temple and the spiritual heart of Bhutan. It is one of the sacred places for Tibetan Buddhists, so you will witness many pilgrims there. 

Overnight stay in Paro. 

Day 6
Attend Paro Festival

Paro Dzong Paro Dzong (also called Rinpung Dzong) where Paro Festival held

Early in the morning, get ready to attend the Paro Festival, the highlight of the entire tour. This significant festival celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Rimpoche, Padmasambhava, who is known to be the second Buddha, as per legends. The celebrations start in the early morning at Paro Dzong. Driving to the Dzong, you will witness a swarm of pilgrims from different places inside and outside Bhutan.

The rich Bhutanese culture is depicted in the Masked Dances performed by the experts. There will be dances of the Heroes, Ging and Tsholing, Religious Songs, Eight Manifestations, and Sixteen Fairies. The folk songs, vibrant colors, chants, and hymns all combine to depict Bhutan's rich traditions perfectly. You might luckily get a chance to witness a vast Thangka (embroidery painting) hanging on the festival's final day.

After witnessing the festivities and getting the blessings, head back to the streets of Paro and then towards your hotel to relax.

Overnight stay in Paro.

Day 7
Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery

Tigers Nest Monastery Tigers Nest Monastery

Another exciting day of the tour, where you will set out to visit the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery. Known locally as Paro Taktsang, the monastery is situated about 3,180 m on a cliff top. The place is known to have claimed its fame from the legend suggesting that Guru Rimpoche visited two caves here. He is said to have flown on the back of a tigress and meditated in the caves.

You will be driven to the base of the hiking point, where you will begin your walk up the steep trail. Halfway up the trail, make a stop at a restaurant and have some lunch.

Then continue your hike to the monastery to witness the majestic views of the Paro valley from the top. In addition, make sure to check the thangka paintings, statues of Lord Buddha, and the large prayer wheel.

Overnight stay in Paro.

Day 8
Final departure from Paro

Our representatives will drive you to the international terminal with a warm farewell in hopes that you will visit again for other hiking, trekking, and tour adventures. 

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Latest Trip Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.

Jacob Houghton
flagsUnited Kingdom
Jun 14, 2019

Beautiful Festival

Finally, my dream of hiking to the popular Tiger's nest monastery came true. This tour also let me enjoy the paro festival. I have wonderful memories from this tour. The tour guide and I are now friends. Such an amazing time in Bhutan. I recommend this tour to anyone and make sure to go with Third Rock Adventures.
Valentin Deniau
flagsSaint Barthelemy
Jun 04, 2019

Great Bhutan Festival

Attended the Paro Festival at Paro Dzong and enjoyed it. I have no word to express my feelings for this tour. Naba's team did great job and impressed me a lot. I will be organizing Nepal trek with them next year.
Louie Turner
flagsUnited States of America
May 27, 2019

Bhutan Festival

It was great experience witnessing the auspicious festival in Paro. My guide explained me everything. The Bhutanese people were accommodating and welcoming. The best part of this tour was the sightseeing and hiking to the tiger nest monastery. I highly recommend this tour in Bhutan and this company for it.
Bobby Rees
flagsUnited States of America
May 27, 2019

Paro Festival

It was a wonderful experience to witness the beautiful festival in Bhutan. Everything was lively and people were cheerful, enjoying their culture. I loved how Bbutannese people enjoy their lifestyle and respect their culture. Hike to the tigernest was another beautiful experience for me.

Based on 4 reviews
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