Thimphu Festival Tour - 8 days

Thimphu Festival Tour - 8 days

The best way to explore the rich culture of Bhutan is perhaps to attend its annual Thimphu Festival, which is possible through this 8-day tour. The Thimphu Festival tour begins with your arrival at Paro, from where you drive to Haa Valley. After enjoying its natural beauty, drive to Thimphu to witness the enticing festivities in honor of Guru Rinpoche at the Tashichho Dzong. Following, drive to Punakha for a sightseeing tour, then to Paro for a hike up the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery.

Witness the unique culture, traditions, rich heritage, dances, and the union of different localities over the most significant festival celebrated in the capital city of the Land of the Thunder Dragon.

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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.

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Trip Highlights

  • Witness the unique dances, rituals, and Bhutanese culture during the most important annual Thimphu festival in Tashichho Dzong
  • Visit the famous Rinpung Dzong and Kichu Lhakhang temples in Paro
  • Witness the lush greenery and enthralling beauty of the Haa Valley
  • Sightseeing 50m Buddha statue and National Memorial chorten in Thimphu
  • Visit the Punakha Dzong, the second oldest dzong in Bhutan
  • Enjoy the Dochula Pass, Chimi Lhakhang Temple, and Lamperi Botanical Garden en route to Paro
  • Hike to the Tiger's Nest Monastery in Paro, situated on a cliffside at 3,180m

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Paro, Bhutan
Day 2 Drive from Paro to Haa Valley via Chele La Pass (3,810m / 12,500ft) - 2 to 3 hours (60 Km)
Day 3 Drive from Haa Valley to Thimphu - 4 hours (115 Km)
Day 4 Attend the Thimphu Festival
Day 5 Drive from Thimphu to Punakha – 2-3 hours (76 Km)
Day 6 Drive from Punakha to Paro - 4 hours (120 Km)
Day 7 Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery in Paro - (3,180m / 10,435ft), 3 to 4 hours (4.5 km)
Day 8 Final departure from Paro, Bhutan

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Paro, Bhutan

Upon your arrival in Paro Internation Airport, Paro, you will be greeted by the views of the Bhutanese Mountains and welcomed by our representatives. After leaving the international terminal, you will head to your hotel and get to taste delicious Bhutanese cuisine.

Soon after, your guide will take you on short cultural sightseeing to Rinpung Dzong, popularized as "Fortress of the Heap of Jewels." It is the current monastic body of the western region and houses 14 shrines and chapels and fine paintings of the past. Take a short downhill stroll, and cross a wooden bridge to your car waiting to take you to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in the country. Explore the intimate inner courtyard, the 7th-century statue of Shakyamuni, and the 5m-high statue of Guru Rinpoche. The evening is yours to get to know the people in Paro and explore the rich Bhutanese culture up close.

 Overnight stay in Paro.   

Day 2
Drive from Paro to Haa Valley via Chele La Pass (3,810m / 12,500ft) - 2 to 3 hours (60 Km)

Haa Valley Haa Valley

Early in the morning, you will depart for Haa Valley. Drive through the Chele La Pass (3,810m / 12,500ft), one of the highest passes in Bhutan with its panoramic views. The pass is filled with Buddhist prayer flags and offers stunning views of mountains like Mt. Jumolhari and Tsherimgang mountains in the distance.

 An hour's drive downhill passing through thick pine and oak forest, will take you to the Haa valley, famous for its lush greenery and enthralling beauty. There are famous medieval temples and monasteries like the White temple and the Black temple in the foothills of the Meri Puensum mountains. You can engage in some hiking activities on the Haa Chu riverside. 

Overnight stay in Haa.

Day 3
Drive from Haa Valley to Thimphu - 4 hours (115 Km)

After your morning breakfast, depart for Thimpu, the country's capital. Passing through beautiful villages and the lush green pine forests, you will experience a pleasurable ride with many optional stops on the way to explore and to click photos. One such stop is the Dobji Dzong. Finally, the road joins the main road at Chuzom, and you will reach Thimpu soon after. 

After you arrive in Thimphu, have lunch, then attend the Thimphu festival with the locals and people of nearby villages. The dances with beautiful techniques and unique attire have their religious importance. People of all age groups and fellow tourists came together to witness this spectacle. It is a good opportunity to mingle with the locals of Thimphu. For the rest of the evening, you can take a stroll around the Thimpu markets and observe the lifestyle of the locals.

 Overnight stay in Thimphu.

Day 4
Attend the Thimphu Festival

Tashichho Dzong Tashichho Dzong - where the Thimphu Tshechu is the biggest festival held

You will be driven to the Tendrel Thang near Tashichho dzong early in the morning to witness the Thimphu festival. The Thimphu Tshechu is the biggest festival held in Bhutan, observed for 3 days with rituals, prayers, and dances performed to invoke the gods. This festival is mainly celebrated to honor Guru Rinpoche, the human manifestation of Padmasambhava known as "The Second Buddha." It is held on the 10th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar of Bhutan.

You will witness the monks perform stylized dances with colorful attire and masks to impress the gods. These dances often signify the life of Guru Rinpoche and have strong historical and religious meanings behind them.

The Tendrel Thang (festival ground in front of Tashichho dzong) will be occupied by thousands of people gathering to witness the cultural dances, socialize, and receive blessings. You will have a great opportunity to socialize and witness Bhutanese culture here. 

Overnight stay in Thimphu.

Day 5
Drive from Thimphu to Punakha – 2-3 hours (76 Km)

Punakha Dzong Punakha Dzong

After having breakfast in the morning, visit the National Memorial Chorten built in 1972 A.D. to honor the late third King Jigme. You will then head to Buddha Dordenma, a 50 m-high golden statue of Shakyamuni.

Next, take a scenic drive to Punakha via the Dochula Pass (3,150m), where the views of the mountains are astounding. After passing by lush rhododendron and hemlock forests on a downhill drive and traversing rice fields, you will finally reach Punakha. You will head to the Punakha Dzong, one of the oldest dzongs in Bhutan, between two rivers. After exploring the majestic structure of the Bhutanese government's previous seat and Bhutan's administrative body, you will call it a night.

Overnight stay in Punakha.

Day 6
Drive from Punakha to Paro - 4 hours (120 Km)

Today, you will return to Paro via the Dochula Pass, famous for Druk Wangyal Chortens, 108 chortens built by Queen Mother.

En route, make a stop at Lobesa, and take a hike through vast rice fields up to the Chimi Lhakhang Temple, a fertility temple built in honor of Drukpa Kuenly, the "Divine Madman." After exploring the place with its rich history, you will continue the drive up to the Lamperi Botanical Garden, consisting of various native plants like fir, hemlock, and rhododendron. It is also famous for boating in Barisho Lake and its treehouses. Take a nature walk around the area and get refreshed. Then, continue on the drive until you finally reach Paro.

Overnight stay in Paro.

Day 7
Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery in Paro - (3,180m / 10,435ft), 3 to 4 hours (4.5 km)

Tiger's Nest Monastery The famous Tiger's Nest Monastery

Today is very exciting as you will visit the Taktsang Monastery, one of the most famous sites in Bhutan. Legend states that Guru Rinpoche had landed in the Pel Phuk cave in Thulo Phuk on a tigress' back and meditated there. Later on, a monastery was constructed surrounding the cave, and the monastery was called the "Tiger's Nest Monastery."

The monastery is located on a cliffside height of 3,180 m. You will hike with an ascent of 900m on steep slopes and ascents, but the view of the vistas below is worth the sweat.

You will observe a lot of prayer wheels and flags, ancient writing, paintings, chortens, and shrines within the vicinity of the monastery. After exploring the structure for some time, take a hike back to Paro.

Today is your last day in Bhutan. After breakfast, take a stroll in the streets of Paro and buy souvenirs like Bhutanese handicrafts and woven goods.

Overnight stay in Paro.

Day 8
Final departure from Paro, Bhutan

Paro Airport Paro International Airport

We will escort you to the international terminal and bid farewell to our representatives in hopes that you will plan another tour with us in the future to Bhutan and perhaps Nepal.

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Paca Callejas
Oct 24, 2019

Thimpu Festival is amazing

Thimpu Festival is one of the best festivals in all of Bhutan and I was lucky enough to witness this festival this year. Glad that I did it this year and ticked off the tour from my bucket list. I also hiked to TIger's nest monastery, visited the Punakha Dzong and also explored the Haa Valley.
Sean Hughes
flagsUnited States of America
Oct 21, 2019

Thimpu Festival tour

We loved this festival tour in the capital city of Bhutan. Our tour guide was the hero of this tour. We just followed him and enjoyed ourselves a lot. The Vibrant festival was extraordinary. We will again be visiting Bhutan or probably do Bhutan-n-Nepal tour soon.
Henry Dixon
flagsUnited States of America
Oct 17, 2019

Thimpu Tour

I was there at the annual Thimphu Festival. It was unique yet enthralling experience for me. My guide was a living book for this tour as he had all the knowledge for this tour. The tour also entailed beautiful trek to Tiger's Nest monastery atop a hill. Overall, it was superb experience for me and I am thankful to the company for it.

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