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Tamshingphala Choepa – 12 Days

This tour gives you the opportunity to explore Bhutans most visited sightseeing historical sites in Paro, Thimphu and Bumthang. Also experience the festival festivities that are celebrated. The festival is celebrated for three days, on

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Festival Tours
Trip Duration: 12 Days
Max Altitude: 4,000 m /13120 ft
Trip Starts From:
Trip Ends At:
Trip Region: Bhutan
Best Season:
Trip Level: Easy
Just about anyone can participate in one of these holidays. Minimum walking time is 2 hours and maximum walking time is approximately 5 hours a day. By the time you walk around a number of historical sites you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time passes. You do have the chance to take your time and there are plenty of places where you can rest if needed.
Trip Route: Paro-Thimpu-Phobjikha-Bumthang-Trongsa-Punakha-Paro

Trip Information

This tour gives you the opportunity to explore Bhutans most visited sightseeing historical sites in Paro, Thimphu and Bumthang. Also experience the festival festivities that are celebrated. The festival is celebrated for three days, on the open grounds in front of the Tamshing lhakang. This festival is in honour of the “Terton” (treasure discoverer) Pema Lingpa of the 15th century. The religious dances are generally the same, but performed in a slightly different manner, as of the Nyingmapa sect of Mahayana Buddhism.


    ITINERARY

  • October 07– Arrival at Paro Airport and drive to Thimphu. Overnight at a hotel.

  • October 08– Sightseeing in and around Thimphu valley. Overnight at a hotel.

  • October 09– A long drive from Thimphu to Gangtey/Phobjikha. Overnight at a hotel.

  • October 10– Drive from Gangtey to Bumthang. Overnight at a hotel.

  • October 11– Bumthang Tamshingphala Choepa culture festival. Overnight at a hotel.

  • October 12– Festival of Tamshingphala Choepa Bumthang sightseeing. Overnight at a hotel.

  • October 13– Bumthang Sightseeing and festival activities. Overnight at a hotel.

  • October 14– Leaving Bumthang for a scenic drive to Trongsa. Overnight at a hotel.

  • October 15– Drive back to Punakha. Overnight at a hotel.

  • October 16 – Head back to Paro. Overnight at a hotel.

  • October 17 – Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery and Drugyel Dzong. Overnight at a hotel.

  • October 18 – Transfer to the international airport for your final departure


    TRIP DETAILS

  • October 07 - Arrival at Paro Airport and drive to Thimphu

    You can take flight to Paro from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka etc. We recommend you to fly from Bangkok because Druk air offer everyday flight from Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok whereas Druk air do not operate everyday flights from other sectors.

    You will be met on arrival and then we take a 90-minute scenic drive to Thimphu and transferred to hotel. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • October 08- Sightseeing in and around Thimphu valley

    Sightseeing in and around Thimphu valley we visit the National Library, which holds a collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, as well as the institute for Zorig Chusum commonly known as Painting School, textile and Folk Heritage Museum which provides an insight into Bhutanese material culture and everyday way of life. Also visiting the National Memorial Chorten, Trashichho dzong an impressive monastery, Bhutanese Handicrafts displaying a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. In the evening we explore the vibrant Thimphu Bazaar. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • October 09- A long drive from Thimphu to Gangtey/Phobjikha

    6-hour drive to the glacial valley of Phobjikha. Along the slopes is the great monastery of Gangtey , established in the 17th century. This quiet and remote valley is the winter home of the black necked cranes. Explore Gangtey village and Phobjikha valley. The unique black necked crane festival is held on the valley floor every November. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • October 10- Drive from Gangtey to Bumthang

    After an early breakfast, drive to Tongsa across Pele-la pass (3,300m). The pass is marked by a white chorten and many prayer flags. There is an abrupt change in vegetation with mountain forest replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboo.

    Stop at Chendebji Chorten. You can see the chorten with eyes painted at the four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet, to cover the remains of evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. Finally reaching towards Trongsa you can view the stunning Trongsa Dzong from a distance.

    Bumthang, 68 km away from Trongsa, a journey of about 3 hours, over the Yutong-la pass (3,400m). The road winds steeply up to the pass, then runs down through coniferous forest into a wide, open cultivated valley known as the Chumey valley. Stopping in Chumey village there are many shops selling yathra, a woolen textile. Bumthang is famous for yathra a distinctive strip of woven woolen fabric in numerous colours and patterns mostly made using ancient dyeing techniques .The Road follows the valley down and it climbs through blue pine forests to Kiki La (2860m). We then descent down to the Choekor Valley or central of Bumthang. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • October 11- Bumthang Tamshingphala Choepa culture festival

    Bumthang valley comprises of a combination of four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitudes varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. Home to many of prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries also the traditional home to the great Buddhist teacher Pema Lingpa .

    Tamshing was founded in 1501 by Terton (Treasure Revealer) Pema Lingpa, the incarnation of Guru Rinpoche. The monastery has very ancient religious paintings like 1000 Buddhas and 21 Taras (female form of Buddhisattvas) in Bhutan. Visit a farmer’s house for refreshments and observe the traditional way of living.

    Enjoy the mask dance and cultural festivities of the famed Tamshingphala Choepa Festival held within the courtyard of this ancient temple amidst a rural atmosphere. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • October 12- Festival of Tamshingphala Choepa Bumthang sightseeing

    Morning enjoy the Festival of Tamshingphala Choepa. Afternoon sightseeing to Jakar Dzong built in 1667 and it`s seat of district administration and regional monastic body of Bumthang. Jambay Lhakhang founded in 7th century by the Tibetan king Songsen Gampo it is one of the oldest monasteries in the country. Kurje Lhakhang, where the patron saint of Buddhism in Bhutan subdued a local demon and left his body imprint. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • October 13- Bumthang Sightseeing and festival activities

    Morning drive to see the burning lake (me-bar tsho) and explore the village of Ura. In the afternoon, enjoy the festival activities of Tamshingphala Choepa. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • October 14- Leaving Bumthang for a scenic drive to Trongsa

    Trongsa (2,300m) – literally meaning “new town” – forms the central hub of the nation and historically the place from where attempts at unifying the country were launched. The first and the second king had ruled the country from Trongsa. The crown prince of Bhutan holds the position of the Trongsa penlop (governor) prior to ascending the throne. Visit the Trongsa Dzong which was built in 1648. It is the biggest of all the fortresses in the country.

    It is the most impressive and aesthetic with magnificent work of tradition architecture in the Kingdom. It was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • October 15- Drive back to Punakha

    Retrace the route back to Punakha. Take a hike to Chimi Lhakhang Temple. This temple is on a hill top and dedicated to the great Yogi known as Drukpa Kuenley or popularly known as “Divine madman” of the 14th century. It is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • October 16- Head back to Paro

    Drive north to visit the majestic Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 which strategically occupies the land between the two rivers Phochu and Mochu. At Present the Dzong serve as the district administration and judiciary office as well as the winter home for Bhutan’s spiritual leader Je Khenpo and the monks of Thimphu and Punakha. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • October 17- Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) and Drugyel Dzong

    Day Hike or Mule ride to Taktsang Monastery. One of the most venerated places in Bhutan precariously perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. Guru Rinpoche arrived at this spot on a back of tigress and meditated here in a cave, hence the name “Tiger’s Nest”. This site has been recognized as the most spiritual of sites in Bhutan and many eminent saints have meditated in this area. Now it is visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their life time. Lunch and refreshments at the cafeteria which offers an imposing view of the cultural landmark.

    Drugyel Dzong(victory fortress), built in 1647 is 18 kms away from Paro town. Explore the magnificent ramparts of the last fortress which defended the country against several incursions. On a clear day one can also view the sacred Mount Jomolhari, from the northern battlements. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • October 18- Transfer to the international airport for your final departure

    After breakfast our airport representative will drop you to the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan.
    (Breakfast Included)


    COST INCLUDES

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a tourist car / van /minibus.

  • Standard government-approved accommodation (in twin sharing rooms) for the duration of the tour.

  • Full-board meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea & snacks - for the duration of your stay.

  • Drinking water for the duration of the tour.

  • Country presentation and tour Briefing on the evening of Day 01 with welcome drinks.

  • Licensed English-speaking Bhutanese tour guides.

  • Private transportation and a designated driver within Bhutan. Toyota 4WD luggage vans and light trucks for group travel. Luggage will be hauled by horses, mules or yaks at higher elevations, if required.

  • Monument and museums entrance fees at all sightseeing locations detailed in the itinerary.

  • Cultural afternoon/evening sessions with traditional mask and folk dances (with beverages). Only for group tours.

  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance.

  • Government royalty (35% of $200), which goes to the country's health and education projects.

  • All route access and monument entry permits and fees.

  • All government taxes, official expenses and tourist service charges.


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International airfare and airport departure tax. (Please see the Druk Air flight info below).

  • Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip, see the travel insurance page).

  • Expenses of personal nature, such as laundry.

  • Alcoholic and cold drinks.

  • Personal clothing and equipment.(See the equipment tab for detail information)

  • Tips for tour guides, porters, driver, hotel lobby and in restaurants. (Tipping is expected).

  • Other expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.


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