Mongar Festival Itinerary
Duration: 11 Nights, 12 Days
Location: Paro, Punakha, Phobjikha, Bumthang, Mongar, Trashigang, Samdrup Jongkhar
Day 01. Arrive at Paro
The flight to Paro offers one of the most spectacular views of all mountain flight. One can see Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and the peaks in Bhutan such as Jhomolhari, Jichu Drakey and Tsherim Gang. The first gift from Bhutan will be cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the airplane. You will be received by our representative and transfer you to Hotel in Paro. After lunch visit Ta Dzong former Watch Tower which now houses the National Museum and then visit Rinpung Dzong which houses the monastic school and the office of the civil administration and walk down passing close by crossing the Bhutanese typical wooden roofed bridge to Paro town, overnight at hotel.
Day 02. Paro-Excursion to Taktsang
After early breakfast drive up to the Ramthangka (base camp) of Taktsang and then hike up to the most famous monastery Taktsang, the Tiger’s nest. This magical monastery clings to the vertical granite cliff of 3,000 above the valley floor. It is believed that Guru meditated here in the 8th century. The disciples of Guru built the temple, which was later enlarged by Zhabdrung in the 17th century. After lunch walk back down. Further drive towards the north to visit ruins of Drukgyel Dzong built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. From there one can see Mt. Jumolhari (mountain of goddesses) overnight at hotel.
Day 03. Paro-Punakha
After breakfast, drive to Punakha-approximately 4-hours drive through picturesque valleys and mountains slopes dotted with typical Bhutanese villages. From the Dochula pass, at over 10,000ft, vast panoramic views of the high snowcapped peaks of the Bhutanese Himalaya can be enjoyed on a clear day. Continue drive down into Punakha valley. On the way visit Chhimi Lhakhang-this was founded in 15 century by lam Dukpa Kinley also known as divine mad man. It is half hour walk across a local village and rice field.. After lunch visit Punakha dzong – built in 1637 by zhabdrung. It is one of the most beautiful dzong in the country. Later walk around Punakha and khuruthang town. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04. Punakha-Phobjikha
After breakfast, drive to Phobjikha- is a bowl-shape valley on the western slopes of Black Mountain. After lunch visit Gantey Goenpa – is a major attraction with an old monastery date back to the 16 century. Later walk around the valley which is also the winter home to the rare black-necked cranes, which migrate, from remote parts of Tibet, China and Siberia during winter to this valley. Overnight will be at hotel.
Day 05: Phobjikha-Bumthang
After breakfast, drives to Bumthang via Pelela pass at the altitude of 3,150 meters, a wonderful opportunity for photographs. En-route stops at Chummy village to visit yathra weaving central. Which Yathra are made into colourful scarves, bags, blankets and sweater. Continue drive to Bumthang. Mingle with the locals and overnight at the hotel.
Day 06. Bumthang Halt
Whole day sightseeing.
PLACES TO VISIT IN BUMTHANG
– Jambay Lhakhang. Is a sacred monastery built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. It is one of the 108 monasteries built by him to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region.
– Chakhar Lhakhang. Besides the main road, a short distance beyond Jambay Temple is Chamkhar (Iron Castle). It is the site of the palace of the Indian King Sendha Gyab also known as Sindhu Raja.
– Kurjey Lhakhang (Kurjey means, “Body imprint”). The temple to the right was built by Minjur Tempa in 1652. It was built around the cave in which Guru Rinpoche meditated and left his body imprint.
– Tamshing Lhakhang. This temple is also known as Tamshing Lhendrup Chholing (Temple of the Good Message).
– Jakar Dzong. The fortress is now used as an administrative center of the valley and summer residence of monks.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 7 :
Day 08. Bumthang – Mongar
After breakfast drive to Mongar. The trip crosses two passes and takes in numerous sheer drops on which is one of the most spectacular drives in the country. And you would notice a change in the weather condition and that the place becomes warmer. On the way there are a few places where we will stop. After reaching Mongar we can go to the small town and mingle with the locals there. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09. Mongar Festival
Witness the festival for the whole day. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10. Mongar – Trashigang
Morning witness the festival. After lunch drive to Trashigang . The stretch is easier and shorter than the journey from Bumthang to Mongar. But still than the journey will take 3 and half hours. After lunch visit the Trashigang Dzong which stands on the hill slope below the main street. The Dzong built in the mid-17th century, serves as the Administrative seat for the district, as well as school for the monk. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11. Tashigang – Samdrup Jongkhar
Early morning after breakfast drive to Samdrup Jongkhar, passing through several village and En-route visit hand loom (weaving center) in Khaling and then visit National Institute for the Disabled- this very well –organized institution tries to assimilate students from all over Bhutan who are blind or otherwise disabled into the local educational system by providing special resources and training School. Continue drive to Samdrup Jongkhar. Overnight will be at Hotel
Day 12. Samdrup Jongkhar – Guwahati
After breakfast drive to Guwahati airport for your onward flight. Our representative will see you off and bid farewell.