Trashigang Festival Itinerary
Duration: 15 Nights, 16 Days
Location: Samdrup Jongkhar, Trashigang, Trashi Yangtse, Mongar, Lhuntse, Bumthang, Trongsa, Phobjikha, Punakha, Thimphu, Paro
Day 01. Gawahati (India)–Samdrup Jongkhar
On the arrival you will be greeted by our representative. Drive to the Samdrup Jongkhar, South-eastern part of Bhutan bordering the Indian states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Overnight in hotel.
Day 02. Samdrup Jongkhar-Trashigang
After breakfast drive to Tashigang, passing through several villages. En-route visit hand loom (weaving centre) in Khaling and then visit Blind School. Continue drive to Tashigang, Vividly colored handloom cloth and end silk spun from cocoons bred from castor oils plants are local specialties. The dominant language of the region is Sharchop instead of Dzongkha. Trashigang is used as the market place for the hill people from Merak & Sakteng, who are known for their exceptional features and for their costume made of Sheep skin and Yak wool. The hat they wear is unusual but has a significance of its own. We might be able to meet a few of these people. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03. Trashigang Festival
Visit Dzong and witness Trashigang festival at the Dzong for full day, there you will get a chance to see the different mask dance performed by both laymen and monks. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 04. Tashigang-Excursion to Phongmey/Radhi/Rangjung
Morning witnesses the festival and later Excursion drives Phongmey Gewog and visit Phongmey monastery. On the way back visit Radhi villages and lunch at the Radhi. After lunch drive to Rangjung and visit Rangung Woesel Chholing Monastery – this was founded by Garab Rinpochhe in 1990. Overnight at hotel. Day 04.
Day 05. Tashigang-Tashiyangtse-Tashigang
Early in the morning drive to Tashiyangtse and on the way we can visit Gom Kora temple and continue drive to Yangtse. The main attractions in this valley, is a great stupa, Chorten Kora built in 1940 and modeled on the style of the Boudhnath stupa in Nepal. After lunch visit the Trashiyangtse town is small but very beautiful with traditional designs and colors of the houses. This place is also famous for wooden products like dapa (wooden plate), phob (cup) and others. One of the traditional painting schools is located in Tashiyangtse. Drive back to Tashigang. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06. Trashigang-Mongar
After breakfast drive to Mongar. En route stop to visit Drametse monastery was founded by Ani Choten Zangmo, Pema Lingpa’s granddaughter, who fled from Bumthang to escape a proposal of marriage from the local king. She fled east and when she found a place ideally suited for meditation and practice she named it ‘Drametse’ which literally means ‘the peak where there are no enemies’. Ani Choeten Zangmo’s kudung (remains) is preserved to this day in the monastery as the most important relic.
Continue drive to Monger. After lunch visit Mongar dzong which is built in keeping with traditional by not using any drawings or nails and then visit yaggang Lhakhang . Overnight at hotel.
Day 07. Mongar-Lhuntse-Mongar
After early breakfast drive to Lhuntse. The steepness of the region lends itself to some spectacular views, with rushing waterfalls and sheer drops. Lhuntse district is one of the most rural and isolated districts in Bhutan. The landscape is spectacular with stark cliffs and gorges, beautiful conifer and pine forests, and remote villages. The Kurtoe region of Lhuntse is the ancestral home of Bhutan’s Royal family. And also consider being the best for Kishu Thara testiles. Visit Lhuntse Dzong and weaving village. Drive back to Monger. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08. Mongar-Bumthang
After breakfast drive to Bumthang and you would notice a change in the weather condition and that the place becomes cooler. Stop at Sengor where you would get to see the locals there. On the way there are a few places where we will stop After reaching Bumthang we can go to the small town and mingle with the locals there Overnight in hotel
Day 09. Bumthang-whole day sightseeing– 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 the hotel.
Day 10. Bumthang Halt
After breakfast start your day driving up to Rimpochen and Ugyen Choling monastery. On the way to Rimochen visit Me-bar Tsho (Burning Lake). Lunch will be served at Ugyen Choling guest house. Drive bake to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11. Bumthang-Phobjikha
After breakfast drive to Phobjikha. En-route stop to visit Trongsa Dzong – seat of the district administration, built in the 1648. And visit Tower of Trongsa, converted into the museum from watchtower that once guarded Trongsa Dzong from internal rebellion, stands in Bhutan’s history Chummy. Continue drive to Phobjikha. Mingle with the locals and overnight at hotel.
Day 11. Phobjikha-Punakha
After breakfast drive to Punakha. On the way visit ChhimiLhakhang – this was founded in 15 Century by Lama Dukpa Kinley also known as divine mad man. It is half hour walk across a local village and rice fieldm. 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 12. Punakha-Thimphu
After breakfast, drive to Thimphu-approximately 3-hour drive through picturesque valleys and mountain 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. Lunch will be served at Dochula cafeteria. And you even have an opportunity take a picture of Dochula, 108 stupas. Continue drive to Thimphu, Overnight at hotel.
Day 13. Thimphu-Sightseeing
Folk Heritage Museum, National Institute for Zorig Chusum, Zelukha Nunnery, National library, Memorial Chorten, Handicraft Emporium, Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point, Changangkha Lhakhang and stroll around Thimphu town. Drive back to hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 14. Thimphu-Paro
After early breakfast drive to Paro and check in the hotel. Soon after, drive up the Pa Chu to Drukgyel Dzong, the ruined Fort (destroyed by fire in 1950.) which once defended this valley from the Tibetan invasion. From here one can have the view of sacred Mt. Jhomolhari on clear days. Drive back to 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 walk down passing close by the Paro Dzong, crossing the Bhutanese typical wooden roofed bridge. Lunch will be served in the hotel. Later in the afternoon stroll around Paro town.
Day 15. Paro-Excursion to Taktsang
Morning, after 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. Drive to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 16. Departure
After breakfast, drive to Paro international airport for your onward flight . Our representative will see you off and bid farewell.