Druk Wangyel Tshechu at Dochula  and Coronation Day of Bhutan 

The Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival was established in 2011 in commemoration of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and the Armed Forces’ victory over Indian insurgent forces residing in southern Bhutan in 2003.

The Tshechu is takes place every December 13th at the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang Festival Ground located at Dochula Pass around 22km from the capital city Thimphu. Dochula Pass is one of the most scenic locations in the entire kingdom, offering a stunning panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. Set amidst this breathtaking backdrop, the Dochula Druk Wangyal Tsehchu is an experience unlike any other and true exemplifies Bhutanese cultural traditions.

The Druk Wangyal Lhakhang was built over a period of four years (2004-2008) under the vision and patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo. The Lhakhang honors the courageous service of the Fourth King, who personally led the troops against the insurgents, as well as the regular Armed Forces of the country

celebrates throughout the nation. The most important Coronation celebrates in Thimphu who will attend 4th King, 5th King and Royal families and this is opportunity where we can see His Majestic. One can see beautiful activities perform by different people around the country.   

Brief Itinerary

Day 01: 12th December: Bangkok- Paro and transferred to Thimphu

Day  02: 13th December : Drive to Dochula to attend the Festival and  drive to Punakha

Day 03: 14th December: Punakha Sightseeing

Day 04: 15th December: Punakha- Phobjikha Valley

Day 05: 16th December: Phobjikha- Thimphu

Day 06: 17th December: Coronation Day of Bhutan

Day 07: 18th December: Paro- Bangkok

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: 12th December: Arrival at Paro and transferred to Thimphu

Distance: 55 km

Estimated travel time: 1 1/2 hrs

Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Touching down at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide upon exiting the arrival hall. Today, we will take it easy to acclimatise to the altitude. Drive to Thimphu, check in to the hotel and lets have your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine and some light sight-seeing in Thimphu if possible.

Heritage Museum - Dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past though exhibition of artefacts used in rural households.

Textile Museum - Witnesses the art of traditional weaving.Simtokha Dzong - Five miles from Thimphu, on a lofty ridge, stands Semtokha Dzong the oldest fortress in the Kingdom. 

Day  02:13rd December : Drive to Dochula to attend the Festival and  drive to Punakha

Distance: 77 km

Estimated travel time: 3  hrs 

Today  drive to Dochula Pass( 3050m) to see Druk Wangyel Lhakhang. If weather is clear you will see spectacular views of eastern Himalayan ranges. You can visit 108 stupa dedicated to 4th King of Bhutan.

Today’s agenda include:

  1. The live show of great warriors during 2003
  2. Live show  dances of great Yogis during 15th Century from  Tibet
  3. Folk heritage mask dances
  4. Cultural dances by Royal academy

Towards evening drive to Punakha.

Day 03: 14th December: Punakha Sightseeing

Breakfast

Lunch and Dinner

Morning after breakfast When you reach near the dzong you will see Punakha dzong built on the confluence of Phochu Male River and Mochu (Female River). This Dzong is the winter capital since 300 years ago; today it is the winter residence of the Je- khenpho the chief abbot and also serves as the administration center of the Punakha district 

Walk up to suspension bridge above this Dzong if interested tourists can visit this suspension.  

Walk to Chimi Lhahang to get blessing from the temple who you can wish to get children as per your wish. This monastery is a famous pilgrim site for sterile women who wish to bear children.

As you drive further you will pass Khuruthang town which is quite small small  town where new administrative town of Punakha is located. 

Punakha Sightseeing 

Day 04: 15th December: Punakha- Phobjikha Valley 

Distance: 95 km

Estimated travel time: 3 hrs 

After breakfast, drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forest, and just before reaching Pelela pass we will take diversion towards Phobjikha valley, known as valley made in heaven. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home  of black-necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan plateau. Explore Phobjikha valley and also visit Gangtey Gompa Monastery, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan.

Dinner and overnight stay Phobjikha Hotel.

Day 05: 16th December: Phobjikha- Thimphu

Distance: 172 km

Estimated travel time: 5 hours 30 minutes 

At Phobjikha you will see Yak which lives in the high altitude 

Our journey continues with travels to Punakha through some of the Kindom’s richest agricultural land and most dramatic river valleys

Lunch at Punakha 

Thimphu and sightseeing

After lunch travel to Thimphu through Dochula pass stopping at Simtokha Dzong en-route. Built in 1627, it is often said to be the oldest dzong in Bhutan. The site is said to have been chosen to guard over a demon that had vanished into a rock.  The dzong was constructed to enclose the rock, to ensure that the demon would remain imprisoned. Simtokha Dzong now houses the Institute for Language and Culture.  Your next destination is the Takin Preserve which houses the national animal, the unique Takin, which lives in herds at altitudes of over 4000 metres and weighs as much as 220 kilos! Your last visit for the day is the Government-run Handicraft Emporium and Craft Bazaar where you can find fine examples of locally produced woven textiles, thangkha paintings, ceramics, jewellery, slate and wood carvings.

Overnight in Thimphu 

 Day 06: 17th December: Coronation Day of Bhutan

Breakfast

Lunch and Dinner

Attend in the National stadium: 

Agenda for Coronation Day

  1. Arrival of Royalty Family including 4th King and Queen mothers
  2. Arrival of 5th King in the national stadium
  3. Marchang ceremony
  4. Bhutanese folk dances
  5. School student dances
  6. Mask Dances
  7. Closing ceremony

Lunch in the town

After lunch visit the following:

Visit Memorial chorten built for the memory of late king Jigmi Dorji Wangchuk in 1974.

Visit Kuensel Phodrang to see world largest sitting Buddha statue and from here Thimphu can be clearly seen

Dinner and overnight stay at Thimphu. 

Day 07: 18th December: Paro- Bangkok

Breakfast in the Hotel

We wish you safe and pleasant journey. 

TOUR PRICE

Dochula Festival: Tour Cost per person in Twin Sharing for 6 nights/7 Days 

Off Season: Jan/Feb/June/July/ Aug and December 

Group Size

       Quotation

Hotel

4 and 5 star hotels  need an additional charge

Above 10 pax it is subject to discussion about rate

1 pax

US$1440/person

3 Star

2 pax

US$1380/person

3 Star

Above 3 pax

US$1080/person

3 Star

The above Bhutan tour package prices include the following:

  • Bhutan Government Royalty of US$ 65/person/night
  • FIT surcharges of US$40/person/night for a single traveler and US$30/person/night for a double
  • Twin sharing hotel rooms at 3 star hotels
  • All meals breakfast, lunch, dinner & light refreshments with standard menu at 3 star hotels
  • English speaking tour guide service
  • All transfers and excursions by private vehicles
  • All entrance fees to museums and monuments
  • All internal taxes and fees
  • Mineral drinking water while sightseeing

The above tour prices do not include the following:

  • Single room supplement of US$40/room/night during low season optional

Visa fee of US$40/person must be paid in advance with tour cost

  • Airfares optional
  • Travel issuance recommended
  • 4 star and 5 star accommodations and meals optional
  • Other personal expenses like overseas calls, laundry,etc 

 

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