Punakha is located in the western part of Bhutan is the winter home of the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan. Punakha has been of critical importance since the time of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 17th century. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal is known as the unifier of Bhutan as a nation state and he was the one who gave Bhutan and its people the distinct cultural identity that identified Bhutan from the rest of the world. During 17th century Bhutan was invaded several times by Tibetan forces seeking to seize a very precious relic, the Ranjung Kharsapani. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal led the Bhutanese to victory over the Tibetans and to commemorate the triumph he introduced the Punakha Drubchen. Since then Punakha Drubchen also known as Puna Drubchen became the annual festival of Punakha Dzongkhag. The Punakha Drubchen is a unique festival because it hosts a dramatic recreation of the scene from the 17th century battle with Tibetan army. The ‘pazaps’ or local militia men, dress in traditional battle gear and reenact the ancient battle scene. This reenactment harkens back to the time when in the absence of a standing army, men from the eight Tshogchens or great village blocks of Thimphu came forward and managed to expel the invading forces from the country. Their victory ushered in a period of new-found internal peace and stability. In 2005 another festival known as Punakha Tshechu was introduced by the 70th Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Choedra and the then Home Minister His Excellency Lyonpo Jigme Yoedzer Thinley. The Tshechu was introduced in response to the requests made by Punakha District Administration and local peopleto host a Tshechu in order to better preserve Buddhist teachings and keep alive the noble deeds of Zhabdrung Rimpoche. These two festivals not only play an important role in preserving Bhutan’s rich culture and traditions but also provide devout Buddhists with an opportunity for prayer and pilgrimage. They reflect the richness of the Bhutanese cultural heritage and are very special in the eyes and hearts of both Bhutanese and tourists who visit Bhutan.

Brief Itinerary

Day 01: 11th March, 2014: Arrival to Paro and transferred Thimphu

Day 02: 12th March, 2014: Thimphu Sightseeing and drive to Punakha

Day 03: 13rd March, 2014: Punakha Festival

Day 05: 14th March, 2014:  Hike to Tiger’s nest/ Paro Sightseeing

Day 06: 15th March, 2014: Departure 

From the gravity defying Tiger’s Nest monastery to the temple of the Divine Madman, this is a journey into the ethereal world that is the Kingdom of Bhutan Accompanied by an experienced local guide this combination of spectacular drives, attendance at an ancient festival, unique nature walks and fascinating temple and monastery visits makes for an unforgettable adventure in the land above the clouds. The itinerary takes us deep into the Kingdom’s heartland exploring three distinctly different but important valleys: the bustling capital of Thimphu in a valley dotted with national monuments, museums and markets; the almost tropical Punakha Valley with its magnificent Dzongs; and the emerald valley of Paro with its rice paddies, ancient temples and so on. 

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: 11th March, 2014:  Arrival to Paro and transferred to Thimphu

Estimated Km: 55km

Estimated Hour:  ½   hours 

During this wonderful season if the weather is clear don’t forget at left side of your seats  to see beautiful mountains with their snow at their apexes which is  third Largest mountain ( Mt Kachenjunga) , Mt Jhomolhari, Jichu Draki etc.

On arrival, you will be met by your representative from 7 Brothers Tours and Travels. 

Day 02: 12th March, 2014: Thimphu Sightseeing and drive to Punakha 

Estimated Km: 77km

Estimated Hour: 3 hours 

Today we explore a fascinating full day tour to see the best of Thimphu city at an altitude of 2300m. First stop is at the National Memorial chorten, built in memory of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, Next visit the 13th century Changgangkha temple and the Folk Heritage Museum, a showcase of the Bhutanese artifacts used in rural households. Later, drive up to the Dangagaygang hill Rodaio, visit the Mini Zoo for Takin  national animal of Bhutan and the Kuensel Phodrang( Buddha point) offering a panoramic view of Thimphu valley. Continue to the centenary Farmer’s Market on the banks of the Wangchuk River selling far, produces, local arts and crafts, etc.

Lunch at Thimphu

After lunch travel to Puankha  for a distance of 77-km for about 3 hours journey and stop off at Dochula Pass at an altitude of 3,050m. On a clear day, you will enjoy a breakthtaking view of the snowcapped eastern Himalaya ranges and also a magnificent distant view of the Gasa Dzong from this spot. En- route visit the Chimmi Lhakhang , which is dedicated to tehg legendary Lama Drukpa Kinley Known as the Divine Madman. The monastery is also revered as a sanctum of fertility. Legened has it that the couples wishing to have a baby from across Bhutan and occasionally from overseas are blessed with a chil after visting the temple- Singaporean and American couples visisted this temple and were blessed miraculously with Childrem Punakha, at an altitude of 1,300m, was once the old capital of Bhutan and the seat of Government until 1955. The Punakha Dzong also known as the Punathang Dechen Phodrang Dzong was built in 1637 and is strategically located at the confluence of the Phochu male and Mochhu female rivers. Now the dzong serves as the administrative center of Punakha district and the Central Monastic Body. The evening is at leisure to relax- so why not stroll in the Punakha town? Overnight in Punakha 

Day 03: 13rd March, 2014: Punakha Festival

Breakfast

Lunch and Dinner 

Punakha Festival

After breakfast, attend Punakha festival for a full day. Punakha Festival is the unqiue festival with a ‘ serda” procession that re- enacts the war against Tibetan in the 17th century. This festival is dedicated to Yeshey Gempo Mahakala or Palden Lhamo, tehg two main protective deities of Drukpas the people of Bhutan. The religious masked dances in the form of animals , fearsome deities wearing spectacular costumes made of yellow silk or rich brocade, often decorated with ornaments of carved bone.

During Punakha Festival one can see unique Bhutanese people who live in the high altitude and they have their own way of dress unlike common dress of Bhutanese people.

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. 

Above this dzong you may visit Bhutan’s longest suspension bridge which is just 5 minutes by walk.

Dinner and overnight stay at Punakha.

Day 04 : 14th March, 2014:  Punakha- Paro  

Estimated Km: 77km

Estimated Hour: 3  hours 

Today is a day which is journey to Thimphu via Wangduepodrang. The journey passes through the awe-inspring mountains and lush vegetation along the highway and will photos stops during the journey. Enjoy some leisure time in Paro town in the evening, one of the beautiful valleys in Bhutan and home to the famous Paro Takshang also known as Tiger’s Nest, National Museum and Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines. Spend night in Thimphu 

Day 05: 15th March, 2015:  Hike to Tiger’s nest/ Paro Sightseeing 

This morning you‘ll take a hike to Paro Takshnag Monastery. Tiger’s Nest. No visit to Bhutan would be complete without a trip to Tiger’s nest. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900m above the Paro valley and takes about a 2  - hour climb on a well-maintained trail through beautiful pine forest, trees festooned with Spanish Moss abd fluterring prayers flags. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche flew to Paro Takshang cliff in the form of Guru Dorji drool, mounted on a flaming tigress in the 8th century. Afterwards, there may also be time to visit the ruined Drkgyel dzong fortress. Built in 1647 to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders or visit the Kichu Lhakhang, which is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan 7th century.

Dinner and overnight stay at Paro

Day 06: 16th March, 2014:  Departure

Breakfast in the hotel. We will happily drop to Paro International airport and we wish you safe and pleasant journey.

 

TOUR PRICE

Punakha Festival: Tour Cost per Person in Twin Sharing Basis for 5 Nights/6 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$1200/person

3 Star

2 pax

US$1150/person

3 Star

Above 3 pax

US$900/person

3 Star

Peak Season: March/April/May/Sept/Oct and November 

Group Size

       Quotation

Hotel

4 and 5 star hotels  need an additional charge

Above 10pax it is subject to discussion about rate

1 pax

US$1450/person

3 Star

2 pax

US$1275/person

3 Star

Above 3pax

US$1125/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$40/room/night during low season and US$ 50/room/night during high 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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