The Kingdom of Bhutan is one of the world’s little known treasures. Here in the “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” quality of life is measured in terms of Gross National Happiness, instead of material success – though Bhutanese live comfortable, serene lives. Until quite recently this tiny country remained in splendid isolation, dedicated to preserving its rich Buddhist traditions and pristine landscapes. Small number of guests each year visit to discover Bhutan’s natural and cultural wonders.
On this Dragon festival trip, you will attend at least one or multiple colourful festivals, and get insight into Bhutanese culture and tradition, while visiting its unique fortresses, monasteries and ancient temples. On few occasions, your dinners will be hosted by local families. We’ll visit local farms, villages, schools and have an opportunity to meet and learn from locales.
First introduced in 2001, Dragon Festival Tour has be modified slightly each year, to keep up with changing conditions. As the Road Widening Project has somewhat slowed the driving, this year, we have added one extra day to allow good pace of the tour, without feeling that too much time is spent on the road.
Join us on this definitive Cultural immersion Journey, among ancient monasteries and temples, Himalayan peaks and glacial rivers, rare flora and fauna and extraordinary people. We assure you that this will be one of your most memorable trip.
Day 1: Arrive in Paro, Bhutan
Arrive by flight into serene Paro valley. Upon arrival at Paro airport, meet our Guide and transfer short distance to hotel nearby.
A short familiarization tour around Paro valley including visit the Rinphung Dzong (fortress cum monasteries that are also local District Administrative centers) and stroll around the charming township. Overnight in Paro.
Day 2 & 3: Punakha & Wangdue valley
Along the way, cross Dochula pass with spectacular mountain vista and descend to sub-tropical Punakha-Wangdue valley. We have one and half day to tour the valley.
Day 4: Trongsa
Our journey to central Bhutan begins today. From subtropical valley the road gradually climb up the black mountains (JSW National Park), through ever-changing vegetations and winds up on Pele la pass (3350m), with good view across of Mt. Chomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drake and others (on a clear day). Overnight hotel in Trongsa.
Day 5 & 6: Jakar, Bumthang
Bumthang is considered the cultural heartland of Bhutan. It was here that Buddhism was introduced by Padmasambhava in A.D 746, and the area continues to thrive as a spiritual center. The wide valleys with fields of buckwheat, apple orchards, and chalet-like houses, surrounded by pine forested hills, make Bumthang extremely beautiful. Overnights in hotel.
Day 7 & 8: Gangtey, Phobjikha Valley
Retrace drive back, recrossing Yountong-la and Pele-la, stopping in some villages en-route. Gangtey or Phobjikha as this area ss sometimes called, is a beautiful wide, unspoilt glacial valley.
Overnights in hotel.
Day 9 & 10: Thimphu Valley
Driving to Thimphu and with few stops along the way, takes almost all day.
Next day, we have a full day tour in which we try and cover most of the interesting sights/attractions of the capital.
Established as the permanent capital of Bhutan in the 1950s, Thimpu has gradually grown over the last decade but remains a relatively small town. With no traffic lights, Thimpu boasts an atmosphere that is relaxing and friendly.
Day 11: Thimphu – Paro
We can cover any sights missed in the morning before driving short distance to Paro.
Along the way, visit charming nunnery in Sisinag village. Shenchen nunnery was founded by famous master Dilgo Kyentse and has more than hundred female Buddhist practitioners.
Paro valley is one of the loveliest in Bhutan. The willow trees and apple orchards line many of the roads. Large whitewashed farmhouses and temples complement the terraced fields with forested hills rising on either side to create a beautiful, organic and peaceful whole. Paro is also excellent agricultural land and the people here are better off than many elsewhere in Bhutan.
Day 12: Paro (Hike to Takstang)
Our journey in Kingdom culminate in a hike to iconic Taktsang (tiger’s nest) monastery .
Overnight in Paro
Day 13: Departure
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Paro airport according to your flight times.
Please note that the schedules are revised for each trips to incorporate the festivals and events.
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Visit to one or two festivals.
Stroll and visit the colorful markets .
Optional hike to Taktsang Monastery and Chimi lhakhang.
Opportunity to meet locals, visit local villages, homes. etc
Escorted locally by expert and friendly Bhutanese Tour Leader.
Trip Price From US$ 2900 | See Details
Group SizeMaximum 9 members
MealsAll meals included
Trip TypeCultural Tour
Best MonthsMarch, April, May, October, November
Good MonthsJanuary, February, September, December
Lean MonthsJune, July, August