Hoa, Kent & Miki
USA Jan 1970
Definitely recommend Windhorse team to any of my friend who is planning to go to Bhutan. Dear Yonten, We've had the most memorable trip in Bhutan. Please send our thanks to the Windhorse team behind the scene
Ms Angelina C. M. L
Fairway Garden, Homantin, Kowloong Jan 1970
I wouldn’t have made it to the Tiger’s nest without his support along the hike. TID 8538 Bhutan Dragon Festival (4 Oct - 15 Oct,2014) Dear Anand, Thanks for your email below. I do like to write
Mrs Sandra B
Schertz, Texas, USA Jan 1970
I’m happy that we were able to visit a country than is so unique TID 8538 Bhutan Dragon Festival (4 Oct - 15 Oct,2014) Overall, the trip was quite nice. We didn't like the change
Frank and Sally Keen
United States Of America,Connecticut Oct 2018
Tiger’s Nest monastery is an amazing sight. Dragon Festival Tour with Jakar:TID 641(Oct. 10-21,2013) Dear WindHorse Tours, We just finished our Dragon Festival Tour and we want to thank
New York Sep 2010
The trip was majestic and the introduction to the culture of Bhutan amazing. Dear Windhorse - I traveled with you in Bhutan in Sept 2010 for the festival tour. I\'ve just recently returned to
Loretta & Gary Day
Hudson, Ohio, USA Oct 2008
We especially enjoyed interacting with the children – they were a delight. Dragon Festival Tour (Oct 2008) Thanks Ugen, We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Everything went very smoothly. Sonam was a wonderful guide
Burlingame, CA, USA Jan 1970
Bhutan is an amazing country, with beautiful, loving people. I delighted in the serenity, beauty and color everywhere. A belated thank you for all of your assistance in arranging my trip to Bhutan! The trip exceeded all of
974 Leatherleaf Loop Jan 1970
The staff at Windhorse are proud of their country and company, and it shows with their personal care for each clients needs. There can not be enough said in regards to the professional commitment displayed by Ugyen and the staff selected during
James Douglas Lee
The guide, demonstrated excellent service, insight, and knowledge of tantric Buddhism. Except for the hotel in Thimphu, I was satisfied. Pelton, the guide, demonstrated excellent service, insight, and knowledge of tantric
New York, NY Jan 1970
Bhutan was such a amazing country – the scenery, culture, and nicest people! Bhutan Sept 30-Oct 9, 2006 The trip was wonderful! Sorry I hadn't written sooner - I recently got back to the
New York City, USA Jan 1970
I did, indeed, have a fabulous time in Bhutan. It’s a wonderful country. Thanks for your follow-up call. I did, indeed, have a fabulous time in Bhutan. It's a wonderful country and both
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Jan 1970
I truly enjoyed Bhutan – what wonderful people and great scenery. Dear Ugen, Thanks for your concern. Luckily it wasn't until the end of the trip (Sunday) that I was not doing
Lorraine J. Clark
Sweden Jan 1970
My time in Bhutan was made comfortable by the wonderful guide he arranged, an easy-going, affable gentleman who spoke fluent English. Travel to Bhutan was a dream I had waited to fulfill all my life. When I finally had the chance
Bhutan Dragon Festival Tour 12 Days
Definitive Cultural & Festival Tour of Bhutan
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 added one internal flight and 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 & 2: Arrive and stay in Paro, Bhutan
Upon arrival by flight into Paro airport, meet/ greet and transfer to the hotel, where we spend two nights. Serene Paro at 7,500ft is one of Bhutan’s most fertile and most beautiful valley.
Day 3 & 4: Jakar (Bumthang)
A short, and scenic flight whisks into Bumthang, the spiritual and cultural heartland of the Kingdom.
Day 5: Chumey & Trongsa
A short drive takes us over to Chumey valley. Continuing on across Youtongla pass, arrive at Trongsa, a small town, perched above a gorge, high above the Mangdechu river with a most spectacularly sited Dzong. Normally a 3hr journey, the current road condition is likely to take more, and hence it is also a necessary stop.
Day 6 : Gangtey, Phobjikha Valley
Phobjikha or Gangtey is a wide glacial valley with a central stream meandering through the open grassland and thickets of dwarf bamboo. Farmlands occupy the peripheral slopes where potatoes and turnips are grown. The central area is a marsh land protected as habitat for wildlife. At 2900m, this is the highest night halt on your journey. The valley is a protected (Conservation) area and is both scenically and culturally worthwhile.
Day 7 & 8: In Punakha & Wangdue
Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang two separate towns, but they are located nearby like twin towns. The valley is at a lower elevation of about 1250m above sea level and therefore it enjoys subtropical climate; with warm summers and pleasant winters. Cactuses, Mandarin, and Bananas, Guava, grow alongside rice crops, in terraced fields, gently slopping down the hillsides; one of the most delightful sight to see.
Day 9 & 10: Thimphu Valley
En-route, enjoy the panorama of snow capped peaks, including the highest mountain in Bhutan from Dochula pass, over a cuppa. Then spend the next two nights in a comfortable hotel, and visit Thimpu, which is still the most relaxed capital in the world, without any traffic lights ! In addition to its many attractions, you will have time for shopping, to go the post-office to send off Postcards, see an archery match and colorful farmer’s market.
Day 11: Thimphu – Paro (Hike to Takstang)
Our journey in Kingdom culminates into a hike to iconic Taktsang (tiger’s nest) monastery, the most famous site in Bhutan. Drive short distance to Paro and begin this famous hike, for which you can also hire a riding horses.
Day 12: Departure
After breakfast 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.
- Visit to one or two festivals.
- Colorful local markets .
- Dzongs (monastery/fort), temples
- Arts & Architecture
- Optional hike to Taktsang Monastery and Chimi hakhang.
- Opportunity to meet locals, visit local villages, homes. etc
- Escorted locally by expert and friendly Bhutanese Tour Leader.
Trip Price From US$ 2800 | See Details
Trip AccommodationHotel are tourist standard 3 to 4* category. See Details
Group SizeMaximum 9 members
MealsAll meals included
Trip TypeCultural Tour
Best MonthsMarch, April, October, November
Good MonthsJanuary, February, May, September, December
Lean MonthsJune, July, August
Prices & Dates
Cost is tiered based on number of total participants. Contact for more details.
|Start date||End Date||Remarks||Status|
|10 Sep, 2018||21 Sep, 2018||Attend Wangdue & Thimphu Festivals|| Available
9-3 = 6 Seats left
|18 Oct, 2018||29 Oct, 2018||Attend Prakar & Jambay Festivals||Available||Book now!|
|11 Dec, 2018||22 Dec, 2018||Attend Trongsa Festival & National Day||Available||Book now!|
- All daily tourists fees
- Bhutan Visa fees.
- Travel permits
- Accommodations in listed or similar (3-4star hotels
- All meals and evening tea
- All transfers
- Sightseeing with entrance fees.
- Local English Speaking Tour leader/Guide.
- Bottled water and other complimentary services
- Flights into and out of Bhutan (listed separately).
- Travel & Medical Insurance ( Recommended).
- All optional expenses such gifts, tips (optional), laundry, bars and beverages and other personal expenses not listed in the included section.
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