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Bhutan Festival Tour

Incorporate one or more festivals - joyous expression of Buddhist culture,

9

Days

CULTURE

Bhutan Festival Tour Trip Map, Route Map
Trip highlights
  • Attend one or multiple colourful festivals
  • Insights of age old tradition of festival.
  • Pace of tour is easy, allowing you to enjoy and absorb the experience
  • Ancient Monuments
  • Arts, Architecture.
  • History, Culture and Buddhism
  • Local markets, farm houses, schools and opportunity to meet and interact with local folks.

Bhutan Festival & Cultural Tour

Bhutan Festival Tour is a nine-day leisurely-paced tour that takes on at least one or multiple colourful festivals in this magical Kingdom .
Bhutan Festival takes one or multiple of Bhutan’s most colourful and popular festivals. Bhutan’s festivals are joyous expressions of its Buddhist culture. It offers Bhutanese an opportunity to become immersed in the meaning of their religion, as well as being an occasions for seeing people and being seen. People wear their finest traditional clothes, put on their most beautiful jewellery, bring delicious picnic lunch and join in the festivities.

In addition to these festival, this tour covers highlights of Paro, Thimphu, Phobjikha, Wangdue & Punakha valleys, which are Bhutan’s most historic towns and districts. The pace of this tour allows you to fully absorb and appreciate the rich culture, and natural beauty of this peaceful kingdom without feeling that you are bused around.

In the early spring, we attend Punakha Tsechu and Punakha Dromchoe. Bit later into main spring, we attend attend Talo village festival, along with the famous Paro Tsechu festival, where we also see the unfurling of giant Thangka. In the autumn,  you’ll see three festivals of  Wangdiphodrang, Gangtey and Thimphu tsechu festival.

As these festival periods are extremely popular and therefore the flights and hotels tend to get booked out soon. So plan and book early if you wish to join this  exciting tour with small group travelers like you from around the world.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 & 2 – In Thimphu:
Thimphu established as the capital of Bhutan in 1961. Its population in under hundred thousand. It has a youthful exuberance that constantly challenges the country’s conservatism and proud tradition. The ever-present juxtaposition of old and new is just one of its appealing qualities. Crimson-robed monks, Indian labourers, gho- and kira-clad professionals and camera-wielding tourists all strolling on; and nobody, it seems, is in a hurry. Thimphu is the world’s only capital without traffic lights. During your two nights stay here, we will visit many monuments and attractions of Thimphu, including Tashicho Dzong, the farmers market, Gaint Buddha Statue, Memorial Chorten, Traditional Art School, Indigenous Hospital, Textile museum, Handicraft workshops and more. Thimphu offers the best opportunity to do your own thing in the evening. It’s relaxed, friendly and pretty informal, and is most rewarding if you can be the same.

Day 3 & 4: Punakha—Wangdue Valley: 
Three-hour-drive from Thimphu to Wangdue Phodorang  – Punakha valley is across spectacular Dochula pass. On a clear day, you will see panoramic views of snow capped peaks of eastern Himalayan range, including Bhutan’s highest peaks. Punakha and Wangdue towns are located close to each other in one valley. Punakha was the former winter capital of Bhutan and was established in this location, in part because Punakha is a warmer at a relatively low altitude of 4,100 feet (1300m). The climate allows for the production of two rice crops each year, along with growth of subtropical fruits such as oranges, mangos, and bananas. During our stay here, we will visit the impressive Punakha Dzong fortress located at the confluence of Pho and Mo Chu Rivers. We’ll take an easy walk in the valley, visit some of its monasteries, villages, take short drives and enjoy this idyllic countryside dotted with farm houses and terraced hillsides.

Day 5: Gangtey – Phobjikha valley: 
From Punakha valley, we’ll take a day trip to Gangtey, also called Phobjikha valley. The drive is though ever changing landscapes and vegetation, as we climb from sub-tropical to temperate and then to alpine vegetation. It takes about two and half hours each way, and including local stops and return, it is a full day excursion. We arrive in beautiful Phobjikha Valley, with its alpine setting on the western slope of the Black Mountains National Park. Visit ancient Gangtey Monastery, which sits on a prominent hilltop above the valley. The vegetation in this high-altitude glacial valley includes mixed forests of pine and rhododendron, with thick brushy bamboos on the valley floor. The valley is the winter home for endangered black-necked cranes that migrate in huge numbers from remote Tibetan plateau, to escape its harsh winter (late Oct till March). Bhutanese consider these cranes as harbingers of good luck.
(There are those who wish to have an extra for themselves to wander around and explore own their own. For those, this would be an idle day to skip the excursion and stay in the valley.)

Day 6, 7 & 8: Paro & Takstang: 
Emerald green Paro Valley at 7,500ft, is one of Bhutan’s most beautiful and most fertile valley. Numerous shrines, fortresses and farm houses dot the landscape and graceful willow trees grow along the edge of Pachhu river, which passes through paddy fields and farmlands. During our time here, visit the ruins of Drugyal Dzong, a fortress which protected the valley against invaders from north. Visit beautiful 7th century Kichu Lhakhang temple, see many beautiful Buddhist wall paintings and iconography inside Dungtse Lhakhang, built in 1421. Among others you will also visit Bhutan National museum, housed in an ancient watchtower and visit Paro Rinphung Dzong, one of the most beautiful fortress /monastery in Bhutan. We also dedicate a full day for excursion to the iconic Taktsang (Tiger’s nest) monastery, an quintessential Bhutan travel experience. For this hike, you can also hire a riding horse to take you part of the way.

Day 9: Departure
Transfer to the airport according to your departure flight schedule.

Please note that the order of the itinerary is revised for each departures to incorporate local festivals and events.  For more information submit Request Detailed itinerary form.

  • Group SizeMaximum 11

  • MealsAll meals including evening tea with snacks and also bottled water in the vehicles.

  • Trip Accommodation4 star hotels mostly, but good 3 star hotel in Punakha

  • RouteParo - Punakha - Phobjikha- Thimphu - Paro

  • Trip Type Festival & Culture Tour

  • Trip SeasonsThis group departure is placed to attend festival in Spring & Fall which also has great weather during the period. However for private tour it can be done throughput the year.

  • Best MonthsMarch, April, May, October, November

  • Good MonthsJanuary, February, September, December

  • Lean MonthsJune, July, August

Prices & Dates

Cost Information
Tier Pricing cost based on the total sign-ups.
Starting from $2190 Per Person plus airfares.  Contact us for Detailed Tour Info & prices.

Start dateEnd DateRemarksStatus 
15 Sep, 201823 Sep, 2018 With Wangdue & Thimphu Festival Available
10-2 = 8 Seats left
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Included

  • Accommodations
  • All meals, evening tea/coffee with snacks
  • All land transfers and transportation
  • English speaking Bhutanese Tour Guide/Leader
  • Daily Tourist Fees & Taxes
  • Bhutan Visa and all applicable permits
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees to all monuments
  • Flight booking assistance (flight costs listed separately)
  • Bottled water in the vehicle

Not included

  • Airfares as listed separately
  • Optional personal expenses such as bars, beverages, tips/gratuities, gifts, laundry etc
  • Travel & Medical Insurance

Accommodations


Hotels in Thimphu

Hotels in Paro

Hotels in Haa

Trip Guide/Leader


  • Dechen Duba

    Dechen Duba

  • Penjor Lhendup

    Penjor Lhendup

  • Yeshi Penjor

    Yeshi Penjor

  • Yeshi Dorji

    Yeshi Dorji

Reviews / Testimonials

  • Charles L McMurray
    Miami Beach, Florida
    Jan 1970
    Bhutan Festival Tour – Fall 2017 ( Bhutan Festival Tour – Fall 2017)
    5 " " Dear Anand, First, I would like to thank you and the entire staff of Wind Horse for the effort spent to set up our tours. We greatly appreciate the way that we were kept informed from the initial booking through our final departure. Your ground staff, both guides and drivers, were

    Bhutan Festival Tour – Fall 2017 Dear Anand, First, I would like to thank you and the entire staff of Wind Horse for the effort spent to

  • Ruth Bloland
    Atlanta, Georgia, USA
    Apr 2018
    Bhutan Festival Tour (April 1-9) 2017 ( Bhutan Festival Tour (April 1-9) 2017)
    5 " " Dear Anand — I am sorry that I am so slow in giving you a report on the trip to Bhutan that my son, Peter, daughter-in-law, Martha and I made to Bhutan the first of April.  We did the cultural tour of Bhutan first and then Peter and Martha stayed

    Bhutan Festival Tour (April 1-9) 2017 Dear Anand — I am sorry that I am so slow in giving you a report on the trip to

  • Tatyana
    Apr 2018
    Excellent Bhutan Festivals Tour! ( Excellent Bhutan Festivals Tour!)
    5 " " I have traveled with Windhorse Tours in April 2017 for Bhutan Festivals tour and was very happy with the quality of the services the company provided. The booking process was very smooth and Ugen was always very responsive to answer any questions I had. The tour itself was very well

    Excellent Bhutan Festivals Tour! I have traveled with Windhorse Tours in April 2017 for Bhutan Festivals tour and was very happy with the quality

  • Terry D C
    San Mateo, California
    Jan 1970
    Bhutan Trip ( Bhutan Trip)
    5 " " Hi all, I hope that your travels went well! I echo MJ and Charlie, it was a great Bhutan trip, I'm very appreciative of the efforts by everyone at Windhorse!

    Bhutan Trip Hi all, I hope that your travels went well! I echo MJ and Charlie, it was a great Bhutan trip, I'm

  • Mary J.C
    Phoneix, Arizona, USA
    Jan 1970
    Wonderful Holiday in Bhutan ( Wonderful Holiday in Bhutan)
    5 " " Bhutan Festival Tour with Wangdi and Thimphu Festival, 2015 Hello to all - Charlie and I had a fantastic time in Bhutan.  One of our best trips ever!!  We had wonderful fellow travelers and great guides and driver.  Sonam, Tashi, and Barleyman made our trip very special.Hope everyone made it home safely

    Wonderful Holiday in Bhutan Bhutan Festival Tour with Wangdi and Thimphu Festival, 2015 Hello to all - Charlie and I had a fantastic time in Bhutan.

  • Sophie R
    France
    Jan 1970
    It was a dream for a long time and we realized. You have a wonderful country. ( It was a dream for a long time and we realized. You have a wonderful country.)
    5 " " Dear Sir, This small word to tell you that we are very very happy to have come to Bouthan. It was a dream for a long time and we realized. You have a wonderfull country. We adored everything : landscape, dzong, your culture, hotels and food ................... Everything was brilliant!! We are very satisfied

    It was a dream for a long time and we realized. You have a wonderful country. Dear Sir, This small word to tell you that we are very very happy to have come to Bouthan. It was

  • Pam B
    Bloomington, Minnesota,55438, USA.
    Mar 2018
    We stopped on the road to visit with schoolchildren. ( We stopped on the road to visit with schoolchildren.)
    5 " " I enjoyed my trip with Wind horse Travel immensely. The guide & driver were excellent. I am still amazed at how Rajeem(sp.) was able to provide safe & secure travel in spite of bumpy roads, traffic, construction delays, animals on the road, people on the road, etc. Penjour was outstanding as

    We stopped on the road to visit with schoolchildren. I enjoyed my trip with Wind horse Travel immensely. The guide & driver were excellent. I am still amazed at how

  • Elisabeth and Ricky Vazquez
    San Antonio,Texas
    Mar 2018
    Wind Horse Tour is reliable, well organized. We felt well taken care of, we felt save. ( Wind Horse Tour is reliable, well organized. We felt well taken care of, we felt save.)
    5 " " TID-621 (Bhutan Festival Tour (Talo & Paro Tsechu) 20th -28th March 2013 We just came back from Bhutan. We were there for the Paro Festival, March 20-28, 2013. We had a great great time. Wind Horse Tour is reliable, well organized. We felt well taken care of, we felt save. We

    Wind Horse Tour is reliable, well organized. We felt well taken care of, we felt save. TID-621 (Bhutan Festival Tour (Talo & Paro Tsechu) 20th -28th March 2013 We just came back from Bhutan. We were there

  • Elisabeth and Ricky Vazquez
    San Antonio, TX
    Mar 2018
    We felt safe and welcome. Just a wonderful country to go to ..with Wind Horse Tours of course !! ( We felt safe and welcome. Just a wonderful country to go to ..with Wind Horse Tours of course !!)
    5 " " TID 621 Bhutan Festival Tour Dear wind Horse team, we just came back from Bhutan's Festivals trip, March 20-28th, 2013. We used Wind Horse Tours. And that was such a good idea!! Our guide first was more than charming, more than kind, more than knowledgeable:he was our best friend and companion

    We felt safe and welcome. Just a wonderful country to go to ..with Wind Horse Tours of course !! TID 621 Bhutan Festival Tour Dear wind Horse team, we just came back from Bhutan's Festivals trip, March 20-28th, 2013. We

  • Karen P
    Rochedale South, Australia
    Jan 1970
    Of most importance was the the fun and enjoyment we had exploring Bhutan in the company of our guides ( Of most importance was the the fun and enjoyment we had exploring Bhutan in the company of our guides)
    5 " " Amanda & Group Jambay Lhakhang Drup 2012 (Oct. 23-Nov 5th 2012) Dear Ugen and Jambay I would like to thank you and the team at Windhorse Tours for the fantastic experience that we had in Bhutan. The attention to detail from our guide and driver was exemplary. The tour was superb, more

    Of most importance was the the fun and enjoyment we had exploring Bhutan in the company of our guides Amanda & Group Jambay Lhakhang Drup 2012 (Oct. 23-Nov 5th 2012) Dear Ugen and Jambay I would like to thank you and

  • Karen E & Anthony H
    Coleraine, Victoria, Australia
    Jan 1970
    We will treasure the many memories we have gained here. ( We will treasure the many memories we have gained here.)
    5 " " Bhutan Festival tour for Karen & Anthony (25th Oct-04 Nov 2012) Hi Ugen and Jambay, We are on our final night in Bhutan and just wanted to thank you for a fantastic trip that you organised. The trip went like clockwork and our driver Tensin was very good as well as Jamtscho

    We will treasure the many memories we have gained here. Bhutan Festival tour for Karen & Anthony (25th Oct-04 Nov 2012) Hi Ugen and Jambay, We are on our final night in

  • Gail G
    Chichago, USA
    Jan 1970
    The sights were spectacular as were the 2 festivals we attended. ( The sights were spectacular as were the 2 festivals we attended.)
    5 " " Bhutan Festival Tour with Paro Tshechu Festival 2012 (March 31-April 8, 2012) Our trip to Bhutan was interesting, informative, and fun. The sights were spectacular as were the 2 festivals we attended. We all got a good insight into one of the last Himalayan kingdoms. Great weather, spring blossoms, beautiful decorative

    The sights were spectacular as were the 2 festivals we attended. Bhutan Festival Tour with Paro Tshechu Festival 2012 (March 31-April 8, 2012) Our trip to Bhutan was interesting, informative, and fun.

  • Giorgio Farao
    Rho (Milano) - Italy
    Jan 1970
    The hike to the Tiger’s Nest is very charming ( The hike to the Tiger’s Nest is very charming)
    5 " " Last week I came back from a trip to Bhutan. But this story starts quite long ago ... In 2001 I visited Nepal where I met an Italian couple. They told me that while they were going to Kathmandu they had a problem with the plane and had to land in

    The hike to the Tiger’s Nest is very charming Last week I came back from a trip to Bhutan. But this story starts quite long ago ... In 2001 I

  • Rosa Fichna
    Germany
    Sep 2011
    alle vorbereitungen verliefen reibungslos : daten, visum usw ( alle vorbereitungen verliefen reibungslos : daten, visum usw)
    5 " " für windhorse wir, 3 Berliner freunde, stießen duch zufall auf die website von windhorse für unsere geplante reise nach buthan Die schriftliche kommunikation klappte sofort sehr effektiv und überaus freundlich.Jambay erwies sich als sehr verläßlich, alle vorbereitungen verliefen reibungslos : daten, visum usw Empfangen wurden wir von einem führer benjeh und einem fahrer, die

    alle vorbereitungen verliefen reibungslos : daten, visum usw für windhorse wir, 3 Berliner freunde, stießen duch zufall auf die website von windhorse für unsere geplante reise nach buthan Die schriftliche

  • Mark Farrell
    Jan 1970
    We both found the country fascinating and the places we visited excellent ( We both found the country fascinating and the places we visited excellent)
    5 " " Farrell & Su Bhutan Paro Festival Tour from 30 Mar-09 apr Dear Ugen We just wanted to send an email to say that we had a great time in Bhutan. We both found the country fascinating and the places we visited excellent. We had a superb guide in Mr Tashi and he

    We both found the country fascinating and the places we visited excellent Farrell & Su Bhutan Paro Festival Tour from 30 Mar-09 apr Dear Ugen We just wanted to send an email to say

  • Jeff & Gloria S
    San Rafael, California
    Nov 2018
    Wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful journey to Bhutan ( Wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful journey to Bhutan)
    5 " " TID196: Bhutan Tour from 15-21 Nov, 2008 Hello Ugen, Wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful journey to Bhutan. We were given a great tour by Jambay and Kinga and his associate took us for a delicious meal in Thimphu. If you like I can send you a

    Wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful journey to Bhutan TID196: Bhutan Tour from 15-21 Nov, 2008 Hello Ugen, Wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful journey to

  • Dr. Vivien Helen & Mark W
    Sidney, Australia
    Mar 2009
    I found your country fascinating from many angles: the natural beauty, the people, the religion and history. ( I found your country fascinating from many angles: the natural beauty, the people, the religion and history.)
    5 " " Dear Kinga, You have beaten me to the email. We returned from Cambodia 6 days ago and I was planning to write today and tell you that I posted a CD to you 2 days ago with just over a hundred pictures. I have included some portrait shots of you

    I found your country fascinating from many angles: the natural beauty, the people, the religion and history. Dear Kinga, You have beaten me to the email. We returned from Cambodia 6 days ago and I was planning

  • Catherine P.
    New City, USA
    Apr 2009
    We had an absolutely wonderful trip ( We had an absolutely wonderful trip)
    5 " " Petchprapa Family Tour of 4 from US & Thailand April 2009 Dear Ugen, We had an absolutely wonderful trip. Your guide was very accommodating and made our trip very pleasant!

    We had an absolutely wonderful trip Petchprapa Family Tour of 4 from US & Thailand April 2009 Dear Ugen, We had an absolutely wonderful trip. Your guide

  • Sharlene P
    Oak Harbor, Washington, US
    Oct 2008
    Jacquie and I both agreed this trip to Bhutan was one of our all time favorites.Thank you for the all the new memories and experiences. ( Jacquie and I both agreed this trip to Bhutan was one of our all time favorites.Thank you for the all the new memories and experiences.)
    5 " " TID 140: Private Bhutan Tour (Oct 6-21,2008) Hello Ugen, Jacquie and I both agreed this trip to Bhutan was one of our all time favorites. We loved our guide, Tshewang Rinchen and our driver Rincen. Tshewang did everything he could to make our trip memorable. He will be a lifetime friend

    Jacquie and I both agreed this trip to Bhutan was one of our all time favorites.Thank you for the all the new memories and experiences. TID 140: Private Bhutan Tour (Oct 6-21,2008) Hello Ugen, Jacquie and I both agreed this trip to Bhutan was one of

  • Dr. James H
    New York City, USA
    Oct 2008
    Overall they were very good. Everyone was very caring and made our stay a pleasure. ( Overall they were very good. Everyone was very caring and made our stay a pleasure.)
    5 " " TID: 133: Hill X 3 - Bhutan Private Tour (Oct 9 - 21, 2008) Guide: Cencho Nidup & Driver: Passang 01.Were you provided adequate information about your trip prior departing for Bhutan ? What did you need to know more? The wind horse Agents in US was very helpful and always available to

    Overall they were very good. Everyone was very caring and made our stay a pleasure. TID: 133: Hill X 3 - Bhutan Private Tour (Oct 9 - 21, 2008) Guide: Cencho Nidup & Driver: Passang 01.Were you

  • Adam M & Natalie M
    Handel Place, Boca Raton, Florida
    Jan 1970
    Sonam was a wealth of knowledge and answered all of our questions about Bhutanese culture, traditions and Buddhism ( Sonam was a wealth of knowledge and answered all of our questions about Bhutanese culture, traditions and Buddhism)
    5 " " 01. Were you provided adequate information about your trip prior to coming here ? What did you need to know more? Mostly except for the banking situation. I didn’t know I wouldn’t be able to get my funds once in the country. More importantly, I didn’t realize INR 500 notes were

    Sonam was a wealth of knowledge and answered all of our questions about Bhutanese culture, traditions and Buddhism 01. Were you provided adequate information about your trip prior to coming here ? What did you need to know

  • Frimmel Smith
    Alexandria, Vermont, USA
    Jan 1970
    Fabulous, superb, masterful!!! We had a marvellous journey! ( Fabulous, superb, masterful!!! We had a marvellous journey!)
    5 " " Kuzuzungpola!!!! Fabulous, superb, masterful!!! We had a marvellous journey! And after my third trip to the Royal Kingdom, Bhutan remains the best place on earth!Peldan and Guddu were true joys to travel with!With most of the Bhutanese running with high expectations for"2008," we'll look forward to returning with Windhorse then. Best

    Fabulous, superb, masterful!!! We had a marvellous journey! Kuzuzungpola!!!! Fabulous, superb, masterful!!! We had a marvellous journey! And after my third trip to the Royal Kingdom, Bhutan remains

  • Nancy B
    Westfield, NJ, USA
    Jan 1970
    Wanted to let you know that we had a great trip ( Wanted to let you know that we had a great trip)
    5 " " Bhutan Paro Festival Tour, Mar 2008 We are adjusting to the time difference and wanted to let you know that we had a great trip. I would reccommend not to schedule the Tiger's Nest hike the second day itself as most would prefer to have time to adjust to the altitude.

    Wanted to let you know that we had a great trip Bhutan Paro Festival Tour, Mar 2008 We are adjusting to the time difference and wanted to let you know that we

  • Laura Wilkins
    Grainesville, Florida
    Oct 2006
    I found the trip wonderful ( I found the trip wonderful)
    5 " " I found the trip wonderful, and hope to return in the Spring. I will fill in the form

    I found the trip wonderful I found the trip wonderful, and hope to return in the Spring. I will fill in the form

  • Maria Lucia Colecchia
    Rome, Italy
    Jan 1970
    May its fortresses defend and preserve its roots, traditions and real beauty. ( May its fortresses defend and preserve its roots, traditions and real beauty.)
    5 " " Dear Ugen, Dreams have been my reality during the past two weeks, the trip was excellent in every single detail, just like the professional skill of the people you chose for us, do send to everybody my sincere Kadriche and to Bhutan. Tashi delek: may its fortresses defend and preserve its

    May its fortresses defend and preserve its roots, traditions and real beauty. Dear Ugen, Dreams have been my reality during the past two weeks, the trip was excellent in every single detail, just