enchanting bhutan

Bhutan is the Himalayan kingdom replete with myths and legends, where the best of traditional culture thrives and the latest global developments are enthusiastically embraced.
Our tour starts from the west Bhutani.e Paro and ends at the same. We will make a cultural tour in the west and attend the annual festival in the central Bhutan.

Jambay Lhakhang Drub:
Jambay Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples in the kingdom. It was founded by, Songtsen Gampo, a Tibetan King in the 7th century AD. The king was destined to build 108 temples known as Thadhul- Yangdhul (temples on and across the border) in a day to subdue the demoness that was residing in the Himalayas. The temple is one of the two of the 108 built in Bhutan. A second is located in Paro, the Kichu lhakhang also built on the same day.
Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche visited the site several times and deemed it ex-ceptionally sacred. Chakhar Gyab, the king of the Iron Castle of Bumthang renovated the temple in the 8th century AD.
The first king of Bhutan, Gongsa Ugyen Wangchuck constructed the Dus Kyi Khorlo (Kala Chakra- Wheel of Time) inside the temple, to commemorate his victory over his rivals Phuntsho Dorji of Punakha and Alu Dorji of Thimphu after the battle of Changlimithang in 1885. Later, Ashi Wangmo, the younger sister of the second king of Bhutan, built the Chorten lhakhang.
The main relics include the future Buddha, Jowo Jampa (Maitreya) from whose name the present name of the temple is derived. The lhakhang also houses more than one hundred statues of the gods of Kalachakra built by the first king, in 1887.
One of the most spectacular festivals in the country, called Jambay lhakhang Drup is hosted here. The festival lasts for five days (check with your tour operator to confirm these dates). The highlight of the festival is the fire ritual that is held in the evening where crowds gather to witness the ritualistic naked dance

Festival and Cultural Tour
Total time: 9 days & 8 nights
Accommodation: Hotel and home-stay
Dates: 31st October to 8th November 2017
Days: 8 nights 9 days tour only.
Day 1: 31st October 2017:Arrive atParo (2280 m )
Day 2 : 1st Nov. 2017: Paro sightseeing and drive to Thimphu (2340 m, 65Km, 1.30 hrs)
Day 3 : 2nd Nov.2017:Sightseeing in Thimphu and drive to Punakha ( 1250 m, 74 Km, 2.45 hrs. )
Day 4 : 3rd Nov.2017:Sightseeing in Punakha.
Day 5 : 4th Nov.2017: Drive to Trongsa ( 2180 m, 129 Km, 4.30 hrs )
Day 7 : 6th Nov. 2017:Jambay Lhakhang Necked Dance, Bumthang.
Day 8 : 7th Nov. 2017: Drive from Bumthang to Thimphu.
Day 9 : 8th Nov. 2017: Drive from Thimphu to Paro for departure

TRASHI DELEK
Day 1: 31st October 2017:Arrive atParo (2280 m )
Arrive at Paro International Airport. You will be welcomed by our guide by offering Trashi Khadhar. We will drive to the hotel for a welcome tea and refreshment.
If time permits we will visit Paro Rimpung Dzong, Museum and town. The night will be in a hotel or home-stay in Paro.

Day 2 : 1st Nov. 2017: Paro sightseeing and drive to Thimphu (2340 m, 65Km, 1.30 hrs) After early Breakfast, we will drive 15 Km towards the north to Satsham Chorten where we will view Taktsang Monastry clinging in the cliff. This Monastery is the Jewel of Bhutan and one must visit this. This is an important place of pilgrimage. According to legend Padmasambhava arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated there. It is 3-4 Hours walk uphill. If you are interested and if you can walk we will make a hike. Then we will visit the ruins of Drugyel Dzong and Kitchu Lhakhang.
Then we will drive to south of Paro and visit Tamchu Lhakhang and then drive to Thimphu via Chuzomsa confluence. it is an hour drive where we will be welcomed in a hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3 : 2nd Nov.2017:Sightseeing in Thimphu and drive to Punakha ( 1250 m, 74 Km, 2.45 hrs. )
After breakfast we will visit the Memorial chorten which was built in the memory of 3rd King, Kuensel Phodrang where tallest sitting Buddha of the world is. We will drive to visit Changangkha Lhakhang, Motithang zoo and Trashichhodzong.
After Lunch we will drive to Punakha via Hongtsho and reach Dochula Pass (3140 m ). We will make circumambulation to108 chorten and visit Druk Wangyel Lhakhang. Your Guide will narrate an history of this lhakhang and chortens. We will drive via narrow Thinleygang valley, Mitsena valley and Lobesa valley and reach Punakha. We will rest in a hotel over the night.

Day 4 : 3rd Nov.2017:Sightseeing in Punakha.
After breakfast we will drive towards Punakha Dzong. We will walk over a tradi-tional bhutanese bridge to enter the Dzong. t is the winter residence of the monastic body and it has been a capital of Bhutan till 1964. The main relic of Bhutan is stored in this Dzong and you will find many buddhist Lhakhangs inside the Dzong. The Dzong lies in-between the two big rivers ( Pochu river and Mochu river ). We will enjoy the art and the architecture of the Bhutanese.
After Lunch we will drive along the side the Mochu river to visit Do jaga lam Lhakhang and view Khamsum Yuellay Namgyel Lhakhang which was built dedicated to our 5th King to serve the nation and protect the country. Then we will visit the town and the lhakhang in the town. We will drive to Chhimi Lhakhang which has a legend of Mad man Lama Drukpa Kuenley. You will be blessed with children if you pray and wish for. The night will be in a hotel in Wangduephodrang.

Day 5 : 4th Nov.2017: Drive to Trongsa ( 2180 m, 129 Km, 4.30 hrs )
A day starts with a drive through Wangdue Phodrang via chele la pass ( 3420 m ). We can view Jhomolhari Mountain, Jichu Drakey and Kangbum mountains. We will drive via Chendeji Chortens to reach Trongsa. We will visit Trongsa Dzong, Museum and other places.We will be welcomed by the members of Tashi Ninjay Hotel or similar.

Day 6 : 5th Nov.2017:Drive to Bumthang ( 2580 m, 68 Km, 2.30 hrs )Attend 2nd day Praker Festival or 3rd day Jambay Lhakhang Drub.
We will drive to Bumthang via Yotongla Pass and Chhumey village. We will attend the 2nd day Praker Festival or we will attend 3rd day Jambay Lhak-hang Drub.We will be welcomed by the members of River Lodge.

Day 7 : 6th Nov. 2017:Jambay Lhakhang Necked Dance, Bumthang.
Attend Jambay Lhakhang Drub or 3rd day parkar Drubchen. In the afternoon we will visit Bjakar Dzong, Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjay Lhakhang, Wangduechholing Palace, Yathra weaving centre and Thangbi Lhakhang. The night will be in a hotel in Bumthang. In the night if our guest are interested we will witness the necked dance at Jambay Lhakhang which is considered as special event ( terdha Chham )

Day 8 : 7th Nov. 2017: Drive from Bumthang to Thimphu.
Attend last day Jambay Lhakhang Drub and drive to Thimphu. We will return our journey to Thimphu where we will sleep in a hotel in Thimphu.

Day 9 : 8th Nov. 2017: Drive from Thimphu to Paro
We will drive to Parointernational airport and bid farewell to your home.

TRASHI DELEK
Festival and Cultural Tour
Accommodation: Hotel and home-stay
Dates: 31st October to 8th November 2017
Days: 8 nights 9 days tour only.
Price: $ 2000/- ( US$ Two Thousand only ) for one person.

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