The Punakha Festival Tour

The Punakha Festival TourThis festival while very interesting and colorful has been less known to most visitors. An interesting introduction into the main valleys of Bhutan with an experience of a Buddhist festival that is key to understanding Bhutanese culture. It re-enacts the interesting period of the Tibetan invasion of Bhutan with the riding of the war generals in full battle armour as they ride out of the Dzong courtyards- in protection of the famous relic that was brought from Tibet; this is then followed by the Buddhist mask dances in the cobbled courtyards.

Best Season: March, April, May, September, October & November.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: DEL/KTM - PBH: by druk air kb 103 dep del 1245, ktm 1435 arr 1445. meet bhutan yod sel representative at airport. transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: PARO VALLEY. visit the north parts of paro valley; the impressive drukgyel dzong ruins (monastery fortress). visit paro kychu lhakhang, ta dzong museum, and paro rinpung dzong. hotel.
Day 3 WED: PARO/THIMPHU: drive by the two river valleys to the capital city of thimphu. after lunch visit to the hospital for traditional medicine, memorial chorten and the national library. after lunch visit the handicrafts center & the school of thanka painting. overnight at hotel.
Day 4: THIMPHU/PUNAKHA: scenic drive on the mountain route towards the former capital of bhutan passing through the dochu la pass (alt. 10,000 feet); beautiful scenery of himalayan ranges. descend to punakha & wangdi valley. overnight at hotel.
Day 5: PUNAKHA/BUMTHANG. drive pass the pele la to tongsa, view chenbebji chorten en route. overnight at lodge.
Day 6: BUMTHANG. sightseeing of kurjey, jambey, kentshosum, tangbi monasteries, jakar dzong. overnight at lodge.
Day 7: BUMTHANG/PUNAKHA. return drive to punakha after viewing village weavers. hotel.
Day 8: PUNAKHA/THIMPHU. morning visit punakha dzong and festival with mask dances; after lunch drive to thimphu. hotel.
Day 9: THIMPHU/PARO. morning visit the zilukha monastery for nuns; and the simtokha dzong- oldest in bhutan. after lunch drive to paro hotel.
Day 10: PARO: morning hike up to the taktsang retreat (the tiger's lair alt 3000 mtrs.). lunch at taktsang cafetaria. return to paro, visit town of paro.
Day 11: PARO- DEL/KTM: transfer to paro airport for morning flight on druk air end of services.

Bhutan Tours Programmes

Best Season Trip Days Name of the Trip

Round the Year 04 Days Journey to Bhutan

Round the Year 08 Days Bhutan Cultural Tour

Round the Year 05 Days Window on Bhutan

Round the Year 08 Days Best of Bhutan

Round the Year 11 Days A Walking Tour of Bhutan

Round the Year 11 Days The Punakha Festival Tour

Round the Year 11 Days Bhutan Cultural Tour

Round the Year 13 Days Bhutan Cultural Tour

Round the Year 14 Days Kathmandu, Sikkim, Bhutan

Round the Year 12 Days Motor Biking Tour in Bhutan

Bhutan Trekking Programmes

Best Season Trip Days Name of the Trip

Round the Year 08 Days A Thousand Fairies Trek

March -June; Sep- Nov 15 Days The Chomolhari Trek

Round the Year 12 Days Bumthang Cultural Trek