Festivals of Bhutan


Summary: Experience traditional Buddhist cultures of Bhutan

Duration
11 Days
Countries
2
Next Departure
31-Oct-2019
Starting at
± USD 3,816.00
(GBP 2,949.00)
Price per day
± USD 347.00
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Operator
Exodus Travels
Tour
Festivals of Bhutan
Tour Code
AIB
Travel Style
Small Group Tour with More Flexibility
Group Size
4 - 16
Minimum Age
18 Years


Summary

Experience traditional Buddhist cultures of Bhutan

1.
Arrive Kathmandu
2.
Fly to Paro
3.
Drive to Thimphu
4.
Drive to Punakha; visit Chimmi Lhakhang and Punakha Dzong
5.
Drive to Gangtey (Phobjikha); afternoon hike
6.
Morning hike in Gangtey; drive to Wangdue Phodrang (or Punakha)
7.
Drive to Thimpu; sightseeing
8.
Full day at Paro, Thimpu, Decehenpu or Genekha Festival (depending on departure date)
9.
Day walk to Taktsang, Tiger's Nest Monastery
10.
Fly to Kathmandu
11.
End Kathmandu

Visited Countries (2): Nepal, Bhutan

Visited cities (4): Kathmandu, Paro, Thimpu, Punakha

Details

Hidden away in a corner of the Himalaya, the secretive kingdom of Bhutan is an unforgettable destination with ancient traditions, spectacular mountain scenery and vibrant festivals. At these hundreds of people gather to see the monks, dressed in brightly coloured robes, perform ritual dances. For several days there are masked dances and prayer meetings, and a general carnival atmosphere prevails. The spring departures visit Paro Festival, whilst the autumn departures take in Thimpu, Dechenphu or Genekha Festivals. The December departure visits the lesser-known Trongsa festival, which is smaller and offers a more intimate experience.*Please note:* This itinerary is valid for departures starting in Kathmandu on 1 October 2019 (Thimphu Festival), 31 October 2019 (Dechenphu or Genekha Festival), 28 March 2020 (Paro Festival), 19 September 2020 (Thimphu Festival) and 19 October 2020 (Dechenphu or Genekha Festival). Please refer tohttps://www.exodus.co.uk/tripnotes/aib/20301"target="_blank">alternative trip notes found HERE for departures starting in Kathmandu on 7th October 2019 (Dechenphu or Genekha Festival), 5 April 2020 (Paro Festival), and 25th September 2020 (Thimpu Festival). For Trongsa Festival departures starting in Kathmandu on 31st December 2019 and 9th December 2020 please refer to thesehttps://www.exodus.co.uk/tripnotes/aib/20302"target="_blank"> alternative trip notes found HERE.

Highlights

* Experience Bhutan's colourful, vibrant masked dance festivals * Visit the Paro Dzong and the incredible 'Tiger's Nest' monastery at Taktsang * Drive across the Dochu La and visit Punakha Dzong * Walk in the quiet Gangtey Valley * Visit the impressive Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu * Travel in a country where few foreigners visit and tourism is still in its infancy

Included

  • Breakfast is included throughout the trip plus 8 lunches and 8 dinners whilst in Bhutan.The meals in Bhutan are usually buffet style and include Bhutanese and Western food. Bhutanese food can sometimes be considered a little bland - this is generally because chillies are frequently used in traditional dishes, and these are often omitted to adapt to foreigners' tastes. We will find an assortment of meat, vegetable, rice and potato dishes and many examples of the infamous 'Ema Datshi' (chillies and cheese). If you are finding the food either too bland and want to try more local food, or too spicy please talk to your leader and they will do what they can to accommodate your requests.Breakfasts are an assortment of cereals, eggs, toast, fruit and often some Bhutanese dishes. Lunches will be taken in a restaurant and dinners are either taken in the hotel or at a local restaurant.Please allow approximately £20-30 ($30-40) per day for other main meals in Kathmandu.
  • * All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners * All accommodation * All transport and listed activities * Tour leader throughout * Flights from London (if booking incl. flights) * Bhutanese visa * Arrival & departure transfers

Excluded

* Travel insurance * Single accommodation (available on request)  * Kathmandu visas or vaccinations

Travel Package
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Tour (Round Trip) Kathmandu Kathmandu

This is an Organised Group Tour: the itinerary has been predefined by the tour operator. The tour destinations, duration, accommodations, departure dates and the price are fix. You can join, enjoy and meet other people.

   


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