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Of Relics and Generals - The Punakha Festival Tour

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Of Relics and Generals - The Punakha Festival Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 20 people
Destination(s): Bhutan  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Festival Tours  
Season: February - March
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1980 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2420 US Dollar (USD)

This 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.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: DEL/KTM - PBH. Arrive by Druk Air KB 103. Dep. DEL 1245, KTM 1435 Arr. 1445. Meet Bhutan Yodsel 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 Kyichu Lhakhang, Ta Dzong museum, and Paro Rinpung dzong. Hotel.

Day 3: 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 Trongsa, view Chendebji 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 cafeteria. Return to Paro, visit town of Paro.

Day 11: Paro- DEL/KTM. Transfer to Paro airport for morning flight on Druk Air KB 107 Dep. 0830 Arr. KTM 0925, DEL 1400. End of services.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Excellent services available in Bhutan for all land transfers (luxury coach, cars)
- Horses and yaks for trekking within Bhutan
- The best available hotels
- Meals (catered to personal orders ad tastes)
- Sightseeing
- Experienced and friendly guides
- Cultural programs and religious festivals.

Price Excludes:
- The costs for flight tickets
- Visa fees
- Airport tax
- Drinks
- Personal expenses
- Laundry.

About This Supplier
Location: Bhutan
Joined InfoHub: Mar 2007
Client Request Served: 4

M15992 is located in the capital city of Thimphu. Travels in the Bhutan Himalayas - now possible via efficient and instant email connections to Bhutan. Our speciality: quality guides (professors & subject matter specialists for the various programs outlined); and quality transport (a must have in our road...

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