The Bhutanese textiles are rich, vibrant, colorful and a complex art and form an integral part of the Bhutanese culture. They are considered to be the highest form of our traditional art and spiritual expression. The Bhutanese textiles are integrated into all aspects of life in Bhutan- reflects the country’s distinctive identity. The textile plays a great economic significance for many of our people. The textiles of Bhutan are truly the treasures of the world and the most advanced and sophisticated weaving cultures in the history of civilization.
In this Bhutan Magnificent Textile Tour, we will explore all the famous villages in Bhutan, which are famous in Bhutan Textiles. The villages like, Khoma village in Lhuentshi, Radhi village in Trashigang and Khaling National Handloom Development center in Trashigang. Not only we will explore these villages but also we will experience practically how the Bhutanese women are using the natural coloring and dying.
Day 1: BKK - PBH - Paro.
The flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. Your Bhutanese escort from Authentic Bhutan Tours will greet you on arrival, and then drive you to the Paro Rimpung Dzong, the centre of civil and religious authority in this region. After this we will have lunch in the Paro town. We will visit the National museum and Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in Bhutan. Welcome dinner at hotel Paro. Over night stay at Paro.
Day 2: Paro - Thimpu.
Today after our breakfast in the hotel, we will hike to Taktshang Monastery, which is one of the most important pilgrimage spot in the Buddhism world. We will serve the lunch at Taktshang cafeteria or we will bring picnic lunch. We will drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Evening stroll around the Thimphu twon. Dinner and overnight stay at Thimphu Hotel.
Day 3: Thimphu.
Today we will do sightseeing Thimphu – visit to National Memorial Chhorten, Weaving Center, Textile Museums, Bhutanese Paper factory and Handicraft emporium. Lunch will be served in one of the restaurant in Thimphu. In the afternoon, we will do the short hike-wangditshe hike. The hike starts from BBS tower and ends at Dechenphodrang, through pine forest. The hike will take about 1hour 30 minutes. From this hike we can see the whole Thimphu town so beautifully. Evening we will visit the Thimphu Tashichhoe Dzong.
Dinner and over night stay at Thimphu hotel.
Day 4: Thimphu – Phobjikha.
Drive to Phobjikha over dochula pass (3150 m). The pass is adorned with different kinds of prayer flags and 108 small stupas. From this pass, we can see the eastern Himalayan mountains ranges so magnificently on clear days. We will stop at Dochula cafeteria for tea or coffee break. Then we will continue our journey to Phobjikha. Lunch will be served at Wangdi, Drangon Nest Resort. Continue our journey to Phobjikha. The phobjikha valley is the winter home to the endangered species of birds, Black Neck Crane. On reaching Gangtey, we will visit the Gangtey Goenpa Lhakhag, the temple is the most important temple in Nyingmapa sect. Dinner and over night stay at Phobjikha Hotel, Dewachen Hotel
Day 5: Phobjikha – Bumthang.
Drive to Bumthang. The drive will take about 5hours. At Trongsa, we will visit the ‘Tower of Trongsa’. Lunch will be served at Tower of Trongsa’s Cafteria. Then we will continue our journey to Bumthang over Yontongla pass. At Chhumey we will stop to see the Yathra textile production. Yathra is woolen textile.
Dinner and over night stay at Bumthang Hotel.
Day 6: Bumthang Halt.
Today after our breakfast, we will drive back to Chhumey to see the demonstration of how the woolen textiles are produced, dyed and colored. Lunch will be served at Bumthang Hotel. After our lunch, we will visit to Jambay Lhakhang, the oldest monastery in Bhutan, Kurjey Lhakhang and Tamshing Lhakhang. After this, we will visit the Farm House for Bhutanese Dinner, local alcohol and hot stone bath. Over night stay at Bumthang Hotel. Wangduechholing Hotel.
Day 7: Bumthang – Lhuentshi.
Drive to Lhuentshi will take about 6 hours 30minutes. Lunch will be served picnic pack lunch. On the way will stop at certain places for taking photographs. You will enjoy by the scenic beauty of eastern Bhutan.Lhuentshi, specially Khoma Village is famous for Kushuthara textile production. Kushuthara is the most prestigious kira for every woman in Bhutan. Kushuthara have a white filed pattern with dozens of different distinctive motifs, shaped like diamond or half diamonds at the edges of the field Dinner and over night stay at Camp at Lhuentshi.
Day 8: Lhuentshi Halt.
Today whole day we will experience the dying and the weaving of textile. Dinner and over night stay in camp, Lhuentshi.
Day 9: Lhuentshi – Trashigang.
We will drive to Trashigang. The drive will be about 6hours. Lunch will be served at Mongar. Onn reaching Trashigang, we will stroll around the small Trashigang town and then we will drive to Rangjung for dinner and over night stay in the hotel.
Day 10: Trashigang – Radhi Village (Day Excursion).
Today we will visit the Radhi Village and see the raw silk textile and also the dying and coloring of raw silk. Lunch will be picnic lunch. Towards the late afternoon, we will drive back to hotel for dinner and over night stay. (Here we can also camp if our guest would like to stay in the camp).
Day 11: Trashigang – Khaling (Day Excursion).
Today we will make day excursion to Khaling Handloom Development center. Here will have an opportunity to see how the handloom is playing an important in promoting the weaving activities in the Kingdom. To promote the age-old tradition of weaving. Develop designs and color combination; to uphold age old tradition of weaving and vegetable dyeing process. Lunch will be picnic lunch. Dinner and over night stay in Hotel or Camp.
Day 12: Trashigang – Bumthang.
Today will have a long drive from Trashigang to Bumthang. The drive will takem about 7hours 30 minutes.Lunch will be picnic pack lunch. Dinner and over night stay in Bumthang Hotel.
Day 13: Bumthang – Punakha.
Drive to Punakha. On reaching Trongsa, visit the Trongsa Dzong. Lunch will be served at Chendebji Resturant. Continue our journey to Punakha. Dinner and over night stay at Hotel Damchen Resort or Zangtopleri.
Day 14: Punakha – Paro.
Today we will visit the most beautiful dzong in Bhutan (Punakha Dzong) at Lobesa, we will hike to Chhimi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility. The temple is located at a hilltop and we have to walk about 30minutes from the road end. Our lunch will be served at Dochula cafeteria. Then we will continue our journey to Paro. Evening walk around the Paro town. Dinner and overnight stay in Paro Hotel.
Day 15: Paro - Paro International Airport.
After our breakfast drive to Paro International Airport for your onward flight. We wish a very safe and pleasant journey back to your country. We hope to see you again in Bhutan in the future.
Thank You and Tashi Delek.
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