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Trongsa Festival Bhutan

Trongsa Festival Tour

Located in central Bhutan, Trongsa is a sacred and temporal heart of the country. Trongsa was once the seat of power over central and eastern regions of Bhutan. The Trongsa festival is one of the grandest annual festivals that bring together people from all walks of life. This festival is also called the winter festival of Bhutan, which falls sometime in the month of December. Apart from witnessing traditional mask dances, this Trongsa festival tour will also offer visitors to explore unfurling of the sacred Thongdrol and receive blessings from high ranking monks.

No.of Days / Duration: 12

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Bhutan Buddha Travellers will help you witness a fascinating Trongsa festival in Bhutan, which is held annually. Our experienced guides will make sure you get a clear idea about the festival and its celebration that will enhance your experience while witnessing it live. From your arrival to departure, we will make sure you are guided in a right way to experience and enjoy a unique, relaxing and memorable trip in Bhutan. This vibrant and religious festival will offer an opportunity to witness numerous mask dances, music, traditional folk songs and many other cultural entertainments.

Top features of our Trongsa festival tour package:

  • Exploring the Capital city of Bhutan- Thimpu- Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King, Changangkha Lhakhang, Tashichho Dzong (fortress of Thimpu).
  • Visit Punakha Dzong (fortress that houses the most elaborated temple in the country), hike to the temple of Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten and explore the villages and locals.
  • Pass through Wangdi province to view the Wangdi Dzong (Fortress), Pelela Pass at 3300m and go for a hike to the remote village of Rujubji.
  • Attend the Trongsa festival and take an excursion to Kuenga Rabten and visit Ta Dzong.
  • Drive pass by Yotong La pass at 3425m and Jakar Sightseeing.
Detailed Itinerary

Day 1| Arrival in Paro to Thimphu (1.2 Hrs)

On arrival, BDT representative will receive you and proceed for an hour ride to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. After lunch proceed to visit Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley offering a nice view of the valley. Also visit the enclosure where Bhutan’s national animal, Takins are kept. Thereafter, drive to visit the largest and newly built statue of Buddha offering magnificent view of entire Thimphu valley. After 5 pm, visit the fortress of Thimphu, Tashichho Dzong which houses the throne of the king. Overnight: Thimphu | Altitude: 2300m

Day 02| Thimphu to Punakha (2.5 Hrs)

After breakfast, visit the School of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Folk Heritage Museum and the National Library. Drive to the Zilukha nunnery to meet the nuns and interact with them. Lunch in the town and thereafter, proceed to drive two and a half hour for Punakha crossing Dochula pass (3200 mts). If the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular snowcap view of the Eastern Himalayan as well as the the highest mountains of Bhutan that stretches almost 180 degrees. Walk around the 108 stupas and continue to sub tropical valley of Punakha. Overnight: Punakha | Altitude: 1350m

Day 03| Punakha halt

Morning visit Punakha Dzong (fortress), which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. This is a fine example of Bhutanese rich Art and Architecture. Visit a farm house to see the kind of house that Bhutanese live in. After lunch, proceed for an hour hike to the temple of Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten which is perched on a hill from where you’ll see the Punakha valley. Along the walk, we’ll pass through the villages and the locals in their daily lives. Overnight: Punakha.

Day 04| Punakha to Trongsa (5 hrs)

Morning start your drive for Trongsa for approximately 5 hours passing through Wangdi province and view the Wangdi Dzong (Fortress), which happens to be the only fortress with the original roof. Continue to Trongsa over Pelela Pass at 3300m which forms the part of Black mountain range that divides the country into east and west. Enroute one could take a short break and go for a hike to the remote village of Rujubji. The drive is long but the landscape is picturesque and worth the drive. Overnight: Trongsa | Altitude: 2200m

Day 05| Trongsa Festival

We will spend whole day in the festival which will accompany with various mask dances and folk dancers along with jokers actions in the crowd. Overnight: Trongsa

Day 06| Trongsa Festival

Whole day in the interesting Trongsa festival and in the afternoon we will take an excursion to Kuenga Rabten and visit Ta Dzong, watch tower which is converted into museum. Overnight: Trongsa

Day 07| Trongsa to Jakar (2.5 hrs)

Morning visit Trongsa town and drive pass by Yotong La pass at 3425m. En route stop over the weaving place, beside the road where “Yatha” (wool weaving) is done which the Valley of Bumthang is famous for. We’ll continue to Jakar for approximately 3 hours drive. Afternoon we will visit Jakar Dzong, Jakar town and Lhodra Karchung Monastery. Overnight: Jakar | Altitude: 2650m

Day 08| Jakar Sightseeing

After breakfast, visit Jampay Lakhang, the one of the first two Buddhist temples built in the country. Next, visit Kurjey lakhang Temple, the site where royals are cremated where one can either walk cross the suspension bridge and visit the village of Parar and Tamshing or drive there. End your day with a walk passing by the Swiss farm. Most of the activities can be done on foot. Evening stroll in Jakar town and try some local pancake and noodles. Overnight: Jakar

Day 09| Jakar to Phobjikha (6 hrs)

Retrace and enjoy the drive back to the valley of endangered Black Necked Crane for approximately 5 hours drive. Black Necked Crane is one of the rare specials of the birds in the world, which migrates from Tibetan plateau to Bhutan in winters. Phobjikha valley is a paradise for nature lovers and hikers so enjoy your hike around. Take an easy valley hike to the Gompa which take about 2 hrs and called Phobjikha Natural Trail. Overnight: Phobjikha | Altitude: 2950m

Day 10| Phobjikha to Paro (6 hrs)

of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan before continuing your drive back to Paro for approximately 6 hours. Visit the 17th century Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. Evening stroll around the old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores and to see the lifestyle of the Bhutanese people. Overnight: Paro | Altitude: 2200m

Day 11| Paro sightseeing

Early morning drive to the base for the hike up to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, the most revered temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro valley. It is said to be where the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padmasambhava, flew from eastern Bhutan on the back of a tiger to overcome the demons of Paro region who were opposing the spread of Buddhism. Lunch in the cafeteria. Most of the day will go on the hike as you ascend gradually taking in the breathtaking views along the way. Overnight: Paro

Day 12| Departure

Morning transfer to the airport (15 mins) for your departure flight. Our tour staff will bid you farewell at the airport. * Itinerary can be customized as per your requirement/duration * Itinerary is subject to flight and hotel availability

Cost Includes:

  • Receive and Transfer to Airport
  • Double/Twin in 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Meals every day with Evening Tea
  • Toyota SUV for FIT & Toyota Bus for Group with Driver
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All Sightseeing
  • Museum Fees
  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits
  • Bottled Mineral Water

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Donations to Monasteries
  • Insurance
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • Tips for Guide, Driver & Hotel Staff
  • Gifts & Souvenirs
  • International Telephone Calls
  • Round Trip Air fare
  • Inbound Airfare

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