Takin Festival Tour

The Takin Festival offer a unique opportunity to get a close look at Bhutan’s national animal-the Takin (Budorcas taxicolor) in their native summer grazing grounds. These rare and endangered species- Takins are considered as a majestic animal in Bhutan. On a well planned and organized Takin festival tour, you will get a chance to witness and admire Takin’s natural physique and natural agility.

No.of Days / Duration: 10

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The experienced and highly skilled team of Bhutan Buddha Travellers will arrange a relaxing, comfortable and convenient Takin festival tour as per your requirement. From your arrival to departure, we will make sure in tailoring a well planned and organized journey that will help you in exploring a fascinating Taking festival as well as get indulge in some fun filled, thrilling activities and wonderful sightseeing adventure. You will find that the festival is set in Gasa Dzongkhag within Jigme Dorji National Park (offers spectacular views of awe-inspiring natural beauty), which is the second largest national preserve in the country. This Takin festival will give you an opportunity to indulge in some of the finest trekking trail available anywhere in the world. Top features of our Takin festival tour package:
  • Visit weekend market, Handmade paper Mill, School of Arts and crafts (where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan), Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Lhakhang.
  • Visit the Souvenir Making Centre and Punakha Dzong (fortress) in Punakha after enjoying a drive through spectacular Dochula Pass.
  • Drive to Gasa for attending the Takin festival.
  • Enjoy some fascinating sightseeing adventure like visiting Khamsum Yulay Temple or Wangdue excursion or witnessing Rinchingang.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01| Arrival in Paro to Thimphu (1 Hr)

On arrival in Paro, BDT representative will receive you and transfer to Thimphu by car/bus. One can wander on your own to stroll Thimphu streets or relax in your hotel. Overnight at Thimphu | Altitude: 2300m

Day 02| Thimphu Sightseeing

Morning visit the weekend market (Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday), Handmade paper Mill, School of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Lunch in town. Drive pass by Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, Enclosure where national animal, Takin are kept and Zilukha Nunnery. Overnight at Thimphu

Day 03| Thimphu – Punakha (2 ½ Hrs)

Drive through Dochula pass, the second highest road pass in your trip at 3010m. When the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 180 degrees. After a short tea break continue to sub tropical Punakha. In the afternoon visit the Souvenir Making Center and Punakha Dzong (fortress) which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. Overnight at Punakha | Altitude: 1350m

Day 04| Takin Festival

Morning drive to Gasa for the 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 at Punakha

Day 05| Takin Festival

Morning drive back to Gasa for the festival. Whole day in the takin festival or in the afternoon we can proceed for other sightseeing like visiting Khamsum Yulay Temple or Wangdue excursion visit Rinchingang. Overnight at Punakha

Day 06| Punakha – Phobjikha (3 Hrs)

Check out of the hotel and visit Chimi Lhakhang on foot, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus. En route visit Wangdi town and continue to Phobjikha over the second highest road pass on your trip at 3140m.Visit Gangtey Gompa, the largest and the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan. Evening relax in your hotel or take a stroll. Overnight at Phobjikha | Altitude: 2900m

Day 07| Phobjikha halt

Morning go for walk and meet the School children close to your hotel, who all walk for hours to reach their nearest school. Phobjikha is a paradise for nature lovers and hikers. There are lots of great places for hikes around the valley. Visit Gangtey monastery, the richly renovated monastery offering rich architecture and paintings. Walk down to the valley through the village for your hotel. Overnight at Phobjikha

Day 08| Phobjikha – Paro (6 Hrs)

Start early retracing the drive to Paro. In Paro visit the National Museum, the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings. Visit 17 century Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. Evening stroll old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. One can also venture to try local restaurant for dinner. Overnight at Paro | Altitude 2200m

Day 09| Paro Sightseeing

Visit Kichu Lhakhang, one from the 2 oldest temple in the country, historic Drukgyal Dzong (Fortress) and hike to Tiger’s Nest, the most revered temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro Valley. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Paro

Day 10| 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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