One of the most important and venerated festivals takes place at the Kurjey Monastery where the Guru Rimpoche meditated and left an imprint of his body on a rock inside the second of three temples.
Trip Duration: 12 nights/13 days
Trip Standard: Easy/Moderate
Day 01: Arrive at Paro Airport.
You will be received by our representative at the Paro International Airport. Escorted to your hotel for refreshment. Visit the National Museum of Bhutan and ParaDzong. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Paro. Hike to Tiger’s Nest, Taktshang Monastery.- Lunch at Taktshang teahouse with its spectacular view of the famous monastery.Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Paro - Thimphu. In the morning, hike to the Kila Goenpa nunnery for superb views in all directions - the Haa Valley, Taktshang Goenpa, the Paro Valley. Lunch at hotel. Afternoon drive to Thimphu, our capital.Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Thimphu. After breakfast, visit the National Library to see some unique and historic books. Our books are not hardbound in the typical manner. Next, the traditional Painting School and then the Traditional Paper.Factory. After lunch, souvenir shopping or more touring, as you wish. Dinner overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Thimphu. Day excursion to the 13th century Phadoding Monastery built by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo. Lunch box will be served on route. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Thimphu - Punakha.- Morning drive to Punakha via Dochu-la Pass (10,000 ft). On clear days there are excellent views of the Himalayas. Afternoon sightseeing of the Punakha and Wangdue valleys. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Punakha - Trongsa. Drive to Trongsa with a stop at Chendebji Chorten. Check-in and lunch in the hotel. In the afternoon, make an excursion to Kuenga Rabten, an ancestral home of the Royal Family. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Trongsa - Bumthang. In the morning you can wander around Trongsa and visit the Dzong. After lunch we will drive to Bumthang. Dinner and overnight at lodge.
Day 09:Bumthang. This is a day of visiting holy sites: monasteries and dzongs, including Jambay Lhakhang, Tamzhing Monastery and Kuenchosum Lhakhang. After lunch you will visit the Jakar Dzong known as the “Fortress of the White Bird.” Overnight at lodge.
Day 10: Bumthang. Full day at the Kurjey Tshechu festival; enjoy festivities in and around the monastery. Overnight at lodge.
Day 11: Bumthang - Wangdue. After breakfast, begin our return to the West by driving through Trongsa to Wangdue. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Wangdue - Paro. Drive from Wangdue to Paro via Dochu-la Pass and Thimphu. Farewell dinner overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Paro. Early morning drive to Paro international airport after breakfast.