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Bhutan Masutaki Mushroom Festival
Paro- Bhutan
10 Days
10 Persons
English
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Matsutake Festival, the start of the mushroom season, is held in the beautiful Ura valley on the last week of August. The season brings the opportunity to sample some truly delicious Matsutake meals, to engage in songs and dances together with the locals and to develop a deeper understanding of the village life. Travelers will get to learn to identify the legendary mushrooms as they embark on mushroom picking excursion.

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Masutaki Mushroom Festival 22nd to 23rd August, 2015

 

Matsutake Festival, the start of the mushroom season, is held in the beautiful Ura valley on the last week of August. The season brings the opportunity to sample some truly delicious Matsutake meals, to engage in songs and dances together with the locals and to develop a deeper understanding of the village life. Travelers will get to learn to identify the legendary mushrooms as they embark on mushroom picking excursion.

 

The festival not only gives visitors the chance to sample these delicious mushrooms but also to showcase sustainable harvesting practices of the local community. Visitors to this festival will be able to gain insight into Bhutanese customs, hike through the Himalayan landscape, and even relax in traditional open-air mineral baths.

 

9 Nights 10 days Masutaki Mushroom Festival Itineraries

 

Day 01 (Wednesday, 19th August, 2015) Arrive Paro, Paro –Thimphu

 


On arrival at Paro airport and after completing your immigration formalities, you will be received by your tour guide from Zoid Jin Tours.Then drive to Thimphu . On arrival at Thimphu check into your hotel and after refreshment visit the following:

·         Tashichhoe Dzong, a fortress of the glorious religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and was reconstructed into present structure by the late King, His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the year 1962-1969. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.

·         Craft Bazaar where craftsmen and artisans from across the country display and sell their handicrafts and Government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops, to browse through examples of Bhutan’s fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewelry, and other interesting items made from local materials.

 

Dinner and overnight at a hotel  in Thimphu.

Day 02 (Thursday, 20th August, 2015) Thimphu-Punakha

 Distance: 71 km, estimated driving time: 2 ½ hours

 

After breakfast, travel to Punakha & Wangdue through Dochula Pass 3140 m). In the clear spring sky, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain ranges. . Then pass by the beautiful 108 chortens built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (Queen Mother of Bhutan) for the security and well being of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan.

You will also visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (monastery) which was built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck ( the Queen Mother of Bhutan) as a tribute to His Majesty the fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck and armed forces after His Majesty led a successful operation against Indian militants who had occupied certain areas of Bhutan. The gallery of the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang has beautiful murals depicting some of the important events in the reigns of the Kings of Bhutan.

 Then travel onto Punakha. Punakha has been inextricably linked to some of the most momentous events in the Bhutanese history and deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful and significant regions at the heart of Bhutanese culture. Punakha had served as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 till 1907. The dzong is historically important and stands as the symbol for a unified Bhutan. 

On the way, stop for lunch at Metsina village and then visit the Devine Madman’s Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where one can receive a special fertility blessing.

Then visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho - Chu (male river) and the Mochu (female river). The dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region.  At the dzong, you can see the highest standards in woodwork. 

In the evening you may visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendup Lhakhang Nunnery and enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful view of Punakha and Wangdue valleys from there.

Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Punakha.

 

Day 03 (Friday, 21st   August, 2015) Punakha-Bumthang 


After lunch,drive to Bumthang via Pele la pass at an altitude of 3,150 metres, a wonderful opportunity for photographs. Commanding the Mangde Chu at an altitude of 2,200 metres Trongsa Dzong is the most impressive dzong in Bhutan. Built in 1644 by the Shabdrung, the dzong is an architectural masterpiece.

Overnight at a hotel at Bumthang .

Day 04 (Saturday, 22nd   August, 2015) Bumthang Sightseeing – Ura Village

 

Sightseeing includes visit to the following:

·         Jambay Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the King Songtsen Goempo of Tibet. In his effort to propagate Buddhism he had a plan to build a total of 108 temples in Tibet and neighboring kingdoms.

·         Chakhar Lhakhang. Besides the main road, a short distance beyond Jambay Temple is Chakhar (Iron Castle) Lhakhang. Although it is easy to mistake it for a house and drive right by, this is an interesting temple and is worth a short visit. It is one of the 108 monasteries built by him to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region.

·         Kujey Lhakhang (Kujey means, "Body imprint"). The temple to the right is the oldest and was built by Minjur Tempa in 1652. It was built around the cave in which Guru Rimpoche meditated and left his body imprint.

·         Tamshing Lhakhang. This temple is also known as Tamshing Lhendrup Chholing (Temple of the Good Message).

·         Jakar Dzong, "castle of the white bird". According to legend, when the lamas assembled in about 1549 to select a site for a monastery, a big white bird rose suddenly in the air and settled on a spur of a hill. This was interpreted as an important omen, and the hill was chosen as the site for a monastery and for Jakar Dzong. The fortress is now used as an administrative center of the valley and summer residence of Trongsa monks.

In the late afternoon drive to Ura, a village made of cluster of large stone houses. Experience the village home stay with the locals of Ura.   
Overnight: Farm House | Altitude: 3100m

Day 05(Sunday, 23rd August, 2015) :  Matsutake Festival


Morning join the locals and the staff of the Thrumshingla National Park, Ministry of Agriculture to be part of the 2nd Matsutake festival held in Ura. Whole day mushroom haunting in the forest. Enjoy the picnic lunch. Evening back to the village. Traditional hot stone bath. Fresh matsutake for dinner.  
Overnight: Farm House / Hotel at Bumthang

 

Day 06 (Monday, 24th August, 2015) : Ura – Jakar (2 Hrs 
Morning bid farewell to your local host and drive back to Jakar / Bumthang Sightseeing.

Evening back to the hotel and Overnight: Bumthang

Day 07 (Tuesday, 25th August, 2015): Jakar – Wangdue (5 Hrs)


Retrace and enjoy the drive back to the wide valley of Phobjikha.  En route stop to visit the majestic Trongsa Dzong (fortress), home of the royals and the watch tower which house a museum now. Continue to Phobjikha. Farm House stay. 
Overnight: Wangdue Altitude: 2900m

Day 08 (Wednesday, 26th August, 2015): Wangdue- Paro 

After breakfast, walk to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten (50 Mins) temple built by the Queen Of Bhutan for peace and stability in this ever-changing world.

 

After Lunch visit to the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here an intriguing collection of artifacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom.

Walk down to Paro Dzong, a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From the Dzong, walk further down to Nyamai Zampa, a traditional cantilever bridge.

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 09 (Thursday, 27th August, 2015)  : Paro and A Day Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery

 

After breakfast, travel to Paro which will take about 1 hour and on arrival at Paro hike to Taktsang Goempa (Tiger's Nest Monastery). The hike upto the viewpoint will take about 1 1/2 hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff.You will stop here for refreshments and then hike further upto the monastery which should take another 1 1/2 hours.

It was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup, a cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three months in the 8th century.  It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) flew to this location from Khenpajong, Tibet on the back of a tigress and subdued a demon. He then performed meditation in one of the caves here and emerged in eight incarnated forms (manifestations) and blessed the place. Subsequently, the place came to be known as the “Tiger’s Nest”. Guru Padmasambhava is known for introducing Buddhism to Bhutan. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known of the thirteen caves in which he meditated.

Dinner by Zoid Jin tours CEO Kelzang

overnight at a hotel in Paro.

Day 10 (Friday, 28th August, 2015) Departure from Paro

After breakfast, we will bid you farewell at the Paro International Airport for your flight to your onward destinations.

 

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100% refund if cancel 7 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 6 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 5 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 3 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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Bhutan Masutaki Mushroom Festival
Paro, Bhutan
10 Days
10 Persons
English
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Brief

Matsutake Festival, the start of the mushroom season, is held in the beautiful Ura valley on the last week of August. The season brings the opportunity to sample some truly delicious Matsutake meals, to engage in songs and dances together with the locals and to develop a deeper understanding of the village life. Travelers will get to learn to identify the legendary mushrooms as they embark on mushroom picking excursion.

Tour Detail

Masutaki Mushroom Festival 22nd to 23rd August, 2015

 

Matsutake Festival, the start of the mushroom season, is held in the beautiful Ura valley on the last week of August. The season brings the opportunity to sample some truly delicious Matsutake meals, to engage in songs and dances together with the locals and to develop a deeper understanding of the village life. Travelers will get to learn to identify the legendary mushrooms as they embark on mushroom picking excursion.

 

The festival not only gives visitors the chance to sample these delicious mushrooms but also to showcase sustainable harvesting practices of the local community. Visitors to this festival will be able to gain insight into Bhutanese customs, hike through the Himalayan landscape, and even relax in traditional open-air mineral baths.

 

9 Nights 10 days Masutaki Mushroom Festival Itineraries

 

Day 01 (Wednesday, 19th August, 2015) Arrive Paro, Paro –Thimphu

 


On arrival at Paro airport and after completing your immigration formalities, you will be received by your tour guide from Zoid Jin Tours.Then drive to Thimphu . On arrival at Thimphu check into your hotel and after refreshment visit the following:

·         Tashichhoe Dzong, a fortress of the glorious religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and was reconstructed into present structure by the late King, His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the year 1962-1969. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.

·         Craft Bazaar where craftsmen and artisans from across the country display and sell their handicrafts and Government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops, to browse through examples of Bhutan’s fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewelry, and other interesting items made from local materials.

 

Dinner and overnight at a hotel  in Thimphu.

Day 02 (Thursday, 20th August, 2015) Thimphu-Punakha

 Distance: 71 km, estimated driving time: 2 ½ hours

 

After breakfast, travel to Punakha & Wangdue through Dochula Pass 3140 m). In the clear spring sky, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain ranges. . Then pass by the beautiful 108 chortens built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (Queen Mother of Bhutan) for the security and well being of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan.

You will also visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (monastery) which was built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck ( the Queen Mother of Bhutan) as a tribute to His Majesty the fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck and armed forces after His Majesty led a successful operation against Indian militants who had occupied certain areas of Bhutan. The gallery of the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang has beautiful murals depicting some of the important events in the reigns of the Kings of Bhutan.

 Then travel onto Punakha. Punakha has been inextricably linked to some of the most momentous events in the Bhutanese history and deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful and significant regions at the heart of Bhutanese culture. Punakha had served as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 till 1907. The dzong is historically important and stands as the symbol for a unified Bhutan. 

On the way, stop for lunch at Metsina village and then visit the Devine Madman’s Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where one can receive a special fertility blessing.

Then visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho - Chu (male river) and the Mochu (female river). The dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region.  At the dzong, you can see the highest standards in woodwork. 

In the evening you may visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendup Lhakhang Nunnery and enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful view of Punakha and Wangdue valleys from there.

Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Punakha.

 

Day 03 (Friday, 21st   August, 2015) Punakha-Bumthang 


After lunch,drive to Bumthang via Pele la pass at an altitude of 3,150 metres, a wonderful opportunity for photographs. Commanding the Mangde Chu at an altitude of 2,200 metres Trongsa Dzong is the most impressive dzong in Bhutan. Built in 1644 by the Shabdrung, the dzong is an architectural masterpiece.

Overnight at a hotel at Bumthang .

Day 04 (Saturday, 22nd   August, 2015) Bumthang Sightseeing – Ura Village

 

Sightseeing includes visit to the following:

·         Jambay Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the King Songtsen Goempo of Tibet. In his effort to propagate Buddhism he had a plan to build a total of 108 temples in Tibet and neighboring kingdoms.

·         Chakhar Lhakhang. Besides the main road, a short distance beyond Jambay Temple is Chakhar (Iron Castle) Lhakhang. Although it is easy to mistake it for a house and drive right by, this is an interesting temple and is worth a short visit. It is one of the 108 monasteries built by him to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region.

·         Kujey Lhakhang (Kujey means, "Body imprint"). The temple to the right is the oldest and was built by Minjur Tempa in 1652. It was built around the cave in which Guru Rimpoche meditated and left his body imprint.

·         Tamshing Lhakhang. This temple is also known as Tamshing Lhendrup Chholing (Temple of the Good Message).

·         Jakar Dzong, "castle of the white bird". According to legend, when the lamas assembled in about 1549 to select a site for a monastery, a big white bird rose suddenly in the air and settled on a spur of a hill. This was interpreted as an important omen, and the hill was chosen as the site for a monastery and for Jakar Dzong. The fortress is now used as an administrative center of the valley and summer residence of Trongsa monks.

In the late afternoon drive to Ura, a village made of cluster of large stone houses. Experience the village home stay with the locals of Ura.   
Overnight: Farm House | Altitude: 3100m

Day 05(Sunday, 23rd August, 2015) :  Matsutake Festival


Morning join the locals and the staff of the Thrumshingla National Park, Ministry of Agriculture to be part of the 2nd Matsutake festival held in Ura. Whole day mushroom haunting in the forest. Enjoy the picnic lunch. Evening back to the village. Traditional hot stone bath. Fresh matsutake for dinner.  
Overnight: Farm House / Hotel at Bumthang

 

Day 06 (Monday, 24th August, 2015) : Ura – Jakar (2 Hrs 
Morning bid farewell to your local host and drive back to Jakar / Bumthang Sightseeing.

Evening back to the hotel and Overnight: Bumthang

Day 07 (Tuesday, 25th August, 2015): Jakar – Wangdue (5 Hrs)


Retrace and enjoy the drive back to the wide valley of Phobjikha.  En route stop to visit the majestic Trongsa Dzong (fortress), home of the royals and the watch tower which house a museum now. Continue to Phobjikha. Farm House stay. 
Overnight: Wangdue Altitude: 2900m

Day 08 (Wednesday, 26th August, 2015): Wangdue- Paro 

After breakfast, walk to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten (50 Mins) temple built by the Queen Of Bhutan for peace and stability in this ever-changing world.

 

After Lunch visit to the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here an intriguing collection of artifacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom.

Walk down to Paro Dzong, a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From the Dzong, walk further down to Nyamai Zampa, a traditional cantilever bridge.

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 09 (Thursday, 27th August, 2015)  : Paro and A Day Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery

 

After breakfast, travel to Paro which will take about 1 hour and on arrival at Paro hike to Taktsang Goempa (Tiger's Nest Monastery). The hike upto the viewpoint will take about 1 1/2 hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff.You will stop here for refreshments and then hike further upto the monastery which should take another 1 1/2 hours.

It was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup, a cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three months in the 8th century.  It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) flew to this location from Khenpajong, Tibet on the back of a tigress and subdued a demon. He then performed meditation in one of the caves here and emerged in eight incarnated forms (manifestations) and blessed the place. Subsequently, the place came to be known as the “Tiger’s Nest”. Guru Padmasambhava is known for introducing Buddhism to Bhutan. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known of the thirteen caves in which he meditated.

Dinner by Zoid Jin tours CEO Kelzang

overnight at a hotel in Paro.

Day 10 (Friday, 28th August, 2015) Departure from Paro

After breakfast, we will bid you farewell at the Paro International Airport for your flight to your onward destinations.

 

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Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancel 7 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 6 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 5 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 3 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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