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Cultural & Festival Tour Programme for OCT 8 nights/ 9 days (Oct 18 – Oct 26, 2015)
Thimphu- Bhutan
9 Days
20 Persons
English
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....Book your trip now to this beautiful country with the development of "Gross national happiness" 預訂您的旅程現在到這個美麗的國家,隨著"國民幸福總值"的發展

Tour Detail

Cultural & Festival Tour Programme for OCT

8 nights/ 9 days (Oct 18 – Oct 26, 2015)

Day 1, October 18th 2015 (Sun) Singapore- Thimphu via Paro

Arrive Paro by Druk Air flight.

will  be received by Bhutan Ginseng Tours & Travels representatives. Transfer to Thimphu the Capital town.  This drive takes 1½ hours along Paro and Thimphu rivers.

On arrival in Thimphu, check into the hotel. After lunch:-Visit the Centenary Farmer’s weekend market.

Centenary Farmer’s weekend

-Memorial Chorten: This stupa was built in 1974 to honor the 3rd King of Bhutan, Jigme  Dorji Wangchuck. This religious structure is circumambulated only in a clockwise direction (reciting prayers and whirling the large red prayer wheels).-Kuenselphug – Visit the world’s largest sitting Buddha, an immense statue housing a monastery and visitors center. Enjoy a stunning view of Thimphu city from this point. 

                                                            Kuenselphug

Evening: Walk through; explore and discover capital city at your own pace.Overnight hotel in Thimphu: Hotel

 

Day 2, October 19th 2015 (Mon), Thimphu- Punakha

 

Transfer to Punakha towards central Bhutan (77 K, /3 hours drive).  En route, stop at 10,500 ft. Dochula Pass for tea and biscuits and enjoy your first view of the eastern Himalayan mountains. Here you can spend some time photographing the Druk Wangyal Chortens which were built in 2004 to “celebrate the stability and progress that His Majesty has brought to the nation.” This hill of 108 religious buildings in the middle of the pass reflects Bhutan’s spiritual and artistic traditions.

As you descend from the pass, you will observe dramatic changes in vegetation.  At the lower elevations in Punakha and Wangdue, cacti, banana plants, poinsettias, and other semi-tropical plants dominate the exotic landscape. 

At Lobesa, take a short hike to visit the Chhi-Med Lhakhang, a temple dedicated one of Bhutan’s foremost saints, Lama Drukpa Kunley, affectionately known as the Divine Madman. The phallic paintings on the exterior walls of Bhutanese houses are attributed to the Divine Madman for his skill in warding off evil deities using ribald sexuality and outrageous behavior.  Opportunities for photographing these paintings are abundant throughout Bhutan, and signs of the Divine Madman's popularity are everywhere, especially around new construction sites where phallic carvings are believed to keep away harmful spirits.Drive to Punakha and check into Damchen Resort where you will be having lunch.After lunch visit Punakha Dzong.  Built in 1637 between the confluence of the Po Chu (male river) and Mo Chu (female river,) this fortress monastery is the winter residence of Bhutan’s spiritual leader, the Je Khenpo or Head Abbot, and the central Monk Body comprising of over 500 monks.

  Punakha Dzong

Dinner and overnight at hotel

 

 

Day 3, October 20th 2015 (Tues), Punakha- Jakar

 

Drive to Bumthang after an early breakfast. The drive will take about 7 hours crossing Trongsa.  The drive to Trongsa will take about 4 hours.  This journey will take you over one of the most scenically beautiful routes in Bhutan via  Yotong La pass (3425m), which is also the habitat for the Satyr Tragopan pheasant.Just below Chendebji village is the Chendebji chorten, a large white structure beside a stream. This chorten is modeled after Swayambhunath in Kathmandu.The last village before you reach Trongsa is Tangsibji, which provides full view of Trongsa Dzong and its distinctive red roof.Stop for lunch in Trongsa and continue to Bumthang the spiritual heartland of Bhutan. This journey will take you over one of the most scenically beautiful routes in Bhutan via the Yotong La pass (3425m).Check into hotel and in the evening, explore Jakar town.

 

Dinner and overnight: Hotel. 

 

Day 4, October 21st 2015 (Wed), Jakar Tsechu (Festival)

Attend the Jakar Dzong Festival.  The Jakar Dzong is in a picturesque location overlooking the Choskhor Valley. The current structure was built in 1667 and is said to be the largest Dzong in Bhutan, with a circumference of more than1500 m. Its official name is Yuelay Namgyal Dzong, in honour of the victory over the troops of Tibetan ruler Phuntsho Namgyal. Jakar festival falls on the 9th month of the 8th day of the Bhutanese calendar. This festival was started in 1997 and was established by Dasho Jigme Zangpo (Governor of Bumthang district). It was established with the aim to inculcate among people about the traditional values. The tradition of celebration then became popular among the natives in Bumthang. Besides it was said to have been once observed by Lama Nagi Wangchuk in the 15th century. AD The lost Tsechu festival is now revived. During Tsechu local people perform booth folk dance and mask dance. There are four valles in Bumthang, Chumey block, Tang Block, Ura Block, and Chokor Block. They take turn s to perform the dance.  Three days of festivals ends with the blessing of Guru Tsengye Thongdroel and Lamas.

Mask Dance

Dinner and overnight: hotel

Day 5, October 22nd 2015 (Thurs) Jakar sightseeing

Morning attend the third day of the Jakar Dzong Festival. 

Afternoon, sightseeing in Jakar -

Wangdichholing Dzong: Built in 1900 by the father of first king, it was used as the summer residence of the first two kings.  Beautiful woodwork and colorful paintings abound, and it currently houses about 30 monks.Jambay Lhakhang: The temple is dedicated to the Buddha of the Future and was built in the 7th century.  It is one of the oldest temples in the country.  There are three different temples to explore in the main building.Kurjey Lhakhang: Kurjey means “body imprint.”  Guru Rimpoche first came to this place to help cure the local king who was being made seriously ill through the malevolent actions of the local deity. Guru Rimpoche meditated in one of the caves and left his body imprint inside (thus the name Kurjey).  As the protector of Buddhism, he subdued the local deity, a feat that allowed him to convert the king and local people to Buddhism.  This event marked the introduction of Buddhism to Bhutan.Tamshing Lhakhang: Pema Lingpa was the only religious treasure discoverer born in Bhutan in the 15th century, and he was also a great artist and architect.  This temple was built by him.  The paintings you will see date back to same time period and were painted by him.  There is also an iron chain vest forged and used by Pema Lingpa during the construction of temple.  Nowadays, people carry this chain around the temple three times to cleanse their sins.Farm House: visit a traditional farm house and experience authentic Bhutanese lifestyle and the local hospitality.

Dinner and overnight:hotel

Day 6, October 23rd 2015 (Fri), Jakar to Gangtey

After breakfast drive to Gangtey (6-7 hours drive)Check into hotel where you will be having lunch.Gangtey is a beautiful place of rolling hills and green meadows surrounded bysnowcapped mountains . It is situated at an altitude of 3000 mtrs.  From Gangtey,one can closely view the picturesque Black Mountain ranges as well as the beautiful Phobjikha valley.Gangtey Gonpa (Gangtey Monastery) is perched atop a small hill that rises from the valley floor. This Monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 Gomchens (Lay Monks). The Gangtey Gonpa is the only Nyingmapa Monastery on the western side of the Black Mountains and is also the biggest of its kind. Gangtey is also the winter habitat for black-necked cranes which migrate from Tibet and Siberia. You will be seeing roosting areas of the black-necked cranes.

Dinner and overnight: hotel.

Day 7, October 24th 2015 (Sat), Gangtey to Paro

After an early breakfast, drive to Paro. This journey will re-cross the Dochula Pass and on past the confluence of the Thimphu and Paro rivers (total: 5-6 hours drive) On arrival, check into hotel and lunch Afternoon:Visit the Museum which was the former watch tower for the Rinpong Dzong (Dzong meaning ‘Fort’).  It was converted into the National Museum in 1968.  The museum stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro valley. 

      National Museum

After the National Museum, visit Paro Rinpong Dzong.  This is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the nation.  The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D.

                Paro Rinpung Dzong

Evening: Return to hotel and relax.Dinner and overnight at pato hotel

Day 8, October 25th 2015 (Sun), Paro

After breakfast, drive to Satsam Chorten to prepare yourself for the excursion to Taktsang Monastery. Spend the day hiking up the forested path to Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan’s most famous and scenic icon. The climb is steep and takes about 4 hours round trip. An important place of pilgrimage and refuge for more than 1200 years, Taktsang Monastery clings to sheer cliffs two-thousand feet above Paro Valley. This sacred place got its name when Guru Rinpoche rode there on the back of a flying tiger and meditated in a cave behind the present-day monastery. The round trip takes 3-4 hours.

                                                                  Taktsang Monastery

Lunch at Taktsang Cafeteria.After lunch, visit Kichu Lhakhang (temple).  This is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan.  The inner temple was built by a Buddhist Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century.

Dinner and overnight at Paro

 

Day 9, October 26th 2015 (Mon), Departure

Transfer to airport for departure to ______________ from Paro

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Cancellation Policy

You will get

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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Cultural & Festival Tour Programme for OCT 8 nights/ 9 days (Oct 18 – Oct 26, 2015)
Thimphu, Bhutan
9 Days
20 Persons
English
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Brief

....Book your trip now to this beautiful country with the development of "Gross national happiness" 預訂您的旅程現在到這個美麗的國家,隨著"國民幸福總值"的發展

Tour Detail

Cultural & Festival Tour Programme for OCT

8 nights/ 9 days (Oct 18 – Oct 26, 2015)

Day 1, October 18th 2015 (Sun) Singapore- Thimphu via Paro

Arrive Paro by Druk Air flight.

will  be received by Bhutan Ginseng Tours & Travels representatives. Transfer to Thimphu the Capital town.  This drive takes 1½ hours along Paro and Thimphu rivers.

On arrival in Thimphu, check into the hotel. After lunch:-Visit the Centenary Farmer’s weekend market.

Centenary Farmer’s weekend

-Memorial Chorten: This stupa was built in 1974 to honor the 3rd King of Bhutan, Jigme  Dorji Wangchuck. This religious structure is circumambulated only in a clockwise direction (reciting prayers and whirling the large red prayer wheels).-Kuenselphug – Visit the world’s largest sitting Buddha, an immense statue housing a monastery and visitors center. Enjoy a stunning view of Thimphu city from this point. 

                                                            Kuenselphug

Evening: Walk through; explore and discover capital city at your own pace.Overnight hotel in Thimphu: Hotel

 

Day 2, October 19th 2015 (Mon), Thimphu- Punakha

 

Transfer to Punakha towards central Bhutan (77 K, /3 hours drive).  En route, stop at 10,500 ft. Dochula Pass for tea and biscuits and enjoy your first view of the eastern Himalayan mountains. Here you can spend some time photographing the Druk Wangyal Chortens which were built in 2004 to “celebrate the stability and progress that His Majesty has brought to the nation.” This hill of 108 religious buildings in the middle of the pass reflects Bhutan’s spiritual and artistic traditions.

As you descend from the pass, you will observe dramatic changes in vegetation.  At the lower elevations in Punakha and Wangdue, cacti, banana plants, poinsettias, and other semi-tropical plants dominate the exotic landscape. 

At Lobesa, take a short hike to visit the Chhi-Med Lhakhang, a temple dedicated one of Bhutan’s foremost saints, Lama Drukpa Kunley, affectionately known as the Divine Madman. The phallic paintings on the exterior walls of Bhutanese houses are attributed to the Divine Madman for his skill in warding off evil deities using ribald sexuality and outrageous behavior.  Opportunities for photographing these paintings are abundant throughout Bhutan, and signs of the Divine Madman's popularity are everywhere, especially around new construction sites where phallic carvings are believed to keep away harmful spirits.Drive to Punakha and check into Damchen Resort where you will be having lunch.After lunch visit Punakha Dzong.  Built in 1637 between the confluence of the Po Chu (male river) and Mo Chu (female river,) this fortress monastery is the winter residence of Bhutan’s spiritual leader, the Je Khenpo or Head Abbot, and the central Monk Body comprising of over 500 monks.

  Punakha Dzong

Dinner and overnight at hotel

 

 

Day 3, October 20th 2015 (Tues), Punakha- Jakar

 

Drive to Bumthang after an early breakfast. The drive will take about 7 hours crossing Trongsa.  The drive to Trongsa will take about 4 hours.  This journey will take you over one of the most scenically beautiful routes in Bhutan via  Yotong La pass (3425m), which is also the habitat for the Satyr Tragopan pheasant.Just below Chendebji village is the Chendebji chorten, a large white structure beside a stream. This chorten is modeled after Swayambhunath in Kathmandu.The last village before you reach Trongsa is Tangsibji, which provides full view of Trongsa Dzong and its distinctive red roof.Stop for lunch in Trongsa and continue to Bumthang the spiritual heartland of Bhutan. This journey will take you over one of the most scenically beautiful routes in Bhutan via the Yotong La pass (3425m).Check into hotel and in the evening, explore Jakar town.

 

Dinner and overnight: Hotel. 

 

Day 4, October 21st 2015 (Wed), Jakar Tsechu (Festival)

Attend the Jakar Dzong Festival.  The Jakar Dzong is in a picturesque location overlooking the Choskhor Valley. The current structure was built in 1667 and is said to be the largest Dzong in Bhutan, with a circumference of more than1500 m. Its official name is Yuelay Namgyal Dzong, in honour of the victory over the troops of Tibetan ruler Phuntsho Namgyal. Jakar festival falls on the 9th month of the 8th day of the Bhutanese calendar. This festival was started in 1997 and was established by Dasho Jigme Zangpo (Governor of Bumthang district). It was established with the aim to inculcate among people about the traditional values. The tradition of celebration then became popular among the natives in Bumthang. Besides it was said to have been once observed by Lama Nagi Wangchuk in the 15th century. AD The lost Tsechu festival is now revived. During Tsechu local people perform booth folk dance and mask dance. There are four valles in Bumthang, Chumey block, Tang Block, Ura Block, and Chokor Block. They take turn s to perform the dance.  Three days of festivals ends with the blessing of Guru Tsengye Thongdroel and Lamas.

Mask Dance

Dinner and overnight: hotel

Day 5, October 22nd 2015 (Thurs) Jakar sightseeing

Morning attend the third day of the Jakar Dzong Festival. 

Afternoon, sightseeing in Jakar -

Wangdichholing Dzong: Built in 1900 by the father of first king, it was used as the summer residence of the first two kings.  Beautiful woodwork and colorful paintings abound, and it currently houses about 30 monks.Jambay Lhakhang: The temple is dedicated to the Buddha of the Future and was built in the 7th century.  It is one of the oldest temples in the country.  There are three different temples to explore in the main building.Kurjey Lhakhang: Kurjey means “body imprint.”  Guru Rimpoche first came to this place to help cure the local king who was being made seriously ill through the malevolent actions of the local deity. Guru Rimpoche meditated in one of the caves and left his body imprint inside (thus the name Kurjey).  As the protector of Buddhism, he subdued the local deity, a feat that allowed him to convert the king and local people to Buddhism.  This event marked the introduction of Buddhism to Bhutan.Tamshing Lhakhang: Pema Lingpa was the only religious treasure discoverer born in Bhutan in the 15th century, and he was also a great artist and architect.  This temple was built by him.  The paintings you will see date back to same time period and were painted by him.  There is also an iron chain vest forged and used by Pema Lingpa during the construction of temple.  Nowadays, people carry this chain around the temple three times to cleanse their sins.Farm House: visit a traditional farm house and experience authentic Bhutanese lifestyle and the local hospitality.

Dinner and overnight:hotel

Day 6, October 23rd 2015 (Fri), Jakar to Gangtey

After breakfast drive to Gangtey (6-7 hours drive)Check into hotel where you will be having lunch.Gangtey is a beautiful place of rolling hills and green meadows surrounded bysnowcapped mountains . It is situated at an altitude of 3000 mtrs.  From Gangtey,one can closely view the picturesque Black Mountain ranges as well as the beautiful Phobjikha valley.Gangtey Gonpa (Gangtey Monastery) is perched atop a small hill that rises from the valley floor. This Monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 Gomchens (Lay Monks). The Gangtey Gonpa is the only Nyingmapa Monastery on the western side of the Black Mountains and is also the biggest of its kind. Gangtey is also the winter habitat for black-necked cranes which migrate from Tibet and Siberia. You will be seeing roosting areas of the black-necked cranes.

Dinner and overnight: hotel.

Day 7, October 24th 2015 (Sat), Gangtey to Paro

After an early breakfast, drive to Paro. This journey will re-cross the Dochula Pass and on past the confluence of the Thimphu and Paro rivers (total: 5-6 hours drive) On arrival, check into hotel and lunch Afternoon:Visit the Museum which was the former watch tower for the Rinpong Dzong (Dzong meaning ‘Fort’).  It was converted into the National Museum in 1968.  The museum stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro valley. 

      National Museum

After the National Museum, visit Paro Rinpong Dzong.  This is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the nation.  The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D.

                Paro Rinpung Dzong

Evening: Return to hotel and relax.Dinner and overnight at pato hotel

Day 8, October 25th 2015 (Sun), Paro

After breakfast, drive to Satsam Chorten to prepare yourself for the excursion to Taktsang Monastery. Spend the day hiking up the forested path to Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan’s most famous and scenic icon. The climb is steep and takes about 4 hours round trip. An important place of pilgrimage and refuge for more than 1200 years, Taktsang Monastery clings to sheer cliffs two-thousand feet above Paro Valley. This sacred place got its name when Guru Rinpoche rode there on the back of a flying tiger and meditated in a cave behind the present-day monastery. The round trip takes 3-4 hours.

                                                                  Taktsang Monastery

Lunch at Taktsang Cafeteria.After lunch, visit Kichu Lhakhang (temple).  This is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan.  The inner temple was built by a Buddhist Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century.

Dinner and overnight at Paro

 

Day 9, October 26th 2015 (Mon), Departure

Transfer to airport for departure to ______________ from Paro

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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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