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The Druk Wangyel Tshechu is a one-day annual event held on the 13th of December at the Druk Wangyel Lhakhang ground in Dochula Pass (10,000 ft). Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, is the founder and patron of this unique festival which aims to commemorate and celebrate the achievement and bravery of His Majesty the Fourth King and the Armed Forces during the military expedition of 2003 against foreign militants. It is performed by the Royal Bhutan Army rather than monks or laypeople. This unique Tshechu is performed against the backdrop of the magnificent Jigme Singye Wangchuck mountain range, and you will definitely enjoy it like such kind of unique festival doesn’t exist anywhere in the world. The festival is held on off-tourist peak seasons and it’s a great opportunity to enjoy those tourists who are looking for a cheaper rate and fewer tourists. If you’re booking this trip, you will be able to see the unique mask dances, unlike others, glimpses of Bhutan’s cultural and historical sites, and experience the local culture and taste of Bhutanese cuisine.
The Druk Wangyel Tshechu is a one-day annual event held on the 13th of December at the Druk Wangyel Lhakhang ground in Dochula Pass (10,000 ft), dedicating victory against Indian separates.
Date : December 11, 2021
Arrival-Thimphu Approx. Alt: 2200 m. Dist. 1 Hours, 55 KmThe flight into Bhutan will give you a spectacular view of the Himalayan mountain ranges. On a clear day, you can see Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. Your tour guide will meet you upon arrival. The drive to Thimphu (capital city) will take you through beautiful rice terraced fields, and along the side of gushing Pa Chu and Wang Chu rivers. Afternoon visit Kuenselphodrang where a 169-feet statue of Buddha Dordenma is built and overlooks the Thimphu valley. Evening visits the Memorial Chorten built-in memory of the third King of Bhutan.
Date : December 12, 2021
Thimphu Approx. Alt: 2200 m. Dist.N/AMorning visits the Folk Heritage Museum, Textile Museum, and Institute of Zorig Chusum (13 traditional crafts). In the afternoon we will visit the town and Crafts bazaar where different types of handicrafts are sold. Evening visit to the Tashichho Dzong which houses the King’s Throne Room, monastic body & Government offices.
Date : December 13, 2021
Festival-Punakha Approx. Alt: 1800 m. Dist. 2.5 Hours, 70 KmIn the morning we will drive to Dochula Pass, which at around 10,000 ft, is one of the most spectacular passes in Bhutan. Here we will witness the Dochula festival which was initiated in 2011 to celebrate the courage and achievements of the Fourth King and the Armed Forces of Bhutan during the military expedition of 2003 against foreign militants. Against the backdrop of the magnificent Himalayan mountains and the Druk Wangyel Chorten, this festival is truly one of its kind. Visit also the 60th Anniversary Park which was inaugurated in 2017 and dedicated to His Majesty the Great Fourth King for his visionary and selfless leadership. Some salient features of the park include the 11 meditation caves depicting the birth anniversary of His Majesty on the 11th day of the 11th month, the 16 step signifies the age of His Majesty taking responsibility of a King, and the 34 stones depicting the 34 years of his glorious reign. Afternoon drive to Punakha. Evening at leisure.
Date : December 14, 2021
Punakha-Paro Approx. Alt: 2300 m. Dist. 3 Hours, 130 KmPunakha is the old capital of Bhutan. In the morning we will visit the Punakha Dzong, built at the junction of the two rivers Pho Chu (male river) and Mo Chu (female river). It is one of the most spectacular dzongs in the country. The Dzong serves as the winter residence for the Central Monastic Body. Drive to Chimi Lhakhang, a picturesque temple located on a small hilltop and well-known for fertility. It is often frequented by people seeking blessings for parenthood. Continue the drive onwards to Paro. If time permits, we will visit Tamchog Lhakhang, a temple built by Thangtong Gyalpo and is known for having introduced the construction of suspension bridges into Bhutan and Tibet (many of the bridges are still in use today).
Date : December 15, 2021
Taktsang Hike Approx. Alt: 2300 m. Dist.N/AAfter breakfast and a short drive, we will begin the 2-3 hour hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest). This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 3,000 ft above the valley floor. It is a sacred monastery for the Bhutanese people who believe that it must be visited at least once in their lifetime. In the afternoon we will drive to Drugyel Dzong, 18 kilometers away from Paro town. The Dzong, now in ruins, is a place of historical importance, from whose ramparts the Bhutanese once repelled Tibetan invaders. On a clear day, one can view the sacred Mount Chhomolari, Mountain of Goddess (24,000 ft). If time permits, visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in the country built in the 7th century AD
Date : December 16, 2021
DepartureEarly morning drive to Paro for departure. Your tour representative will see you off at the airport.
All meals, evening tea/coffee with snacks
All land transfers and transportation
English speaking Bhutanese Tour Guide/Leader
Daily Tourist Fees & Taxes
Bhutan Visa and all applicable permits Sightseeing with entrance fees to all monuments
Bottled water in the vehicle
Flights into and out of Bhutan
Optional Travel/Medical Insurance
Personal expenses such as bars, beverages in the hotel, telephone, laundry, trips, and others
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Yes, if you do not wish to join a group, we can arrange for a private tour (for either a solo traveler or for a family). Just talk to one of our travel specialists and we can customize any tour.
Yes, you can! We suggest if you want to take a shorter tour, that you request a private tour. If you want to extend your tour, we can work with you to make that happen too!
The daily tariff that you pay, pays for your tour guide, driver, hotels and all your meals. The only money you need to budget for is for alcohol, souvenirs, and tips. It is best to bring cash and exchange it for local currency at the airport in Paro. There are ATMs available in some locations, but they work sporadically.
It depends on what time of year you go. The fall or the spring are the best times to travel to Bhutan. Typically, the days are cool and sunny, and the nights are cold. Some places, like Punakha are sub-tropical and you can expect warmer temperatures.
Druk Experience provides vehicles based on tour size. For small tours we provide 4 door SUV type cars, for larger tours, we provide smaller tour buses that can accommodate 8-10 individuals. Our cars are in excellent shape and our drivers are always safe and careful. All vehicles will be equipped with air conditioning or heaters.
Pack light for all of our tours, soft suitcases/duffel bags are best. Dressing up will not be necessary, dress for comfort. Layer, layer, layer. Wear sturdy shoes for walking/hiking. When we visit holy sites, you will be asked to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
Yes, please feel free to take as many pictures as you would like. However, you will be asked to not take pictures in our temples. If you have any questions about when you can take pictures, please ask your guide.
If you would like to have a snack (protein bar, etc.) while hiking/trekking, or if you just think you might miss your favorite snack - then yes, please bring some snacks with you. However, they are not necessary. Druk Experience will make sure that you are well fed on your tour.