Dochula Festival(Druk Wangyal Festival)

The Druk Wangyel Tshechu  or Dochu La Festival is a unique festival performed by the Royal Bhutan Army rather than monks or lay people on the mountain top of  Dochula altitude 3150m. It is a tribute to the wise leadership of His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck , the Fourth King of Bhutan. It also celebrates the continuous efforts of the Royal Bhutan Army in protecting the sovereignty and the stability of the country. It started in 2011, in remembrance of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and the Armed Forces’ victory over Indian insurgent forces residing in southern Bhutan in 2003. It is held in every 13th of December.

Trip Name Dochula Festival Tour
Duration 6 Nights & 7 Days
Trip Type Cultural & Festival
Rate From USD 1440

Day 1 Arrival in Paro- Paro to Thimphu
Day 2 Thimphu Sight Seeing
Day 3 Thimphu to Punakha
Day 4 Punakha Sightseeing
Day 5 Punakha to Paro
Day 6 Paro Tiger Nest hike
Day 7 Departure

Day 1     Arrival in Paro – Thimphu (1 Hrs)

Flight to Bhutan offers spectacular views of the world highest mountains including Mount Everest. On arrival in Paro international airport Bhutan Travel Organiser representative will receive you and transfer to Thimphu, approximately an hour drive. Upon arrival we will check into the hotel, after lunch we will visit National Memorial Chorten, stupa built in the memory of late 3rd king. Further we will proceed to visit National Textile Museum, Zhorig Chusum, school where 13 different arts are practiced and learnt. We will also hop into nearby Folk Heritage Museum and perhaps time to stroll the main street for some interesting Himalayan artifacts or textiles. Overnight in Thimphu. Altitude 2400m.

Day 2     Thimphu sightseeing

After our leisurely breakfast, we will head to the north end of the valley to view Trashi Chhoe Dzong and further north to hike to Cheri Goenpa. The hike takes about 45 mins one way to reach the temple and trail passes through beautiful cantilever bridge and forest creating the chance to see birds and wild animals’ sometime. This is the monastery where the first monastic body was established in the Kingdom. River side lunch. Back in town to explore some of the remaining site like traditional paper making center, takin’s mini zoo and weaving centre. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 3     Thimphu to Punakha (2.5 Hrs) Dochu La Festival

We will checkout from the hotel and drive to Punakha over Dochula pass at 3050m. If the weather permits we can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a site that stretches almost 180 degrees. We will witness the festival whole day and in the evening proceed to Punakha.

Dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Punakha

Day 4     Punakha Sightseeing

Early in the morning drive Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten.  It is located in the north of Punakha valley on the hill top and it takes 40 minutes hike to reach the Chorten. On the way you come across adventurous suspension bridge and the lush green rice fields. Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten is a classic example of beautiful traditions and architecture of Bhutan. The temple was built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother for warding off the negative forces and bringing peace and harmony for all living beings.

After returning you can deep yourself in the female river and enjoy the cold river rafting with green vegetations. River side picnic Lunchat Zhomling thang popular for picnic.

After Lunch Visit Punakha fort, and nearby Suspension bridge which give spectacular view of Punakha Dzong and brautiful RishtaVillage.

 Overnight in Punakha.

Day 5     Punakha – Paro (3.5 Hrs).

After our leisurely breakfast, we will hike to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of fertility which is associates with religious arts of phallus and after descending back down from Dochula, we will follow our way back up the dramatic Wang Chu and Paro Chu river valleys, before crossing through Paro town towards the north end of the valley. Here, set in a pine forest, you will find the Amankora lodge and its spa. We take an opportunity for a quick stroll to the nearby ruins Dzong. Evenings enjoy the facility of aman soaking yourself in to culture, spa or perhaps enjoy the Bhutanese movies that aman provides. Overnight in Paro. Altitude 2200m

Day 6     Paro sightseeing

The day starts with a 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. Just a short walk downhill lays the dominating Paro Dzong, fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From the Dzong, the tour crosses Nyamai Zampa, a traditional cantilever bridge, and guests are then driven to the town. Paro options include picturesque picnic spots or, perhaps, a visit to a traditional farmhouse to lunch with the family. In the afternoon, hike up to view one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest”. The four-hour trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900m above the valley floor. Overnight in Paro

Day 7     Departure.

The tour will end today. After the breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight. Carry smile on your face, eyes with tears and memories unlimited. Tour staffs will bid you farewell at the airport departure gate with the quick prayer of save journey and to see you again in future.

Thimphu: Thimphu Tower/Similar
Punakha: Pemakarpo/Similar
Paro: Mandala Resort/Similar/Farm House Stay

PACKAGE INCLUSION:

  1. Visa Fees USD# 40/- single entry
  2. Sustainable development fee USD # 65/- per night per person
  3. All the government taxes.
  4. Three star hotel with all meals (APAI) (4 & 5 star Hotel are available in supplement cost)
  5. One English speaking guide entire your tour for your sightseeing
  6. Private comfortable car with driver for entire your tour including pickup and drop to airport
  7. Medical Pick/drop and check up in Emergency
  8. Entrance fees to events, historic sites, museum, and park
  9. Complimentary bottle drinking water entire your tour
  10. Complimentary 1 tourist SIM (4G) in a group
  11. Complimentary Archery and Darts game
  12. Complimentary Bhutanese dress wearing and photo sessions.

PACKAGE EXCLUSION:

  1. Airfare ( International or Domestic)
  2. Alcoholic products
  3. Travel Insurance
  4. Personal Shopping
  5. Tipping to staffs
  6. Laundry
  7. Any other outdoor activities which are not mention in inclusion.

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