Bhutan Explorer & Paro Tshechu Festival
The remote Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is well known for it's untouched wilderness, rich Buddhist culture and a history steeped in mystique and legend. Our journey encompasses all that Bhutan has to offer taking in the 'must see' highlights of both western and central Bhutan. Our tour begins in the picturesque Paro Valley, home to the Tigers Nest (Taktsang) monastery. Here we attend the famous Paro Tshechu festival before driving across the dramatic Dochu La into central Bhutan, to Bumthang. It is widely regarded that Bhutanese Buddhism first took hold here and the legacies are the many ancient and magnificent monasteries which we will explore.
|DAY 1||Arrive Paro|
|DAYS 2/3||Paro Valley & Tshechu Festival|
|DAY 4||Trek to Taktsang Monastery|
|DAY 5||Unfurling of Thangka Ceremony then drive to Wangduephodrang (Wangdi) via the Dochu La and Punakha Dzong|
|DAY 6||Gangtey Gompa|
|DAY 7||Drive to Bumthang|
|DAY 8||In Bumthang|
|DAY 9||Ura Village and Mebartso|
|DAY 10||Drive to Wangduephodrang|
|DAY 11||Drive to Thimphu via Lobesa|
|DAY 12||Return to Paro|
|DAY 13||Trip concludes in Paro|
I'm now back safely from my holiday in Bhutan and had a great time. Everything went really well and very smoothly. Our guide was a star, the accommodation and food were above expectation (I loved the national dish of cheese and chillies) and the whole tour was totally fascinating...