The Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival is one of the unique festivals in the kingdom. It was was established in 2011 celebrate the victory over the Indian insurgents in 2003 and honour His Majesty the Fourth King and the Armed Forces’ victory
Druk Wangyel Festival is an annual festival held on December 13th at the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang Festival Ground located at Dochula Pass around 22km from the capital city Thimphu. Dochula Pass is one of the most scenic locations in the entire kingdom, offering a stunning panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. Set amidst this breathtaking backdrop, the Dochula Druk Wangyal Tsehchu is an experience unlike any other and truely exemplifies Bhutanese cultural traditions.
Routes & Places: Paro, Thimphu & Punakha
Day 01. Arrival to Paro – Thimphu
The flight arrival into Paro valley is the first introduction to the spectacular beauty of Bhutan. At the airport, you will be greeted by the Bhutanese team from Bhutan Myway, your companion for the entire trip. Shortly, you would be visiting the sites as per your scheduled tour itinerary.
Kyichu Lhakhang (Temple) – the temple is one among the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The temple was built mainly to subdue the demon that has prevented the spread of Buddhism in the Himalayan region.
Paro Rinpung Dzong (fortress) – which is loosely translated as the ‘fortress of a heap of jewels’. It was built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal which is beautifully perched on a hill top overlooking the valley.
National Museum – it is situated on the ridge overlooking the Rinpung Dzong (Fortress) which was long ago known as Ta Dzong (watchtower). Now it is a museum which holds a fascinating collection of art, relics, Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps and artifacts which provide a wonderful insight to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. For now you would be able to see only few things kept in the exhibition hall above the main structure as the museum itself is under renovation.
Then at evening, drive to the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu which takes approximately one and half hour covering the distance of 55 km. Thimphu is in fact the only capital in the world where the traffic is regulated by the traffic personals and the rhythms of the zebra crossing is maintained on the mutual understanding between the Vehicle drivers and the pedestrians. Explore Thimphu at night and the following morning, and feel the difference. Evening is a leisure time.
Then, drive to the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu which takes approximately one and half hour covering the distance of 55 km.
Overnight at Thimphu
Day 02. Thimphu – Punakha
Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan is one of the beautiful capitals in the world that is founded on the traditional and modern blends of architectural design and more interestingly, the capital is constantly nurtured by the green vegetation coverage which remains as the evergreen city in the eyes of the travelers unlike other capitals of the world.
Today you have much to learn, explore and feel the real experience of Bhutan which you must have heard or read about Bhutan. Have your breakfast early and set your journey to Punakha. You drive to Punakha from Thimphu, the road climbs steeply up through pine forest at the height of 3,050 reaching Dochula pass adorned with 108 stupas. If the weather is clear, you will see beautiful snowcapped mountains. Much of the surprises are waiting for you at Dochula, spent the day until the festival comes to end. This will be you highlights of the entire tour and a memory to be cherished. Then drive to Punakha.
Overnight at Punakha
Day 03. Punakha
Today is a fresh new day to enjoy and to open a new travel chapter in your life. Today, you will be taken for a short hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal temple. The real adventure to yet to begin and it is time for some fun. Some adventure is an essential component of travel life, so you will be rafting the slow, soft cascading Mo chu (Female river) and in the mid of enjoyment don’t forget photo-shoot (note-carry a water proof material to cover the camera) the nature and its surroundings and the magnificent Punakha Dzong with its beautiful cantilever bridge.
After the adventures moment, visit Chimi Lhakhang built in 15th century by the cousin of Drukpa Kuenley which the temple is best known for the “Temple of Fertility”. Next, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel which is situated between Pho chu (Male River) and Mo chu (Female River). Evening is leisure time.
Overnight at Punakha
Day 04. Punakha – Thimphu
You will drive from punakha to Thimphu via same route Punakha-Thimphu Highway. On reaching Thimphu, visit the Takin Enclosure to see the national animal of Bhutan, Takin. And get the narration of the beautiful story about the magical creation and existence of these animals. Momorial Chorten (Stupa) – your days starts with the blessing from the mind representation of the Buddha, the stupa which is a prominent place where the people from all walks of life gather there to pay their respect. The memorial stupa was built in 1974 in memory of the Third king of Bhutan
Buddha Point – Kuenselphodrang where largest sitting Buddha statue in the country is perched on the hillock overlooking the Thimphu valley and also if interested/if time permits, take a leisure walk through Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and enjoy the nice view of the entire Thimphu valley. Afterwards, freely enjoy your evening leisure time in town.
Overnight at Thimphu
Day 05. Thimphu – Paro
Wake up early this morning as you don’t want to miss the moment to watch how the office goers sets off for their work at Tashichoe Dzong, walk with them and feel the essence of you being a Bhutanese for a while. Visit the fortress and get to know more about the history about fort. Next visit Changankha Lhakhang (temple) which situated on the top a small hound overlooking the Thimphu valley was built in the 13th century and visit The Memrial Chorten, tall-structured stupa built in 1974 in memory of the third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is regarded as the father of modern Bhutan and for the world peace as well.
Evening you will drive back to Paro.
Overnight at Paro
Day 06. Paro
Today you will have an adventurous journey and a memory worth to cherish of a hike to Taktshang monastery. Paro Taktshang is one of the most amazing structures ever built in Bhutan. It is a 2-3 hours walk uphill from the nearest motor road head and located at an altitude of 3,120 approximately meters above sea level. Afterward, it’s a leisure time for you to buy gifts for your loved ones back at home.
Overnight at paro
Day 07. Departure
It is time for you to bid farewell to Bhutan with the joyful memories. Bhutan Myway would like to wish you a happy flight and safe journey.
Transfer to and from the airport
Twin-sharing accommodation in 3-star hotels
FIT surcharges of US$40/person/night for a solo traveler and US$30/person/night for a group of two. And group of three and above are exempted from surcharges by law
Licensed Bhutanese English-speaking guide for tour
All entrance fee to museums and monuments
Transportation within Bhutan
Visa fees of US$ 40 (one time fees)
All internal taxes including royalty (US$ 65/person/night)
Air fare (both international and domestic)
Any kind of insurance
Any king of external tax
Tipping for guide and driver
Single room supplement of US$40/room/night, if you want a separate room apart from the twin-sharing accommodation
Upgrades to 4-star and 5 star luxury accommodation available on request
Other personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, phone call, etc
Travel insurance (recommended)
Other miscellaneous expenditure
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Travel Advise: To save travel cost, travel with group and get exemption from supplementary cost and surcharges.