It is an opportunity for you to explore the oldest temple in Thimphu – Changangkha Lhakhang attracting a regular procession of pilgrims, and parents seeking auspicious names for their newborn children. Enjoy the 7-day Changangkha Lhakhang Festival tour, without doubt, you can take one step closer to the thing that you call it the authentic tradition & culture of the Bhutanese. On your journey in Bhutan, besides being overwhelmed in the sacred yet vibrant ambiance of the festival, it will be your chance to experience the incredible natural beauty as well as tourist attractions there.
 

Duration: 7 Days/ 6 Nights
Start/ End: Thimphu/ Paro
Tour Route: Thimphu – Punakha – Paro
Tour Highlight:

  • Marvel at unique dance and ritual displayed by the Bhutan Royal Army rather than monks and lay people
  • Experience a special occasion or celebration, blessings and socializing
  • An opportunity to explore several sacred Buddhist temples and monasteries in the Himalaya
  • Have the good time hiking up to the famous Taktsang Goemba – the Tiger’s Nest Monastery
  • Visit medieval Dzongs (fortresses), museums, and markets
  • Being overwhelmed in the stunning landscapes
  • Not only enjoying Festival in Bhutan but also getting into attractions in Thimphu – Paro – Punakha
  • Cooking lesson or meditating with a monk can be arranged (optional)

Tour Category: Bhutan Festival Tours
Tour Customizable: Definitely ( Without the day of Changangkha Lhakhang Festival – Day 3, you can tell us your interest about the 6 days (or less) remaining in the inquiry form)
Guides: Local guide (English speaking guide, or other languages as your demand)
Transportation: Private first-class-air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Paro Arrival – Transfer to Thimphu
Day 2: Free Day in Thimphu – Thimphu Sightseeing
Day 3: Changangkha Lhakhang Festival – Thimphu to Punakha | November, 11th 2019
Day 4: Free Day in Punakha – Punakha Sightseeing
Day 5: Transfer from Punakha to Paro
Day 6: Free Day in Paro – Hike to Taktsang Goemba
Day 7: Paro Departure

 
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Day 1: Paro Arrival – Transfer to Thimphu

Sitting at the ‘iron bird’ and looking outside the window, you will see the panorama of several of the impressive mountains as well as the gorgeous Paro valley with the green terraced fields. As you arrive at the Paro International Airport, our representative will be waiting to warmly greet you at the existing doors following customs formalities.
After lunch, we head to the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang which is one of 108 temples built by the Tibetan King – Songtsen Gampo. Once there, you will get into a purification ceremony to bring good luck on your trip. Later, we will escort you to Thimphu and the rest of the day will be yours.
Overnight at the hotel.

Kyichu Lhakhang - changangkha lhakhang

Day 2: Free Day in Thimphu – Thimphu Sightseeing

Today, we will enjoy a full day of sightseeing in the bustling capital. There will be several impressive attractions that we will visit such as the Buddha Dordenma Statue, a giant structure made of bronze and gilded in gold and the National Memorial Chorten where you will get an insight into Buddhist faith via paintings and statues there. Our Bhutan sightseeing tour continues on to the National Library which is home to the collection of the 8th-century Bhutanese scriptures; the Tashi Chho Dzong being home to some ministries.
Lucky you because your day 2 in Thimphu is the weekend and you can enjoy the Thimphu Market to discover various Bhutanese food like basket upon basket of fiery chilies, greens, fresh cheese, and so on. Also, you can see an arrange of stalls selling Bhutanese handicrafts that you can buy some of them as souvenirs.
Overnight at the hotel.

Thimphu market - changangkha lhakhang thimphu

Day 3: Changangkha Lhakhang Festival – Thimphu to Punakha | November, 11th 2019

Time to attend the Changangkha Lhakhang Festival. With an appraisal to the local deity ‘Domsap’, the festival will begin followed a religious and cultural dancing performance of monks from Changangkha Lhakhang wearing masks and elaborate costumes. So many vibrant and sacred things which will be displayed during the festival, are waiting for you.
Later, leave Thimphu behind and transfer to Punakha over the Dochula pass. On a lovely day, the route offers you an incredible vista of the Himalayan peaks. The pretty drive takes you 3 hours to reach Punakha Valley.
After dinner, we stroll around Punakha town.
Overnight at the hotel.

changangkha festival

Day 4: Free Day in Punakha – Punakha Sightseeing

After breakfast, head to Punakha Dzong, also known as the Palace of Great Happiness. This Dzong is considered the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan situated at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu offering an opportunity to enjoy both the sacred ambiance in the Dzong and the majestic view surrounding.
Having lunch and then, we go to Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility built by the Drukpa Kuenly or the Divine Madman. Once there, be ready to see something strange that cannot be seen at other Buddhist sites in the world. Because of this is the temple of fertility, the monastery has many phallic paintings on the wall and, inside the property, many wooden phalluses is placed too. The Chimi Lhakhang is visited by most childless couples for a blessing.
Latter, overnight at the hotel.

Punakha dzong - changangkha lhakhang bhutan

Day 5: Transfer from Punakha to Paro

This morning, we take a pretty drive to Yabesa village and enjoy a hiking trip through paddy fields to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten perching high on a hill on the bank of the river. Entner the chorten, it is time for you to witness something incredible like paintings of Nyingmapa Traditions.
Today, we have a special lunch as we have a picnic on a picturesque riverbank before discovering Wangdue Phodrang Dzong built in 1639 perching on a spur at the confluence of 2 rivers.
Later, we drive back to Thimphu and visit handicraft and souvenir stores. Then, we proceed to Paro and head to Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress built in 1627, housing the Institute for Language and Culture studies.
Overnight at the hotel.

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten - changangkha lhakhang tours

Day 6: Free Day in Paro – Paro Sightseeing

The last day in Bhutan. Having breakfast and we enjoy a hiking trip to Taktsang Goemba. Hike uphill (about 2 hours) and you will be taken above the Paro Valley floor. If you cannot hike, we will arrange horses for transfer up to the viewpoint where you can marvel at the Tiger’s Nest on a sheer cliff face 900m above the valley floor offering a spectacular sight. Then, we have lunch in a teahouse nearby.
Later, in the afternoon, we pay a visit to the International MuseumTa Dzong where give you an insight into Bhutanese historical, cultural, and religious past through many religious relics, arts, and handicrafts. Head to Rimpong Dzong to learn about saint Milarepa, the master of meditation by the Bhutanese belief.
There will be an alternative option that you can spend your day 6 with a trip to Haa Valley, one of the most gorgeous districts in Bhutan. Once there, we hike uphill and reach the impressive Chele La pass offering you a stunning view of the whole valley. Keep your camera handy because you will not want to miss an opportunity to take some photos.
Later, we drive back to Paro. Enjoy your last night in Bhutan.

Taktsang goemba - changangkha lhakhang in thimphu

Day 7: Paro Departure

Time to say goodbye Bhutan. Enjoy your last moment in Bhutan with breakfast in the hotel and then, stroll around the city, do some shopping, or just simply relax in a coffee shop with friends and recall the most beautiful memory about our Changangkha Lhakhang Festival tour. The trip ends, hope you have the most memorable time with us and wish that we can serve you next time in Bhutan.

What’s Included?

  • Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing by the private air-conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide
  • English speaking tour guide will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. He or she will provide you with the best local knowledge available.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast as per detail itinerary
  • Entrance fees & permits (if have)
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary with authentic local food. Western food is available (upon request) (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Bottle of drinking water
  • Domestic air tickets
  • English speaking local tour guide in each city
  • Entrance fees and zone fees for places mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transfers and sightseeing by private air-conditioned car

What’s Exluded?

  • International flights and airport taxes (Visa)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Other meals which are not indicated above
  • Surcharge and compulsory dinners (if any)
  • Beverages in the restaurants where meals are included
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Personal and other expenses such as porterage, bar bills and laundry not stated in the itinerary