Thangbi Mani Festival is one of the most vibrant and popular Bhutan’s tshechu celebrated in Chhoekhor Gewog in Bumthang. The 10-day Thangbi Mani Festival tour is an eye-opening opportunity to get an insight into the wonderful spiritual life of the Bhutanese letting you witness the fire blessing ceremony (Mewang) performed in an open ground. It also a chance to marvel at several vibrant masked dances professionally performed by monks. Besides joyfully attending the colorful festival, you can indulge in natural beauty in the country.
 

Duration: 10 Days/ 9 Nights
Start/ End: Paro/ Paro
Tour Route: Paro – Punakha – Bumthang – Gangtey – Thimphu – Paro
Tour Highlight:

  • Enjoy the vibrant ambiance of Thangbi Mani Festival as well as sacred masked dance
  • Get into Mewang ritual (fire blessing)
  • An opportunity to experience old-aged attractions in Bhutan
  • Marvel at the breathtaking views of Bhutan
  • Cooking class or Meditation session with a monk (optional)

Tour Category: Bhutan Festival Tours
Tour Customizable: Definitely! (Without a day of Thangbi Mani festival, tell us your interesting excursion)
Guide: Professional 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 bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges.

Brief Itinerary
Day 01: Paro Arrival
Day 02: Explore Paro
Day 03: Transfer from Paro to Punakha
Day 04: Transfer from Punakha to Bumthang
Day 05: Thangbi Mani Festival – October 10, 2019
Day 06: Explore Bumthang
Day 07: Transfer from Bumthang to Gangtey
Day 08: Transfer from Gangtey to Thimphu
Day 09: Transfer from Thimphu to Paro
Day 10: Paro Departure

 
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Day 01: Paro Arrival

As you arrive at Paro International Airport, our representative will be waiting to meet you and escort you to your hotel in Paro. After lunch, we begin our sightseeing trip around Paro as we head to the National Museum – Ta Dzong. The museum is home to a vast of works of art, religious relics and handicrafts providing a great orientation into history and culture of Bhutan. Then, we visit Rimpong Dzong in order to witness the painting of Milarepa – the great saint considered as the master of meditation by the people in Bhutan and believed to have attained enlightenment in official centers. After that, we enjoy a leisure walk through the stunning cantilever wooden bridge.
Later, enjoy your first dinner at Paro and the rest of the day will be yours.
Overnight at the hotel.

National museum

Day 2: Explore Paro

Today, we will enjoy a hike to Taktsang Goemba – the Tiger’s Nest Monastery after having breakfast. It takes us 1.5 to 2 hours to hike uphill and reach a spot offering breathtaking views overlooking the Taktsang Goemba. The monastery was constructed on a sheer cliff 900m above the valley floor. Once there, carefully listen to your guide because you will be told a very interesting story about the Tiger’s Nest.
In the afternoon, take a drive and we head to the Drukgyel Dzong – a monument structured by the Shabdrung to commemorate his victory of defeating the Tibetan conquest in 1644. It also a chance for you to admire the impressive towering peak – Jomolhari. On returning Paro, we will pay a visit the 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang – one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo.
Overnight at the hotel.

kyichu lhakhang - tour thangbi mani festival

Day 03: Transfer from Paro to Punakha

After breakfast, our journey will begin with a pretty drive to Dochu-La pass (3.100m). On a lovely day, it will be an opportunity to witness an incredible vista of Himalayan peaks before making our way descend to Punakha Valley (3 hours). En route, remember to indulge yourself in vibrant scenery surrounding and the daily life in this remote region.
When we reach Punakha, ready to head to Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan known as the ‘Palace of Great Happiness’. The Dzong is a good example of traditional architecture with 4 intricately embossed entrance pillars which was crafted from cypress as well as decorated in gold and silver.
Next, we visit Chimi Lhakhang where you will see several weirdest things relating to the Drukpa Kuenly – also known as the Divine Madman. The story about this monastery will absolutely be exciting; thus, listen to your guide carefully.
Overnight at the hotel.

dochula pass - best thangbi mani festival tour

Day 04: Transfer from Punakha to Bumthang

This morning, we will drive to Bumthang. En route, we visit stunning Chendebji Chorten which was erected in the 18th century. When you see Trongsa Dzong, it means that you are approaching the town. After lunch, we visit Trongsa Dzong – the largest Dzong in Bhutan. Once there, you can both learn about the Dzong’s history and witness the spectacular view surrounding.
Afterward, we continue driving to Bumthang valley where the barley fields, apple groves, and meadows are waiting to welcome you to the region.
Overnight at the hotel.

Trongsa Dzong

Day 05: Thangbi Mani Festival – October 10, 2019

Our Thangbi Mani festival today will begin. While attending the tshechu, you will marvel at the purification rituals Mewang ceremony (fire blessing) performed by lay monks in an open ground. All the people will jump over the flame three times as in their belief, this action will wash away all sins and misfortunes for a year. You can enjoy this interesting ritual if you want. Masked and folk dance are also performed.
In the afternoon, head to Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred attractions in Bumthang where saint Guru Rinpoche mediated.
Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

thangbi mani festival

Day 06: Explore Bumthang

Today, we enjoy exploring the Bumthang valley. Our journey starts with a visit to the 7th century Jambay Lhakhang – one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Also, we head to Jakar Dzong and Tamshing Lhakhang – a home to interesting and old-aged Buddhist wall paintings.
Later, making our way to visit the 14th century Tang Rimochen Lhakhang which is the places the saint Guru Rinpoche meditated and continue our excursion with Mebar Tsho (means Burning Lake) where some treasures of saint Guru Rinpoche were found in the 15th century by Pema Lingpa.
Overnight at the hotel.

Mebar Tsho - thangbi mani festival 2019

Day 07: Transfer from Bumthang to Gangtey

Wake up early and today, we will take a 6-hour drive to Gangtey. En route, there will be a stunning vista of farmhouses and temples dot the landscape as well as a peaceful view of the locals’ daily life. Furthermore, do not miss the breathtaking view of Phobjikha Valley which is one of the very few stunning glacial valleys in Bhutan – a winter home to black-necked cranes.
We will visit Gangtey Goenpa – the only Nyingmapa temple in the west of Bhutan. We also explore the Phobjikha valley and witness black-necked cranes.
Overnight at the hotel.

Gangtey Goenpa - bhutan thangbi mani festival

Day 08: Transfer from Gangtey to Thimphu

Today, we get up, have breakfast, drive back to Thimphu (about 6 hours) and head to Simtokha Dzong, en route. The Dzong is the oldest one in Bhutan built in 1627 housing the Institute for Culture and Language studies. When we reach Thimphu, check into your hotel. After lunch, the rest of the day will be yours. Freely discover the capital city and enjoy the vibrant nightlife.
Overnight at the hotel.

simtokha dzong - thangbi mani festival in bumthang

Day 09: Transfer from Thimphu to Paro

Enjoy the whole day for sightseeing in Thimphu. Head to gorgeous Buddha Dordenma Statue and the National Memorial Chorten – a showcase of the Buddhist faith in the form of statues and paintings.
Our journey continues with a visit to the 12th Century Changangkha Temple and the National Library which is home to the collection of the 8th-century Bhutanese scriptures.
In the late afternoon, we transfer to Paro.
Overnight at Paro.

Buddha Dordenma Statue

Day 10: Paro Departure

Time to say goodbye Bhutan. Enjoy your last moment in Bhutan with breakfast in the hotel and then, leisurely stroll around the city, go shopping or just relax in a coffee shop/ hotel. Before 2 hours when your flight takes off, our representative will meet you at the hotel and escort you to the Paro International Airport. The trip ends. Hope you had a very good time in Bhutan and wish that we can serve you next time.

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 Excluded?

  • 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