The Bhutan Folk Festival celebrates and honors the living traditions and cultural heritage of Bhutan. Held in the grounds of the 17th century Punakha Dzong, this 3-day event is new to the region and is an opportunity to experience and interact in age-old traditions. Colorful and often vocal displays of the national sport, rural games, traditional cuisine, and religious proceedings pay homage to the local arts and artisans, in a country intent on preserving its national identity.

Start/End: Paro/Paro
Duration: 10 days/9 nights
Tour route: Paro – Haa Valley – Taktsang – Punakha – Folk Festival – Thimphu
Tour Highlights

  • Three days Folk Festival held in the grounds of the Punakha Dzong in Western Bhutan
  • The national day of Bhutan 17th December: colorful displays of folk dancing and sports demonstrations in the capital city – Thimphu
  • Hike to Taktsang with the spectacular view from “Tiger Nest” – a 17th-century monastery built cliffside overlooking the Paro Valley
  • Visit some of the country’s most impressive Dzongs, working fortresses with spectacular artwork and home to Buddhist monks

Tour Category: Bhutan Tour Itinerary
Tour Customizable: Definitely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Guides: Local Guide (English Speaking Guide, Other Languages depends on your Request)
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 – 3: Arrival and Paro Valley Sightseeing (D)
Day 4: Paro – Punakha (B)
Day 5 – 7: Bhutan Folk Festival (B, L)
Day 8 & 9: Thimphu Sightseeing (B)
Day 10: Depart: free time until transfer to the airport (B)

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Day 1 – 3 Arrival and Paro Valley Sightseeing (D)

A guided tour of the enchanting Paro Valley over the next 3 days – the 17th century Paro Dzong, towering over the valley below, the National Museum houses collections of Bhutanese treasures and artworks. Walking through Paro town lined with willow trees, large white monuments tower over the towns local archery field, over a traditional wooden bridge and into the heart of the valley.

thunder dragon folk festival - 10 days

Magnificent views abound from the Cheli La Pass an offering of prayer flags, a Buddhist ritual, then descending into the time forgotten Haa Valley. A spectacular day hike to the magnificent Taktsang Monastery (or Tiger Nest) at 3140 meters, perched cliffside an important Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Himalayas. The highly revered ancient 7th-century temple Kyichu housing an impressive statue of Chenrezig ‘god of compassion’ with its 11 heads and 1000 hands.tiger nest - bhutan vacation packages

Day 4: Paro – Punakha (B)

Day 4 begins with a road trip to Punakha, a low altitude fertile valley, en route we visit the oldest fortress in the Kingdom, the Simtokha Dzong. Constructed in 1627 and home to the Institute for language and cultural studies, the ornate interior is a display of some of the most beautiful artistry in Bhutan. A further 45-minute road trip to Dochu La, take in the views of the Himalayan ranges, colorful displays of Buddhist prayer flags and the 108 memorial monuments.Simtokha Dzong - bhutan toursApproaching Wangdue Phodrang the valley opens up into a wide turquoise blue river, we stop off for a short hike through rice fields to Chime Lhakhang – the abode of fertility. Arriving in the beautiful Punakha Valley, located at the meeting of the mother & father rivers the valley abounds with terraced rice crops, orchards, and plantations. We spend the afternoon exploring the Punakha Valley, and an afternoon hike to Yuley Namgay Chorten.

Wangdue Phodrang - tour itinerary bhutan

Day 5 – 7: Bhutan Folk Festival (B, L)

These days head for the traditional Bhutanese Folk Festival, the Tashi Khadar – a white scarf of goodwill and purity, displays of traditional indigenous games, competitions and handicrafts begin the three days Folk Festival. Demonstrations of rural practices, pottery, and traditional food are some of the many and varied displays. A communal family lunch is served with participants and guests dining on local cuisine in a festive and traditional manner. Buddhist astrologers, priests, and villagers perform traditional rituals for the archery tournament – the kingdom’s national sport.
Tashi Khadar - bhutan itinerary packagesA display of skill with traditional bamboo bows, celebratory dances, and songs, shooting from over 120 meters this ancient sport is played throughout all of Bhutan. Sample regional delicacies, participate in local games and gain an insight into rural household practices still used today. The final day of the Bhutan Folk Festival is a religious proceeding, lead by the high priest carrying Buddhist scripts from the Dzong fortress through several surrounding local villages, offering a blessing to all from evil spirits and to atone from bad deeds committed in the past and present.Archery Tournament in Bhutan

Day 8 & 9: Thimphu Sightseeing (B)

Thimphu possesses a real charm, situated at 2350 meters, this capital lies in a steep valley, with alpine forests and numerous golden topped monasteries scattered throughout. A Tibetan style monument in design, the Memorial Chorten, with its golden spire, this impressive Stupa was constructed in honor of the ‘mind of Buddha’ – one of the three traditional pillars of Buddhism and in memory of the 3rd King.

Memorial Chorten - bhutan tour itinerarySprawled along the Thimphu Chhu river is the Trashi Chhoe Dzong a pleasant late afternoon walk from town to the Thimphu Dzong, as it is commonly referred to. A farewell dinner to savor traditional cuisine and celebrate the incredible journey in this kingdom of mythology and ancient traditions.

Day 10: Depart (B)

The day at leisure until the driver pick you up for a flight to your departure.

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.