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Punakha, Bhutan Festival Tour 2016

12 - 19 February 2016, fixed departure!

Day 1   Arrive Paro - Thimphu
Day 2   Thimphu sightseeing
Day 3   Thimphu - Punakha
Day 4   Punakha Festival (Tsechu)
Day 5   Punakha - Phobjikha Day Excursion
Day 6   Punakha - Paro Sightseeing
Day 7   Paro - Taktshang hike
Day 8   Paro - Flight Departure

After lunch visit a farm house to see how people live with their subsistence farm in the rural village. You can taste their traditional Butter tea with local homemade snacks, and taste Ara which is a distilled local wine. Nighthalt stay at the hotel in Punakha.

Today there will be many local people dressed up with different finest silk cloths with intricate designs; particularly you will see many Bhutanese women wearing most expensive cloths with jewelries and ornaments during the festival. And you will see different religious mask dances and some folk songs during the day at the Punakha festival. Overnight stay at the hotel in Punakha.

After lunch, you will visit the Paro Ringpung dzong built in 1646 and now serves as head of the administration for Paro district. And then, visit Kyichu monastery dating back to the 7th Century. This is one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan built by Tibetan king Songtshen Gempo to pin down the ogress. Afterwards visit the historical Drugyel Dzong which is a ruin fortress now, built by Shabdrung in 1649 to commemorate the winning victory over the Tibetans in 1644. Thus Drugyel Dzong means the Bhutanese victorious fortress. Overnight stay in Paro.

Taktsang monastery is perched on the face of a cliff 800 Mts, above the Paro valley. It is a memorable spiritual journey. It was here that the great Tantric master, Guru Padmasambhava flew in from Tibet on the back of a flying tigress to propagate his teachings in Bhutan. If you cannot continue your hike inside the monastery, you can stop at the Cafeteria from where you can have a spectacular view of the Tiger's Nest. Lunch at the cafeteria, and hike back all downhill till you reach your car parked point. You can stroll around the town in the evening for your last minute souvenirs shopping. Overnight stay in Paro.

Day 08. Paro - Flight Departure
Our guide and driver will drop you at the airport for your departure

Tashi Delek, and have a pleasant flight back home!

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