Overview The Druk Wangyel Tshechu Festival Tour is an exhilarating cultural journey that offers a unique and vibrant experience in Bhutan. Lasting for five days, this festival takes place in the beautiful region of Dochu La Pass, located at an altitude of 3,100 meters, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range. The tour begins with your arrival in Paro, where you'll provide greetings with the serene and scenic landscape of Bhutan. From there, you'll embark on a picturesque drive to Thimphu, the capital city, where the main festivities of the Druk Wangyel Tshechu take place. The Druk Wangyel…
The Druk Wangyel Tshechu Festival Tour is an exhilarating cultural journey that offers a unique and vibrant experience in Bhutan. Lasting for five days, this festival takes place in the beautiful region of Dochu La Pass, located at an altitude of 3,100 meters, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range.
The tour begins with your arrival in Paro, where you’ll provide greetings with the serene and scenic landscape of Bhutan. From there, you’ll embark on a picturesque drive to Thimphu, the capital city, where the main festivities of the Druk Wangyel Tshechu take place.
The Druk Wangyel Tshechu is a relatively new festival in Bhutan, initiated in 2011 to honor the fourth king’s contribution to the nation. It features a series of vibrant masked dances and cultural performances by monks and local artists. The dances depict ancient legends, religious stories, and moral tales, adding an aura of mysticism and spirituality to the festival.
As you witness the captivating performances, you’ll immersed in Bhutanese traditions and customs. The festival is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the country and offers a glimpse into its deep-rooted Buddhist beliefs.
Apart from the festival, the tour also includes visits to some of Bhutan’s most iconic landmarks. You’ll explore the magnificent Punakha Dzong, a grand fortress nestled between the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. The Dzong showcases stunning architectural craftsmanship and holds great historical significance.
Throughout the trip, you’ll be accompanied by experienced guides who will provide insights into Bhutanese culture, history, and traditions. The tour also includes comfortable accommodation, transportation, and delicious Bhutanese cuisine, ensuring a seamless and memorable experience.
The Druk Wangyel Tshechu Festival Tour is an enchanting journey that combines cultural immersion, natural beauty, and spiritual exploration. It is an ideal choice for those seeking an authentic and transformative travel experience in the mystical land of Bhutan.
Arrive Paro by the Bhutanese National Carrier flying over the world’s highest mountains and finally landing at the lush green Paro valley. A cool and clean fresh air greets the visitor as stepping down from the plane, the first gift of Bhutan. After clearing customs and visa formalities, meet the representatives and the Bhutanese guide, and a short tour brief by the guide then transfer to Paro town for lunch.
Then drive towards Thimphu (the capital of Bhutan) for about 1 & half hours drive. In Thimphu, visit Buddha point for a stunning view of Thimphu city and Takin Compound- on the way to the viewpoint over Thimphu is the home of Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin. Then continue to Tashi Choe Dzong- the fortress of the glorious religion was initially constructed in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in the 1960s, Folk Heritage Museum – a 300 year old traditional house converted into a museum, Centenary Farmers Market, the new authentic craft bazaar. Overnight at Hotel.(Lunch/Dinner included)
After breakfast, drive to Dochula Pass (3140m) which takes about 45 minutes from Thimphu where the Druk Wangyel Festival is held. From the pass, one can witness spectacular views of the eastern Himalayas. The festival portrays Bhutanese culture & traditions performed by the Royal Bhutan Armed Forces rather than the monks or lay people. It is a tribute to the wise leadership of His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck and celebrated for the continuous efforts of the Royal Army in protecting the sovereignty and the stability of the country. The festival is held at the Druk Wangyel Lhakhang by the Majesty Queen Mothe Ashi Dorji Wangmo. After attending the festival drive to Punakha en-route taking a hike to the Chimi Lhakhang. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
Drive to Wangduephodrang Dzong, which is perched on a spur at the confluence of two rivers. The position of the Dzong is remarkable as it completely covers the spur and commands an impressive view both up and down the valley. Then drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forest, and over a high pass down into the Phobjikha valley, surely one of the loveliest high altitude valleys in Bhutan. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black-necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan plateau. Enjoy 1½ hours Gangtey nature trail from the monastery through the jungle before emerging to the valley floor. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
After breakfast, drive back to Paro cross Dochula pass which is about 5 hours drive. PM: Stroll around the streets of Paro. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
This morning, make an excursion to Taktsang Monastery – this has to be the monastery with the most outstanding setting in Bhutan. Set on a vertical cliff face at 2950m above sea level, it defies all engineering logic. For the energetic, hike 2 hours up to get a more dramatic view of the monastery. (The hike demands a certain level of fitness and a pony ride to the monastery can be arranged at additional cost). Just on the outskirts of Paro town, visit Kyichu Lhakang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan and have the opportunity to meet the local villages in a local farm house. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch the onward flight. Bid farewell to the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappearing again behind its guardian mountains.(Breakfast only included)
Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
• 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
• Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
• Route Permit
• Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
• A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
• All land transportation by private vehicle
• Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
• Sightseeing as per itinerary
• Monuments entrance fees where applicable
• Drinking water
• All internal taxes and charges
• A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
Airfare & Travel Insurance
• Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
• Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc
The Druk Wangeyl Tshechu is celebrated on every 13th December at the Druk Wangyel Lhakhang located at the Dochula pass (3140m) en-route Thimphu to Punakha. The festival began celebrating from the year 2011 to mark the victory over the insurgents residing in Bhutan in 2003. The Druk Wangyel Lhakhang was built in four year’s period (2004-2008) by her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo. The festival is unique as it is performed by the Royal Bhutan Armed Forces and not by monks or lay men. It comprise of mask dances and cultural performances held at the open fiends with spectacular Himalayan backdrop. Besides, the tour visits other interesting locations around Bhutan like the beautiful Phobijikha Valley in Gangtey, Punakha and going along for the popular hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ perched in a vertical cliff located outskirts of Paro town.