DRUK WANGYAL FESTIVAL

8 days /Package Prices: USD 1,310.00/- per person

Fixed Departure Dates: 11 Dec – 18 Dec 2019

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

DAY 01 (11 Dec): ARRIVE PARO – THIMPHU
DAY 02 (12 Dec): THIMPHU
DAY 03 (13 Dec): THIMPHU – PUNAKHA (Attend Festival at Dochula)
DAY 04 (14 Dec): PUNAKHA
DAY 05 (15 Dec): PUNAKHA – PARO
DAY 06 (16 Dec): PARO
DAY 07 (17 Dec): PARO – THIMPHU – PARO
DAY 08 (18 Dec): DEPART PARO

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Druk Wangyal Festival/Tshechu was established in 2011 in commemoration of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and the Armed Forces’ victory over Indian insurgent forces residing in southern Bhutan in 2003. It takes place every December 13th at the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang Festival Ground located at Dochula Pass around 22km from the capital city Thimphu. It differs from the other festivals in that it is performed by the Royal Bhutan Army rather than monks or lay people. It is a tribute to the wise leadership of His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King of Bhutan. It also celebrates the continuous efforts of the Royal Bhutan Army in protecting the sovereignty and the stability of the country.

Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck is the founder and patron of the Druk Wangyal Festival. Druk Wangyal Lhakhang, the venue for the festival, and the 108 Khangzang Chortens at the Dochula Pass were also built by Her Majesty. Dochula Pass is located at an altitude of 3,116m, and is one of the most scenic locations in the entire kingdom, offering a stunning panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. The close proximity of this festival to Paro and Thimphu makes it ideal for those with limited time looking to experience a Bhutanese festival as well as the unique cultural experiences that Bhutan has to offer.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DRUK WANGYEL TSECHU TOUR

Druk Wangyel Festival takes place every year December 13, at Druk Wangyel Festival ground located at Dochula pass (3150m), which is about 45mins drive from Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.

Witness the celebration of traditional Bhutanese culture and faith and Druk Wangyal Festival (Tsechu), held in the grounds of the at the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang Festival Ground located at Dochula Pass. Dochula pass is adorned with prayer flags, 108 stupas and offers a stunning panoramic view of Eastern Himalayan Mountain ranges including highest Mountain in Bhutan, Gangkar Puensum.

This Bhutan tour also explores all of the highlights of Bhutan’s western valleys, including the famous Taktsang Monastery at Paro, Punakha Dzong, and the many sites of Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu.

Witness unique dances and rituals performed by the Royal Bhutan Army rather than monks or lay people.

Join in with locals in a special occasion of celebration, blessings and socialising.

Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.

Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.

Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor.

Marvel at the elaborate and ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples.

Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests.

Incorporate a Value-Added Option such as a cooking lesson or meditation session with a monk.

BHUTAN TOUR DATES

The Fixed Departure tours were especially designed keeping in mind cost saving for our clients without compromising on the quality of the experience. Our tour is perfect for the client who is adventurous, friendly and willing to share their adventure with other travelers.  The itinerary dates and times are set to facilitate the timely completion of the tours for all our clients that select the set departure tour packages.

Please NOTE that the tours dates are fixed and not changeable in order to ensure the concessions of group travel for our clients.   We set minimum of three clients and maximum of 16 in a group.

To know more about the festival visit: Druk Wangyal Tour Highlights

WHAT’S INCLUDED

*Private guided tour

*Visas for Bhutan Guaranteed

*Airport transfers

*Daily 3 meals (B/L/D) at designated restaurants or hotels

*Accommodation at 3-star hotel

*A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide

*An experienced driver and Vehicle

*Monument Entry fees & road permits

*Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges

*Mineral bottled water

WHAT’S EXCLUDED

*Flight into Bhutan via Drukair (can be arranged with us)

*Travel Insurance

*Extra baggage charges

*Telephone calls

*Personal expenses

*Soft Drinks and alcoholic Beverages

*Accommodation and meals in luxury hotels

*Tips for the guide and driver