The Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival 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.
Druk Wangyel Festival is an annual festival held on December 13th at the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang Festival Ground located at Dochula Pass around 22km from the
capital city Thimphu. Dochula Pass is one of the most scenic locations in the entire kingdom, offering a stunning panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range.
Set amidst this breathtaking backdrop, the Dochula Druk Wangyal Tsehchu is an experience unlike any other and truely exemplifies Bhutanese cultural traditions.
Duration :7 days 6 nights
Date : 13 December 2019
Places covered : Paro, Thimphu & Punakha
Day 1: Paro Arrival, Drive to Thimphu
Pick up from Paro airport and If the flight is morning will visit
Dungtse lhakhang which one of old unique temple in the country. Then drive up to visit Ta dzong (watch tower) built in 1951 to
use as a watch tower to defend Ringpung dzong and Paro valley during the time of war and converted into national museum in
1967 which recorded in UNESCO world heritage. Unfortunately original museum was destroyed by the earthquake in September 2011
but one can still see a magnificent collection of Bhutanese artifacts like costumes, religious Tahngka paintings, arm weapons,
and a fascinating collection of Bhutan stamps in new gallery. Then will visit Paro Ringpung dzong which is one of the
finest example of Bhutanese architecture. If still feel energetic you can take a short walk down to the cantilever bridge.In
the evening will drive to Thimphu and on the way will stop to pictures of magnificent 15 century temple called
Taachog lhakhang which was built by great iron builder Drupthop Thangthong Gyalpo.And take a short walk down to the
river to see a 15 century old iron chain bridge built by the same builder of temple. After you arrive at Thimphu you
can take a leisurely walk around the town to feel the atmosphere of capital.
Night halt in Thimphu [Hotel].
Day 2: Thimphu Sightseeing
After breakfast will visit; Memorial Chorten which was built by Her majesty Ashi Phuntsho Choden in memory of her
late son His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk ("the father of modern Bhutan") the third king of Bhutan. Kuenselphodrang where
you can see largest buddha statue in Bhutan which is about 169 feet tall. Then will visit Changangkha Lhakhang (Temple) the oldest
temple in Thimphu. Followed byFolk and Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of Bhutan's living traditions. Then
will visit Zorig Chusum, where students are taught 13 arts and crafts of Bhutan. And will also visit National Library.
Will have lunche and after lunch wull visit Bhutan post if you like to have personilised stamps. Then will visit
Vegetable Market provided
it falls on weekend. Towards evening will visit drive Motithang, and visit Takin Reservation where you will find Takin, the
National animal of Bhutan native to only Himalayas. Then will drive towards Trashichho dzong, the beautiful fortress which houses most
of the Government's office and King's Throne room. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot enroute will
visit Nunnery at Zilikha. Night halt in Thimphu [Hotel].
Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha [Dochula Festival]
After breakfast will drive to Dochual Dochula (3150m) and its here the festival will take place. Will stop there for the
festival. And here you can see 108 Druk Wangyel Chorten. And if the weather is fine you can also see the Himalyan ranges that fall within
Bhutan. Towards evening will drive down to Punakha. On reaching Puankha will check into Hotel. Night halt at Puankha.
Day 4: Punakha Halt
Today after breakfast will drive till Yobesa and then will have a short Hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten from where
you will have a stunning view a Kabesa viallage and the Mochu River, with all paddy fields in the back of rivers. After the
will visit Punakha dzong built on the confluence of Phochu (Male River) and Mochu (Female River). Today it is the winter
residence of the Je- khenpho the chief abbot and also serves as the administration center of the Punakha district. Followed by
suspension bridge, which is one of the longest bridge in Bhutan.
Night halt in Punakha [Hotel/Resort]
Day 5: Punakha to Paro
After breakfast will visit Sangchen Dorji Lhundrup Nunnery at Wolakha from where you will have a very good view of the villages around. Then will
will drive towards Wangduephodrang and on the way will visit Chimi Lhakhang which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in 15th
century (This monk is popularly known as the Devine madman for his philosophy, “Salvation through sex”). He subdued the demons
with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “The Temple of Fertility”. And it is a short hike through the paddy fields.
After that will have lunch and then will continue to Paro. On reaching Thimphu depeding on the time will visit Simtokha Dzong which
is the oldest fortress in Bhutan. Then will continue to paro. Night halt in Paro [Hotel/Farm House] depeding on your choice.
Day 6: Hike Taktshang(Tigers Nest)
Today will have a day hike to the sacred Taktsang Goenpa (tiger nest monastery) which was built on the rock face at 900 meters above the valley
floor. The history says guru Rinphoche during his second visit to Bhutan in 8th century have flew to the place riding on a tigress to subdue demon
Singye Samdrup and meditated here for three months. Later temporary ruler of Bhutan GyalsheTenzin Rabgay has built monastery in 16 century. It
one of the most highlighted holy site of the tourist as well it is a place where Bhutanese people belive they must visit once in their life time.
Todays dinner will be at Farm house and if you are interested can also take a traditional Hot Stone Bath.
Night halt in Paro [Hotel/Farm House] depeding on your choice.
Day 7: Drive to airport and Departure
Depending on your flight departure time early in the morning your guide will take you to airport to see you off onto your flight and wish you good
journey and Tashidelek(goodbye/good luck).