This Bhutan festival tour is held at Tangbi village. The Thangbi Mani is a 4–day festival performed in Tangbi Lhakhang. It is held annually from 14th to 17th of the eighth month of the Bhutanese calendar. The people from the three villages of Thangbi, Goling and Kharsath have been organising the annual festival since its inception. People from all over the villages come here to witness the festival. It is believed that this festival brings happiness, better harvest and prosperity of the village.
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Day 1: Arrive in Paro – Thimphu.
The flight into Paro on Bhutan’s national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of the country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. The first gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you will drive you to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. The drive will take around 1 hour. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights.
Day 2: Thimpu Sightseeing Tour
In the morning you may first stop at Bhutan’s National Bank to exchange currency as well as visit the Post Office to view and purchase elaborate and exquisite Bhutanese collector item stamps. We then will visit the National Memorial Chorten which was built in 1974 in memory of the third king. Also, the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved and the Takin Reserve which protects the national animal of Bhutan. After lunch visit the Textile Museum and the Arts and Crafts School. A visit to the House of Incense and House of Paper are always favorites as well.
Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha
After breakfast, start drive to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After stopping for tea and the view, we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha and drive to your hotel for lunch and check in. After lunch visit Punakha Dzong, winter seat of the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo (Female) Chu and Pho (Male) Chu. If time permits take a hike to Khamsum Yueley Chorten (45 minutes one way) through the terraced rice fields and overlooking the village to kabina.
Day 4: Punakha – Bumthang.
Today we start early for the fabulous drive to the central valleys of Bhutan. The drive to Bumthang via Trongsa is approximately 7 hours crossing over Pele La pass (3,300m) and Yotongla pass (3,400m). We pass Wangdue, one of the major towns and district headquarters of Western Bhutan. We climb steadily passing through semi-tropical vegetation and then to Pelela Pass (3,300m) with an alpine environment of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo. This pass is traditionally considered the boundary between West and East Bhutan. If the weather is clear the Himalayan ranges can be seen, particularly the peak of Chomolhari (7,314m) to the west. En route we cross Chendebji Chorten built many centuries ago to suppress a demon. In Trongsa we visit the impressive Trongsa Dzong, ancestral home of the ruling dynasty. In olden days the dzong commanded the passage between East and West Bhutan. We then drive to Bumthang valley described as “one of the most beautiful spot in the Himalayas” across the Yotongla passes (3,400m).
Day 5: Bumthang full day at Tangbi Mani Festival.
Today we drive and hike to attend a very unique village festival Tangbi Mani Festival. Masks of glorious demonic demons and animals arouse your senses as you watch the purification take place. We will join the local people for picnic lunch and games. Watch for the Atsara (clown) this dancer, unique in his own style, mimics dancers and entertains onlookers. Festival deities are invoked through benediction and luck is increased and misfortune gone. We will be captivated by clapping cymbal, drum, horn and the unforgettable chanting of Buddhist monks who perform religious dance of purification.
Day 6: Bumthang excursion and sightseeing
After breakfast we hike to visit Tamshing Monastery, one of the oldest monastic schools built by Terton Pema Lingpa and Kurjey Lhakhang where the Guru Rinpoche subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock. We also visit Jambay Lhakhang (one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in 7th century and Jakar Dzong, seat of the district administration. In the afternoon drive towards east of Bumthang valley to visit Membar Tsho (burning lake) where Pema Lingpa found some Dharma and then visit Swiss Cheese farm where you can taste the cheese along with some cider juices and wines produced locally.
Day 7: Bumthang – Trongsa – Wangdue
After an early breakfast drive to Wangdue via Trongsa.
Day 8: Wangdue – Gangtey
Morning drive to Gangtey enroute visit the ruins Wangdue Dzong destroyed in a fire in 2012 and continue your drive to Gangtey which lies towards the east of Punakha and Wangdue on the flanks of the Black Mountains. There is an old monastery of Gangtey Gompa dating back to the 17th century. A few kilometers past the Gompa on the valley floor are the fascinating valley of Phobjikha. The gentle sloping hill side of Phobjikha is described as “the most beautiful valley in the Himalayas”. This is the winter home of black-necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains of Tibetan Plateau in the north to pass winter in milder and lower climate. Afternoon walk through the valley and observe the rare “Black Necked Crane” and its habitats. One can get good information about this bird from its observation center in the valley, it is worth a visit.
Day 9: Gangtey – Thimphu – Paro.
After breakfast drive back to Paro with lunch stop at Thimphu.
Day 10: Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s nest).
After breakfast drive the winding road to Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort, which once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Mount Chomolhari can be seen on a clear day from Drukgyal village. We then drive to Ramthangka to hike upto the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The hike to the cafeteria will take around one and half hour. At the view point enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. After lunch at the café walk back to the road point. On your way back visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in 7th century.
Day 11: Paro Airport
Early morning transfer to the airport for your departure flight to onward destination.
Bhutan visa fees.
Flight Cost like Kath/Paro/Kath
Expenses of personal nature like shopping souvenir, drinks, telephone, and internet
Tips for guide and driver.
Bhutan Tour Cost:
The daily tarrif per night for both the high season and the low season is set by the government of Bhutan. In addition; there is a government surcharge per night for individual travelers and for groups of two. For group of three or more there is no government surcharge.
Tourist high season rate: March to May and Sep to Nov.
1 pax group: USD 250 per night per person + surcharge of USD 40/night/person.
2 pax group: USD 250 per night per person + surcharge of USD 30/night/person
3 pax group and above: USD 250 per night per person, no surcharge.
Tourist low season rate: December to February and June to August.
1 pax group: USD 200 per night per person + surcharge of USD 40/night/person.
2 pax group: USD 200 per night per person + surcharge of USD 30/night/person
3 pax group and above: USD 200 per night per person, no surcharge.