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Nimalung Festival Tour

Nimalung Festival Tour

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The festival is held every year in the 5th month of the Bhutanese calendar, where the nine meters high and twelve meters wide Guru Rinpoche Thongdrol (large Scroll Painting) is unfurled. The Thongdrol which was donated by Lopen Pemala was consecrated in June 1994 in the presence of a large crowd of villagers by Lhalung Thuksey Rinpoche, the mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa. During the festival, a series of mask dances are performed.

10 Days
2+ Age
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Paro / Paro
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and light jacket.
  • Included
    Nimalung Festival Tour
    3 Star Hotel Accommodation
    One time visa fees US$40
    Basic Trekking Equipments
    All taxes and fees
    Entrance fees to all the monument and museum
    Royalty US$ 65/person/night(Child under 12 year is exempt from Royalty US$65)
    Personal Guide
  • Not Included
    Tips
    International Telephone Calls
    Laundry Bills
    Bar Bills
    Travel Insurance
    International Flights
    All Ground Transportation
    Mineral drinking water
    5 Star Accommodation
    All Meal While Trek
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Day 1: ARRIVE PARO – THIMPHU
Upon your arrival at the beautiful valley of Paro, you will be transferred to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
In Thimphu, you can visit the National Memorial Chorten, within which there are finely executed wall paintings and delicately fashioned statues which provide deep insight into Buddhist philosophy, also we will visit Folk Heritage museum and National Library of Bhutan. In the evening you will visit Tashicho Dzong, a beautiful old fortress which now serves as a Government Secretariat Building.
Overnight at Thimphu.
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Day 2: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA
After breakfast we will proceed to Punakha across Dochula pass (3,088m/10,130ft). The highest point on the road is marked by a large Bhutanese Chortens and prayer flags fluttering on the hill. On a clear day, there is a breathtaking view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas from this spot. Check into the hotel on reaching Punakha. Until 1955, Punakha served as the capital town of Bhutan and it is still the winter seat of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot). Visit Punakha Dzong, built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in the 17th century and situated at the junction of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers.
Stay overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
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Day 3: PUNAKHA – TRONGSA
Drive from Punakha to Bumthang via Trongsa (8 hrs) over the Dochu-La pass (3,100m) and Pele La pass (3,420m) on the Black Mountain range. Enroute visit beautiful Chendebji Chorten, erected in the 18th century.
The imposing Trongsa Dzong can be viewed across a deep canyon to signal your approach to the town around a curving road. Trongsa is the ancestral home of Bhutan's ruling dynasty. After lunch, visit Trongsa Dzong, the largest Dzong in Bhutan. The view from the Dzong is spectacular and one can see across the landscape for many miles.
Also visit the Ta Dzong museum housing an incredible collection of historical artifacts of the Royal Family.
Stay at Trongsa for the night.
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Day 4: TRONGSA – BUMTHANG
Today, we will drive to Bumthang, home to some of Bhutan's oldest Palaces and temples. We will take the road via Yotongla pass at 3425m before entering Bumthang. The valley's barley fields, apple groves and meadows lay below huge hills which climb up towards the Himalayan mountain wall separating Bhutan from Tibet. By lunch time, we will have reached Bumthang. We will be going to Jakar before some sightseeing around Bumthang.
Overnight at your lodge in Jakar, Bumthang.
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Day 5: BUMTHANG SIGHTSEEING & WITNESS NIMALUNG FESTIVAL
Today, we will participate in the Nimalung festival as witnesses. When the festival is concluded in the afternoon, we will visit Jampa Lhakhang which is the oldest monastery/temple in Bhutan. We will also visit Jakar Dzong if time permits.
Halt overnight at your lodge in Jakar.
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Day 6: BUMTHANG SIGHTSEEING
Enjoy a day exploring some of the many sites around Bumthang. The 16th century Tang Ugyen Chholing Palace stands features a museum containing an excellent overview of traditional rural life in Bhutan. Continue on to visit the pool of Mebartso (The Lake of Fire). It is here that Pemalingpa (founder of the Nyingmapa sect) is said to have found treasure hidden by Guru Rinpoche.
Overnight at your lodge in Jakar, Bumthang.
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Day 7: BUMTHANG – GANGTEY
Start early today for Gangtey, about 6 hrs from Bumthang. Farmhouses and temples dot the landscape and you will see local farmers wearing the traditional woven bamboo hats of central Bhutan. The wide and picturesque Phobjikha valley is one of Bhutan's few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black necked cranes (November – March) migrating from the Tibetan plateau. Visit Gangtey Goempa (Monastery), the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan and explore Phobjika Valley with time to view the Black-Necked Cranes.
Overnight at your hotel in Phobjikha.
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Day 8: GANGTEY - PARO
Morning visit to view the Black-Necked Cranes (winter only) before departing for Paro (approx 7 hrs). From Gangtey the road gradually descends into the balmy Punakha valley before climbing up over Dochu La Pass.
Overnight at your hotel in Paro.
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Day 9: PARO SIGHTSSEING
After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The walk of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometre above the Paro valley floor (for those who cannot hike, we will arrange a horse for transfer up to a certain distance). The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The Monastery is also an important pilgrim site for the Buddhists. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for refreshments before returning to Paro for lunch.
In the afternoon drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, built to commemorate a victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. In fine weather the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop. On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Make day trip to the Haa Valley, one of the most picturesque districts in Bhutan. Reached via the beautiful Chelila Pass, Haa Valley is characterised by its surrounding rugged and mountainous terrain.
Overnight at your hotel in Paro.
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Day 10: DEPARTURE
Breakfast in the hotel, then drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Tashi Delek!

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