10 Days Dochula Bhutan Mask Dance Festival

10 Days Dochula Bhutan Mask Dance Festival

Sketch Itinerary

The 10 days Dochula Bhutan mask dance festival is a unique festival 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 Wangchuk, 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. This one of a kind Tshechu is performed against the backdrop of the magnificent Jigme Singye Wangchuk mountain range at Dochula pass(3100m).

Druk Wangyel Festival is performed primarily to retrace and retell the story of great deeds, sacrifice and bravery of heroes in three parts: the farewell of the heroes, the combat of the heroes and the return of the heroes with creative new costumes and choreography the dance of the heroes tells the tale of a hero’s journey and return.

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Date: 13 December | 2018

Venue: Dochula, Thimphu

Sketch Itinerary:

Day 01. Arrive at Paro.

Day 02. Paro – Thimphu.

Day 03. Thimphu sightseeing.

Day 04. Thimphu – Punakha.

Day 05. Punakha – Gangtey.

Day 06. Gangtey – Trongsa – Bumthang.

Day 07. Bumthang.

Day 08. Bumthang – Thimphu.

Day 09. Dochula Festival.

Day 10. Depart.

Detail Itinerary

Detail Itinerary for 10 Days Dochula Bhutan Mask Dance Festival Tour

Day 01. Arrive Paro (Altitude 2280 m) (By Druk Air flight):

Your Guide from Yak Holidays will receive you at the airport and drive you to the Hotel.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Ta Dzong – National Museum (built in1656 and renovated in 1968)
  • Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”) – built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan.

Dinner and overnight in Tashi Namgay Resort or similar. www.tnr.bt

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Paro.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Paro:

Day 02. Paro – Thimphu (Altitude 2320 m) ( 54 km, 1 hr drive): 

After breakfast, visit to:

  • Taktsang Monastery(Tiger’s Nest) – one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor.
  • Drukgyel dzong – built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders. The glory of Drukgyel Dzong remained even when it was destroyed by fire in 1951.
  • Kyichu Lhakhang – the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to 7th century (the other is Jambey Lhakhang in Bumthang).

After lunch, drive to Thimphu. On the way, visit to:

  • Tamchog Lhakhang – dedicated to the 13th century to Thangthong Gyalpo, the bridge builder. This is a private temple however tourists are allowed to visit if they are given permission.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.  www.hotelmigmar.com

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Thimphu.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Thimphu: 

Day 03. Thimphu Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m).

After breakfast, visit to:

  • Takin Preserve centre – The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and a goat.
  • Painting School- Commonly known as Arts & Crafts School or Painting School, the Institute offers a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.
  • National Memorial Chorten – built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan’s third King, His Late Majesty; King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan.
  • Nunnery- Zilukha nunnery in Drupthob Goemba, Thimphu is biggest nunnery in Bhutan. You can see many nuns chanting prayers and turning prayer wheels in Zilukha nunnery.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Buddha Point
  • Weekend market (Open on Friday – Sunday) –Thimphu weekend market is by far the largest domestic market for the farmers in Bhutan.
  • Tashichho Dzong – built in 1641 and later rebuilt in its present form by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1965.

Day 04.  Thimphu – Punakha: (Altitude 1310 m) (76 Km, 3 hrs drive). After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass (3116 m)

  • Dochula – You can see the higher Himalayas, if the weather permits
  • Royal Botanical Park at Lam Pelri.
  • Chhimi Lhakhang – dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humour, songs and outrageous behavior to dramatise his teachings and due to this also known as “Divine Madman”.
  • Punakha Dzong – Built in 1637, by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region.

Dinner and overnight in Punatsangchhu Cottages or similar. www.punatshangchhucottages.bt

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Punakha.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Punakha: 

Day 05. Punakha – Gangtey: (Altitude 3120 m) (Distance: 60 km, 3 hrs drive)

After breakfast visit to:

  • Wangdiphodrang Dzong razed by fire in 2012, (from outside) built in 1638.
  • Gangtey Gompa – Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second re-incarnation, built the temple.
  • Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter.

Dinner and overnight at the Theckchen Phodrang Guest House or similar.

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Gangtey.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Day 06. Gangtey – Trongsa – Bumthang: (Altitude 2800 m, Distance 188 km, Drive Time 6 hour drives.)  

After breakfast, drive to Trongsa and visit to:

  • Trongsa Dzong- built in its present form in 1644 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa, the official who was sent by Shabdrung to unify eastern Bhutan and enlarged at the end of the 17th century by Desi Tenzin Rabgay.
  • Ta Dzong – an ancient watch tower

After Lunch, drive to Bumthang. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Swiss Guest House or similar. www.swissguesthouse.bt

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Bumthang.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Bumthang:

Day 07. Bumthang Sightseeing: (Altitude 2800 m.)

After breakfast, drive to Bumthang and visit to

  • Jakar Dzong – Founded by great grand-father of the first Shabdrung, the Dzong was initially built as a monastery in 1549.
  • Jambay Lhakhang – built in the 7th century by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Kurjey Lhakhang – Kurje Lhakhang consists of three temples. These three temples are surrounded by a 108 chorten wall.
  • Tamshing Lhakhang (Temple of the good message) – founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa, the re-incarnation of Guru Padsambhava. The temple was restored at the end of the 19th century.
  • Membarstho (Literally means “The Burning Lake”) – in Tang valley is a wide spot on the Tang Chhu (chhu – water / river) considered to be one of the greatest pilgrimage sites of Bhutan.

Dinner and overnight in Swiss Guest House or similar.

Day 08.  Bumthang – Thimphu (Altitude: 2320m)(212 km, 7 hrs): (Altitude 2320 m) Early breakfast, drive to Thimphu. Lunch will be served on the way. Dinner and O/N in Hotel Migmar or similar.

Day 09. Thimphu: Dochula Tshechu (Festival)

We leave Thimphu after breakfast to attend the spectacular Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival, which is about 45-minute drive (22-km) from the capital city of Thimphu.

After lunch, Thimphu Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m).

  • Folk Heritage Museum (Open on weekdays: Monday – Friday)- It is dedicated to connect people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibits, demonstrations, educational programmes and documentation of rural life.
  • Changangkha Monastery – It is a fortress like temple and monastic school perched on a ridge above Thimphu, south of Motithang.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.

Day 10. Departure: (Altitude 2280 m) Early morning, drive to Airport and Farewell.

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Value Added Services
  • Hot stone bath.

    bhutanese archery

    Practicing Archery

  • Cycling around Paro valley.
  • Practice Archery.
  • Bhutanese cooking class.
  • Bhutanese cultural show featuring various mask dances and folk dances.
  • Talk on Gross National Happiness / Buddhism.
  • Consulting an Astrologer.
  • Practice Dart.
  • Performing religious ceremony.
  • Marriage ceremonies.
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Optional Activities
  • Hike to Phajoding/ Tango/Cheri  Monastery.
  • Village walk to Kabisa
  • Mountain biking around Thimphu valley.
  • Hike to Cheri Monastery / Tango Monastery / Phajoding Monastery.
  • White water rafting in Mo Chhu/ Pho Chhu
  • Hike to Dzongdrakha Monastery.
  • Hike to Kila Gompa.
  • Excursion to Chelila Pass.