15 Days Nalakhar Mask Dance Festival Tour

15 Days Nalakhar Mask Dance Festival Tour

Sketch Itinerary

The 15 days Nalakhar Mask dance festival tour is held at the Ngaa Lhakhang in Nalakhar village in Bumthang. The three-day festival in one of the most popular festivals in the Choekhor valley and attracts people from all over Bumthang, dressed in their finest attire. This festival is actually celebrated to bring peace, happiness and prosperity to the village and the country. It is also a yearly symbolic moment for good harvest and for the well being of all sentient beings.

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Date: 12 – 14 Dec, 2019
Venue: Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang.

Sketch Itinerary:

Day 01. Arrive at Paro.

Day 02. Paro – Thimphu.

Day 03. Thimphu sightseeing.

Day 04. Thimphu sightseeing.

Day 05. Thimphu – Punakha.

Day 06. Punakha – Gangtey.

Day 07. Gangtey – Trongsa – Bumthang.

Day 08. Bumthang.

Day 09. Bumthang.

Day 10. Bumthang.

Day 11. Bumthang – Wangdi.

Day 12. Wangdi – Thimphu.

Day 13. Thimphu – Paro.

Day 14. Paro.

Day 15. Depart.

Detail Itinerary

Detail Itinerary for 15 Days Nalakhar Mask Dance Festival Tour

Day 01. Arrive Paro. (Altitude 2280 m) By Druk Air flight :
Your Guide from Bhutan Yak Holidays will receive you at the airport and drive you the short distance to the hotel.

  • Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum
  • Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”).

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.

Day 02. Paro – Thimphu, Excursion to Taktsang Monastery: (Altitude 2320 m, Distance 54 km, Drive Time 1 hour): After breakfast,

  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery.
  • Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647, by the Great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D.

In the evening, drive to Thimphu.  On the way, view Tamchog Lhakhang. 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.

Day 03 Thimphu Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m): After breakfast, visit

  • National Memorial Chorten (1974)
  • Dupthop Lhakhang – one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.
  • National Library
  • Painting School.

After lunch, visit

  • Traditional Medicine Institute.
  • Tashichho Dzong.
  • Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.

Day 04. Thimphu Sightseeing (Altitude 2320 m).After breakfast, visit

  • Folk Heritage Museum
  • Textile Museum
  • Changangkha Lhakhang
  • Philatelic office.

After lunch, visit

  • Silver smith at work
  • Hand-made paper factory.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.

Day 05. Thimphu – Punakha: (Altitude 1310 m) (76 Km, 3 hours drive). After breakfast,

  • Drive to Punakha via Dochula pass – You can see the higher Himalayas, if the weather permits
  • Royal Botanical Park at Lam Pelri.
  • Chime Lhakhang.

After lunch,

  • Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Punatshangchhu 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 06. Punakha – Gangtey (Altitude 3120 m) (Distance: 65 km, 3 hrs): After breakfast

  • Drive to the beautiful valley of Gangtey. Enroute sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang includes: visit the ruins of Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638, razed by fire in 2012, and under construction now.
  • Gangtey Gompa Monastery from outside built in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup.
  • Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter.

Dinner and overnight in 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.

Aman Resorts www.amankora.com   (5 Star Resorts)

Day 07. Gangtey – Trongsa – Bumthang: (Altitude 2800 m, Distance 188 km, Drive Time 6 hour drives). After breakfast,

  • Drive to Trongsa and visit Trongsa Dzong
  • Ta Dzong, an ancient watch tower.

After Lunch, drive to Bumthang. Dinner and overnight in 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.

Day 08. Bumthang: (Altitude 2800 m.)  Whole day attend the festival.

Day 09. Bumthang Sightseeing: After breakfast, visit

  • Jakar Dzong built in 1667.
  • Jambay Lhakhang, built by King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet in the year 659.

After lunch,

  • Kurjey Lhakhang built in 1652 by Minjur Tempa.
  • Tamshing Lhakhang (Temple of the good message), established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa.
  • Membarstho which literally means, “The burning Lake”.

Dinner and overnight in Swiss Guest House or similar.

Day 10. Bumthang Sightseeing:

  • Excursion to Ura valley & back to Bumthang (Altitude 3100 m, Distance 51 km, Drive Time 1 hour drive):After breakfast,
  • Excursion to the beautiful valley of Ura

Dinner and overnight in Swiss Guest House or similar.

Day 11. Bumthang – Wangdiphodrang (Altitude 1310 m) (Distance: 197 km, 5 hrs): After breakfast, drive to Wangdiphodrang. Picnic lunch will be served on the way.

In the evening, visit

  • Farm House.

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

Day 12. Wangdiphodrang -Thimphu (Altitude 2320 m) (Distance: 72 km, 3 hrs):  After breakfast, drive to Thimphu.

After lunch,

  • Tallest Statue of Buddha.
  • Free to stroll in the town for shopping/ souvenirs

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

Day 13. Thimphu – Paro (Altitude 2280 m) (Distance: 54 km, 1 hr): After breakfast,

  • Excursion to Cheri Monastery.

After lunch,

  • Takin Preserve Centre.
  • Sangay Gang view point.

In the evening, drive to Paro. Dinner and overnight in Tashi Namgay Resort or similar. www.tnr.bt

Day 14 Paro: (Altitude 2280 m). After breakfast,

  • Drive to Chelila Pass to view the scenery.
  • Kila Goenpa/nunnery

After lunch, visit

  • Bhutanese Farm House.

Dinner and overnight in Tashi Namgay Resort or similar.

Day 15. 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.