Thimphu Festival & Culture Tour

8 Days


The Thimphu festival is one of Bhutan’s biggest celebrations, held at the Tashichhodzong in the capital city. It pays homage to Guru Rimpoche, a revered Buddhist master who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan.

First organized in 1867 by the 4th Desi, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay, the Tshechu initially featured a few dances performed exclusively by monks. In the 1950s, the Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck introduced mask dances performed by lay monks, adding vibrancy and diversity to the festival while maintaining its spiritual essence.

This three-day event showcases a rich array of traditional Chham, which are sacred mask dances, alongside captivating folk dances and songs. Attending the Tshechu is believed to bring spiritual merits, and it also serves as an annual social gathering where people come together in their finest attire to celebrate.

The Thimphu Festival & Culture Tour offers a leisurely-paced itinerary that covers major sightseeing spots and historically significant landmarks in Thimphu, Paro, and Punakha valleys. Due to the immense popularity of these festival periods, flights and accommodations tend to fill up quickly. To secure your spot on this festive tour, it’s advisable to plan and book well in advance, whether you prefer to join a small group or travel independently.

Trip Highlights

  • Festival & Culture tour


Guests arrive with different flight timings at Paro airport. Meet and transfer to the hotel nearby.
The group will rendezvous today in the evening (for the join in groups). But those who arrive early will have a short afternoon tour around Paro valley to rejuvenate energy after a long flight.

After breakfast, drive 1hr to the capital Thimphu, where we proceed directly to the festival venue and attend the festival for a whole day with a break for lunch at the hotel. Towards evening, stroll in the town around Norzin Lam, where there will be local food and other stalls on display.

Attend a festival in the morning and rest of the day tour the attractions in the capital, including a visit to the Buddha statue and make a beautiful hike to clear your mind and reduce stress being crowd with gatherings from Kuensel Phodrang to Changangkha Temple. After your hike visits Changangkha Temple built in the 13 century, Takin preserves (National animal of Bhutan), and try the traditional food in local restaurant either lunch or dinner after discussing with your guides.

Spend the morning in Thimphu and towards noon drive to Punakha with lunch at Dochula pass. On a clear day, the pass offers the most spectacular view over the greater eastern Himalayas including the highest peak of Bhutan. Later drive to Punakha and en-route make a visit or short hike to Temple of fertility (Chimi Lhakhang). Overnight in Hotel in Punakha.

Full day touring and doing some short walks in and around the valley, visiting some monuments and some villages in the valley. Morning short excursion to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten, After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong situated at the junction of Pho Chu and Mo Chu Rivers. Later drive to Bajo Town and catch glimpse of Wangdi Dzong reconstruction. Even you will be taken to the longest suspension bridge. Optional you can opt for white water rafting ($ 150-200 depending on which river your rafting and its additional cost)

Today re-cross drive to Dochula and Thimphu, we spend some time below Dochula pass to explore the botanical park and nearby surrounding for birds for diverse flora. en-route visit Samtokha Dzong, 1st fortress built-in 1629 by unifier of Bhutan. Upon arrival visit, few sites including Paro Museum and the oldest Kichu Lhakhang built in the 7th century. Overnight in a hotel in Paro.

Morning excursion to Taktsang Monastery, which takes about 15 minutes to drive to the starting point. The hike to Taktsang takes about an hour uphill till the viewpoint and another hour to a monastery. Guru Rinpoche visited and meditated in the 8th century at this particular site. The Desi Tenzin Rabgye later built the temple in the 17th century. Lunch will be served in Cafeteria. After the hike, you will be escorted to a local farmhouse to experience a hot-stone bath and teste local brewed Ara. Enjoy farewell dinner either in a hotel or in the local tourist standard restaurant.

Day 8 :

Depart to onward destination

Cost Includes

  • Bhutan sustainable development fees
  • Accommodations in 3 star category
  • All meals, evening tea/coffee with snacks
  • One time meal in local restaurant
  • Complementary Hot-Stone bath
  • All land transfers and transportation
  • English speaking Bhutanese Tour Guide/Leader
  • Daily Tourist Fees & Taxes
  • Bhutan Visa and all applicable permits
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees to all monuments
  • Bottled water in the vehicle

Cost Excludes

  • Any domestic/international flights
  • Any other meals (Such as 4-5 star hotel)
  • Expenses of personal nature like – telephone, drinks, laundry, camera fee, shopping, etc.
  • Travel/Medical Insurance (recommended)
  • Tipping/Gratuities to local staff (optional)
  • Any other item not mentioned in the includes section


It's possible to do private guided tour for mention date?

Yes, it’s possible to make private guided tour if you don’t wish to join group for mention date for current program.

Can I make it short or extend days for this program?

Of course, one can make short or extend the days but need to take up as private trip rather than join group.

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Thimphu Festival & Culture Tour
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