Start Date: Nov 11 – 13 Nov 2019
This festival will be held at Berti Eco-camp site under Trong Gewog in Zhemgang. Zhemgang is recognized as a potential area for bird watching because of large number of native bird species found there. During the festival different artworks are show cased. Besides this, guided birding tours and photography tours are also organized.
Day 1: Arrival in Paro – Punakha
Our Representative from Bhutan Everest Tours & Treks will receive you at the airport and drive you to Punakha.
Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel in Punakha.
Day 2: Punakha Sightseeing – Bumthang
After breakfast, visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. Punakha was Bhutan’s capital until 1955, and Punakha Dzong still serves as the winter residence of the central monk body. Bhutan’s first King, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned here in 1907. The fortress has withstood several damages from fire, earthquake and flood over the centuries and also visit Chimi Lhakhang – dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley also known as “Divine Madman”. And drive to Bumthang. Lunch serve on the way.
Dinner and overnight halt at a hotel in Bumthang.
Day 3: Bumthang to Zhemgang
After breakfast, drive to Zhemgang and lunch will be serve on the way. Visit Zhemgang dzong stands on top of a ridge that rises sharply from the Mangdechhu, facing the village of Trong and Zhemgang town.
It was founded by Lama Zhang Dorje Drakpa who came to Bhutan from Tibet in the 12th century. Lama Zhang is considered the greatest Buddhist saint to settle at present day Zhemgang. In 1655, where he had built a hermitage, a small dzong was constructed to symbolize the unification of the three Kheng divisions. In 1963, when Zhemgang became a separate dzongkhag, the dzong was renovated under the Third King.
Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel in Zhemgang.
Day 4: Zhemgang Sightseeing
After breakfast witness the Bird festival.
Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel in Zhemgang.
Day 5: Zhemgang – Bumthang
After breakfast drive to Bumthang. Hold a night at Bumthang
Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel in Bumthang
Day 6: Bumthang – Phobjikha (Gangtey)
After breakfast, drive to Gangtey. On the way, Halt in Pele-La pass for photography and also visit Trongsa Dzong- built in its present form in 1644 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa and Ta Dzong – an ancient watch tower. After lunch, continue your journey towards Gangtey. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Gangtey.
Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel in Gangtey
Day 7: Gangtey Sightseeing – Thimphu via Wangdue Phodrang
After breakfast, visit Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter. You can also opt for photography while you are in Phobjikha valley. And Visit Gangtey Gompa, in Gangtey village. After that drive to Wangdue Phodrang and visit Wangduephodrang dzong razed by fire and is under construction and halt in Lobesa for lunch.
After lunch, drive to Thimphu. On the way to Thimphu, Visit Royal Botanical Park at LamPelri. After that halt in Dochu-La Pass (3140 m) for photography. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Thimphu.
Day 8: Thimphu (Sightseeing) – Paro
After breakfast visit National Memorial Chorten, built in 1974 to honor the third Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, Kuensel Phodrang, where the largest statue of Sitting Buddha is located, and visit Tashichho Dzong (the administrative headquarters of Bhutan).
After Lunch, drive to Paro. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Paro.
Day9: Paro Sightseeing to Paro
After breakfast visit Taktshang. Taktsang Monastery is one of the most famous touristic destinations of the country and the cultural icon of Bhutan.
Visiting the Paro Taktsang Monastery is an unforgettable experience thanks to its unique location and the views of surrounding majestic mountains and emerald green valleys.
It was first built in 1692 by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye, where Guru Rimpoche meditated in the 7th century A.D. Legend states that Guru Rimpoche flew to the site atop the back of a tigress and meditated in the cave for 3 years, 3 months, 3 days and 3 hours in order to subdue evil demons residing within it. The cave has been considered a sacred site ever since and many famous saints have travelled to meditate in it.
In 1998, the Paro Taktsang was almost completely burned down – and was restored to its original form by 2005. After exploring the monastery we retrace our steps and return to Paro. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
After lunch visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum which in the past served as watch tower for the Paro Dzong, the Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal
Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel in paro
Day 10: After breakfast drive to Paro airport for your onward flight.