7 Day Dochula Pass Festival

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  • Dochula Festival

    Dochula Festival
    Attend Dochula Pass Festival that is performed by the Royal Bhutan Army

  • Dochula Festival

    Dochula Festival
    Celebrate Bhutanese's victory on the Himalaya.

  • Dochula Festival

    Dochula Festival
    Dancer in traditional costume

  • Dochula Festival

    Dochula Festival
    Dancer in traditional costume

Dochula Festival or Tshechu, Druk Wangyel Tshechu, is commissioned by the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck in 2011. This is a unique festival as the festival is fully performed by the Royal Bhutan Army rather than the monastery. The soldiers have been given three months training in folk and mask dance.  The festival will start at 0900 and ends at 1615.

Day 1

     Arrival in Paro, Bhutan

Elevation 2,320 m     Weather in Paro

Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Touching down at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide upon exiting the arrival hall. Today, we will take it easy to acclimatize to the altitude. Drive to Thimphu, check in to the hotel and let’s have your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine and some light sightseeing in Thimphu if possible.

Buddha Point at Kuensel Phodrang, will be open to tourists once it is completed in 2012. The 169 feet bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma , Vajra Throne Buddha symbolising indestructibility will be completed soon. The Buddha statue itself is competed awaiting paintings, but visitors can drive up to the Buddha point and view the tallest statue of Lord Buddha. The view of Thimphu valley from the Buddha point is spectacular and beautiful, especially at night.

National Memorial Chorten - Which was built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.
Thimphu Dzong - The largest Dzong, is also the seat of the office of the King of Bhutan.
 

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Day 2

     Tour of Thimphu

Elevation 2,320 m     Weather in Paro

Visit Heritage Museum, built to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past though exhibition of artefacts used in rural households. After which, head to Textile Museum to witnesses the art of traditional weaving then witnesses the art of papermaking at Paper making Factory. On the way to the viewpoint over Thimphu is the home of Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin; a strange looking beast some say looks like a bee stung moose.

Centenary Farmers’ Market - Every Saturday and Sunday most of the Thimphu population congregate on the banks of the river where the weekend market is held. Here villagers from the valley and other nearby places come to sell their agriculture products.
 

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Day 3

     Thimphu to Punakha

Elevation 1,300 m     Weather in Punakha

Dochula Pass - the 108 chortens was built by the present Queen Mother of Bhutan Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over indian militants and to liberate the souls of the souls lost. Punakha Dzong - Built in 1637, the dzong continues to be the winter home for the clergy, headed by the Chief Abbott, the Je Khenpo. It is a stunning example of Bhutanese architecture, sitting at the fork of two rivers, portraying the image of a medieval city from a distance. The dzong was destroyed by fire and glacial floods over the years but has been carefully restored and is, today, a fine example of Bhutanese craftsmanship. Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten - Built by the third Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon wangchuck this Chorten is a splendid example of of the Bhutanese architecture and art and is the only one of its kind in the world. It has been built over eight and a half years and its details have been drawn from religious scripture.

 

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Day 4

     Punakha to Paro (Dochu La Festival)

Elevation 2,280 m     Weather in Paro

Attend Dochula Festival at Dochula Pass

Dochula Pass - The 108 chortens was built by the present Queen Mother of Bhutan Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Indian militants and to liberate of the souls lost.

Punakha Dzong - Built in 1637, the dzong continues to be the winter home for the clergy, headed by the Chief Abbott, the Je Khenpo. It is a stunning example of Bhutanese architecture, sitting at the fork of two rivers, portraying the image of a medieval city from a distance. The dzong was destroyed by fire and glacial floods over the years but has been carefully restored and is, today, a fine example of Bhutanese craftsmanship.

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten - Built by the third Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon wangchuck this Chorten is a splendid example of of the Bhutanese architecture and art and is the only one of its kind in the world. It has been built over eight and a half years and its details have been drawn from religious scripture.

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Day 5

     Paro

Elevation 2,280 m     Weather in Paro

A morning drive, north of Paro valley brings us to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by an accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and relive the memories of a glorious past.



Beyond Satsam Chorten, we hike up to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The 1.5-hour hike to the cafeteria is also a vantage view whereby you can enjoy the stunning view of the monastery. Prayer flags adorn the cliffs and this is also where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. After a sumptuous local lunch, we will retrace our steps to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.

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Day 6

     Paro

Elevation 2,280 m     Weather in Paro

Drukgyal Dzong - A morning drive, north of Paro valley brings us to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by an accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate.Explore the ramparts and relive the memories of a glorious past.

Taktsang Monastery - A one hour hike to the cafeteria is also a vantage view whereby you can enjoy the stunning view of the monastery. Prayer flags adorn the cliffs and this is also where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century.

Kyichu Lhakhang - After a sumptuous local lunch, we will retrace our steps to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.

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Day 7

     Depart Paro

Elevation 2,280 m     Weather in Paro

Today we will bid fond farewell to this beautiful Himalayan country and take an early flight back to Singapore. We hope by now you would have made some friends and also kept many photos and beautiful memories of Bhutan! And we look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful land of endless Enchantments! Tashi Delek!

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Richard
Netherlands, Dec 2014

Dear Sonam,

We had a fantastic trip to Bhutan. We were very fortunate to have great weather for our entire stay.

The flights in and out of Bhutan were great: food was good and the crew very friendly (they even allowed my wife and I to join our kids in Business Class during the last stretch).

We have provided a completed feedback form to Nim - our guide. Unfortunately, our original guide (Bull) was feeling unwell after our first day. We had Nim as a replacement for the remaining period. Nim was good: interacted well with our children, provided good information during our visits to the various sites, and was punctual and pleasant. His English was not as good as Bull's, but it was more than sufficient. Our driver, Karma, was excellent. Despite the difficult roads, he drove with confidence

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Melvin Chay
Singapore, Dec 2014

Hi Sonam,

Hope you are well and enjoyed your travel back home (Bhutan).

Serene and myself thoroughly enjoyed Bhutan. This was especially so because we decided to travel with Druk Asia. Joni, Ugyen, Diwash and yourself made this trip possible by accommodating with our change of dates due to my grandma's passing.

When we decide to return to Bhutan, it will be with your company.

Thanks again.

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Shanmugam Elango
India, Dec 2014

Dear Sonam Younten,

Kuzuzangpo La! Sorry for the delay in sending the feedback.

We had great time in Bhutan and is truly an unforgettable experience.

The trip was perfectly arranged as per the itinerary, both the tour guide & driver are friendly and efficient. I felt that though it is advertised as 7-day Bhutan trip, in reality it is only 6 days. Since we have to leave Bhutan by 0720h flight on 7th day, we did not have any time to spend. Other than that our Bhutan trip was so exciting, memorable and enjoyable embracing with Mother Nature. I am sending some of shots that I captured in Bhutan.

Thanks for all the arrangements and wish to see Bhutan again.

Belated Happy National Day!

Best Regards,

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