Festivals of Bhutan

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4.5 Based on 7 Reviews
  • COVID-19protected
  • Festivals and events
  • Natural landmarks sightseeing
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 11 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 18+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Experience Bhutan's colourful, vibrant masked dance festivals
  • Visit the Paro Dzong and the incredible 'Tiger's Nest' monastery at Taktsang
  • Drive across the Dochu La and visit Punakha Dzong
  • Walk in the quiet Gangtey Valley
The Festivals Of Bhutan tour starts and ends in Kathmandu. The Festivals Of Bhutan tour is a cultural, religious and historic sites tour that takes 11 days taking you through Kathmandu, Thimphu, Gangtey Valley, Kathmandu and 3 other destinations in Nepal and Bhutan. This is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Hidden away in a corner of the Himalaya, the secretive kingdom of Bhutan is an unforgettable destination with ancient traditions, spectacular mountain scenery and vibrant festivals. At these hundreds of people gather to see the monks, dressed in brightly coloured robes, perform ritual dances. For several days there are masked dances and prayer meetings, and a general carnival atmosphere prevails. The spring departures visit Paro Festival, whilst the autumn departures take in Thimpu, Dechenphu or Genekha Festivals. The December departure visits the lesser-known Trongsa festival, which is smaller and offers a more intimate experience.*Please note:* This itinerary is valid for departures starting in Kathmandu on 19th September 2020 (Thimphu Festival), 19th October 2020 (Dechenphu or Genekha Festival), 17th March 2021 (Paro Festival) and 9th September 2021 (Thimphu Festival).Please refer tohttps://www.exodus.co.uk/tripnotes/aib/20301"target="_blank">alternative trip notes found HERE for departures starting in Kathmandu on 25th September 2020 (Thimpu Festival), 25th March 2021 (Paro Festival) and 15th September 2021 (Thimphu Festival). 
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 7 reviews
Wonderful Bhutan
4 - Very Good
“Wonderful buildings, incredible Bhuddist traditions, lovely scenery, friendly people - a really peaceful, largely unspoilt and unique country - and a photographer's paradise. The only down side is the dangerous road from Wangdue to Gantey.”
5 - Excellent
“Fabulous! A once in a life time and a definite 'do before you die'.”
Wonderful Exploration of a unique country
5 - Excellent
“A unique adventure exploring a Buddhist country who embrace their monarchy and the importance of happiness. Great monasteries, beautiful scenery, festivals, and some hikes all make this a great trip. Hotels higher quality than I expected, adequate food with pretty good beer, and a great guide who spoke excellent English. Well organized tour.”
5 - Excellent
“A great trip to a country opening up to Tourism.”
  • Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
  • Day 2: Fly to Paro
  • Day 3: Full day at Paro festival
  • Day 4: Drive to Thimphu
  • Day 5: Morning drive to Punakha
  • Day 6: Morning hike; to Gangtey
  • Day 7: Morning hike in Gangtey; drive to Wangdue
  • Day 8: To Thimphu
  • Day 9: Drive to Paro; Tiger's Nest Monastery hike
  • Day 10: Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 11: End Kathmandu
  • 10 nights in hotels, all en suite , All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • (if booking incl. flights)
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Bhutanese visa
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Any international flights to/from Kathmandu are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Festivals of Bhutan tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Festivals of Bhutan tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 15 July 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 15 July 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Festivals of Bhutan tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Festivals of Bhutan tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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