Festivals of Bhutan

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4.5 Based on 22 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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Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Experience Bhutan's colourful, vibrant masked dance festivalsVisit the Paro Dzong and the incredible 'Tiger's Nest' monastery at TaktsangDrive across the Dochu La and visit Punakha DzongWalk in the quiet Gangtey ValleyVisit the impressive Tashichho Dzong in ThimphuTravel in a country where very few foreigners visit and tourism is still in its infancy
Starting and ending in Kathmandu, the tour "Festivals Of Bhutan " is a guided cultural, religious and historic sites tour that takes 11 days. You will be traveling through Gangtey Valley, Kathmandu, Thimphu and 3 other destinations in Nepal and Bhutan. "Festivals Of Bhutan " is a small group tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others. Please see the package includes section for further details.

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 6th April 2022 (Paro Festival), 28th September 2022 (Thimphu Festival) and 4th October 2022 (Thimphu Festival)Please refer to alternative trip notes found HERE for departures starting in Kathmandu on 13th April 2022 (Paro Festival).
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 22 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 15 2019
5 - Excellent
Great trip
“Great trip, and worth a visit to experience Bhutan and the festivals”
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 13 2019
5 - Excellent
Beautiful Bhutan
“This trip provides a fascinating insight into a little known destination. We loved it!”
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 05 2018
5 - Excellent
Breathtaking Bhutan
“This is a trip of a lifetime to the most beautiful place on the earth. Such beauty from the people, the environment, the culture and from the expert care of the team who show you their fantastic country.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 20 2018
4 - Very Good
Bhutan March 2018
“Bhutan is a beautiful country, the air is very fresh and the in the main is very clean - an antidote to Kathmandu!This is a trip that takes in the cultural highlights of Bhutan as well as letting you see and walk in the beautiful countryside.The people are friendly and welcoming - browsing the shops and markets is easy -if you have been to India you will know what I mean ! There is no hard sell!There is a fair ammount of travel but this is quite relaxing and there are plenty of stops.Food is always buffet style and becomes very monotonous - you could try asking for an a la carte menu and pay extra, otherwise it is noodles, rice, veg and, if you are not vegetarian some rather poor quality meat dishes - and you get this twice a day! My food highlight was a large bowl of scrambled eggs at the Tigers Nest! Take snacks!”
  • Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
  • Day 2: Fly to Paro
  • Day 3: Drive to Thimphu
  • Day 4: Drive to Punakha; visit Chimmi Lhakhang and Punakha Dzong
  • Day 5: Drive to Gangtey (Phobjikha); afternoon hike
  • Day 6: Morning hike in Gangtey; drive to Wangdue Phodrang (or Punakha)
  • Day 7: Drive to Thimpu; sightseeing
  • Day 8: Full day at Paro, Thimpu, Decehenpu or Genekha Festival (depending on departure date)
  • Day 9: Day walk to Taktsang, Tiger's Nest Monastery
  • Day 10: Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 11: End Kathmandu
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Bhutanese visa
  • 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 22 November 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 22 November 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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