- Festivals and events
- Natural landmarks sightseeing
- Cultural, religious and historic sites
- duration 11 days
- tour type Group
- age requirement 18+ yrs
- max group size 16
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
- Choose a different tour Select a new tour run by the same tour operator within 30 days of departure.
- 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
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).
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
Day 9: Day walk to Taktsang, Tiger's Nest Monastery
Day 10: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 11: End Kathmandu
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- 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.Payment
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.Visa
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.
- Is quarantine in Nepal in effect for arriving visitors?
Is a visa on arrival available?
Typically, yes. However, in response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. It may be necessary to obtain a tourist visa in your own country before travel. For updated information on visas, please check the Nepal Tourism Board and the Government of Nepal Immigration websites.