Bumthang Thangbi Festival Tour

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Bhutan Thangbi festival is one of the grandest festivals celebrated in each and every year. This trip is for those explorers who are passionate in experiencing the culture and religious of Bhutan. This unique festival are held in tagbi village one of the rural area. The main highlight of this festival is the (Mewang) a fire blessing. Main criteria to celebrate this festival are to bring the good fortune, happiness, better harvest in the village. This festival are held till 4 days and are organized  by the people of three villages Bumthang valley-thangbi, Goling and Kharsath where the performer wears a demon or animal mask and perform their mystical dance .

First the festival is performed by the folk dancers and then there will be a fire flame and the people tend to believe that jumping over the flame to get them purified their sins and pains. It is the believed that people who endeavor to jump across the flame three times will be blessed for the entire year. And after that there will be mask dance performance by the monks and the local people. During the festival dukpa people come in their traditional costume here you get abundant time to build rapport with the local villagers, where you get to share your tradition of West with the Bhutanese mystical life of mythologies, legend, superstition and myth. You also get to sightseen the ancient culture of this tiny kingdom and observe their arts, crafts etc.

This journey begins from a flight to paro at there we will be visiting paro valley and the Ta Dzong Museum and Rinpung Dzong. From there we will be drive to Thimpu at there we will be visiting numerous monasteries, chortens and attend the festivals of Thimpu called Thangbi festival and we will be heading to Punakha and visit the Chimi Lhakang, Gantey monastery and reaching  bumthang you get to visit the  Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang, Tamshing monastery. After that we will drive to Wangdi which will take exactly 5 hours to reach and at Thimpu we will be taking our break and relax and spend our ease time by doing shopping and taking the lovely pic of the Bhutanese people and several monasteries. Next morning we will drive to Paro where you get to visit the oldest Buddhists monastery Drugyel Dzong and Kichu Lhakhang lastly our tour will finally come to an end and from paro take a flight and we will be back to Kathmandu.

Our GHHT (Ganesh HImal Hiking Team) organizes Bumthang Thangbi Festival Tour where you get plenty of pictures of the Bhutanese people and their culture plus ancient kingdom with monasteries so; you get to capture the beautiful picture along with your journey.

ITINARARY

Day 1 - Arrival at Paro (by Druk Air) & transfer to Thimphu

You can take flight to Paro from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka etc. We recommend you to fly from Bangkok because Druk air offer everyday flight from Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok whereas Druk air do not operate everyday flights from other sectors.

The flight into Paro on Bhutan's national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of the country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. The first gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you will drive you to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. The drive will take around 1 hour. Thimphu has a population of about 98,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. Overnight at a hotel.
(Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 2 - Thimpu Sightseeing

In the morning we first stop at Bhutan’s National Bank to exchange currency as well as visit the post office to view and purchase elaborate and exquisite Bhutanese collector item stamps. We then will visit the National Memorial Chorten which was built in 1974 in memory of the third king. Also, the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved and the Takin Reserve which protects the national animal of Bhutan. After lunch visit the Textile Museum and the Arts and Crafts School. A visit to the House of Incense and House of Paper are always favorites as well. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

Day 3 - Thimphu to Punakha

After breakfast depart to Punakha, an ancient capital of Bhutan. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After stopping for tea and the view, we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha and drive to your hotel for lunch and check in. After lunch visit Punakha Dzong, winter seat of the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo (Female) Chu and Pho (Male) Chu. If time permits take a hike to Khamsum Yueley Chorten (45 minutes one way) through the terraced rice fields and overlooking the village to kabina. Dinner and overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 4 - Punakha to Bumthang

Today we start early for the fabulous drive to the central valleys of Bhutan. The drive to Bumthang via Trongsa is approximately 7 hours crossing over Pele La pass (3,300m) and Yotongla pass (3,400m). "The Central Road", across the Black Mountains, was completed 30 years ago, and it brought about great changes to the people in central Bhutan. We pass Wangdue, one of the major towns and district headquarters of Western Bhutan. We climb steadily passing through semi-tropical vegetation and then to Pelela Pass (3,300m) with an alpine environment of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo. This pass is traditionally considered the boundary between West and East Bhutan.

If the weather is clear the Himalayan ranges can be seen, particularly the peak of Chomulhari (7,314m),to the west. En route we cross Chendebji Chorten built many centuries ago to suppress a demon. In Trongsa we visit the impressive Trongsa Dzong, ancestral home of the ruling dynasty. In olden days the dzong commanded the passage between East and West Bhutan. We then drive to Bumthang valley (described as “one of the most beautiful spot in the Himalayas” across the Yotongla pass (3,400m). Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 5 - Bumthang full day witness Tangbi Mani Festival

Today we drive and hike to attend a very unique village festival: Tangbi Mani Festival. Masks of glorious demonic demons and animals arouse your senses as you watch the purification take place. The intensity goes on. Your spirit will fly, your camera will snap away, and you will again be transported. We will join the local people for picnic lunch and games. Watch for the Atsara (clown) this dancer, unique in his own style, mimics dancers and entertains onlookers. Festival deities are invoked through benediction and luck is increased and misfortune gone. We our captivated by clapping cymbal, drum, horn and the unforgettable chanting of Buddhist monk are who perform religious dance of purification. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 6 - Bumthang excursion and sightseeing

After breakfast we hike to visit Tamshing Monastery (one of the oldest monastic schools built by Terton Pema Lingpa) and Kurjey Lhakhang (where the Guru Rinpoche subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock). We also visit Jambay Lhakhang (one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in 7th century) and Jakar Dzong (seat of the district administration) In the afternoon drive towards east of Bumthang valley to visit Membar Tsho (burning lake) where Pema Lingpa found some Dharma and then visit Swiss Cheese farm where you can taste the cheese along with some cider juices and wines produced locally. Overnight at hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 7 - Bumthang – Trongsa - Wangdue

After an early breakfast drive to Wangdue via Trongsa. The drive to Wangdue over the Pelela pass. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 8 - Wangdue to Gangtey

Morning drive to Gangtey enroute visit Wangdue Dzong and continue your drives to Gangtey which lies towards the east of Punakha and Wangdue on the flanks of the Black Mountains. There is an old monastery of Gangtey Gompa dating back to the 17th century. A few kilometers past the Gompa on the valley floor are the fascinating valley of Phobjikha. The gentle sloping hill side of Phobjikha is described as "the most beautiful valley in the Himalayas". This is the winter home of black-necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains of Tibetan Plateau in the north to pass winter in milder and lower climate. Afternoon walk through the valley and observe the rare “Black Necked Crane” and its habitats. One can get good information about this bird from its observation center in the valley, it is worth a visit. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 9 - Gangtey – Thimphu – Paro

After breakfast drive back to Paro with lunch stop at Thimphu. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 10 - Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s nest)

After breakfast drive the winding road to Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort, which once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Mount Chomolhari, can be seen the on a clear day from Drukgyal village. We then drive to Ramthangka to hike upto the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The hike to the cafeteria will take around one and half hour. At the view point enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. After lunch at the café walk back to the road point. On your way back visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in 7th century. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 11 - Departure from Paro (by Druk Air)

After breakfast at your hotel, your local Bhutanese guide will escort you to Paro airport for your onward flight and bid you farewell and happy journey back home.
(Breakfast included)

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • Visa fee for Bhutan
  • All Transfer between airport hotels
  • Government approved A and B category hotels in the cities and camping (tents) during trekking on twin- shared basis
  • All Meals, Breakfasts and Snacks during the days of the trip
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
  • Full board camping
  • Tents and Kitchen utensils for trekking
  • Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties

What is not included?


Trip Note

Accomodations

Hotels in Bhutan are categorized as category “A”, Category “B” and category “C”. You will be provided with accommodations in one of the categories “A”, “B” hotels in main cities of Bhutan and during the days in the remote areas of Bhutan, you will spend the night in the tented camps. All accommodations are in twin sharing basis and you will be charged extra if you want a single supplement.

Meals

All meals (full Board) will be provided during the trip. A variety of meals are available in most of the Hotels in Bhutan. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan - pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best way to get a good meal is to request hotels and restaurants for the best and freshest meal available.

Best Season

The best seasons to join this trip are Springs (March to June) and in the Autumn (September to November). The weather is clear and views are breathtaking.

Luggage/Backpack:

You have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trip can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed..  

Guide:

We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained/experienced guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Like if you are in a huge group tour like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group. 

Personal Expenses:

Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee etc It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.

Our Greetings at Airport:

We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:

Our usual itinerary is main customary and pragmatic which has also included your arrival day, departure day. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.

Booking and Payment:

For booking any trip, first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trip you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable.  The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card, even throughout Pay pal account lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment.

Accommodation

Accomodations

Hotels in Bhutan are categorized as category “A”, Category “B” and category “C”. You will be provided with accommodations in one of the categories “A”, “B” hotels in main cities of Bhutan and during the days in the remote areas of Bhutan, you will spend the night in the tented camps. All accommodations are in twin sharing basis and you will be charged extra if you want a single supplement.

Meals

All meals (full Board) will be provided during the trip. A variety of meals are available in most of the Hotels in Bhutan. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan - pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best way to get a good meal is to request hotels and restaurants for the best and freshest meal available.

Best Season

The best seasons to join this trip are Spring (March to June) and in the Autumn (September to November). The weather is clear and views are breathtaking.

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 11 Days

Difficulty: Easy

Activities: Festival Tours

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Luxury

Country: Bhutan

Price: USD 3,300

Group size: Minimum 1

Best Season: Any Season

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