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Royal Highland Festival Tour Bhutan

Day 1: Arrive Paro (Bhutan) by Flight & drive to Thimphu (55km, approx. 1.1/2-hour drive)
•    On arrival at Paro International Airport, received by our representative after immigration formalities & baggage collection and then transfer to Bhutan’s capital city, Thimphu. En route photo royal-highland -festival Bhutanstop at Tamchog temple viewpoint & Chuzom, the confluence of Paro & Thimphu rivers.
•    On arrival in Thimphu check into the hotel.
•    Later visit King’s Memorial Stupa.
•    Evening an exploratory walk around Thimphu city centre.
•    Overnight in Thimphu. (Altitude 2,320m)

Day 2: Thimphu
•    Full day exploration of Thimphu valley includes visit to, Folk Heritage Museum, Textile Museum, Institute of Zorig Chusum or Arts & Crafts School, Takin Preserve, Thimphu Post office, Buddha Dordenma and Trashichhoedzong, the beautiful medieval fortress / monastery.
•    Overnight in Thimphu. (Altitude 2,320m)

Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha (75km, approx. 2.1/2-hour drive)
•    After breakfast, drive to Punakha, the ancient capital town of Bhutan. En route take a short stop at Dochula pass (3,080m) enjoying stunning mountain views at the backdrop of picturesque Druk Wangyel Chortens (stupa).
•    On arrival in Punakha, check into the hotel.royal-highland -festival Bhutan
•    Afternoon visit historic Punakha Dzong (fortress cum monastery) and a short walking excursion (about 30 min round trip walk) to Chimi Lhakhang or ‘Fertility Temple’.
•    Overnight in Punakha. (Altitude 1,300m)

Day 4: Punakha - Gasa – Koina
•    After breakfast, drive through terraced fields, farmhouses and protected forests of Jigme Dorji National Park to Gasa (76km, approx. 3.1/2-hour drive).
•    Then commence trek to Koina (14km, approx. 5-hour trek) crossing 3,900m Bari La pass en route. 
•    Overnight in camp. (Altitude 3,050m)

Day 5: Koina – Laya
•    After breakfast begin trek to Laya (19km, approx. 7-hour trek) with a gradual climb to Koina Lapcha at 3,300m. From here after several ascends and descend reach upto army post and then gradually climb up to Laya village.
•    Overnight in Camp. (Altitude 3,800m)

Day 6: Laya
•    Full day witness & enjoy unique Royal Highland Festival.
•    Overnight in Camp. (Altitude 3,800m)

Day 7: Laya
•    Full day witness & enjoy unique Royal Highland Festival.
•    Overnight in Camp. (Altitude 3,800m)

Day 8: Laya – Koina
•    After breakfast, commence approx. 7-hour trek to Koina.
•    Overnight in Camp. (Altitude 3,050m).

Day 9: Koina – Gasa – Punakha
•    After breakfast, commence approx. 5-hour trek to Gasa.
•    Later experience hot spring at Gasa.royal-highland -festival Bhutan
•    Then drive onward to Punakha.
•    Overnight in Punakha. (Altitude 1,300m)

Day 10: Punakha – Paro (125km, approx. 4-hour drive)
•    Morning after breakfast, drive to Paro via Dochula pass.
•    Afternoon visit to Ta Dzong (National Museum) & Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) or ‘Fortress on a Heap of Jewels’.
•    Evening an exploratory walk around Paro city centre.
•    Overnight in Paro. (Altitude 2,280m)

Day 11: Paro
•    After breakfast, walking excursion (approx. 5-hour round trip walk) to Taktsang monastery or ‘Tiger Nest’.
•    Afternoon visit Kyichu & Dungtse temples.
•    Overnight in Paro. (Altitude 2,280m)

Day 12: Depart Paro (Bhutan)
•    Morning transfer to Paro International Airport for flight to onward destination. Our guide will assist you with exit formalities and bid you farewell.

Note: Above tour is available for private individuals or groups on your convenient travel date coinciding with the festival dates. Please call or write to us to arrange exact travel date.

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