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Paro Tshechu Festival

Held in Paro Dzongkhag district, the Paro Tshechu is one of the sought after festivals and a major attraction in the land of Bhutan. It is one of the biggest religious festivals here. The history of the festivals travels back to 17th century when the founder of Bhutan Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel conducted it annually. The festival continues for 5 days usually during spring time on the 2nd Bhutanese lunar month. It is an opportunity to visualize the rich tradition, culture and custom of Bhutan.

The locals rejoice with both religious dance performances as well as folk dances performed by monks and natives. The last day of the festival is special as on this day a gigantic thangka or embroidery painting is shown to all. The Guru Throngdel shows Buddhist art and it is believed that looking at it also cleanses many sin of viewers.



Festival Time
: March every year
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Wangchuck Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary was officially announced and opened to the public in June 2008. Prior to this, the place was a Contennial Park. It is the largest wildlife park in the Kingdom of Bhutan and is one of the greatest resources of Bhutan’s economy. The park typically shows the characteristics of the Himalayan ranges, blue pine and alpine being the major vegetation of the landscapes.

It covers an area of 4919 sq km and borders 5 districts of Bhutan namely Bhumthang, Gasa, Dzongkhags, Trongsa and Wangduephodrang. Like all other national parks of the country, Wangchuck also inhabits few of the greatest endangered species of Flora and Fauna.



Highlights
: Occasional encounters with Himalayan Black Bear, Royal Bengal tiger and snow leopard. Stunning views of the alpine and blue pine landscape making the park a perfect spot for trekking and mountaineering.

Location
: Gasa

Best Seasons
: March to September and January
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The Tower of Trongsa Museum

This artistic cylindrical 5 storey tower with two smaller towers at each side was built in the year 1652 by the first governor of Bhutan. The tower was strategically built above the Trongsa Dzong on top of a hill to protect the town folks from attacks. Now, the tower is converted into a Museum for the public. The tower has two temples dedicated to Gesar of Ling and Meitreya (Jampa).



Highlights
: The museum has in total 11 galleries exhibiting various artefacts of Buddhist culture and reminiscence of the royalties of Bhutan. The museum displays the remains of the Wangchuck Dynasty, and works of historical significance of Trongsa Dzong. There are dungeons in the tower where British soldiers were kept during Duar War.

Location: Trongsa

Working hours
: Monday to Saturday (9 am to 5 pm) and between November to March till 4pm

Extras
: Lunch (booked in advance) and refreshments are provided
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Cheli La

Located at a height of 3,810 meters above sea level, Cheli La Pass is the highest pass in Bhutan that can be accessed by road. The pass separates the valleys of Haa and Paro and offers stunning views of surrounding area with picturesque beauty. On the way you will get to see he roadside drub chuu with beautiful paintings of Guru Rinpoche with his two wives.

On a bright and clear day of October and November, you can have a spectacular view of the Mt. Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and other neighbouring peaks, covered in snow and glittering in sunlight.



Highlights
: A small 2 kilometre detour leads you to Dzongdrakha Goemba, an architectural complex perched on a high ridge and consists of four chapels and a Chorten.

Location
: Between Haa and Paro Valleys in Bhutan.

Timing
: Best time to visit is October to November when the skies are clear.

Prices
: N/A
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Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek

Take the adventurous Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek in Bhutan that takes you to the splendid heights and lets you experience the great diversity of landscape. Pass through the dense pine forests, lush meadows, pasturelands while soaking in the beauty of snow capped mountains of Mt. Jomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake. It is a long and difficult trek which challenges the most experienced and physically fit trekkers.

You will also pass through the beautiful hamlets and interact with the friendly Bhutanese villagers. The landscape is dotted with Dzongs, temples and monasteries which offers the glimpse of ancient architecture of Bhutan amidst unspoiled tranquillity of nature.



Location
: The trek starts at Gunitsawa and passes through Sharna Zampa, Soi Thangkha, Jangothang, Lingshi, Chebisa, Shomuthang, Robluthang, Limithang, Laya among others to end at Thimphu.

Best Time
: April-June & September- November.

Approx Price
: Per person price 13 day trek is 400,000 BTN.

Difficulty Level
: Difficult
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Jambay Lhakhang Festival

Located on the way to Kurjie Lhakhang, in Bumthang, Jambay Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples founded in 7th century by Songtsen Gampo, a Tibetan King. As per legends, the king was destined to construct 108 temples in a single day, to suppress a demon in the Himalayan region. This temple is one of those 108 temples. Legend Guru Rimpoche is believed to visit this destination and considered it a sacred and extremely pious destination.

The temple got renovated again in 8th century AD. The temple has more than hundred statues of Gods and Goddesses but the main attraction is the relic of future Buddha. This is a spectacular festival which is celebrated for five days.



Highlights
: A ritualistic naked dance on the fire that attracts huge crowd from all over the country.

Festival time
: In the month of November
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Kurjey Festival

Kurjey Tshechu is a popular festival celebrated in Kurjey temple in Chokhor valley of Bumthang district. There is huge historical significance attached to this temple as well as the festival. According to the legends Guru Rimpoche meditated here for the suppression of evil spirits in this region. There are three major temples in Kurjey.

The first temple was built in 1652 on the location where Guru Rimpoche meditated, the second one on the place where Guru left his body imprint and the third built in 1990 which holds images of Guru Rimpoche. The Kurjey festival is one of the important religious occasions for the locals of the place. It is a social gathering as well as a time to seek blessing and enjoy victory of good over evil. It is a festival that displays the golden traditions of Bhutan and the rich cultural heritage.



Highlights
: special mask dance

Festival time
: In 10th day of 10th month of lunar calendar
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Phobjikha Valley

A perfect getaway for nature and wildlife lovers, Phobjikha valley in Bhutan is one of the most spectacular natural settings one may find in Bhutan. Located on the incline of Black Mountains Park, this bowl shaped glacial valley an important wildlife preserve land of the country as it sits on the edge of the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park.

With an assortment of flora and fauna species, this valley provides an excellent opportunity to experience the wildlife from close. The biggest draw to the valley is black-necked cranes. Apart from that one can also see Himalayan black bears, sambars, leopards and red foxes among other mammal species.

 

Highlights
: Visit to the Gangte Goemba, a magnificent Bhutanese architecture that provides a spectacular view of the entire valley. Get all the information you need about the black necked cranes at Black-Necked Crane Information Centre.

Location
: Wangdue district.

Timing
: N/A

Prices
: N/A

Reviews

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Kali Ahluwalia

18 November 2015

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek was a great experience. It passes by picturesque lakes, Alpine meadows and villages set to a backdrop of magnificent mountainous landscapes. The experience was amazing and brilliant. We had a really great trek. It was sheer brilliance.

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Satyen Asan

10 October 2015

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is something that every trekker must take in his life. It is so poignant and brilliant. I totally loved this. WOW can be an understatement. The crystal clear, poignant lakes just give me goosebumps. The pristine lakes are so beautiful that you will forget yourself here. The trek is difficult, but nevertheless it is an amazing and a beautiful experience to say the least. I totally loved this trek and I just still can’t get enough of this trek. The experience would not have been this nice if the planning was bad. Special cheers to the team for handling the organization and planning of this tour in such a beautiful manner. If you are planning to have heartfelt trek, then look no further than here.

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Dhanpati Khatri

16 August 2015

The trekking experience was great. I had a really nice trek here. It was an inexpensive and a really nice trek. I had a great time.

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Sumitra Dwivedi

09 February 2016

13 days of fun: This is the first time I am taking a long trek. I had a lot of fun. It was well organized and absolute fun. The trekking was very beautiful and brilliant. I had such a lovely and nice trek. It was very well organized too. Dagala trek is the only trek in Bhutan which offers the view of all the high mountain peaks of Bhutan including all the famous ones. This can be done as a 6 days one or 13 days one too. It depends on budget and vacation available for us. The flight tickets can be costly it is better if tickets are booked in prior.

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Akshainie Kaniyar

15 November 2015

The trekking was great. I had an awesome experience with the trek. It was a worthy and a nice trek. Trekking can be very tedious but the beauty of the trek lies in its beauty. The trek is so beautiful that we would not feel tired or restless at all.

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Brajesh Deshpande

14 April 2015

This trek was the best trek ever. I had an awesome experience. I totally loved it. I always prefer trekking than instant adventure sports. Lake treks were something that I wanted to take for a long time now. I had a lovely trek recently here in Dagala, and it was indeed a brilliant and an exciting experience. I loved it totally. The trek was super enticing and exciting. As a trekker, I was more than happy about the trek. The trekking is quite tough but good practice at basic training and ample trekking experience or even with good warm ups, you can enjoy the trekking completely. It is indeed a lovely surroundings and landscape too. I guess that goes without the saying.

What You Should Know More About Bhutan

  • About the destination:

    Bhutan is one remarkable tourist place. Enshrouded in magic and mystery, it is the last extravagant Himalayan kingdom where the traditional Buddhist culture humbly embraces the international developments. So, why should you put in money and spend your holidays here? First and foremost, Bhutan is an incredible Himalayan landscape with its snow capped mountains towering the canyons veiled in the primeval forests. What really holds a significant position in the picturesque landscape of Bhutan is its royal citadel like monasteries and dzongs. Its exquisite architecture makes way for the eye catching dance festivals or tsechus that receive a footfall of predominantly medieval looking audience. Further there is stunning flora and faina, array of water sports, high altitude trekking trails, textiles and handicrafts to indulge in some traditional shopping along with outrageous archery competitions. If it is not ‘Shangri La’, it is just as close as it could get.

    People of Bhutan take immense pride on its sustainable approach to tourism that is in keeping with the philosophy of Gross National ‘Happiness.’ Bhutan does foster its Buddhist Traditions however it is not a museum. People here are fun loving, well educated and well informed about the world around them. It is this amalgam of traditional and modern that makes Bhutan effortlessly fascinating.   


  • Travel Advice

    • Make sure you have a medical or travel insurance before going to Bhutan. One can easily get a travel insurance via the Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan.

    • Some of the currency notes denominations (500 and 1000) are not accepted in Bhutan. So, avoid using the same.

    • You can easily spot an ATM after a distance of 2-5 km. So, make sure when you go out there is just enough cash that lets you commute and enjoy. Carrying excess cash can be an invitation for pick pockets.

    • Strictly avoid traveling during the night hours.

    • Make sure whenever you go in secluded trails or destinations, you are in a group.

    • Don’t let anyone mislead you.

    • Stay away from drugs or narcotics in any form.

    • Bhutan is slightly on a cooler side. So, ensure that you have your woolens with you when traveling here.

    • If you are up for some trekking, do wear comfortable shoes as the trails are steep here.

    • Carry your first aid kit with you.

    • Trekkers must have a trekking kit with them.

    • Dress appropriately if you go to a religious place.

    • Don’t photograph wherever prohibited.

    • Film or take videos only with permissions.  

    • Hire a guide only from a reputed agency.

  • Drinking Laws

    There is no ban on alcohol in Bhutan. Moreover, drinking the traditional alcohol of this place is believed to be a tradition.


  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Taktsang
    This is one of the pivotal sightseeing destinations and Buddhist monasteries of Bhutan. Nestled on the vertical cliff that lies 3000 meters north of Paro, this monastery was constructed in the year 1692. If legends are to be believed, Guru Rinpoche flew on this cliff from Tibet on the back of a raging tigress.  

    Gangtey Valley in winter
    Majestic valley of Gangtey is indeed one of the most eye catching valleys in the Himalayas. Many refer to this valley as the Shangri-La of Bhutan. This beautiful valley encloses within it an element of surprise. It is often rare to spot a wide, flat valley bereft trees after making a hard climb amidst the dense forests since most of the valleys of the Bhutan are tightly enclosed. Trekking to the valley is an important thing to do in Bhutan. Visit during the month of April when the valley is in full bloom. 

    Punakha Dzong
    Panukha Dzong is the second largest and second oldest dzong in Bhutan. Some even refer to this dzong as the Palace of Great Happiness or the Pungthang Dewachen Phodrang. This is indeed one of the most beautiful and majestic dzong of the country. You can reach the dzong by taking a 3-hour drive towards the east of the capital city, Thimpu. It strategically lies amidst the two rivers Mo Chu (female) and Pho Chu (male) that showcases a noticeable color difference when it comes to water. 

    Tiger’s Nest Monastery
    The Tiger’s Nest Monastery hangs on a tall cliff and towers above an enticing forest of blue rhododendrons and pines. To reach this striking monastery you will have to undertake a sheer climb up the hill of 900 meters. Trekking up to the monastery is an important adventure activity of this region. You can also take a pony ride but that is available only until the cafeteria. Post that you’ll have to take a steep walk with few narrow stairs towards the monastery. 

  • What you will like there?

    Happiness is the key to Bhutan’s Tourism
    Bhutan takes immense pride on its sustainable approach to tourism. It is the only country in the world that measures GNH Gross National Happiness as the pivotal indicator of prosperity.

    Traditional – Authentic – Pure - Divine
    Wouldn’t it be great to tour to a country that still lives by its very values, traditions and the environment? In such a case, the future and legacy are of prime importance to the government and everyone works for development in a cultural way. That’s Bhutan for you!

    Low Volume, High Impact
    Except for tourists traveling from Maldives, India and Bangladesh, the tariff rates for tourist of US is $250 every day. Now, if you first look at the figure it may seem to be very pricey however, what’s important to know is that this amount is inclusive of food, accommodation, an official tour guide and transportation. To burst the myth, there is zero limit to the tourist visas. Nationals of India do not need a visa and a licensed tour guide to explore.

    Food Utopia
    Bhutan is one tourist place where chilies aren’t just a seasoning but rather the most important ingredient and rice is usually red. The national dish of Bhutan, Ema Datshi is a spicy blend of green chilies smothered in cheese.  

    A Cultural Legacy
    Bhutan is predominantly filled with citadels and monasteries. Buddhism is embossed deeply in the soul of the country and is galvanized by the intriguing cultural beliefs.   

    Natural Wonders
    When you are out exploring the various places to see in Bhutan, you’ll get the first hand view of the natural wonders found in this beautiful nation. Go on the adventure ride here and trek across the mountains to witness the flora and fauna, unique mammals and birds, that are protected in the different national parks here.  

    Welcomes with Goodbye
    Bhutan is one of the most amicable countries across the globe. Here you’ll have the warm smiles and sweet good byes (In Bhutan good byes are used for welcoming the tourists) greet you everywhere.

    Monklettes
    Monklettes or rather little kid monks clad in saffron robes are the cutest site to watch in Bhutan.

    Tshechu
    Tshechu is an annual religious festival of this country. This is widely celebrated in all the key dzongs and monasteries. Tshechus are typically social gatherings where people from near and far partake to witness the different dance and cultural performances.

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