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10 Days 9 Nights
Paro International Airport
Tour Details

Matsutake Festival , is celebration of start of Mushroom season in Ura in Bumthang district. This year it is going to be held on 23-34th of August. This tour is for someone who loves Matshutake meals and also celebrate festive moments with local with songs and dances. Bhutan Getaways designed this tour for our guest to make special so that you can enjoy being away from city life and engage with villagers. This tour will also give you better understanding of Matshutake.

 

Departure & Return Location

Paro International Airport (Google Map)

Price Includes

  • 3 Stars Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Vehicle and Experienced Driver
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All 3 meals at designated hotel/restaurant

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Guide and Driver Tip
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees
  • Meals at 4-5 stars restaurants

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

Matsutake Festival , is celebration of start of Mushroom season in Ura in Bumthang district. This year it is going to be held on 23-34th of August. This tour is for someone who loves Matshutake meals and also celebrate festive moments with local with songs and dances. Bhutan Getaways designed this tour for our guest to make special so that you can enjoy being away from city life and engage with villagers. This tour will also give you better understanding of Matshutake.

  • Ura Matshutake Festival
  • Paro Valley
  • Punakha/Wangdue Phodrang Valley
  • Haa/Chelela
  • Thimphu Sightseeing
  • Bumthang Valley
Itinerary

Day 1Arrivale at Paro

Right after you arrive at Paro International Airport, Bhutan Getaways representative will receive you, we will move to capital city Thimphu. Thimphu is estimated at less than hour drive from Paro International Airport .

First stop for the day will be at National Folk Heritage Museum. You will be amazed to see Bhutanese arts and essential household items that Bhutanese used. There will be display of traditional arts , cultural relics, and artifacts.
Just few minute drive from any hotel in Thimphu is popular tourist site Buddha Point where you can see 169 foot tall bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma. Towards the evening, you can also check the night view of Tashi Chhoedzong either from BBS tower or from below Nunnery located Zilukha.

One peculiar distinctive culture of Bhutanese is national attires. So, weaving is one of the prominent traditions we can see in Bhutan not just in Thimphu but all over the country. So, The National Textile Museum is our next stop. Here, you will be amzed how weaving is done and how beautifully the dresses are designed.

Day 2Thimphu- Paro

Right after breakfast we will head towards Punakha. Punakha district is almost 2 hours drive from capital city Thimphu. Punakha Dzong was former capital of Bhutan until 1955. On the way towards Punakha we will come across local Apple and fruits sellers. Then, you will see spectacular Dochula Pass. It serves as one of the hot-spots for tourist. There are 108 Chhortens (Stupas) which were built in memory of soldiers killed in battle with Assamese Insurgents.

After having short break at Dochula pass we will head towards Punakha. One of many palces to visit in Punakha is Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, which is a splendid example of Bhutanese art meets architecture, and the only one of its kind. You will see amazing Punakha valley from Yulley Namgyal Chorten. It is one of picturesque landscape among many other places in Punakha. In 1999, the temple was consecrated to remove negative energies and promote peace, harmony, and stability around the world. It is a stunning building with splendid views of the valley that are well worth the walk.

After this trip we can visit Punkha Dzong. Punakha Dzong sits g at the fork of two rivers, it is a stunning example of Bhutanese architecture. Built in 1637, it is the second oldest and second largest Dzong in Bhutan. It was also the location of the royal wedding of Bhutan’s current king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck to Jetsun Pema in 2011. One of the hottest events of Bhutan “Flower Exhibition 2018” took place nearby this Dzong.

After this trip is done we will head towards hotel and rest for the night.

Day 3Punakha-Bumthang

After breakfast we will move towards Bumthang, and will pass Wangdue Phodrang Dzong.
Location of Wangdue Phodrang dzongkhag within Bhutan
Wangdue Phodrang District is a dzongkhag (district) of central Bhutan. This is also the name of the dzong (built in 1638) which dominates the district, and the name of the small market town outside the gates of the dzong.

If we reach early at Bumthang we will also visit Jambay Lhakhang, which is located at Bumthang and is said to be one of the 108 temples built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 659 CE on a single day, to pin down an ogress to earth forever.
Later, we will check into hotel and rest for the night.

Day 4Ura Matsutake Festival

Matsutake Festival , is celebration of start of Mushroom season in Ura in Bumthang district. This year it is going to be held on 23-34th of August. This tour is for someone who loves Matsutake meals and also celebrate festive moments with local with songs and dances. Bhutan Getaways designed this tour for our guest to make special so that you can enjoy being away from city life and engage with villagers. This tour will also give you better understanding of Matsutake.
Whole day you will enjoy this festival and locals.

Day 5Bumthang-Gangtey

In the morning we will move to ‘Valley of Phobjikha’which is known as the winter home of the Black Necked Crane. The valley with its best-known marshland in Bhutan, is popular for its scenic splendor and cultural uniqueness. The valley is rich in faunal biodiversity and has, apart from the globally threatened black-necked cranes Grus nigricollis, 13 other globally threatened species of the world.

Tsechu, the colourful Mask Dance Festival of Bhutan and the Crane Festival welcoming the black-neck cranes in winter months are held every year in the precincts of the Phobjikha Valley, in the Gangten Monastery courtyard. It also has a popular 3-days trek route.

Also, will make visit to Gangtey Monastery, which is one of the main seats of the religious tradition based on Pema Lingpa’s revelations and one of the two main centres of the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism in the country. The well-known Terton Pema Lingpa built the Monastery in the late 15th century.

Day 6Gantey-Thimphu

In the morning we will move to Thimphu from Gangtey.
Once we reach Thimphu, we will move to Takin Reserve located at Motithang which is home for Takins. Originally this was small zoo and it was our King who decreed that animal should be free but those Takins never left from this place. Now, they are preserved.
After this we can move to another popular place called BBS Tower where you can see Thimphu town view.

Last stop for the day is Thimphu Tashi Chhoedzong where you will see Thimphu Fortress where most of the civil offices are located and houses the office of our King.
After you are done with sight seeings you can either rest or go out to cafe or restaurant nearby.

Day 7Thimphu-Paro

In the morning , once you are checked out of hotel in Thimphu you will be driven to Paro which is 45 minutes from capital city.
After reaching Paro we will visit Kyichu Lhakhang. Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Just like Jambhay Lhakhang in Bumthang, it is one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo to subdue and pin down an demon that was obstructing the spread of Buddhism. History says those 108 temples were all built in one night.

After this one we will cross towards Dumtse Lhakhang. Dumtse Lhakhang was built in 1433 by the iron bridge builder Thangton Gyalpo, the temple was built to subdue a demoness and so was chained firmly to the ground. It’s three floors represents hell, earth and heaven. Please note that visiting Dumtse Lhakhang you may need special permit.

Paro Dzong is also one among oldest Dzongs in Bhutan. It is home to only International Airport and Jomolhari a peak which is 7300m above sea level. After we are done with today’s short trip we will come to our hotel. Our Guide will come instruct you for next da

Day 8Paro-Chelela

Right after breakfast we will drive towards Haa via Chele la (3, 988m). From the pass you can see Paro Valley on one side and then Haa valley on the other. Chele La is also wonderful place for picnic. We can arrange lunch for you at Chele if only weather favour us. In Haa, some sightseeing and then head to Katsho village and visiting the Katso Lhakhang. Then you will head back to Paro.
Chelela Pass gives spectacular views of paro valley surrounded by snow-laden mountains. Walk through hills with forest of prayer flags is so wonderful. In spring, we can Blue Poppy flowers so much one can experience snowfall in winter.
For those who rather have a leisurely sightseeing day, there is the option to drive from Chele La Pass down the other side to the Haa valley. In case Chele La Pass is not accessible during the winter months due to ice or snow, your guide will propose an alternative for this day excursion.
Since Haa was opened for tourist for only in the year 2002 so place until now do not have tourist standard hotel. We will head back to Paro for the night.

Lhakhang Nagpo, or the Black Temple, located a little above Lhakhang Karpo, was established at the same time as Lhakhang Karpo. Inside the temple is a small pool associated with the Buddhist protector Mahākāla.
According to one legend, rays of light emanated from the body of Chögyal Songtsen Gampo to this place and Lhakhang Karpo was built where the bright rays fell and Lhakhang Nagpo where the dark rays fell.
We will check into one of hotels but the best option is farm house where you will enjoy true Bhutanese lifestyle.

Day 9Paro Taktsang

Today we will hike towards Paro Taktsang/ Tiger’s Nest. Paro is 2 hours hike from Paro. Paro Taktsang also known as the Taktsang Palphug Monastery and the Tiger’s Nest, is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and the temple complex is located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan. This will be one to two hour hike from main Paro town. Tiger’s nest us one of the wonders of Bhutan, so sacred and gives your breathtaking landscape view.

After we are done with this hike we will move towards Drukgyal Dzong. Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro District, Bhutan. The dzong was probably built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Ngawang Namgyal, Zhabdrung Rinpoche, to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet. On clear days, you can also see the snowcapped peak of Jomolohari mountain.

Since today is last day for the trip as you will be departing tomorrow, we will also make our last visit to nearby town if you have any shopping to be done. After this we will head to hotel.

Day 10Departure

This is end of Haa Summer festival tour. After breakfast we will checkout from hotel and head towards Paro International Airport. We at Bhutan Getaways wish you safe journey and wish to see you back in Bhutan again in future

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