MONGAR FESTIVAL (10 NIGHTS/11 DAYS)

MONGAR-FESTIVALMongar in eastern Bhutan is largely known as the Bastion of the Zhongarps, after theillustrious

Dzongpons of Zhongar that played significant role in the history of Bhutan. One can still see the ruins of the Zhongar Dzong next to the highway in Lingmethang before reaching Mongar. The main inhabitants are the Tshanglas and the Kurtoeps. They speak the Tshanglakha and the Kurtoepaikha and are famous for wood carvings and extracting oil from lemon grass.

The new Dzong in Mongar was built at the initiative of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in 1953. Today the dzong is the centre of administration where all important decisions are taken.

The highlight of the dzong is the annual three day Tshechu that is held in the month of November. It is witness by people from as far as Trashigang and Lhuentse.

DETAILS ITINERARY

DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO-PUNAKHA

On your arrival you will be received by Guide and driver from Bhutan Dendrobium Tour and Trek (BDTT). After that transfer to Punakha the drive to Punakha is about 3 hours from Thimphu via Dochula pass at 3150m, one can have a magnificent view of Eastern Himalayas on the clear weather from the pass. Lunch in Dochula cafeteria. Further down hill drive from the pass will take you to the warm and humid valley of Punakha. On the way visit Chime Lhakhang temple which takes about 30mins from car parking to Chime Lhakhang and up down it takes 1hr.After that Visit Punakha dzong(majestically located at the junction of the two rivers Pho chu and Mo chu, meaning male and female river).Overnight at Punakha

DAY 02: PUNAKHA-BUMTHANG

Breakfast in hotel and then long drive to Bumthang, crossing Pelela pass at 3360m.Photograph break at the pass, further 1hr30min drive from the pass will take to the village of Chendebji where the lunch will be served in Tabdey restaurant near Chenbdji stupa (the Nepal style eye stupa). Further drive from the lunch spot will reach to the town of Trongsa (the town in central Bhutan). Sightseeing of Trongsa dzong (the fortress in central Bhutan from where the Wang chuck dynasty came to power in 1907). And then further proceed to Bumthang crossing another pass of Yotongla at 3400m and Kikila pass at 2700m. On reaching Bumthang check in hotel, dinner and Overnight at JAKAR.

DAY 03: BUMTHANG-MONGAR

Breakfast in hotel and it’s a long drive and its takes seven hours to travel between Jakar and monger, crossing two passes and passing numerous sheer drops on what is one of the most spectacular drives in the country descending 3200m in a distance of 84km. Lunch on the way. Overnight at MONGAR

DAY 04: MONGAR(TO WITNESS FESTIVAL)

Breakfast in hotel and drive to monger Dzong (it was established in 1930 to replace the original shongar Dzong and rebuilt in 1953, unusual because it has two entrances and because the monk and administrative bodies share the same courtyard).Witness Festival. lunch in town. After lunch stroll in and around the town. Overnight at MONGAR

DAY 05: MONGAR-LHUENTSE

Breakfast in hotel and drive to Lhuentse. On reaching visit Lhuentse Dzong(The Dzong was built in 1543 by Pema Lingpas son Kungawanpo) and Lunch in town and after lunch drive to khoma,which is known for weaving center, you will fine different types of beautiful cloths. It is a 45min from Lhuentse town. Overnight at Lhuentse

DAY 06: LHUENTSE-BUMTHANG

Breakfast in hotel and on the same route drives back to Bumthang. Lunch on the way. Overnight at BUMTHANG

DAY 07: BUMTHANG-TRONGSA-THIMPHU

Breakfast in hotel and then proceed to Thimpu via same route, crossing different Dzongkhag and village. On the way you will fine magnificent view of mountain or Himalayas, different specious of birds and real Bhutanese life. After you reach in Thimphu chick in hotel. Overnight at Thimphu.

DAY 08: THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING

Breakfast in hotel and then visit to Memorial Chorten (this stupa was built in 1974 in memory of the late majesty the 3rd king).After that you will take to Buddha point, from their you will have nice view of Thimphu town. Lunch in town. After the lunch Hike to Wangdi Tse Temple (built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1586) is about 1hours from the car point. From There we can view the Thimphu Town (capital of Bhutan). And then Visit Dechen Phodrang Monastery (the Buddhist school for the monks).And then visit Tashichho dzong, the main government building and the central monk body).Overnight at THIMPHU

DAY 09: THIMPHU-PARO

Breakfast in Hotel and then Visit Painting School (Commonly known as the Painting School, the Institute offers you a glimpse of novices learning 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. It is a hands-on trip for you. Enjoy few moments with the future artists of the country.) And then visit Folk heritage Museum (This museum provides glimpse into the traditional Bhutanese life.). National Library (The National

Library was established in the late 1960s primarily to conserve the literary treasures which form a significant part of Bhutan’s cultural heritage.).Lunch in town and after lunch Visit Paper Factory.After that drive back to Paro. Overnight at PARO

DAY 10: THIMPHU- TAKTSANG MONASTREY HIKE

Breakfast in hotel and drive till the hiking point to Taktshang monastery (the monastery perched on the side of a cliff at a height of 900 meters above the Paro valley), round trip hike to Taktshang monastery which is about 3-4 hours from the car point. Lunch at the cafeteria (view point).After lunch sightseeing of Drugyel dzong (the fortress in ruins built in commemoration over Tibetan invasion in 17th century).Towards evening stroll in and around the town for last shopping in Bhutan. Dungtse lhakhang (The unusual and circular lhakhang, reminiscent of the Shana, or the black hat worn by the Bhutanese Black Hat dancers was, built by the great Builder of iron chain bridges, Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo.) Overnight at PARO

DAY 11: DEPARTURE

Breakfast in hotel and drive to the airport for the flight to the next destination. See off by the guide and the driver from Bhutan Dendrobium Tour and Trek.