Kurjey Festival

26th June 2015 falls on the 10th Day of 10th Month of lunar calendar, that is one of the most auspicious days in Bhutan as it corresponds to the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava, a highly revered saint who introduced Buddhism in Bhutan. Kurjey temple in Bumthang district in central Bhutan is highly associated with Guru Padmasambhava where once he is said to have meditated and subdued a demon.

Today on this auspicious day an annual festival of masked dances is observed. Besides its religious significance this is one of the major festival in Bumthang district and one of the major tourist experience attractions. This Kurjey festival itinerary covers exciting cultural tours in western Bhutan with Kurjey festival as the highlight of the tour. We welcome you to experience our vibrant culture and exciting Kurjey Festival.

What's Included?

-Accommodation in tourist standard accommodations
-All meals
-A licensed Bhutanese Tour Guide for the extent of your stay
-All internal ground transport
-Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
-All internal taxes and charges
-Visa
-A royalty of US $65 (Per Person Per Night) which goes toward government for free education, free healthcare and poverty alleviation.

Duration

10 days

Destination Covered

Kurje Lhakhang, Paro, Punakha Dzong, Trongsa, Thimphu and Bumthang

Best Suited

Families, Groups, Honeymoon, Luxury, Solo travellers
Day 1: - Thimphu

Your Bhutan experience begins with a panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range as you fly to Paro International Airport. Descending over Paro valley is yet another exciting and mysterious experience that is unparalled and ineffable.
At the exit point of the airport our representatives will be waiting for you who will drive you to Thimphu. In Thimphu we will check you into your hotel, have your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine and then head off for light sightseeing in Thimphu.

Day 2 : - Trongsa

Today after a good breakfast your travel escort will drive you to Trongsa district in central Bhutan. En-route to Trongsa you will stop at Dochula Pass (3150 meter above sea level) where on a clear day you can see spectacular view of the mighty Himalayan mountain ranges. Dochula pass serves the stop for all the passer by traveling to and fro to Punakha and Wandgiphodrang. The 108 Chortens at the Dochula pass adds to the spectacular beauty of the place.

It is a long journey but a rewarding experience as you travel through some of Bhutan's spectacular landscapes, diverse flora and fauna and beautiful Bhutanese countryside.

Upon arrival in Trongsa we will check you into your hotel and let you have a good rest and relaxed evening.

Day 3 : - Bumthang

After breakfast you will explore some of the historic landmarks in Trongsa. Trongsa, the vanguard of the warriors - was considered crucial to controlling the kingdom in earlier years due to its centrally located position. Both the first and second kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat. Even today kings of Bhutan are invested as Trongsa Penlop (“governor”) prior to ascending the throne.

After sightseeing in Trongsa you will continue your journey towards Bumthang.

Day 4 : - (Bumthang Kurjey Festival)

Right after your breakfast your travel escort will drive you to Kurjey Temple to observe the Kurjey festival. You will witness a series of different mask dances and folk dances in colorful costumes.

This festival is celebrated with full of joy and festivity as locals gather to attend the festival in the finest of their attires. As much festive it is the festival is also very significant and it is believed that the observes will be cleansed of all the sins and bad luck just by witnessing the festival.

After an indulging experience at the festival your travel escort will drive you to your hotel where you can enjoy some of Bumthang's best culinary with locally produced spirits.

Day 5: - (Bumthang Sightseeing)

Bumthang, the spiritual heartland of Bhutan, is one of the most magnificent regions in Bhutan. There are many temples dotting the valley among which are some of the oldest and most sacred Buddhist temples and monasteries dating back to as early as 8th century AD. Today you will explore this sacred valley and all the mystical stories that go with it.

Day 6: - Punakha

After a good breakfast in Bumthang your guide and driver will drive you to Punakha. Punakha is located around 72 kms away from Thimphu at an elevation of about 1,200 meters above sea level making it much warmer than Thimphu and other northern regions. It was the capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu. Punakha valley is famous in Bhutan for rice farming, especially the red rice.

Drive to Punakha from Bumthang will take you over Yotongla Pass, through Trongsa district, over Chelala Pass and through Wangdue Phodrang district.
Upon arrival at Punakha you will check into your hotel and have a relaxed evening to dispel the fatigue caused by long journey from Bumthang.

Day 7: - Thimphu

After breakfast at the hotel your travel escort will take you around for sightseeing in Punakha.
After sightseeing in Punakha you will drive back towards Thimphu. On the way you will stop by a small village called Metsina for a sumptuous lunch. Just below half an hour walk from there is the famous Chimi Lhakhang (Temple). It was built in 1499 by the 14th Drukpa hierarch, Ngawang Choegyel, after the site was blessed by the "Divine Madman" the maverick saint Drukpa Kinley (1455–1529) who built a Chorten on the site. This temple is said to bless barren couples with children.

Further up stop for a break at Dochula Pass (3100 meters) before arriving at Thimphu. In Thimphu you can choose to have a relaxed evening or you can experience a social evening by visiting some of our popular bars and conversing with local people.

Day 8: - Paro

Paro the valley of unsurpassing beauty is one of the most historic valleys in Bhutan. Both trade goods and invading Tibetans came over the pass at the head of the valley. Paro is historically significant as well as agriculturally important region of Bhutan. This fertile land covered with fields of red and white rice is also home to some of Bhutan's most sacred and oldest temples and monasteries.

Upon arrival your guide and driver will take you around for sightseeing in some of the prominent landmarks and attractions in Paro.

Day 9: - (Paro Taktsang)

Paro Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest as it is widely known is a magnificent structure located towards north of Paro perched on a hill at an elevation of about 7500 meters above sea level. It was built in 1692 where Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) arrived on a back of flying tigress and subdued a demon in 8th century. Guru Rinpoche meditated in a cave around this place and later the monastery was built around the cave.
Taktsang has been featured as one of the most prominent landmarks of Bhutan and one of the must visit places in many travel media. Besides its historic importance and mysterious location, visiting Taktsang has always given a unique sense of peace and happiness to both tourists and locals.

Moreover hike to Taktsang through a beautiful and mystical route in itself is a rewarding experience for the visitors. After dinner you might as well want to experience the hot stone bath to dispel the tiredness of hiking up to the Taktsang Monastery.

Day 10 : - (Departure)

After breakfast your travel escort will drive you to Paro International Airport and bid you farewell.
The Package Price DOES NOT include:
-All Air Fare
-Tipping and Shopping
-Luxury Hotels
-Alcohol beverages
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