Wangduephodrang is located at a distance of 76 Km from Capital, Thimphu, At an elevation of 800 to 5,800 meter above the sea level, it has extremely varied climatic condition and it cover an area of roughly 4,308 Sq Km. The famous Wangduephodrang Dzong used to sit atop the hill over looking Puna Tsangchu river and Dangchu river. However, the tragic fire incident in 2012 completely razed the magnification Dzong to rubble. Today, efforts are underway to restore and rebuild the Dzong to former glory.
Wangduephodrang tshechu is popular festival among both local and tourist and it is held during the month of September-October, corresponding to eight month of the Bhutanese calendar.Different mask dances are performed by both the monk and lay men. In addition, various entertainment program, such as folk dances are also held.
Detail Itinerary – (7 Days/6 Night)
Day 01 – Arrival
Upon arrival,our representative from Bhutan Sotphel Tours and Treks will receive you at the Paro International airport and drive you to the hotel. After lunch, visit the visit the Ta Dzong Museum, currently under renovation. It houses important and old artifices and many other religious and cultural items, some dating back to 8th Century AD. It sits on the hilltop overlooking entire Paro valley with spectaluar view of Paro Airport. y butter lamp destroyed it. Towards the evening, drive to Thimphu
Day 02 – Thimphu-Punakha -Wangdue
After breakfast drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. This pass served as an important trade route in olden days. Today it dotted with beautiful 108 mall chortens and beautiful Lakhang. If weather is clear and favorable, we stop for a while at Dochula. From this Dochula pass, it provide a clear view of Himalayas and a Gasa Dzongkhag, one of the remotest Dzongkhag in the Country. Enroute stop a while to view Chimi Lhakhang also called the “Temple of Fertility” built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley who is popularly known as “The Devine Mad Man” in 15th century
Visit Punakha Dzong, an important and historic monument built by founding father, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. Enroute stop a while to view Chimi Lhakhang also called the “Temple of Fertility” built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley who is popularly known as “The Devine Mad Man” in 15th century.
Day 03, Day 04 and Day 05 – Wangdue Tshechu
After breakfast, witness the famous Wangdue festival amongst Bhutanese and other tourist alike. You will get to witness some of the spectacular mask dances. You will have an opportunity to photograph the local people and the mask dances. Bhutanese young and old will come out once in a year in their finest wear and witness the festival. In the evening visit the town and some of the gift shop and take photograph.
On the third and final day of the tshechu, after lunch, drive back to Thimphu. Towards the evening, visit Thimphu city and visit gift and soveniour shops. Dinner and overnight halt.
Day 06 – Taktshang Monastry 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 17thcentury).After that visit Dungtsi Lhakhang (Temple). Towards evening stroll in and around the town for last shopping in Bhutan.Overnight at Paro.
Day 07 – Depart
Break fast in the hotel and drive to Paro International Airport. Farewell and see off.
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