The Gasa tshechu is the biggest festival in the small district of Gasa in northwest Bhutan. Gasa is home to highlander communities. While many mask dances are performed, the local folk dances performed are very unique and distinct adding to the festive mood of the celebration. The annual Gasa Tsechu festival is held in Gasa Dzong, the district head quarter of remote villages of Laya & Lunana. The great thing about Gasa Tsechu, apart from its remoteness is that you get to see many people from Laya and Lunana villages come here. The dresses and jewellery of women from Laya is particularly unique. Gasa is around 3hr drive north west from Punakha town. Beside festival, the visit to Gasa will be worthwhile, as Gasa is surrounded by beautiful mountain and landscape.
Day 01| Arrival in Paro to Thimphu (1 Hr)
On arrival in Paro, Bhutan Life Exposure Tours and Trek’s tour guide will receive you and transfer to Thimphu by car/bus. One can wander on your own to stroll Thimphu streets or relax in your hotel. Overnight at Thimphu
Day 02| Thimphu Sightseeing
Morning visit the weekend market (Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday), Handmade paper Mill, School of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Lunch in town. Drive pass by Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, Enclosure where national animal, Takin are kept and Zilukha Nunnery. Overnight at Thimphu
Day 03| Thimphu – Punakha tour (2 ½ Hrs)
Drive through Dochula pass, the second highest road pass in your trip at 3010m. When the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 180 degrees. After a short tea break continue to sub tropical Punakha. In the afternoon visit the Souvenir Making Center and Punakha Dzong (fortress) which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. Overnight at Punakha
Day 04| Gasa Festival
Morning drive to Gasa for the festival. We will spend whole day in the festival which will accompany with various mask dances and folk dancers along with jokers actions in the crowd. Overnight at Punakha
Day 05| Takin Festival
Morning drive back to Gasa for the festival. Whole day in the takin festival or in the afternoon we can proceed for other sightseeing like visiting Khamsum Yulay Temple or Wangdue excursion visit Rinchingang. Overnight at Punakha
Day 06| Punakha – Phobjikha (3 Hrs)
Check out of the hotel and visit Chimi Lhakhang on foot, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus. En route visit Wangdi town and continue to Phobjikha over the second highest road pass on your trip at 3140m.Visit Gangtey Gompa, the largest and the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan. Evening relax in your hotel or take a stroll.
Day 07| Phobjikha
Morning go for walk and meet the School children close to your hotel, who all walk for hours to reach their nearest school. Phobjikha is a paradise for nature lovers and hikers. There are lots of great places for hikes around the valley. Visit Gangtey monastery, the richly renovated monastery offering rich architecture and paintings. Walk down to the valley through the village for your hotel.
Day 08| Phobjikha – Paro (6 Hrs)
Start early retracing the drive to Paro. In Paro visit the National Museum, the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings. Visit 17 century Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. Evening stroll old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. One can also venture to try local restaurant for dinner.
Day 09| Paro Sightseeing
Visit Kichu Lhakhang, one from the 2 oldest temple in the country, historic Drukgyal Dzong (Fortress) and hike to Tiger’s Nest, the most revered temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro Valley. Evening at leisure.
Day 10| Departure:
Morning transfer to the airport (15 mins) for your departure flight. Our tour staff will bid you farewell at the airport.
- Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty & Visa fees.
- All private excursions and transfers in superior air-conditioned vehicle.
- Local English speaking trekking guide/tour leader.
- Cook and camp hand who will take care of camp chores and provide wholesome meals.
- Services of horsemen who will look after the yaks & ponies that transport luggage and camp gear.
- Experienced driver.
- Accommodation in carefully selected, highest standard government approved hotels & guesthouses
- All meals in Bhutan.
- All entrance fees and permits.
- All personal expenses such as bars, beverages, laundry, telephone.
- Tips to guide and driver.
- Medical / Travel Insurance.
- Adventure and sport fees
- Luxury Hotel cost
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