8 Days Haa Summer Nomadic Festival & Western Bhutan Tour

Multi-day & Extended Tours, Paro International Airport to Paro International Airport. After breakfast at the hotel in the morning of Day 8, check-out from the hotel and you will be transferred to Paro International Airport for your onward journey.

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This tour commences on 12 or 13 July 2018, 11 or 12 July 2019.Explore and find out what brings smiles to the faces of the people of Bhutan, the only carbon negative country in the world. A country known for founding Gross National Happiness (GNH), a development philosophy that measures well-being not only of its citizens but of all its inhabitants.On this 8 Days 7 Nights adventure through the hearts of 4 western districts of Bhutan, you'll witness celebration of traditional living-culture, nomadic lifestyles of Bhutanese people living in high altitudes, traditional sports, sacred mask dances and get to taste a unique local cuisine. Explore rural villages and magnificent fortresses, hike to the most recognized iconic landmark in Bhutan, the Taktsang monastery perched on a sheer 800 meters rock cliff. Delve yourself into the soaring Himalayan peaks and rich ancient Buddhist culture and discover happiness.
8 Days 7 Nights.  This tour programs and  itineraries are flexible which can be customized to suit your interest and needs. Mode of transportation is by Private SUV/Minivan/Bus depending on the size of your group.Day 1 - Arrive Paro International Airport - Sightseeing in Paro: Paro Altitude: 2,195 meters. You'll be received at Paro International Airport. Transfer to hotel and after lunch, visit ancient watch tower called Ta Dzong now turned into National Museum, visit 17th century Paro Dzong or Fortress of the Heap of Jewels and get your first visual treat of fine Bhutanese architecture. L D  Day 2 -  Paro / Haa Valley: Distance Via Chelela: 60km,  Driving Time: Normally 2 hours,  Haa Altitude: 2,670m. Drive to valley of Haa. En route, hike to Kila Gonpa Nunnery built on a steep cliff face and Chelela Pass, the highest motorable road in Bhutan at 3,800 meters (12,500 ft). At Haa Valley visit two 7th century temples. B L D  Day 3 - Full Day in Haa - Witness Haa Summer Festival: Haa Altitude: 2,670m. Drive to Haa Summer Festival site, mingle among local people. This festival provides insight on traditional living-culture, lifestyles of nomadic yak herders and taste unique Bhutanese cuisines. B L D  Day 4 - Haa / Thimphu: Distance: 112 km, Driving Time: Less than 4 hours, Thimphu Altitude: 2, 334m. Dive to Thimphu. Visit Bhutan Postal Museum - a great stop for philatelists, Royal Textile Museum to get understanding of Bhutan's rich textile traditions and way of life. After 5PM visit the majestic Tashichho Dzong. BLD  Day 5 - Thimphu / Punakha: Distance: 74 km, Driving Time: 3 hours, Punakha Altitude: 1,200m. Drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass at 3,150m. En route visit 15th century Fertility Temple and historic Punakha Fortress. B L D  Day 6 - Punakha / Paro: Distance: Approx. 128km, Driving Time: 4 hours, Paro Altitude: 2,195m. Hike to the scenic Buddhist Stupa through paddy fields and rural houses. Then drive to Paro. B L D  Day 7 - Full Day in Paro - Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest): Total Hiking Time: 4 hours, Taktsang Altitude: 3,120m. Go on an excursion to the famed Taktsang Monastery and later in the afternoon visit one of the farm houses in Paro and enjoy home cooked Bhutanese dinner. B L D  Day 8 - Departure from Paro: After breakfast, you'll be transferred to Paro Int'l Airport for your onward journey. B

What’s included

  • Visa Fee
  • Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) to the Royal Government of Bhutan
  • All meals - B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner (B L D)
  • 7 Nights 3 Star Hotel Accommodation on a twin sharing basis (double occupancy)
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Dedicated land transport with driver for the entire duration of your trip within Bhutan
  • English speaking Licensed Tour Guide. Guides speaking other languages can be arranged at additional fee.
  • All internal taxes
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Bottled water

What’s not included

  • Airfares - We can arrange tickets to and from Bhutan (we do not charge commission!). You just have to take care of the connecting flights.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Laundry services, telephone call charges
  • Supplemental charges of US$30 per night if you opt for a single room occupancy
  • Premium accommodation in a 4-Star hotel and above
  • Cultural shows that require advance arrangement
  • Tips to Guides and Drivers
  • Any other personal expenses