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    2019 Chojam Rabney Festival Tour
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    2019 Chojam Rabney Festival Tour
3rd– 16th Dec 2019 | 14 DAYS 2019 Chojam Rabney Festival Tour

This tour highlights the Chojam Rabney Festival in the beautiful Tang Valley. Deeply spiritual, and a joyous day for the community, simply being present is said to bring blessings to onlookers. But like all tsechus, this is a rare opportunity to see locals having tremendous fun, dressed in their finest.

So while the Tsechu will allow you to experience the ancient but living culture of Bhutan, we also visit many of Bhutan’s unique cultural sites and explore ancient fortresses and monasteries, walk pristine mountains and valleys and meet Bhutanese people who will charm you with their big smiles and simple warmth. Enjoy Bhutanese cuisine at picnics in some memorable places, lunch in a farmhouse with a Bhutanese family and at restaurants with amazing views and local produce.

Bhutan's capital city, Thimphu, has much to offer - from delightful bookshops to museums to arts and craft schools. Then we leave thriving city life behind, and at Punakha Dzong and Trongsa Dzong you get to roam around the most extraordinary ancient architecture and see monks go about their daily life. We also spend leisurely days exploring Bhutan's pristine natural wonders with days in valleys roaming the countryside with an informed guide





  • Departure Date: 3rd Dec from Bangkok
  • Days: 14 days
  • Max. Group size: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Price: $ 5,250
  • Single Sup.: $500 (USD)
highlights

  • Thimphu is a bustling city compared to the rest of Bhutan. It is the world’s only capital city without a traffic light! It’s a great place to see the nation’s thriving arts and crafts.
  • Punakha Dzong is arguably the most beautiful of all dzongs in Bhutan. We say arguably as everyone has their favourite! We meander through this complex architectural structure which is home to hundreds of monks half of the year.
  • The Phobjekha Valley is often said by our clients to be the most beautiful part of their journey. Many say they want to come back to this part of Bhutan
  • A magnificent and unforgettable walk in the Phobjekha valley and visit the magnificent Gangtey Gompa
  • Clients always report Trongsa and its Dzong as a highlight so we love bringing guests here
  • Trongsa to Bumthang: this drive is one of the most scenically beautiful routes in Bhutan
  • Enjoy a day in the Bumthang Valley with a beautiful walk through a pristine forest and a lunch in a traditional farm house. Finish the day with a beer and cheese tasting.
  • Attend the Chojam Rabney Festival with locals and enjoy a picnic lunch Bhutanese style.



Day 01 |  Paro

Arrive in Paro from Bangkok - visit major sites and see thriving arts and crafts.


Day 02 |  Paro


Day 03 |  Paro to Thimphu

Drive  to Thimphu, the capital -2.3 hours to enjoy the highlights on the way to the capital.


Day 04 |  Thimphu

Visit major sites and see arts and crafts.


Day 05 |  Thimphu to Punakha

Drive 4-5 hours to Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan, via Dochula Pass at 3100m. This is a very beautiful pass, topped with 108 stupas with magnificent views of the Eastern Himalayan ranges.  Lunch on route. Afternoon sightseeing including the beautiful Punakha Dzong on the river.


Day 06 |  Punakha to Gangtey

Drive 4-5 hours to Gangtey with scenic stops on route.


Day 07 |  Gangtey

Visit Gangtey Monastery then an unforgettable walk in the Phobjekha valley to see Black Necked Cranes.


Day 08 |  Gangtey to Trongsa

Drive to Trongsa, the gateway to central Bhutan (4-5hrs). Approaching Trongsa, you are treated to the sight of the enormous fortress monastery dripping down the emerald slopes of the valley.


Day 09 |  Trongsa to Bumthang

Visit Trongsa Dzong then drive 5 hours to Bumthang with scenic stops along the most beautiful route in Bhutan.


Day 10 |  Bumthang

A day in the Bumthang Valley with a beautiful walk though pristine forest and lunch in a traditional farm house.


Day 11 |  Tang Valley

Drive to Tang Valley to attend Chojam Rabney Festival with locals with picnic lunch.


Day 12 |  Bumthang to Paro

Take a 35 mins domestic flight from Bumthang to Paro, enjoying magnificent views of the Himalayan range.


Day 13 |  Paro

Hike to the Tigers Nest Monastery with lunch at a restaurant with unforgettable views over the Paro valley.


Day 14 |  Departure

Tour concludes.



INCLUSIONS

A minimum of 3 star hotel accommodation


Two nights in the 5 star Zhiwaling Hotel


All meals


Economy class Druk Air/ Bhutan Airlines flights ex Bangkok which our staff will book


Internal flight Bumthang to Paro


All transfers and sightseeing with licensed English speaking guide for the whole trip


Entrance to all dzongs and monuments


Bottled drinking water daily


All internal taxes and charges of 20%, airport tax, insurance surcharge, fuel surcharge


Sustainable Tourism Fund US$10 per person

EXCLUSIONS

International Airfare to / from Bangkok


Travel insurance- must be evidenced


Personal expenses such as bar bills, tips, telephone, laundry etc.


Expenses due to nature / unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, road blockade, no show etc.


Upgrade to Business class if required on Druk Air/ Bhutan Airlines flights ex Bangkok $140 pp*  (*Note:  rates may fluctuate due to USD exchange rate)


The Bhutanese Government requires a minimum of 3 people on a tour to avoid a small surcharge of US$30 per person per night

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Payza


Payza is one of Bhutan’s most experienced tour guides. Julia and Payza met in 2010 with Julia’s first trip to Bhutan, and, putting it simply, he made it unforgettable. Not only is he highly organized with meticulous attention to detail and speaks fantastic English (the basics you expect from a guide), but the extra care he puts into ensuring you have the best time possible is awesome. From consideration of special dietary needs to finding the best vantage points for festivals, to negotiating a way to get you that special photograph in a monastery, to telling the most fabulous and unforgettable stories that will have you laughing until you cry, Payza is a joy to travel with. He says that what he enjoys most about being a tour guide is sharing how people can live happily. He believes visitors come to understand and appreciate these values better through journeying though Bhutan.


To express interest in a tour or find our more, please contact us or complete the tour enquiry form below. Travelling solo? We invite you to join the tour and meet other like-minded people. If you’d like to take up our ‘willing to share’ option, meaning you share a room with another solo traveller of the same gender, you can pay the twin share price. It’s your choice, but we’d love to have you along.

Australian office

Julia Davenport
P (+61) 0410 578 541
E julia@davenportmarktingandadvisory.com.au

Paro office

Payza Dorji
P (+975) 8 271 438
E payza2000@yahoo.com



TOUR ENQUIRY FORM

What others say

What our clients have to say...

What a wonderful, enchanting country. So many highlights. And through it all we had wonderful guides and drivers. Thank you Bhutan.

Heather C

I am listening and seeing and enjoying every minute of this extraordinary experience. And our group? Wow - we are one great bunch of people! I am blessed!

Penny H

As I sit on my last evening in Bhutan I feel very privileged. The country, its people, its way of being, has opened my heart in many ways. Your team has been awesome.

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