• Small Group Journeys to Bhutan
    Creative conversations in an ancient culture about contemporary issues
    2019 Mountain Echoes Literary Festival Tour
  • Bhutan holidays
    Creative conversations in an ancient culture about contemporary issues
    2019 Mountain Echoes Literary Festival Tour
21-29 August 2019 | 9 DAYS 2019 Mountain Echoes Literary Festival Tour

The Mountain Echoes Festival - Madhu Jain (editor of IQ, The Indian Quarterly) in her column for Verve: “I have been to a fair number of literary festivals — from the mammoth Jaipur Literature Festival to smaller more intimate ones. But the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival in Bhutan is indescribably special and rewarding.”

Whether you’re a literature and culture aficionado or simply a travel enthusiast, don’t miss this opportunity to join other literary minds in an ancient and beautiful culture for creative conversations about contemporary issues. Mountain Echoes Festival always features some of the greatest storytellers of the world along with workshops, art exhibitions, film screenings, dance and music performances. This festival consistently tries to create conversations around ancient cultures and contemporary issues. It tries to promote a love of reading and storytelling across genres and mediums.

August 2019 will see the Mountain Echoes bring together acclaimed authors from India and Bhutan and across the world. The calm, serene, verdant surroundings enable you to revel in and soak up the discussions and performances in a cozy, intimate manner. With venues located across Thimphu, attending Mountain Echoes will give you a flavour of the beautiful capital city of Bhutan.

Whether you’re a literature and culture aficionado or simply a travel enthusiast, don’t miss the opportunity of experiencing this unique event!

Other tour highlights include a hike to the iconic Tiger's Nest and visits to beautiful fortresses and other cultural highlights.





  • Departure Date: August 2019
  • Days: 9 days
  • Max. Group size: 8
  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Price: $ US $2,850
  • Single Sup.: US $500
highlights

  • Trek to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery
  • Attend the extraordinary Mountain Echoes Festival in Thimphu
  • Explore sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples
  • Visit the tallest Buddha statue in the world
  • See stunning textiles and crafts which Bhutan is famous for
  • Chat to students at Thimphu's Arts and Craft Institute where traditional drawing, paintings, calligraphy, embroidery, weaving, wood carving and sculpturing are taught
  • Visit villages and connect with rural people



Arrival and explore Paro

Arrival in Bhutan is like no other; a magnificent flight with views of the Himalayan range that includes Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and other peaks. It’s simply unforgettable. Transfer to hotel and after lunch drive north to the end of the Valley and walk around and into the ruins of Drugyel Dzong, a 17th century fortress burned down in the early 1950's. Here we will also see beautiful, farmhouses traditionally painted. Paro is a historic town with many sacred sites and historical buildings scattered through the area. It is home to many of Bhutan's oldest temples and monasteries and the National Museum.


Short journey to Thimphu

We drive to Thimphu which sits in a large valley traversed by the Thimphu River overshadowed by high peaks before reaching Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital. Bhutan’s compact capital is easily explored on foot and a great place to learn about the nation’s thriving arts and crafts. On arrival, we visit the National Memorial Chorten.


Today and tomorrow, enjoy the Festival and all that Thimphu has to offer

• Textiles Museum: this beautiful new museum features old Bhutanese textiles and artefacts from the various regions and tribes of Bhutan.
• The Folk and Heritage Museum: experience the Bhutanese rural way of living through exhibitions of items and artefacts used in households
• The Arts and Craft Institute: a vocational training institute where traditional drawing, paintings, calligraphy, embroidery, weaving, wood carving and sculpturing are taught to students with the objective of preserving rich and pristine techniques and heritage
• The beautiful Drubthob Gompa Nunnery
• Visit the mini zoo to see Bhutan’s national animal


Festival and Thimphu

• The Indigenous Hospital: manufactures traditional medicines from various raw materials collected from varying altitudes within the country.
• Bhutan Post (Post Office): offers the finest collection of incredibly beautiful stamps and post cards. You can purchase some of these, famed, as souvenirs.
• Observe traditional paper making from Daphnia and Edgeworthia shrub to the finished product. Purchase some beautiful stationary and cards which are a speciality
• Some of Thimphu’s unique bookshops


Punakha

After breakfast we will drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass at 3100m. This is a very beautiful pass, topped with 108 stupas and on a clear day you will have magnificent views of the Eastern Himalayan ranges. Punakha Dzong is the most beautiful of all dzongs in Bhutan. We meander through this complex architectural structure which is home to hundreds of monks half of the year


Hike to Khamsum Yuley Namgay Chorten and Chimi Lhakhang

A beautiful hike in the hills and a visit to Chimi Lhakhang, perhaps for a memorable blessing by a phallus!


travel back from Punakha to Paro

Paro National Museum, Paro Dzong


Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery

This morning we drive to the north of Paro Valley to start our hike through pine forests to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). Those who wish may go by pony to the first viewpoint and teahouse, for great views of the monastery. The monastery is a pilgrimage site and every Bhutanese visits at least once in their lifetime. The Monastery clings to a huge granite cliff about 900m above Paro. The monastery is significant as it is where Padmasambava (Guru Rimpoche), in the 8th century, subdued the local demons that were hindering the spread of Buddhism at that time.

The evening is free time to stroll around the main street of Paro, visiting many beautiful handicraft shops for souvenirs before getting ready to leave in the morning


Departure

After breakfast, farewells and transfer to Airport for Departure.



INCLUSIONS

All accommodation including two nights in the extraordinary 5 star Zhiwaling Hotel


All meals


All land transportation, transfers and sightseeing


Licensed English speaking guide for the whole trip


Entrance to all dzongs and monuments


Bottled drinking


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 blocks etc.


Upgrade to Business class if required on Druk Air/ Bhutan Airlines flights ex Bangkok $140 pp*  (*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$30-40 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



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What our clients have to say...

Thank you for an amazing holiday and experience. It is one I will never forget. All of us have learnt so much and you and Payza have been amazing at organizing everything and sharing this incredible country with us.

Taylor S

Hard to prioritize what I liked best as it was all so special, but I loved the walks...especially the nature trail and Tiger's Nest.

Nathalie

Thank you to all the wonderful Bhutanese people we have met. AJtB have provided us with so many interesting stories, tales and experiences. Thank you for giving us such a good time, laughs and new friendships.

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