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HAA SUMMER FESTIVAL (8 days/7 nights)

HAA SUMMER FESTIVAL

The Haa Summer Festival celebrates for two days in July each year. It showcases a lively traditional living culture, nomadic lifestyle, demonstration of Bhutanese cuisines, processing of local Ara (drink), traditional sports, religious performance, dances, songs, artefacts, and natural alpine flowers. Experience the night at one of the many farm houses and enjoy the hospitality of the local people. The other highlights of the festival are Photography Competition and Mountain Bike Race, which is open to all including international participants.

Day 1: Arrive Paro

On arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan for two nights. We will drive a distance of 65-km for about one hour journey to Thimphu. Spend rest of the day at leisure to allow for acclimatisation.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Thimphu

Today we explore a fascinating full day tour to see the best of Thimphu city at an altitude of 2,300m. First stop is at the National Memorial Chorten, built in memory of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Next, visit the 13th century Changgangkha Temple and the Folk Heritage Museum, a showcase of the Bhutanese artefacts used in rural households. Later, drive up to the Sangaygang Hill (Radio Tower), visit the Mini Zoo for Takin (national animal of Bhutan) and the Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Point) offering a panoramic view of the Thimphu valley. Continue to the Centenary Farmer’s Market on the banks of the Wangchhu River selling farm produces, local arts and crafts, etc. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha – Thimphu

After breakfast, today you’ll travel to Punakha for a distance of 77-km for about 3 hours and en route stop off at Dochula Pass at an altitude of 3,050m. On a clear day, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the snow capped eastern Himalaya ranges and also a magnificent distant view of the Gasa Dzong from this spot. Punakha, at an altitude of 1,300m, was once the old capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955. Visit the Punakha Dzong (also known as the Pungthang Dechen Phodrang Dzong) was built in 1637 and is strategically located at the confluence of the Phochhu (male) and Mochhu (female) rivers. Now the dzong serves as the administrative centre of Punakha district and the central monastic body. In the evening, drive back to Thimphu for overnight.

Day 4: Thimphu – Haa Haa Summer Festival Day 1

This morning we head to Haa for a distance of 115-km for 3-4 hours journey. Attend the Day 1 Festival showcasing the rich alpine flowers, folklore and culture – you will be given details of the programme list. Overnight in Haa.

Day 5: Haa Summer Festival Day 2

Continue into the Day 2 Festival. Afterwards, visit the Lhakhang Karpo and Nagpo (temple) and then drive to Paro for a distance of 65-km for about 1.5 to 2 hours journey. En route stop off at the Chelila Pass at an altitude of 3,988m. On a clear day, you will enjoy the spectacular views of Mt. Jhomolhari. Overnight in Paro.

Day 6: Sightseeing in Paro

Today begin the day by visiting the Ta Dzong (ancient watch tower) which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan and continue to the Paro Dzong (also known as the Rinpung Dzong), built in 1644 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Later, visit the ruined Drugyal Dzong (fortress), built in 1647 to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders or the Kichu Lhakhang, which is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan (7th century). Overnight in Paro.

Day 7: Hike to Paro Taktshang

Today morning we will begin a hike to Paro Taktshang Monastery (also known as the Tiger’s Nest). No visit to Bhutan would be complete without a trip to Taktshang. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900m above the Paro valley and takes about a 2-hour climb on a well-maintained trail through beautiful pine forest, trees festooned with Spanish Moss and fluttering prayer flags. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche flew to Paro Taktshang cliff in the form of Guru Dorji Drolo, mounted on a flaming tigress in the 8th century. The evening is at leisure to relax – so why not stroll in the Paro town? Your last overnight in Bhutan.

Day 8: End of Tour

Your tour ends in Bhutan with a departure transfer to the Paro Airport for your onward journey. Your guide from Bhutan Green Travel will see you off. Goodbye and Good Luck!

Services Included

  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Twin-sharing accommodation in 3-star hotels
  • Upgrades to 5-star luxury accommodation available on request
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Baggage handling at all hotels and camps
  • Licensed Bhutanese English-speaking guided tours
  • All entrance fees to museums and other attractions
  • Comfortable transport within Bhutan
  • All applicable internal taxes and service fees (including royalty)
  • Mineral water
  • Visa fees

Services Not Included

  • International airfare (round-trip from hometown departure gateway to destination)
  • Travel insurance
  • Discretionary gratuities to guides and driver (we provide suggested guidelines)
  • Single room supplement
  • Other personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls, etc.

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Pricing Policy

Prices are quoted and payable only in (US$ dollars). All prices published on our websites, brochures and marketing materials are set as low as possible. The guide prices may vary at any time subject to government actions, changes in exchange rates, increase in transportation costs or fuel prices before we have accepted your booking, however, we guarantee our prices who have already signed up for your tour.

Festival Dates

[5th July 2017: Haa Summer Festival]

[It’s always advisable to contact us 3 or 4 months in advance. You decide dates depending on your plan of travel, however, time your arrival to coincide the festival dates indicated above]

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