Nomads festival Bhutan tour

Trip Facts

  • Destination: Bhutan
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Activities Cultural Tours, Festival Tours
  • Total Duration: 11 days

Nomads' Festival Tentative Program
Venue: Head Office Ground at Nasiphel, Chhokhortoe geog under Bumthang Dzongkhag

nomad festival - people with local dressFirst Day

8:30 hrs Arrival of all Participants
9:00 hrs Reception
9:15 hrs Marchang Ceremony
9:30 hrs Welcome Address
10:10 hrs Key note address
10:25 hrs Vote of thanks
10:40 hrs Opening of the Nomads' Festival and visit to all exhibitions and stalls including Yak Show, opening of all traditional games/sports/competition (Soksum/degor/khuru/zigdum/pumdo).
11:45 hrs Yak riding and horse riding program will start simultaneously based on the interest of the participants.
12:20 hrs Cultural program by Students, Nomads' groups, Dzongkhag Dancers, Local Drayangs, Mask dance, community group
12:30 hrs Lunch Break
13:30 hrs Yakcham, Cultural program and Mask dances
13:30 hrs Yak calf weight guessing, Milking & Heifer body condition score
14:00 hrs Cultural program
14:45 hrs Traditional Wrestling competition
15:30 hrs Quiz competition on Livestock and on Bio-diversity/protected Areas of Bhutan between Nomads' groups.
18:00 hrs Evening cultural program by different groups
20:00 hrs Close for the Day

Second Day

9:00 hrs All exhibitions and stalls will continue
9:00 hrs Cultural programs - Mask dance and Yakcham continue
9:00 hrs Yak/Horse riding program continue
9:00 hrs All traditional games and sports continue
11:30 hrs Archery in the traditional bow (opening)
11:00 hrs Pillow fight program
11:30 hrs Competition of climbing on the pole
11:30 hrs Tea break (the Cultural program will continue)
12:30 hrs Lunch break
13:30 hrs Weight carrying competition
13:30 hrs Cultural program continue
14:00 hrs Tug of War between guests and nomads and also between female Nomads & females from Nagsephel village.
15:00 hrs Cultural program & awarding of prizes to the winners of all 3 days' events
15:45 hrs Vote of thanks
16:00 hrs Tashi Lebey

Nomads’ Festival Program – 2018 [If you want to join this festival, Contact us for customize or book this trip]
Venue: Head Office Ground at Nasiphel, Chhokhortoe geog under Bumthang Dzongkhag

Outline Itinerary

Day 01| local people in nomad festivalArrival in Paro to Thimphu (1.2 hrs)
Day 02| Thimphu Sightseeing
Day 03| Thimphu to Punakha (2.5 hrs) punakha jong, bhutan tour
Day 04| Punakha – Jakar tours (7 Hrs)
Day 05 | Jakar sightseeing (NOMAD FESTIVAL)
Day 06 | Jakar Sightseeing
Day 07 | Jakar to Phobjikha (6 hrs)
Day 08 | Phobjikha to Paro (6 hrs)
Day 09 | Paro – Haa – Paro (5 Hrs)
Day 10 | Paro sightseeing
Day 11 | Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01| local people in nomad festivalArrival in Paro to Thimphu (1.2 hrs)
Flight to Bhutan offers spectacular views of the world highest mountains including Mount Everest. On arrival in Paro international airport our Guide will receive you and transfer to Thimphu, approximately an hour drive. Upon arrival we will check into the hotel. Afternoon visit Memorial Chorten built in memory of the late 3rd King. Thereafter, drive to visit the largest and newly built statue of Buddha offering magnificent view of entire Thimphu valley. After 5 pm visit Tashi chodzong which has the king's throne. Overnight in Thimphu, Altitude 2400m.
Day 02| Thimphu Sightseeing
Morning visit the weekend market (Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday), Hand made paper Mill, School of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, Enclosure where national animal, Takin are kept and Zilukha Nunnery.After lunch drive to the north of Thimphu and visit Tango Monastery which is located 14 kilometres, near Cheri Mountain.Evening back to hotel. Overnight: Thimphu
Day 03| Thimphu to Punakha (2.5 hrs) punakha jong, bhutan tour
Check out from the hotel after our delicious breakfast.We will drive to Punakha over dochula pass at 3050m. If the weather permits we can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a site that stretches almost 180 degrees. En-route we will take evening hike to Chimi Lhakhang temple of fertility which associated with religious arts of phallus. Visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang and enjoy the beautiful views and evening we will visit beautiful Punakha Dzong. Overnight in Punakha, altitude 1350m
Day 04| Punakha – Jakar tours (7 Hrs)
Check out of the hotel and visit Chimi Lhakhang on foot, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus. Drive over Pelela Pass at 3300m which forms the part of Black Mountain Range that divides the country into east and west. Drive through Trongsa and pass by the highest road pass in your trip at 3425m (Yotong La). En route stop at the weaving place where "Yatha" (wool weaving) is made which Bumthang is famous for. Overnight: Jakar | Altitude: 2650m
Day 05 | Jakar sightseeing (NOMAD FESTIVAL)
Early morning start your drive to Nasiphel, under Chhokhortoe gewog for the Nomad Festival taking place. Its an approx 1 hour drive from the main town. For the whole day you can witness the different programs organized and interact with the local people. Today you will have a good chance to know the Bhutanese people. Join the Tashi Lebay dance (Closing ceremony dance) with all the people at the end of the day. Evening back hotel and rest. Overnight in Jakar.
Day 06 | Jakar Sightseeing
Visit Jampay Lakhang, the one of the first 2 Buddhist temples built in the country. This is the home of the naked dance that is still performed annually. Visit Kurjey temple, the site where the royals are cremated. One can either walk cross the suspension bridge and visit the village of Parar and Tamshing on foot or drive there. End your day with a walk passing by the Swiss farm. Evening stroll in Jakar town and try some local pancake and noodles. Overnight: Jakar
Day 07 | Jakar to Phobjikha (6 hrs)
Today we will have an early departure for the lengthy drive to Phobjikhakha, valley of black necked cranes. Upon entering the valley we will pay homage to Gangtey Gonpa before checking into the resort. If time permits we will take beautiful 2 hour natural hike from the gompa to nearby road head. Walk or bike around the feeder road of Phobjikha valley meeting locals and students. Evening drive to the north of the valley to the small village and meet with the local and see the traditional Bhutanese house. Overnight in Phobjikha, Altitude 2900m.
Day 08 | Phobjikha to Paro (6 hrs)
Check out from the hotel and retrace our drive to Paro via Wangdue, dochula and Thimphu. . 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. Overnight: Paro | Altitude: 2200m
Day 09 | Paro – Haa – Paro (5 Hrs)
Visit the temples of Dzongdrakha on foot which studs the rock cliff. Continue driving to Haa over the Chelela Pass, your highest point of the trip at 3800m. When the weather permits one can view the most scared mountain in the country Mt. Jomolhari (7314m). Visit the quiet, timeless Haa valley with a picnic lunch. Overnight: Paro
Day 10 | Paro sightseeing
Morning after the breakfast, we will take awesome hike Bhutan's most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the "Tiger's Nest". The four-hour trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on vertical cliff surface at 900m above the valley floor. After lunch, we will visit drukgyen ruin Dzong and national museum if time permits. Overnight in Paro
Day 11 | Departure
The tour will end today. After the breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.

Transportation and Travel situation in Bhutan
Ground transportation is by private  vehicles based on number of travelers. we provide clean Air conditioning  and  heat in vehicles . expect bad roads with uphill and narrow tracks too, travel time might delay due to weather too.

please consult your doctor before you come to travel. in Bhutan we have local doctors to assist incase if needed.

Hotels / Resorts / Tents
We choose nice and best available hotels based on your budget. you will have private rooms with hot and cold showers

Guide, Driver and helpers
local expert guides and drivers.
“this program can be customized based on your time and interest ”

Service Includes during Bhutan Tour

  • Bhutan Visa arrangement service
  • Government royalty and all the taxes
  • FIT Surcharge for one and two persons
  • Accommodations in A grade hotels
  • Three meals a day breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Full time English speaking Bhutanese guide
  • Private transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Museums and parks fees indicated in the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water throughout the journey

Excludes in the package / supplement during Bhutan Tour

  • Flight fares from Kathmandu, Bangkok, Singapore, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Dhaka, Mumbai, Guwahati, Gaya to Bhutan- please choose the route and let us know we book for you
  • Personal expenses and any alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Tips to guide, driver, trekking staff, hotel service, etc.
  • Single room supplement charge for two Pax and above
  • Luxury hotels/resorts available on supplement cost
  • Specialized /language guides available on supplement cost
  • Travel / Medical Insurance

Visa processing

  • Bhutan visa is pre-process by our company we need to have your passport copy by scan on our e-mail. we will send you electronic visa on your mail. you need to print and carry to fly to Bhutan. at immigration authorities will stamp on your passport.
  • your passport must be valid more than 6 months at the time  of travel in Bhutan

* Notes: There are regular flights from Kathmandu Nepal, Bangkok Thailand, Delhi India to Bhutan . for flights and package please contact us now

Some useful Bhutanese phrases during tours
Hello :              Ku-zu-zam-po-la (meaning good health)
Thank You :     Ka din chey la
See you :          Lok jey gay
Good bye :       Lus la “or” Laso la

Cost and Dates

You can choose your dates at the time of booking. Thanks!


Amazing Bhutan Experience

Dear Rajan,
I can't thank you enough for all your help to make my trip to Bhutan an amazing experience. You always responded to my (many) questions so quickly that it almost seemed that you really weren't half a world away. You were wonderful through all the changes that I and other sources through at you; through it all you planned the perfect itinerary. The guides were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and courteous; I feel I have made new friends with each and every one of them. The accommodations were outstanding everywhere and you were able to get me into all the special events I want to attend, with your guidance it really was the trip of a lifetime!
As the COO of a major travel company I will make sure my agents and clients know to contact you for the perfect Himalayan journey.
Again, many, many thanx for everything!

Daniel Hanes
Morrison International, A Travel Corporation
San Mateo, CA 94401, 32 East Third Avenue
Phone: - (+1) 650-274-6112

Bhutan’s Best Tour

Dear Rajan;
Thank you for the most amazing trip to Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, your itinerary was a very good one, well planned and had all the needed components: from spiritual, to culture, to accommodations and many others.
Beyond all that your friendly and cooperative attitude made our trip an unforgettable one. Please pass our regards and thanks to all three companies in Tibet Nepal and Bhutan.
Special thanks to yourself, and to Yontan in Bhutan and Lapka in Tibet. Hope we could meet in the near future again.

Anyone who wants to ask me more about this trip feel free to contact me
E-mail - | Shaul & Orly, Los Angeles

Excellent Trip

Dear Rajan,
My wife, son and I want to thank you for providing us with an excellent trip to Bhutan . Your company was very organized with all of the necessary plane and hotel reservations made well in advance of our trip. Your company arranged all the necessary Visas and the guides in each country were knowledgeable and helpful. My wife appreciated the Bhutanese guide's assistance in walking her safely down the steep hill from the Tiger's Nest monastery Thanks again.

Richard, Jacqueline and Scott Swanberg
Los Angeles, Ca, USA
cell 818 497-8692

Bhutan – land of happiness

From USA,
In February and March 2015, my wife and I were able to visit Bhutan. Our best tour trip was arranged with the assistance of Rajan and his company. We were extremely pleased with the accommodations, tours, guides and drivers which served us during this three-week holiday; and can highly recommend this company and its owner to anyone who is considering traveling in these beautiful countries.
We also visited Nepal and Myanmar. Thanks again for everything.
Chip & Madeline Thomas
Mercer Island, Washington

best tour
Chip & Madeline Thomas,

We will certainly be recommending the “Bhutan experience”

Our time in Bhutan was particularly enjoyable, perhaps partly by contrast with Delhi and Kathmandu. If all of the guides and drivers you employ in your company are of the same quality as Ngawang and Bhim then you must receive many critiques praising their performance. Bhim's skills as a driver were manifest any number of times from congested traffic in Thimpu to the rugged road between Thimpu and Punakha. He also has good English and a sense of humor. We felt very secure in his car.

Ngawang is a perfect blend of calm (perhaps even serene) and knowledge. He patiently explained and reexplained some very difficult (for us) aspects of life in Bhutan and Buddhism. He was flexible (we wanted to skip the Paro Dzong) as you said he would be. Highlights of our time in Bhutan had to be our hike to the Taktshang Monastery and the meal we had on the last evening with the rice farming family.  I don't know if it was coincidental, but we had commented earlier that we were tiring of continental cuisine for seemingly every lunch and dinner. This entirely Bhutanese meal was a perfect way to end our visit.

All hotels were excellent. We especially enjoyed the view from the veranda of our hotel in Punakha.
In short, not much to complain about. We will certainly be recommending the "Bhutan experience" and your company to our friends.
Good luck and all the best.

Jim Reese,
Atlanta, United States

Exciting and an adventurous trip

Hello Deepak
We have come back last Sunday from and exciting and an adventurous trip to your country. It was exciting climbing and trekking those mountains .We stayed at some decent hotels, however the food was average. The guide and the driver you provided were excellent. Nawang was a font of knowledge , both local and international, the driver Jeevan was very good and careful, and he made the journey very comfortable.We enjoyed all the sights we visited and every day we looked forward to a ne destination. The downside to the trip was the condition of the roads, I understand that the Government has undertaken the road widening project from Thimphu to Bumthang . We found it extremely tiring because of the many bad road conditions on the way.Bhutan is unspoilt and we would visit again.The whole experience was well worth the visit.

John Pereira ,

Our unforgettable trip!

Dear Rajan,

Many thanks for organizing such a wonderful tour for us. This will remain our unforgettable trip! We felt so lucky that we were able to visit your beautiful country during the 30th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Bhutan and Japan.

We spent one night in Thimphu, two nights in Phunakha, and two nights in Paro. Phunaka's Lobesa hotel became one of the most impressive splendid hotels we have ever stayed! Its view from the window was just gorgeous and took our breath away.

Nawang was a knowledgeable, kind and caring guide and we learned a lot about your beautiful country from him. Ugay was a safe driver and we felt so comfortable in the lovely Nissan four wheels.

The tour was both very informative and fun. In addition, Nawang accommodated many of our requests and re-arranged the original schedule to our satisfaction. Going to the weekend market in Thimphu became one of the highlights of this tour for us !

We'd like to visit Bhutan again in the future and we will definitely ask you again to organize tour for us.

Finally, we would like to thank Rajan for being such a friendly coordinator. Your responses were always so prompt!!

Nory and Mayuri,
Tokyo, Japan

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