Bhutanese textiles are one of the popular arts of Asia to gain recognition in the Western Countries. Bhutanese textiles especially the intricate brocades and complex supplementary –warp patterns, are unmatched anywhere in the world. Textiles are integrated into all aspects of life in Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan – fashioned into clothing and various kinds of containers and covers
In this Bhutan Textile Tour, we will explore all the famous villages in Bhutan, which are famous in Bhutan Textiles. The villages like, Khoma village in Lhuentshi, Radhi village in Trashigang and Khaling National Handloom Development center in Trashigang. Not only we will explore these villages but also we will experience practically how the Bhutanese women are using the natural coloring and dying. At the same time you will sit at one of the handlooms and give a try yourself how to weave the Bhutanese way of weaving.
Highlights for Bhutan Textile Tour.
- Learn how important are handlooms in Bhutanese Society.
- Textiles are part of our culture and are of great economic significance for many Bhutanese people.
- Experience practically the Bhutanese Way of Weaving.
- Experience the Textile Arts of Bhutan.
- Explore the different ways of Bhutanese Weaving.
- Meet the Bhutanese Weavers personally and learn more about Bhutan’s textile.
- Explore the Bhutanese Weaving Culture closely with the Bhutanese Weavers.
Day 1. BKK - PBH - Paro
The flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. Your Bhutanese escort from Authentic Bhutan Tours will greet you on arrival, and then drive you to the Paro Rimpung Dzong, the centre of civil and religious authority in this region. After this we will have lunch in the Paro town. We will visit the National museum and Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in Bhutan. Welcome dinner at hotel Paro. Over night stay at Paro.
Day 2. Paro - Thimphu
Today after our breakfast in the hotel, we will hike to Taktshang Monastery, which is one of the most important pilgrimage spot in the Buddhism world. We will serve the lunch at Taktshang cafeteria or we will bring picnic lunch. We will drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Evening stroll around the Thimphu twon. Dinner and overnight stay at Thimphu Hotel.
Day 3. Thimphu
Today we will do sightseeing Thimphu – visit to National Memorial Chhorten, Weaving Center, Textile Museums, Bhutanese Paper factory and Handicraft emporium. Lunch will be served in one of the restaurant in Thimphu. In the afternoon, we will do the short hike-wangditshe hike. The hike starts from BBS tower and ends at Dechenphodrang, through pine forest. The hike will take about 1hour 30 minutes. From this hike we can see the whole Thimphu town so beautifully. Evening we will visit the Thimphu Tashichhoe Dzong. Dinner and over night stay at Thimphu hotel.
Day 4. Thimphu – Phobjikha
Drive to Phobjikha over dochula pass (3150 m). The pass is adorned with different kinds of prayer flags and 108 small stupas. From this pass, we can see the eastern Himalayan mountains ranges so magnificently on clear days. We will stop at Dochula cafeteria for tea or coffee break. Then we will continue our journey to Phobjikha. Lunch will be served at Wangdi, Drangon Nest Resort. Continue our journey to Phobjikha. The phobjikha valley is the winter home to the endangered species of birds, Black Neck Crane. On reaching Gangtey, we will visit the Gangtey Goenpa Lhakhag, the temple is the most important temple in Nyingmapa sect. Dinner and over night stay at Phobjikha Hotel, Dewachen Hotel.
Day 5. Phobjikha – Bumthang
Drive to Bumthang. The drive will take about 5hours. At Trongsa, we will visit the ‘Tower of Trongsa’. Lunch will be served at Tower of Trongsa’s Cafteria. Then we will continue our journey to Bumthang over Yontongla pass. At Chhumey we will stop to see the Yathra textile production. Yathra is woolen textile. Dinner and over night stay at Bumthang
Day 6. Bumthang Halt
Today after our breakfast, we will drive back to Chhumey to see the demonstration of how the woolen textiles are produced, dyed and colored. Lunch will be served at Bumthang Hotel. After our lunch, we will visit to Jambay Lhakhang, the oldest monastery in Bhutan, Kurjey Lhakhang and Tamshing Lhakhang. After this, we will visit the Farm House for Bhutanese Dinner, local alcohol and hot stone bath. Over night stay at Bumthang Hotel. Wangduechholing Hotel.
Day 7. Bumthang – Lhuentshi
Drive to Lhuentshi will take about 6 hours 30minutes. Lunch will be served picnic pack lunch. On the way will stop at certain places for taking photographs. You will enjoy by the scenic beauty of eastern Bhutan.Lhuentshi, especially Khoma Village is famous for Kushuthara textile production. Kushuthara is the most prestigious kira for every woman in Bhutan. Kushuthara have a white-filed pattern with dozens of different distinctive motifs, shaped like diamond or half diamonds at the edges of the field. Dinner and over night stay at Camp at Lhuentshi.
Day 8. Lhuentshi Halt
Today whole day we will experience the dying and the weaving of textile. Dinner and over night stay in camp, Lhuentshi.
Day 9. Lhuentshi – Trashigang
We will drive to Trashigang. The drive will be about 6hours. Lunch will be served at Mongar. Onn reaching Trashigang, we will stroll around the small Trashigang town and then we will drive to Rangjung for dinner and over night stay in the hotel.
Day 10. Trashigang – Radhi Village (Day Excursion)
Today we will visit the Radhi Village and see the raw silk textile and also the dying and coloring of raw silk. Lunch will be picnic lunch. Towards the late afternoon, we will drive back to hotel for dinner and over night stay. (Here we can also camp if our guest would like to stay in the camp).
Day 11. Trashigang – Khaling (Day Excursion)
Today we will make day excursion to Khaling Handloom Development center. Here will have an opportunity to see how the handloom is playing an important in promoting the weaving activities in the Kingdom. To promote the age-old tradition of weaving. Develop designs and color combination; to uphold age-old tradition of weaving and vegetable dyeing process. Lunch will be picnic lunch. Dinner and over night stay in Hotel or Camp.
Day 12. Trashigang – Bumthang
Today will have a long drive from Trashigang to Bumthang. The drive will takem about 7hours 30 minutes.Lunch will be picnic pack lunch. Dinner and over night stay in Bumthang Hotel.
Day 13. Bumthang – Punakha
Drive to Punakha. On reaching Trongsa, visit the Trongsa Dzong. Lunch will be served at Chendebji Resturant. Continue our journey to Punakha. Dinner and over night stay at Hotel Damchen Resort or Zangtopleri.
Day 14. Punakha – Paro
Today we will visit the most beautiful dzong in Bhutan (Punakha Dzong) at Lobesa, we will hike to Chhimi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility. The temple is located at a hilltop and we have to walk about 30minutes from the road end. Our lunch will be served at Dochula cafeteria. Then we will continue our journey to Paro. Evening walk around the Paro town. Dinner and overnight stay in Paro Hotel.
Day 15. Paro - Paro International Airport
After our breakfast drive to Paro International Airport for your onward flight. We wish a very safe and pleasant journey back to your country. We hope to see you again in Bhutan in the future.
Start planning your tailor-made Dream Holiday to Bhutan – The Land of happiness!
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The following information will help you to plan your dream trip to Bhutan.
1. When and how to visit Bhutan?
Choose your traveling date like Arrival/Departure date. You also need to choose entry/depart Bhutan via AIR or LAND.
By Air: Druk Air, the national carriers is the only service operator in the kingdom and operates several flights per week from Bangkok (Thailand), Delhi & Kolkata (India) and Kathmandu (Nepal) to Paro (Bhutan). The Paro International Airport is located about an hour and a half drive from Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.
Paro airport is daylight restricted, and the flights are totally dependent on the weather. As a result, sometimes flights are delayed. It is therefore a good idea to keep at least 24 hours of transit time for connecting flights out of Paro. You might also want to consider traveling on a non-restricted ticket so that if you miss a connecting flight, you can be rerouted or seated on the first available carrier.
Sometimes flights into Paro are disrupted because of unfavorable weather conditions. If this occurs, the flight will stop for the night at the transit airport. To be prepared, you may want to carry your essential personal items in your carry-on luggage.
By Land: Phuentsholing, a Bhutanese town in the southwest has road access to India. It is located about 170 km from the Indian domestic airport at Bagdogra, West Bengal. Phuentsholing is about 172 km from Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan and is about 6hours drive distance. And S/
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All the tours can be customized and extended as per our valued client’s requirements. There are sample itineraries for your kind reference and it will give you some general idea of the likely trip scheduled.
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Hot-Stone Bath (Dhotsho)
Hot stone bath (Dhotsho) is a traditional bath of Bhutan, where a tradition of heating up stones and then soaking in the water that is in turn heated by the stones. This is also a curative method and is used throughout the country We Bhutanese belief that this bath has so much of medicinal benefits. Some diseases are curable-like joint pains, hypertension, stomach disorder, arthritis and many other minor diseases. Especially for the old age, where we have lots of body pains, joints pains helps a lot by this Hot Stone Bath (Dhotsho).
I think, the minerals in the rocks have certain chemicals, which can cure certain disease of our body. Hot stone bath has no side effects. It is in its pure natural form. We can organize the hot stone bath during your stay in Bhutan.
Weaving in Bhutan
The Bhutanese textiles are rich, vibrant, and colorful and are a complex art form as well as an integral part of the Bhutanese culture. This Bhutan weaving experiences will give you an insight about the rich textiles in Bhutan. You can sit one of the handlooms of Bhutan and weave your self practically. We promise that you will really enjoy this with great satisfaction in your life.
We will also see or learn the natural coloring and dyeing. You can bring your own materials like handkerchief to dye and color. So visit Bhutan and experience it practically by yourself.
Folk Performing Arts & Music in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan
We have Cultural Program Performing groups, which they will perform like Traditional folk songs, dances and keeps original tunes and dances alive. Moreover, new choreography for some traditional and regional songs is sometimes developed.
The troupe also performs mask dances that have historical and spiritual significance.
Horse Riding to Tiger’s Nest
Tiger’s Nest is most visited spot in Bhutan and it is much awaited by every tourist who visits Bhutan to climb to Tiger’s Nest.
It takes about 2 hrs 30mins up steep climb through the forest of pine, oak and Rhododendron. However you can ride the horse and climb till the Taktshang cafeteria.
Trip Length: 14 nights and 15 days stay in Bhutan.
1pax = USD 3770
2 Pax = USD 620 per person
3 Pax & above = USD 3195 per person.
The above price is inclusive of the followings:
- Government Royalty USD 65/person/night
- All government Taxes.
- Lodging (3* hotel – Twin Sharing)
- Meals (Three Meals a day)
- Comfortable Land Transportation within Bhutan.
- Service of guides (English Speaking)
- Camping Equipment & Haulage of trekking tours.
- Visa Fee of USD 40/person
- Mineral Water
- Tea/coffee with snacks ever evening at hotel
- Trying and wearing of our Traditional Costumes and photo shoot.
The above price shall be exclusive of the following:
- Travel Insurance Coverage
- Medical Expenses
- Sleeping bags on treks.
- Tips to guide and driver, others
- Personal bills and others