Kurjey festival tour

Kurjey Festival Tour

Trip Duration 8 Days

Bhutan exudes energy that emanates as it emerges from its ancient customs and passes it on to the modern.

  • Reviews 5 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Festival Tour
    Activities
  • Activity Level Easy Leisure
    2 Pax
  • Group Size Minimum
    6/10
All about the Kurjey Festival Tour

Bhutan exudes energy that emanates as it emerges from its ancient customs and passes it on to the modern. This energy is contagious. Bumthang’s Kurjey festival is simply awaiting that discovery. It is said that Guru Rimpoche (Saint Padmasambhava) meditated in a cave and the imprints of his body remained in the cave forever. This is now a temple, famously called Lhakhang. Kurjey implies imprints of the body.

Kurjey festival is a magnum opus, a spiritual journey taken by a monk who fought evil spirits to create Bumthang, a haven for birds, animals and humans alike. It's also one of world's most biodiverse places, filled with flowers, rambling hills and valleys and occasionally, multiple outsiders gazing at the vast expanse of a land where spirituality meets nature in a warm embrace.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • Bhutan visa
  • All transfers including airport collections in Paro
  • Twin share or double rooms at all places on the itinerary
  • All meals and mineral water included while in Bhutan
  • All tour arrangements including Bhutanese guide (English speaking trained and licensed by the Department of Tourism).
  • Private vehicle and driver
  • All entry fees to museums and sites where applicable
  • Financial protection insurance with International Passenger Protection
  • Pre departure support and advice from Bhutan Dragon Adventure by email, phone or face to face meetings in Paro. After booking with us we will send our comprehensive “Bhutan Pre Trip Information” notes
Whats not included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • International flight to/from Paro.
  • Travel insurance
  • Use of bar and beverages in hotel, laundry, telephone calls or internet and personal shopping
  • Tips to your guide and driver
  • Other items not listed in “What is included”.
  1. Day 1 ARRIVE PARO- PUNAKHA

    Your Bhutanese guide from Bhutan Dragon Adventures will be there to receive you at Paro National airport and accompany you to your hotel. And then you will be transferred to Punakha which is about 3 hours drive via the magnificent Dochula Pass. Lunch in Dochula. Continue towards Punakha Dzong(fortress),which was the old capital of Bhutan untill1951 and the place where, in 2008,our present king received a special empowerment blessing before going on to be crowned in Thimphu.

    The Dzong sits at the point where two rivers meet. These rivers are named the “Po chu”and “mo chu”(male and female rivers).The impressive cantilever bridge that gives access to the Dzong is a very recent reconstruction of the original. The Dzong is the setting for the Punakha Dromche festival in February, in which locals and monks re-enact the battles between the Bhutanese and Tibetan invaders who came in pursuit of the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and the precious relic that he had in his possession. Overnight in Punakha.

  2. Day 2 PUNAKHA-BUMTHANG

    After breakfast, we will make a long drive to Bumthang via the Pelela pass situated at an elevation of 3360m. From here, we will make an almost two hour drive to reach the village of Chendebji where we will stop for lunch. From here we will drive to the town of Trongsa where we can visit the isolated and beautiful Trongsa dzong, the fortress of the Wangchuck dynasty of Bhutan.

    From here, we will proceed to Bumthang crossing another pass of Yotongla at 3400m and Kikila pass at 2700m. Halt overnight at Bumthang.

  3. Day 3 BUMTHANG-SIGHTSEEING

    In the morning, we will drive to Kurjay Lhakhang to witness, what is also known as Bumthang festival. After lunch, we will visit Jakar Dzong, a fortress built in 1549 A.D, and visit Membartsho Lake, a short distance up the road leading to Tang valley. Halt overnight at Bumthang

  4. Day 4 BUMTHANG-SIGHTSEEING

    Enjoy a day exploring some of the many sites around Bumthang, including the 16th century Tang Ugyen Chholing Palace museum containing an overview of traditional rural life in Bhutan and the pool of Mebartso (The Lake of Fire) where Pemalingpa (founder of the Nyingmapa sect) is said to have found treasure hidden by Guru Rinpoche. Overnight at your lodge in Jakar, Bumthang.

  5. Day 5 BUMTHANG-THIMPHU

    Today, we will retrace out steps and drive back to Thimphu. Halt at Thimphu.

  6. Day 6 THIMPHU-SIGHTSEEING

    At Thimphu, Visit the School for Arts and Crafts, The National Library housing the collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century, the Traditional Paper Factory and a fascinating replica of a medieval farmhouse at the Folk Heritage Museum. If there is time, you may visit the nursing pen for the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan, and Tashichhodzong, 'the fortress of the glorious religion' housing some ministries, His Majesty's secretariat, and the central monk body. Other options for the day include a hike to Tango and Cheri Monasteries (45 mins), two of the most ancient monasteries in the Thimphu region. In the evening we will drive to Paro.

  7. Day 7 PARO-SIGHTSEEING

    After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The walk of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometre above the Paro valley floor (for those who cannot hike we will arrange a horse for transfer up to cafeteria). The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The Monastery is an important pilgrim site for Buddhists.

    The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. Afterwards drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, and 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

  8. Day 8 DEPARTURE

    Breakfast in hotel and drive to the airport for departure.

ACCOMMODATION IN BHUTAN
Tourist accommodation in Bhutan is comfortable but can be fairly basic especially as you travel further east. Most hotels in the main tourist destinations have rooms with private bathrooms, hot water (at least at some stage during the day), telephone and electricity. Plumbing is not always up to the standard you may be used to and there are no hotels with central heating although heaters of some sort will generally be provided.

Tourist hotels tend to provide meals buffet-style which gives you the opportunity to try a variety of Bhutanese dishes. In the larger hotels a la carte service is also available, although they do not always have everything on the menu. Thimphu has a pizza restaurant (the Seasons) and there is a good café in the centre of Thimphu (near the Swiss bakery) called the Art Café which serves sandwiches, cake and filter coffee.

Please note that there is currently a shortage of hotel accommodation in Bhutan especially during festivals or the peak trekking season of October. We reserve rooms at all hotels in advance but the bookings are never certain until the group check in on the day. Bearing this in mind we will reserve rooms in the following hotels:

Paro: Olathang
Thimphu: Peaceful Resort, Hotel Pedling or Hotel Wangchuk.
Punakha: Meriphuensum Resort or Damchen Resort
Bumthang: Swiss Guesthouse, Hotel Mipham, Garden Hotel or River Lodge
Phobjikha: Dewachen Hotel.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Shared Rooms included in teh Price Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
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Individual Rooms not included in the Price Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
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Footwear:
Comfortable shoes i.e trail shoes or trainers.
Flip flops or sandals.

Travel clothes. You will need clothing as follows:
Lightweight waterproof jacket.
Casual long sleeved shirt with collar (for visits to Dzongs).
T shirts.
Lightweight trousers.
Micro fleece.
Socks and underwear etc.
Swimwear.
Please carefully read Ethics and Etiquette paragraph for dress code when visiting Dzongs.

Headwear:
Sun hat.
Bandana or face mask
Sunglasses.

Personal Equipment:
Toiletry bag include toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush, etc.
Headtorch. Useful during power cuts.
Backpack for day trips. Recommended size is 15 to 20 litres.

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DRESS CODE AND CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR ENTERING DZONGS & MONASTERIES

Depending on whom you talk to the exact dress code for dzongs, monasteries and lhakhangs can differ. Use the details below to assist with your planning and we recommend you discuss each days visits with your guide to reconfirm appropriate attire.
Go for smart casual look such as long sleeved shirt with collar i.e no T shirts or short sleeved shirts.
Full length trousers or long skirts (ankles must be covered) i.e no shorts, ¾ length trousers or short skirts.
Shoes with socks covering ankles i.e no sandals or slippers.
No hats and umbrellas allowed.
Photographs are only allowed to be taken in the courtyard of most monasteries.
Walking around Buddhist temples or stupas is traditionally done clockwise.
Turn off your mobile/ cell phone and talk in a quiet tone.
It is customary to give a small donation when visiting a monastery.

The Royal Government of Bhutan has a strict policy to preserve its cultural and traditional values.

All lakes in Bhutan are believed to be inhabited by spirits therefore no fishing, swimming or throwing stones is permitted.
Do not disturb or feed wildlife or do anything to destroy their natural habitat.
Do not use detergent in or near rivers, for personal washing use biodegradable soap at least 50m from any watercourse.
Do not give sweets, pens or gifts to children or distribute medicine to villagers (there is a network of Basic Health Units operated by Bhutan Government throughout the country).
Do not purchase local household items or religious artefacts from villagers, please note that antiques may not be taken out of the country.
Please respect the culture and traditions of local people (trek crew, villagers or pack animal owners).

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Writing A Review Overall Rating 4.7/5
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J Heathcote - UK
Reviewed on 14/1/2016
4.7/5

I had high expectations of a journey to Bhutan with a focus upon the spiritual aspects of the culture. All aspects of arranging my holiday were dealt with promptly/efficiently by Karma Gyeltshen of Bhutan Dragon Adventures.

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Dr. Paul L. Jokiel - USA
Reviewed on 14/1/2016
4.7/5

“Karma Gyeltshen is a remarkable person with a strong background in all aspects of the culture, religion, history, art and natural resources of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Moreover, he is extremely knowledgeable about the travel regulations and potential pitfalls of touring this country.

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Regards Hugh - USA
Reviewed on 14/1/2016
4.7/5

Dear Karma, We did indeed enjoy our holiday in Bhutan. We were so pleased that you where able to put the trip together for us at such short notice, it is difficult to believe that it was all arranged in just 3 weeks and at no time did we feel that there was going to be any problem.

FESTIVAL PLACE DATES  
RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL
Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, THIMPHU
18th – 20th April
DOMKHAR TSHECHU
Domkhar, Chummi, BUMTHANG
16th -18th April
URA YAKCHOE
Ura Lhakhang, BUMTHANG
18th -20th April
NIMALUNG TSHECHU
Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi, BUMTHANG
13th -15th June*
KURJEY TSHECHU
Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG
15th June
MASUTAKI MUSHROOM FESTIVAL
Ura, BUMTHANG
22nd –23rd August
TOUR OF THE DRAGON (BICYCLE RACE)
Bumthang to Thimphu
3rd September
THIMPHU DRUBCHEN
Tashi Chhodzong, THIMPHU
6th -10th October
WANGDUE TSHECHU
Tencholing Army Ground, WANGDUEPHODRANG
9th -11th October
GANGTEY TSHECHU
Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, WANGDUEPHODRANG
16th -18th April
TAMSHING PHALA CHHOEPA
Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG
11th -13th October
THIMPHU TSHECHU
Tashi Chhodzong, THIMPHU
11th -13th October
THANGBI MANI
Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, BUMTHANG
15th -17th October
CHHUKHA TSHECHU
Chhukha Dzong, CHHUKHA
7th -9th November
JAKAR TSHECHU
Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, BUMTHANG
7th -9th November
PEMAGATSHEL TSHECHU
Pemagatshel Dzong, PEMAGATSHEL
12th -14th November
JAMBAY LHAKHANG DRUP
Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG
14th – 17th November
PRAKHAR DUCHHOED
Prakar Lhakhang, Chummi, BUMTHANG
15th –17th November
BLACK NECKED CRANE FESTIVAL
Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, WANGDUEPHODRANG
11th November
MONGAR TSHECHU
Mongar Dzong, MONGAR
5th -9th December
TRASHIGANG TSHECHU
Trashigang Dzong, TRASHIGANG
8th -10th December
JAMBAY LAKHANG SINGYE CHAM
Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG
13th December
NALAKHAR TSHECHU
Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG
13th -15th December
DRUK WANGYEL TSHECHU
Dochula, THIMPHU
13th December
TRONGSA TSHECHU
Trongsa Dzong, TRONGSA
7th -9th January 2017
LHUENTSE TSHECHU
Lhuentse Dzong, LHUENTSE
7th -9th January 2017
NABJI LHAKHANG DRUP
Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, TRONGSA
12th -14th January 2017
TENTATIVE FESTIVAL DATES FOR 2016
Note: All tour price are fixed by the Govt, of Bhutan