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  • Punakha Dzong Festival | Bhutan Tour
    valley of Punakha and it s fantastic Dzong Here you will witness a festival like no other in Bhutan firecrackers explode as battle scenes are acted out culminating in the colourful Serda to the river The trip ends with 3 nights in the beautiful Paro valley giving you time to explore this area at leisure including a hike up to the magnificent Tigers Nest monastery one of the most sacred pilgrimages in the Himalayas View in a larger map Maximum group size 11 people Most walks are easy with the Tigers Nest hike moderate difficulty This trip takes in the highlights of Western Bhutan and the unique Punakha festival Character Comfort Combined We have carefully selected comfortable and characterful accommodation throughout this journey which combine traditional style with modern conveniences JOURNEY OVERVIEW W 8 Jun Arr Beijing T 9 Jun Forbidden City T Square F 10 Jun Great Wall S 11 Jun Train to Ulaanbaatar S 12 Jun Arr Ulaanbaatar M 13 Jun Fly Gobi Khongoryn Els T 14 Jun Camel Trek W 15 Jun Camel Trek T 16 Jun Yolyn Am F 17 Jun Bayanzag S 18 Jun Fly Ulaanbaatar S 19 Jun Depart Delightful people empty horizons cheerful atmosphere of Naadams We all loved Mongolia and its people John Hemming PUNAKHA FESTIVAL TOUR 2013 BHUTAN KATHMANDU Departs 15 Feb Days 11 Price pp 3 360 Price ca pp 2 393 EXTENSIONS Prices Include Bhutanese Visas Permits and Government Fees Accommodation based on sharing twin rooms Meals specified in itinerary Activities as specified in itinerary English speaking guide Surface transportation Park museum entrance fees Airport transfers BHUTAN KATHMANDU PACKAGE includes 2 nights in Kathmandu and Druk Air flights Prices Exclude International flights Travel insurance Passport Vaccination charges Nepalese visa Private excursions Bar bills Laundry Telephone calls items of a

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  • Panoramic Journeys - Mongolia, Bhutan Holiday and Journey Specialists - Bhutan
    1184 1251 Lifespan of Lama Phajo Drukgom Shigpo who comes to Bhutan from Ralung and defeats Lama Lhananpa He establishes Drukpa Kagyu as the dominant school of Bhuddism in Bhutan 1450 1521 Life span of Pema Lingpa Between 11th and 16th centuries sacred texts terma hidden by Guru Rinpoche were discovered as he prophesied by tantric lamas called tertons The most important of these was Pema Lingpa who constructed several monasteries in Bumthang 1455 1529 Lifespan of Lama Drukpa Kunley the divine madman establishes Chime Lhakhang near Punakha 1616 Ngawang Namgyl arrives in Bhutan from Ralung in Tibet He establishes himself as religious ruler with the title Zhabdrung Rinpoche Many dzongs and monasteries were constructed during his reign including Punakha Dzong completed in 1635 1639 Tibet recognises Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyl as ruler of Bhutan1705 Death of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyl is finally announced 200 years of internal conflict follow 1772 Bhutan invades the neighbouring kingdom of Cooch Behar and kidnaps its king The Bhutanese are expelled and the king restored to the throne with the aid of troops and guns supplied by the British East India Company for 50 000 Rupees 1774 Peace Treaty signed between Bhutan and the British George Bogle leads a mission through Bhutan to Tibet 1826 British and Bhutanese come into conflict over low lyng hills on the Assam border called the Duars 1864 Ashley Eden mission provokes outrage in Bhutan 1865 Britain and Bhutan go to war over the duars Fighting ends with the signing of the Sinchula treaty in which Bhutan loses vast tracts of valuable farmland 1885 Ugyen Wangchuck becomes the most powerful leader in Bhutan and developes closer relations with the British 1907 Ugyen Wangchuck is elected as the hereditary ruler of Bhutan and installed as head of state with the title Druk Gyalpo Dragon King 1910 Treaty of Punakha guarentees Bhutanese sovreignty and Britain an advisory role in the country s external affairs 1926 Ugyen Wangchuck is succeeded by his 24 year old son Jigme Wangchuck 1949 Bhutan signs treaty with newly independant India The treaty is similar to that signed with British and in addition sees 82sq km of the duars returned to Bhutan 1952 Jigme Wanchuck is succeeded by his son Jigme Dorje Wangchuck 1958 Indian prime minister Jawaharal Nehru and his daughter Indira Gandhi visit Bhutan 1959 China invades Tibet 1961 Bhutan takes steps towards becoming a member of the international community and embarks on a programme of planned development India helps to finance and build the Chhukha hydroelectric project 1962 Bhutan joins the Columbo Plan giving access to technical support from South East Asian member states 1964 Bhutanese Prime minister Jigme Palden Dorji a leading proponent of change is assasinated 1971 Bhutan becomes a member of the United Nations 1972 King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck dies and is succeeded by his son Jigme Singye Wangchuck aged 16 The young king pledges to continue modernisation and announces a plan for the country to achieve economic self reliance and the ideal

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  • Panoramic Journeys - Mongolia, Bhutan Holiday and Journey Specialists - Bhutan
    land even though only 10 of the land is cultivatable After hydro electricity agriculture livestock and forestry are still the mainstay of the economy with most of the farms and villages located in the fertile river valleys POPULATION The Bhutanese population is made up of three main ethnic groups the Ngalongs the early risers to religion settled in the west the Sharchops the inhabitants of the eastern region and the Lhotshampas the people living in the south Before the arrival of Buddhism to Bhutan the people were known as the Monpas or the followers of Bon religion The origin of the Ngalongs can be traced to Tibet whereas the Sharchops are supposed to have come from the northeast state of Arunachal Pradesh in India The Lhotshampas are natives of Nepal who had migrated to Bhutan in the early part of the 20 th century Apart from these three dominant ethnic groups other sub groups are Layaps in the northwest Brokpas in the northeast and Doyas in the southwest of Bhutan In the Dzongkha language the people of Bhutan are known as Drukpas The official language in Bhutan is English with the national language is Dzongkha however there are 19 languages spoken in Bhutan including Nepali which is mostly spoken in the south CLOTHING Although in the towns people are increasingly wearing Western clothes you will see many Bhutanese wearing the traditional dress The men wear a Gho a long robe tied at the waist by a small belt and a traditional scarf a Kabney The women wear a Kira an ankle length costume made from colorful woven fabrics with traditional designs and patterns The traditional scarf for females is the Rachu SPORTS The national sport of Bhutan is archery and is played everywhere virtually all year around as well as

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  • Panoramic Journeys - Mongolia, Bhutan Holiday and Journey Specialists - Bhutan
    People flock to witness festival the dances and procession dressed in their best clothes and most expensive jewelery The festival attendees receive blessings and watch the performances of the masked dances as they perform colourful life dramas The belief is that merit is accumulated by attending the festival becoming immersed in religion and watching the religious dances Tsechus are celebrated for several days and normally consist of three parts the Pre festival on the first day ceremonies inside Dzong on the second day and the main festivities on the festival ground on the remaining two to three days along with a wang a blessing given by a high lama Certain tshechus end with the dawn unfurling of a huge religious embroidered thangka respresenting Guru Rimpoche and his Eight Manifestations This type of thangka is called a thongdrel which means that just by viewing it you have a chance of being delivered from the cycle of reincarnations Both monks and lay people perform in the tsechu dances Masked and dressed in elaborate costumes of silk brocade dancers demonstrate the triumph of good over evil and the power of compassion to the sounds of trumpets cymbals and flutes Dances are interspersed with

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  • Panoramic Journeys - Mongolia, Bhutan Holiday and Journey Specialists - Bhutan
    cover 10 of the area Rocky ranges heathlands made up of alpine dwarf bushes and pasture make up a further 25 Only 8 is under cultivation growing crops to feed around 600 000 people Bhutan stretches over an area of 46 500 sqkm with high moutains in the north and subtropical jungles in the south The highest peak is Gangkar Punsum at 7 497m and the lowest point is on the Indian Border 150m above sea level Such conditions have created a variety of habitats rich diversity of species within a small area The country is divided further by seven southward flowing great rivers Ravines with depths of up to 3 000m act as natural boundries for many plants as well as some animals 580 species of birds have been recorded The Common raven is the most revered bird The god Mahakala took the form of the bird to lead Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyl to Bhutan Around two hundred black necked cranes migrate from Tibet to Bhutan in winter These can be witnessed at Gangtey where the birds are celebrated at a festival in their honour The colourful Rufous necked hornbill Mrs Gould s sunbird and Satyr Tragopan are also to

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  • Panoramic Journeys - Mongolia, Bhutan Holiday and Journey Specialists - Bhutan
    Arts Introducing Bhutan Regions History People and Culture Festivals Ecology The Arts Religion What to Expect Climate Accommodation Food and Drink Transport Getting There Guest Book COMING SOON Journey Planner Download Brochure How to Book Order our Calendar Events and

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  • Panoramic Journeys - Mongolia, Bhutan Holiday and Journey Specialists - Bhutan
    with warm summers and cool winters Bhutan s generally dry spring starts in early March and lasts until mid April From mid April until mid June there are occasional showers as the temperatures rise and the summer monsoon lasts from late June through late September bringing heavy rains from the southwest high humidity flash floods and landslides and numerous misty overcast days Autumn from late September or early October to

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  • Panoramic Journeys - Mongolia, Bhutan Holiday and Journey Specialists - Bhutan
    luxury 5 star hotels available on an upgrade Most standard rooms have twin rather than double beds and have western style bathroom facilities and hot showers with 99 ensuite HOMESTAYS We can also arrange at request accommodation with a local family in a home stay This will be much more basic accomodation but it will be an intimate and enriching experience as you will be welcomed as one of the

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