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The Royal Highlander Festival/ Fixed Departure

Duration : 8 Nights / 9 Days

Destination Covered : Thimphu, Paro, Gasa Dzongkhag, Punakha

Tour Activities : Food and Drink, Forts and Palaces, Trekking, Hiking, Horse Riding, Entertaining Live Shows, Monuments & Historical Places, Sightseeing

Tour Themes : Festive & Events

USD 533

Per Person

* Mentioned prices may vary depending upon date of travel, hotel availability, surge pricing and seasonal rush.

Thimphu, Paro and Gasa Dzongkhag Tour Overview

DESTINATION: Laya, (Thimphu to Laya -126km Drive + 2days hike)
ALTITUDE: 3800 meter
DATE: 23 & 24 October 2023.
TOUR: Fixed Departure

The Royal highlander Festival is held at Laya in northwest Bhutan under Gasa district. It is inhabited by indigenous Layap people and is the highest settlement in the country. Journey is two days uphill trek from Gasa Dzong. The festival celebrates highlanders’ unique costume, dance, music, sport events, handicrafts, food, medicinal herbs, plants and intangible forms of culture. The exciting part of festival is the competition of livestock, showcasing colorfully adorned yaks, horses and the noble Bhutanese mastiffs. Besides festival, one can also access the closer view of the Great Himalayan peaks, sensing almost its cool breeze passing-by your face.
The festival was introduced in 2016 in order to mark celebration of the Birth of HRH the Gyalsey. The festival draws many highlanders from across the country that will walk days to Laya to participate and showcase their culture.

Thimphu, Paro and Gasa Dzongkhag Tour Itinerary

Day 1
The Royal Highlander Festival/ Fixed Departure
Your first day travelling to Bhutan by Druk Air is going to be fascinating, the first glance over the Bhutanese Himalayas. Upon arrival at Paro airport you will be greeted by our guide and transfer to Thimphu, (2 hours drive) Capital of Bhutan.
Program & Highlight
• Entering the Gross National Happiness Nation, Thimphu City is nestled in the broad Himalayas gives the tranquility and harmony with nature.
• Visit cultural events, monuments, textile, museums and handicrafts in Thimphu City.
Night halt at Hotel in Thimphu
Day 2
The Royal Highlander Festival/ Fixed Departure
Program & Highlight
• Stopping for cup of coffee at Dochu-la pass is worth seeing Bhutan with the beautiful stupas built on foreground and the staggering views of Himalayas at a distance.
• The Majestic Gasa Dzong against the background of snowcapped peak is going to be the superb scenic.
Night halt at home stays / Guesthouse.
Day 3
The Royal Highlander Festival/ Fixed Departure
Program & Highlight
Although the trek is going to be a challenging adventure, it is always paid-off at the end of the day:
• Spectacular mountain views
• Blue sheep on rocky slopes
• Takin animals under forest.
• Greetings from Blue poppy flower on your way.
Night halt will be in tents at Laya.
Day 4
The Royal Highlander Festival/ Fixed Departure
Program & Highlight:
• Welcoming speech by Chief Guest and unfurling of national flag on mountain top is a mesmerizing scene.
• Exciting colorful participants waiting at the wide and green slope of LAYA is an artistic impression.
• Photo enthusiastic, busy capturing shot at all corners.
• Spending whole day at Laya ground is a lifetime experience and great remembrance.
Overnight in Camp at Laya.
Day 5
The Royal Highlander Festival/ Fixed Departure
1. Cattle show
2. Highlander Mastiff show
3. Local Cultural Show.
4. Local cuisine display
5. Mixed dance with the Guests.
Day 6
The Royal Highlander Festival/ Fixed Departure
Experimenting Hot stone bath in Punakha is recommended after the tiring trek to Laya. It will just melt away your pains and rejuvenate your health back to original state.
Overnight in Punakha
Day 7
Before moving to Paro, you will visit the following.
• Magnificent Punakha Dzong adorned with Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers.
• Chimi Lhakhang and discover the magic of the Devine mad man, Lama Drukpa Kuenlay.
Overnight in Paro.
Day 8
The Royal Highlander Festival/ Fixed Departure
The last itinerary of tour, an adventurous hike to Taktsang is the most fulfilling and rewarding. The captivating scene of Taktsang monastery located on sheer cliff, height of 900m above ground level is the most wondrous in Bhutan.

Local sightseeing: (Optional or if time permits after Taktsang visit)
• Paro valley, adorned with patches of paddy fields, temples and the popular Rinpung Dzong.
• Drugyal Dzong on the picturesque hill top has the enough historical significance and has stories to tell about.
• Kichu Lhakhang. It is the oldest and sacred monastery built in 7th century.
• Many more.

Overnight will halt at a hotel in Paro.
Day 9
You will drive to Paro International airport and bid farewell by our representatives.

More Details about Thimphu, Paro and Gasa Dzongkhag Tour


  • MAP (Room + Breakfast + Lunch/Dinner)
  • Hotel
  • Sightseeing
  • Transfers
  • Pickup-Drop
  • Private Cab
  • Private Guide
  • Welcome Drink
  • Accommodation
  • Mineral Water
  • Visa Services
  • Non Veg Meals
  • Veg Meals
  • Veg & Non Veg Meals
  • Government Royalty SDF and Tax


  • 1. Fight to and from Bhutan
  • 2. Alcoholic beverage
  • 3. Travel Insurance.
  • 4. Entry fee to Parks & Monuments.
  • 5. 4 & 5 Star Accommodation (Extra charge will apply)
  • 6. Personal expenses
  • 7. Tips for guide & driver.
  • 8. Domestic flight ( Available on request)

Payments Terms

  • * 20% Advance Percentage of total booking amount
  • * Airfare/Transport fare to be paid full at one time in advance.

Price & Rates

No of pax Age Limit Price per pax (Rs)
No of pax Adult Age Limit Above 12 years Price per pax (Rs) $ 533 / Adult ( With Tax )


City Hotel Name Star Rating
City Thimphu Hotel Name Bhutan Boutique Residency Star Rating 3
City Punakha Hotel Name Hotel Kingaling / Punakha Residency Star Rating 3
City Paro Hotel Name Hotel Ratna Vara Star Rating 3


  • • INDIVISUAL DISCOUNT: 50% on minimum daily package shall be given to one person in a group of 11 people. 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.
  • • GROUP DISCOUNT: More people, More discount in PACKAGES.
  • • Balance payment: The remaining payment or 100% payment must be made one week prior to the arrival date or can be done on the arrival day in Bhutan.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

  • * Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.
  • * Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.
  • * Refund will be made within 15 working days from the date of receipt of the cancellation.
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