Bhutan Textile Weaving Tour / BHT – 04

Two Valleys Tour lets you to discover the rich cultural heritage of Bhutan. During the trip you will visit to ancient dzongs (forts), monasteries, museums, cultural centers, along with the excursions of picturesque villages of bhutan.

Paro is the only international airport in Bhutan. Your journey starts at Paro, after landing here. This travel package offers you to experinence Bhutanese village life at Wangduephodrang. Opportunity to observe the traditional art of healing to cure diseases at the Indigenous Hospital and learning more about the rich Bhutanese art and culture by visiting the Art & Craft School, National Library, Royal Goldsmith Workshop and Handicraft centers are really lifetime experiences.

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Brief Itinerary

Day

Activities

01 Arrive in Paro
02 Hike to Taktsang Monastery.
03 Visit the private weaving unit at Changzamtop Industrial estate
04 Drive Thimphu - Trongsa
05 Visit the Trongsa dzong
06 Drive Bumthang – Mongar
07 Excursion to Lhuentse
08 Drive Mongar - Trashigang
09 Excursion to Radhi
10 Drive Trashigang to Bumthang
11 Drive Bumthang to Thimphu
12 Free day in Thimphu
13 Departure

Day 01:

Arrive in Paro. Visit the Paro Rinpung dzong and the national Museum or the Ta-Dzong.Visit National Museum, located on a ridge, overlooking the Rinpung Dzong. Unlike the rectangular shape of the Dzongs, Ta Dzong is conical, more like that of a European castle, since 1967 the Dzong was re-established as the National Museum and holds a fascinating collection of art, relics thangkha paintings and Bhutans’s Exquisite stamps.

Rinpung Dzong, also known as the “ fortress of the heap of jewels.” It was built during the time of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 after the small Hungrel fortress built by Lam Drung Drung was offered to Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel.

Day 02:

Hike to Taktsang Monastery. This monastery is built on a cliff, it is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and mediated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognized as most sacred and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. The Monastery built in 1692 caught fire on 19th April 1998, it was renovated later.From the road point the hike up to Taktsang, on a well maintained path, is quite uphill and it takes 4-5 hours at an average walking speed for to & fro journey.

Visit the Drugyal dzong and the Kichu Monastery ,this is one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan Songtsen Gyampo in the 7th Centuryto subdue the ogress that lay across the whole of the Himalayas. This temple has a orange tree that bears fruits, which is quite amazing because no where in the valley you can find orange tree bearing fruits.

Visit Dungtse Lhakhang it was constructed by the great bridge-builder Thangtong Gyelpo in 1433. It is said to have been built on the head of demoness, who was causing illness to the inhabitants. The building was restored in 1841 and is a unique repository of Kagyu lineage arts. You may or may not be permitted inside but can walk around this three-storey Chorten-type building. Drive to Thimphu

Day 03:

Visit the private weaving unit at Changzamtop Industrial estate,here you can find and watch the beautiful Bhutanese dresses woven for both men and women. Visit the National textile Museum,it has opened its exhibition on six major themes: wrap pattern weaves,weft pattern weaves, role of textiles in religion, achievements in textile arts, textile from indigenous fibre and the royal collection. The crowns of Bhutan’s kings, namzas( dresses)’ the first of the Raven crown and other accessories used by members of the Royal family can be found in the museum. The goal of the museum is to slowly become a center for textiles studies that will carry documentation, research and studies on textiles.

Visit the Bhutanese paper making unit, the traditional gold and silver smith unit.

and the Folk heritage museum, which is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibits, demonstration, education programmes, and the documentation of rural life.you can see the following in this museum. Prayer wheel, Mustard Oil making process, Hotel stone bath and the process of Ara( distilled spirit made from fermented grains).

Visit the Institute of Arts and Crafts, to preserve our valuable heritage and promote arts in Bhutan, the Royal government initiated this institute in 1971. Students are taught painting, calligraphy, embroidery, wood carving, sculpture. The thirteen arts & crafts comprises of : Paintings, carpentary, carving, sculpture, casting, black smithing, bamboo work, gold & silversmithing, weaving, embroidery, masonry, leather work, and paper-making.

And visit the Tashi chodzong, initially erected in 1702 by Sherab Wangchuk, the 13th Desi and later in 1955 after moving the capital to Thimphu from Punakha, this Dzong was redesigned and sections were rebuilt. It houses the main secretariat building and the central monk body.

Day 04:

Drive Thimphu - Trongsa ,After an early breakfast drive for six hours to reach Trongsa, the distance is 142 kms.The drive takes you all the way from Dochula pass, crossing Wangdue valley till Trongsa.
Day 05: Visit the Trongsa dzong, it is the ancestral home of the Royal family and its watch tower built in 1648, it is presently the administrative seat of the district and the home of the monastic school.The watch tower, located directly above the Dzong, has on display many interesting armours and other war parapharnelia used by ancient warriors.Further drive to Bumthang.

On the way visit the Chume weaving center. Yathra Weaving Center, Chume; Yathra Textile Shop, Chume. Yathra is a hand-woven fabric made from hair of Yak and fleece of sheeps, a specialty of the region. A common vertical back-strap loom and a horizontal chair-positioned loom are the two conventional tools they used for weaving. Chungphel Yathra Tshongpa (Community Committee) to see women weave Yathra and other textiles and merchandize on display for sale at the Sale’s Counter. Visit the historical Jakar Dzong, the Jambay Lhakhang and the Kurjey Lhakhang temples
Day 06: Drive Bumthang – Mongar, distance 136 kms, Things to See and Do en route: Thrumshingla National Park: For nature lovers; Red, White, and Pink rhododendron flowers bloom during spring and autumn Seasons; For bird lovers, Lingmethang is the place for you; also look out for ruin fortress of Zhongar Dzong on the ridge top; Nepali-Styled Stupa built after the model of Boudhnath temple in Nepal at Kuri Zampa. Off the highway from Zero point following the road up the Kurichu is Gyalpozhing high school, new township of Gyalpozhing, and a 45-Megawatt Kurichu Hydro Power Plant, and a new highway construction bypassing Monggar town & Trashigang is underway connecting the south-east borden town of Nganglam under Samdrup Jongkhar district adjoining is the Indian State of Assam.
Day 07: Excursion to Lhuentse, distance 336 kms,Things to See and Do in Lhuentse: Retrace 14 kms south and drive off the highway to Lhuentse. In Lhuentse, from the suspension bridge, get off to a beaten path to the village of Khoma for 1.5 hours to see the weavers of silk textiles called Kushuthagra. See, witness, and learn from the traditional dying process of fabrics using different indigenous plants, leaves, barks, and flowers and produce lasting and colorful textiles.
Day 08: Drive Mongar - Trashigang. Visit the Trashigang dzong This dzong, or fortress, was built in 1659 by the third Druk Desi to defend against Tibetan invaders. Because of its altitude invading armies remarked that “it is not a dzong on the ground, it is in the sky”.Also visit Gom KoraAn ancient lhakhang or temple in the district, known for its rock garden, contains a sacred footprint said to be either that of Guru Rimpoche or that of a khandroma (angel). 24 km. from Trashigang, the temple of Gom Kora is set on a small alluvial plateau overlooking the river. Surrounded by rice fields and clumps of banana trees, it looks like an oasis in an arid landscape. It is one of the famous places where Guru Rinpoche meditated in order to subdue a demon which dwelt in a huge black rock.
Day 09: Excursion to Radhi.Radhi is a well-known community in the east for production of Bura (Raw silk) textiles. About 200 households here fully depend on Bura Weaving in off-agricultural seasons. Textiles production has become one of the main sources of income to the people of Radhi. All weavers here use the simple traditional back-strap loom.

View women in the Bura Weaving in progress. Women here will also show you the dying process involved in raw silk weaving; Weaving Centers developed from the Constitutional Development Fund for women coming from non-weaving sections of the community to improve their livelihood through provision of training and equipments.Drive back to Trashigang
Day 10: Drive Trashigang to Bumthang
Day 11: Drive Bumthang to Thimphu
Day 12: Free day in Thimphu
Day 13: Departure
 
 

NETT RATE PER PERSON IN US DOLLARS

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  3050 2690 2630 2570 2510 600

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Cost Include
- All necessary airport transfers
- Twin sharing accommodation on breakfast basis in hotels
- All sightseeing with English speaking local guide
- All activities & excursions as per itinerary
- All applicable surface transfer by private non AC vehicle
- All camping equipments where applicable
- Bhutan visa and TDF Fee
- Monument entrance fee
Cost Exclude
- Any international airfare and airport taxes
- Insurance and Tips
- Bottled drinks
- Emergency/Rescue in any form
- Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Any cost arise due to flight cancellation, landslide, road blockage, political disturbance etc
- Any other arrangements not mentioned in the above cost include section
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- Two Valley Tours
- Glimpse of Bhutan
- Bhutan Cultural Tour
- Textile Weaving Tour
- Round Bhutan Tour
- Jomolhari Trek
- Laya - Gasa Trek
- Mountain Bike Tour
 
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