Bhutan Textile Tours

Bhutan Textile Tours

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  • CulturalSight-seeing
  • FarmHouseStay
  • Festival
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Meditation
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  • MountainBiking
  • Photography
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Bhutan Textile Tours, explore Asian textile tour, textile in Bhutan, living textile museum of Himalaya
Trip Code: T018
Trip Duration : 17 Days
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Trip Type: Exclusive Tours
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Destination(s): Bhutan
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Max Group Size: 16
Best Season: April to June & Mid September to Mid Nov
Trip Start: Paro
Trip End: Paro
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Trip Route: Paro > Thimphu > Gantey > Trongsa > Bumthang > Mongar > Lhuntsi > Trashigang > trashi yangtsi > Samdrupjongkhar
Activities: Bhutanese textile, Hiking, Visit Farm House , Monastery, Museums, Weekend market, Stroll around the City etc

Overview


When you explore Asian textile tour doesn’t miss Bhutan textile tour or textile in Bhutan which is a living textile museum of Himalaya. The Bhutanese textiles are the highest form of art and spiritual expression. The indigenous knowledge and unique skills on textiles have been passed down for generations. By exploring these unique and authentic textiles of Bhutan, visitors are made to wonder on how the mountain people were able to craft one of the most traditional yet sophisticated weaving cultures in the history of civilization. This tour provides opportunity to explore and experience various kinds of textile weaving and dyeing. Besides, you also get to see magnificent Dzongs, temples, monasteries and stupas, real Buddhist culture and philosophy, villages to feel and experience rural Bhutan. While on tour, you will also learn more about Bhutan’s friendly and ever smiling people, their traditions and way of life. You will explore the scenic beauty of rural Bhutan by walking between the rolling hills and virgin forests filled with wild flowers and fragrance. Visitors can also plan their travel to Bhutan coinciding with one of the vibrant religious festivals of eastern Bhutan, the region which is also famous for textile weaving.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the impressive Dzong (fortresses), former palaces and Buddhist monasteries!
  • Hike through the ridge top Goembas (monasteries) and meet the monks.
  • Hike through the terraced farmlands and villages, visit the farmhouses and meet the villagers.
  • Attend the local festivals and events.
  • Visit the vibrant markets and towns.
  • Visit the traditional arts and crafts workshop, meet the artisans, weavers and painters!
  • And much more…

What’s included

  • Receive and Transfer to Airport
  • Double/Twin in 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Meals every day with Evening Tea
  • Toyota SUV for FIT & Toyota Bus for Group with Driver.
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All Sightseeing
  • Museum Fees
  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits
  • Bottled Mineral Water
  • Walks and Hikes

What’s is Not Include

  • Guide and Driver tip
  • International Airfare
  • Laundry Charges
  • Internet, International calls
  • Other Beverages
  • Donation when photographing
  • Travel Insurance
  • Baggage Handlers tip

Intinerary


You’ll follow an itinerary which has been researched and planned by our experts, saving you all the hassle of organizing the trip. The itineraries are designed to minimize the time spent travelling and maximize the variety of experiences. From small buses to riverboats as well as on foot.

Itinerary at a Glance:

  • DAY 1: Arrive at Paro.
  • DAY 2: Paro-Taksang Excursion.
  • DAY 3: Paro-Thimphu.
  • DAY 4: Thimphu-Thimphu.
  • DAY 5: Thimphu-Punakha.
  • DAY 6: Punakha-Gantey.
  • DAY 7: Gantey-Trongsa.
  • DAY 8: Trongsa-Bumthang.
  • DAY 9: Bumthang-Bumthang.
  • DAY 10: Bumthang-Mongar.
  • DAY 11: Mongar-Lhuntsi.
  • DAY 12: Lhuntsi-Khoma-Lhuntsi.
  • DAY 13: Lhuntsi-Ranjung.
  • DAY 14: Ranjung-Khaling-Trashigang.
  • DAY 15: Trashigang-Trashi yangtsi excursion.
  • DAY 16: Trashigang-Samdrupjongkhar.
  • DAY 17: samdrupjongkhar-Departure.

Detail Itinerary

1

Arrive ParoThe flight to Paro is most spectacular in the entire Himalayas. Flight along the Himalayan range over the foothills offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom. As you disembark from the aircraft you will be greeted by the cool, clean and fresh mountain air of Bhutan. After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be received by our representative, and will drive you to the hotel.Later, you will visit Kyichu temple to receive blessing for the tour ahead. Built in 7th century, Kyichu temple is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan. Along with the visit, you will explore the beautiful valley of Paro, which presents a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends. In the evening, take an exploratory walk around town’s main street.Overnight at the hotel in Paro (Altitude 2200m).

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Paro
9am: Excursion/Hike to Tiger’s NestTime: 5 hoursTaktsang or the Tiger’s Nest is a famous and sacred monastery of Bhutan, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. Guru Rinpoche, the second Buddha arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated inside this monastery and hence it is called the ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site is so sacred that the spiritual fulfillment of a Buddhist is said to be incomplete without visiting the Tiger’s Nest at least once in their lifetime.After lunch, drive to Drukgyel Dzong, with a picturesque village nestling below the ruins. If lucky, on a clear sunny day, you will have a splendid view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7314m) from the approach road to the Dzong. Visit nearby farm house which provides you an interesting glimpse into the lifestyle of farming family. You will also visit a Carpet Weaving factory.Overnight at the hotel in Paro (Altitude 2200m).

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Paro – Thimphu
Distance: 55km, Travel time: approx 1.5 hoursAfter breakfast, visit Ta Dzong. It was built to defend Rinpung Dozng during inter-valley wars of the 17th century. Since 1967 Ta Dzong is serving as the National Museum of the country and holds fascinating collection of art, relics, religious Thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps.From Ta Dzong, walk down the trail to Rinpung Dzong or Paro Dzong built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal , the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan. The Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of district administration and district court. It is also the venue of popular Paro Tshechu, held once a year in spring.Later, drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan with en-route at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. Three different style of stupas ; Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese adorn the confluence. Shortly, before reaching Chuzom, you will see on your left Tschogang Lhakhang or the “temple of the excellent horse”. It is a private temple, built in 15th century, as the result of visitation from Balaha, the excellent horse, a manifestation of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion.En-route stop to visit Simtokha Dzong (oldest dzong), built in 1627. The Institute for Language and Cultural Studies is located here. The most noteworthy artistic feature of this dzong is the series of over 300 finely worked slate carvings behind the prayer wheels in the courtyard.You will now enter Thimphu, the main capital town of Bhutan and the center of government, religion and commerce. The city is a unique mixture of modern development and ancient traditions. With the population of about 90,000 it is the world’s only capital city without a traffic light.

In the evening, take an exploratory walk.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu. (Altitude 2400m)

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ThimphuMorning: You will visit the Institute of ZorigChusum or Arts & Crafts School, where 13 traditional crafts are taught including weaving, embroidery, painting, carpentry, carving, sculpture, casting, black smiting, bamboo work, gold & silver smiting, masonry, leather work and paper work. This institute not only helps to preserve the beautiful heritage but also imparts skill and knowledge to future generations, to keep the heritage alive. Also visit Handmade Paper Factory, National Library which holds vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts; Folk Heritage Museum and the Institute of Traditional Medicine where ancient healing arts such as acupuncture and herbalism are practiced.Afternoon: a special visit to Textile Museum. The textile museum opens its exhibition on six major themes – warp pattern weaves, weft pattern weaves, role of textiles in religion, achievements in textile arts, textiles from indigenous fibers and the royal collection. You will find the crowns of Bhutan’s Kings, namzas (dresses), the first version of Royal Crown and other accessories used by members of Royal family. A brief and simple talk on Bhutanese textiles weaving is possible.Later, drive to National Memorial Chorten known as ‘Fortress of Glorious Religion’, built in honor of His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Another interesting visit of the day will be the one to Trashichhoedzong.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu(Altitude 2400m).

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Thimphu – Punakha
Distance: 72km, Travel time: approx. 3 hoursMorning: Today, you need to start early and drive to Punakha across Dochula pass (3080m). On your journey, you will enjoy fascinating mountain views, chorten, maniwall and prayer flags with refreshing breakfast at Dochula cafeteria. If skies are clear, you will view the following peaks from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang(7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana – finally GangkarPuensum(7,497m), the highest peak in Bhutan.From Dochula, you will have an hour’s downhill walk through magnolia, hydrangea, vibernam and evergreen oaks, wild orchids and then to the highway where the car will receive and drive you to the Punakha Valley.En-route, take an easy walk though paddy fields to visit Chimi Lhakhangor the “fertility temple” of Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as the “Divine Madman”. You will also walk into a traditional village house to see the women weaving.In the afternoon, drive a short distance to Punakha Dzong, the winter seat of Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot) and the ancient capital of Bhutan (until 1955). Located between the rivers of PhoChhu(Pho-male) (Chhu-river) and Mo Chhu(Mo-female), the Dzong is surrounded by myths and legends.Overnight at the hotel in Punakha (Altitude 1300m).

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Punakha – Wangduephodrang – Gangtey (Phobjikha)
Distance: 85km, Travel time:approx. 3 hoursMorning: drive to Wangduephodrang Dzong, sitting on top of the hill at the confluence of PunakhaChhu and Tang Chhu rivers, it is town’s most visible feature. Visit Wangduephodrang shops, meet a traditional weaver, and see the spinning of nettle fiber and weaving of cloth on a back-strap loom.Afternoon: visit Gangtey Monastery and enjoy the nature trail walk from the Monastery to roosting place of the cranes. In the evening, visit the small centre of carpets weaving.Overnight at Gangtey (Altitude 3000m).

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Gangtey – Trongsa
Distance: 84 km, Travel time: approx 3.5 hoursMorning: explore Phobjikha valley. Hopefully, you will sight some black necked cranes, if you are there at the right time of year. Later, drive to Trongsa across Pele-la pass (3,300m/10,830 ft). This pass is traditionally considered the boundary between western and central Bhutan. Further down the road, stop to visit Chendbji Chorten erected in the 18th century by a Tibetan lama to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued. It is built in the Nepalese style, with painted eyes at the four cardinal points.The landscape around Trongsa is spectacular. About an hour later, you will have the first view of the impressive Dzong before the winding road suddenly leads you to the town.Overnight at Trongsa (Altitude 2300m).place is famous for its Yathra weaving and produces woolen clothes, bags, scarves etc in unique pattern.Overnight at the hotel in Bumthang (Altitude 2600m).

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Trongsa – Bumthang
Distance: 68km, Travel time: approx 3 hoursMorning: visit to Trongsa Dzong. Built in 1647 by the Zhabdrung, it is one the most impressive Dzongs in Bhutan. Then visit Ta Dzong on the hillside above the town, built as a watchtower to guard Trongsa. It is now a museum that represents a harmonious balance between tradition and modernity.After lunch, proceed to Bumthang, one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the holy heartland of Buddhism. The 68 km journey takes about 3 hours. The road winds steeply up to Yutong-la pass (3,400m/11,155 ft), and then descend through dense coniferous forest to enter into a wide, open, cultivated valley, known as Chumey valley.In Chumey valley, visit Yathra Weaving Centre. ‘Yathra’ is a hand-woven fabric made from wool of yak and sheep. It is made in vibrant colours giving it a special and attractive look. Bumthang being a cold place is famous for its Yathra weaving and produces woolen clothes, bags, scarves etc in unique pattern.Overnight at the hotel in Bumthang (Altitude 2600m).

9

Bumthang-Sightseeing.

Bumthang is the dzongkhag (district) having a group of four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura, with altitudes varying from 2600 to 4000m/8530 to 13125ft.

In the morning, we will visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in the kingdom as Bhutan’s “patron saint”, Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated here. From Kurje monastery, a tarmac road heads south along the right bank of the river to Jambey Lhakhang. Legend has it that the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo built the temple in the 7th century on the right foot of a demon. It is one of the two oldest in Bhutan (the other being Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro).

After lunch, we will visit Tamshing Lhakhang, founded in 1501 by Pema Lingpa. It contains interesting and ancient Buddhist wall paintings. Later on, we will visit Jakar Dzong, “the castle of the white bird”, and then take a stroll through Bumthang’s market area before returning to the lodge.

Overnight: lodge in Bumthang.

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Bumthang – Mongar

Distance: 187km, Travel time: approx 7hoursThe journey continues towards east of Bhutan, winding through more rugged terrain. The 7 hour drive provides spectacular views en route. We will drive up into the hills above the valley and visit en route Membar tsho, a wide spot on the Tang Chhu (chhu – water / river) and considered to be one of the greatest pilgrimage sites of Bhutan. Continue travelling further passing Ura village, before a gradual ascend to Thrumshing-la pass (4,000m/13,125 ft),the highest point on Bhutan’s motor able road network. Then the road gradually descends to the alpine valley of Sengor, with wonderful views of cascading waterfalls and the hills of eastern Bhutan along the highway. Within hours, vegetations change from alpine to subtropical as we drop down to the valley floor. The descent stops at 700m/2,300ft, where we cross the Kurichu river. We ascend again through pine forests, maize fields and eastern hamlets to reach Mongar town, high on a gentle slope above the valley.Picnic lunch at a scenic spot en route to Mongar.Afternoon: visit Mongar Dzong, built in the 1930s and one of Bhutan’s newest dzongs, but constructed in the same way as all previous dzongs, without either plans or the use of nails.Evening: exploratory walk around Mongar. The main street of Mongar town is flanked by many interesting local shops and a vegetable market. Many economic activities are seen in this small town.Overnight at the hotel in Mongar (Altitude 1600m).

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Mongar – Lhuntse
Distance: 74 km, Travel time: approx 3 hoursMorning: drive to Lhuntse, one of the most rural and isolated districts in Bhutan. The landscape is adorned with views of stark cliffs and gorges, beautiful conifer and pine forests, and remote villages with rice, millet and corn fields. Lhuntse Dzong, built in 1654 on a rocky outcrop provides a beautiful sight.Kurtoe region of Lhuntse is the ancestral home of Bhutan’s Royal family. In the evening, you can stroll around Lhuntse town before sitting down to a relaxing dinner.Overnight tented accommodation.

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Lhuntse – Khoma – Lhuntse,Kishuthara excursion: walk from Khurbazam to Khoma Village (around 2 hours each way over clear flat paths), where the most famous and expensive textiles are woven in silk and cotton. Khoma village is famous for distinctive ‘Kishuthara’ weaving and it is the main income source for the villagers. Kishuthara is a silk on silk weaving technique with intricate hand laced patterns. It is the most expensive textile in Bhutan and highly sought after by collectors. It is a full day excursion where you can see the technique of weaving from local villagers and as well as a good opportunity to interview and try your hand at weaving. The other famous weaving area is GonpaKarpo (four hours walk from the bridge), a remote village clustered around a sacred monastery. The weavers of this village feel their weaving is superior because of the special blessing from the deities of this sacred site.Overnight tented accommodation.

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Lhuntse – Ranjung
Distance: 215km, Travel time: approx 7-8 hoursAfter breakfast, drive to Rangjung. Check into Rangjung guesthouse. After lunch, visit Radhi village. Radhi is famous for raw silk, which is known as “bura”. You can also witness women weaving raw silk. Overnight at the guesthouse in Rangjung.

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Ranjung – Khaling – Trashigang
Distance: 126km, Travel time: approx 5 hoursAfter breakfast, drive to Khaling. Visit National Institute for the Disabled (NID), which caters to the educational needs of the disabled people in the country. In the afternoon, visit the Weaving Center which is operated by the National Women’s Association of Bhutan. Here you can see the girls weaving different types of textiles out of back strap loom. If time permits, we can also visit a private weaver to see the techniques of Bhutanese dyeing.Overnight at the hotel in Trashigang.

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Day 15 :Trashigang
Excursion to TashiyangtseToday, we will visit Tashiyangtse, a small, pretty, quiet town. The place is well known for making wooden bowls and containers, which are said to be the best in Bhutan. Also, visit the Arts School and the ChortenKora. Along the way to Trashiyangtse you will stop at the Gom Kora temple, behind which is a large black rock. It is said that Guru Rimpoche meditated in a rock cave that you can see the impression of his thumb, his hat, and his body on the rock. You will also visit the abandoned iron chain-link bridge behind the village of Duksum. It is the last remaining bridge of those built by a Tibetan bridge builder named Thangthong Gyalpo in the 15th century.Overnight at the hotel in Trashigang.

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Trashigang – Samdrup Jongkhar
Distance: 175km, Travel time: approx 6 hoursMorning: visit Trashigang Dzong, standing at the extreme end of a rocky outcrop far above the river gorge. It serves as the seat for the district administration and part of the dzong is occupied by the local Drukpa monastic community.Later proceed to Bhutanese border town of SamdrupJongkhar. Trashigang — SamdrupJongkhar highway was built in 1965 and the journey takes about 6 hours. Along the way, pass by Sherubtse College, the only college in the country founded in 1978. Also visit the Zangtho Pelri temple built in 1978 by the late Minister of Home Affairs. Further ahead, Deothang town en route is the centre of technical training college and road maintenance head quarters for the east. From here the road descends fairly rapidly to the plain through a dense tropical forest with an abundance of teak, bamboo and ferns.Overnight at the lodge in SamdrupJongkhar.

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Depart SamdrupJongkhar
Distance: 100km, Travel time: approx 2.5 hoursAfter breakfast, you will be picked up by our Indian counterpart. You will exit Bhutan and travel to Guwahati.

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FAQ

What is the best time to visit Bhutan?

In Bhutan every season has its own charm; as such the country has variety of doings to the tourist according to their interest. But the most visited months are usually March, April and May during which the country is at its best scenery as the spring just hits off and of course in the later months of the year like August, September, October and November. These are the peak seasons as the weather during these time of the years are pleasant and warm and not to forget the festival months. However, Bhutan Creative Tours is focusing to spread out visitation over the year because, come rain or shine, there is something for all parts of the year. The winters are cold, but we have winter treks and festivals in the southern parts of Bhutan,which has warm weather through out the year. A winter in Bhutan is characterized by clear blue skies, but you need your jackets with you.


Do I need a Visa for Bhutan? How can I obtain a Visa for Bhutan?

All visitors traveling to Bhutan are required to obtain a Visa prior to your arrival to Bhutan, except for Indian nationals holding a valid Indian passport. After your confirmation to visit Bhutan with us, you can just download and fill out the Visa Application form from our website and send it to us. We’ll have the visa confirmation letter processed within 7 working days and send it to you. The Visa Application System used by the national tourism office is designed by our CEO when he was working as the Chief Researcher for the Tourism Council of Bhutan. This makes it very easy for us to leverage visa processing even during the final minutes before your arrival to Bhutan.


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You will need your Passport which has 6 months validity for its expiry date, Druk Air e-ticket, whether you booked it through us or the Druk air’s website and your Visa confirmation letter which we will send you prior to your arrival in the country. And please to carry a copy of your tour itinerary as well.

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