Explore Bhutan Textile Holiday – September 2019

From: 25th September, 2019

To: 10th October, 2019

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Bhutan Textile Holiday & Culture Tour

London ~ Delhi ~ Paro ~ Thimphu ~ Punakha ~ Trongsa ~ Bumthang ~ Paro ~ Delhi


Hosted & fully escorted by one of our Colouricious representatives

Hosted by Amrik – You will be fully escorted for the entire holiday by one of our favourite tour operators who some of you may already know.

All meals are included on this holiday.


Highlights of the Tour:.


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Buddha Dordenma

Be sure to bring a good camera because you won’t want to miss out on capturing the essence of Bhutan’s culture or miss the beautiful architecture and craftsmanship. You’ll see breath-taking scenery especially at Buddha point. Incredibly, it stands at 169 feet and contains 125,000 smaller Buddha’s also gilded and made of bronze. It’s one of the biggest Buddha statues in the world looking out over the Kuensel Phodrang nature park, the southern approach to the capital Thimphu. Amazingly Thimpu’s population is 100,000, so there are more Buddha’s contained in this magnificent statue than people in Bhutans capital. Buddha Dordenma was built in honour of Jigme Singye Wangchuck 60th birthday as the fourth king of Bhutan. It sits upon a beautiful decorated mediation hall. The landscape will provide an unforgettable backdrop for you to experience unspoilt forested mountains which descend into the glacial valleys giving way to evergreen paddy fields of exotic red rice.

The Tiger’s Nest

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Punakha Dzong is another temple you will have the opportunity to explore

Our creative holidays to Bhutan begin in London where you’ll fly to Delhi and then arrive in the sacred Paro Valley in Bhutan. This valley is considered one of the most picturesque in Bhutan with the river of Paro Chhu meandering through it’s flat fields. There is so much to see from the richly decorated shops and houses to the 155 temples and monasteries in this area dating back to the 14th century. It’s also home to Bhutan’s iconic landmark, the Tiger’s Nest. This beautiful temple, built on a cliff face, sits 900 hundred meters above the Paro Valley. It is believed Guru Rimpoche flew on a tigress and landed in cave on the cliff face anointing this as the location to build a monastery. He mediated here for 3 years, 3 months, 3 days and 3 hours to subdue the demon tigress. It is considered the most holiest of sites as it’s believed Guru Rimpoche established Buddhism in Bhutan. The temple is built into the cliff face where you can explore the caves and walk along stairways made in the rock. There are many beautiful paintings on the walls even the scenic woodland path to approach the site is littered with prayer flags.

National Institute of Zorig Chusum

It’s an arts and crafts school teaching the 13 traditional crafts of Bhutan. These include embroidery, weaving, painting, wood carving, calligraphy and sculpting to name a few. You will witness students being trained in these ancient techniques helping protect the invaluable heritage of Bhutan. It’s great way to integrate yourself into their way of life, watching locals making local crafts and being able to join in and try them for yourself!

Dilli Haat Market

fabric-market-needlework-craft-holidayYou’ll be able to visit a variety of markets and museums and see the variety of crafts and textiles which are on display. On route is the Dilli Haat market, offering the most amazing, authentic crafts to purchase. It is one of Delhi’s famous markets covering 6 acres of land and features 62 stalls selling an array of embroidered and woven fabrics, silk products, cushion covers, bags, shoes, saris, paintings, jewellery, handicrafts, wood and stone carvings, carpets and rugs, furniture, antiques and leather items.

fabric-market-sewingWhat makes this market so special and so renowned is the traditional ‘weekly village market’ atmosphere it promotes. The small thatched roof cottages create a small village feel even though it’s one of the biggest markets in Delhi. It was specifically created by the government for local artisans to showcase their craft and products, encouraging them to venture out from their villages and sell directly to customers, increasing their profits by cutting out the middle man. Stall allotments are rotated every 15 days so different crafts man can display new items so there is always something new to be discovered. It has been a successful project preserving India’s traditional heritage.

There is so much to see with these artisans often displaying their skills at their stalls or in the exhibition hall holding different shows to promote handloom. There are live cultural and music performances by different artists from around the country. There are also 25 food stalls on site with a diverse selection of cuisine. Now this is shopping in style. It’s an incredibly beautiful market with such an array of vibrant fabrics and definitely not one to miss!

Trongsa Dzong

tronga-dzong-festival-Bhutan-craft-tourThe town is located on a steep ridge with the fortress edged next to a sheer drop often disguised in the clouds and mist, overlooking the gorge of the Mangde River. It remains the only access point between  eastern and western Bhutan. It is the largest fortress in Bhutan containing 25 temples and houses over 200 monks. The buildings are set on different levels on the rocky spur with wide stones stairs and maze of beautifully paved courtyards and passageways connecting them all. Its impressive architecture makes it a must see along with the fine decoration of mural paintings lining the walls designed during the rule of the first king. An important printing house is located on site where religious texts are printed using the traditional woodblock printing technique. The watchtower has now been transformed into a state-of-the art national museum.
Trongsa tsechu is also held here every year, an important five day festival marking the triumph of Buddhism for the country. A large embroidered or painted religious picture known as thongdrel will be unveiled with many dressed in exquisite colourful costumes and masks. There is also the fire blessing where people run through and archway of straw alit with burning flames.

There is so much of India to explore! We also offer different craft and textile tours across this beautiful country. Take a look at the other wonderful destinations we also offer such as Uzbekistan, Japan and Bhutan or if you India!


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Details

Colouricious-Holidays-Itinerary

This is a taster itinerary and not the exact plan. On the evening of arrival you will be given an exact timetable as changes may be made. We under promise and over deliver!

25 Sep’19:

  • Depart London

26 Sep’19:

  • Arrive Delhi and transfer to Pride Plaza Aerocity Hotel
  • Rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities
  • Meet and greet your group at 12 noon for document briefing
  • Dinner is at hotel
  • Stay overnight at Hotel Pride Plaza [Aerocity]

27 Sep’19:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Flight Delhi – Paro. The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular in entire Himalayas. Flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu, the journey offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom.
  • Arrive Paro and drive Paro – Thimphu [55 Kms: 1.1/2 Hrs]
  • Later an exploratory walk around Thimphu main-street and market area.
  • Dinner is at the hotel in Thimphu

28 Sep’19: 

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • After breakfast, visit Trashichhoedzong a beautiful medieval fortress / monastery.
  • Visit to Textile Museum to experience the living national art of weaving followed by visit to Institute of Zorig Chusum (Arts & Crafts School), where 13 traditional crafts are taught including weaving, embroidery, painting, carpentry, carving, sculpture, casting, blacksmithing, bamboo work, gold & silver smithing, masonry, leather work and paper work.
  • Visit to handmade paper factory.
  • Afternoon visit to a Weaving centre, Weekend market, Buddha Point, Memorial Chorten and local Craft Bazaar.
  • Dinner is at the hotel in Thimphu

29 Sep’19:

  • Breakfast is at your hotel.
  • Drive Thimphu – Gangtey [150 Kms: 5 Hrs] enroute visiting Dochula Pass
  • Explore Gangtey village and visit Gangtey Goempa
  • Dinner is at the hotel in Gangtey

30 Sep’19:                            

  • Breakfast is at your hotel.
  • After breakfast drive Gangtey – Bumthang [153 Kms: 6 Hrs] via Pelela pass (3,300m) and visit Chendbji Chorten.
  • Later drive across Yutongla pss (3,400m) and visit Yathra Weaving Centre at Chumey Valley. ‘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.
  • Dinner is at hotel in Bumthang.

01 Oct’19: 

  • Breakfast is at your hotel.
  • Visit Jambey Lhakhang. This monastery was built in the 7th century by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. It is one of the 108 monasteries built by him to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region. Its present architectural appearance dates from the early 20th century.
    Then visit to Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in the kingdom as Bhutan’s “patron saint”, Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated here. Later a walk of half an hour north of Kurje Lhahang leads to Tangbi monastery, founded in 1470 by Shamar Rinpoche of the Kagyupa religious school.
  • Afternoon visit Tamshing Lhakhang, founded in 1501 by Pema Lingpa. It contains interesting and ancient Buddhist wall paintings and visit Jakar Dzong, “the dzong of the white bird”.
  • Evening visit local handloom weavinghouse and meet a Weavers family.
  • Dinner is at hotel in Bumthang.

02 Oct’19: 

  • Breakfast is at your hotel.
  • After breakfast drive to Trongsa [68 Kms: 3 Hrs]
  • Visit Trongsa Dzong, built in 1648 it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan and also visit Ta Dzong, recently opened museum in Trongsa.
  • Dinner is at hotel in Trongsa.

03 Oct’19: 

  • Breakfast is at your hotel.
  • Drive to Punakha [145 Kms: 5 Hrs]
  • Visit to Punakha Dzong
  • Dinner is at the hotel in Punakha

04 Oct’19: 

  • Breakfast is at your hotel.
  • Visit Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, Chimi Lhakhang and Sangchhen Dorji nunnery
  • Dinner is at the hotel in Punakha

05 Oct’19:

  • Breakfast is at your hotel.
  • Drive Punakha – Paro [120 Kms: 4.1/2 Hrs]
  • Arrive Paro and check-in at your hotel.
  • After Lunch proceed to visit Ta Dzong and Rinpung Dzong
  • Dinner is at the hotel in Paro

06 Oct’19:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Morning excursion to Taktshang Monastery (5hrs hike):  It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor.
  • On the way back to town stop at Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. Along the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.
  • Evening an exploratory walk around main street and market area.
  • Dinner at the hotel in Paro

07 Oct’19:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • After breakfast drive to Thimphu [55 Kms: 1.5 Hrs one way] to witness Thimpu Tsechu festival.
  • Later drive back to Paro.
  • Dinner at the hotel in Paro

08 Oct’19:

  • Breakfast is at your hotel.
  • Flight Paro – Delhi
  • Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel Eros
  • Dinner is at hotel Eros in Delhi

09 Oct’19:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Morning, enjoy half day visit to Old Delhi’s cloth and embellishment market.
  • In the afternoon, visit Dilli Haat.
  • Dinne is at Hotel Eros in Delhi.

10 Oct’19:

  • Breakfast is at your hotel.
  • At an appropriate time, you will be transferred to Delhi airport to connect with your flight backhome.

Testimonials



“I would like to say how much I really enjoyed this trip. So many thanks for the varied itinerary. In particular I want to say how delighted I was to meet Isha Sharma. She was a delightful and most helpful guide.Her relationship with the group, her thoughtfulness and sensitivity to our needs  and preferences were greatly appreciated. In very unobtrusive way she handled our itinerary with great efficiency dealing with unexpected situations which arose with professionalism, being flexible to change and able to offer appropriate alternatives. She has taken on board all that Bhutan has to offer so I am sure the next trip will go very well under her guidance”.  Moyra


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‘Bhutan is a magical experience which lingers on many levels. It is impossible to experience the country and its fabrics without embracing it’s natural beauty and pervasive culture. Buddhism captures you with its stories, images, traditions & festivals and on a day to day level you absorb something of its influence. Everything is imbued with meaning and intrigue. Our second day was given over to the annual festival in Thimpu which introduced us to a variety of costumes, masks, music and dancers  and then the inevitable ‘people watching’ as hundreds of families in national dress thronged the arena in hypnotic motion. Throughout the trip the eye feasted on colourful costumes, prayer flags, stupas, wonderful weaves and embroidered thankras. The towns and villages are architectural delights of traditional craftsmanship and colourful paintings. We appreciated the skill and discipline of this work by visiting one of the main craft schools and seeing the students at work. Museums, craft markets, weaving and paper making centres, all left their mark. The Dzongs (monastical and governmental buildings now combined in what was once the key fortifications against Tibet) just take your breath away as they appear like grand liners rising on promontories between the mountains. The landscape is unique & magnificent; experiencing the dizzying heights of high altitude passes through unspoilt forested mountains, then descending to narrow valleys of glacial rivers and luminous green paddy fields of red rice were all part of out itinerary. Although we were constantly on the move our travels were punctuated by interesting visits, walks and an optional climb to the impressive ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Our picnics in the sunshine and our log burning fires at night contributed to the variety of our days. The trip was not without its ‘funny moments’ and camaraderie & we’ll all remember the barking dogs and the giant fertility symbols on public display. Being adaptable to sudden change of plans played to our advantage and we were often surprised by the opportunities we were given. The Butanese have a quiet dignity are very receptive at all levels ; we enjoyed chatting with the young monks, local villagers and shopkeepers and even the Minister of Finance on one occasion! We were also well taken care of by Jamie, Isha & Phuntso (the guides who were excellent) and the Bhutanese hosts. Having Delhi in parenthesis, acted as a wonderful buffer and contrast to the main trip and gave us the opportunity to fly over the Himalayas, in & out of Bhutan; capturing Everest and the snowcapped mountain ranges at their best was definitely a bonus. All in all a memorable trip and shopping experience!’ Moyra

Booking

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