Myths & Mountains offers this very unique journey focused on the Bhutanese textiles used by families during festivals and daily livelihood. We also make it a highlight by timing the trip with one of the many great festivals. The journey will be arranged to fit in either of the two great festivals of Thimphu and Punakha. Along the way, you will be a guest in private homes and and go through their textile collections, passed down through generations. In Thimphu, you will visit the textile museum and the handicraft schools, as well as visit the private home of a well-known weaver. Travelling on to Gangtey Gompa and Pelila Pass region, you will visit a weaver of Chhana fabrics (Chhana is a coarse cloth made of wool and worn mainly during colder months). Along your drive, you will have an opportunity to identify the plants used for the dyes. The highlight of the trip will be one of the festivals. During the festivals, you will see the textiles come to life both as costumes for the dancers and the fine clothes worn by the local celebrants.
Based on 4-6 People
(excluding international air)
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ITINERARY at a Glance
Arrive Bhutan. Paro touring and market.
Paro sightseeing – Textile Orientation, Paro Museum, Dzong, Kyichu Lhakang, Druk Choling and Visit with a farm family.
Visit Tiger’s Nest.
Drive Thimphu via Sisina and explore a private textile collection. Visit Memorial Chorten and Textile Museum.
Spring – Morning continue to visit Thimphu. Fall – Morning at the Thimphu Festival. Afternoon – Visit a weaver at her home and a tailor. Evening walk through shops and handicraft emporium.
Drive Punakha with lunch at the Botanical Garden. Look for natural materials used in textiles. Late afternoon dyeing demonstration.
Spring – Morning at the Punakha Festival. Afternoon visit to Khamsum Yueling. Discussion about the weaving of faiths and weaving as livelihood. Fall – Morning at Khamsum Yueling with discussion of weaving of faiths and weaving as livelihood. Afternoon at the Punakha Dzong.
Drive Wanduephodrang to see Dzong rebuilding. Short climb to Wache. Continue on to Phobjikha in the Gangtey Valley.
Excursion to Sephu to visit a Chana Weaver and Bamboo Weavers. Visit Gangtry Gompa and Black-necked Crane Center. Overnight in Phobjikha.
Drive Back to Thimphu. Visit handicraft stores and make a buckwheat pillow. Farewell Dinner.
Drive Paro and fly out.