Draktsen Adventures Bhutan is a private tour operator based in Paro managed by young and dynamic professionals in the field of tourism management. It is an entity that is motivated to take care of any Leisure and recreational requirement of our esteemed clients at universal level. We are a new company registered with the Tourism Council of Bhutan (visit www.tourism.gov.bt) and a member of Association of Bhutanese Tour operators (ABTO). Our vision is to work with utmost effort and make the best deal available to our clients by designing tailor made tour packages for domestic, inbound and outbound tourists. Draktsen Adventures Bhutan is a one-stop enterprise that offers the complete range of services right from the inception. We are driven by the vision of superior knowledge, efficient planning and the ability to anticipate and resolve potential problems along the way that ultimately will be the aim and goal of Company.
Therefore, Draktsen Adventures Bhutan will act, work and invest for the benefit of society at large to lead the way to happiness through world class service and commitment. It is our ultimate aim to become a “Green” company.
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- Dochula Druk Wangyel FestivalThe Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival was established in 2011 in commemoration of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and the Armed Forces’ victory over Indian insurgent forces residing in southern Bhutan in 2003. Druk Wangyel Festival is an annual festival held on December 13th at the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang Festival Ground located at Dochula Pass around 22km from the capital city Thimphu. Dochula Pass is one of the most scenic locations in the entire kingdom, offering a stunning panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. Set amidst this breathtaking backdrop, the Dochula Druk Wangyal Tsehchu is an experience unlike any other and truely exemplifies Bhutanese cultural traditions. The Druk Wangyal Lhakhang was built over a period of four years (2004-2008) under the vision and patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo. The Lhakhang honors the courageous service of the Fourth King, who personally led the troops against the insurgents, as well as the regular Armed Forces of the country.
- Monggar TshechuMonggar in eastern Bhutan is largely known as the “Bastion of the Zhongarps,” after the illustrious Dzongpons of Zhongar that played significant role in the history of Bhutan. One can still see the ruins of the Zhongar Dzong next to the highway in Lingmethang before reaching Monggar. The main inhabitants of this region are the Tshanglas and the Kurtoeps. They speak distinct languages known as Tshanglakha and Kurtoepaikha. This region is famous for its exquisite wood carvings. The new Dzong in Monggar was built at the initiative of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in 1953. Today the dzong is the centre of administration where all important decisions are taken. The most exciting local event is the annual three day Tshechu that is held every November. It is witnessed by people from as far as Trashigang and Lhuentse. There are numerous local Tshechus in this region all with their own unique dances and traditions. They occur at various times throughout the year so visitors can be assured that no matter when they visit a fantastic and colorful local festival will be taking place.
- The Black-necked Crane FestivalThe Annual Black-necked Crane festival is celebrated in the courtyard of Gangtey Gonpa, in Phobjikha valley on November 11, 2015. It is situated at 3000 meters in a wide alpine wetland valley that is considered the largest and the most significant wetland in the country. The festival is an occasion for the locals to rejoice and celebrate the arrival of this endangered and majestic bird which becomes an inseparable part their daily lives during the winter months. The annual black-necked crane festival is held create awareness and understanding on the importance of conserving the endangered Black‐necked cranes; to strengthen the linkages between conservation, economic welfare and sustainable livelihoods of the community; provide an avenue for the local community to renew their commitment to conservation of the black-necked cranes, and to showcase their cultural heritage and skills. The festival includes cultural programs such as folk songs and dances (some with black-necked crane themes) and mask dances performed by the local people, crane dances and environmental conservation-themed dramas and songs by the school children. The program usually starts by 9:30 am and lasts till late afternoon. The festival has become a part of the local culture in Phobjikha valley ever since it was first initiated by the RSPN in 1998. It is often cited for the harmonious co‐existence of its inhabitants with nature and the valley also holds great cultural significance. The valley is the most significant wintering ground of the rare and endangered Black‐necked cranes in Bhutan and has been protected since time immemorial by the local people’s traditional respect for all living beings. The success of the festival and its continuity depends entirely upon the support and contributions of the visitors and well-wishers of conservation. Continued appreciation and corresponding support are essential in maintaining strong linkages between conservation and economic welfare of the local people. By viewing and participating in the festival you reward the community for their continued conservation stewardship. Funds mobilized through the Black-necked crane festival and other activities of the committee are deposited in a community owned bank account and managed by the committee for activities of common benefit to the community.
- Jambay Lhakhang FestivalJambay lhakhang is located in Bumthang and is situated on the way to the Kurjie Lhakhang. It’s a ten minutes drive to the temple from the Chamkhar town. Jambay Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples in the kingdom. It was founded by, Songtsen Gampo, a Tibetan King in the 7th century AD. The king was destined to build 108 temples known as Thadhul- Yangdhul (temples on and across the border) in a day to subdue the demoness that was residing in the Himalayas. The temple is one of the two of the 108 built in Bhutan. A second is located in Paro, the Kichu lhakhang also built on the same day. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche visited the site several times and deemed it exceptionally sacred. Chakhar Gyab, the king of the Iron Castle of Bumthang renovated the temple in the 8th century AD. The first king of Bhutan, Gongsa Ugyen Wangchuck constructed the Dus Kyi Khorlo (Kala Chakra- Wheel of Time) inside the temple, to commemorate his victory over his rivals Phuntsho Dorji of Punakha and Alu Dorji of Thimphu after the battle of Changlimithang in 1885. Later, Ashi Wangmo, the younger sister of the second king of Bhutan, built the Chorten lhakhang. The main relics include the future Buddha, Jowo Jampa (Maitreya) from whose name the present name of the temple is derived. The lhakhang also houses more than one hundred statues of the gods of Kalachakra built by the first king, in 1887. One of the most spectacular festivals in the country, called Jambay lhakhang Drup is hosted here. The festival lasts for five days (October 27 to 30 October, 2015). The highlight of the festival is the fire ritual that is held in the evening where crowds gather to witness the ritualistic naked dance.
- Kurjey FestivalCentral Bhutan is considered the center of the Bhutanese culture. Bumthang, which is the center of central Bhutan is home to an extraordinary number of monasteries and gombas. One of the most important and venerated is the Kurjey monastery where the Guru Rimnpoche mediated and left an imprint of his body on a rock inside the second of three temples.
- GLIMPSES TO THE CRANE VALLEYYou will be received by the representative from Draktsen Adventures Bhutan at the airport. Before you drive for Thimphu, visit Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong presently houses administrative offices.Once in Thimphu visit Memorial Chorten
- JHOMOLHARI BASE CAMP TREKIt is a 7-days Trek from Paro to Jhomolhari base camp at Jangothang, returning via the same route or by an alternative trail to Paro. The view of Jhomolhari Mountain (7314 M) from Jangothang is spectacular. This Trek also affords an excellent opportunity to see Yaks. The Trek is very popular. The highest point is 4115 Meters