Bhutan Cross Country Cultural and Festivals Itinerary

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DomKar Lam
The Domkhar Lama has become a good friend of the tour and looks forward to meeting you and posing for environmental portraits.

Trongsa to Chumey Valley, Bhumtang District

At 8 A.M. we leave for a three- hour drive to a two-night stay in Domkhar Cluster Village.  The route crosses YotongLa pass (10,800 ft.) which is marked by a chorten and an array of prayer flags--it marks the boundary between western and central Bhutan as well as the western border of Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park. Beyond Pele La is Longte Valley where people raise sheep and yaks.

We arrive at Domkhar just in time for lunch time at our hotel, then afternoon archery competition between our guides, drivers and farmers followed by a Kuru (lawn darts) competition.  Evening bonfire for awards ceremony, folk dancing and singing in a circle around the fire.  Meanwhile down at the temple they will be setting up for the annual Domkhar Drup (festival) and you can wander there to see what’s going on, mingle with the locals as they set up a blue-tarp flea market adjacent to the temple.

DomKhar Festival Bhutan
New friends.
DomKhar Festival Bhutan
Most farmers in Bhutan produce dairy products and vegetables in keeping with Buddhist philosophy
DomKhar Festival Bhutan
Roadside photo ops begin the minute we arrive--serendipity is the rule, not the exception.

Piles of manure attest to Bhutan's desire to become the world's first totally organic country--a 10 year goal has been set.
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"I voted" badge pinned among ancient Bhutanese family jewels.
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Our tour crosses the entire country to find hidden waterfalls and gorges, canyons and valleys. You are the captain of your ship so stop the car whenever your eye spots a good photo op. (Notice the stream flows over, not under the National Highway making for easy Bhutanese drive through car washes.)
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