„THAG-ZO“: Textiles in Bhutan

Weaving, Fabrics, Mask Dances


This special interest tour is a treat for textile aficionados. You will travel all the way from the remote east to the buzzling west of Bhutan. The various textile traditions in different parts of the country will run like a “read thread” through your journey.

18 Nights/19 Days in Bhutan
8th-26th October 2018
Max. 8 participants

Included festival: Jakar Tshechu (day 11)

DAY 1: Arrival at Samdrup Jongkhar
Transfer from Guwahati to S/J, rest
DAY 2: Drive to Pemagatshel
Visit cotton weavers of Pemagatshel
DAY 3: From Pemagatshel to Trashigang
Sightseeing on the way & visit of a weaving centre
DAY 4: Trashigang, Radi village
Visiting the raw silk (bura) weavers of Radi village
DAY 5: Hike to Rangshikhar
Local sightseeing and scenic hike to Rangshikhar Gonpa
DAY 6: From Trashigang to Mongar via Drametse
Visit Drametse monastery on the way
DAY 7: From Mongar to Lhuentse, Khoma village
Visit the Kushuthara weavers of Khoma
DAY 8: Lhuentse valley
Visit the nettle weavers and explore Lhuentse valley
DAY 9: From Lhuentse back to Mongar
More sightseeing, e.g. Takila Guru Rinpoche statue and return to Mongar
DAY 10: From Mongar to Bumthang, Jakar
Long drive via Thrumshengla pass, through stunning flora and fauna
DAY 11: Bumthang, Jakar Tshechu & valley walk
Mask dance festival at Jakar Dzong and visiting the most important temples
DAY 12: Bumthang, Jakar, Weaving workshop
Daylong weaving workshop with local weavers
DAY 13: Bumthang, Chumey valley
Visit the yathra weavers in Zungney village 
DAY 14: Excursion to Tang valley OR drive to Punakha (depending on domestic flight)
Hike or drive to Tang valley, sightseeing on the way / drive to Punakha, Trongsa Dzong on the way
DAY 15: Flight to Paro & drive to Thimphu OR from Punakha to Thimphu (depending on domestic flight) 
Tamchog lhakhang on the way to Thimphu and local sightseeing / Punakha Dzong & Dochu la pass & Chime lhakhang
DAY 16: Thimphu
Textile Academy, private weaving studio, Choki art school, Boothouse, etc.
DAY 17: From Thimphu to Paro
Rinpung Dzong & National museum (Thangka collection)
DAY 18: Hike to Taktshang monastery
Full day Taktsang hike, later Kyichu lhakhang and stroll through town & souvenir shopping
DAY 19: Departure


The focus of this tour is on textile traditions in Bhutan. It also includes a religious festival and visits to the most important sights on the way. The occasional homestay will allow for greater immersion in local culture and daily life. You will mingle with local weavers and village folks. In addition to a cultural guide you will be accompanied by our local textile specialist Ms. Rinzin Wangmo.

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For the detailed itinerary and bookings please contact us  

Book recommendation:

 Karin Altmann’s Fabric of Life – Textile Art in Bhutan provides in-depth information on the role of textiles in Bhutanese life

  • Activities: Weaving, textiles, hikes & sightseeing
  • Overnights: Hotels and farm/homestays
  • Date: 8th-26th October 2018
  • Festival: Jakar Tshechu