A Weavers Journey to the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan

In Bhutan, where art and life are deeply woven, textiles and weavings hold a central place in Bhutanese homes, hearts and spirit. Temples and fortresses are richly adorned with painted and embroidered images of deities and sacred textiles used for Buddhist rituals. On Thimphu’s streets, Bhutanese walk past new internet shops in age old traditional costumes of kira and go. Handmade textiles gracefully serve all parts of life from monks robes, to yak wool hats, horse blankets, and 2 story high sacred thondrels that bless onlookers at local festivals. The preparation of wool, silk, cotton, hemp and yak fibers, natural dyeing, weaving, cutting, stitching and embroidery continue today as they have for centuries.

In Thimphu meet Bhutanese textile experts and visit one of the remaining traditional yak boot makers. By special arrangement stay overnight in a traditional home in a weaving village. End your stay along the remote Eastern edge of Bhutan and join colorful sacred festivals.

Tour Duration: 12 nights

Season: Fall, Winter and Spring

Highlights: Bhutanese textiles; experience traditional weaving and thread preparation, enjoy colorful festivals.

Outline Itinerary

Day1. Arrive to Guwahati, India drive to Samdrup Jongkhar (3 hrs).

Day2. Sandrup Jongkhar to Tashigang (6hrs). Stop at Khaling for National Handloom Development Project.

Day3. Tashigang to Radi village: Raw silk (Bura) weavers in Radi are famous for producing beautiful supplementary warp patterned fabrics or “aikapur” the most popular, prestigious textiles made in NE Bhutan.

Day4. Mongar to Lhuentse to Khurbazam. Hike to Khoma village.

Day5. Khaoma Village to Mongar (3 hrs).

Day6. Mongar to Bumthang (7 hrs).

Day7. Bumthang halt.

Day8. Kurjey Tshechu (festival) Bumthang. (July)

Day9. Bumthang to Punakha (6 hrs). At Tsugney village, you’ll witness traditional Yathra weaving with the bright geometric patterns distinctive of this area.

Day10. Punakha to Thimphu (3 hrs).

Day11. Thimphu to Paro (1 ½ hrs). Visit the Textile weaving center at ChangZamtok.

Day12. Paro/Taksang Hike.

Day13. Paro airport drop.