(Fixed Departure) (7D/6N) (21st-23rd February)
The festival is an annual program holds at the (JDNP) Jigme Dorji National Park located in Gasa District. It is two hours’ drive from Punakha. Takin festival is going to be your once in a life time opportunity to get the up close look at the Bhutan’s national animal. The takin (Budorcas taxicolor), despite being the rare and endangered species around the world, there are still thriving population of this Majestic animal in Bhutan. According to Bhutanese folklore, this incredible animal was created by Bhutan’s favorite Buddhist master, Lam Drukpa Kuenlay affectionately known as ‘The Divine Madman’. The takin was given life when he attached a goat’s skull to the skeleton of a cow. You won’t want to miss this chance to admire their unique physique and natural agility.
During the festival, one can witness skilled nomadic herders as they weave tents, blankets, rugs and bags from raw material culled by shearing yaks. Visitors might also appreciate, the making of local cane work tradition, which includes the much-photographed conical hats that are usually worn by the women in this region. You can enjoy rich meals too derived from yak meat and dairy, and also try Chugos, the dried and hardened cubes made out of yak cheese. Further, the Park location offers the spectacular view of up-close snowcapped mountains around and the awe-inspiring natural beauty where you would find a treasured heritage that has nurtured the environmental conservation for generations. The Festival starts from 21st to 23rd February annually.