The Takin Festival is your once in a lifetime opportunity to get an up close look at Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin (Budorcas taxicolor) in their native summer grazing grounds. Despite being a rare and endangered species around the world, there are still thriving populations of this majestic animal in Bhutan. You won’t want to miss this chance to admire their unique physique and natural agility.
The festival is set in Gasa Dzongkhag within Jigme Dorji National Park, the second largest national preserve in the country. The park encompasses areas that are rich in temperate biodiversity and medicinal plants. This picturesque area offers spectacular views of awe-inspiring natural beauty where you find a treasured heritage that has nurtured environmental conservation for generations.
At the festival you’ll have the opportunity to engage in some of the finest trekking available anywhere in the world, bathe in soothing mineral hot-spring baths, see and purchase exquisitely crafted local handicrafts including yak wool tents, dresses and carpets, bamboo and leather products and much more. Sample some of the delicious local cuisine as you sit around a traditional stone hearth used by the nomads for generations.
Gasa is approximately a 5 hour drive from the capital city of Thimphu and 2.5 hours from Punakha Dzongkhag. Once past Punakha the road is unpaved but passes through beautiful canopies of broadleaved forests, the home of the elusive Bengal Tiger and the winter habitat of the takin. The journey is an experience in itself as you’ll be awed by the lush vegetation and sparkling waterfalls set against a backdrop of towering Himalayan peaks.
Come and experience the eternal culture of these ancient people. The Takin festival is waiting for you.
Green Mandala Tours is a licensed and registered tour operator in Bhutan. We pride ourselves in providing all kinds of customized tour services in Bhutan from simple cultural tours to organizing the grueling month-long Snowmen Trek, considered by many as the toughest trek in the world.
The founder of the company is Tashi Dorji (Mr), a former newspaper journalist who worked in four newspapers and served as editor in three of them. An ardent traveller himself, Tashi Dorji always gives his personal touch to all groups of tourists and takes personal interest in making each and every tourist enjoy Bhutan to the fullest.
We believe every tourist visiting Bhutan is on a-once-in-a-lifetime trip and we try our best to make it as much memorable as we can. We are more than eager to organize exclusive and luxurious trips and we take it as a challenge to meet each and every wish of our guests.
We customize travel plans meticulously for single, couple, as well as group travellers and we take delight in organizing personal and special requests and wishes like building up a romantic atmosphere for a partner to make marriage proposals. When the groom is on his knees, we ensure the bride says yes! We also organize marriage parties and any other festivity on request.
We organize cultural tours and trekking expeditions that could be easy, medium or tough. We organize adventure and sports, spiritual and meditative retreats, and special family packages and romantic honeymoon jaunts are our expertise. We also specialize in offering customized services according to the wish of our guests.
All our guides are professional and licensed guides who speak fluent English and are trained Bhutan experts. We also offer guides who speak other foreign languages including Japanese, Chinese, French and other languages on demand.
logo-final-newGreen Mandala Tours is a reputed Tour Operator and Travel Agency in Bhutan licensed under the Tourism Council of Bhutan which is the apex government body dealing with tourism and the company is also affiliated with the Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO).
At Green Mandala Tours, we believe every guest should end his day in Bhutan with a smile and we take pride in making each and every day an experience of a lifetime in the country where happiness is valued more than money.