Bhutan–Japan Friendship Offer

Bhutan–Japan Friendship Offer is a special tourism package offered by the Kingdom of Bhutan to the people of Japan to mark the 30 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. This offer is valid only for the months of June, July and August, 2016 which exempts people of Japan intending to visit Bhutan from payment of normal tourist tariff with 50 percent discount on airfare besides discount of up to 50 percent on the hotels. There will also be flexibility of choices in other services. The travelers are however, required to book their tours through a registered local tour operator with payment of government royalty only for this period.

Foreign Minister Lyonpo Damcho Dorji and Deputy Resident Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mr.Shota Kano launched the offer on 19th January, 2016 in Thimphu; while minister for Economic Affairs, Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk, launched the offer simultaneously with an investment road-show in Tokyo. The offer is intended to help promote people to people contact.

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Photo courtesy: Kuensel dtd.20th January, 2016

List of Festivals in Bhutan June-August, 2016
Nimalung Festival, Chumey, Bumthang (13th – 15th June): This festival takes place at the Nimalung Monastery, located in Chumey valley, Bumthang. Highlight of this festival is the unfurling of a nine-meter high and twelve meters wide Guru Rinpoche Thongdrol.
Kurjey Lhakhang Festival, Bumthang (15th June): Kurjey Lhakhang Festival coincides with the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche; different kinds of mask dances are performed during the festival apart from traditional and folk songs and dances.
Haa Summer Festival (5th – 6th July): In order to give tourists a peek into the Bhutanese culture and experience the Bhutanese way of life, the Alpine Summer Festival is organized in Haa for two days. In addition to the mask dances and traditional Bhutanese folk songs and dances, alpine flowers are at display and one can get a good sneak peek into the highlander community and their way of life. Traditional sports like archery and darts are played and tourists can also experience the unique cuisine of Haa, which is different from other parts of the country. Various home-stay programs are also on offer for visitors who want to experience typical Bhutanese lifestyle and hospitality.
Matsutake Mushroom Festival, Ura, Bumthang (23rd – 25th, August): Prized by gourmets in Japan, this fungi is native to the forests of Ura valley in central Bhutan. Visitors learn to identify and harvest the wild Matsutake mushrooms of Bhutan during the festival. They can hike the valley’s fragrant trails and give in to the thrill of discovering their own private patch of this most coveted of mushrooms.

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