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Gomphu Kora Tshechu Festival Tour

Duration: 3 days      (Based On review(s))

Gomphu Kora Tshechu is the popular festival which is being celebrated in eastern Bhutan every spring. The interesting highlight of the festival is the circumambulation where ‘Gom’ meaning meditation, ‘Phu’ meaning cave and ‘Kora’ is the circumambulation. The festival is celebrated at the Gom Kora Monastery 23 kilometers away from Trashigang Dzong. People from all over eastern Bhutan attend the festival. These locals descend the narrow valley dressed in their finest clothing and jewelry to attend the festival. Traditionally the festival is also the occasion to find a soul-mate leading to marriage. Legend of the festival goes back in the time of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) who mediated in the cave for three months. It’s believed he subdued the demon, Mongkhapa, who had fled from Tibet and hide in a rock at Gomkora. Bhutan tour package also visits the colorful Paro, the tiny capital – Thimphu, the old capital – Punakha, the beautiful Phobijikha Valley in Gangtey, Bumthang – the cultural heartland of Bhutan and as far as till Trashigang. Back in Paro go for the hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ located outskirts of Paro town. Gomphu Kora Tshechu tour is to witness Bhutanese rich cultural and traditional heritage and witness majestic Himalayan panorama.

Trip Highlights: 

  • Witness spectacular bird’s eye view of the Himalayas while flying in/out from Paro.
  • Paro exploding with colors and traditions.
  • Explore the tiny capital Thimphu.
  • Visit Dochula pass (3,140m) en-route Thimphu to Punakha with spectacular Himalayan views.
  • Take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang ‘the fertility temple’ dedicated to Drukpa Kunley – the divine madman.
  • Punakha Dzong arguably the most impressive monastery in Bhutan.
  • Discover one of the beautiful valleys on Bhutan ‘Phobijikha Valley’ in Gangtey.
  • Visit Bumthang – the cultural heartland of Bhutan home to oldest monasteries & temples.
  • Kurje Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakhang & Tamshing Lhakhang in Bumthang.
  • Witness Gomphu Kora festival at Trashigang.
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’- one of the most important monasteries in Bhutan.
  • Witness culture, traditions & daily lifestyles of Bhutan.

ITENERARY

Your Gomphu Kora Tshechu Festival Tour begins with the flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. The first gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you are met by your guide and transferred to your hotel to settle in. Your Bhutanese escort will greet you on arrival, and then drive you the short distance to hotel. Paro is a picturesque valley with quaint clusters of hamlets amid terraced paddy fields. Although the site of the nation’s first airport Paro still retains tradition by way of architecture and farming.After lunch depart to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. The drive will take around 1½ hour. Thimphu has a population of about 98,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. In the evening visit the Handicrafts Emporium, which has all types of Bhutanese handicrafts for sale. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
On the second day of Gomphu Kora Tshechu Festival Tour after breakfast, we drive for about 3 hours to Punakha, then climb up the mountain road to Dochula La at 3140m and view the spectacular sight of the Eastern Himalayas. Later we descend through varied forest and finally witness the highly cultivated valley of Punakha. Following the beautiful hiking trail through the beautiful rice fields to reach the Chimmi Lhakhang. The temple is on a hillside in the middle of rice fields and has become a pilgrimage site for childless couples. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast walk across the bridge and visit Punakha Dzong, an ancient capital of Bhutan, spanning the MoChu and Pho Chu rivers. It is also the winter capital for the monks and the Je Khenpo (chief abbot) and after the visit drive to Lobeysa for lunch. After lunch hike another 20 minutes to Chime Lhakhang, temple of the “Divine Madman” built in 1499 and today it is mostly visited by the women who couldn’t bear Children. Also it is known as temple of fertility. After the visit walk back to the road point and then drive Gangtey. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Continuing the Gomphu Kora Tshechu Festival Tour today, we drive 5 hours to Bumthang valley. The road climbs rapidly through a series of hairpins out of Trongsa and there are great views back to the Dzong and out across the valley. After passing through cultivated fields for a while, the trail re-enters the forest and reach the Yotong La (3400m). Descending to a low point of 2650m at a village called Chumey; the scenery is once again totally different as the route enters the wide-open Bumthang valleys. It takes about an hour to get to the roadside at Chumey, the first of the four valleys in Bumthang. Overnight at Hotel.
This is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism. Here many great teachers meditated and left in their wake many sacred grounds. The Guru and his lineage of Tertons (treasure finders), have led to the sprouting of many temples in the valley. In the morning we hike to visit Tamshing Monastery (one of the oldest monastic schools built by Terton Pema Lingpa) and Kurjey Lhakhang (where the Guru Rinpoche subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock). We also visit Jambay Lhakhang (one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in 7th century) and Jakar Dzong (seat of the district administration). In the afternoon drive towards east of Bumthang valley to visit Membar Tsho (burning lake) where Pema Lingpa found some Dharma and then visit Swiss Cheese farm where you can taste the cheese along with some cider juices and wines produced locally. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
On the sixth day of Gomphu Kora Tshechu Festival Tour, we drive for long period of time covering the distance of 184 km for about 7-8 hours and reach the Mongar from Bumthang. During the drive on the hilly roads, we encounter varieties of flora and faunas passing through the Ura Valley, one of the most beautiful valley’s of Bhutan. Overnight at Hotel.
Early in the morning we visit the Mongar Dzong built with a tradition touch in 1930’s and is the newest Dzong in Bhutan. The Dzong was reconstructed and is the perfect example of modernization of Bhutanese architecture. Afterwards we drive back to Trashigang by crossing Korila Pass and visit the Trashigang Dzong which was built in 1659 to defend the country from Tibetan invasions. Overnight at Hotel.
Enjoying the Gomphu Kora Tshechu Festival Tour, after breakfast, drive to Gomphu Kora Monastery to attend the festival and interacting with the locals. To celebrate people from all over the eastern Bhutan including neighboring Indian state of Arunachal Pardesh have gathered here with their best attires to take part in the festivities. After the festival, drive back to Trashigang. Overnight at Hotel.
In the morning, proceed towards Gom Kora. It is one of the temples where Guru Rinpoche, the great tantric meditated. After spending around a full day in this divine place drive back to Mongar for overnight stay. Overnight at Hotel.
Today we drive for about 7-8 hours covering the distance of 250 km from Mongar to Trongsa. During the drive we observe the spectacular scenery which you can capture through the means of photograph. In the evening we go on a short hike around Trongsa village. Overnight at Hotel.
Once again like previous days, the day follows a road trip driving to Wangdiphodrang via Gangtey in the morning. En-route, a stop will be made at Gangtey Gompa. It is an important monastery of Nyingmapa school of Buddhism also the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition. Likewise, stop at Phobijikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter. Reach Wangdue in the evening. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, drive back to Paro which is about 4 hours drive. PM: Stroll around the streets of Paro. Overnight at Hotel.
Today after breakfast we drive towards the base of the Taktsang Monastery and begin our hiking for the Taktsang Monastery. The trail to Taktsang Monastery takes about 3 hours and upon reaching the Monastery one can have the majestic view of the Paro valley which makes you forget all your sweat during the hike. After spending some quality time on the Tiger’s Nest we walk back to the road point and then visit Kyichu Lhakhang one of the oldest temple in Bhutan. Overnight at Hotel.
Your Gomphu Kora Tshechu Festival Tour terminates today so after breakfast, your representative will help you with the exit formalities and bid you farewell and wish you happy journey back home.

WHAT'S INCLUDED ?

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing.
  • Route Permit.
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan.
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide.
  • All land transportation by private vehicle.
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary.
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable.
  • Drinking water.
  • All internal taxes and charges.
  • A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)

WHAT'S EXCLUDED ?

  • Airfare & Travel Insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

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NOTE

  • The above quotation is for private tour.
  • On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to providing breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on a usage basis.
  • Package rate is not applicable during festival dates.

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