Govt. Regd. No: 69767-2066/67

Punakha Tshechu Festival Tour

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

Punakha Tshechu Festival Tour is to attend the remarkable festival being celebrated on the grounds of the towering Punakha Dzong. It’s believed that Guru Rimpoche, a saint, brought Buddhism to Bhutan. ‘Tshechu’ or festival is to honor Guru Rimpoche. Bhutan festivals largely involve typical masked dances that are very colorful and fascinating and is different each day. Locals including tourists attend these festivals in a spirit of festivity, celebration and deep faith. The best means to see Bhutan’s age-old living culture is attending the tshechus. Bhutan tour packages visit other prime locations like the colorful Paro, the capital – Thimphu and the old capital – Punakha. Cultural sightseeing tours offer a great opportunity to observe the culture, tradition, and history of Bhutan visiting various monasteries, temples and dzong fortresses. Hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ outskirts of Paro town is another important highlight of any Bhutan tours.

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.
  • Witness Punakah tshechu at Punakha Dzong.
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’- one of the most important monasteries in Bhutan.
  • Witness culture, traditions & daily lifestyles of Bhutan.

ITENERARY

Your Punakha 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 Paro 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.
Today we dedicate our whole day observing the Punakha Festival held at Punakha Dzong followed by various mask dances and folk dancers along with jokers actions in the crowd. Overnight at hotel.
Whole day in the interesting Punakha festival or in the afternoon we can proceed for other sightseeing like visiting Khamsum Yulay Temple or Wangdue excursion visit Rinchingang. Overnight at Hotel.
On the fifth day of the Punakha Tshechu Festival Tour, we drive to a stunning hill-top nunnery – Sangchen Dorji Lhundrup Chholing. The main temple of here is dedicated to the bodhisattva of compassion and next to the temple is a beautiful Stupa. After doing some chatting with the nuns and enjoying the surrounding we re-cross Dochula ans stop at Thimphu for lunch. Then move towards the Paro in the afternoon. Overnight at Hotel.
Today we drive for the base camp of Taktsang and start the hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ which takes about 2 hours and offers the spectacular view of monastery. After enjoying some memorable time here, later we hike back to the road and drive towards the Drukgyal Dzong, the ruin fort and also visit the local farm house at Drukgyal to witness daily life of the Bhutanese people. Overnight at hotel.
Your Punakha 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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