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Thimphu Tshechu Festival Tour

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

The Thimphu Festival (Tshechu) is the grandest of festivals in Bhutan attracting the largest audience. Bhutan festivals are celebrated with dances performed by trained monks and laymen in amazing masks and costumes. Tshechu (festivals) offer the first-hand experience to witness an ancient living culture of the Dragon Kingdom. Such Tsechus are held in honor of Guru Rimpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. Tenzing Rabgye (1638-1696) – the 4th Temporal Ruler started the Thimphu Tshechu in 1670. During the festival, locals gathered in their finest Gho’s and Kira’s in a celebration of their culture and faith. Besides attending the festival, the Bhutan package tour also goes for cultural sightseeing at other important locations. These include the colorful Paro, the capital – Thimphu, the old capital – Punakha. Bhutan tour then ends with the hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ located outskirts of Paro town.

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

ITENERARY

Your Thimphu 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.
After breakfast, attend the Thimphu festival where the whole day is spent in the festival with various mask dances and folk dancers along with jokers actions in the crowd. Overnight at Hotel.
Another day in the interesting Thimphu festival. Or during the afternoon proceed for sightseeing at other places like visiting Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, Takin’s preservation center. Overnight in Hotel.
On the fourth day of Thimphu 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 a delicious breakfast, we hike for the Khamsum Yueley Namgyel Chorten build by Royal Queen mother for the present king in 2002 which offers a great view of the lower valley. The temple offers the three different sect of Mahanaya Buddhism and is regarded as one of the most intricate with paintings. Later at the afternoon we pay visit to famous Punakha Dzong which is the most impressive dzong in the country. Overnight at Hotel.
On the sixth day of the Thimphu 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 continue our Thimphu Tshechu Festival Tour by sightseeing program at Paro which includes some famous places like Zurig Lhakhang, which offers the spectacular view of Ta Dzong and Paro Rinpung Dzong. Afterwards we visit the historic Paro Rinpung Dzong which means “the fortress of the heap of jewels”. Later we descend following the 30 minutes drive towards the Drukgyel Dzong and observe the ruins exteriorly as entry on the Dzong is not allowed. 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 Thimphu 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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