A “tshechu” is an annual religious festival held in each of the 20 districts of Bhutan, at differing times. They are the biggest and most grand festivals in the country. The grandest of all is the Thimphu Tshechu, initiated by the 4th Temporal Ruler of Bhutan, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay in 1867 and enhanced by the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1950s. It takes place for three days, starting on the 10th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. You will see large social gatherings of people from all over the country, but mainly neighboring districts that travel all the way to the capital city from remote areas. The colorful and bright festival will remain etched in your minds forever, as it does in the hearts of the Bhutanese.
DAY 01: Paro (Ta Dzong) - Thimphu (Tashichho Dzong, Memorial Chorten, Keunselphodrang)
Once at Paro International Airport, you will be received by the company guide, who will accompany you for the duration of your stay. After lunch, first stop will be to the famous “Ta-Dzong”, built in 1656. Initially a watchtower for the Paro Valley, it has now been converted into a National Museum. Next will be an hours’ drive to the capital and most vibrant city of Bhutan: Thimphu. You can sit back and enjoy the drive that gives some great views of the young and fresh mountains. First stop in Thimphu will be Tashichho Dzong, main seat of power and administration of the country, but also the summer residence of the Central Monastic Body and the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan.
Then, visit the Memorial Chorten; a stupa dedicated to the late Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It is a location for important religious and non religious events, graced by members of the Royal family from time to time. You may even see some people, in workout gear, vigorously trying to gain merit and some exercise at the same time, by circumambulating around the stupa! Last stop of the day will be Kuenselphodrang to see a large statue of Buddha Shakya at 52 meters high. After taking 9 years to complete, from this point, you have an excellent location for pictures and will be able to enjoy a bird’s eye view of Thimphu. Then enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 02 : Thimphu (Tango monastery, National institute of traditional medicines, National institute of Zorig Chusum, Royal Textiles Academy)
Today, enjoy a small hike of about an hour to Tango monastery. After breakfast, drive to the base of Dodeyna, the starting point. Tango moanstery was founded in the 13th century, by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and the founder of Bhutan, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The latter was known to have meditated in the cave around which the monastery is built. Next stop, after lunch, will be the fascinating National Institute of Traditional Medicines, then the awe inspiring National Institute of Zorig Chusum (School of 13 arts & crafts), where you can appreciate the beautiful local crafts and art.
Also, visit the Royal Textiles Academy and local handmade paper house. In the evening, enjoy leisure time to explore Thimphu town as it is, and perhaps even interact with some locals, and visit one the new tourist cafes. Dinner will be served at your hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 03 : Thimphu Tshechu
Today, get ready to attend the colorful Thimphu Tsechu, at the Tendrel Thang (place where all the festivals take place), where the traditional and unique culture of Bhutan will be on display, such as the mask dances. You may or may not get tickled by the “atsaras” (Bhutanese equivalent of a clown) loitering around the place. For the Bhutanese, it is important to attend the Tsechus at least once in their lives, in order to receive blessings and wash away sins.
Every mask dance tells a story and some are based on tales dating back to the 8th century. So enjoy the dances and the stories and click away on your cameras on this day! Then stretch your legs and get some exercise, after a lunch, on a wonderful walking tour along the Sangaygang – Wangtse walking trail. In the evening, enjoy leisure time to explore more of Thimphu town. Perhaps pick up some souvenirs and other items in the numerous handicraft stores of Thimphu, for your family and friends back home. Finish your day with a splendid dinner that will be served at your hotel in Thimphu.
DAY O4 : Thimphu- Dochula Pass (Lhuenchutse) - Punakha (via Chimi Lhakhang)
Today, put on your hiking shoes as you will need them! After a nice breakfast, drive to Punakha with a stopover at the Dochula pass at an altitude of 3140m. From there, start a 3 hour trek to Lhuenchutse monastery, situated several hundreds of meters above the pass. Upon return, enjoy a late lunch at the Dochula Resort. On the way to Punakha, stop at the Chimi Lhakhang, built in 1499, by the cousin of Lama Drukpa Kuenley (the most popular patron saint of Bhutan), in his honor for having subdued a nearby demoness with his “magic thunderbolt of wisdom”. A wooden effigy of the lama’s thunderbolt is preserved in the lhakhang. This monastery is famous for being the “Temple of Fertility”, as it is known to be a place where people trying to conceive a child come to for blessings. Finally upon reaching Punkaha, dinner will be served at your hotel.
DAY 05 : Punakha - Thimphu
After an early breakfast, drive about 7km out of Punakha town on the smooth roads, crossing a spectacular suspension bridge with prayer flags fluttering in the wind, over the Mochu River. From this point, walk about 30-45 minutes to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten (Stupa), perched on a strategic beautiful ridge overlooking the nearby villages under Kabisa gewog.
The stupa was built under the sponsorship of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangden Wangchuck to remove evil forces and promote peace, stability, harmony throughout the world, and took nine years to complete. An interesting fact about this stupa is that it is the first of its kind in the world to have been constructed in consultation of holy scriptures, as visualized by Dudjom Lingpa, rather than engineering books. Next stop, in the afternoon, will be Punakha Dzong, built in 1637, that served as the seat of the Government until 1955. It is a truly a magnificent fortress, in which, the very mediatised Royal Wedding of the Fifth King of Bhutan took place to the beautiful Queen Jetsun Pema, in October 2011. The dzong also serves as the winter residence for the Central monastic body. Next, drive back to Thimphu and dinner will be served at your hotel.
DAY 06 : Thimphu - Paro (Taktsang monastery, Drugyel Dzong)
Today will be time for a very adventurous day. After breakfast, drive to Paro and once there, proceed straight to the trail head of the mountain, from which point the breathtaking and memorable hike through beautiful pine forest to the Tiger’s nest begins. Taktsang was built on the side of a gigantic rock face, dominating the view of the mountain at a height of 2600 meters (those with altitude sickness are recommended to take medicine for it beforehand), and clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 m into the valley below. The great saint, Guru Rimpoche was known to have meditated in a cave on the rock and around 1684, the main temple of the Taktsang monastery was built around it. Also, legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew to this rock on which the monastery is built on the back of a flying tiger named Dorje Drolo from the Singye Dzong in the East of Bhutan. You will get the chance to rest and refresh yourselves with some light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria at about halfway through the hike. If you are not much of a hiker, experienced ponies can be hired for half of the journey upwards.
After lunch, visit the Drugyel Dzong, at about16 km away from Paro town. This ruined fortress has great historical importance for the Bhutanese people as it is where a Tibetan invasion had been defeated, centuries ago. If the weather is clear on this day, appreciate a most spectacular view of the sacred Mount Jhomolhari, also known as the Goddess Mountain, one the highest in the world. In the evening, enjoy leisure time to explore the beautiful town of Paro for souvenirs to take back home for friends and family, before dinner at your hotel.
DAY 07 : Departure from Paro International Airport to onwards destination
You will be driven to Paro International Airport where your guide will accompany you to bid you farewell. We already miss you and until next time! Tashi Delek!
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By Air: Druk Air, the national carriers is the only service operator in the kingdom and operates several flights per week from Bangkok (Thailand), Delhi & Kolkata (India) and Kathmandu (Nepal) to Paro (Bhutan). The Paro International Airport is located about an hour and a half drive from Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.
Paro airport is daylight restricted, and the flights are totally dependent on the weather. As a result, sometimes flights are delayed. It is therefore a good idea to keep at least 24 hours of transit time for connecting flights out of Paro. You might also want to consider traveling on a non-restricted ticket so that if you miss a connecting flight, you can be rerouted or seated on the first available carrier.
Sometimes flights into Paro are disrupted because of unfavorable weather conditions. If this occurs, the flight will stop for the night at the transit airport. To be prepared, you may want to carry your essential personal items in your carry-on luggage.
By Land: Phuentsholing, a Bhutanese town in the southwest has road access to India. It is located about 170 km from the Indian domestic airport at Bagdogra, West Bengal. Phuentsholing is about 172 km from Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan and is about 6hours drive distance. And S/
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Trip Length: 06 nights/07 days
1pax = USD 1750
2 Pax = USD 1680 per person
3 Pax & above = USD 1495 per person.
The above price is inclusive of the followings:
- Government Royalty USD 65/person/night
- All government Taxes.
- Lodging (3* hotel – Twin Sharing)
- Meals (Three Meals a day)
- Comfortable Land Transportation within Bhutan.
- Service of guides (English Speaking)
- Camping Equipment & Haulage of trekking tours.
- Visa Fee of USD 40/person
- Mineral Water
- Tea/coffee with snacks ever evening at hotel
- Trying and wearing of our Traditional Costumes and photo shoot.
The above price shall be exclusive of the following:
- Travel Insurance Coverage
- Medical Expenses
- Sleeping bags on treks.
- Tips to guide and driver, others
- Personal bills and others