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Paro Tshechu – 8 Days

Paro Festival is one of the busiest festivals in Bhutan, dances are performed by trained monks and laymen wearing amazing costumes, experience the buzzing active lifestyle while visiting many historical sites in Bhutan. The unfolding

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Festival Tours
Trip Duration: 8 Days
Max Altitude: 3,050 m /10004 ft
Trip Starts From: Paro
Trip Ends At: Paro
Trip Region: Bhutan
Best Season:
Trip Level: Easy
Just about anyone can participate in one of these holidays. Minimum walking time is 2 hours and maximum walking time is approximately 5 hours a day. By the time you walk around a number of historical sites you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time passes. You do have the chance to take your time and there are plenty of places where you can rest if needed.
Trip Route: Paro-Thimpu-Punakha-Gangtey-Paro

Trip Information

Paro Festival is one of the busiest festivals in Bhutan, dances are performed by trained monks and laymen wearing amazing costumes, experience the buzzing active lifestyle while visiting many historical sites in Bhutan.

The unfolding of the silk Thangka – which is so large it covers the face of the building and is considered one of the most sacred blessings in the whole of Bhutan. The ‘Thangka’ is a religious picture scroll known as a Thongdroel which is exhibited for a few hours, at day break of the final day of the festival, enabling the people to obtain its blessing. This holy scroll ‘confers liberation by the mere sight of it’ (the meaning of the word ‘thongdroel’ in Bhutanese). This festival is a time for Bhutanese to celebrate with their families and friends.

The ‘Tsechus’ are Buddhist religious festivals where masked dances depicting events from the life of Padmasambhava, the eighth century Nyingmapa Buddhist teacher (second to Buddha), and stories of other saints are staged. In Bhutan, Padmasambhava is known as ‘Guru Rimpoche’. The dances are performed by trained monks and laymen wearing costumes that depict the creatures that you can expect to meet after death. Besides attending the Paro Festival we do sightseeing in Paro valley, Thimphu and Punakha visting many historical sites.


    ITINERARY

  • March 18 – Arrival at Paro Airport. Overnight at a hotel.

  • March 19 – Scenic drive from Paro to Thimphu. Overnight at a hotel.

  • March 20 – Drive from Thimphu to Punakha. Overnight at a hotel.

  • March 21 – Drive Punakha to Gangtey and same day hiking and village exploration in Gangtey. Overnight at a hotel.

  • March 22 – Drive Gangtey to Paro. Overnight at a hotel.

  • March 23 – Full day at Paro festival. Overnight at a hotel.

  • March 24 – Sightseeing around Paro and excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). Overnight at a hotel.

  • March 25 – Transfer to international airport for your final departure. Overnight at a hotel.


    TRIP DETAILS

  • March 18 - Arrival at Paro Airport

    You can take flight to Paro from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka etc. We recommend you to fly from Bangkok because Druk air offer everyday flight from Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok whereas Druk air do not operate everyday flights from other sectors.

    You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel to settle in. After the formalities we take a short drive to Paro town to stroll through Bazaar. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • March 19 - Scenic drive from Paro to Thimphu

    Early morning we take a scenic drive to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, approx 90 mins drive from Paro. Sightseeing in and around Thimphu valley we visit the National Library, which holds a collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, as well as the institute for Zorig Chusum commonly known as Painting School, textile and Folk Heritage Museum which provides an insight into Bhutanese material culture and everyday way of life. Also visiting the National Memorial Chorten, Trashichho dzong an impressive monastery, Bhutanese Handicrafts displaying a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. In the evening we explore the vibrant Thimphu Bazaar. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • March 20 - Drive from Thimphu to Punakha

    Driving about 3 hours, leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050m). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges on a clear day. You will see rhododendrons, magnolias, junipers and pine forests with chirping sounds of the many rare species of birds found in Bhutan. We then drive onto Lobesa where you take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang Temple. This temple is on a hill top and it is dedicated to the great Yogi known as Drukpa Kuenley or popularly known as “Divine madman” of the 14th century. It is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • March 21 - Drive Punakha to Gangtey and same day hiking and village exploration in Gangtey

    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • March 22 - Drive Gangtey to Paro

    Follow same route, drive back to Paro. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • March 23 - Full day at Paro festival

    Enjoy the Mask Dance Festival Event of Paro Tshechu. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • March 24 - Sightseeing around Paro and excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)

    We visit the Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum and visit Paro’s Rimpung Dzong, on the way down we cross the 16th century cantilever bridge. Also visiting the Drugyel Dzong victory fortress, built in 1647 which is 18 kms from the Paro town. Explore the magnificent ramparts of the erstwhile fortress which defended the country against several incursions. On a clear day one can also view the sacred Mount Jomolhari, from the northern battlements. We take a visit to a farm house and observe the traditional Bhutanese way of life and living.

    Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest).The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful Pine and rhododendron forests. We stop at the tea house for rest and refreshments, the tea house offers magnificent up close view of the tigers nest and continue the hike for short while until you see, clearly and seemingly within reach, the imposing Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900m into the valley below. History states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger and meditated here for three months. It is regarded to be one of the most venerated cultural heritage sites in Bhutan. People from all over the Himalayan Diaspora frequent this place on the pilgrimage trail to Bhutan. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • March 25 - Transfer to international airport for your final departure

    After breakfast our airport representative will drop you at the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan.
    (Breakfast Included)


    COST INCLUDES

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a tourist car / van /minibus.

  • Standard government-approved accommodation (in twin sharing rooms) for the duration of the tour.

  • Full-board meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea & snacks - for the duration of your stay.

  • Drinking water for the duration of the tour.

  • Country presentation and tour Briefing on the evening of Day 01 with welcome drinks.

  • Licensed English-speaking Bhutanese tour guides.

  • Private transportation and a designated driver within Bhutan. Toyota 4WD luggage vans and light trucks for group travel. Luggage will be hauled by horses, mules or yaks at higher elevations, if required.

  • Monument and museums entrance fees at all sightseeing locations detailed in the itinerary.

  • Cultural afternoon/evening sessions with traditional mask and folk dances (with beverages). Only for group tours.

  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance.

  • Government royalty (35% of $200), which goes to the country's health and education projects.

  • All route access and monument entry permits and fees.

  • All government taxes, official expenses and tourist service charges.


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International airfare and airport departure tax. (Please see the Druk Air flight info below)

  • Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip, see the travel insurance page).

  • Expenses of personal nature, such as laundry.

  • Alcoholic and cold drinks.

  • Personal clothing and equipment.(See the equipment tab for detail information)

  • Tips for tour guides, porters, driver, hotel lobby and in restaurants. (Tipping is expected)

  • Other expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.


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