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One of the biggest festivals in Bhutan is the Thimphu Tshechu festival. This festival is held in the backyard of the Tashichhodzong, located in the capital of Bhutan, as a tribute to Guru Rimpoche, a great Buddhist master who brought Buddhism to Bhutan.
The Thimphu Tshechu Festival was first initiated by the 4th Desi, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay in 1867. At the time, the Tshechu consisted of only a few dances performed strictly by monks. Later, in the 1950s, the Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck introduced several mask dances performed by lay monks that added color and variation to the festival without compromising its spiritual significance.
The three-day event presents a collection of age-old Chham, which are spiritual mask dances, along with entertaining folk dancing and singing. It is believed that one gains merits by attending Tsechu’s. This is also a yearly social gathering where the people get together to rejoice, dressed in their finest.
Thimphu Festival & Culture Tour is a leisurely-paced tour that covers major sightseeing spots and historically important monuments of Thimphu, Paro & Punakha valleys. As these festival periods are extremely popular, flights and hotels tend to get booked out soon. So plan and book early if you wish to join this Festive tour with a like-minded small group or wish to travel independently.
The three-day event presents a collection of age-old Chham, which are spiritual mask dances, along with entertaining folk dancing and singing.
Date : September 15, 2021
Arrive in Paro. Approx. Alt: 2200m. Dist. N/A
Guests arrive with different flight timings at Paro airport. Meet and transfer to the hotel nearby.
The group will rendezvous today in the evening (for the join in groups). But those who arrive early will have a short afternoon tour around Paro valley to rejuvenate energy after a long flight.
Date : September 16, 2021
Attend Festival in Thimphu. Approx. Alt: 2300m. Dist. 1 Hours, 55 Km
After breakfast, drive 1hr to the capital Thimphu, where we proceed directly to the festival venue and attend the festival for a whole day with a break for lunch at the hotel. Towards evening, stroll in the town around Norzin Lam, where there will be local food and other stalls on display.
Date : September 17, 2021
Attend Festival & Thimphu. Approx. Alt: 2300m. Dist. N/A
Attend a festival in the morning and rest of the day tour the attractions in the capital, including a visit to the Buddha statue and make a beautiful hike to clear your mind and reduce stress being crowd with gatherings from Kuensel Phodrang to Changangkha Temple. After your hike visits Changangkha Temple built in the 13 century, Takin preserves (National animal of Bhutan), and try the traditional food in local restaurant either lunch or dinner after discussing with your guides.
Date : September 18, 2021
Drive to Punakha. Approx. Alt: 1200 m. Dist. 2 Hours, 77 Km
Spend the morning in Thimphu and towards noon drive to Punakha with lunch at Dochula pass. On a clear day, the pass offers the most spectacular view over the greater eastern Himalayas including the highest peak of Bhutan. Later drive to Punakha and en-route make a visit or short hike to Temple of fertility (Chimi Lhakhang). Overnight in Hotel in Punakha.
Date : September 19, 2021
In Punakha. Approx. Alt: 1200 m. Dist. N/A
Full day touring and doing some short walks in and around the valley, visiting some monuments and some villages in the valley. Morning short excursion to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten, After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong situated at the junction of Pho Chu and Mo Chu Rivers. Later drive to Bajo Town and catch glimpse of Wangdi Dzong reconstruction. Even you will be taken to the longest suspension bridge. Optional you can opt for white water rafting ($ 150-200 depending on which river your rafting and its additional cost)
Overnight in Punakha in Hotel
Date : September 20, 2021
Punakha to Paro. Approx. Alt: 2200 m. Dist. 3.23 Hours, 126 Km
Today re-cross drive to Dochula and Thimphu, we spend some time below Dochula pass to explore the botanical park and nearby surrounding for birds for diverse flora. en-route visit Samtokha Dzong, 1st fortress built-in 1629 by unifier of Bhutan. Upon arrival visit, few sites including Paro Museum and the oldest Kichu Lhakhang built in the 7th century. Overnight in a hotel in Paro.
Date : September 21, 2021
Paro (Takstang). Approx. Alt: 2200 m. Dist. N/A
Morning excursion to Taktsang Monastery, which takes about 15 minutes to drive to the starting point. The hike to Taktsang takes about an hour uphill till the viewpoint and another hour to a monastery. Guru Rinpoche visited and meditated in the 8th century at this particular site. The Desi Tenzin Rabgye later built the temple in the 17th century. Lunch will be served in Cafeteria. After the hike, you will be escorted to a local farmhouse to experience a hot-stone bath and teste local brewed Ara. Enjoy farewell dinner either in a hotel or in the local tourist standard restaurant.
Date : September 22, 2021
Depart to onward destination
- Accommodations in 3 star category
- All meals, evening tea/coffee with snacks
- One time meal in local restaurant
- Complementary Hot-Stone bath
- All land transfers and transportation
- English speaking Bhutanese Tour Guide/Leader
- Daily Tourist Fees & Taxes
- Bhutan Visa and all applicable permits
- Sightseeing with entrance fees to all monuments
- Bottled water in the vehicle
- Any domestic/international flights
- Any other meals (Such as 4-5 star hotel)
- Expenses of personal nature like – telephone, drinks, laundry, camera fee, shopping, etc.
- Travel/Medical Insurance (recommended)
- Tipping/Gratuities to local staff (optional)
- Any other item not mentioned in the includes section
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Yes, it's possible to make private guided tour if you don't wish to join group for mention date for current program.
Of course, one can make short or extend the days but need to take up as private trip rather than join group.