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Bhutan Tour with Paro Festival (Paro Tshechu) 9 days

Literally Tshechu means “tenth day “and it is one of the biggest festival event taking place in Bhutan. Celebrations of this Festival are seen all over the countries in Dzong, Monasteries and palaces.

The tenth day of the month of lunar calendar is marked as festival with a belief that Padma Sambhav, the first Dalai Lama was born on this day. The celebration of festival is different town to town. You can see large numbers of people coming together, socializing and participating in the masked dances. The Bhutanese people believe that participating in the festival atleast once helps to get rid of sins someone has committed in their lives. These masked dances are performed by monks in the monasteries and by locals in villages. The Paro Festival is one of the biggest such gathering that attracts people from all over Bhutan and many tourists from different parts of the world.

This is the program we suggest for the Paro festival but if you are short of time and want shorter program we will arrange for that.

Tour Highlights

  • Trip duration-9 nights/10 days Paro Festival Tour- Bhutan
  • Tour code- 9 Nights Paro Festival tour/Bhutan festival Tour
  • Places to see- Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Gangtey, Tshechu Festival.
  • Highest altitude- Tigers Nest (3180m)
  • Group size-1 -16 persons
  • Tour category- Standard and Deluxe
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Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Bhutan, Paro International Airport and sightseeing in the afternoon (2250m).
Day 02: Paro Festival.
Day 03: Excursion to the Tigers Nest (3190m) and Drive to Thimphu (2 hours/54km) in the afternoon (2350m).
Day 04: Full day sightseeing of Thimpu.
Day 05: Drive to Punakha (1250m) 3 hours/77 km
Day 06: Drive to Gangtey (2900m) 4 hours/85 km
Day 07: Sightseeing and Drive to Punakha. 85 Km/3 hrs
Day 08: Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal, and drive to Paro. 4 hours/140 km
Day 09: Depart Paro

Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Arrival at Bhutan, Paro International Airport and sightseeing in the afternoon (2250m).
The flight into Bhutan is one of the most interesting Mountain flights in the world. You will be welcomed by the representative of Adventure mission Nepal treks and expedition and transferred to the hotel. After a brief rest and lunch we will head towards the Ta Dzong, the National museum of Bhutan. After the visit to the Museum we take a short walk to the Rinpung Dzong often described as the fort with heaps of Jewel. Khichu Lhakhang is the next place we visit. It is the oldest monument in the small kingdom of Bhutan. By the late afternoon we reach the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort) built around the mid 17th century in the memory of the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan invaders.

Day 2: Paro Festival.
Full day festival observation in Paro.

Day 03: Excursion to the Tigers Nest (3190m) and Drive to Thimphu (2 hours / 54km) in the afternoon (2350m).
After a warm and nice breakfast served at the hotel we will hike up the 4200 steps to the Tiger's Nest, locally known as the Taktsang Monastery. This monastery has been the identification of Bhutan since a long time because of its religious significance and also because of its location. The Mahayani Buddhist believes that the first dalai lama, Padmasamvav flied on a back of a tigress to her for Meditation. While coming down we will have lunch at halfway down the hill and continue to Paro. We drive to Thimpu in the late afternoon. This is a scenic drive through the hills for around 2 hours.

ay 4: Full day sightseeing of Thimpu.
The places we visit today include the King’s Memorial Chorten, Nunnery Temple, Changgangkha Monastery, Majestic Thimphu Dzong etc.Besides that we also go to the Central zoo to see the animals over there and among them the Takin, a goat-antelope is a major attraction as it is the national animal of Bhutan . In the afternoon visit the Weekend market famous for all kinds of local products ranging from handicrafts to vegetables. You can also visit the radio tower on a hill top, which offers a panoramic view of Thimpu city.

Day 05: Drive to Punakha (1250m) 3 hours/77 km
We start the day in the morning with a drive to Punakha via Dochu La (3,100 meters). The drive is around 3 hours long and is 77 km from Thimpu. This town derives its name from the river on whose banks it is situated, the Punakha River. We will make brief visit to the fertility temple known as Chimi Lhakhang. You can receive blessings of fertility with a phallus (Symbolic representation of male sexual organ) from the Lama. Upon arrival at Punakha we will have lunch and visit the Punakha Zhong in the evening.

Day 06: Drive to Gangtey (2900m) 4 hours/85 km
We will start the day with a visit to Wangduephodrang town to see the stone carvings. Our destination today is Gangtey a beautiful settlement with White Mountains and green hills around it. After spending some time at the Gangtey we take a short walk in the Phobjikha village and drive back to Punakha.

Day 07: Sightseeing and Drive to Punakha. 85 Km/3 hrs
After breakfast visit Gangtey Goenpa, RSPN Education Center, crane roosting places, Phobjikha valley and surrounding areas. Drive back to Punakha after lunch in the afternoon.

Day 08: Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal, and drive to Paro. 4 hours/140 km
A short drive of about 11 km takes us to the starting point of hike to the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal, situated on a hill top with panoramic view of the surrounding areas. After lunch drive to Paro.

Day 09: Depart Paro
Final departure from Bhutan.

Contact us at info@himalayantrekkers.com for cost and other details for Bhutan Tour with Paro Festival (Paro Tshechu)

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