Bhutan Tour with Paro Festival (Paro Tshechu)

Bhutan Tour with Paro Festival (Paro Tshechu)

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Duration:

9 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

Taktsang Monastery (3120m)

Group Size

1-16 pax

Trial Access:

flight and private vehicle

Best Season:

Paro Tshechu is the biggest festival in Bhutan and is considered one of the major tourist attractions from all around the world. The festival is celebrated annually since the 17th century in honor of Padmasambhava, the Guru Rinpoche who is believed to be the one to bring Buddhism in Bhutan in the 8th century. The festival is held for 5 consecutive days which begins on the 10th day of Bhutan’s second lunar month every spring. The locals believe that by attending the festival and witnessing Thongdrol: the painting of the Guru Rinpoche, cleanses the sins off.

Our Bhutan Paro Tshechu Festival Tour is designed to experience the unique Bhutan culture by attending the festival and visiting the popular, sacred, and historical landmarks in the three well-known cities of Paro, Thimpu, and Punakha.

This 9-days tour package offers some of the country's most beautiful and finest places, monasteries, dzongs, local settlements, and monuments. The mask dance during the festival amuses the local viewers as well as the outsiders. The trip also includes hiking to the holiest place in Bhutan, Taktsang Monastery, a small settlement of Phojikha, and Khamsum Yulley Namgyal.

(Note: If our program is not suitable for you, and want shorter or longer one then we can especially customize it for you.)

Starting Price

USD 2289 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Paro (Bhutan)

Departure from: Paro

Day 1

Arrival in Paro & sightseeing

Meals included: Lunch & Dinner

The flight into Bhutan is one of the most interesting mountain flights in the world.

You will be welcomed by the representative of Himalayan trekkers and transferred to the hotel.

After a brief rest, we will head towards the Ta Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan. Then, we take a short walk to the Rinpung Dzong, 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.

Overnight. 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

Day 2

Paro Festival observation

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Full day festival observation in Paro and also interacting with locals with the help of a guide. Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Excursion to Taktsang Monastery and drive to Thimpu

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a warm 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 for a long time because of its religious significance and also because of its location. The Mahayana Buddhist believes that the first Dalai Lama, Padmasambhaflewed on a back of a tigress to her for Meditation.

After returning back to Paro we will enjoy the scenic drive to Thimpu via many beautiful hills, settlements and amazing farmlands.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 2-3 hrs hike and 2 hrs drive

Day 4

Full day Thimpu sightseeing

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The places we visit today include the King’s Memorial Chorten, Nunnery Temple, 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 hilltop, which offers a panoramic view of Thimpu city.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 5

Drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass (3100m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We start the day in the morning with a drive to Punakha via Dochu La (3,100 meters). This town derives its name from the river on whose banks it is situated, the Punakha River.

We will make a 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 visit the Punakha Dzong.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs drive

Day 6

Drive to Gangtey and explore (hike to Phobjikha village)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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 the 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 Gangtey.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 4 hrs drive

Day 7

Gangtey sightseeing and drive to Punakha

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast visit Gangtey Goenpa, RSPN Education Center, crane roosting places, Phobjikha valley, and surrounding areas.

Drive back to Punakha. 

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs drive

Day 8

Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal, and drive to Paro

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

A short drive of about 11 km takes us to the starting point of a hike to the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal, situated on a hilltop with a panoramic view of the surrounding areas.

After brief rest, drive back to Paro.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs drive

Day 9

Departure from Paro

Meals included: Breakfast

As the Bhutan Paro Festive Tour comes to an end, we hope that your trip is marked with beautiful memories. 

Your guide will pick you up at the hotel and escort you to the Paro International Airport for your flight back to your home or onward destination. 

We would love to hear from you about the trip soon! 

Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Paro, Thimpu, and Punakha, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

Meals

All meals in Bhutan are included within the evident cost. However, if you want to eat your meals other than at your hotel or local restaurant, you will have to pay the additional amount.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Airport pick-up and drop off
  • All Transfers as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Bhutan Entry Fees
  • All Permit and Entrance Fees
  • Guide and Driver
  • A botteld mineral water
  • All Taxes ans surcharges 

Whats Not Included

  • International Airfares and Airport tax
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable conditions such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the includes section 


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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