Cultural & Religious Tours

Paro Festival (Paro Tshechu) with Bhutan Tour

Bhutan

Paro Festival (Paro Tshechu) with Bhutan Tour

Trip Rating

N/A

Trip Duration

9 Days

Trial Access

flight and private vehicle

Country

Bhutan

Max Altitude

Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery 3,120 M

Activity Level

moderate

Group Size

Min 2 Pax

Best Season

Spring (Mar, Apr)

Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

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 to 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 attending the festival and witnessing Thongdrol: the painting of the Guru Rinpoche, cleanses the sins. The mask dance during the festival amuses the local viewers as well as the tourists and truly a sight to behold. 

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 trip also includes hiking to the holiest place in Bhutan, Taktsang Monastery, a small settlement of Phojikha, and Khamsum Yulley Namgyal.

(Note: If you want to shorten or lengthen the itinerary, we can customize it for you.)

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$ 2,289

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Paro & sightseeing

30 min private drive

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. 

Lunch & Dinner

Hotel

Day 2

Paro Festival observation

1 Hour

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

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Hotel

Day 3

Excursion to Taktsang Monastery and drive to Thimpu

2-3 hrs hike and 2 hrs drive

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Hotel

Day 4

Full day Thimpu sightseeing

1 Hour

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Hotel

Day 5

Drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass (3100m)

3-4 hrs drive

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Hotel

Day 6

Drive to Gangtey and explore (hike to Phobjikha village)

4 hrs drive

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Hotel

Day 7

Gangtey sightseeing and drive to Punakha

3-4 hrs drive

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

Drive back to Punakha. 

Overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Hotel

Day 8

Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal, and drive to Paro

3-4 hrs drive

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Hotel

Day 9

Departure from Paro

30 min private drive

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! 

Breakfast

Hotels

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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
  • Professional english speaking guide
  • Bhutan Entry Fees
  • All Permit and Entrance Fees
  • Guide and Driver
  • A bottled mineral water
  • All Taxes and 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. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing