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:

Tiger nest (3180m).

Group Size

1-16 pax

Trial Access:

flight and private vehicle.

Best Season:

To begin with, the Bhutan Tour with the Paro Festival (Paro Tshechu) tour will be a totally different trip experience for you. Generally, when you travel, you either see the landscape or trek to the mountains or walk on the beach. But, during this trip, you get to see the annual festival of Bhutan. It is one of the biggest festival events in Bhutan.

Literally, Tsechu means “the tenth day”. Celebrations of this Paro Tsechu Festival are seen all over the countries. The charm of the festival is even visible in Dzongs, Monasteries, and palaces.

The tenth day of the month of the lunar calendar is marked as a festival. There is a belief that Padma Sambhav, the first Dalai Lama was born on this day. However, the celebration style of the festival is different from town to town and village to village. You will be amazed to see the large numbers of people coming together and socializing with each other. The dancers with the masked face perform their special dances. If you want then you may also join them and participate in that dance. These masked dances are performed by monks in the monasteries and by locals in villages.

The Bhutanese people believe that participating in the festival, at least once, helps to get rid of sins, someone has committed in their lives. The Paro Tsechu Festival is one of the biggest such gatherings that attract people from all over Bhutan and many tourists from different parts of the world because you get to see a mass gathering in one place.

You land at the Paro International Airport and do the sightseeing on that day. The next day you attend the Paro Festival. Then, the next day, you go for the excursion to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery and drive to Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan. After doing the full day sightseeing in Thimpu, your trip follows the drive to Punakha valley and Gangtey. You spend a day each at both of these places. Another attraction on this trip is the hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal, for which you have to hike for about 4 hours. The trip ends once you get back to Paro to catch-up with your flight.

(Note: This is the program we suggest for the Paro festival but if you have sort of time and want shorter program we will arrange for that.)

Starting Price

USD 2289 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Paro (Bhutan)

Departure from: Pao

Day 1

Arrival at Bhutan, Paro International Airport and sightseeing.

Meals included: BB

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. 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.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive.

Day 2

Paro Festival observation.

Meals included: BB

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

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Excursion of Tiger nest monastery (3190m) and drive to capital; Thimpu.

Meals included: BB

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 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 sightseeing of Thimpu.

Meals included: BB

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 hilltop, which offers a panoramic view of Thimpu city.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 5

Drive to Punakha via Dochula (3100m) .

Meals included: BB

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 Zhong.

Overnight.

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

Day 6

Drive to Gangtey and explore (hike to Phobjikha village).

Meals included: BB

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

Sightseeing and drive to Punakha.

Meals included: BB

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: BB

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.

The final day when you are going to bid a farewell to the lovely place, we hope you will have some of the best times by planning your journey with us. Take your final flight out of Bhutan from the Paro Airport.

Himalayan trekkers have always given top priority to their guests and your trip to Bhutan will be marked with beautiful memories. Be it arranging food and lodging or taking you to the best sites or departing to the airport, we Himalayan trekkers will set your trip in such a way that you are going to remember every time.

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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

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!
On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

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
  • All Transfers as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Bhutan Entry Fees
  • Entrance Fees
  • Guide and Driver
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes

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.


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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