Witnessing Annual Thimphu Tshechu Festival, Cultural Sightseeing with Hike to Famous Tiger’s Nest or Taktsang.
Festival Dates: 19th-21st September, 2018
No. of nights: 6
- Government Royalty of US $ 65 per night per person
- sightseeing within Bhutan as per the itinerary
- Accommodations in best 3 star hotels on twin sharing basis
- All meals (breakfast, lunch &dinner)
- Full time English speaking guide
- entrance fees and permits
- All internal transport (excluding internal flights)
- One time visa processing fee of US$ 40 per person
- Flight tickets
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone, internet
- Soft drinks and alcohol
- Mineral water in hotels and restaurants
- Travel insurance
- Shopping and entertainment
- Gratuities to guide, driver, etc.
- Luxury star hotels and resorts available at an additional cost
- Specialized guides (Foreign language,photography, Bird watching, Buddhism, flora and fauna) available at an additional cost.
Day 01: Paro – Thimphu
On arrival at paro airport you will be received by our representative and transfer to Thimphu. Drive to reach Thimphu. Check into the hotel and relax. After lunch, visit Painting school which teaches the techniques of traditional paintings, sculpture and other forms of traditional arts and one can view the students at work. Visit National Textile Museum, and also visit nearby Folk Heritage Museum. Memorial Chorten (Stupa), which was built in 1974, in the memory of the Third king of Bhutan. Then visit Great Buddha Dordenma which is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue. The statue sited at kuensel phodrang is one of the largest Buddha rupas in the world. In the evening if time permits visit Craft Bazaar which has got a wide range of authentic Bhutan made art and craft products. Overnight,stay at a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 02: Thimphu Festival
After breakfast, we will drive to festival site and witness the most interesting annual Thimphu (Tsechu) for whole day. Festivals are preformed to honor Buddhist saint Guru Rimpoche who brought Buddhism in the country in 7th century. Interesting and colorful mask dances are shown publicly in a open ground specially in the courtyard of the fortress. Witnessing the Tsechu is believed to accumulate the good deeds and help us to ride of the sins committed in the past. This is also wonderful opportunity to click the Bhutanese in best outfit with most expensive garments and jewelries. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 03: Thimphu Festival
Morning we will visit festival site. After noon we will hike to Tango monastery, a beautiful Buddhist temple which was recently converted into Buddhist College. In the evening stroll around the market. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 04: Thimphu to Punakha
Today we will drive towards Punakha passing through Dochula pass (3100m/10,200ft). On a clear day to the east of the pass, the snow covered mountain peaks of the Himalayas are seen and among them is the Mt. Gangkar Phuensum at 7497m, which is the highest peak in Bhutan. Visit Druk wangyal Chorten (Stupa) at Dochula built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother. And, also visit Druk wangyal Lhakhang (Temple) at Dochula built in honour of the fourth Druk Gyalpo (head of the state of Bhutan) Jigme Singye wangchuk. En-route, stop at Lobesa and take a short hike to chimi lhakhang. Childless couple who prays in this temple is believed to be blessed with a child very soon. Punakha Dzong (fortress), which is built is 1637 is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan. The Dzong is built between two rivers Mochhu (female) and phochhu (male).In the evening freely stroll around the town. Overnight you will stay at hotel in Punakha.
Day 05: Punakha to Paro
Khamsum Yuley Namgyel Chorten, built in 1990 by queen mother and dedicated to the King and for the wellbeing of Bhutanese. After reaching Paro check into the hotel and relax. In the evening take a walk to explore Paro town. Overnight you will stay at hotel in Paro.
Day 06: Paro sightseeing
Morning drive to tigers’ nest hike point. From there we will hike to Taktsang, built on a cliff 900m above the Paro valley. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhva) arrived on the back of a tigress and mediated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in cave in the 8th century where the monastery now stands. Kichu lhakhang is one of the oldest and most scared shrines of the kingdom built in 7th century by Tibetan King songshen Gampo. Visit Paro Dzong (fortress) built in 1646. It houses the district monastic body and most of the government administrative offices. National Museum (Ta- Dzong), once a watch tower built to defend paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) during inter valley wars of 17th century was later was inaugurated as National Museum in 1968. In the evening freely stroll around the town. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Paro.
Day 07: departure
After early breakfast drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.