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Festival Tours

Tshechu, literally means the 10th day of the Bhutanese calendar. It is one of the most celebrated religious festivals. Tshechus are performed mostly in the courtyards of the Dzongs, temples and monasteries and runs continuously for three to five consecutive days. Different places celebrate in different months. You will witness a colourful display of varied mask dances performed by highly skilled artists who transform themselves into different deities. Each of these performances holds significance of many myths and mystical glory of the past and commemorates the life of Guru Padmasambhava, who is also known as Guru Rinpoche, the whisperer of Buddhism in Bhutan. Tshechus conclude with the grand unfurling of a Throngdrel, the large scroll painting of Guru Rinpoche, Zhabdrung and Lord Buddha.   

It is believed that people attending this festival will cleanse their sins and get blessings. Therefore, it attracts a big crowd of people with deep faith from the community who come dressed in finest traditional costumes of most intricate designs and colours. This is the opportunity for them to exhibit themselves in the best of their attire and pay homage to Guru Rinpoche. The whole show becomes a beautiful tapestry with enchanting spells. The occasion is a valid testimony of Bhutan’s unique tradition and rich cultural heritage.

Besides Tshechus there are also numerous local festivals celebrated in most native styles which gives us the opportunity to peep into local beliefs and faiths. 

 

  • Jambay lakhang festival

    “Itinerary can be customized based on your interest & time”

    Day 01: Arrival in Paro

    On arrival at Paro airport you will be received by our representative and transfer to Thimphu. It takes 2 hours drive to reach Thimphu.  Check in to 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, National Textile Museum and also visit nearby Folk Heritage Museum. In the evening if time permits visit Craft Bazaar which has got a wide range of authentic Bhutan made art and craft products. Overnight you will stay at hotel in Thimphu.

    Day 02: Thimphu

    After breakfast we will hike to Cheri goenpa. It takes 45 minutes to reach there. This is the monastery where the first monastic body was established in the Kingdom. Then drive back to town and visit Takin Preserve Park. Takin is the national animal of Bhutan. Changangkha lhakhang, the oldest temple in Thimphu built in 12th century. It is popular temple for pilgrims and for new born babies. Then visit Memorial Chorten (Stupa) built in 1974 in the memory of the Third king of Bhutan. Great Buddha Dordenma 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 visit Tashichho  Dzong ( Fortress), which houses most of the government  offices, throne room and office of the king. Overnight stay at a hotel in Thimphu.

    Day 03: Thimphu – punakha

    Today we will drive to punakha and we will pass 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 pray in this temple is believed to be blessed with a child very soon. After reaching Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong (fortress), which is built in 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 04:  Punakha – Trongsa – Bumthang

    Proceed to Tongsa via Pelela pass (3,300m), the traditional boundary between east and west. The pass is marked by a large prayer flag and the ground is covered with high altitude dwarf bamboo. En-route stop at Chendbji Chorten, which was built in 18th century by a Lama named Shida. It is Nepalese in style with eyes painted at four cardinal points. Trongsa Dzong, built in 1648, where crown prince of Bhutan traditionally becomes the Penlop (governor) of Trongsa prior to be crowned as the king of Bhutan. Ta Dzong, built as watchtower to guard Tongsa Dzong. Then drive to Bumthang. Overnight stay at hotel in Bumthang.

    Day 05: Bumthang festival

    After breakfast, we will proceed to festival site and witness the most interesting annual Jambay Lhakhang Drup (Tsechu) for whole day. Festivals are performed to honor Buddhist saint Guru Rimpoche who brought Buddhism in the country in 7th century. Interesting and colorful mask dances are shown publicly in open ground especially 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. Don’t miss to witness the unique naked dance at mid night. Overnight in Jakar.

    Day 06: Bumthang

    After breakfast visit to Kurje Lhakhang where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock, Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple),Tamshing Monastery (one of the oldest monastic school), Jakar Dzong (administrative centre of the region) and Swiss Farm House. Evening freely stroll around town. Overnight stay at hotel in Bumthang.

    Day 07: Bumthang–Punakha

    After breakfast drive back to Punakha. Visit Wangduephodrang Dzong and town. Overnight stay at hotel in Punakha.

     Day 08: Punakha – Paro via Thimphu

    After breakfast drive to Paro.  En-route visit Khamsum yuley Namgyel Chorten, built in 1990 by queen mother and dedicated to the King and for the well-being of Bhutanese. En route, visit Simtokha Dzong. This dzong, built in 1627 is the oldest in Bhutan. Paro Dzong (fortress) built is 1646, houses the district monastic body and most of the government administrative offices of Paro district. National Museum (Ta- Dzong), once a watch tower built to defend paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong), during inter valley wars of 17th century was later inaugurated as National Museum in 1968. Overnight stay at hotel in Paro.

    Day 09: Paro – hike to Taktsang (tigers nest)

    After breakfast drive to tigers’ nest hike point. Taktsang is built on a cliff 900m above 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 Songchen Gampo . Visit Farm House.

    Day 10: Departure

    After early breakfast drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.

     

  • Paro festival

    Day 01: Arrival in Paro

    On arrival at Paro airport you will be received by our representative and transfer to hotel. In the evening explore the town. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Paro.

    Day 02: Paro Festival
    After the breakfast, we will drive to the festival site and witness the most interesting annual Paro festival (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 open ground especially in the courtyard of the fortress. Witnessing the Tsechu is believed to accumulate the good deeds and help us to get rid 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 Paro.

    Day 03: Paro Festival

    After breakfast we will visit the festival site and stay there for half of the day. After lunch we will drive to the north end of Paro valley and hike to tiger’s nest (Taktsang). Taktsang is built on a cliff 900m above 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 stands now. For an average hiker it will take 2 hours uphill to reach the monastery. In the Evening stay at a hotel in Paro.

     Day 04: Paro to Thimphu

    Now after early breakfast we will drive towards the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. It will take 2 hours to reach thimphu from paro.  After reaching Thimphu check into the hotel and proceed towards visiting the sites in Thimphu. Changangkha lhakhang, the oldest temple in Thimphu built in 12th century. It is popular temple for pilgrims and for new born babies. Takin Preserve Park, Takin is the national animal of Bhutan. Memorial Chorten (Stupa) was built in 1974 in the memory of the third king of Bhutan. Then we will visit Great Buddha Dordenma 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 we will visit Tashichho  Dzong ( Fortress), which houses most of the government  offices, throne room and office of the king. Overnight stay at hotel in Thimphu.

    Day 05: Thimphu to Paro

    After breakfast, 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. National library holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts some dating back to several hundred years. Craft Bazaar has got a wide range of authentic Bhutan made art and craft products for sale, where you can buy few as a memory of your visit to Bhutan. Then we will drive towards Paro. Visit National Museum (Ta- Dzong), once a watch tower built to defend paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) during inter valley wars of 17th century was later inaugurated as National Museum in 1968. In the evening stroll around the market.  In the evening stay at hotel in Paro.

    Day 06: Departure

    After early breakfast drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.

     

  • Punakha festival

    Day 01: Paro – Thimphu

    On arrival at Paro airport you will be received by our representative and transfer to Thimphu. It takes 2 hours drive to reach Thimphu.  Check into your 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 nearby Folk Heritage Museum. In the evening if time permits visit Craft Bazaar which has got a wide range of authentic Bhutan made art and craft products. Overnight you will stay at hotel in Thimphu.

    Day 02: Thimphu

    After breakfast, hike to Cheri goenpa. It takes 45 minutes to reach monastery. This is the monastery where the first monastic body was established in the Kingdom. Then drive back to town and visit Takin Preserve Park. Takin is the national animal of Bhutan. Changangkha lhakhang, the oldest temple in Thimphu built in 12th century. It is popular temple for pilgrims and for new born babies. Then visit Memorial Chorten (Stupa) built in 1974 in the memory of the Third king of Bhutan. Great Buddha Dordenma 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,  visit Tashichho  Dzong ( Fortress), which houses most of the government  offices, throne room and office of the king. Overnight , stay at a  hotel in Thimphu.

    Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha (2.5 Hrs)

    Drive to Punakha and we will pass through Dochula pass (3100m/10,200ft). On a clear weather 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. After reaching Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong (fortress), which is built, in 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 04: Punakha Festival
    After the breakfast, proceed to festival site and witness the most interesting annual Punakha Tsechu. Festivals are preformed to honor Buddhist saint Guru Rimpoche who brought Buddhism in the country in 7th century. Tse meaning date and chu meaning tenth, is performed annually in all the districts coinciding with tenth day of the Bhutanese calendar. Interesting and colorful mask dances are shown publicly in open ground especially 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,at a hotel in  Punakha.

    Day 05: Punakha – Paro

    After breakfast drive back to Paro. En-route visit Khamsum Yuley Namgyel Chorten, built in 1990 by queen mother and dedicated to the King and for the wellbeing of Bhutanese. Royal Botanical Park in lamperi is the first botanical park in Bhutan, which has 46 different species of rhododendrons. This blooms during the mid of March to early august. After reaching Paro, check into the hotel and relax. In the evening explore Paro town. Overnight you will stay at hotel in Paro.

    Day 06: Paro
     After breakfast visit Paro
    Dzong (fortress) built in 1646. It houses the district monastic body and most of the government administrative offices. Then visit National Museum (Ta- Dzong), once a watch tower built to defend Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong),during inters valley wars of 17th century was later it was inaugurated as National Museum in 1968. Drukgyel Dzong is known as the fortress of victory from where the Bhutanese repelled several Tibetan armies during 17th century. It was built in 1649. Kichu lhakhang is one of the oldest and most scared shrines of the kingdom built in 7th century by Tibetan King songshen Gampo.

    In the afternoon you may go to a traditional farmhouse to lunch with the family or hike to Taktsang (tigers nest) which is 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.  Overnight you will stay at hotel in Paro.

    Day 07: Departure

    After early breakfast drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.

     

     


  • Rhoddendron Festival Tour

    Day 1: Arrival Paro – Thimphu

    On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative. After completion of the airport formalities, drive to Thimphu. After reaching Thimphu check into the hotel and if time permits visit Changangkha lhakhang, the oldest temple in Thimphu built in 12th century. It is popular temple for pilgrims and for new born babies. Takin Preserve Park. Takin is the national animal of Bhutan. Royal Textile museum provides fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life. Craft Bazaar has got a wide range of authentic Bhutan made art and craft products. In the evening freely stroll around the market. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Thimphu.

    Day 2: Thimphu

    After breakfast,visit to witness Rhoddendron festival in Lamperi, Dochula which is celebrated on 14th-16th April every year. In the mid of autumn season in Bhutan starts with the series of festivals where spring season has its own surprises for the travellers. It is the right time for flower lovers to see varieties of wild rhododendron in its full glory. After visiting festival we will drive back to Thimphu and visit Memorial Chorten (Stupa) built in 1974 in the memory of the Third king of Bhutan. Great Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue. The statue sited at kuensel phodrang is one of the largest Buddha rupas in the world. Tashichho Dzong (Fortress), which houses most of the government offices, throne room and office of the king.  Overnight, stay at a hotel in Thimphu.

    Day 3:  Thimphu-Punakha

    After breakfast visit 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. 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, stay at a hotel in Punakha.

    Day 4: Punakha-wangdue-Paro

    After breakfast drive to Thimphu.  En-route visit Khamsum yuley Namgyel Chorten, built in 1990 by queen mother and dedicated to the King and for the wellbeing of Bhutanese. Enroute, Visit wangdiphodrang dzong, build by shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. En-route, visit Tachogang lhakhang, the bridge which leads to lhakhang is an iron suspension bridge in built in 15th century.

    Day 5: Hike to Tiger’s Nest

    After breakfast drive to tigers nest hike point. Taktsang is built on a cliff. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhva) arrived in 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 stands now.  Overnight, stay at hotel in Paro.

    Day 6: Paro

    After breakfast 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 inters valley wars of 17th century was later inaugurated as National Museum in 1968. Druk choeding (Town temple) was formed by Ngawang chhogyel, one of the prince abbots in Tibet. Drukgyel Dzong is known as the fortress of victory from where the Bhutanese repelled several Tibetan armies during 17th century. It was built in 1649. Kichu lhakhang is one of the oldest and most scared shrines of the kingdom built in 7th century by Tibetan King songshen Gampo. Visit Farm House and in the evening stroll around the market. Overnight, stay at hotel in Paro.

    Day7: Departure

    After early breakfast drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.

     

     

                                                

  • Thimphu festival

    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.


     


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