Thimphu Tshechu (8 days)

Thimphu Tshechu (8 days)

Thimphu festival, which is held on the recently built festival ground attached to the Tashichho Dzong. Tashichho Dzong is the seat of the government and state authorities. It houses government ministries, the office of His Majesty the King, the Throne Room, and the living quarters of the Central Monastic Body and its Chief Abbot.

The festival presents diverse facets of Bhutanese culture and religion. You will see flamboyant mask dances, folk dances, opera-like enactment of scenes, jesters, and not to mention huge crowds of people in their finery feasting on the dazzling sights or delicious local rice and sumptuous meat dishes. Our guide will guide you through mask and folk dances.

Highlights of the tour:

  • Thimphu Tshechu
  • Hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) which clings to a cliff at 900 m from the valley floor.
  • Visit Simply Bhutan that showcases traditional arts and crafts
  • Centenary Farmers’ Market
  • Watch archery, Bhutan’s national sport

Itinerary

  1. Arrive in Paro

You will be received by BCD-Bhutan representatives at the airport and transferred to a hotel. After lunch, visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan followed by a visit to Rinpung Dzong. In the evening, visit a traditional farmhouse to see the daily life of the Bhutanese people.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel

  1. Paro sightseeing – Thimphu

After breakfast, hike to the magnificent Taktshang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest. The monastery clings to a sheer rock face, almost 900 m above the valley floor. The uphill hike from the road point takes around 3 hours. The trail passes through beautiful pine forests adorned with Spanish moss as you go further up. Stop for rest and light refreshments at the Taktshang Cafeteria. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tigress and meditated for three months.

On the way back, visit Kyichu Lhakhang built in 659 AD by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. In the evening, drive to Thimphu. On the way, stop a while to visit Tamchog Lhakhang built by Thangtong Gyalpo, the Iron Bridge Builder.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel

  1. Thimphu Festival (Festival Day 1)

Attend the festival whole day.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel

  1. Thimphu Festival (Festival Day 2)

Attend the festival in the morning. In the afternoon, visit the tallest statue of sitting Buddha, National Memorial Choeten built in memory of the third King popularly known as the Father of Modern Bhutan. If time permits, visit Changangkha Lhakhang, and then Takin Preserve to see the national animal of Bhutan, takin.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel

  1. Thimphu to Punakha

Drive to Punakha after breakfast. The first stop is at Dochula Pass (3,160 m). From Dochula, you can see the eastern Himalayan range if the weather fine. En-route, we will visit Chime Lhakhang, also known as the Temple of Fertility associated with Lam Drukpa Kunley, the Divine Madman.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel

  1. Punakha to Paro

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu. On the way, stop a while for a photo shoot of Semtokha Dzong, the oldest dzong in Bhutan, and proceed to Thimphu to visit Royal Textile Museum, Painting School, and Folk Heritage Museum. In the evening, drive to Paro.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel

  1. Paro to Haa – excursion

Today, we go on an excursion to Haa valley with picnic lunch. We will drive over Chelela, 3,850 m. On a clear day, you will see Mt. Jomolhari (7,314 m), other snow-capped mountains and stunning valleys below the pass. After a picnic lunch at the pass, we will drive further down to Haa valley and visit Lhakhang Karpo and Lhakhang Nagpo. In the evening, drive back to Paro.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel

  1. Departure

Drive to the airport and bid farewell.