Bhutan Paro Festival Tour Overview.
- Paro Tsechu is one of the most popular festivals in Bhutan. Featuring dances performed by trained monks and laymen in amazing masks and costumes, Tsechu (A famous Buddhist festival in Bhutan) is one of the best ways to experience the ancient living culture of Bhutan. A Tsechu is a Buddhist festival in honor of Guru Rimpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan.
- A highlight of the Paro Tsechu is the unfurling of the silk Thangka – so large it covers the face of an entire building and is considered one of the most sacred blessings in the whole of Bhutan.
- This tour also takes advantage of the beautiful spring time growth with stunning hikes through the countryside to a Rhododendron forest in Phobjikha, as well as a visit to the Lamperi a Rhododendron Festival near Dochu La Pass. The sacred sites of Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha are also featured.
FLIGHT DETAILS FOR THIS Bhutan PARO FESTIVAL TOUR 2023/24
Two airlines operate in Bhutan from Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, and Kathmandu. The flight schedule from this sector is not yet out. Please keep visiting us and once the schedule is out we shall update here.
NOTE: Flight timing is tentative and can change. Please plan accordingly and keep at least 24 hours between your international connecting flight. We can also change the date a little depending on the flight’s availability.
DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO. DAY 02: PARO. DAY 03: PARO – THIMPHU. DAY 04: THIMPHU. DAY 05: THIMPHU – PHOBJIKHA VALLEY. DAY 06: PHOBJIKHA VALLEY – PUNAKHA. DAY 07: PUNAKHA. DAY 08: PUNAKHA – PARO. DAY 09: DEPART PARO.
DAY 01: ARRIVE AT PARO.
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain
flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. Our tour Bhutan representative will meet you at Paro airport exit doors following customs and visa formalities.
After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum housing many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical,
cultural, and religious past. Next, drive to, 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Kyichu is built in a manner similar to the Jokhang in Lhasa. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.
DAY 02: PARO TO TAKTSANG HIKE.
After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The walk of
approximately 1.5 to 2 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometer above the Paro
valley floor (for those who cannot hike we will arrange a horse for transfer up
to the cafeteria). The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 meters
above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The Monastery is also an
important pilgrim site for Buddhists. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to
have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the
Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. Nearby there is a teahouse where
you can stop for refreshments before returning to Paro for lunch.
In the afternoon, attend the Paro festival. You
will see locals dressed in their finest clothes who have walked from miles
around to attend the festivities. They come to watch masked dances, to pray,
and to feast. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.
DAY 03: PARO – THIMPHU.
Wake up very early at 2.30 am and drive to Paro Dzong to
witness the Thongdroel ceremony where a large religious painting of Guru
Rinpoche made of cloth is unfurled on the side of the Dzong. This event
signifies the final day of the annual festival. After some time spent resting
back at the hotel, Drive to the capital, Thimphu (1.5 hours) following the Pa chhu
River. You can stop on the way to take in the magnificent Tamchhog Lhakhang,
the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s iron bridge builder. Overnight at
your hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 04:THIMPHU TOUR
Begin your day with a short drive to Kuensel Phodrang, a
popular vantage point, with the biggest Buddha statues in the world. Visit the National
Memorial Chorten, built in memory of the Third King and for world peace.
Afterward, visit the weekend vegetable market. Located below
the main town, near the Wangchhu River, Thimphu’s weekend market is by far the
largest domestic market for the farmers in Bhutan. After visiting the museum we will walk to School for Arts &
Crafts; which is located close to the museum. This is one of the interesting schools where young boys & girls learn 13 different skills of arts & crafts in Bhutan. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 05:THIMPHU – PHOBJIKHA.
Drive from Thimphu to Phobjikha (5-6 hrs) over the Dochu-La
pass (3,100m), which is marked by 108 little Chortens and prayer flags. In clear weather, we can enjoy the view of almost all snow-covered mountains
including the highest mountain Gangkar Puensum (7740m). We will take a short walk
to stretch our legs to Chimi Lhakhang temple. After lunch at Chimi Lhakhang café. In Phobjikha we will visit Gangtey monastery before we check into our hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Gangtey/Phobjikha.
DAY 06:PHOBJIKHA – PUNAKHA. (Shasila
hike from Phobjikha to Kheleykha)
The three to four-hour Shashi La hike shortens your driving
time toward Wangdue by about one hour. The trail is the migration trail for
the Gangteps to the lower valleys in the fall. This beautiful hike starts from
Gangtey monastery and continues through Tokha village and slowly upwards
through the Rhododendron forest. It continues across an open meadow and bushes bamboo
towards the Shasi La Chorten (100 vertical meters/330 feet from the lodge).
From here, the trail continues downwards through stunning
old-growth Rhododendron forest all the way to Phama Hotel in Khelikha on the
main Wangdue Phodrang road. From here, it takes one hour to drive back to
Gangtey. Alternatively, you can follow the Shashi La Trail from the lodge up to
the Shashi La Chorten and turn around and walk the same way back to Phobjikha
Time: Gangtey – Phama Hotel, Khelikha: 3 – 4 hours. Please
note that the descent from the Shasi La Chorten to Khelikha is very steep and
can be hard on the knees. Overnight at hotel in Punakha/Wangdue Phodrang.
Chorten Nebu Temple Trek: 6 miles, moderate with an elevation gain of 1,200 ft.
The walk this morning begins on a quiet country road, before climbing
steeply over a rough trail as you make your way through terraced fields of rice
to the local Chorten Nebu Temple. After lunch you continue descending through
small villages. Although steep in places, the trail from Chorten Nebu towards
the valley floor is wide and well-defined, as local people visiting the temple,
as well as children walking to and from school frequently use it.
Time permitting, we can visit Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of
Great Happiness” was built in 1637 by the Zhabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’ as
predicted by the great Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava). It is situated at the
confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (Mother and Father Rivers) and is the
winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move en masse
from Thimphu to this warmer location. The three story main temple of the
Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four
intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in
gold and silver. It was here on 17th December 1907, Bhutan’s first king was
Overnight at a hotel in Punakha/ Wangduephodrang.
DAY 08:PUNAKHA – PARO.
After leaving Punakha, en-route to Paro you enjoy a walk through the royal botanical
garden, which is 8,800 feet above sea level. A short walk around the small lake, where you may spot a red panda,
one of the rare animals in the Himalayas. After settling into comfortable accommodations, there is time to
relax before a dinner of local specialties in the hotel restaurant. Overnight at a hotel in Paro
DAY 09: DEPART PARO.
Breakfast in the hotel then drives to the airport for a flight to your onward destination.
Tashi Delek! Best wishes!
TERMS AND CONDITION
Tour Cancellation Policy:
90% refund for the tour canceled 45 days prior to arrival date, payment transfer charges will be charged
75% refund for the tour canceled between 30 to 45 days prior to the arrival date
No refund for the tour canceled less than 30 days after the arrival date and for the change of itinerary
Bookings made for 4* and 5* hotels have to follow individual hotels’ cancellation policies.
Flight Cancellation Policy: (Documentation charge USD 25/ticket)
70% refund for cancellation made 30 days prior to arrival date (Documentation charge USD 25 applicable)
30% refund for cancellation made between 15 to 30 days of the travel date
No refund for cancellation made less than 15 days after the travel date
Documentation charge applicable for the change of dates, sectors, etc (issued tickets only, USD30/ticket)
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