Paro Festival Tour

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9 days

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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.

This tour covers the short hiking tour of Shasila Hike from Phobjikha to Punakha.

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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.

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The journey to Paro is an experience that ranks among the most spectacular mountain flights worldwide. It offers an ever-changing panorama of some of the planet’s loftiest peaks. Upon your arrival at Paro airport and after completing customs and visa procedures, our representative from Tour Bhutan will be waiting for you at the exit doors.

Following a satisfying lunch, the afternoon opens up for sightseeing in Paro. Your exploration includes a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum, a repository of religious relics, exquisite artworks, and handicrafts that provide a profound insight into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious heritage. Your journey continues with a drive to the 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, which is one of the 108 temples commissioned by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. Kyichu’s architecture resembles the Jokhang in Lhasa. You’ll spend the night at your hotel in Paro.

Following breakfast, embark on a hike to the awe-inspiring Taktsang Monastery. The trek, which lasts approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, leads you nearly a kilometer above the Paro Valley floor. For those who may have difficulty hiking, we can arrange a horse for transportation up to the cafeteria. The sight of Taktsang Monastery, perched on a sheer cliff face some 900 meters above the valley floor, is nothing short of spectacular. This Monastery holds profound significance as a pilgrimage site for Buddhists, as it is believed that the great Guru Rimpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress in the 8th Century, introducing the teachings of Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan.

Nearby, there is a teahouse where you can pause for refreshments before returning to Paro for lunch.

In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the vibrant Paro festival. Witness local attendees, adorned in their finest attire, who have traveled from miles around to partake in the festivities. They come to witness masked dances, offer prayers, and indulge in communal feasting. Your night will be spent at your Paro hotel.

Begin your day at an early hour, around 2:30 am, and make your way to Paro Dzong to partake in the Thongdroel ceremony. This ceremony involves the unfurling of a sizable religious painting crafted from cloth, depicting Guru Rinpoche, on the side of the Dzong. It symbolizes the concluding day of the annual festival. Afterward, take some time to rest back at your hotel.

Following this, set out on a 1.5-hour drive to the capital city, Thimphu, tracing the path along the Pa Chhu River. You can make a stop along the way to visit the splendid Tamchhog Lhakhang, a place of worship with a rich heritage, dedicated to Bhutan’s legendary iron bridge builder. Your overnight accommodation will be at your hotel in Thimphu.

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.

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.

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
Valley.

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 a 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
crowned.

Overnight at a hotel in Punakha/ Wangduephodrang.

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

Breakfast in the hotel then drives to the airport for a flight to your onward destination.
Tashi Delek!  Best wishes!

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