Gasa Tshechu is the biggest festival in the small district of Gasa in northwest Bhutan. Gasa is home to highlanders communities mainly Layaps and Lunaps who live in the extreme north of Bhutan. While many mask dances are performed, the local folk dance performed is very unique and distinct adding to the festive mood of the celebration. The highlander also performs a dance during the festival with their unique dress at Gasa Dzong
Festival Trip Outline
- Day 01 Arrival Bhutan at Paro Airport.
- Day 02 Thimphu to Punakha.
- Day 03 Punakha to Gasa.
- Day 04 Attend Gasa Festival
- Day 05 Gasa to Paro
- Day 06 Paro airport to see Off
Day 1 Arrival Paro Airport
Welcome to Paro! Nestled in the breathtaking landscapes of Bhutan, Paro is a picturesque town filled with cultural treasures. As you land at Paro International Airport, be prepared to be enchanted by the stunning views of the Himalayan mountains. Discover ancient monasteries, visit the iconic Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) perched on a cliff, and immerse yourself in the warm Bhutanese hospitality. Whether you’re seeking adventure, spirituality, or tranquility, Paro has something for everyone. Get ready for an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Enjoy your stay!
Day 2 Thimphu to Punakha Drive
The journey from Thimphu to Punakha is a mesmerizing adventure through the heart of Bhutan. As you leave Thimphu’s bustling capital behind, the scenic drive leads you through picturesque valleys and terraced fields. En route, visit the impressive Dochula Pass with its 108 chortens and panoramic Himalayan views. Descending further, the Punakha Dzong emerges, an architectural masterpiece nestled between the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers. Experience the tranquility of Punakha, explore the dzong’s rich history, and take in the beauty of this ancient capital. The Thimphu to Punakha journey offers a captivating glimpse into Bhutan’s cultural and natural wonders.
Day 3 Punakha to Gasa
Embark on a remarkable journey from Punakha to Gasa, experiencing Bhutan’s untouched beauty. Leaving Punakha’s lush valleys, the road winds through captivating landscapes, revealing breathtaking views of rivers and verdant hills. As you ascend to higher altitudes, the air turns cooler, and the journey becomes even more enchanting. Gasa awaits with its pristine wilderness, hot springs, and the iconic Gasa Dzong perched majestically on a hilltop. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this remote district, surrounded by nature’s splendor. The Punakha to Gasa route promises an unforgettable experience of Bhutan’s unspoiled landscapes and traditional culture.
Day 4 Attend Gasa Festival
The Gasa Festival is a vibrant and culturally significant event in Bhutan. Held in the remote district of Gasa, the festival brings together locals and visitors alike to celebrate the country’s rich traditions. Amidst the stunning backdrop of the Himalayas, the festival showcases colorful masked dances, traditional music, and religious ceremonies. It offers a unique opportunity to experience the authentic spirit of Bhutanese culture and witness the deep-rooted religious practices of the region. The Gasa Festival is a joyful occasion that fosters a sense of community and provides a glimpse into the unique heritage of this enchanting Himalayan kingdom. In the afternoon relax at Gasa Hotspring.
Day 5 Gasa to Paro
Drive from Gasa to Paro. The journey takes about 5 hours and can be long. We shall have lunch at Thimphu and proceeds towards Paro. In the evening leisure time.
Day 6 Paro to Airport and see off
Today your Gasa Festival Tour ends here. Our guide and driver will see you off from the airport.
Gasa Festival Tour Cost
Please find below the tour Cost for Gasa Festival Tour.
- Single Pax Traveller USD 1940.00
- 2 Person Cost: US$ 1690.00 Per Person
- 3 Persons and above US$ 1640.00 Per Person
Gasa Festival Tour Cost Inclusion
- All meals and one-time evening Tea.
- All entrance fees for temples and monuments.
- Guide and Driver throughout the trip.
- Airport pick and drop.
- Bottled water.
- Simcard for mobile with internet.
Gasa Festival Tour Cost Exclusion
- International Flights
- Insurance Premiums.
- Bills of personal nature like laundry, alcoholic drinks etc.
- The cost includes due to mishaps and unforeseen incidents.
- The cost is not mentioned at the time of booking this trip.
Gasa Tshechhu Date for 2023/24
The dates of festival is fixed from 29th to 31st March 2023 and 17th to 19th march next year 2024.
How to reach Gasa Tshechhu?
Gasa is 64Km from Punakha and 134 Km from Thimphu. Gasa
Gasa Tshechhu Highlight
- Witness the Popular dance by Highlander.
- Experience the natural Hotstone bath at Tshachhu(Hot Spring)
- Visit the Gasa Dzong.
- Visit Farm House suppose to have visited by saint Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel
Gasa Tshechu Program List
- Arrival of Chief Guest
- Marchang Ceremony by the Gasa Dzongda.
- Local dance performed by Tribal people of Laya.
- Mask Dance and Festival begins.