Paro Tsechu

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Trip Overview

Religious festivals known as 'Tsechus' and 'Dromchoes' symbolizing amity, peace and compassion, are held annually at various parts of the kingdom at different times of the year. These vibrant festivals are a time for the people from various walks of life to come together decent in all their ceremonial dress. During the festival, rare and sacred masked dances, sword dances and many rituals are performed.

Things To Do

Itinerary

  • Day 01
    PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – PARO

    During the journey, the traveler will experience from the plane a spectacular view of Mt. Everest, and other famous Himalayan Mountains including the sacred Mt. Jhomolhari, the second highest peak in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport you will be received by your Bhutanese friend from Makalu Adventure. Lunch in Paro. Discuss the Tour Programme with the Tour Guide. Afternoon sight seeing. Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu.

  • Day 02 - 05
    WITNESS THE FESTIVAL

    Religious festivals known as 'Tsechus' and 'Dromchoes' symbolizing amity, peace and compassion, are held annually at various parts of the kingdom at different times of the year. These vibrant festivals are a time for the people from various walks of life to come together decent in all their ceremonial dress. During the festival, rare and sacred masked dances, sword dances and many rituals are performed.

  • Day 06
    PARO – THIMPHU

    Witness the festival in the morning and drive to Thimphu in the evening (Capital city of Bhutan)

  • Day 07
    THIMPHU – PUNAKHA

    Drive to Punakha through Dochula Pass (3150m). On the way stop for a photo stop at Dochula Pass which is 26km away from Thimphu valley, and for Tea and snacks and to enjoy the most spectacular view of eastern Himalayan snow capped Mountains and also the great view of Gasa Dzong at a distance (If weather is clear).

    Lunch in Dochula Cafeteria The journey continues through varying scenes of greenery all the way to Punakha. Visit Punakha town. The Punakha Dzong lies between two great rivers with the wonderful view of Punakha Dzong. The names of the rivers are Phochu (Male River) and Mochu (Female River). This Dzong serves as the winter residence for the Je Khenpo, Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body and also the office of the district Administration.

    Over night: Hotel in Punakha.

  • Day 08
    PUNAKHA – GANGTEY VALLEY

    Drive to Wangdue Phodrang small town and Dzong and drive towards Gangtey valley which takes about 5 hours journey and it is a beautiful valley situated at an altitude of 3000m, this valley was open its route very recently. During winter one can see the endangered species of bird (Black Naked Crane). Lunch in Wangdue Phodrang.

    Over night: Hotel in Phubjikha.

  • Day 09
    GANGTEY VALLEY – THIMPHU

    In the morning walk around the valley which is very beautiful and has its own charms and drive to Thimphu, lunch in Dochula cafeteria.

    Over night: Hotel in Thimphu

  • Day 10
    THIMPHU – SIGHT SEEING

    Visit the Memorial Chorten (a great stupa) built in memory of the Third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Visit the mini Zoo where the national animals were kept and drive to Sangeygang where you can have a spectacular view of Thimphu valley. Visit nunnery in Zulikha. Visit the Wood Craft and Painting school where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive through the instructions of painting and curving. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Lunch in hotel in Thimphu. Afternoon: Visit Simtokha Dzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan. It was built in 1629 AD. It houses the largest monastic schools in the country. Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses t he State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and the senior monks.

    Overnight in Hotel in Thimphu

  •  Day 11
    THIMPHU –PARO

    Early morning drive to Paro and drive up to Satsam Chorten (10 km from Paro town) and from there walk up to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means "Tiger's Nest ". The Monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff drop of nearly 4000 ft. and overlooks the Paro valley and the river. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan meditated on this spot where the Monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. Picnic lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria. The round hike takes about 4 Hr.

    Overnight: Hotel in Paro.

  • Day 12
    PARO – PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT for departure

    Early morning drive to Paro International Airport and your Bhutanese friends from Makalu Adventure will accompany you to bid farewell as you embark on your onward journey to back home

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