Thimphu Tshechu Tour
Thimphu Tshechu Tour is one of the most popular festivals in Bhutan. This Thimphu festival is witnessed by thousands of people from all over Bhutan. The actual Tshechu is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods.This festival is held in Thimphu for 3 days beginning on 10th day of the 8th month of lunar calendar and this year it corresponds to 11-13 Oct 2016. During Thimphu Tshechu which is held at Tendrel Thang ( Festival Ground in front of Tashichhoedzong), the mask dances known as cham and folk dances are performed to bless onlookers, to teach them the Buddhist dharma, to protect them from misfortune and to exorcise all evil. Tshechu is religous event that is celebrated on the 10th day of the lunar calendar ,that is the auspicious day when Guru Rimpoche the famous himalayan guru who is pioneer to promote Buddhism from Indian Plain to Himalayan regions;Bhutan & Tibet. This ParoTshechu is one of the most colorful event in Paro Dzong. This is attended by Bhutanese throughout the country. Tourists are allowed to see the Tshechuat the courtyard. The three day festival is a sequence of the mask dances. It is a festive time and people socialise and make merry. Thimphu Tshechu Tour
After having visited the most colorful lifetime festival you will also visit other destinations like Paro: visit Paro Museum housed at the graceful Ta Dzong, once a watch tower situated strategically overlooking the Paro valley,Thimpu & Punakha. You will also hike the Tiger Nest, symbolized as image of the Bhutan. This tour combines the very best the Kingdom of Bhutan has to offer in the west & central regions. In this tour visit SemtokhaDzong. This is the oldest fortress in Bhutan, built in 1629 A.D. by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (monastery) which was built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck ( the Queen Mother of Bhutan) as a tribute to His Majesty the fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck and armed forces after His Majesty led a successful operation against Indian militants who had occupied certain areas of Bhutan. The gallery of the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang has beautiful murals depicting some of the important events in the reigns of the Kings of Bhutan.
|Oct 10 Day 01:||Arrive Paro & Paro-Thimphu (1 Hrs|
|Oct 11 Day 02:||1st Day of Thimphu Tshechu (Festival)- (9.am-4.30 pm)|
|Oct 12 Day 03:||Thimphu Tsechu 2nd Day,Thimphu sightseeing & Short Hike to Tango Monastery|
|Oct 13 Day 04:||Last Day of Thimphu Tshechu|
|Oct 14 Day 05:||Thimphu-Punakha/Wangdue (2 hours)|
|Oct 15 Day 06:||Punakha-Paro(2 hours)|
|Oct 16 Day 07:||A Day Hike to Taktsang Ghoempa (Tiger’s Nest Monastery) in Paro|
|Oct 17 Day 08:||Departure from Paro|
Oct 10 Day 01: Arrive Paro & Paro-Thimphu (1 Hrs ) Fly into Paro. After completing your immigration formalities, you will be received by our representative who will be your tour guide throughout your tour. Then drive to Thimphu . On arrival at Thimphu check into your hotel. In the evening, free to relax or stroll around Thimphu town, do shopping, etc. Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.
Oct 11 Day 02: 1st Day of Thimphu Tshechu (Festival)-(9.am-4.30 pm) Today you will go to witness the 1st Day of Thimphu Tshechu (Festival) which will be held at Tendrel Thang (the festival ground in front of Thimphu Tashichhodzong). Dressed in traditional finery, devotees flock to Tendrel Thang to proclaim their faith and receive blessings. You will take off sometime from the festival to visit Tashichhoe Dzong, a fortress of the glorious religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and was reconstructed into present structure by the late King, His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the year 1962-1969. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.
After the festival you will visit the Watch Archery match : Bhutan national game, Kuenselphodrang where the Bhutan largest Buddha statue (167 feet tall) is perched on the hillock overlooking the entire Thimphu valley below and the view from there is magnificent. And National Memorial Chorten, chorten literally means ‘ seat of faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments the ‘Mind of Buddha’. Meet the elderly generation in circumlocution at the National Memorial Chorten.Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu
Oct 12 Day 03: Thimphu Tsechu 2nd Day,Thimphu sightseeing & Short Hike to Tango Monastery After breakfast visit the Centenary Farmers Market (open from Thu-Sun only): Most of the Thimphu population and many valley dwellers converge on the bustling weekend market, held by the side of Wangchu River. A wide range of foodstuffs and local arts and crafts are sold at the market, which runs from Friday afternoon till Sunday evening. A visit to the market provides great photo opportunities, as well as the chance to mingle with local people and perhaps buy souvenirs.
Go to Tendrel Thang to get a glimpse of the 2nd Day of Thimphu Festival and stay at the festival for about an hour or so. After lunch drive for about 30 minutes to the base camp of Tango Monastery and hike up to the Monastery. The walk up to the Monastery is through the forest filled with Rhododendron flower trees which will be in full bloom during April month. Tango Monastery is the center for higher studies for monks. The view from Tango Monastery is breathtakingly beautiful. You will experience complete peace and serenity in this area. After visiting the monastery, walk back to the road and then drive back to Thimphu . Dinner & overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.
Oct 13 Day 04: Last Day of Thimphu Tshechu After breakfast go to Tendrel Thang (festival ground) to witness the most spectacular last day of Thimphu Tsechu with religious dance performances mixed with folk dances and dance of Bhutanese warriors. People from all walks of life gather at the festival in their finest dresses and ornaments.After the festival visit the following:Traditional Bhutanese paper making factory , Changankha Lhakhang (temple): and Takin Preserve, which houses the national animal the Taken that is only found in Bhutan. Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 05: Thimphu-Punakha/Wangdue (2 hours) After breakfast, travel to Punakha & Wangdue through Dochula Pass 3140 m). In the clear spring sky, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain ranges. . Then pass by the beautiful 108 chortens built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (Queen Mother of Bhutan) for the security and well being of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan.You will also visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (monastery) which was built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck ( the Queen Mother of Bhutan) as a tribute to His Majesty the fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck and armed forces after His Majesty led a successful operation against Indian militants who had occupied certain areas of Bhutan. The gallery of the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang has beautiful murals depicting some of the important events in the reigns of the Kings of Bhutan.
Then travel onto Punakha. Punakha has been inextricably linked to some of the most momentous events in the Bhutanese history and deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful and significant regions at the heart of Bhutanese culture. Punakha had served as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 till 1907. The dzong is historically important and stands as the symbol for a unified Bhutan. On the way, stop for lunch at Metsina village and then visit the Devine Madman Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where one can receive a special fertility blessing.Then visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho – Chu (male river) and the Mochu (female river). The dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. At the dzong, you can see the highest standards in woodwork. In the evening you may visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendup Lhakhang Nunnery and enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful view of Punakha and Wangdue valleys from there. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Punakha.
Day 06: Punakha-Paro(2 hours) After breakfast, travel through upper Punakha valley and take a hike through farmhouses to the beautiful Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Lhakhang (temple) built by Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck (the Queen Mother of Bhutan) for peace and stability in this ever-changing world. Visit the temple and also enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful view from there.Then travel to Paro with lunch enroute. On arrival at Paro visit Rinpung Dzong, built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now being used as an administration center and school for monks.Then walk down to Rimpung Bridge (Traditonal Bridge), oldest bridge in Bhutan. Overnight at a hotel in Paro
Day 07: A Day Hike to Taktsang Ghoempa (Tiger’s Nest Monastery) in Paro After breakfast, hike to Taktsang Goempa (Tiger’s Nest Monastery). The hike up to the viewpoint will take about 1 1/2 hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff.You will stop here for refreshments and then hike further upto the monastery which should take another 1 1/2 hours. After visiting the monastery, walk back downhill to the road with lunch at the viewpoint cafeteria. Then drive back to your hotel after visiting Kichu Lhakhang on the way. Kichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. In the evening relax in the traditional hot stone bath after tiring day and overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Day 08: Departure from Paro After breakfast, your tour guide from Access Bhutan Tours will see you off at the Paro International Airport for your onward journey.
- Bhutan Government Royalty
- FIT surcharges
- Twin sharing hotel rooms at 3 star hotels
- All meals ( breakfast, lunch, dinner & light refreshments) with standard menu at 3 star hotels
- English speaking tour guide service
- All transfers and excursions by private vehicles
- All entrance fees to museums and monuments
- All internal taxes and fees
- Mineral drinking water
not include the following:
- Single room supplement
- Visa fee of US$40/person (must be paid in advance with tour cost)
- Airfares (optional)
- Travel insurance (recommended)
- 4 star and 5 star accommodations and meals (optional)
- Other personal expenses like overseas calls, laundry, etc