Thimphu Festival

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 7 days Max Sleeping Altitude: 2400m Tour Highlight: Festival, cultural sights and local Tour Start Point: Paro Tour End Point: Paro Tour Available for Booking: Until 31-Dec, 2017 Trip Cost Mar-May, Sept-Nov: US$ 1540 per person Trip Cost Dec-Feb, Jun-Aug: US$ 1240 per person Group Size: Any number, above cost is based on 3 pax and above travelling together

One of the biggest festivals in the country is the Thimphu Tshechu. This festival is held in the capital city for three days beginning on 10th day of the 8th month of lunar calendar. This Tshechu is witnessed by thousands of people many of which travel from neighboring Dzongkhags (districts) to attend the festivities. The actual Tshechu is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods.

Day 01: Arrival in Paro – Thimphu (1 Hrs)
Flight to Bhutan offers spectacular views of the world highest mountains including Mount Everest. On arrival in Paro international airport HBT representative will receive you and transfer to Thimphu, approximately an hour drive. Upon arrival we will check into the hotel, after lunch we will visit National Memorial Chorten, stupa built in the memory of late 3rd king. Further we will proceed to visit National Textile Museum, Zhorig Chusum, school where 13 different arts are practiced and learnt. We will also hop into nearby Folk Heritage Museum and perhaps time to stroll the main street for some interesting Himalayan artifacts or textiles. Overnight in Thimphu. Altitude 2400m.

Day 02: Thimphu Festival
After the breakfast, we will proceed to festival site and witness the most interesting annual Thimphu (Tsechu) for whole day. Festivals are preformed to honor Buddhist saint Guru Rimpoche who brought Buddhism in the country in 7th century. Tse meaning date and chu meaning tenth, is performed annually in all the districts coinciding with tenth day of the Bhutanese calendar. Interesting and colorful mask dances are shown publicly in a open ground specially in the courtyard of the fortress, “The Dzong”, where all people gather to witness the dances. Witnessing the Tsechu is believed to accumulate the good deeds and help us to ride of the sins committed in the past. This is also wonderful opportunity to click the Bhutanese in best outfit with most expensive garments and jewelries. Don’t miss to witness the unique festivals of Bhutan. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 03: Thimphu Festival
Morning we will visit the festival and in the afternoon drive north end of Paro valley and hike to Tango, beautiful Buddhist temple which was recently converted into Buddhist college. Evening back to the hotel and explore the city deeper. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 04: Thimphu to Punakha
We will checkout from the hotel and drive to Punakha over Dochula pass at 3050m. If the weather permits we can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a site that stretches almost 180 degrees. After our packaged lunch we will visit Punakha Dzong (fortress) which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. One can also visit Souvenir making center and evening hike to Khamsum Yulay Namgyal Chorten, which will take about 45 mins to reach on the top, evening back to the hotel. Overnight in Punakha. Altitude 1350m.

Day 05: Punakha to Paro
After our leisurely breakfast, we will hike to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of fertility which is associates with religious arts of phallus and after descending back down from Dochula, we will follow our way back up the dramatic Wang Chu and Paro Chu river valleys, before crossing through Paro town towards the north end of the valley. Here, set in a pine forest, you will find the Amankora lodge and its spa. We take an opportunity for a quick stroll to the nearby ruins Dzong. Evenings enjoy the facility of aman soaking yourself in to culture, spa or perhaps enjoy the Bhutanese movies that aman provides. Overnight in Paro, altitude 2200m.

Day 06: Paro sightseeing
Early morning after our delicious breakfast drive to north end of Paro valley and hike to Tiger Nest Temple. The hike to Tiger’s Nest will take most of our day. The temple is one of the most renowned temple in the Buddhist world one of the ten most visit site before we die. This is most revolted temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro Valley at 900m above the valley. En-route visit Kichu Lhakhang, one from the 2 oldest Buddhist temple in the country, historic Drukgyal Dzong (Fortress) and Evening at leisure. Overnight in Paro.

Day 07: End of the tour in Kingdom of Happiness

Inclusions:
– US$ 40 per person visa fees
– Visa arrangement for your stay in Bhutan
– Government royalty and all the taxes
– Accommodations in best 3 star hotels or above on twin sharing basis, options available
– All meals (break, lunch & dinner), options available
– Full time English speaking Heavenly Bhutan’s guide
– Private transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary
– Museums and parks fees indicated in the itinerary
– Bottled drinking water throughout the journey

Exclusions:
– Flight fares – available from Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Kathmandu, Kolkata and Dhaka
– Personal expenses, phone calls, laundry, shopping, etc
– Gratitude/Tippings
– Single room supplement
– Luxury hotels/resorts available on supplement cost
– Specialized guides available on supplement cost
– Travel and medical insurance
– Activities available on extra cost (mountain biking, river rafting, tiger nest horse ride, hot stone bath etc)
– For single person traveling alone we charge USD 40/night extra
– For two persons traveling together we charge USD 30/person/night extra
– Cancellation policy, please refer terms and conditions

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