- 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 (Famous Buddhist festival in Bhutan) are 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. The ‘Thangka, known in Bhutan as a ‘Thongdroel’ is a religious picture scroll, and is only exhibited for few hours at daybreak on the final day of the festival enabling the people to obtain its blessing. This holy scroll “confers liberation by the mere sight of it” (the meaning of the word ‘Thongdroel’ in Bhutanese).
- 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.
FLIGHT DETAILS FOR THIS BHUTAN TOUR
Two airline 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 atleast 24 hours between your international connecting flight. We can also change the date a little depending upon the flights availability.
DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO. DAY 02: PARO. DAY 03: PARO – THIMPHU. DAY 04: THIMPHU. DAY 05: THIMPHU – PHOBJIKHA VALLEY. DAY 06: PHOBJIKHA VALLEY – PUNAKHA. DAY 07: PUNAKHA. DAY 08: PUNAKHA – PARO. DAY 09: DEPART PARO.
DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO.
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain
flights in the world, with a constantly
changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth.
Our Bhutan Travel Bureau representative will meet you at Paro airport exit
doors following customs formalities
After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro,
including a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum housing many religious relics, works
of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical,
cultural, and religious past. Next, drive to, 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one
of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Kyichu is
built in a manner similar to the Jokhang in Lhasa. Inside there is a great
golden image of Buddha Shakyamuni.
Before dinner at the hotel there will be an orientation on
Bhutanese etiquette by your guide. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.
DAY 02: PARO TO TAKTSANG HIKE.
After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The walk of
approximately 1.5 to 2 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometer above the Paro
valley floor (for those who cannot hike we will arrange a horse for transfer up
to cafeteria). The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 meters
above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The Monastery is also an
important pilgrim site for the Buddhists. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to
have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the
Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. Nearby there is a teahouse where
you can stop for refreshments before returning to Paro for lunch.
In the afternoon, attend the Paro festival. You
will see locals dressed in their finest clothes who have walked from miles
around to attend the festivities. They come to watch masked dances, to pray,
and to feast. While the underlying purpose of the festival is spiritual, dances
are more often like plays, telling stories where good triumphs over evil, or
depicting significant historical events, especially surrounding the life of
Bhutan’s patron saint, Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche). There is
inevitably a great deal of socializing as well. Overnight at your hotel in
DAY 03: PARO – THIMPHU.
Wake up very early at 2.30am and drive to Paro Dzong to
witness the Thongdroel ceremony where a large religious painting of Guru
Rinpoche made of cloth is unfurled on the side of the Dzong. This event
signifies the final day of the annual festival. After some time spent resting
back at the hotel, Drive to the capital, Thimphu (1.5 hours) following the Pa chhu
River. You can stop on the way to take in the magnificent Tamchhog Lhakhang,
the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s iron bridge builder. Overnight at
your hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 04:THIMPHU TOUR
Begin your day with a short drive to Kuensel Phodrang, a
popular vantage point, with the biggest Buddha statues in the world. This site
offers a panoramic view of the capital below and also has several walking
trails, which ranges from leisurely to moderate. Then visit the National
Memorial Chorten, built in the memory of the Third King and for world peace.
Continue on to the picturesque 12th century Changangkha Temple and Nunnery at
Afterwards 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. Visit the Folk Heritage
Museum featuring an exhibition of items and artifacts of Bhutanese villages and
rural households. 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.
DAY 05:THIMPHU – PHOBJIKHA.
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. On
clear weather we can enjoy the view of almost all snow-covered mountains
including highest mountain Gangkar Puensum (7740m). We will take a short walk
to stretch legs to Chimi lhakhang temple. After lunch at Chimi lhakhang café,
continue our drive crossing over Puntsangchhu River at Wangdi Phodrang via old
town. In Phobjikha we will visit Gangtey monastery before we check into our
hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Gangtey/Phobjikha.
DAY 06:PHOBJIKHA – PUNAKHA. (Shasila
hike from Phobjikha to Kheleykha)
The three to four hour Shasi La hike shortens your driving
time towards 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 Rhododendron forest. It continues across open meadow and bush 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 Shasi La Trail from the lodge up to
the Shasi La Chorten and turn around and walk the same way back to Phobjikha
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 hotel in Punakha/Wangdue Phodrang.
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” 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
Overnight at hotel in Punakha/ Wangduephodrang.
DAY 08:PUNAKHA – PARO.
After leaving Punakha, en-route to Paro you enjoy a walk
through a forest with temperate vegetation. Arriving at the royal botanical
garden, which is 8,800 feet above sea level, you will enjoy Rhododendron
festival performed by local people in and around Hongtso and Thinleygang
village. A short walk around the small lake, where you may spot a red panda,
one of the rare animals in the Himalayas.
After enjoying a visit through the gardens we continue our
drive to Paro. After settling into comfortable accommodations, there is time to
relax before a dinner of local specialties in the hotel restaurant.
Overnight at hotel in Paro
DAY 09: DEPART PARO.
Breakfast in the hotel, then drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination.
Tashi Delek! Best wishes!
TOUR COST FOR THIS TOUR
Tour cost for Single person is US 2460.00
Tour cost per person for 2 pax would be USD 2240.00
3 pax and above is USD 2040.00 per person
The Tour Cost Includes:
- All Meals [7 Breakfast7Lunch and 8 Dinner]
- Accommodation in 3 and 4 Star Hotel combined in twin sharing.
- All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
- Royalty & Govt.Taxes
- Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments only
- Visa Fee of USD 40 per person one time fees.
- Airport tax
- Proffessional English speaking Guide and if needed language guide will be extra cost.
- All Sightseeing in the country.
- Hotstone bath and visit to farm house.
- Complimentary Massage at 4 Star Hotel in Punakha at RKPO green Resort.
The Tour Cost Does Not Include:
Flight fare OR DOMESTIC TICKETS
Payments for service provided on a personal basis
* Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”
* Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
* Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water,
incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services
TERMS AND CONDITION
Tour Cancellation Policy:
90% refund for the tour cancelled 45 days prior to arrival date, payment transfer charges will be charged
75% refund for the tour cancelled between 30 to 45 days prior to arrival date
No refund for the tour cancelled less than 30 days of arrival date and for the change of itinerary
Booking made for 4* and 5* hotels have to follow individual hotel’s cancellation policies.
Flight Cancellation Policy: (Documentation charge USD 25/ticket)
70% refund for cancellation made before 30 days prior to arrival date (Documentation charge USD 25 applicable)
30% refund for cancellation made between 15 to 30 days of travel date
NO refund for cancellation made less than 15 days of travel date
Documentation charge applicable for the change of dates, sectors etc (issued tickets only, USD30/ticket)
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