Bhutan Tshechu Festival Tour

  • Bhutan Tshechu Festival Tour

Code TH-BT-080 •   7 Days •  

  • Trip Duration: 6 Nights / 7 Days
  • Group size: 1-10+ Person
  • Ends in: Paro
  • Departure City: Paro
  • Max Altitude: 3000m Aprox.
  • Activities: Festival Observation / Sightseeing Tour

Overview

Trip Information

The Tse+chu is a festival in honor of Padmasambava - "one who was born from a Lotus flower", popularly known as "Guru Rinpoche", the precious Teacher. This saint contributed enormously to the diffusion of Tantirc Buddhism in the Himalayan regions of Tibet , Nepal , Bhutan etc. around 800 A.D. The Tsechu is a religious festival and by attending it, it is believed one gains merits. It is also a yearly social gathering where the people gather to rejoice, dressed in finery. The Thimphu Tsechu was established by the 4th Temporal Ruler, Tenzing Rabgye (1638-1696) in 1670 on the 8th month of Bhutanese calendar to commemorate the birth of Guru Rinpoche. In order that Bhutan can rejoice in continued happiness, many learned lamas established the tradition of these dances. The deities of the Tantric teaching are invoked during these dances. Through their power and benediction, all misfortunes are annihilated, and peace and happiness reign.

Festival Tours in Bhutan offer Tourists a complete insight into the nation's vibrant religion & Culture. The most popular events in Bhutan is Tshechu festival which specially falls in Paro, Punakha, Wangdue and Bumthang. Tsechus are weeklong festivals where the teachings of Padmasambhava are imparted to the deity through mask dances. The other attraction of Festival tours is to meet the rural Bhutanese in their quaint hamlets and see first hand their way of life. Here one gets the opportunity to intermingle with the average Bhutanese and to enjoy their hospitality.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Paro, Bhutan (Elevation: 2200m), transfer to Thimphu

Upon arrival at Paro International airport, you will be greeted your guide upon exiting the arrival gate to start your wonderful trip of Punakha Tshechu Festival Bhutan Tour – 6 Nights 7 Days. Today, we will take it easy to acclimatize to the altitude. Drive to Thimphu, check in to the hotel and lest have your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine and some light- seeing as the weekend market in Thimphu.

Heritage Museum – Dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past though exhibition of artifacts used in rural households.

Textile Museum – witnesses the art tradition weaving.

Simtokha Dzong – Five miles from Thimphu on a lofty stand Semtokha Dzong the oldest fortress in the Kingdom.

Accommodation: 3* Hotel

Meal: Lunch & Dinner

Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing Tour (Elevation: 2330)

National Memorial Chorten – which was built in honor of the late king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk

Papermaking Factory – Witness the art of papermaking

Day trek to Tango Goemba and picnic/lunch by the river in the afternoon. The Tango Goemba site has had religious significance since the 12th century when it was the home of the lama who brought the Drukpa Kagyupa school of Buddhism to Bhutan. The monastery was built there in the 15th century by Drukpa Kunley (“The Divine Madman”). Tango is the highest center of Buddhist learning in the country; almost every Je Khenpo (religious head of Bhutan) completed the 9- year program there. After completing that program, monks traditionally spend a 3-year program there. After completing that program monks traditionally spend 3 years, 3 months and 3 days in mediation at the nearby Cheri Goemba retreat, built-in 1619 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the founder or first unifier of Bhutan. It is currently the home of an 11-year-old boy believed to be the seventh reincarnation of the fourth desi or ruler of Bhutan.

Centenary Farmers’ Market – Every Saturday and Sunday most of the Thimphu population congregate on the banks of the river where the weekend market is held. Here villagers from the valley and other nearby places come to sell their agriculture products.

Accommodation: 3* Hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 03-04: Punakha Tshechu (Elevation: 1300)

Two Full Days for Festival activity in Punakha

Punakha Dzong – Built-in 1637, the dzong continues to be the winter home for the clergy, headed by Chief Abbott, the Je Khenpo It is a stunning example of Bhutanese architecture, sitting at the fork of two rivers, portraying the image of a medieval city from a distance. The dzong was destroyed by fire and glacial floods over the years but has been carefully restored and is, today, a fine example of Bhutanese craftsmanship.

The Punakha Tshechu as all Tshechu festivals honors Padma Sambhawa, also known as Guru Rimpoche, the precious yogi and saint who is credited with having introduced Tantric Buddhism throughout the Himalayas. The culmination of festival constitutes the unfolding of a huge cloth thangka a sacred scroll, depicting Padma Smabhawa and imagery from Buddhist pantheon.

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten –Built by the third Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck this Chorten is a splendid example of the Bhutanese architecture and art and is the only one of its kind in the world.

Accommodation: 3* Hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 05: Drive Punakha to Paro (Elevation: 2200m)

Chhimi Lhakhang – A 20 minutes walk across the terraced field through the village of Sopsokha from the roadside to the small temple located on a hillock in the center of the valley below Metshina. Ngawang Chogyel Built a small Chorten there. It is a pilgrim site for barren women. Paro Valley –The beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan’s old monasteries and temples. The country’s only Airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to mount Chomolhari (7,300m) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley. The following are some of the prominent places to visit in Paro. Paro Dzong also is known as Rinpung Dzong this 15th-century massive fortress/monastery is also the administrative center of the dzongkhag. A morning drive north of Paro valley brings us to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. Built-in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father, and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by an accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate explore the ramparts and relive the memories of a glorious past.

Accommodation: 3* Hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06: Paro (Elevation: 2200m)

Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s nest temple): A one hour hike to the cafeteria is also a vantage view whereby you can enjoy the stunning view of the monastery. Prayer flags adorn the cliffs and this is also where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century.

Drukgyal Dzong: a morning drive, north of Paro valley brings us the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. Built-in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by an accidental fire and left ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate explore the ramparts and relive the memories of a glorious past.

Kyichu Lhakhang: After a sumptuous local lunch, we will retrace our steps to visit Kyichu Lhakhang one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.

Accommodation: 3* Hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Depart Paro (Elevation: 2200m)

After breakfast, we will transfer to Paro airport to connect your flight to the onward destination.  Your wonderful trip to Punakha Tshechu Festival Bhutan Tour – 6 Nights 7 Days will be over here.

Accommodation: N/A

Meal: Breakfast

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Trip Inclusion

What is included?

  • Bhutan Visa & Necessary Permit
  • Twin Sharing Accomodation at 3* Hotel
  • Full board food (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  • Transportation by 7 Seater Luxury Jeep / Van
  • All monastery & monument entrance fees
  • English speaking Local Bhutanese guide
  • Royalty & Taxes
  • Agency Service Charge

What is not included?

  • Any flight fare
  • Personal Expenses (Loundy, Telephone etc)
  • Bar bill
  • Insurance & Personal Expenses
  • Tipping & Donation
  • Others which is not mentioned on the above included items
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