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7 Days

Paro Tshechu Festival in Bhutan 2024

USD $ 2,380
per person

Activities in this trip includes

Trip Code

TMG-PF001

Trip Grade

Easy

Our "Easy" trips are perfect for beginners and those looking for a relaxed and culturally enriching experience. These journeys typically involve shorter hikes on well-marked trails or city tours with minimal physical exertion. They are designed to focus on cultural immersion and are accessible to most travelers.

Max. Elevation

2334mm

Group Size

1-12 person

Accommodation
& Meal Info

Comfort

Comfort (3-star): Mid-range accommodations with extra comforts. Ideal for trekkers at lodges/teahouses. Includes daily breakfast in Kathmandu. (AP= Accommodation with all three meals at trekking destination).

Highlights

  • Spectacular Paro Festival: Immerse yourself in the vibrant and enchanting Paro Tshechu Festival, one of the most magnificent cultural celebrations in Bhutan. Experience the colorful mask dances, traditional music, and the joyous spirit of this grand event.
  • Ancient Monasteries, Temples & Dzongs: Explore Bhutan’s rich spiritual heritage by visiting ancient monasteries, sacred temples, and historic dzongs (fortresses). Discover the deep-rooted traditions and architectural wonders that have shaped the country’s identity.
  • Meet the Local People: Interact with the warm and welcoming locals of Bhutan, gaining insights into their way of life, customs, and traditions. Engage in meaningful cultural exchanges as you become a part of their world for a while.
  • Visit Pristine Hamlets and Farmhouses: Venture into the serene countryside and visit pristine hamlets and traditional farmhouses. Experience rural Bhutan, where time seems to stand still, and gain a deeper appreciation of the simple yet fulfilling way of life.
  • Witness Archery Matches: Bhutan’s national sport, archery, is a fascinating spectacle. Witness skilled archers in action and soak in the excitement and camaraderie of this traditional Bhutanese pastime.

Trip overview

In the mesmerizing realm of Bhutan, a land renowned for its rich cultural tapestry and pristine natural beauty, the Paro Tshechu Festival of 2024 beckons. Scheduled to unfold from the 21st to the 25th of March, this five-day extravaganza will take place in the historic courtyard of Rinpung Dzong, nestled in the Paro district. As spring blankets the landscape, the festival comes alive with a vibrant celebration of Bhutanese traditions, offering an enchanting glimpse into the heart of this Himalayan kingdom. The Paro Tshechu Festival is not only one of the most spectacular events in Bhutan but also a significant global tourist attraction, drawing visitors from all corners of the world.

The festival commences with an awe-inspiring display of mask dances, a hallmark of Bhutanese cultural heritage. On the first day, these captivating performances unfold within the sacred confines of Rinpung Dzong’s courtyard, setting the stage for an enchanting journey. In the following days, the festival spills over into the courtyard outside the dzong, where the air is filled with the melodious sounds of traditional music, the vibrant colors of elaborate costumes, and the collective spirit of festivity. The Paro Tshechu is a testament to Bhutan’s deep-rooted reverence for tradition and spirituality, a time for both locals and visitors to come together, offer prayers, and revel in the joy of cultural togetherness.

Amidst the lively celebrations, the festival’s crowning jewel is the exhibition of the world’s greatest Thanka, a stunning masterpiece of Bhutanese art and culture. It’s a testament to the craftsmanship and devotion that is at the heart of this festival, offering a profound appreciation of Bhutan’s cultural treasures. As the Paro Tshechu Festival draws to a close, the final day’s ceremonies are a grand finale, a culmination of performances that reflect the country’s rich heritage. This remarkable event is a vivid reminder of the enduring importance of tradition and culture in the lives of the Bhutanese people, and a truly unforgettable experience for all who have the privilege to witness it.

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Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Paro – Thimphu sightseeing | 54 km | Drive: 1 hour | Altitude: 2334 m.
Day 2. Thimphu Sightseeing | Altitude: 2334 m.
Day 3. Thimphu – Punakha sightseeing | 76 Km | Drive: 3 hours | Altitude: 1242 m.
Day 4. Punakha – Paro Sightseeing | 130 km | Drive: 3 hour | Altitude: 2200 m.
Day 5. Paro sightseeing – Bhutan Paro festival tour | Altitude: 2200 m.
Day 6. Paro sightseeing – Hike to the Tiger’s Nest | 7 Km | Hike: 4 hours.
Day 7. Paro – Departure (End of Paro festival 2024 tour):

01

DAY

Arrival in Paro and Thimphu Exploration

Upon your arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be warmly greeted and immediately commence your journey to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Along the way, a brief stop is made to visit the historic Tamchog Monastery. Constructed in the year 1420 by the renowned Tibetan Lama Thang Tong Gyalpo, often referred to as “The Iron Bridge builder,” this sacred site holds great significance. Thang Tong Gyalpo is credited with the construction of 108 bridges across Tibet and Bhutan, eight of which are located in Bhutan.

In the afternoon, your exploration of Thimphu begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, a spiritual monument erected in 1974 in memory of the third King, the late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The journey continues as you venture to Kuensel Phodrang, home to the tallest sitting Buddha statue in the world, a magnificent 51.5 meters in height. To complete the day, you will immerse yourself in Bhutanese arts and crafts at the Craft Bazaar.

As the day winds down, you will visit the awe-inspiring Tashichho Dzong, which serves as the seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body. This historic fortress, standing proudly on the banks of the Thimphu River, showcases the country’s rich cultural heritage.

02

DAY

Thimphu Cultural Exploration

The second day of your Bhutan adventure begins with a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang, an ancient temple constructed in the 12th century by the revered Lama Phajo Drugom Zhigpo. As you explore the temple, you will gain insight into the deep spiritual history that shapes Thimphu Valley.

Your journey continues as you head to the Takin Preserve Center, dedicated to Bhutan’s national animal, the takin, which is believed to be a unique blend of goat and cow. You will then visit the Sangay Gang viewpoint to take in the panoramic vistas of Thimphu Valley. This viewpoint, situated in the heart of nature, offers captivating scenic beauty.

The day’s adventures take you to Dupthop Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s few surviving nunneries. Here, you can witness the spiritual practices of the Bhutanese nuns. Lunch is served at Simply Bhutan, a place where you can savor authentic Bhutanese dishes and Ara, a local alcoholic beverage, all while enjoying traditional folk dances and more cultural experiences.

In the afternoon, your exploration continues at the National Postal Museum, where you can even create your personalized Bhutanese stamps. Following this, you will visit the School of 13 Arts and Crafts, focusing on traditional Bhutanese painting.

You will have the evening free to leisurely stroll through the town, engage in shopping, and capture picturesque moments.

03

DAY

Journey to Punakha and the Wonders of Dochula Pass

The day commences with a scenic drive to Punakha, the historical capital of Bhutan until the reign of the Second King. En route, you will have the opportunity to explore the mesmerizing Dochula Pass, situated at an elevation of 3,140 meters. Adorned with 108 chortens and commanding breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountain ranges, Dochula Pass is a tranquil and spiritual experience. To add to the allure, this is the location where the annual Druk Wangyel Festival is held on December 13th.

As you continue your journey, you will reach Chimi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, affectionately known as “The Divine Madman.” The temple is also affectionately called “the Temple of Fertility,” and it holds immense cultural significance. Lama Drukpa Kuenley, famous for using humor and songs to teach salvation through sex, attracted childless couples from across the country seeking blessings at this temple, making it a remarkable highlight of your Bhutanese adventure.

In the afternoon, you will visit the enchanting Punakha Dzong, a historic fortress constructed in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. This dzong has served various purposes throughout history and even hosted the first national assembly in 1952 under the rule of the third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

Completing your day, you will embark on an invigorating hike to the Imperial Khamsum Yulley Monastery, built by Her Majesty the Queen Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck, a marvelous testimony to Bhutan’s cultural and architectural heritage.

04

DAY

Explore Gangtey Valley and Wangdue Phodrang

Prepare to journey to the picturesque Gangtey Valley and Phobjikha, located in the beautiful district of Wangdue Phodrang. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to view the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, a historic fortress built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. This dzong, although damaged by fire in 2012, has undergone extensive restoration work, and you can witness its revival.

In the afternoon, you will proceed to Paro to partake in the renowned Bhutan Paro Tshechu Festival and visit the esteemed Rinpung Dzong. Following this enriching experience, you will explore the Ta Dzong, transformed into the National Museum of Bhutan, which houses invaluable artifacts and pieces that represent the nation’s history and heritage.

As your day unfolds, you will gain insights into the daily life of Bhutanese people as you visit a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse. This cultural encounter provides a unique opportunity to understand and appreciate the Bhutanese way of life.

05

DAY

Immersive Experience at the Bhutan Paro Tshechu Festival

The day is dedicated to your full participation in the Bhutan Paro Tshechu Festival. This is a momentous occasion where you can witness remarkable mask dances and immerse yourself in Bhutan’s vibrant cultural tapestry. As you explore the festivities and performances, you will capture the essence of Bhutan’s deep-rooted traditions and spiritual celebrations.

In the evening, you are free to roam the town, where you can engage in shopping and capture memories through your lens.

06

DAY

Hike to the Iconic Tiger's Nest Monastery

Your day begins with a hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery, also known as Paro Taktsang. This legendary temple, constructed in 1684 by Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, is perched dramatically on the cliffs of Paro Valley. The myth surrounding it claims that Guru Padma Sambhava, the Tantric Mystic, arrived here on the back of a flying tigress. The hiking trail itself is an integral part of the beautiful Bumdra trek in Paro Valley, offering breathtaking natural beauty and spiritual serenity.

In the afternoon, you will visit Drugyal Dzong, a fortress built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as a defense post against Tibetan forces during ancient times. As the day unfolds, you will explore Kichu Lhakhang, an ancient temple constructed in 659 A.D. by the Tibetan King Srongtsen Gampo. This temple is one of the 108 temples built in a single day to pin the Ogress to the earth.

As evening descends upon the town, you are free to explore, shop, and capture the essence of Paro through photography.

07

DAY

Throngdroel Ceremony and Departure

Your day begins early at 3 am with a visit to Paro Dzong, where you can witness the Throngdroel Ceremony, the focal point of the Bhutan Paro Tshechu Festival. This captivating event offers profound spiritual significance and serves as the zenith of your festival experience.

Following this extraordinary ceremony, your journey continues as you drive to Paro International Airport for your departure, where you bid farewell to the enchanting Kingdom of Bhutan.

Trip Includes

Includes

  • All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner and evening tea].
  • Accommodation [twin / double sharing basis], Single room supplement is extra.
  • All transportation within the country including airport transfers (SUV/Bus).
  • Sustainable Development Fee (SDF).
  • Bhutan Visa Fee (US $ 40).
  • English speaking Local guide.
  • Sightseeing.
  • Bottled water throughout the tour.

Excludes

  • Entrance fees for museums and monuments.
  • Drukair / Bhutan Airlines fares.
  • Travel Insurance Premiums.
  • 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 expenses such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera charges, Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services.

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