Experience the Fun of Group Travel! If you’re traveling with a group, enjoy fantastic discounts when you join together. Prices automatically adjust for group members.
- Private Tour
Talo Tshechu Festival 2024
- Witness Spectacular Talo Festival: Experience the grandeur and cultural richness of the Talo Tshechu Festival, a vibrant celebration of Bhutanese traditions.
- Meet Local People: Engage with the warm and welcoming local community, gaining insights into their way of life and traditions.
- Explore Ancient Temples, Monasteries, and Dzongs: Discover Bhutan’s deep spiritual heritage through visits to historic and sacred sites.
- Enjoy Pristine Villages and Farmhouses: Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of Bhutan’s villages and farm life, offering a glimpse into the country’s pastoral charm.
One of the festival’s popular attractions is the enchanting Zhungdra, a traditional Bhutanese art form that is performed by the local dance troupe. This performance is not just a form of entertainment; it has profound religious and historical significance. Zhungdra is often described as the Bhutanese version of classical songs and music. The festival program features the three songs of Muni Sum (Zhungdra), each performed as the grand closing act on one of the festival’s days.
The festival’s program showcases a carefully curated selection of these enchanting performances. Samyi Sala, performed on the first day, leads the audience into the world of Bhutanese traditions. On the second day, Drukpa Dungey captivates the crowd, while the festival culminates with Thowachi Gangi Tselay on the third day, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of all who attend.
The Talo Tshechu Festival is more than just a religious or cultural event; it’s a classic example of a community-based annual mask dance festival. It’s a testament to the deep-rooted traditions and shared history of the Talo community. Visitors have the unique opportunity to witness the authentic spirit of Bhutan and engage with its cultural tapestry.
As you venture into the Talo Monastery during the festival, you’ll be transported into a realm of vibrant colors, intricate masks, and mesmerizing dances. It’s a window into Bhutan’s cultural soul, where ancient traditions come to life amidst the backdrop of the Punakha District’s natural beauty. The Talo Tshechu Festival in 2024 promises to be a journey of discovery, where history, culture, and spirituality converge to create an unforgettable experience.
Day 1. Arrive Paro – Thimphu sightseeing | 54 km | Drive: 1 hour drive | 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 – Talo Festival 2024 | 15 Km | Drive: 30 minutes.
Day 5. Punakha – Paro sightseeing | 124 km | Drive: 4 hours | Altitude: 2200 m.
Day 6. Paro – Hike to the Tiger’s nest monastery | 7 km | Hike: 4 hours.
Day 7. Paro – Departure.
Arrival in Paro - Thimphu Sightseeing (54 km, 1 Hour)
Upon your arrival at Paro Airport, you will receive a warm welcome. Your journey begins with a scenic drive to the capital city, Thimphu. En route, you’ll make a brief stop to visit Tamchog Monastery, a historic gem built in the 15th century by the revered Thang Tong Gyalpo. Known for his remarkable contributions, Thang Tong Gyalpo constructed an astounding 108 bridges spanning Tibet and Bhutan, with eight of these architectural marvels residing in Bhutan.
In the afternoon, your exploration continues with visits to some of Thimphu’s iconic landmarks. You’ll commence with the National Memorial Chorten, a poignant structure constructed in 1974 in honor of the Third King, the Late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Following this, you’ll delve into the vibrant world of Bhutanese handicrafts and artworks at the Craft Bazaar. The day culminates with a visit to the splendid Tashichho Dzong, the seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body. Dinner and a comfortable overnight stay await you at your hotel.
Your second day in Thimphu is replete with captivating cultural experiences. In the morning, you’ll pay homage to the world’s tallest statue of a sitting Buddha, a monumental figure that stands 51.5 meters tall, at Kuensel Phodrang. Your journey continues to the age-old Changangkha Lhakhang, the city’s oldest temple dating back to the 12th century, founded by Phajo Drugom Shigpo.
The unique Takin Preserve Center is your next stop, where you’ll encounter the curious-looking national animal of Bhutan, the Takin, often humorously described as a blend of a goat and a cow. As you journey onward, the Sangay Gang viewpoint unveils a picturesque panorama of Thimphu valley. You’ll also explore Dupthop Lhakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.
Lunchtime brings a delightful opportunity to savor typical Bhutanese dishes at Simply Bhutan, where you can also witness traditional folk dances and more. In the afternoon, your cultural exploration continues with visits to the National Postal Museum, where you can even create personalized Bhutanese stamps with your photos. The School of 13 Arts and Crafts, also known as the Painting School, is a testament to Bhutan’s commitment to preserving its artistic heritage.
The evening is yours to explore the town, whether for shopping or photography, before returning to your hotel for dinner and a restful night’s sleep.
Thimphu to Punakha Sightseeing (76 km, 2 Hours)
As the sun rises, you will embark on a picturesque journey to Punakha, a place steeped in history and known as the ancient capital of Bhutan during the reign of the second King. Along the way, you’ll ascend to the magnificent Dochu La pass, situated at an elevation of 3140 meters. This pass is adorned with 108 stupas and offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountain ranges to the north. It is here that the annual Druk Wangyel Festival takes place on the 13th of December.
Your journey continues with a visit to Chimi Lhakhang, a temple with a fascinating history, built in 1499 by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, affectionately known as “The Divine Madman.” This temple, often referred to as “the Temple of Fertility,” holds a unique place in Bhutanese culture, as it is believed to provide blessings to childless couples who come to pray.
In the afternoon, you’ll visit the historic Punakha Dzong, a remarkable fortress constructed in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It was at this very Dzong that the Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, convened the first national assembly in 1952. Your day concludes with a hike to the enchanting Khamsum Yulley Monastery, a spiritual gem built by Her Majesty the Queen Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck. Dinner and a restful overnight stay are in store at your hotel.
After a hearty breakfast, you’ll embark on an enchanting journey to Talo Monastery to witness the Talo Tshechu Festival of 2024. This vibrant celebration of Bhutanese culture and spirituality promises to be a memorable experience.
In the evening, you’ll journey to Wangdue Phodrang to catch a glimpse of its historic Dzong. Although this Dzong faced destruction by fire in 2012, restoration work has since been successfully completed. Dinner and an overnight stay await you at your hotel.
Punakha to Paro (128 km, 3 Hours)
Your morning begins with a scenic drive to Paro, a town known for its historical and cultural significance. After lunch, your explorations continue with visits to the Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower built in 1649 that now houses the National Museum of Bhutan. Your journey then leads to the awe-inspiring Rinpung Dzong, constructed in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. In the evening, you are free to explore the town, whether for shopping or leisurely strolls. Your night will be spent at your hotel.
Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery
Today’s adventure begins with a drive to Satsam Chorten, where a two-hour hike awaits you to reach the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery, also known as Paro Taktsang. This sacred site, originally built around Guru Rinpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, holds a legendary story. It is said that Guru Padma Sambhava, the Tantric Mystic, arrived here on the back of a flying tigress. The hiking trail is not only an adventurous pilgrimage but also a part of the beautiful Bumdra trek in the Paro valley.
In the afternoon, your explorations continue with visits to Drugyal Dzong, a historical fortress constructed in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. In the past, it served as a defense post against Tibetan forces. You’ll also visit Kichu Lhakhang, an ancient temple built in 659 A.D. by the Tibetan King Srongtsen Gampo. Legend has it that the king built 108 temples in a single day to pin an Ogress to the earth forever. Dinner and an overnight stay at your hotel conclude your day.
After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to Bhutan. You’ll be driven to the airport, marking the end of your unforgettable journey and the Talo Tshechu Festival 2024 tour.
- 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.
- Sustainable Development Fee (SDF).
- Bhutan Visa Fee (US $ 40).
- English speaking Local guide.
- Bottled water.
- Drukair / Bhutan Airlines fares.
- Entrance fees for museums and monuments.
- 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.
Making a difference
Leading the way in responsible tourism. We protect the environment, support local communities, and ensure a sustainable Himalayan future.
Travel Max Guide prioritizes environmental protection through eco-conscious practices to ensure the preservation of the Himalayas for future generations, drawing inspiration from the environmental commitment demonstrated by Western travelers during your trips.
We offer convenient payment options, allowing you to settle your dues either online or by transferring funds to our designated bank account. In our endeavor to maintain a sustainable and eco-friendly approach, we kindly request that you share your feedback and reviews of our services through digital platforms. You can easily access our website for this purpose.
At Travel Max Guide, we are committed to embracing eco-conscious practices and minimizing our ecological footprint, particularly within the Himalayan region. We wholeheartedly endorse the philosophy of preserving the environment for the benefit of future generations. Our aspiration is to ensure that the Himalayas remain an awe-inspiring destination for our descendants, devoid of environmental degradation. Nepal, renowned as a cherished haven for trekkers worldwide, holds a special place in our hearts, and we recognize our responsibility to protect this natural wonder.
We acknowledge that Western travelers have set a commendable precedent when it comes to environmental preservation. Their conscientious efforts, whether in urban settings or during their Himalayan treks, have pioneered the global movement for environmental conservation. They firmly advocate that safeguarding our environment is essential to prevent potential catastrophes. In alignment with these principles, Travel Max Guide is dedicated to following in your footsteps, collectively adhering to environmental guidelines within the Himalayan region.
During your trekking journey, you will traverse through diverse landscapes, including lush forests, picturesque villages, and pristine national parks. The breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas will continually captivate your senses. It is imperative that we unite in our commitment to preserve this natural splendor. One effective measure is to minimize the use of disposable items, thereby contributing to the sustainability and protection of this unparalleled ecosystem.
Travel Max Guide combines trekking and community support in the Himalayas. Join our mission, including orphan sponsorships and homestay/volunteer treks, and consider our CHILD SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM for underprivileged children.
Trekking is not just a profession for us; it’s our passion. Our primary objective is to facilitate your trekking adventures in the region. When you embark on a trek in this area, you play a vital role in supporting local communities by patronizing their hotels, accommodations, and purchasing locally made products. Travel Max Guide extends its assistance to these communities in various ways across Nepal. For instance, we sponsor orphans by providing them with shelter, sustenance, clothing, and educational materials. Additionally, we organize homestay treks and volunteer treks in the Annapurna region.
We kindly request that you embrace and respect the rich culture and values of the Himalayan people during your journey. You are not just a traveler; you are an integral part of the community, contributing positively to their well-being simply by choosing us as your trekking service provider.
Furthermore, we invite you to consider participating in our CHILD SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM, which provides an opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of underprivileged children. Your involvement in this program can be a meaningful way to give back to the communities you encounter during your trekking experiences.
Tailored to your preferences,
Customized to your schedule,
Designed for your comfort.
Dedicated to crafting an amazing adventure, our experienced team is here to assist you at every stage.
Got a question about this tour?
For any trip-related help or inquiries, contact our travel experts.
still wondering? here’re a few similar trips worth considering
Travel Stories & News
Your Peace of Mind
Notice Regarding Plan Adjustments
In recognition of the prevailing uncertainties, we are committed to ensuring your confidence in the event of itinerary modifications.
Travel Max Guide provides the option to amend travel dates in accordance with their credit for future tours policy.
Credit for Future Tours
In the event of uncertainty regarding your future travel plans, you have the option to convert your existing payments into credit. This prudent choice safeguards your funds from potential cancellation fees. Your financial assets remain secure, allowing you the flexibility to reschedule your tour at your convenience. Detailed information concerning the policy on credit for future tours can be found in our comprehensive policy documentation.
Should circumstances necessitate a cancellation, it is important to be informed about potential associated fees. The following overview outlines the cancellation fees applicable to this tour, contingent upon the proximity to the scheduled departure date.
Up to 40 days before departure: 80% refund of the cost or deposit.
Up to 30 days before departure: 60% refund of the cost or deposit.
Up to 15 days before departure: 30% refund of the cost or deposit.
After 14 days, the deposit becomes non-refundable.
Read the full cancellation policy/terms and conditions
Questions & Confusions?
Feel free to give us a call on +977 9843688010
or Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org