8 Days Punakha Bhutan Festival Tour

8 Days Punakha Bhutan Festival Tour

Sketch Itinerary

The 8 Days Punakha Bhutan festival tour (Tshechu) is one of the most popular festivals of the country. It is held right after the popular Punakha Drubchen which  is also a major festival. Tshechu literally  means the tenth day of a particular Bhutanese lunar month but that depends on each and every district of Bhutan.

On the last day of the festival (Tshechu), a big Thangkha, called the Thongdrel, which is actually  a massive cloth painting is unfurled early in the morning for public which is revered by locals for ultimate blessing to pass away sins and is rolled back before sunrise to be displayed again the next year at the same exact date. This Thongdrol (a large tapestry) is of Guru Padmasambhawa and his two principal cohorts and his eight manifestations. It is believed that a mere sight of the Thongdrol liberates an onlooker and cleanses him of his sins.

Consistently, the Bhutanese hold the Punakha Tshechu Festival to pay tribute to the GuruPadmasambhawa, the valuable yogi and holy person who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan in the 7th century.

Get a direct ordeal of Bhutan’s living history, conceal artists, and old customs on this occassion..

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Date : 25th -27th Feb, 2018.

Venue: Punakha Dzong, Punakha.

Sketch Itinerary:

Day 01. Arrive Paro (Altitude 2280 m).

Day 02. Thimphu Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m).

Day 03. Thimphu – Punakha: (Altitude 1310 m) (76 Km, 3 hrs drive).

Day 04. Punakha.

Day 05. Punakha – Paro sightseeing: (Altitude 2280 m, Distance 58 km, Drive Time 1 hour).

Day 06. Paro (Altitude 2280 m).

Day 07. Paro Sightseeing: (Altitude 2280 m).

Day 08. Departure: (Altitude 2280 m).

Detail Itinerary

Detail Itinerary for Punakha Tsechu Tour

Day 01. Arrive Paro  – Thimphu (Altitude: 2320 m) (Distance: 54 km, 1 hr):

Your Guide from Yak Holidays will receive you at the Airport and drive to Thimphu.

  • Visit Tamchog Monastery on the way.

After lunch,

  • Changangkha Monastery
  • Takin Preserve centre
  • Tashichho Dzong.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar. www.hotelmigmar.com

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Thimphu.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Day 02. Thimphu Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m)After breakfast, visit to:

  • National Library
  • Painting School- Commonly known as Arts & Crafts School or Painting School, the Institute offers a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.
  • National Memorial Chorten – built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan’s third King, His Late Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.
  • Nunnery- Zilukha nunnery in Drupthob Goemba, Thimphu is biggest nunnery in Bhutan.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang) – visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point.
  • Weekend market – Located below the main town, near the Wangchhu River, Thimphu weekend market is by far the largest domestic market for the farmers in Bhutan. .

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Thimphu.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Day 03. Thimphu – Punakha: (Altitude 1310 m) (76 Km, 3 hrs drive). After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass (3116 m)

  • Dochula – You can see the higher Himalayas, if the weather permits
  • Royal Botanical Park at Lam Pelri.
  • Chhimi Lhakhang – dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley also known as “Divine Madman”.

After lunch,

  • Punakha Dzong – Built in 1637, by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Dinner and overnight in Meri Puensumor similar. www.meripuensum.bt

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Punakha.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Day 04. Punakha: Attend the festival whole day.

Dinner and O/N in Meri Puensum or similar.

05. Punakha – Paro (Altitude 2280 m) (130 km, 4 ½ hrs)After breakfast, return to Punakha Dzong to see more festivities.

After lunch, drive to Paro. Dinner and overnight in Tashi Namgyal Resort or similar.

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Paro.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Day 06. Paro: (Altitude 2280):  After breakfast,

  • Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968).
  • Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646

After lunch, visit to

  • Ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong
  • Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D.

Dinner and overnight in Tashi Namgay Resort or similar. www.tnr.bt

Day 07. Paro Sightseeing: (Altitude 2280 m). After breakfast,

  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery.
  • Visit to a Farm house.

Dinner and O/N in Tashi Namgay Resort or similar.

Day 08. Paro Departure: (Altitude 2280 m) Early morning, drive to the airport and farewell.

Tour Photo Gallery
Rinpung Dzong @ Paro
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Value Added Services
  • Hot stone bath.

    bhutanese archery

    Practicing Archery

  • Cycling around Paro valley.
  • Practice Archery.
  • Bhutanese cooking class.
  • Bhutanese cultural show featuring various mask dances and folk dances.
  • Talk on Gross National Happiness / Buddhism.
  • Consulting an Astrologer.
  • Practice Dart.
  • Performing religious ceremony.
  • Marriage ceremonies.
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Please contact us for the price.

Optional Activities
  • Hike to Phajoding/ Tango/Cheri  Monastery.
  • Village walk to Kabisa
  • Mountain biking around Thimphu valley.
  • Hike to Cheri Monastery / Tango Monastery / Phajoding Monastery.
  • White water rafting in Mo Chhu/ Pho Chhu
  • Hike to Dzongdrakha Monastery.
  • Hike to Kila Gompa.
  • Excursion to Chelila Pass.