9 Days Thimphu Bhutan Festival Tour

9 Days Thimphu Bhutan Festival Tour

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The 9 days Thimphu Bhutan festival tour (Tshechu) is the biggest festival held  in the country. Its one of the single most festivals that has been a major favorite of tourists. The Tshechu is witnessed by thousands of people, both local and tourists. The actual Tshechu is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods. Mask dances like the Guru Tshengye (Eight Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche), Shaw Shachi (dance of the stags) and many more are performed during these three days.

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Date: Sep 19 – 21, 2018

Venue: Trashichoo Dzong, Thimphu

Day 01. Arrive Paro (Altitude 2280 m)

Day 02. Paro – Thimphu (Altitude 2320 m, 54 km)

Day 03. Thimphu Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m).

Day 04.  Thimphu Tshechu (Festival) Day 1

Day 05. Thimphu Tshechu Day 2

Day 06. Thimphu – Punakha: (Altitude 1310 m) (76 Km, 3 hrs drive).

Day 07. Punakha – Gangtey: (Altitude 3120 m) (67 km, 3 hrs drive).

Day 08. Gangtey – Paro (Altitude: 2280 m) (Distance: 126 km, 6-7 hrs)

Day 09. Paro – Departure:

Detail Itinerary

Detail Itinerary for 9 Days Thimphu Bhutan Festival Tour

Day 01. Arrive Paro (Altitude 2280 m) (By Druk Air / Bhutan Airlines flight):

Your Guide from Yak Holidays will receive you at the airport and drive you to the Hotel.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Ta Dzong – National Museum (built in1656 and renovated in 1968)
  • Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”) – built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan.

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

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

Day 02. Paro – Thimphu (Altitude: 2320 m)(Distance: 54 km, 1 hr) Excursion to Taktsang Monastery: 

After breakfast, visit to:

  • Taktsang Monastery(Tiger’s Nest) – one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor.
  • Drukgyel dzong – built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders.
  • Kyichu Lhakhang – the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to 7th century (the other is Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang).

After lunch, drive to Thimphu. On the way, view:

  • Tamchog Lhakhang – dedicated to the 13th century to Thangthong Gyalpo, the bridge builder. This is a private temple however tourists are allowed to visit if they are given permission.

Dinner and O/N 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 03. Thimphu Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m). After breakfast, visit to:

  • National Library – The history of Bhutan lies imprinted in archaic texts, which are preserved at the 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, who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Buddha Point – visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang).
  • Weekend market.

Dinner and O/N in Hotel Migmar or similar.

Day 04.  Thimphu Tshechu (Festival) Day 1: Attend a half day of Thimphu Tshechu, which is held in Tendrelthang (courtyard) of Tashichhodzong, which houses some ministries, the office and throne room of His Majesty the King and the central monk body.

After lunch, visit

  • Takin Preserve centre – The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and a goat.
  • Nunnery – Zilukha nunnery. You can see many nuns chanting prayers and turning prayer wheels in Zilukha nunnery.

Dinner and O/N in Hotel Migmar or similar.  .

Day 05. Thimphu Tshechu Day 2: Attend Thimphu Festival for the whole day. Your guide will explain you the significance of the festival.

Dinner and O/N in Hotel Migmar or similar.

Day 06. 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, who used humour, songs and outrageous behavior to dramatise his teachings and due to this also known as “Divine Madman”.
  • Punakha Dzong – Built in 1637, by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region.

Dinner and O/N in Meri Puensum or similar. www.meripuensum.bt

Day 07. Punakha – Gangtey: (Altitude 3120 m) (67 km, 3 hrs drive).

After breakfast visit to:

  • Wangdiphodrang Dzong razed by fire in 2012, (from outside) built in 1638.
  • Gangtey Gompa – Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second re-incarnation, built the temple.
  • Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter.

Dinner and overnight at the Theckchen Phodrang Guest House or similar. (No website)

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

Day 08. Gangtey – Paro (Altitude: 2280 m) (Distance: 126 km, 6-7 hrs): After breakfast, drive to Wangdi . Lunch will be served on the way. We drive further to Paro.

Free to stroll in the town for shopping and souvenirs. Dinner and O/N in Tashi Namgay Resort or similar.

Day 09. Paro – Departure: Early morning transfer to Paro Airport for on toward flight and farewell.

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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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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.