April 7 2019
Paro Tsechu is one of the most popular festivals in Bhutan. Featuring dances performed by trained monks and laymen in amazing masks and costumes, Tsechus (festivals) are one of the best ways to experience the ancient living culture of Bhutan. A Tsechu is a Buddhist festival in honour of Guru Rimpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. A highlight of the Paro Tsechu is the unfurling of the silk Thangka – so large it covers the face of an entire building and is considered one of the most sacred blessings in the whole of Bhutan. The ‘Thangka, known in Bhutan as a ‘thongdroel’ is a religious picture scroll, and is only exhibited for a few hours at daybreak on the final day of the festival enabling the people to obtain its blessing. This holy scroll “confers liberation by the mere sight of it” (the meaning of the word ‘thongdroel’ in Bhutanese). This tour also takes advantage of the beautiful spring time growth with stunning hikes through the countryside to a Rhododendron forest in Phobjikha, as well as a visit to the Lamperi a Rhododendron Festival near Dochu La Pass. The sacred sites of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha are also featured.
All of our Bhutan tours are private, tailor-made journeys for independent travel on dates of your choosing. We can easily customize your Bhutan tour to spend more in the places doing the activities that you are interested in.
Arrive Paro - Transfer to Thimphu
On arrival, guests will be received at the airport by our representative who will be your tour guide and companion for the whole duration of your tour in Bhutan. Drive to your hotel in Thimphu. En-route visit Tachog Lhakhang.
After refreshing yourselves and having lunch, we will be visiting Kuensel Phodrang, Mothithang Takin Reserve and later in the evening to Tashichho Dzong.
Morning we will hike to Tango Cheri Monastery, 90 minutes hike and then afternoon visiting Handmade Paper Factory, Folk Heritage Museum, Memorial Chorten and Changangkha Lhakhang.
Thimphu - Punakha
En-route Dochula Pass (108 Chortens) and on arrival check into hotel. After lunch, will continue with Nalanda Buddhist College, Punakha Dzong and Bhutan`s largest suspension bridge.
Punakha - Phobjikha
Morning we will drive to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, 45 minutes hike and while return visit Chimi Lhakhang. After lunch drive back to Phobjikha, evening you can explore some handicraft shops.
Phobjikha - Paro
Early morning after breakfast we will drive to Gangtey Monastery and after that you can either hike through the Gangtey Natural Trial or visit Black Necked Crane Information Center. After lunch drive back to Paro. If time permits, En-route visit Simtokha Dzong.
Attend Paro Festival
Attend the festival whole day. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Hike to Paro Taktshang
Today, we will hike to Paro Taktshang, later visiting Druk-yul Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, Ta-dzong and Rimpong Dzong if time permits.
After breakfast, we drive you back at the airport accordingly to your flight departure.