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7 Days Thimphu Tshechu Festival Tour

Be Thrown into the Happiness of Festival

The colorful and religious festivals of Bhutan always showcase its otherworldly mysteries of culture. Tshechu Festival is the largest festival featuring a series of dances in honor of Guru Rinpoche who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. Are you interested in this vibrant festival? If your answer is YES, don't miss the opportunity to join in the grandest event.

This 7 days tour will take you to enjoy Thimphu Tshechu Festival which always draws people from surrounding districts. It falls in 10th day of the 8th month of lunar calendar (26th September, 2020) and lasts for three days. You will not only spend 3 days celebrating this big day with local people and exploring Thimphu highlights, but also have admire Bhutan's exotic visuals and culture in other top destinations. Why hesitate? Plan your trip now!

Warm Note: Almost each district of Bhutan has its own Tshechu Festival and the dates vary from one to another. If you want a Bhutan tour during other Tshechu Festival, feel free to tell your travel consultant and customize your own trip.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Be thrown into the happy atmosphere of Thimphu Tshechu Festival with interesting dances which carry the interest old legends and stories of Bhutan;
  • Appreciate Bhutan's traditional beautiful architectures and learn the old history and culture by visiting the most famous dzongs, including Paro Dzong, Punakha Dzong and Wangdue Phodrang Dzong;
  • Explore the cultural highlights of Thimphu by walking kora around holy National Memorial Chorten, learning about traditional arts (painting, carving, weaving, etc.) in National Institute for Zorig Chusum and viewing the massive Buddha Dordenma statue;
  • Take a physical challenging but visual rewarding trekking to cliff-hanging Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) - the most eyes-catching sight of Bhutan.

Tour Brief Information

  • Tour price:

    1. This price is based on a group of 2 adult travelers who will take our private tour and share one standard rooms in regular local 4-star hotel in lower seasons.

    2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

    3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2019.

    4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.45. The final quotation will be adjusted accoring to the latest real-time exchange rate.

  • Tour code: TD-BTFT-07
  • Tour type: Private Customizable Tour Package
  • Destination: Paro / Thimphu / Punakha / Paro
  • Duration: 7 days & 6 nights
  • Departure: Flexible
  • Travel Theme: CultureTrekkingPhotographyArchitectureFamily
  • Best Time:
  • Physical Level
  • Tour Pace
    Leisure
  • Max Altitude
    3,210 m

Itinerary Details - Day by Day

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Day 1 Paro Arrival & Driving to Thimphu / About 1.5 hours’ Driving (L, D)

Today's Highlights: Rinpung Dzong, National Museum

Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon! Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your local travel guide and driver in Paro International Airport, and then be escorted to Paro Town to start your wonderful journey.

You will firstly visit Rinpung Dzong, also known as Paro Dzong, is reputed as the finest example of Bhutanese dzong. Dzong, always served as the religious, military, administrative and social centers, is a distinctive Bhutan architecture in style with a complex of courtyards, temples, offices and monks’ accommodation surrounded by towering walls. According to Bhutanese tradition, dzong is always built on a hill top with the purpose of observing the attackers. Perching on the side of Paro Valley Wall, Rinpung Dzong was an important bastion for the Kingdom of Bhutan against invasion from the north. At present, it houses the Monastic Body and government offices, and serves as the religious, military, administrative, and social centers of their district.

After appreciating these charming architectures in Rinpung Dzong, visit Bhutan National Museum which is housed in Rinpung Dzong’s watchtower, keeping the rich culture and history of Bhutan. There are many impressive collections displayed in its five galleries, including traditional thangkas, festival masks, religious statues, interesting carvings, etc. Nextly, take a leisure walk through the cantilever bridge to Paro Town to attend an archery game which is Bhutan's official national game, played almost every day on the ground. Lastly, drive about 1.5 hours to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan Kingdom, for accommodation.

Arrival Ideas: 1) you are able to take an international flight from Kathmandu (1 hour), Kolkata (1 hour), New Delhi (2.5 hours), Guwahati (55 minutes), Siliguri (30 minutes), Bangkok (3 hours), Singapore (5 hours) and some other cities in India in peak seasons; 2) so far, all the flights to Paro depart and arrive in the morning.

  • Seeing Rimpung Dzong from National Museum Seeing Rimpung Dzong from National Museum
  • Rinpung Dzong & National Museum Rimpung Dzong & National Museum

Day 2 Thimphu, First Day of Tshechu Festival (B, L, D)

Today's Highlights: Tsheche Performance, Tashichhoe Dzong, Buddha View Point

In today's morning you will be escorted to attend the Tsheche Festival in Tendrel Thang - the festival ground in front of Tashichhoe Dzong. In the early morning, lots of locals will put on their finest clothes and jewelry and carry their elaborately cooked food to share with far-flung friends and relatives while celebrating this big day. The highlight of today is watching the spectacular and theatrical dances (called cham). The costumed and masked dancers usually form a circle or a line and move in a complicated series of steps with graceful arm movements to delight. Most of the dances tell the interesting religious stories or commemorable historical events.

After a full appreciation of the performance, you will pay a visit to Tashichhoe Dzong - the seat of government and the religious center. It also enjoys an impressive structure Immerse yourself in the impressive structure, flying pigeons and echoing prayer wheels. Then, drive to Buddha View Point Where a massive bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma sits. The statue is placed on a lotus and below it is a meditation hall housed with 125,000 small statues of Buddha. This Buddha dominates over the valley of Thimphu, and you can hardly tell whether the view from Buddha Dordenma or the view of Buddha Dordenma is more spectacular.

Stay overnight in Thimphu town

  • Locals on Traditional Costumes Locals on Traditional Costumes
  • Buddha View Point Buddha View Point
  • Painted Scupture on the Wall of Tashichhoe Dzong Painted Scupture on the Wall of Tashichhoe Dzong

Day 3 Thimphu,Second Day of Tshechu Festival (B, L, D)

Today's Highlights: Tsheche Performance, National Memorial Chorten, National Institue for Zorig Chusum

This morning, you visit Tendrel Thang for the festivities first as well. After that, you will go to the National Memorial Chorten (shrine), a monument dedicated to the past 3rd king of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. More than a memorial stupa, it is also one important religious center for Bhutanese daily worship. Then go to visit National Institute for Zorig Chusum, a school where students are taught to make Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts, like painting, woodcarving, embroidery, statue-making and so on. Next, go to Bhutan Post Office Headquarters, an informative and indulging museum with excellent exhibition of the evolution of Post & Telegraph in Bhutan as well as good details on historical and symbolic interpretation behind stamps.

After sightseeing, drive back to your hotel in Thimphu.

  • Wood-carving in Traditional Painting School Wood-carving in Traditional Painting School
  • Scacred Mask Dance Performance
  • Exhibitions in Bhutan Post Office Headquaters Exhibitions in Bhutan Post Office Headquaters

Day 3 Thimphu, Last Day of Tshechu Festival & Driving to Punakha / 80km, About 2.5hrs' Driving (B, L, D)

Today's Highlights: Unfurling of Thangka, Simply Bhutan Museum, Dochu La Pass

Tshechu Festival reaches its climax when a huge thangka of Guru Rinpoche is unfurled before sunrise. So get up early morning to make sure you won't miss the highlight of thangka unfurling. It is believed that one's sins are washed away and merits are created upon viewing the impressive thangka. Everyday performances are different and you can spend longer time watching them if you have interest. Or you could turn to Simply Bhutan Museum from which you get a quick understanding of Butanese lifestyle and their simplicity in details.

Leaving Thimphu, drive through a forest of pine and hemlock, up to cross over the Dochu La Pass (Alt: 10142ft/ 3,050 m). From the place, you can enjoy the panoramic views of the majestic Himalaya Mountains. Keep driving along the winding road to the fertile valley of Punakha (Alt: 4430ft/ 1,350 meters).

  • The huge thangka of Guru Guru Rinpoche
  • Simply Bhutan Museum shows the style of loca houses Simply Bhutan Museum shows the style of loca houses
  • 108 Stupas in Duochu La Pass Duochu La Pass

Day 5 Punakha Sightseeing & Driving to Paro / 130km, About 3.5hrs' Driving (B, L, D)

Today's Highlights: Punakha Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang

After breakfast, you will go to visit Punakha Dzong, situated between Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu (male and female rivers) and featuring in three docheys (one more than other dzongs). It is praised by many people as the most beautiful one in Bhutan’s 21 dzongs, especially in spring when the lilac jacaranda trees in blossom. Next, move to Wangdu Phodrang Dzong, where you can get a commanding view of the below valleys. In fact, Wangdu Phodrang Dzong enjoys an important status in the history as well, and it was the second capital city in the early days. Since Wangdu Phodrang is situated on the ridge, you can walk down to the bridge and have a short hiking to the village of Rinchangang. After the wonderful sightseeing, drive to the Chimi Lhakhang, a mysterious temple built in 1499 by the legendary “Divine Madman” - lama Drukpa Kunley. There is a tradition that the childless women can visit this temple to receive a wang (blessing) from the saint, then they will have a child.

After lunch, drive about 3.5 hours back to Paro. Have a good night in Paro Town.

  • Grandiose Architectures in Punakha Dzong Amazing Architectures in Punakha Dzong
  • Chimi Lhakhang - Temple of Fertility Chimi Lhakhang - Temple of Fertility

Day 6 Paro - Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) / About 20mins' Driving Plus 2~3hrs' Trekking (B, L, D)

Today's Highlight: Taktsang Hiking

Start the day with short drive to Paro’s upper valley. If the day is clear, you’ll have an unforgettable view of the “Goddess” – Mt.Chomolhari (23,640 feet).

Afterward, it’s a short drive to Taktsang trail ahead. Take a challenging but necessary 2~3 hours’ trek to Taktsang Monastery, the most famous monastery in Bhutan, also known as “Tiger Nest Monastery, because Guru Rinpoche reportedly flew to the site on the back of a flying tiger late in the 7th century. Between blue pines and a blue sky, the monastery perches miraculously on a cliff nearly 2,700 feet above Paro’s valley floor. Break along the way for tea and snacks in small tea house, and the view of both Taktsang Monastery and Paro Valley is magnificent.

Hike down the mountain, then drive back to Paro for accommodation.

Tips: 1) it takes about 2 ~ 3 hours to trek from the parking lot to Taktsang Monastery, and you could ride a horse for the first hour; 2) photography is strictly forbidden in the monastery, but you can take a nice shot on your road to Taktsang Monastery; 3) travelers have to deposit all belongings (cameras, phones or other electronic equipment and bags) at the entrance.

  • Cliffside Tiger's Nest Monastery Cliffside Tiger's Nest Monastery

Day 6 Paro Departure (B)

Paro Airport Dropped Off

Your journey in Bhutan comes to an end today! After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from the hotel to the airport in time for the scheduled flight to your next destination. Before that, you can take a rest at the hotel or go for a walk nearby.

Tips: Please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charge, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet and towel.

Price & Service Guide

The quotation for this trip is per person

1. This price is based on a group of 2 adult travelers who will take our private tour and share one standard rooms in regular local 4-star hotel in lower seasons.

2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2019.

4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.45. The final quotation will be adjusted accoring to the latest real-time exchange rate.

What's included in this price?

  • Bhutan visa fees.
  • Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Private vehicle and luggage transfers.
  • All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Medium standard accommodation with attached bathroom on twin sharing basis. Guesthouse or tent in remote areas.
  • Meals noted in the itinerary as "B,L,D".
  • Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service Charge (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
  • Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance

What's excluded in this price?

  • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary (all lunches and dinners).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
  • Single room supplement.
  • Additional tour service and/or activities.
  • International flights to/from Bhutan

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  • How to Plan a Bhutan Tour 
    Usually, it takes about 5~15 days. Since most travelers will arrive at Paro International Airport by flights, you are suggested to start your tour from Paro. After visiting the landmarks in Paro, drive to Thimphu for accommodation. Spend one or two days in Thimphu and explore the local cultural sites, and then transfer to Punakha to enjoy the beautiful Punakha Dzong. If your time is limited, drive back to Paro and trek to Taktsang Monastery before leaving. If you have more time, extend your tour to central Bhutan. Moreover, it is a good idea to take an overland tour to Nepal and Tibet.
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    Bhutan is connected with Nepal, India, Thailand, Singapore and Bangladesh directly by international flights, so you could get to these countries and make a transfer to Bhutan. Among these countries, Nepal is the mostly-chosen gateway country to Bhutan in that Kathmandu offers most frequent flights. India is a good choice as well, because more cities (including Kolkata, New Delhi, Guwahati, Siliguri, Mumbai and Bangalore) provide nonstop flights to Paro. It is also available to have an overland driving from India to Bhutan.
  • Best Time to Visit Bhutan 
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