Paro Tshechu Festival

Paro FestivalParo Tshechu is an annually held Bhutanese religious festival which occurs on the tenth day of the Tibetan month and is the biggest of the Tsechus in the country.  In this auspicious moment, the large social gatherings takes place together where most of the tourist as well as the local people witness the event, dressed in their best attires, bringing the delicious Bhutanese dishes such as churra, a puffed rice dish, to the Dzong and watch masked dancers thereby making a great remarkable time .A various series of programs such as dances, called cham, are performed for the festival. The dances are performed by monks playing the roles of deities, heroes, and animals dressed in excellent coloured silks and brocades. They also wear carved wooden masks symbolizing the figure they perform. The dances are accompanied by the music of drums, bells, gongs, conch-shell trumpets, and horns. Other activities include folk dancing, singing and entertaining performances by clowns called atsaras. The festival is held on 25th March - 2nd April, 2013 at Paro. Its believed as a great source of an entertainment.

 

Itinerary (10 Days)

Day 01
Destination: Paro - Thimphu | Area altitude: 2,320m | Travelling distance: 50kms | Time taken: 1hr 15mins

  • Representative from Bhutan Mystical Tours at the airport and drive to Thimphu (Capital).
  • Visit Tashichho Dzong.
  • Ascend towards Kuensel Phodrang view point (Also known as Buddha View point).
  • Visit Handicrafts Emporium to see the traditional crafts and textiles.
  • Overnight in Hotel.

Day 02
Destinations: Thimphu Sightseeing | Area altitude: 2,320m

  • Visit to the National Memorial Chorten, built in 1974 in honor of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.
  • National Library.
  • Painting School.
  • Folk Heritage Museum.
  • Tashichho Dzong.
  • The largest Statue of Buddha (in the world).

Day 03
Destinations: Thimphu - Punakha | Area altitude: 1,310m | Travelling distance: 72kms | Time taken: 3hrs

  • Drive to Punakha via Dochula pass.
  • Visit Chimi Lhakhang also called the "Temple of Fertility" built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley.
  • Visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Namgay Namgayal.
  • Excursion to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.

Day 04
Destinations: Punakha - Gangtey | Area altitude: 3,120m | Travelling distance: 80kms | Time taken: 3hrs

  • Visit Wangdi Phodrang Dzong (from outside) built in 1638.
  • While in Gangtey, Visit Gangtey Gompa built in 1613.
  • Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Blacked Nacked Cranes during winter.

Day 05
Destinations: Gangtey - Thimphu | Area altitude: 2,320m | Travelling distance: 142kms | Time taken: 3hrs

  • Drive to Thimphu.
  • The Takin Preserve center.
  • Sangay gang view point.

Day 06
Destinations Thimphu - Paro | Area altitude: 2,280m | Travelling distance: 58kms | Time taken: 1hr

  • Excursion to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest).
  • Drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong (16kms. Built in 1647 by the great Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal).
  • Experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m).
  • Visit Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King Srongsen Gampo.

Day 07
Destination: Paro Sightseeing | Area altitude: 2,280m

  • Visit Ta Dzong (built in 1656 and renovated in 1968) an ancient watch tower.
  • The Rimpong Dzong.
  • Stroll free in the town for shopping.

Day 08
Destination: Paro Festival | Area altitude: 2,280m

  • Witness the festival.

Day 09
Destination: Paro Festival | Area altitude: 2,280m

  • Witness the festival.

Day 10
Destination: Paro (Departure) | Area altitude: 2,280m

  • Early morning, drive to the airport and farewell.


Package Cost

Peak Season:
01 pax: USD 2435 per person
02 pax: USD $ 2345 per person
03 & above:  US $ 2075 per person

The above package tariff includes:
Excellent services within Bhutan for all land transport (Toyota luxury coach, ac/non ac cars),
Horses and yaks for trekking within Bhutan,
The best available hotels, meals (catered to personal orders and tastes),
Sightseeing, experienced and friendly guides, religious festivals.

Not included in the package tariff:
International flight ticket costs,
Personal insurance,
Airport departure tax,
Drinks, personal expenses, laundry and Tips.