Thimphu Tsechu festival tour takes place in the capital city of the country which is Thimphu. The festival is one of Bhutan’s biggest and famous festivals. Sacred dances and rituals will be displayed or performed by monks and laymen. Discover the capital city with no traffic lights plus we bring you to visit some parts of western Bhutan and the components of the locality for those with a limited time frame.
Day 1: Arrival at Paro – Thimphu (65 Km, 2hrs drive)
Witness the amazing part of Himalayan ranges as you land.
When descending, embrace the outstanding magnificence of Paro valley.
Experience the carbon negative impact and breathe in the cool air.
After proceeding with the formalities of visas and customs, our representative will be waiting for you.
Drive towards Thimphu, the capital city (1hour plus including a brief visit to Tachok Lhakhang).
Before Dinner there will be an orientation on Bhutanese protocols by your assigned guide.
Day 2: Thimphu
After breakfast we visit Buddha point, where the 51.5 meters tall Buddha Dordenma statue stands. It is considered one of the tallest statues of Buddha in the world.
Visit to Memoral chorten (stupa) built in memory of his majesty the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1974.
Visit to Trashi Chhodzong (fortress) which was built in 1641. Houses government’s offices and kings’ throne room and is also the summer residence of the chief abbot.
Visit to the folk heritage museum to experience the rich and unique culture and tradition which was practiced far back in time.
Visit to Textile museums and witness how ladies weave the traditional dresses.
Visit to Bhutan postal museum and perceive ages of different postal used.
Visit to Bhutan Takin (National animal) preservation center which is located at Motithang.
Visit to Sangaygang for incredible view of the outlay of the capital city.
Visit Changangkha lakhang, one of the oldest temple in Bhutan.
Visit the streets of Thimphu capital and continue leisurely through the streets and the famous craft bazar.
Overnight at Thimphu
Day 3: Thimphu (1st day of Tsechu)
After breakfast drive to the Tashichhodzong where the Tsechu will take Place. Get fascinated by the mask dances and the classic Bhutanese dances performed by the monks and laymen respectively.
The occasion is considered auspicious and is a dedication to the great tantric master Guru Padmasambhava the second Buddha. It’s believed, one can cleanse their sins and soul by witnessing the mask dances.
After lunch, continue to witness the performances till evening and the stroll through the town.
Overnight at the hotel.
(Note: the Tsechu is of three days with different themes)
Day 4: Thimphu (2nd day of Tsechu)
After breakfast drive to the Tashichhodzong to witness the 2nd day of the Tsechu.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Thimphu (3rd day of Tsechu)
After breakfast drive to the Trashichhodzong to witness the last day of the Tsechu.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Thimphu
After breakfast hike to Cheri Monastery (1 and a half hour hike). Take photographs of various fauna and experience clean and refreshing atmosphere on the way in a glorious morning.
Then we take a short hike to tango monastery which was built in the 15th century by the famous divine mad man Drukpa Kunley. The monastery is the highest center of Buddhist teaching and learning institute in Bhutan at present.
After lunch visit Simtokha Dzong located south of Thimphu. Listen to some of the amazing and astonishing stories of events that took place the and around the fortress.it is the first Dzong built in the country by the great Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1629.
Leisure time and overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Thimphu to Punakha
After breakfast is begin our journey to Punakha. Stop at Dochula pass for sightseeing of the beautiful Himalayas and the magnificent 108 stupas built in dedication to the fourth king Jigme Singey Wangchuck.
Take a short hike to Chimmi Lhakhang when reaching to Lobesa, the temple built during the 15th century by the divine mad man Drukpa Kunley.
Once reaching to Punakha check into hotel and after lunch we visit Punakha Dzong (fortress of great happiness and bliss). Punakha district was the capital of the country till 1995.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Punakha to Paro
After breakfast take a hike of about 2hours to Khamsum Yullay Namgyal Stupa. A very beautiful place to refresh yourself and take awesome pictures. The Chorten (stupa) contains a wish fulfilling statue of Lord Buddha which was shifted from the Punakha Dzong.
Then travel back to Paro. On the way stop at Dochula pass again for a tea break.
After reaching at Paro have lunch in a local restaurant and then visit Taa dzong the national museum, the Rinpung Dzong and Dungtse lhakhang.
As the day comes to an end take a stroll through the town of Paro.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Paro
Visit to one of the hot spot destination, Paro Taktsang (Tiger Nest).
800 meters and 5hrs hike till the Monastery including lunch and rest.
The hike is divided into three view stops:
Cafeteria view stop- take rest and have refreshments
Photo view stop – best stop to take photos of monastery
Final stop at monastery- get detailed explanations from guide
Note: Transportations like ponies will be available (individual has to bare their own cost)
Overnight at hotel
Day 10: Depart
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