Thimpu Festival Tour 11 Days / 10 nights
Trip Code: HAT76
Bhutan Festival Tours
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Thimpu Tshechu is an annual festival in Bhutan ever autumn (September – October) and is the biggest, most grandiose of the tshechus, or Bhutan festivals, It attracts the largest number of locals and tourists of any tshechu. The festival is held at the Tashichho Dzong - the main Secretariat Building - where the government ministries, the office of His Majesty the King, the Throne Room, the offices and living quarters of the monk body and its chief abbot are housed. The dzong is packed with both Bhutanese and tourists for the four days of ritual dances. Bhutan’s chief abbot often presides over the ceremonies attended by senior officials of the royal government. The Thimphu Tshechu was started in 1670. Mask dances are performed by monks as well as by laymen. The Bhutanese believe they gain merits by attending tshechus. It is also a yearly social gathering where the people, dressed in all their finery, come together to rejoice.
Thimpu Tshechu usually last 4 days and includes series of 4-5 different episodes each day. We will attend at least 3 of the days. You can watch the tshechu all day or choose to take a break in the middle of the day for local sightseeing or other activities. This trip also cover the highlights of Paro, Punakha, and Wangdu valley including some optional hikes and excursions.
Day 01: Flight to Paro, Bhutan.
Day 02: Paro Sightseeing.
Day 03: Drive to Punakha.
Day 04: Punakha-Gangtey.
Day 05: Gangtey-Thimpu.
Day 06: Thimpu Sightseeing.
Day 07: Attend first day of the Thimu Tsechu.
Day 08: Attend second day of Thimu Tsechu.
Day 09: Attend third day of Thimu Tsechu.
Day 10: Haa Valley excursion.
Day 11: Depart Bhutan.
Day 01: Flight to Paro, Bhutan
Upon arrival at Paro airport, we are met by our representative and get transferred to our hotel. After lunch, there is an opportunity for a quick stroll to the nearby ruins, a visit to some of the valley's oldest and holiest religious monuments or a stroll down Paro's main street. Paro valley sits at an elevation of 2,250 metres (7,382 feet).Overnight in a hotel.(L/D)
Day 02: Paro Sightseeing
After breakfast at the hotel, we take Takstang Monastery hike which is 4 hours out and back trip that offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900m above the valley floor. If time permits, we can pay a visit to the national museum housed in Ta Dzong (watchtower) and dominating Paro Dzong. It is a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. We can also take an opportunity to visit a farm house as well.
Day 03: Drive to Punakha
Today we take a dramatic drive following the course of Paro Chu (river) and Wang Chu (river), with a brief stop at Thimpu. We carry on to the high mountain pass of Dhochu la (3,050m) to and then down to Punakha - one of the lowest lying valleys of Bhutan at 1300m. Check in to our hotel and later we visit Punakha Dzong - the district head quarter and former winter capital of Bhutan. Time permitting; we take a short hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a monument recently built by four queens of Bhutan.
Day 04: Punakha-Gangtey
We drive to Gangtey, stopping in the picturesque village of Wangdue for a visit to Wangdue Phodrang Dzong and Radak Naktshang the village temple. We continue on the highway following the scenic Dang Chhu (river) before climbing through forests of bamboo and oak. Just before crossing the Pele La pass, a small side road splits off to the hidden Phobjika valley. At an altitude of 3,000m (9,842 feet), this glacier valley is home to the rural settlement of Gangtey. After lunch, we visit the striking Gangtey Goemba, sitting at the head of the valley and then a stroll through the quaint Gangtey village.
Day 05: Gangtey-Thimphu
Today's journey back to the capital is lengthy but the treasures that await should be much anticipated. Upon arrival in Thimpu, we visit national textile museum, folk heritage museum, and perhaps even kora the memorial chorten. Time permitting; a short drive up to BBS tower affords a magnificent view across the Thimpu valley.
Day 06: Thimpu Sightseeing
Today we visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan, National Library with its ancient manuscripts, Wood Craft and Painting Schools, the handicrafts Emporium with Bhutanese textiles and other traditional arts and crafts and the Simtokha Dzong - the oldest fortresses of Bhutan. In the evening, we stroll in the township.
Day 07: Attend first day of the Thimphu Tsechu
After an early breakfast, we attend the first day of Tshechu which is held in the courtyard of Tashichho Dzong. This is the main Secretariat Building where the government ministries, office of His Majesty the King, Throne Room, offices and living quarters of the monk body and its chief abbot are housed. We return to the hotel for lunch and again spend the rest of the day watching Tsechu dances.
Day 08: Attend second day of Thimpu Tsechu
In the morning, we attend Tsechu. After lunch, you may want to continue watching Teschu or take an optional tour. We suggest you to visit Dechen Chholing (about a 30 minute drive from Thimpu) to view the palace of Queen Mother from a hill-top. Dechen Chholing is a quiet place where the hermits find it ideal for meditation. One can see a number of small huts scattered right across the hill just above the Palace.
Day 09: Attend the third day of the Thimphu Tsechu
Attend Tsechu or take a day excursion to Phajoding which lies on the west of Thimpu at an altitude of 3,700m. It is about three hours walk from Thimpu and is considered one of the most enjoyable short hikes in the area. From Phajoding, we have a beautiful view of Thimpu valley and the surrounding mountains. Picnic lunch will be served at Phajoding. In the afternoon, we hike back to Thimpu and drive to Paro for overnight stay.
Day 10: Haa Valley excursion
Haa valley was recently opened to visitors and remains one of Bhutan's most pristine areas. The road into Haa climbs slowly through quaint villages and thick conifer forests before opening onto the long, spectacular valley dotted with fields of millet, barley, potatoes and wheat. The unique architecture throughout the valley is reflected in the large farmhouses beautifully adored with intricately painted cornices and framing and three tiered windows. Quick visits to both Chhundu Lhakhang and Lhakhang Nagpo provide interesting insight into the history of the valley and its religious founding.
Day 11: Depart Bhutan
After breakfast, you are transferred to airport for your flight to next destination.
- Accommodation on twin sharing.
- All transfers and sightseeing as on itinerary.
- Three meals a day.
- English speaking local Tour Guide.
- Sightseeing admission fee.
- Bhutan visa fee.
- Airfare to and out of Bhutan.
- Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tip, laundry, phone etc.
- Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
- Travel Insurance.