Paro Tshechu Festival
Paro Tshechu Festival is held at Paro on the tenth day of month of lunar calendar and is celebrated with ceremonial dances, rituals of blessings and is held at the Paro Ringpong Dzong courtyard during spring. The monks, lay monks and citizens perform the celebration to recall the history of Bhutan and Buddhism. The main highlight of the festival is the unfurling of the world’s largest religious scroll, the Paro Thangka, on the last day of the festival. Tshechu held at the Paro and Thimphu is among the biggest of the tshechus in terms of participation and audience.
Tshechu Festival is celebrated all over the country in every dzongkhag of Bhutan on the tenth day of a month of the Lunar Tibetan Calendar. Tshechu is one of the biggest festivals of Bhutan and is celebrated and enjoyed by abundant number of participants and audiences. Tshechus are religious festivals of the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Trip Name: Paro Tshechu Festival Tour
Trip Duration: 7 days
Festival Dates: 17th – 21st March, 2019
Meal: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Transportation: Private Vehicle
• Spectacular views of Himalayas while flying in/out from Paro
• Explore Paro and discover Bhutanese culture
• Experience and attend the Paro Tshechu at Paro Ringpong Dzong
• Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’
• Observe unfurling of the world’s largest religious scroll, the Paro Thangka
Day 01: Arrival Paro (2,250m) – Thimphu (2,350m)
Your Paro Tshechu Festival Tour begins with the flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. The first gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you are met by your guide and transferred to your hotel to settle in. Your Bhutanese escort will greet you on arrival, and then drive you the short distance to hotel. Paro is a picturesque valley with quaint clusters of hamlets amid terraced paddy fields. Although the site of the nation’s first airport Paro still retains tradition by way of architecture and farming.
After lunch depart to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. The drive will take around 1½ hour. Thimphu has a population of about 98,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. In the evening visit the Handicrafts Emporium, which has all types of Bhutanese handicrafts for sale. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Thimphu-Punakha (1,310)
On the second day of Paro Tshechu Festival Tour after breakfast, we drive for about 3 hours to Punakha, then climb up the mountain road to Dochula La at 3140m and view the spectacular sight of the Eastern Himalayas. Later we descend through varied forest and finally witness the highly cultivated valley of Punakha. Following the beautiful hiking trail through the beautiful rice fields to reach the Chimmi Lhakhang. The temple is on a hillside in the middle of rice fields and has become a pilgrimage site for childless couples. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Punakha-Paro (2,250m)
On the third day of the Paro Tshechu Festival Tour, we drive to a stunning hill-top nunnery – Sangchen Dorji Lhundrup Chholing. The main temple of here is dedicated to the bodhisattva of compassion and next to the temple is a beautiful Stupa. After doing some chatting with the nuns and enjoying the surrounding we re-cross Dochula ans stop at Thimphu for lunch. Then move towards the Paro in the afternoon. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04: Paro Festival
Today is the main day of the Paro Tshechu Festival Tour as we observe the Paro Tshechu Festival at Ringpung Dzong where the monks, lay monks and citizens perform the celebration to recall the history of Bhutan and Buddhism. At afternoon we visit Kyichu Lhakhang one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan built by the first Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, to spread Buddhism across the Himalayas. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Paro Festival
Today after breakfast we again move for the Paro Dzong to witness the festival enjoying the ceremonies and celebrations. Later at afternoon you can utilize your leisure time buying the souvenir for your friends and family. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 06: Hike Paro – Taktsang Monastery
Early in the morning we view unfolding of the sacred ‘Throngdul’ Thangka painting which begins before dawn and is folded before sunrise. Afterwards, we drive for the base camp of Taktsang and start the hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ which takes about 2 hours and offers the spectacular view of monastery. After enjoying some memorable time here, later we hike back to the road and drive towards the Drukgyal Dzong, the ruin fort and also visit the local farm house at Drukgyal to witness daily life of the Bhutanese people. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Departure
Your Paro Tshechu Festival Tour terminates today so after breakfast, your representative will help you with the exit formalities and bid you farewell and wish you happy journey back home.