Punakha Tshechu Festival
The main feature of Punakha Tshechu Festival Tour is to experience the spectacular Punakha Tshechu ‘festival’ celebrated at the grounds of the towering Punakha Dzong. It’s said that Guru Rimpoche, a saint, brought Buddhism to Bhutan and the tshechu ‘festival’ is to honor Guru Rimpoche. The festival consists of typical masked dances which are very colorful and interesting with the events and enactments being different each day. Locals gather in spirit of festivity, celebration and with deep faith to witness the festival.
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: Punakha Tshechu Festival Tour
Trip Duration: 7 days
Festival Dates: 14th – 17th February, 2019
Meal: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Transportation: Private Vehicle
• Majestic views of the world’s highest peaks onboard flight to/from Paro and excitement level builds up as the plane cuts through different hills towards the deep valley of Paro
• Guided city tour of the tiny capital Thimphu
• Attend Punakha Tshechu at the Punakha Dzong
• Explore Paro exploding with colors and tradition
• Visits to different dzongs, monasteries, temples & ancient fortresses
• Discover rich Buddhist, Tibetan culture and traditions
• Experience the lifestyle and traditions followed by Bhutanese people
Day 01: Arrival Paro (2,250m) – Thimphu (2,350m)
Your Punakha 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 Festival
Today we dedicate our whole day observing the Punakha Festival held at Punakha Dzong followed by various mask dances and folk dancers along with jokers actions in the crowd. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Punakha Festival
Whole day in the interesting Punakha festival or in the afternoon we can proceed for other sightseeing like visiting Khamsum Yulay Temple or Wangdue excursion visit Rinchingang. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05: Punakha – Paro
On the fifth day of the Punakha 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 06: Hike Paro – Taktsang Monastery
Today 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 Punakha 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.