Thimphu Tshechu Festival
Tshechu (festivals) are one of the best ways to experience the ancient living culture of Bhutan as it feature dances performed by trained monks and laymen in amazing masks and costumes. The Thimphu Tshechu Festival is among the biggest of the Tshechu as it covers the large audiences and participants. This festival also provides a great opportunity to witness locals gathered in their finest Gho’s and Kira’s in a celebration of their culture and faith.
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: Thimphu Tshechu Festival Tour
Trip Duration: 09 days
Festival Dates: 30th Sep – 2nd Oct, 2018
Meal: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Transportation: Private Vehicle
• Spectacular views of Himalayas while flying in/out from Paro
• Explore Thimphu and discover Bhutanese culture
• Experience and attend the Thimphu Tshechu at Tashichho Dzong
• Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’
• Explore colorful Paro
Day 01: Arrival Paro (2,250m) – Thimphu (2,350m)
Your Thimphu 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: Attend the Thimphu Festival
After breakfast, attend the Thimphu festival where the whole day is spent in the festival with various mask dances and folk dancers along with jokers actions in the crowd. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Attend the Thimphu Festival
Another day in the interesting Thimphu festival. Or during the afternoon proceed for sightseeing at other places like visiting Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, Takin’s preservation center. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 04: Thimphu – Punakha (1310m)
On the fourth day of Thimphu 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 05: Explore Punakha (1310m)
After a delicious breakfast, we hike for the Khamsum Yueley Namgyel Chorten build by Royal Queen mother for the present king in 2002 which offers a great view of the lower valley. The temple offers the three different sect of Mahanaya Buddhism and is regarded as one of the most intricate with paintings. Later at the afternoon we pay visit to famous Punakha Dzong which is the most impressive dzong in the country. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 06: Punakha – Paro (2250m)
On the sixth day of the Thimphu 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 07: Sightseeing in Paro
Today we continue our Thimphu Tshechu Festival Tour by sightseeing program at Paro which includes some famous places like Zurig Lhakhang, which offers the spectacular view of Ta Dzong and Paro Rinpung Dzong. Afterwards we visit the historic Paro Rinpung Dzong which means “the fortress of the heap of jewels”. Later we descend following the 30 minutes drive towards the Drukgyel Dzong and observe the ruins exteriorly as entry on the Dzong is not allowed. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Hike Paro – Taktsang Monastery
Today after breakfast we drive towards the base of the Taktsang Monastery and begin our hiking for the Taktsang Monastery. The trail to Taktsang Monastery takes about 3 hours and upon reaching the Monastery one can have the majestic view of the Paro valley which makes you forget all your sweat during the hike. After spending some quality time on the Tiger’s Nest we walk back to the road point and then visit Kyichu Lhakhang one of the oldest temple in Bhutan. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 09: Departure
Your Thimphu 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.