PARO TSHECHU TOUR
|Tour Name||Duration||Places to be visited|
|Paro TshechuTour||14 days||Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, Trongsa & Bumthang,|
This tour is coincided with Paro Tsechu and will be spread over five districts in Bhutan mentioned above in our schedule table.
The Paro Tsechu is the most popular festival celebrated every year in Paro, Bhutan during the month of April. This tour can coincide with Paro Tshechu (festival). During the festival, there will be a unique unfurling of the Thangka or Thongdrol (meaning liberation on sight) ceremonyaccompanied by traditional dances performed by district dancers and mask dances by monks & lay monks. The local people come dressed up in their finest colorful Ghos and kiras attends the festival to gain merits.
|Included in this package|
|Accommodation (3-Star/twin sharing)|
|Bhutan visa fee|
|Government royalty & taxes|
|English speaking tour guide|
|Daily 3 meals (B/L/D)|
|Not included in this package|
|Flights to and from Bhutan|
|4 or 5 star accommodation (extra charges will apply)|
|Tips for guide and driver|
Day-1: Arrive at Paro
Arrival at Paro international Airport in Drukair and Tashi Air line. Beautiful Himalayan Mountains and high summits are the primary sources of your inspirations when you take a flight with Bhutanese airlines. The minute you enter Paro valley, you will visit the fortress (Paro Dzong) and Ta Dzong (Watch tower, but now is used as the National Museum) on the hillside overlooking the Pachu (river) and small towns. Green environment, prayer flags and villages can be seen around you as you introduce in the Paro valley nearby International Airport.
Upon your arrival, our representative from Bhutan Yeodzer will greet you and drive to Thimphu (capital). Your first step is to see the magnificent Tachocho Lhakhang, the hereditary place of Bhutan’s Iron Bridge Builder. Slowly, you will drive to Chuzom Bridge (confluence of two rivers) Paro Chu (river) and the Wang Chu. Also, just opposite of the confluence, are three protecting chortens each built in a different style.
When you reach at the capital, towards the evening stroll through the market and mingle with the local people and visit the shops.
Overnight halt at Hotel, Thimphu.
DAY 2: Explore Thimphu
Before Lunch your exploration of Thimphu will begin by visiting to National Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity built in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan, next will follow your visit to the Kingdom’s rich culture at the National Library; the National Institute of Zorig Chusum where students undergo training course in Bhutan’s thirteen traditional arts and crafts; Folk Heritage Museum which will provide an insight into traditional Bhutanese farm house and rural past through exhibits and documentation of rural life.
After lunch, visit will visit to Changangkha Lhakhang, a fortress like temple built on a hill above Thimphu; visit to takin(Burdorcastaxicolor) zoo. Takin is chosen as our National Animal owing to its uniqueness and its association with the country’s religious history and mythology. Next drive towards the BBS tower to see a bird’s eye view of the capital; visit nunnery temple and followed by a visit to Tashichho Dzong also known as “the fortress of the glorious religion” which is Bhutan’s administration and religious centre and houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan, other Government offices. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot in Bhutan.
Overnight stay at Hotel, Thimphu.
Day-3 : Thimphu – Punakha
Early rise and drive to the Dochula (3150m pass) for breakfast. If the weather is clear, the Dochu- la pass offers the most spectacular views of the eastern Himalayan mountain ranges. Your journey continues with travels to the east onwards to Punakha through some of the Kingdom’s richest agricultural land and most dramatic river valleys. Then we drive to Punakha for lunch at hotel. After lunch we visit Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful Dzong from the architectural point of view. It was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. The Dzong is located at the convergence of two rivers, the Pho-chu & Mo-chu. After the Dzong we will take further ride to take a small hike to Nyzergang and visit the grand Khamsum Yuelly Namgyal Chorten. Dinner and overnight in Punakha.
Day 4: Punakha – Trongsa
We will drive to Trongsa. It is 142 kilometers and 5 hours drive away to the east from Punakha. Wangdue is another District and is only a half hours drive from Punakha. In 1638 wangdue Dzong was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, one year after the Punakha Dzong.
The route will go up all the way to Pele-la pass at 3300m. It is the main turning point between east & west and from here we will drive continued towards Trongsa. Along the path we may come across Yak herders camps and Yaks if your visit is during winter, we will also see high Himalayan nomadic villages like Rukubji and Chendebji. All the houses clustered together and aside from their subjects. Overnight halt at Hotel, Trongsa.
Day 5: Trongsa – Bumthang
Trongsa is the ancestral home of Bhutan’s Royal Family. Both the First and Second King ruled the Kingdom from this ancient seat. All the Kings of Bhutan have to become Trongsa’s Penelope (Honorary post of Governor) prior to being topped as the Druk Gyalpo (King of Bhutan). Trongsa Dzong (Fort) is one of the largest & the most impressive in the nation. It was first established in 1648 and later blew up several times. Because of being located on a high commanding position on the only connecting road between the eastern and western parts (where the trail actually goes through the Dzong), the residing here in this Dzong, the Trongsa Penlop was successfully able to hold the whole of eastern regions very effectively for many centuries. Travel to the ancient watchtower (Ta- Dzong), which is fixed above the town and it is the museum immediately. Close to three hours drive from Trongsa; we will turn over to the far-famed valley of Bumthang. Bumthang is made up of four major valleys, Chummey, Tang, Ura and Chokhor in (Jakar). A few miles after crossing the Yotong La Pass (3400m), you will encounter buckwheat fields and the only straight road in the nation going into the first valley of Bumthang, Chummey. The primary development center of the province is situated in Chokhor commonly known as the Jakar valley where you can find out a small morsel of the modern touch with Swiss influence. Along the way stop at Chumey village to see girls weaving Yathra the traditional woolen materials used for different intents on a traditional handloom. The finished products are all displayed in a shop outside in the open & for sale.
Overnight lodge in Bumthang
Day 6: Bumthang Valley
Today’s exploration of the Bumthang Valley, this valley are the general epithet for the four valleys of Ura, Chumey, Tang and Chokhor and is believed to be one of the most beautiful and sacred valleys of Bhutan.
The vale is also named the mini Switzerland of Bhutan. Your visit in Bumthang includes Jakar Dzong, the administrative heart of the valley; Jambay Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in the Bhutan, dating from the founding of Buddhism in Bhutan; and Kujey Lhakhang, one of the almost sacred offices, where Guru Rinpoche gave his body imprint on the cave when he was studying.
From there we will hike 30minutes to Tamshing Lhakhang lies on the other side of the river opposite the Kurje Lhakhang. It was built by Terton Pemalingpa the treasures discover, he was the ancestors of Royal Family; Kenchosum Lhakhang; and Mebar Tsho (Lake of Burning Fire), and this is a sacred lake for the Bhutanese who believe that Pema Lingpa discovered religious treasures from the lake.
Overnight halt at Hotel, Bumthang.
Day 7: Bumthang/Jakar – Tang
Bumthang is different from all the other valleys in Bhutan. It is very broad and open ranging in altitudes from 2600m to 4000m. Bumthang is a heaven for hikers and Trekkers, not to mention the numerous beautiful and important Buddhist monasteries and pilgrimage sites, securing it the Cultural and Historic heartland in Bhutan.
One could spend months exploring this fascinating valley. Nearly every little valley or hill has a backdrop of interesting myths and legends about Kings, Buddhist masters and Serpents. Bumthang is especially dominated by the religious influence of Padmasambhava (believed to be the second Buddha 8th A.D) and his reincarnation the Treasure Revealer. Terton Pemalingpa 1450-1521,borned from Bumthang, who is also known to have discovered many sacred Buddhist texts and other treasures hidden by Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) in various places.
Take a walk up to Tamshing monastery, founded by Terton Pemalingpa, where about 200 monks reside. Visit the Wangdichholing Palace, Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang, and the oldest monastery in the Kingdom. All the Kings of Bhutan are taken for their cremation rites to Kurjee Monastery. See some more temples.
Ride to the sacred Mebartsho (meaning Burning Lake) which will take 15 to 20 minutes from Jakar. The grandness of this site is indicated by the extensive array of prayer flags and is regarded as one of the most holy places for Buddhist pilgrims. After this visit drive back to Chamkhar and stroll the beautiful town of Bumthang.
Day 8: Ura
This small and beautiful village is situated about 1.5 hours drive from Bumthang, through gentle slopes carpeted in blue pine trees. You will pass over a beautiful mountain which has 3590m above sea level known as Ura La before reaching Ura Village. Houses are clustered giving a medieval feel.
This village closely clustered over 50 houses alongside cobblestone streets that give the village a medieval atmosphere.
People over there, especially women they used to cover their heads with a white piece of cloth to protect from the sun and hard cold. Behind their back, they carry sheepskin which is used as cushion just to protect their cloth from the loads they bear.
Since last two decades Ura has been translated from original community to a prosperous village under Bumthang District.
Towards the evening ride back to Chamkhar, Bumthang and overnight halt at Hotel, Bumthang.
Day 9: Bumthang-Phobjikha
Next day, your goal is to Phobjikha under Wangdue District. This valley is one of the most important places in Bhutan because the Wildlife Park for the large flock of black-necked cranes have been preserved in these areas.
Moreover, in that respect are many important Nyingmapa monasteries located dates back to the 17th C. Later on your sojourn to this plaza, you will serve your lunch at Chendebjee. After lunch, you will proceed to drive to Phobjikha Valley and visit north of Gangtey Goenpa to the Khewa Lhakhang then towards Semchubara village and the Chortens and Lhakhang over there. You will keep moving from there crossing the metal bridge to the community school.
Overnight halt at Hotel, Gangtey.
Day 10: Phobjikha-Thimphu
During 10th day, you will visit to Crane Observation and information center before you begin the journey to Thimphu. Along the style, you will check to view the renovation of Wangdue Dzong which was caught fire on 24th June, 2012. After that a short walk to Rinchen Gang clustered village to view the terrain paddy field and houses which are formed out of clay and rocks. The citizenry of the village are said to be Indian origin (Cooch Bikhar) came as laborers during the time of Zhabdrung Rinpoche to construct the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong.
For lunch you will stop at Dochu on the way towards Thimphu. At Dochula hotel, you can savor the sight of the Himalayan ranges and snow peaks. Just above Dochula Chortens, you will also visit to Druk Wanggyal Lhakhang built by the eldest Queen mother; the past and future appear to merge in the details of the Lhakhang that tells the story of a supreme warrior figure whose vision pierces the distant future.
Evening freely strolls into town and visit the various shops and overnight stay at Hotel, Thimphu.
Day 11: Haa Exploration
The next destination place is in Haa Valley, you will drive over Shelley Lea, 3822 m (between Paro and Haa), and pass through the forest of blue pines, fir, and oak. If the weather is clear, you can take in one of the highest peaks, Jhomolhari 7314 meters, other snow capped and the beautiful valley below the flip. Along the way, you will occur across many colorful prayer flags and blanked with dwarf rhododendrons.
After lunch, you will drive further down and arrive at Ha Valley, which is blessed by the presence of Meri Piensum, three small mountains symbolizing Rigsum Gonpo: Jampelyang (Manjushri), Chana Dorji (vajrapani) and Chenrizi (avaloketeshvara). You can explore the remote village which will occupy 30 minutes walk and stroll in town afterwards. You will also visit Lhakhang Karpo and Lhakhang Nagpo.
Towards evening drive back to Paro and leisurely walk into town and visit shops for shopping purposes.
Overnight halt at Hotel, Paro.
Day 12: Paro Festival
The Paro Tsechu is the most popular festival celebrated every year in Paro, Bhutan during the month of April (usually 11th – 15th April). During the festival, there will be a unique unfurling of the Thangka or Thongdrol(meaning liberation on sight) ceremonyaccompanied by traditional dances performed by district dancers and mask dances by monks & lay monks. The local people come dressed up in their finest colorful Ghos and kiras attends the festival to gain merits.
You will receive the chance to wait on this auspicious festival and you may mingle with Bhutanese people and enjoy the festival at the widest. Please kindly observe that this festival not an event organized for tourists; it is an issue that has been going on for hundreds.
Overnight halt at Hotel, Paro.
Day 13: Hike to ‘Tiger’s Nest’
After breakfast, visit to Taktshang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest. From the road point, it takes around 3-4 hours at an average walking speed. The course is well maintained till up to the Monastery. Along the style, you can see beautiful pine forest, many of the trees adorned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags and ritual cake being placed inside the caves which is constructed out of clay. Get enough rest and inhale fresh air. There are a light refreshments being served at the Taktsang cafeteria. At this juncture, you can view the edge of a sheer stone cliff and Takshang Monastery.
Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger Dorji Drolo, said to be his consort.
Granting to the caption, the monastery has its own meaning. Backward in 747 AD, Guru Padmasambhava (referred as second Lord Buddha), the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan had blessed this station. He came there flying on the back of Dorji Drolo (terrifying tiger) to subdue local deities. It is conceived that He had speculated in the cave for three months and hidden gems.
Likewise, in the same day, you will visit to Kyichu Lhakhang built on the left foot of treacherous ogress in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King Songsen Gampo. This temple is considered as one of the most important monasteries in Bhutan because legend says that this temple is also included amongst 108 monasteries built by the Tibetan King Songsen Gambia across the Himalayan region in a day to subdue the demons. However, the rest of the temple lies other neighboring countries.
Then next, you will drive to Drugyel Dzong (ruined fortress) strategic vantage point for the numerous defeat of invading Tibetan armies and here in clear weather can view the spectacular view of mount Jomolhari 7314m.
In the afternoon drive to the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. The third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck housed it into the National museum in the 1960s. The seven floor museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves equally the administrative center and school for monks, and walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town.
Overnight halt at Hotel, Paro.
Day 14: Departure
Early morning drive to the Paro International Airport for onward journey.
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