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Thimphu Tshechu Tour

THIMPHU TSHECHU TOUR

Tour Name Duration Places to be visited
Thimphu Tshechu Tour 07 days Paro, Thimphu and Punakha,

Thimphu Tsechu is yet another important occasion held every year during the month of October near the courtyard of the Tashichoedzong on the presence of the King, Jekhenpo, member of the monk and the civil servant in the capital. The first tsechu in Bhutan was started by Desi Tenzin Rabgye, the 4th temporal ruler of Bhutan to commemorate the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche (padmasambava) on the 10th -12 Day of Bhutanese calendar.

of people turn up for four days dances and prayer, colorful and well choreographed mask dances are done during this Tshechu. Also, you will obtain the opportunity to photograph an exotic mask dance, a happy, welcoming people, the colorful traditional dances and distinctive architecture, tour western Bhutan like Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Wangduephodrang exploring important cultural sites and memorials.

Included in this package
Accommodation (3-Star/twin sharing)
Bhutan visa fee
Government royalty & taxes
English speaking tour guide
Transportation
Sightseeing
Daily 3 meals (B/L/D)
Bottled water
Entrance fees
Not included in this package
Flights to and from Bhutan
Personal expense/shopping
Alcoholic Beverages
4 or 5 star accommodation (extra charges will apply)
Travel insurance
Tips for guide and driver

Itineraries

Day 1: Arrive Paro & Drive To Thimphu

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: 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 & 4: Thimphu Festival

For these many days, you will attend Thimphu festival; you will enjoy seeing various dances being performed by monks. You will see many people come with attractive Bhutanese attires. And many distinct things you will explore during your stay in Thimphu.

Overnight halt at Hotel, Thimphu.

Day-5: 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. Evening Drive back to Paro.

Day 6: Tiger Nest hike

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 path is well maintained till up to the Monastery. On the way, 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 made out of mud. Take enough rest and inhale fresh air. There is a light refreshments being served at the Taktsang cafeteria. At this junction, you can view the edge of a sheer rock 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.

According to the legend, the monastery has its own significance. Back in 747 AD, Guru Padmasambhava(referred as second Lord Buddha), the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan had blessed this place. He came there flying on the back of Dorji Drolo(terrifying tiger) to subdue local deities. It is believed that He had mediated in the cave for three months and hidden treasures.

Also, 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 most important monasteries in Bhutan because legend says that this temple is also included amongst 108 monasteries built by the Tibetan King Songsen Gambo across Himalayan region in a day to subdue the demoness. However, rest of the temples lie other neighboring countries.

Then next, you will drive to Drugyel Dzong(ruined fortress) strategic vantage point for 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 as the administrative center and school for monks, and walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town.

Overnight stay at Hotel, Paro.

Day 7: Paro Departure

Morning drive to Paro International Airport for your onward journey.

Accommodation

There are many hotels in Bhutan general clean and up to the standard of tourists. Hotels in Bhutan are being rated by the Hotel Rating System like other countries.

Bhutan Yeodzer Tour, Treks and Travel puts you up within the best offered hotels in Bhutan

Pema Wangchuk,
General Manager
Bhutan Yeodzer Tour, Treks and Travel, Paro , Bhutan
Post Box No:1202
Email:pemasedi@gmail.com
Office # + (975) 08270243, Mobile # + (975) 17722329