Paro Tshechu

Trip Facts

Paro Tshechu
Length : 11 Day - 10 Night
Start : Paro
Finish : Paro
Trip Style : Festival Tour
Discounts : Applicable on this trip
Group Size : Maximum 12, Avg 5
Group Leader : Certified Tour Leader from The DBT.
Transport : New Model Toyota Hiace /Coaster bus/Land Cruiser not more than 3 years old.
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Can it be Tailored? : Yes

Trip Overview

The Paro Tshechu is held every spring and is one of the most colourful and significant events in Paro district. The Paro Tsechu Festival is a wonderful time to visit Bhutan, experience its ancient culture, and get enthralled in the celebrations. The festival comes alive with vibrant colours, music, dances and drama as people gather to enjoy the masked dances, and other sacred rituals.

The first day of the Paro Tsechu Festival usually has rituals being held inside the courtyard of Paro Dzong. The celebrations on the rest of the days take place outside in an open ground. On the final day, the festivities conclude with the display of a giant GuruThongdroel (embroidered painting) of Guru Rinpoche before dawn. It is an impressive example of Buddhist art and is considered so sacred that simply seeing it is said to cleanse the viewer of sin.

The unfolding of the silk thongdroel, which is so large it covers the face of the building, is considered one of the most sacred blessings in the whole of Bhutan. This holy scroll ‘confers liberation by the mere sight of it’ (the meaning of the word ‘thongdroel‘ in Bhutanese).

Date: 31March – 04th April, 2015

Venue: Paro, Bhutan

Trip Overview

This tour explores the highlights of Bhutan’s western valleys as follows:

  • Witness sacred dances and rituals performed by monks and laymen in elaborate, colourful costumes
  • Join in the tshechu festivities, receive blessing and socialize with the locals
  • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and dzongs in western Bhutan and marvel at the elaborate and ancient wall paintings and carvings in them
  • Visit many cultural sites including medieval dzongs, markets and museums in Thimphu, Punakha and Haa
  • Visit the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor
  • Be the first to visit Haa valley steeped in the legends of Ap Chundu, the guardian deity
  • Enjoy the beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests.

Outline Iteinerary

DAY01: ARRIVE PARO

  • After one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, our representative will meet you at Paro airport
  • Having settled in the hotel and after a hearty lunch, visit Ta Dzong Museum housing many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts to acquaint you with Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past. The visit to the Paro Dzong is not possible because of the preparation for the tshechu.
  • Drive to seventh-century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Srongtsen Gampo. Kyichu, which houses a great golden image of Buddha Shakyamuni, is built like the Jowokhang (main temple inside Potola palace) in Lhasa.

DAY 02:   PARO

  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery. A walk of approximately two hours uphill taking you almost a kilometre above the valley. (Horses will be arranged up to the viewing point for those who can not walk.) Perched on a sheer cliff face, 900 metres above the valley floor, the monastery is also an important pilgrimage site for the Buddhists. The Guru Rinpoche is said to have landed here on the back of a flying tigress in the 8th Century. He then mediated in a cave for three months where the monastery was later built.
  • In the afternoon, attend the Paro Tshechu festival. You will see locals dressed in their finest clothes who have walked from miles around to attend the festivities. While the underlying purpose of the festival is spiritual, dances are more often like plays, telling stories where good triumphs over evil, or depicting significant historical events, especially surrounding the life of Bhutan’s patron saint, Padmasambhava popularly known as Guru Rinpoche.

DAY 03:   PARO – THIMPHU

  • Wake up at 2.30am and drive to Paro Dzong to witness the thongdroel ceremony where a large religious painting of Guru Rinpoche made of silk is unfurled on the side of the monastery next to the dzong. This event signifies the final day of the annual festival. An elaborate session of religious rituals and dances are performed before the thongdroel is rolled up for safe keeping, before the first rays of the sun strike the valley.
  • After resting at the hotel, drive to the capital, Thimphu following the Pachu River
  • Stop on the way to take in the magnificent Tamchhog Lhakhang, the temple of Bhutan’s iron bridge builder, Thangtong Gyalpo.

DAY 04: THIMPHU

  • Visit National Memorial Chorten dedicated to the Third King, revered as the father of modern Bhutan, who passed away in 1972. He was the one who decided to shift the capital from Punakha, once the power house of Bhutanese politics, to Thimphu for practical, if not (regional) political reasons in 1953.
  • Once a broad, fertile rice-growing village, Thimphu is today the nation’s bustling capital with religious-historical significance from the past to political and historical events that occurred in the present day. The 12-century Changangkha and Drubthob monastery housing the present-day Zilukha Nunnery are some of the great monuments from the past.
  • Visit Tashichhodzong, ‘the fortress of the glorious religion,’ the most important landmark. Seat of His Majesty’s secretariat, the Central Monastic Body and various ministries, it was initially erected in 1641 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and was rebuilt in the 1960s by the third king, who worked alongside the workers carrying huge logs on his shoulders.
  • An animal lover would not missTakin Preserve, the zoo housing the takins, the national animal of Bhutan. Started as a shelter for a few stray takins years ago, it has turned into a full-fledged zoo but in an almost natural surrounding.
  • If during the weekends, visit Farmers’ Centenary Market to sample or observe the activities in Thimphu’s main vegetable market that provides a great photo opportunity.

DAY 05: THIMPHU – TRONGSA

  • Drive from Thimphu to Trongsa (7-8 hrs) over the Dochu-La pass (3,100m) and Pele La pass (3,420m) on the Black Mountain range.Dochu-La affords a magnificent view of the eastern Himalayan ranges on a clear day. En route visit Chendebji Chorten, erected in the 18th century. The imposing Trongsa Dzong can be viewed across a deep canyon from Tangsibji/Tshangkha. Trongsa is the ancestral home of Bhutan’s ruling dynasty.

DAY 06: TRONGSA – BUMTHANG

  • Visit to Trongsa Dzong, a masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Trongsa Dzong is the largest one in Bhutan and the seat where the institution of monarchy began. Today, the heir apparent is invested as the Trongsa Penlop before ascending the Throne.
  • Visit the Ta Dzong, which has been renovated as Heritage Museum housing an incredible collection of historical artifacts of the Royal Family and a range of traditional armour.
  • Proceed towards Bumthang, the spiritual heartland of the country. The road winds steeply up to Yotung La Pass (3,400m) before descending down through dense coniferous forest to Chummey valley.The Bumthang Valley is home to some of Bhutan’s oldest palaces, Buddhist temples and monasteries.
  • Visit the 16th century Tamshing Lhakhang containing ancient Buddhist wall paintings, 7th century Jambay Lhakhang and Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in the kingdom where Bhutan’s patron saint Guru Rimpoche meditated.

DAY 07: BUMTHANG

  • Enjoy a day exploring some of the many sites around Bumthang. The 16th century Tang Ugyen Chholing Palace features a museum containing an excellent overview of traditional rural life in Bhutan. Continue on to visit the pool of Mebartso (The Lake of Fire). It is here thatTerton Pemalingpa (founder of the Nyingmapa sect) is said to have discovered treasures (religious) hidden by Guru Rinpoche.

DAY 08: BUMTHANG – PUNAKHA

  • Depart for Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan stopping along the way at Trongsa for lunch. On arrival, enjoy a stroll through the Punkha Township.

DAY 09: PUNAKHA

  • On arrival, visit Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness” built in 1637 situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (Mother and Father Rivers) and is the winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move en masse from Thimphu to this warmer location. The three-storied main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture. Bhutan’s first king was crowned here in 1907.
  • Visit Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the Drukpa Kuenly, the Divine Madman. Considered a temple of fertility, childless couples come here to offer prayers for a child.

DAY 10: PUNAKHA – PARO

  • Drive to Yabesa village and hike through ricefields up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten, built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. The Chorten houses paintings belonging to Nyingma traditions.
  • Afterwards drive back to Thimphu and visit Handicrafts Bazaar and other souvenir stores.
  • Continue drive to Paro.

DAY 11: DEPART PARO

  • Breakfast in the hotel, then drive to the airport for flight to your new destination.

Note: An alternative tour programme, excluding trip to Trongsa and Bumthang but including a visit to Phobjkha, the valley where the black necked-cranes come to roost in winter and Haa valley next to Paro, the emerging tourist destination with its own unique culture, could be custom-designed, if the clients so desire.

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Price Details

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), Tourism Business regulating agency of the Royal Government of Bhutan, fixes the Tourist Tariff rate. This rate is valid for all the inclusive tour packages. The tariffs for tourists visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:

Peak Season Rate: (March, April, May, September, October and November) Cultural Tour /Trekking – US$ 250/per person per night halt.

Low Season Rate:(January, February, June, July, August and December) Cultural Tour /Trekking- US$ 200/per person per night halt.

Price Inclusions

  • Bhutan Royalty ($65 per person per day).
  • Visa Fees ($40 per person).
  • All necessary permit fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • All meals including evening tea.
  • All accommodation in our partner hotels, which are some of the best in the country on twin sharing basis.
  • All trekking equipments and logistics including cooks, camp personnel, horsemen and ponies.
  • English-speaking tour leader, guide and driver.
  • Trekking Insurance (Our value-added service).
  • Cultural Performance (our value-added service).

Price Exclusion

  • Airfare for flights into and out of Bhutan.
  • All personal expenses like laundry, telephone, tips, shopping expenses.
  • Meals and Beverages other than the ones mentioned above (see inclusions).
  • Spa Charges.
  • Travel and Medical insurance.

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