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Thimpu Festival Tour 2017

Thimphu, as the capital, is a unique blend of the modern and the ancient. The bustling modern town is surrounded by ancient temples and the Tashichhodzong, the seat of the government and the monastic order.

The Tsechu / festival are a religious festival in honor of Guru Rinpoche, who brought the Buddhism to this country in 8th century. The Bhutanese dressed in their finest clothes, come from all over for the festivities of the Thimphu Tsechu. It is believed one who witnesses the festival/the tsechu will bestow with much luck, they gain merits and their wishes are realized. The tsechu is also a yearly social gathering where people rejoice together. 

The Thimphu Tsechu or Thimphu festival is held in the courtyard of the Tashichho dzong. Since every year number of visitors, both tourist and Bhutanese are increasing very much, where all the people can not accommodate in the courtyard and the dance place is being constructed outside where more people can witness and enjoy the Thimphu Tsechu luxury. Most dances in the program have religious significance. Folk dance by the Royal Academy of Performing Arts is interspersed with religious or mask dance. 

The Thimphu Tsechu was established by the 4th temporal ruler, Tenzin Rabgye in 1670 on the 8th month of Bhutanese calendar to commemorate the birth of Guru Rinpoche.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01| Arrival in Paro to Thimphu (1.2 Hrs)
On arrival in Paro international airport you will be received by our representative and drive to Thimphu by private car/bus. Check into your hotel. Afternoon we proceed to visit memorial chorten, stupa build in the memory of our late 3rd king. Further we will proceed to Buddha viewpoint, from where we can see entire Thimphu city.
Overnight at Thimphu | Altitude: 2300m

THIMPHU DRUBCHEN / FESTIVAL - 25th - 29th September, 2017 [If you want to join this festival, Contact us for customize or book this trip]
THIMPHU TSHECHU / FESTIVAL - 30th Sept. - 2nd Oct, 2017 [If you want to join this festival, Contact us for customize or book this trip]
DRUK WANGYEL TSHECHU / FESTIVAL(Dochula, Thimphu) - 13th December, 2017 [If you want to join this festival, Contact us for customize or book this trip]
RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL (Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, THIMPHU)- 14th – 16th April, 2017 [If you want to join this festival, Contact us for customize or book this trip]
Day 02| Thimphu Festival
We will spend whole day in the festival which will accompany with various mask dances and folk dancers along with jokers actions in the crowd.
Overnight at Thimphu

Day 03| Thimphu Festival
Whole day in the interesting Thimphu festival or in the afternoon we can proceed for other sightseeing like visiting Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley. Visit takin’s preservation center. Evening, we will visit textile museum and government handicraft emporium. Overnight in Thimphu

Day 04| Thimphu – Punaka (2.5 Hrs)
After breakfast, visit the School of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Folk Heritage Museum and the National Library. Drive to the Zilukha nunnery to meet the nuns and interact with them. Lunch in the town and thereafter, proceed to drive two and a half hour for Punakha crossing Dochula pass (3200 mts).

If the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular snowcap view of the Eastern Himalayan as well as the the highest mountains of Bhutan that stretches almost 180 degrees. Walk around the 108 stupas and continue to sub tropical valley of Punakha.
Overnight at Punakha | Altitude: 1350m

Day 05| Punakha halt
Morning visit Punakha Dzong (fortress), which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. This is a fine example of Bhutanese rich Art and Architecture. Visit a farm house to see the kind of house that Bhutanese live in. After lunch, proceed for an hour hike to the temple of Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten which is perched on a hill from where you’ll see the Punakha valley. Along the walk, we’ll pass through the villages and the locals in their daily lives. Return to hotel for overnight in Punakha.
Overnight at Punakha

Day 06| Punakha – Paro (3.5 Hrs)
Morning visit Gangtey Gompa, the largest and the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan before continuing your drive back to Paro for approximately 6 hours. Visit the 17th century Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. Evening stroll around the old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores and to see the lifestyle of the Bhutanese people.
Overnight at Paro | Altitude 2200m

Day 07| Paro – Haa – Paro (6 Hrs)
Visit the temples of Dzongdrakha on foot which studs the rock cliff. Continue driving to Haa over the Chelela Pass, your highest point of the trip at 3800m. When the weather permits one can view the most scared mountain in the country Mt. Jomolhari (7314m). Visit the quiet, timeless Haa valley with a picnic lunch.  
Overnight at Paro

Day 08| Paro sightseeing
Early morning drive to the base for the hike up to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, the most revered temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro valley. It is said to be where the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padmasambhava, flew from eastern Bhutan on the back of a tiger to overcome the demons of Paro region who were opposing the spread of Buddhism.  Lunch in the cafeteria. Most of the day will go on the hike as you ascend gradually taking in the breathtaking views along the way.
Overnight at Paro

Day 09| Departure:
Morning transfer to the airport(15 mins) for your departure flight. Our tour staff will bid you farewell at the airport.

Transportation and Travel situation in Bhutan
Ground transportation is by private  vehicles based on number of travelers. we provide clean Air conditioning  and  heat in vehicles . expect bad roads with uphill and narrow tracks too, travel time might delay due to weather too.

please consult your doctor before you come to travel. in Bhutan we have local doctors to assist incase if needed.

Hotels / Resorts / Tents
We choose nice and best available hotels based on your budget. you will have private rooms with hot and cold showers

Guide, Driver and helpers
local expert guides and drivers.
this program can be customized based on your time and interest

Service Includes during Bhutan Tour

  • Bhutan Visa arrangement service
  • Government royalty and all the taxes
  • FIT Surcharge for one and two persons
  • Accommodations in A grade hotels
  • Three meals a day breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Full time English speaking Bhutanese guide
  • Private transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Museums and parks fees indicated in the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water throughout the journey

 Excludes in the package / supplement during Bhutan Tour

  • Flight fares from Kathmandu, Bangkok, Singapore, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Dhaka, Mumbai, Guwahati, Gaya to Bhutan- please choose the route and let us know we book for you
  • Personal expenses and any alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Tips to guide, driver, trekking staff, hotel service, etc.
  • Single room supplement charge for two Pax and above
  • Luxury hotels/resorts available on supplement cost
  • Specialized /language guides available on supplement cost
  • Travel / Medical Insurance

Visa processing

  • Bhutan visa is pre-process by our company we need to have your passport copy by scan on our e-mail. we will send you electronic visa on your mail. you need to print and carry to fly to Bhutan. at immigration authorities will stamp on your passport.
  • your passport must be valid more than 6 months at the time  of travel in Bhutan
* Notes: There are regular flights from Kathmandu Nepal, Bangkok Thailand, Delhi India to Bhutan . for flights and package please contact us now

Some useful Bhutanese phrases during tours
Hello :              Ku-zu-zam-po-la (meaning good health)
Thank You :     Ka din chey la
See you :          Lok jey gay
Good bye :       Lus la “or” Laso la

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Dear Rajan,
Many thanks for organizing such a wonderful tour for us. This will remain our unforgettable trip! We felt so lucky that we were able to visit your beautiful country during the 30th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Bhutan and Japan.

We spent one night in Thimphu, two nights in Phunakha, and two nights in Paro. Phunaka's Lobesa hotel became one of the most impressive splendid hotels we have ever stayed! Its view from the window was just gorgeous and took our breath away.

Nawang was a knowledgeable, kind and caring guide and we learned a lot about your beautiful country from him. Ugay was a safe driver and we felt so comfortable in the lovely Nissan four wheels.

The tour was both very informative and fun. In addition, Nawang accommodated many of our requests and re-arranged the original schedule to our satisfaction. Going to the weekend market in Thimphu became one of the highlights of this tour for us !

We'd like to visit Bhutan again in the future and we will definitely ask you again to organize tour for us.

Finally, we would like to thank Rajan for being such a friendly coordinator. Your responses were always so prompt!!

Yours sincerely,
Nory and Mayuri from Tokyo, Japan
Email: mayurih@hotmail.com

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