Thimphu Festival Bhutan Paro

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE THIMPHU FESTIVAL TOUR

Thimphu Festival one of the biggest festivals in the country. This festival is held in the capital city for three days beginning on the 10th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. This Tshechu is witnessed by thousands of people many of which travel from neighbouring Dzongkhags (districts) to attend the festivities. The actual Tshechu is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods.

The Thimphu Festival was established by the 4th Temporal Ruler, Gyalsee Tenzin Rabgay in 1867. On that time the Tshechu consisted of only a few dances being performed strictly by monks. These were the Zhana chham and the Zhana Nga chham (Dances of the 21 Black Hats), Durdag (Dance of the Lords of the Cremation Ground), and the Tungam chham (Dance of the Terrifying Deities). In the 1950s the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck introduced numerous Boed chhams (mask dances performed by lay monks). These additions added colour and variation to the festival without compromising its spiritual significance. Mask dances like the Guru Tshengye (Eight Manifestations of Guru), Shaw Shachi (Dance of the Stags) are enjoyed because they are similar to stage-theatre.

To farmers, the Tshechu is also seen as a break from farm life. Its an occasion to celebrate, receive blessings and pray for health and happiness.

THIMPHU TSECHU DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Paro International Airport

Upon arrival at Paro International airport, you will be welcomed by our company representative and the tour guide will receive and escort you to designated Hotels in Thimphu.

The drive to Thimphu – the world’s smallest capital takes about an hour on a well-paved two-lane road that follows the Paro River downstream to the confluence with Wang Chu (Thimphu River). The 60 km road then turn upstream towards Thimphu along the Wang Chu. Check-in at the designated hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu Tshechu

After breakfast, drive to Tashichhodzong to attend the first day of the Thimphu Tshechu. You will see locals dressed in their finest clothes who have walked from miles around to attend the festivities. They come to watch masked dances, to pray, and to feast. 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 (also known as Guru Rinpoche). There is inevitably a great deal of socializing as well.

Day 3: Morning – attend Tshechu

After a leisurely breakfast, we will attend Thimphu Tshechu up to Lunchtime or return back to the Festival Ground after lunch.

Afternoon: Two Optional Programs are: (1) Attend the Tshechu, (2) Sightseeing in and around Thimphu by visiting Memorial Chorten, 12th-century Changangkha Temple, National Library and Zorig Chusum (13 Arts & Crafts). In the evening stroll in Thimphu city to see colourful people in festive moods.

Day 4: Thimphu – Punakha

Check-out from the hotel and drive to Punakha, the former Capital of Bhutan (77 Km) from Thimphu. Enjoy a panoramic view of Black Mountain range at Dochu La, Visit Druk Wangyel Lhakhang, and Royal Botanical Garden on the way. Dochu La is a paradise for photographers.

On arrival, visit Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness” built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’. It is 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.

After lunch, enjoy a walk to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the Drukpa Kuenly who is also known as the Divine Madman. He inherited the Divine Madman title since he revolted against the orthodox Buddhism in his time. He taught the people that religion is an inner feeling and it’s not necessary that one should be an ordained monk. He is also considered a symbol of fertility and most childless couples go to his temple for blessing.

Day 5: Punakha – Thimphu – Paro

After breakfast drive to Yabesa village and hike to through rice fields and up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten, built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk.

Drive back to Thimphu where you will visit Textile Museum, Handicrafts Emporium, Crafts Bazaar where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased.

Afterwards proceed to Paro, on arrival in Paro, check into the hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

Day 6: A day hike to Taktsang Monastery

After breakfast,you will hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 ½ hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. Then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months. The principal Lhakhang (monastery) of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has now been fully restored to its former beauty.

After visiting the monastery, walk back down to the road on the way stop for lunch at the viewpoint cafeteria and then walk further down to the road point. Then drive back to the hotel and relax.

Dinner and overnight in Paro.

Day 7: Depart Paro

Breakfast in the hotel then drives to the airport for flight to your onward destination.
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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE THIMPHU FESTIVAL TOUR

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Description

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE THIMPHU FESTIVAL TOUR

Thimphu Festival one of the biggest festivals in the country. This festival is held in the capital city for three days beginning on the 10th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. This Tshechu is witnessed by thousands of people many of which travel from neighbouring Dzongkhags (districts) to attend the festivities. The actual Tshechu is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods.

The Thimphu Festival was established by the 4th Temporal Ruler, Gyalsee Tenzin Rabgay in 1867. On that time the Tshechu consisted of only a few dances being performed strictly by monks. These were the Zhana chham and the Zhana Nga chham (Dances of the 21 Black Hats), Durdag (Dance of the Lords of the Cremation Ground), and the Tungam chham (Dance of the Terrifying Deities). In the 1950s the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck introduced numerous Boed chhams (mask dances performed by lay monks). These additions added colour and variation to the festival without compromising its spiritual significance. Mask dances like the Guru Tshengye (Eight Manifestations of Guru), Shaw Shachi (Dance of the Stags) are enjoyed because they are similar to stage-theatre.

To farmers, the Tshechu is also seen as a break from farm life. Its an occasion to celebrate, receive blessings and pray for health and happiness.

THIMPHU TSECHU DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Paro International Airport

Upon arrival at Paro International airport, you will be welcomed by our company representative and the tour guide will receive and escort you to designated Hotels in Thimphu.

The drive to Thimphu – the world’s smallest capital takes about an hour on a well-paved two-lane road that follows the Paro River downstream to the confluence with Wang Chu (Thimphu River). The 60 km road then turn upstream towards Thimphu along the Wang Chu. Check-in at the designated hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu Tshechu

After breakfast, drive to Tashichhodzong to attend the first day of the Thimphu Tshechu. You will see locals dressed in their finest clothes who have walked from miles around to attend the festivities. They come to watch masked dances, to pray, and to feast. 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 (also known as Guru Rinpoche). There is inevitably a great deal of socializing as well.

Day 3: Morning – attend Tshechu

After a leisurely breakfast, we will attend Thimphu Tshechu up to Lunchtime or return back to the Festival Ground after lunch.

Afternoon: Two Optional Programs are: (1) Attend the Tshechu, (2) Sightseeing in and around Thimphu by visiting Memorial Chorten, 12th-century Changangkha Temple, National Library and Zorig Chusum (13 Arts & Crafts). In the evening stroll in Thimphu city to see colourful people in festive moods.

Day 4: Thimphu – Punakha

Check-out from the hotel and drive to Punakha, the former Capital of Bhutan (77 Km) from Thimphu. Enjoy a panoramic view of Black Mountain range at Dochu La, Visit Druk Wangyel Lhakhang, and Royal Botanical Garden on the way. Dochu La is a paradise for photographers.

On arrival, visit Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness” built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’. It is 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.

After lunch, enjoy a walk to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the Drukpa Kuenly who is also known as the Divine Madman. He inherited the Divine Madman title since he revolted against the orthodox Buddhism in his time. He taught the people that religion is an inner feeling and it’s not necessary that one should be an ordained monk. He is also considered a symbol of fertility and most childless couples go to his temple for blessing.

Day 5: Punakha – Thimphu – Paro

After breakfast drive to Yabesa village and hike to through rice fields and up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten, built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk.

Drive back to Thimphu where you will visit Textile Museum, Handicrafts Emporium, Crafts Bazaar where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased.

Afterwards proceed to Paro, on arrival in Paro, check into the hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

Day 6: A day hike to Taktsang Monastery

After breakfast,you will hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 ½ hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. Then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months. The principal Lhakhang (monastery) of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has now been fully restored to its former beauty.

After visiting the monastery, walk back down to the road on the way stop for lunch at the viewpoint cafeteria and then walk further down to the road point. Then drive back to the hotel and relax.

Dinner and overnight in Paro.

Day 7: Depart Paro

Breakfast in the hotel then drives to the airport for flight to your onward destination.
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  • Cab Facilities
  • Local tax
  • Playground Nearby
  • Return Ferry Tickets
  • Bike equipment
  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Collision Coverage
  • Transportation
  • Restaurant Nearby
  • Golf Nearby
  • Deluxe Coach
  • Central Air/Heat
  • Parking
  • Guides / Assistance
  • Live entertainment
  • Dinner
  • Cruise
  • Room service and meals
  • Professional tour escort
  • Beach Access
  • Roundtrip Hotel Transfers
  • Suitable for Children
  • Historic Area Nearby
  • Snowcat ride
  • Admission to park(s)
  • Driver
  • Diving Nearby
  • Service fee for tour guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Amusement Park Nearby
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Lunch
  • wheelchair
  • Jetski Tours Nearby
  • Shopping
  • Deck Furniture
  • Security System
  • State/National Park Nearby

Exclusions


  •     Extra stay pre/post tour    
  •     Extra water bottle charges    
  •     Medicines required if any    
  •     Airfare & airport taxes    
  •     Visa charges    
  •     Insurance    
  •     Passport costs    
  •     All meals and drinks    
  •     Tips to coach drivers    
  •     Tips and Gratuities    
  •     Return Airport Transfer    
  •     Any optional tours    
  •     Any airport arrival/departure tax    
  •     Alcoholic beverages    

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