Paro Tshechu Festival


The Paro Tshechu festival is considered one of the most colorful and wonderful festivals and is very popular with visitors. This Paro Tshechu festival usually takes place in March or April which is considered a major attraction and people travel from neighboring districts to participate in the festivity. Festival participants put on ornamental dress and elaborate costumes that are worn just once a year. Other highlights of the Paro Festival include the Thongdrels on the last day.

Early in the morning on the last day of the celebration the monks display a Thongdrel (embroidered painting)- gigantic thangka, the Guru Throngdel, inside the dzong. Thongdrels are especially impressive examples of Buddhist art and never fail to amaze viewers. They are considered so sacred that simply seeing a Thongdrel is said to cleanse the viewer of sin. Thongdrel is rolled back up before direct sunlight touches it. 

 

Outline itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Paro
Day 02: Paro sightseeing
Day 03: Paro Festival
Day 04: Paro – Thimphu
Day 05: Thimpu – Paro
Day 06: Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Paro and sightseeing
During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga (if flying from Kathmandu or Delhi) and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Chomolhari and Mount Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, meet our representative and escorted to the hotel. After lunch visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars which now house the nation’s heritage, Bhutan’s National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, the massive fortress is located on a small hill just above the Paro River (Pachu). The Dzong houses the district administration office and the District Monk body. It was built in 1645 A.D. Back to hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Morning Tiger’s Nest Hike and Afternoon Paro sightseeing 
In the morning hike to Taktsang Monastery. Taktsang meaning "Tiger's Nest”, is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (also known as Guru Padmasambhava) meditated. The eighth century's monastery is perched on a rock overlooking a sheer drop and clings seemingly impossible to a cliff of rock at 2,950 m above the sea level.
After lunch visit Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fortress, which was once, defended this valley from Tibetan invasions.  After then proceed towards Kyichu Lhakhang (Monastery). One of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan was built in 659 A.D by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet as one of the 108 such monasteries he built in across the Himalayas to spread Buddhism. Evening is free. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Paro Tshechu/festival
After breakfast, attend the festival. Paro festival is one of the most popular festivals in the country and amongst the tourist. Offers the best opportunity to witness the Bhutanese's rich culture, history and religion that distinguish the people and country distinctly from the rest of the countries. Bring you a closer contact with the people and give you an insight into the Bhutanese lives, beliefs and more. During Tshechu, the dances are performed by monks as well as by laymen. The Tshechu is a religious festival and by attending it, it is believed one gains merits. It is also a yearly social gathering where the people come together to rejoice dressed in all their finery. Overnight Hotel in Thimphu.

Day 04: Paro – Thimphu
Morning Watch Paro festival and drive to Thimphu.  En route visit the National Memorial Chorten (a huge Stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Upon arrival in Thimphu check into the hotel. 

After lunch visit the Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building where the office of the government ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room, and the office and the living quarters of the Monk Body and its Chief Abbot are housed. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased. Visit the Painting and Woodcraft School where the traditional art and painting is kept alive. Visit the Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit Simtokha Dzong (6 km from Thimphu) the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built in 1629 AD. In the evening explore the busy Thimphu town. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Thimphu – Paro
After breakfast drive 12 km north of Thimphu to hike to Tango and Cheri monasteries. It will take about 45 minutes to hike to the monastery. Tango Monastery is a Buddhist college, and it's the residence of the Desi Tenzin Rabgye, a young boy who is the reincarnation of the 16th-century monk who built Tango. After visiting Tango monastery, hike to Cheri monastery, which is also about a 45-minute hike. After lunch drive back to Thimphu for last minute shopping. In the evening drive back to Paro. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Departure
After breakfast free till departure time. Transfer to the airport for onward journey.

Fixed Departure Date

2015: Mar- 28, 29, 30

2016: Mar- 18,19, 20

Price Includes:

  • Necessary airport, hotel and airport transfers
  • Bhutan Visa Fee
  • Government approved A and B category hotels on twin sharing basis
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan.
  • Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu airfare
  • Airport tax
  • Entrance fees and permit
  • Overland transport in comfortable private vehicle
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Experienced English speaking  guide
  • Government royalty, tax and Fees
  • Service Charge

Price Excludes:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Beverages
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Tips to guides and drivers
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc

The Tour Group
For this festival tour minimum of 2 pax and maximum of 12 pax is ideal. But we can organize this tour for any group size.

Health & Experience Required
Any people who are in normal health condition can go with this trip. No any experience is required. But it is food to consult with your doctor before you decide and set up for the Tour. Get health advice and take necessary vaccinations prior to leaving the country.

Travel Insurance
It would be best for you to make travel insurance before the trips that will be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents. Please be noted that we don't arrange or sell insurance.
 
Accommodations
Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as grade A, B and C. These government approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time of your booking, we provide best one. All accommodations are on twin sharing basis included in the trip cost. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference and get single rooms on request by paying a single supplement.

Why Us?
Black Diamond is primarily dedicated to satisfying our travelers from around the globe. We give our best in this field because we are committed to providing you with the best services possible from our side. 

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