Thimphu Tshechu Festival


One of the biggest festivals in the country is the Thimphu Tshechu festival. This Thimphu Tshechu festival is held in the capital city for three days usually occurs in September or October. This Tshechu is witnessed by thousands of people many of which travel from neighboring Dzongkhags (districts) to attend the festivities. One has to come early to secure a place to sit and watch the Festival.

The Thimphu festival takes place inside the Tashichho Dzong, capital-building courtyard. The capital building also houses the offices of the King, Ministry of Home Affairs, as well as summer residences for the monks when they move to the capital from their Punakha winter residence. The actual Tshechu is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Paro, 
Day 02: Paro-Thimphu
Day 03: Thimphu Sightseeing
Day 04: Thimphu Tshechu
Day 05: Thimphu – 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 Hotel. After lunch 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. 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. Back to hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Morning Tiger’s Nest Hike and afternoon transfer to Thimphu
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 drive towards Thimphu and visit to Tashichho Dzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government's office and King's Throne room it is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Then, visit the National Memorial Chorten (a huge Stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972., it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace. Evening is free. Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Thimphu City Sightseeing
After breakfast, visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased. Visit the School of Traditional Paintings - Known as ‘Zorig Chusum’ where 13 traditional arts of Bhutan be trained. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit Paper Factory, Changzamtok textile,  Nunnery,  Takin reserve. Visit Simtokha Dzong (6 km from Thimphu) the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built in 1629 AD. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 04: Thimphu Tshechu
After breakfast, attend the Thimphu Tshechu Festival held outside the courtyard of Tashichho dzong. The Tshechu is a festival in honour of Guru Rimpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism to Himalaya and Bhutan. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Dy 05: Thimphu – Paro
Morning, attend the Thimphu festival. After lunch drive back to Paro. Visit Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fortress, which was once, defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower which now houses the National Museum. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight at hotel in Paro.

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

Fixed Departure Date

2015: Sep- 20, 21, 22, 23

2016: Sep- 8, 9, 10, 11

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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