Bhutan’s capital Thimpu is best known for its Buddhist sites. Bhutanese celebrate many festivals in a year among them. Among them, one of the biggest festivals in Bhutan is the Thimphu Tshechu. This festival is celebrated in the capital city for three days beginning on 10th day of the 8th month of lunar calendar. The actual Tshechu is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods.
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Day 1 (28 Sep, Thursday): Arrive Paro
Welcome to Bhutan, on arrival you will be greeted with respect by our guide and transfer you to Hotel. After having your breakfast and lunch,visit the Rinpung Dzong, which is the administrative center of the valley. Then we will head toward Dzong through road head crossing a traditional wooden bridge. In the evening, you can stroll in Paro town. Overnight at Hotel
Day 2 (29 Sep, Friday): Paro to Thimphu
Morning, we will drive to Thimphu and visit some important landmarks which include King’s Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Monastery, traditional paper factory, Buddha Statues and the Tashi Chhoedzong, known as the “Fortress of Glorious Religion”. Overnight at Hotel
Day 3 (30 Sep, Saturday): Thimphu Festival
Finally the day has come to celebrate the main festival “Thimphu Tsechu”, It is full of colour and variation to the festival without compromising it’s spiritual significance. During the festival it shows the dancing styles with Mask dances like the Guru Tshengye (Eight Manifestations of Guru), Shaw Shachi are enjoyed because they are similar to stage-theater. Overnight at Hotel
Day 4 (01 Oct, Sunday): Thimphu to Punakha
After breakfast will go to Wangdue and stop by at Dochula for tea and biscuits and enjoy a view of the Eastern Himalayan Mountains. From Dochula to Wangdue, it’s another two hours drive. Then on the way will reach in Lobesa, visit the Punakha Dzong. This is the winter residence of Bhutan’s spiritual leader.The Dzong is built between two rivers known as “Phochu” (Male River) and “Mochu” (Female River). Check into Hotel. Dinner and stay overnight at hotel in Wangdue. Overnight at Hotel
Day 5 (02 Oct, Monday): Punakha to Paro
Now we will head to Paro through driving, crossing the Dochula Pass and enjoying stunning views of the Himalayas. Stopping by in Thimphu for lunch and then continue drive to Paro. In Paro, we will visit local archery ground and watch locals playing archery. It’s an unique sports. Overnight at Hotel
Day 6 (03 Oct, Tuesday): Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Today we will hike up to the Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery, the most famous pilgrim site, which clings to the rock at 3180m. According to the legend, it is believed that Guru Rimpoche, the 8th century Spiritual Master, flew to this location on the back of a tigress to meditate. We will get a chance to explore the monastery and hike back to Paro. Overnight at Hotel
Day 7 (04 Oct, Wednesday): Depart Paro
Our Guide will transfer you to airport for your flight back home or onward destination.