Paro Festival 2018
Paro Festival 2018
Western Bhutan
8 Days
From $1,615.00
Festivals in Bhutan

All Tshechu festivals, honors Padma Sambhawa, also known as Guru Rimpoche, the precious yogi and saint who is credited with having introduced Tantric Buddhism throughout the Himalayas. The festival’s masked dances are performed by monks clad in colorful brocade attire and permeated by chants and reading of Buddhist scripts. The culmination of festival constitutes the unfolding of a huge cloth thanka, a sacred scroll, depicting Padma Smabhawa and imagery from Buddhist pantheon.


◾Government Fees, Royalty & Taxes.
◾Bhutan Visa.
◾Tours as mentioned in the itinerary.
◾Standard hotel room (Twin/double bed).
◾All meals (Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner) at a local restaurant or hotel.
◾SUV Car, Mini Van or Bus with driver throughout your stay.
◾Experienced tour guide.
◾Sights & entrance fees as per the itinerary.
◾Bottled water.


◾Travel insurance.
◾Costs for extra activities
◾Personal drinks & beverages
◾Additional hotel facilities like laundry, personal calls etc.
◾Airfare
◾Single room supplement: US$ 20 per room per nigh

  1. Day 1 PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - PARO
    Upon arrival at Paro International airport, you will be met by your guide.. After lunch visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Rinpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”), the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley, built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
    Then visit Kyichu Lhakhang. The Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the oldest lhakhangs to have been built in Bhutan. It is one of the 108 lhakhangs built by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century AD. The king is said to have built 108 lhakhangs in a day throughout the Himalayan regions, of which Kyichu lhakhang in Paro and Jampa lhakhang in Bumthang are two. Then in the evening, explore the beautiful town of Paro.
    Overnight at Paro.
  2. Day 2 THE PARO TSHECHU FESTIVAL
    Attend the first two days of the Paro Tshechu festival. We will be arranging walking tours to suit.
    Overnight at Paro.
  3. Day 3 THE PARO TSHECHU FESTIVAL
    Attend the first two days of the Paro Tshechu festival. We will be arranging walking tours to suit.
    Overnight at Paro.
  4. Day 4 THIMPHU
    After breakfast drive to Dodeyna to climb through a beautiful forest track to the Tango Monastery which overlooks a forested valley and other Buddhist retreats high in the mountains.
    After lunch, visit the National Memorial Chorten built in honour of Bhutan’s late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and drive uphill to the Kuensel Phodrang to see a large statue of Buddha Shakya Muni being built.
    In the afternoon, you will also get an opportunity to visit National Institute of Traditional Medicines, National Insitute of Zorig Chusum (School of 13 arts & crafts), Royal Textiles Academy and local handmade paper house. In the evening explore Thimphu town.
    Overnight at Thimphu.
  5. Day 5 THIMPHU – PUNAKHA
    Following breakfast at your resort, leave for day tour by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Drive to Punakha via the Dochula Pass (3,140 m). On the way stop to see the spectacular array of chortens, to enjoy the superb view over the snow capped Himalayan Mountains and also to the Gasa Dzong at a distance if the weather is clear.
    Then we proceed to visit some of the Bhutan most interesting sight like Punakha Dzong. The impressive Punakha Dzong lies between two great rivers. The names of the rivers are Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). This Dzong serves as the winter residence for the Je Khenpo, Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body and also the office of the district administration. Walk about 30 minutes among the beautiful terrace farmland and farm houses to visit Chimi Lakhang, which was built by Lam Drukpa Kuenley (the devine Madman) in the 15th centure. Upon completion of tour, you’re transferred to your hotel, where you can enjoy dinner and an evening at your leisure.
    Overnight at Punakha.
  6. Day 6 PUNAKHA – THIMPHU – PARO
    After an early breakfast, drive about 7 km from Punakha and cross the suspension bridge over the Mochu River before walking approximately 30-45 minutes to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten (Stupa) which is perched on a strategic ridge overlooking the nearby villages under Kabisa geog. It was built under the sponsorship of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangden Wangchuck to remove evil forces and promote peace, stability and harmony throughout the world. As the first of its kind in the world to have been constructed, the details and the architectural designs were drawn from scriptures as visualized by Dudjom Lingpa.
    After lunch, we will arrange a walking tour along the beautiful Sangaygang – Wangtse walking trail. On the way, you will visit the mini zoo at Motithang to see the Takin, Bhutan’s national animal at close hand.
    Overnight at Paro.
  7. Day 7 TAKTSANG MONASTERY OR TIGERS NEST
    Taktsang Monastery (aka as Tigers Nest) is one of the most scared and revered monasteries in the Kingdom and all Bhutanese Buddhists desire to make a pilgrimage visit to Taktsang at least once in their lives. Each step taken towards the monastery gains merit points towards their future. This morning you too will have the opportunity and good fortune to take a pilgrimage hike to the Taktsang Monastery (Tigers Nest). Choose between a 2 hour round trip hike to the monastery viewpoint or a longer 5 hour hike into the Monastery itself. Tigers Nest clings impossibly to a cliff of rock at over 1000 meters above the valley floor and where Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress to subdue the local demons followed by 3 months meditation in a cave still visible in the monastery. In 1998 the monastery was seriously damaged by fire and has since been painstakingly reconstructed to its original condition and consecrated by the 4th King in 2005.
    If time permits, we will visit Kyichu Lhakhang – one of Bhutan’s oldest and most beautiful temples boasting an orange tree that perpetually bears fruit followed by a visit to the old ruined fortress of the Drugyel Dzong (14km from Paro). This is the historical site of the Fort of Drukpa Victory, from which the Bhutanese used to repel the Tibetan invaders again and again. On a clear day views of the 7314 meter snow domed peak of sacred Mt Chomolhari can be seen.
    Overnight at Paro
  8. Day 8 PARO - PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
    After breakfast at your hotel, drive to Paro International Airport where your guide will accompany you to bid you farewell.

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