Bhutan is a landlocked country in Asia entirely within the Himalayan ranges. Notable for the concept of gross national happiness, Bhutan ranks first in South Asia when it comes to ease of doing business, economic freedom and peace. It is a country rich in cultural diversity, which is further enhanced by the numerous colourful regional festivals, commonly referred to as Tshechu.
Perhaps the best way you can get to know a culture is to immerse in its festivals. When it comes to Bhutanese festivals, one of the biggest religious celebrations of the year is Paro Tshechu. Held every spring, it’s one of the most vibrant events in Bhutan and a major attraction with people traveling from different districts to participate in the festivals.
Third Eye Travel provides you the comfort of a one-stop shopping for all your travel needs. With over 25 years in the travel industry and plethora of experience in the Himalayan kingdom, Third Eye Travel offers a tailor-made tour package to Paro Festival in Bhutan that lets you join with the local inhabitants of Paro and celebrate the culture and faith of Bhutan.
Main highlights of the tour:
- Sacred dances and rituals by costume laden, masked monks and laymen
- Ceremony of sacred ‘thongdrol’ scroll
- Celebrations and socializing amongst the locals
- Rich central valleys
- Ancient and historical Buddhist sites
- Experience Bhutan’s unique culture with village excursions
- Sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples
Mentioned below is the brief itinerary of the 11-day tour package to Paro festival, Bhutan
Day 1(April 7th), reach Paro: This would easily be one of the most spectacular flights of your lives. Once through the immigration formalities, you’d be escorted to your hotel. After the complimentary meal, you could visit the ongoing Paro festival or choose to sightsee.
Day 2: Spend the day celebrating among the locals. Wander through the town and visit Drukgyal Dzong (Buddhist monastery and fort, now in ruins), Satsam Chorten (Buddhist monument in Upper Paro Valley) and Kyichu Lhakhang (Himalayan Buddhist temple). Late in the afternoon, drive to Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan.
Day 3: A complete day tour of Thimpu. You’ll get to see Memorial Chorten, Dupthop Lhakhang (a monastery for nuns), National Library and Painting School, traditional Bhutanese paper factory, silver smiths and medicine institute.
Day 4, Thimphu to Punakha: Early morning drive out of Thimphu through pine forest. Once through Dochula pass (3,050m above sea level), you can choose to hike up to Chimi Lhakhang. After a hearty lunch, we drive further north for sightseeing.
Day 5, Punakha to Trongsa: Major highlights on this day are Wangdue Dzong, Pele la pass (3,300m), Rhododendrons and Dwarf Bamboo, Chendebji Chorten and the fortress of Trongsa.
Day 6, Trongsa to Bumthang: Major highlights are Yutong la pass (3,400m), Chumu valley, Domkhar Dzong, Tsugane village, Kiki la pass (2,900 m), Choekhor valley. Overnight stay at Bumthang village.
Day 7: Bumthang to Trongsa. Bumthang is believed to be the holiest valley in Bhutan. Highlights of the day are hikes to Kurjey Lhakhang, Padmasambhava Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang and Konchog Sum Lhakhang. Late afternoon drive to Trongsa.
Day 8: Trongsa to Punakha via Phobjikha. Major highlights today are Oak forest, Phobjikha/Gangtey valley (one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan), Gangtey monastery and rare black-necked cranes. Overnight stay at Punakha.
Day 9, Punakha to Paro: Driving back through the same route, we stop at Dochula pass and later, at Thimphu for lunch. Overnight stay at Paro.
Day 10, Paro: Highlights for this day are the famous hike to Taktsang monastery and the 200 year old watchtower.
Day 11: You would be transferred to the airport or you could further extend the trip to India, Nepal or Myanmar exactly as per your choice.
We offer complete support and flexibility to our clients and guide them at the planning stages of their trips offering them the options to customize the ‘blanket’ package exactly as per their choices.