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Punakha Tshechu

Punakha Tshechu

  • Tine Raeymaekers

    BELGIUM

    “Tsheten took us to charming places, telling about the country and its people, and wonderfully survived our never relenting stream of questions”

  • Dr. Michelle Foltz

    USA

    “Journey to Discover Bhutan, organizes specialist tours for studying Bhutan’s natural history; cultural endeavors, especially those centered on the exuberant Buddhist religious festivals”

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Lukas

    “Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. “

OVERVIEW

Punakha Tshechu

One of the biggest festivals in the Bhutanese calendar, the Punakha Tshechu is held every year, sometime in February or March. The most important display during the five-day festival is the re-enactment of the Tibetan invasion of Bhutan in 1639. In this theatrical display, a mock throwing of a relic to the Mochu River is dramatized along with a group performance by more than a hundred people dressed as warriors, popularly known as “Pazaps.”.

This performance tells the story of 17th century Bhutan, when the Bhutanese were under siege by Tibetan forces. Devoid of a standing army of its own, the duty to hold the Fort fell on the local militiamen called “Pazaps”, from the eight great villages (Tshogchens) of Thimphu. The invaders were routed.

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To celebrate the victory, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal introduced the Punakha Drubchen. The 17th century scene is re-enacted during the Drubchen with local men dressed as “Pazaps”.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


4-25
°C
20-50
MM
Spring
MAR – MAY
15-27
°C
90-120
MM
Monsoons
JUN – AUG
3-26
°C
0-70
MM
Autumn
SEPT – NOV
(-2)-17
°C
5-10
MM
Winter
DEC – FEB

Trip Highlights

  • Paro

    In Paro valley, we see the castle-fortress at Rinpung, the ruins of the “Victory Fortress at Drugyel”, the National Museum, and the 7th century temple complex at Kurje. The highlight is the hike to Taktshang monastery (Tiger’s Lair), an edifice on a sheer cliff wall 800 meters above the valley floor, worshipped in the entire Himalayan Buddhist world.
  • Thimphu

    In Thimphu, we visit the magnificent castle-fortress at Tashi Chho Dzong, the seat of power which also houses the palace of the King. Then we go to other places of interest like the Memorial Stupa, traditional paper factory, Folk Heritage Museum, Textile Academy, Handicraft Emporium, the site of the world’s biggest Buddha statue.
  • Bhutanese Culture

    Bhutanese culture, deeply rooted in tradition and spirituality, invites travelers to a unique and enriching experience. From the mesmerizing masked dances of vibrant festivals to the intricate architecture of dzongs, every aspect reflects the kingdom’s commitment to preserving its rich heritage. Warm hospitality, colorful traditional attire, and a reverence for nature further define Bhutanese culture, creating a harmonious blend that captivates the hearts of travelers seeking a glimpse into this serene Himalayan realm.

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

  • Meal Plan: All the meals

  • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

  • Guide: Professional English Speaking

  • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

  • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

  • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

  • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

  • Private Calls

  • Beverages or Drinks

  • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

  • Bank Charges

Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

Download Festival Calendar

Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrival at Paro

    As the plane banks over the mountain slopes, the Paro Valley greet you with luminous paddies rippling in the breeze and tiny houses sprinkled on the bank of the meandering river. The air is crystal clear, light translucent and on horizon, snowcapped mountains frame the idyllic like painting. It does not matter how many times you land in Paro, the bucolic valley unfolds like a dream. If you are lucky, you will have a glorious view of the Snowcapped Himalayas. After visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will meet our representative from Journey To Discover Bhutan.

    Afternoon visit: National museum and Rimpong dzong.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • DAY 02: Excursion to Taktsang

    After early breakfast, we will drive up to the Ramthangka (base camp) of Taktsang and then hike to Taktsang, the Tiger’s nest.

    The five-hour round trip follows an ancient but oft-trodden footpath flanked by water-driven prayer wheels.

    The temple, precariously perched on a hair-raising ravine about 1,000 metres above the valley floor, is considered sacrosanct as it was in a cave within this temple that the eight century tantric saint, Padmasambhava, subdued the evils who obstructed the teachings of the Buddha. The saint is believed to have come to Taktshang in a fiery wrathful form riding a tigress. Over the years, many Buddhist saints have meditated in and around the temple and discovered numerous hidden treasure teachings.

    Visit the ruins of Drugyel Dzong enroute. The fortress known as the “Castle of the Victorious Drukpa”, is a symbol of Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetan invasions in the 17th and 18th centuries. We can also get a view of the sacred mountain, Jumolhari, along the way. On the way back to our hotel, we will visit the 7th century Kyichu Temple, believed to have been built on a place that resembled a knee of a giant ogress.

  • DAY 03: Paro – Punakha

    After breakfast, drive to Punakha – approximately 4-hour drive through picturesque valleys and mountain slopes dotted with typical Bhutanese villages.We will pass the famous Dochula pass (3,100m) where on a clear day we can see the entire eastern Himalayan range, teeming with 6,000m to 7,554m snow-capped mountains. The pass also known for its abundant species of extremely beautiful flowers has 108 Buddhist stupas exquisitely built around a mound, adding to the natural splendor of the place.

    From the pass we descend to the sub-tropical valley of Punakha. Punakha served as the ancient capital of capital and still possesses the country’s main treasures in the form of Buddhist relics. Resembling a gigantic ship on an ocean floor from afar, and girdled by two (Male and Female) rivers, the castle-fortress also represents the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture.

    En-route visit the Temple of Fertility – Chimi Lhakhang. This temple, built in the 15th century to honour the “Divine Madman”, a saint iconoclast who is also associated with phallus worship, attracts barren couples from all over to receive fertility blessings from an anointed phallus.

    Halt at hotel.

  • DAY 04: Punakha Festival

    One of the Kingdom’s most popular Tsechus and held in the Majestic Punakha Dzong (Fortress), the highlight of this festival is the Drubchen, which precedes the Tsechu.

    Punakha Drubchen tells the story of 17th century Bhutan, when the Bhutanese were under siege by Tibetan forces. Devoid of a standing army of its own, the duty to hold the Fort fell on the local militiamen called “Pazaps”, from the eight great villages (Tshogchens) of Thimphu. The invaders were routed.

    To celebrate the victory, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal introduced the Punakha Drubchen. The 17th century scene is re-enacted during the Drubchen with local men dressed as “Pazaps”.

    The Tsechu follows the Drubchen.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • DAY 05: Punakha – Thimphu

    After breakfast, we will drive to Thimphu and witness the capital city’s historical and significant places.

    Thimphu has lots to offer and the pick for you will firstly be the Memorial Chorten, one of Bhutan’s most beautiful stupas, built in memory of the Third King, Late His Majesty Jigmi Dorji Wangchuck, known as the Father of Modern Bhutan. A short drive from there will take you to Buddha Point, where the statue of the World’s largest Future Buddha (Maitreya) will be seen.

    From there we will move to the Handicraft’s Emporium, Weaving Centre and Changangkha monastery, one built in the 12thcentury. There will also be visits to the Takin zoo, Sangaygang, which offers a view point of Thimphu valley and a Nunnery.

    Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, after which we visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved and the Wood Craft and Painting school.

    In the evening, we will visit Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and the senior monks.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • DAY 06: Departure from Bhutan

    After breakfast, we will drive to Paro international airport for your onward flight. Our representative will see you off.

“The Last Shangri-la”.

DISCOVER BHUTAN

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Paro Tshechu

Paro Tshechu

  • Tine Raeymaekers

    BELGIUM

    “Tsheten took us to charming places, telling about the country and its people, and wonderfully survived our never relenting stream of questions”

  • Dr. Michelle Foltz

    USA

    “Journey to Discover Bhutan, organizes specialist tours for studying Bhutan’s natural history; cultural endeavors, especially those centered on the exuberant Buddhist religious festivals”

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Lukas

    “Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. “

OVERVIEW

Paro Tshechu

Paro Tshechu is one of the biggest festivals in the Bhutanese calendar and was started by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, and Penlop Rigzin Nyingpo during the consecration of Paro Dzong in 1644. The festival is observed in three parts – the pre-festival rituals on the first day, ceremonies on the second day inside the Paro Dzong, and the main festival at the festival ground for three days. Bhutanese from all walks of life in their finery come to attend the five-day festival.

A special event in all Tsechus is the unfurling of the Thongdrol, meaning “Liberation at Sight.” This comes from the belief that seeing an aesthetically proportioned Buddhist image plants a seed of enlightenment in the viewer’s heart. That seed matures into the liberation of one’s mind and frees us from endless rebirths of suffering.

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Thongdrol also means large silk appliqué thangkas (painting) that are displayed for a few hours during important religious ceremonies in Bhutan. The sacred Thongdrol of Guru Rinpoche is displayed early in the morning on the last day of the Tshechu. On such occasion, the festival venue fills with people at dawn in freezing cold.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


4-25
°C
20-50
MM
Spring
MAR – MAY
15-27
°C
90-120
MM
Monsoons
JUN – AUG
3-26
°C
0-70
MM
Autumn
SEPT – NOV
(-2)-17
°C
5-10
MM
Winter
DEC – FEB

Trip Highlights

  • Paro

    In Paro valley, we see the castle-fortress at Rinpung, the ruins of the “Victory Fortress at Drugyel”, the National Museum, and the 7th century temple complex at Kurje. The highlight is the hike to Taktshang monastery (Tiger’s Lair), an edifice on a sheer cliff wall 800 meters above the valley floor, worshipped in the entire Himalayan Buddhist world.
  • Thimphu

    In Thimphu, we visit the magnificent castle-fortress at Tashi Chho Dzong, the seat of power which also houses the palace of the King. Then we go to other places of interest like the Memorial Stupa, traditional paper factory, Folk Heritage Museum, Textile Academy, Handicraft Emporium, the site of the world’s biggest Buddha statue.
  • Bhutanese Culture

    Bhutanese culture, deeply rooted in tradition and spirituality, invites travelers to a unique and enriching experience. From the mesmerizing masked dances of vibrant festivals to the intricate architecture of dzongs, every aspect reflects the kingdom’s commitment to preserving its rich heritage. Warm hospitality, colorful traditional attire, and a reverence for nature further define Bhutanese culture, creating a harmonious blend that captivates the hearts of travelers seeking a glimpse into this serene Himalayan realm.

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

  • Meal Plan: All the meals

  • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

  • Guide: Professional English Speaking

  • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

  • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

  • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

  • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

  • Private Calls

  • Beverages or Drinks

  • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

  • Bank Charges

Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

Download Festival Calendar

Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrival at Paro

    The flight is exhilarating to say the least, as the route traverses parallel to the mighty Himalayas enabling passengers to see the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest, and many more. The descent affords a panoramic view of Bhutan’s foothills culminating into a thrilling landing at what is considered one of the world’s most challenging airports.

    Meet your guide at the airport and head to the hotel for lunch. Devote the afternoon to sightseeing around the Paro valley famed for its natural beauty, historical monuments, agricultural farms and quintessentially Bhutanese village communities. Visit the National Museum, formerly a watch tower, and then the Castle on a Heap of Precious Jewels or Rinpung Dzong. Wind up the day with a stroll around Paro town.

    Overnight at the hotel.

  • DAY 02: Paro-Excursion to Taktsang

    After early breakfast drive to the Ramthangka (base camp) of Taktsang. The five-hour round trip follows an ancient but oft-trodden footpath flanked by water-driven prayer wheels.

    The temple, precariously perched on a hair-raising ravine about 1,000 metres above the valley floor, is considered sacrosanct as it was in a cave within this temple that the eight century tantric saint, Padmasambhava, subdued the evils who obstructed the teachings of the Buddha. The saint is believed to have come to Taktshang in a fiery wrathful form riding a tigress.

    Over the years, many Buddhist saints have meditated in and around the temple and discovered numerous hidden treasure teachings.

    Visit the ruins of Drugyel Dzong enroute. The fortress known as the “Castle of the Victorious Drukpa”, is a symbol of Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetan invasions in the 17th and 18th centuries. We can also get a view of the sacred mountain, Jumolhari, along the way. On the way back to our hotel, we will visit the 7th century Kyichu Temple, believed to have been built on a place that resembled a knee of a giant ogress.

  • DAY 03: Festival Day

    Whole day witness the Paro festival.

  • DAY 04: Paro – Thimphu

    Witness the festival in the morning and drive to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital city in the evening. Overnight in Hotel.

  • DAY 05: Thimphu Sojourn

    In the morning we will visit places of cultural and historical office in the capital.

    Memorial Chorten (Stupa): Your day will begin with visits to the Memorial Chorten, one of Bhutan’s most beautiful stupas built in memory of the Father of Modern Bhutan, Third King Jigmi Dorji Wangchuck.

    Buddha Point: The next visit will be to Buddha Point, where the gigantic Buddha Statue stands.

    Changangkha Lhakhang: A 13th century monastery, built by Phajo Drugom Shigpo and later embellished by his son Nyima, the monastery is believed to be the protector of all people born in the Chang valley.

    Others: We will also be visiting the Takin Zoo, taking a drive to Sangaygang, a point from where you can have a bird’s eye view of Thimphu valley, Handicraft’s center, the Local Bhutanese Paper making factory, a Nunnery and the Arts and Craft School.

    After lunch we move to Punakha, a drive of about 3 hours. In about 45 minutes, we will reach the Dochula Pass (3,100m).

    Tashichho Dzong: The country’s main secretariat building, built in 1642, it is today the hub of Bhutanese polity. This massive structure houses the office of the King, the Throne Room, some government Ministries and the State Monastic Body. It is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot and senior monks.

  • DAY 06: Thimphu – Punakha

    The three to four-hour drive from Thimphu traverses thorough a constantly changing kaleidoscope of vegetation, waterfalls, flowers, mountains and meadows. In about 45 minutes we will reach the famous Dochula pass (3,100m) where on a clear day we can see the entire eastern Himalayan range, teeming with 6,000m to 7,554m snow-capped mountains. The pass also known for its abundant species of extremely beautiful flowers has 108 Buddhist stupas exquisitely built around a mound, adding to the natural splendor of the place.

    From the pass we descend to the sub-tropical valley of Punakha. Punakha served as the ancient capital of capital and still possesses the country’s main treasures in the form of Buddhist relics. Resembling a gigantic ship on an ocean floor from afar, and girdled by two (Male and Female) rivers, the castle-fortress also represents the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture.

    On the way visit Chhimi Lhakhang, founded by Lama Dukpa Kinley also known as the “Divine Mad Man.” It is   half an hour walk across a local village and rice field.  After lunch visit Punakha Dzong-built in 1637 by Zhabdrung. It is one of the most beautiful Dzongs in the country.

    Overnight at  Hotel.

  • DAY 07: Punakha – Thimphu

    After breakfast drive towards the north of Punakha valley and start the hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, an hour round trip.  After lunch, drive to Thimphu.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • DAY 08: Departure from Bhutan

    After breakfast, drive to Paro international airport for your onward flight. Our representative  will see you off.

“The Last Shangri-la”.

DISCOVER BHUTAN

If you’re unsure or still deliberating where to travel in Bhutan, we’ll put you in touch with our Travel Specialists to offer you sound advice and an honest take on any places you might be considering for your trip.

+975 17110849

Your Travel Plans
Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.
Name

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Our itineraries are ready to go but you aren’t bound by it. We can customize it for you. Just remember. There’s no right time to travel’. The moment wanderlust bites, step out and hit the road
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    View Trip

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    6 Nights 7 Days

    In this over night camping we will be blessed by visiting the two most revered…

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Chorten Kora Tshechu

Chorten Kora Tshechu

  • Tine Raeymaekers

    BELGIUM

    “Tsheten took us to charming places, telling about the country and its people, and wonderfully survived our never relenting stream of questions”

  • Dr. Michelle Foltz

    USA

    “Journey to Discover Bhutan, organizes specialist tours for studying Bhutan’s natural history; cultural endeavors, especially those centered on the exuberant Buddhist religious festivals”

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Lukas

    “Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. “

OVERVIEW

Chorten Kora Tshechu

A festival held in reverence to the ultimate sacrifice made by a princess during the construction of the chorten (stupa), this festival involves circumambulation.

The princess was a pious Dakini Princess of the Dakpa tribe from neighboring Arunachal Pradesh, a district in India, who offered to entomb herself alive, as the Yeshe Semba, to meditate on behalf of all beings. Of the two major circumambulation events, the first is the Dakpa Kora (circumambulation of the Chorten by the Dakpas, which is held on the 15th day of the first lunar month. This is followed by the Drukpa Kora (circumambulation of the Chorten by the Bhutanese).

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DAYS

For this package, you can either enter from Guwahati, Assam (India) and exit from Paro or enter from Paro and exit from Guwahati.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


4-25
°C
20-50
MM
Spring
MAR – MAY
15-27
°C
90-120
MM
Monsoons
JUN – AUG
3-26
°C
0-70
MM
Autumn
SEPT – NOV
(-2)-17
°C
5-10
MM
Winter
DEC – FEB

Trip Highlights

  • Paro

    In Paro valley, we see the castle-fortress at Rinpung, the ruins of the “Victory Fortress at Drugyel”, the National Museum, and the 7th century temple complex at Kurje. The highlight is the hike to Taktshang monastery (Tiger’s Lair), an edifice on a sheer cliff wall 800 meters above the valley floor, worshipped in the entire Himalayan Buddhist world.
  • Thimphu

    In Thimphu, we visit the magnificent castle-fortress at Tashi Chho Dzong, the seat of power which also houses the palace of the King. Then we go to other places of interest like the Memorial Stupa, traditional paper factory, Folk Heritage Museum, Textile Academy, Handicraft Emporium, the site of the world’s biggest Buddha statue.
  • Bhutanese Culture

    Bhutanese culture, deeply rooted in tradition and spirituality, invites travelers to a unique and enriching experience. From the mesmerizing masked dances of vibrant festivals to the intricate architecture of dzongs, every aspect reflects the kingdom’s commitment to preserving its rich heritage. Warm hospitality, colorful traditional attire, and a reverence for nature further define Bhutanese culture, creating a harmonious blend that captivates the hearts of travelers seeking a glimpse into this serene Himalayan realm.

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

  • Meal Plan: All the meals

  • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

  • Guide: Professional English Speaking

  • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

  • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

  • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

  • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

  • Private Calls

  • Beverages or Drinks

  • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

  • Bank Charges

Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

Download Festival Calendar

Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Gawahati (India) –Samdrup Jongkhar

    On arrival at Guwahati airport, you will be greeted by our company’s representative and drive to Samdrup Jongkhar, south-eastern part of Bhutan bordering the Indian states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

    Overnight in hotel.

  • DAY 02: Samdrup Jongkhar-Trashigang

    After breakfast drive to Tashigang, passing through several villages. En-route visit hand loom (weaving centre) in Khaling and the School for the disabled.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • DAY 03: Tashigang – Excursion to Phongmey/Radhi/Rangjung

    Morning witnesses the festival and later drive to Phongmey Gewog and visit Phongmey monastery. On the way back, visit Radhi village, where you will have your lunch. After lunch drive to Rangjung and visit Rangung Woesel Chholing Monastery – this was founded by Garab Rinpochhe in 1990.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • DAY 04: Tashigang – Tashiyangtse – Tashigang

    Early in the morning drive tot Gom Kora temple and witness the Tsechu.

  • DAY 05: Trashigang – Mongar

    After breakfast drive to Mongar. En route, stop to visit Drametse monastery founded by Ani Choten Zangmo, Pema Lingpa’s granddaughter, who fled from Bumthang to escape a proposal of marriage from the local king. She fled east and when she found a place ideally suited for meditation she named it ‘Drametse’ which literally means ‘the peak where there are no enemies’. Ani Choeten Zangmo’s kudung (remains) is preserved to this day in the monastery as the most important relic.

    Continue driving to Monger.  After lunch, visit Mongar dzong which is built in keeping with traditional by not using any drawings or nails and then visit Yaggang Lhakhang.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • DAY 06: Mongar – Lhuentshi-Mongar

    After early breakfast drive to Lhuntse, one of the most rural and isolated districts in Bhutan. The landscape is spectacular with stark cliffs and gorges, beautiful conifer and pine forests, and remote villages. The Kurtoe region of Lhuntse is the ancestral home of Bhutan’s Royal family. And also consider being the best for Kishu Thara textiles. Visit Lhuntse Dzong and the weaving centres. Drive back to Monger.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • DAY 07: Mongar – Bumthang

    After breakfast drive to Bumthang and you would notice a change in the weather condition as it becomes colder. We will stop at Sengor and few other places. Upon arrival at Bumthang, we can visit the town and meet the people.

    Overnight in hotel

  • DAY 08: Bumthang Halt

    One of the most sacred regions in the Kingdom, Bumthang valley is a blend of the abstract and concrete with innumerable legends surrounding the area.

    You will be visiting Kurje Lhakhang where the Great Indian Saint Guru Padsambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock.  The other is Jamphel lhakhang, which was built in the 7th century by Songsten Goembo, the Tibetan Buddhist King. Jakar Dzong (the fortress of white bird) built in the 17th century by Tenzin Rabgay (the fourth Desi) is another famous landmark.

    You will also be visiting, Tamshing lhakhang built in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa (the founder of religious treasures). Kunchosum lhakhang and Membertsho (the flaming lake) are other places. Legend has it that Pema Lingpa discovered several religious text from the lake.

    Overnight at the hotel

  • DAY 09: Bumthang – Punakha

    After breakfast, we drive to Punakha. On the way we will visit Chhimi Lhakhang – which was founded in the 15th   century by Lama Dukpa Kinley also known as the divine mad man.  After lunch visit Punakha Dzong- built in 1637 by Zhabdrung. It is one of the most beautiful Dzongs in the country. Later walk around Punakha and Khuruthang town.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • DAY 10: Punakha -Thimphu

    The three to four-hour drive traverses thorough a constantly changing kaleidoscope of vegetation, waterfalls, flowers, mountains and meadows. In about 45 minutes we will reach the famous Dochula pass (3,100m) where on a clear day we can see the entire eastern Himalayan range, teeming with 6,000m to 7,554m snow-capped mountains. The pass also known for its abundant species of extremely beautiful flowers has 108 Buddhist stupas exquisitely built around a mound, adding to the natural splendour of the place.

    Overnight at Thimphu hotel.

  • DAY 11: Thimphu – Sightseeing

    There are great many places to see in Bhutan’s capital. In the morning we will drive to Buddha Point which provides a spectacular 360 degree close-quarter view of entire Thimphu and the adjoining areas. This is the site of the world’s tallest statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. Our next destination is the 12th century Changangkha Temple, Takin Zoo and the viewpoint at Sangaygang. On our way back, we stopover at a nunnery, the Folk Heritage Museum and the Textile Museum.

    After lunch, we will proceed to Tashichho Dzong, a 17th century castle-fortress which today houses the offices of the King, Chief Abbot and government ministries. We will also take the opportunity to see the nearby parliament complex, the School of Arts and Crafts, vegetable market, and then spend the rest of the day watching an archery match and strolling around the town.

    Overnight at Thimphu.

  • DAY 12: Thimphu – Paro

    After early breakfast, we drive to Paro and check in the hotel.

    We will devote the day to sightseeing around the Paro valley famed for its natural beauty, historical monuments, agricultural farms and quintessentially Bhutanese village communities. Visit the National Museum, formerly a watch tower, and then the Castle on a Heap of Precious Jewels or Rinpung Dzong. Wind up the day with a stroll around Paro town.

    Overnight at the hotel.

  • DAY 13: Paro – Excursion to Taktsang

    After breakfast, drive for half an hour and start hiking up to the temple that is renowned in the Himalayan Buddhist world as one of the most popular sites of pilgrimage. The five-hour round trip follows an ancient but oft-trodden footpath flanked by water-driven prayer wheels.

    The temple, precariously perched on a hair-raising ravine about 1,000 metres above the valley floor, is considered sacrosanct as it was in a cave within this temple that the eight century tantric saint, Padmasambhava, subdued the evils who obstructed the teachings of the Buddha. The saint is believed to have come to Taktshang in a fiery wrathful form riding a tigress. Over the years, many Buddhist saints have meditated in and around the temple and discovered numerous hidden treasure teachings.

  • DAY 14: Departure

    Departure from Paro:  After breakfast, you will be driven to Paro international airport for your onward flight. Our representative will see you off.

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Thimphu Dromchoe

Thimphu Dromchoe

  • Tine Raeymaekers

    BELGIUM

    “Tsheten took us to charming places, telling about the country and its people, and wonderfully survived our never relenting stream of questions”

  • Dr. Michelle Foltz

    USA

    “Journey to Discover Bhutan, organizes specialist tours for studying Bhutan’s natural history; cultural endeavors, especially those centered on the exuberant Buddhist religious festivals”

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Lukas

    “Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. “

OVERVIEW

Thimphu Dromchoe

Thimphu festival has two parts: the rst is the Lhamo Dromchoe, and the second the Gongdue Tshechu. The dances at the Lhamo Dromchoe or the ‘Great Achieving Prayer of the Female Deities’ was introduced by Gyalse Kunga Gyaltshen (1689-1713) in 1710. During a retreat at Chagri monastery, he experienced visions of Palden Lhamo, a powerful protective deity.

Based on these experiences, Gyalse Kunga Gyaltshen introduced this sacred dance. During Lhamo Dromchoe, 21 female protective deities – Palden Lhamo and her retinue – are invoked for the entire two-week prayer. In reality, Palden Lhamo is the wisdom mother who gives birth to all the Buddhas and manifests primarily through three forms: outer, inner, and secret. The ritual focuses on the liberation of sentient beings from their su ering and cultivating non-violence.

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Over 300 monks assemble inside a large shrine dedicated to Palden Lhamo whose blessings are believed to usher in peace, prosperity and stability for Bhutan. The monks gather daily at 3 a.m. to pray while the Black Hat Dance is also performed each morning inside the main chapel.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


4-25
°C
20-50
MM
Spring
MAR – MAY
15-27
°C
90-120
MM
Monsoons
JUN – AUG
3-26
°C
0-70
MM
Autumn
SEPT – NOV
(-2)-17
°C
5-10
MM
Winter
DEC – FEB

Trip Highlights

  • Paro

    Zoom into a cluster of quaint farmhouses that embroiders the beauty of Paro Valley. Visit National Museum, 1400-year-old Kichu temple, Rinpung Fotress, The best in Paro is hike to Taktsang Monsatry, the most renowned Buddhist structure in the entire Himalaya, built on sheer cliff wall 900m above the valley. Only the sounds are murmurs of winds, waterfall, birds and the chanting of monks.
  • Thimphu

    Capture the unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient tradition in Thimphu. Visit academy of Art & Craft, World Biggest Buddha Statue, Takin Enclaves, Memorial Stupa, Textile Factory, Indigenous paper factory, Tashi Cho Dzong “ The Glorious Fort of Happiness” & weekend market to mix with locals and get a closer view of their traditions.
  • Punakha & Wangdue

    Stop over at Dochula for the breath taking view of Eastern Himalaya. Visit Dochu-la Temple and 108 Stupas. Drive through a beautiful dense forest of spruce, pine, rhododendron and larch. Stopover at Chimi Lhakhang the “ Temple of Fertility”. The best for the day is the visit to the magnificent Punakha Fortress considered the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture and epitome of beauty and ancient political power. Also sock in the beauty at Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel another an impressive fine Bhutanese Art & Architecture and capture the beautiful landscape of Punakha valley with farms, rice fields and the part of Jigme Dorji National Park

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

  • Meal Plan: All the meals

  • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

  • Guide: Professional English Speaking

  • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

  • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

  • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

  • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

  • Private Calls

  • Beverages or Drinks

  • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

  • Bank Charges

Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

Download Festival Calendar

Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrival at Paro – Thimphu

    As the plane banks over the mountain slopes, the Paro Valley greet you with luminous paddies rippling in the breeze and tiny houses sprinkled on the bank of the meandering river.

    The air is crystal clear, light translucent and on horizon, snow capped mountains frame the idyllic like painting. It does not matter how many times you land in Paro, the bucolic valley unfolds like a dream.

    If you are lucky, you will have a glorious view of the Snow capped Himalayas. After visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will meet our representative from Journey to Discover Bhutan.

    Afternoon.

    Visit the Paro National Museum, which will shed further light to some of things that you will be seeing on your trip and visit Paro Dzong built in 1646 which houses the administrative center of the Paro district and religious institute for monks. The Paro Dzong may be familiar to people who watched Bertolucci’s film “The Little Buddha” walk down to the coach crossing over the traditional wooden covered bridge called “Nymezampa” which spans over the Paro River.

    There after drive to Thimphu, It will take a 1½ – hour leisurely drive towards the Capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. Passing through hills and some astounding countryside. Thimphu is situated in a large valley traversed by the Wangchuk River and overshadowed by high peaks. Enroute you will view Tachogang monastery, “the temple of excellent horse” built by Thangthong Gyalpo (Iron chain builder in Bhutan) before reaching to Chunzom (confluence of Paro – Thimphu River).

    At the confluence you will see three forms of Chortens in different styles i.e. Nepalese, Tibetan and Bhutanese. We drive following the Thimphu River upwards passing through several villages

    Evening Leisure at Hotel.

  • DAY 02: Thimphu Drubchen (Festival)

    In the morning drive to Tashicho dzong to witness the festival “Dromche” held in honor of Yeshi Gompo (Mahakala) or Pledon Lhamo (Mahakali) the two main protective deities of the nation.

    Monk performs the entire dances in Dromche and it is performed inside the courtyard of the Dzong.

    Evening Visit Following Place of Interest:

    • The Memorial Chorten: With its golden spines shining in the sun, its tinkling bells built in honour of third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The inside paintings and statues provide a very rare insights into Buddhist Philosophy in all its complexity of tantric Buddhism. This Chorten is centrally located and you will see an endless procession of elderly people circling around it.
    • The Handicraft Emporium, and other local handicraft shops to experience the beauty of Bhutanese textiles
    • Kuengzang Phordang : To see world Biggest stauue of Lord Buddha & for bird view of Thimphu Valley
  • DAY 03: Thimphu – Paro Taktsang Excursion

    With early breakfast we drive to Paro valley to Ramthangkha, from where we start our hike to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest). Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche flew from Eastern Bhutan on a tigress, bringing Buddhist teachings and meditated here in this cliff. This is one of the most venerated and sacred of all Buddhist sights around the world.

    Lunch will be served at Taktsang cafeteria.

    Afternoon:

    Walk downhill to the base and drive to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century.

    Dinner and Overnight at Hotel Tashi Namgyel

  • DAY 04: Departure

    Drive to Paro Airport for your onward flight thank you for your visit and we wish you a wonderful flight back home.

“The Last Shangri-la”.

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Thimphu Tshechu

Thimphu Tshechu

  • Tine Raeymaekers

    BELGIUM

    “Tsheten took us to charming places, telling about the country and its people, and wonderfully survived our never relenting stream of questions”

  • Dr. Michelle Foltz

    USA

    “Journey to Discover Bhutan, organizes specialist tours for studying Bhutan’s natural history; cultural endeavors, especially those centered on the exuberant Buddhist religious festivals”

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Lukas

    “Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. “

OVERVIEW

Thimphu Tshechu

Thimphu Tshechu, held in Bhutan’s capital city, was initiated by the 4th Temporal Ruler of Bhutan, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay in 1867. The festival underwent a change in the 1950s, when the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, introduced numerous Boed chhams (mask dances performed by lay monks).

The additions has added colour without compromising the spiritual signi cance. Thimphu festival begins on the 9th day and ends on the 12th day of the eighth Bhutanese month. In general, the four-day Tshechu program consists of twenty-four folk songs and twenty- five sacred dances. Usually the program for each day begins by 9 a.m.

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From the year of its establishment in 1687, Thimphu Tshechu was performed inside Trashichodzong courtyard until 2007. However, because of the steady increase in attendees, the inner courtyard became too congested to properly perform the rites. Therefore, to accommodate
a growing numbers of viewers, a new Tshechu stadium was constructed and named Tendrel Thang, meaning ‘Auspicious Ground’.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


4-25
°C
20-50
MM
Spring
MAR – MAY
15-27
°C
90-120
MM
Monsoons
JUN – AUG
3-26
°C
0-70
MM
Autumn
SEPT – NOV
(-2)-17
°C
5-10
MM
Winter
DEC – FEB

Trip Highlights

  • Paro

    Zoom into a cluster of quaint farmhouses that embroiders the beauty of Paro Valley. Visit National Museum, 1400-year-old Kichu temple, Rinpung Fotress, The best in Paro is hike to Taktsang Monsatry, the most renowned Buddhist structure in the entire Himalaya, built on sheer cliff wall 900m above the valley. Only the sounds are murmurs of winds, waterfall, birds and the chanting of monks.
  • Thimphu

    Capture the unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient tradition in Thimphu. Visit academy of Art & Craft, World Biggest Buddha Statue, Takin Enclaves, Memorial Stupa, Textile Factory, Indigenous paper factory, Tashi Cho Dzong “ The Glorious Fort of Happiness” & weekend market to mix with locals and get a closer view of their traditions.
  • Punakha & Wangdue

    Stop over at Dochula for the breath taking view of Eastern Himalaya. Visit Dochu-la Temple and 108 Stupas. Drive through a beautiful dense forest of spruce, pine, rhododendron and larch. Stopover at Chimi Lhakhang the “ Temple of Fertility”. The best for the day is the visit to the magnificent Punakha Fortress considered the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture and epitome of beauty and ancient political power. Also sock in the beauty at Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel another an impressive fine Bhutanese Art & Architecture and capture the beautiful landscape of Punakha valley with farms, rice fields and the part of Jigme Dorji National Park

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

  • Meal Plan: All the meals

  • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

  • Guide: Professional English Speaking

  • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

  • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

  • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

  • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

  • Private Calls

  • Beverages or Drinks

  • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

  • Bank Charges

Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

Download Festival Calendar

Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrival at Paro

    As the plane banks over the mountain slopes, the Paro Valley greet you with luminous paddies rippling in the breeze and tiny houses sprinkled on the bank of the meandering river. The air is crystal clear, light translucent and on horizon, snowcapped mountains frame the idyllic like painting. It does not matter how many times you land in Paro, the bucolic valley unfolds like a dream. If you are lucky, you will have a glorious view of the Snowcapped Himalayas. After visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will meet by our representative from Journey To Discover BHUTAN. Your journey begins with a visit to-

    The National Museum: Which will express further light to some of things that you will be seeing on your trip.

    Paro Dzong: Built in 1646, which houses the administrative center of the Paro district and religious institute for monks. The Paro Dzong may be familiar to people who watched Bertolucci’s film “The Little Buddha” walk down to the coach crossing over the traditional wooden covered cantilever bridge called “Nymezampa” which spans over the Paro river.

    Over night at Hotel
  • DAY 02: Paro – Thimphu

    After Breakfast drive Thimphu. It takes a 1½ – hour leisurely drive towards the Capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. Passing through hills and some astounding countryside. Thimphu is situated in a large valley traversed by the Wangchuk River and overshadowed by high peaks. En-route you will view Tachogang monastery, “the temple of excellent horse” built by Thangthong Gyalpo (Iron chain builder in Bhutan) we drive following the Thimphu River upwards passing through several villages.

    Visit the Place of interest in Thimphu:

    Kuengzang Phordang: To see World Biggest seated Buddha.

    The Memorial Chorten: With its golden spines shining in the sun, its tinkling bells built in honour of third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The inside paintings and statues provide a very rare insights into Buddhist Philosophy in all its complexity of tantric Buddhism. This Chorten is centrally located and you will see an endless procession of elderly people circling around it.

    Visit Weekend Vegetable Market-

    The people from Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and other parts of country congregate to sell and buy products. It is an opportunity to mix with local people and the see the products they sell.

    Late evening: Easy & beautiful hike around Wangduetshe, which offer breaking view of Thimphu Valley

  • DAY 03: Thimphu Festival

    The Thimphu Festival is one of the most popular festivals in Western Bhutan. The festivals attract local communities who travel from the remotest of villages to celebrate. They are riots of colors, smells and noise. For a visitor, a well-timed trip to any such occasion is a golden opportunity to look at Bhutanese life in a miniscule. Today you get more opportunity to mingle with local people.

  • DAY 04: Thimphu Festival

    Witness the festival in Morning:

    Afternoon:

    Drive to Punakha Over a Dochu-La ( 3050m) This Pass is one of the most beautiful pass in Bhutan dotted by many colorful prayer flags and 108 chortens.

    On a clear day you will be able to see a spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayas from this pass. Walk around the pass. Their after descend through the forest of rhododendrons and magnolia to the fertile valley of Lobesa.

    Later Evening:

    Easy & beautiful evening walk to Chimi Lhakhang – also known as the temple of fertility – in Lobesa is associated with the “Divine Madman” Drukpa Kuenley, who is known for his eccentric teachings and is said to have subdued evil spirits on this spot. He used the phallus as a ‘medium’ to subdue and discipline the malevolent spirits, and also to free up the social inhibitions. The temple was built in 1499 by Lama Ngawang Chogyal.

    Evening leisure at Hotel.

  • DAY 05: Punakha

    After a good night’s sleep, get an early start to witness how night slowly turns into day as you venture on your morning walk towards the extraordinary Khamsum Chorten. From the hotel the trail takes you through farmyards and rice paddies and offers a wonderful opportunity to experience the local farming traditions.

    While you enjoy the superb views of the valley from the chorten rooftop. Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten is 30 meters (100 feet) tall and can be seen in the distance when driving or walking up from the footbridge towards the lodge. The three-levelled chorten took eight and a half years to build and was consecrated in 1999. Dedicated to the Fifth King, it was built to remove negative forces and to provide peace, stability, and harmony in an ever-changing world. It is therefore filled with every form of colorful protector imaginable.

    Time: 1 – 1 hour walk . Picnic Lunch will be served near the riverside.

    Afternoon:

    Visit Punakha Dzong, this dzong is one of the most beautiful and architecturally impressive Dzong in the country. It is ideally located between two rivers Pho Chu “Male River” and Mo Chu “Female River”. It was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngwang Namgyel and it has served as the seats of the Government till 1953. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted, “a person named Namgyel will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”.

    At the time there was a smaller Dzong “ Dzong Chung” that house a statute of Buddha. It has said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in from of the statue. While Palep was sleeping in front the statue; the Shadrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From this vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang, “Palace of Great Happiness.” Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo (Chief Abbot”) and central monk body.

    Take time to admire the impressive, colourful and detailed artistry of the surrounding, including the huge statues of Buddha, Guru Rinpoche and Zhabdung Nawany Namgyel.

  • DAY 06: Punakha – Gangtey

    Drive to Gangtey and Phobjikha valley are some of the most stunning areas in the country. The wide flat valley without any trees after a hard climb through the dense forest is an extremely are experience in Bhutan. In contrast to some parts of Bhutan, where modern development is already very apparent, gangtey is a place with natural beauty, untouched scenery, local tradition and culture and unconstrained peacefulness.

    Unlike rest of the Bhutan you walk from one stunning viewpoint to next, in phojbjikha you will have constant breathtaking view wherever you venture. It is also the winter habitat for the Black necked cranes migrating from Tibet. These birds are venerated by a festival in November and such is their significance no electric cables can be built for fear of injuring them.

    Evening leisure at Hotel

  • DAY 07: Gangtey

    In the Morning we will go on a beautiful 1 hrs hike ‘The Gangtey the nature trail’. It is one of the most beautiful hike in a valley. Their after before driving to Punakha we will explore Phobjikha valley. We will begin with the visit to the famous 16th century Gangtey Goemba that overlooks the large green expanse of the valley.

    The monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly be the families of the Gomchens (lay monk) who take care of the monastery. Afternoon visit to Kebatheythang village.

  • DAY 08: Gangtey – Paro

    Drive to Paro over a Dochu-la pass enroute visit Temple Temple.

  • DAY 09: Paro

    With Early Breakfast drive to Paro:

    Today a very special day begin with a hike to Tiger Nest Monastery ( 4-5 Hrs Hike a hike to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of tress festooned with Spanish moss and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche, founder of Buddhism flew from Eastern Bhutan on a tigress, bringing Buddhist teachings and meditated here in this cliff. This is one of the most venerated and sacred of all Buddhist site around the world. After visiting the monastery, we will walk down to Taktsang cafeteria for lunch.

    Late Afternoon: Visit Kyichu Lhakhang

    The 7th century monastery is one of the oldest and most sacred temples in the Kingdom where the seed of Buddhism was won in Bhutan. The Tibetan King, Songsten Gempo ordered the establishment of monasteries in the Himalayan region to subdue evil spirits and to spread Buddhism. Of the 108 monasteries, which were to be built, two major ones were built in Bhutan namely the Kyichu Lhakhang and the Jampa Lhakhang in Bumthang.

  • DAY 10: Departure

    Early morning, you will be driven to airport for your onward journey out of Bhutan. Our representative will escort you.

“The Last Shangri-la”.

DISCOVER BHUTAN

If you’re unsure or still deliberating where to travel in Bhutan, we’ll put you in touch with our Travel Specialists to offer you sound advice and an honest take on any places you might be considering for your trip.

+975 17110849

Your Travel Plans
Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.
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Featured Tours

Our itineraries are ready to go but you aren’t bound by it. We can customize it for you. Just remember. There’s no right time to travel’. The moment wanderlust bites, step out and hit the road
  • Colors of Bhutan

    5 Nights 6 Days

    Discover the Land that is synonymous with peace, tranquility and happiness.

    View Trip

  • Kingdom in Cloud

    8 Nights 9 Days

    Embark on a fascinating journey into Bhutan, the only country in the world that measures its well…

    View Trip

  • Bumdra Luxury Camp

    6 Nights 7 Days

    In this over night camping we will be blessed by visiting the two most revered…

    View Trip

  • Walking & Hiking

    7 Nights 8 Days

    Bhutan sits on the roof of the world, isolated as much by choice as by its own geography…

    View Trip

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