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Bhutan Paro Festival Tours

Bhutan Paro Festival Tours

Be a part of only a few westerners who have enjoyed the fascinating Tsechu festivals of Bhutan. The Tsechus are Buddhist religious festivals where masked dances depicting the events from the life of Padmasambhava, the eighth century Nyingmapa Buddhist teacher, are staged. The Tsechu festival, provide the local populace with a wonderful occasion to dress up, gather together, and enjoy, in a convivial light-hearted atmosphere. It is also an occasion to renew their faith and receive blessings by watching the sacred dances, or receiving ‘empowerment’ from a lama or Buddhist monk. The dances are performed by trained monks wearing ornate costumes and impressive masks. At Paro, a large and beautifully appliquéd ‘thanka’ scroll known as a Tongdrol is exhibited for a few hours, at day break of the final day of the festival, enabling the people to obtain its blessing, as this holy scroll ‘confers liberation by the mere sight of it’ (tongdrol in Bhutanese).

 

Trip Fact

  • Trip Duration: 7 Day(s)
  • Grade: Easy
Day 1:ARRIVE BHUTAN:
Arrive Paro, Bhutan, by Druk Air from Kathmandu.After completing your Disembarkation formalities, you will be greeted by your Bhutanese guide. Start drive to Thimphu – a pleasant 2 hours drive through picturesque river valleys and mountain slopes dotted with typical Bhutanese villages. On arrival check-in at the hotel. Rest of the evening free to relax or take a short walk through the streets of Thimphu. Dinner and overnight Hotel in Thimphu.
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Day 2:THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING:
Full day of guided sightseeing tour of Thimphu visiting the National Memorial Stupa, Zelukha Nunnery, Bhutanese Paper Factory, Handicrafts Emporium, Tashicho Dzong, Thimphu town, etc. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
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Day 3:PUNAKHA DAYTRIP:
Today after breakfast start drive from Thimphu to Punakha – a 5-hour drive through picturesque valleys and mountain slopes dotted with typical Bhutanese villages. From the Dochu La pass, at over 10-thousand feet, a vast panoramic views of the high snowcapped peaks of the Bhutanese Himalaya can be enjoyed on a clear day. Continue drive down into the Punakha valley to Wangdu Phodrang town. Visit the Punakaha Dzong which is the old capital of Bhutan and is the winter home of the Je Kenpo and the national body of monks. Return to Thimphu for dinner and overnight at the hotel.
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Day 4:PARO FESTIVAL:
After breakfast drive from Thimphu to Paro stopping at the Simthoka Dzong which is the oldest of the many Dzongs (forts) in Bhutan. Today it houses the National Bhutanse School where Dzongka, the national language of Bhutan, is taught. Continue drive to Paro valley. On arrival check-in at hotel followed by lunch.

After lunch visit the Paro Dzong where the Masked dance-dramas of this typical Buddhist festival are going on. Be amongst throngs of Bhutanese from the Paro valley and from outlying villages of Bhutan all dressed in their traditional finery. Witness the age-old, wonderfully colourful and esoteric Religious masked dance-dramas performed by specially trained groups of Buddhist monks. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Paro.
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Day 5:PARO FESTIVAL:
Early morning visit festival for the viewing the Thondrol – the great Buddhist Thanka scroll dedicated to Guru Padmashambava. Spend the rest of the morning at the festival viewing masked dances and ritual activities. Truly a great climax to a the most revered yearly festival of Bhutan.

In the afternoon visit Paro Museum housed at the graceful Ta Dzong, once a watch tower, situated strategically overlooking the Paro valley. The Museum houses a rare collection of Bhutan’s historical, religious, cultural and artistic heritage, all beautifully preserved and displayed in a unique setting – a museum lover’s heaven! Dinner and overnight at hotel in Paro.
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Day 6:EXCURSION TO TIGER’S NEST MONASTERY:
Today there will be a chance to go on an excursion to the Bhutan’s most revered and certainly the most famous site, Taktsang Monastery or the ‘Tiger’s Next”. Hike or ride a surefooted pony through a forested pathway ascending steeply toward the towering vertical cliffs two-thousand feet above the valley floor. On this cliff face, overlooking a dizzying precipice, is the historic cave where the Buddhist teacher Padmasambava or Guru Rimpoche meditated, who, it is believed, rode on the back of a flying Tiger. Hence the this holy place is also called the Tiger’s Nest.

Foreigners are not allowed inside the monastery but can enjoy the view from the cafeteria. The more intrepid hiker can continue further up the trail to get a closer and dramatic spot directly opposite the temple. Sadly, a few years ago, the main temple was destroyed by fire and is being rebuilt at the moment but this does not subtract from the rewards of the days excursion. Lunch at the Taksang View Cafeteria or at hotel. In the afternoon, time permitting, visit a Bhutanese Family home. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 7:FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU
After breakfast transfer to Paro airport for flight to Kathmandu

"You May Cotomize the Tour As per your Need & Desire"

Service Includes

01.Accommodation with all meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
02.All transportation by private vehicle.
03.Sightseeing tour with English speaking Guide as per itinerary including entry fee to museum.
04.Royalties and other taxes. Other than departure tax Bhutan entry visa fee US$ 20 and US$ 10.

Service Excludes

01.Airfares (Kathmandu – Paro, Calcutta – Paro, Dhaka – Paro, Delhi – Paro  and Bangkok – Paro for one way and double for round trip flight by Druk Airlines.
02.Bhutan entry visa fees US$ 20, Paro airport tax US$ 10 & US$ 10 for TDF.
03.Hard and soft drinks during the trip.     
04.Surcharge, Insurance, Personal expense and Tips

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