Paro Tsechu 17-21 March – 7 Days


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About Paro Tsechu 17-21 March

paro Tsechu is one of the biggest festivals in the Country and is held over five days. on the first day,all the mask dances are held inside the courtyard of the dong. on the subsequent days, the festival will then be held at the courtyard outside the dzong. A thongdrol(Large Tapestry) will be unfurled on the last day of the festival.

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Your personal medication
Warm clothing
Walking shoes
Sunglasses
Skin care ointments

Price Includes

3 Star or equal Accommodation
All land transport
Airport pickup/drop
All meals
All entry fees to dongs, monuments & attractions
Experienced English speaking guide
Experienced driver
Bottled mineral water

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Air Fare
Personal expenses
Bellboy services
Drinks & Beverages
Travel & Medical Insurance

Day 1 Thimphu

On a clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. ABT representative will greet you on arrival, and then drive you to the Paro Rimpung Dzong, the centre of civil and religious authority in this region. After this we will have lunch in the Paro town. Then we will drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The drive will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel, Thimphu.

Day 2 Punakha

The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten built in honor of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and theDrupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then drive to the view point of Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). For your photograph and Folk Heritage museum.
Lunch at hotel, Thimphu. After lunch we will drive to Punakha over Dochula pass (3150m). On clear days we will have a great and impressive view of the eastern Himalayan mountain ranges.
Dinner and overnight stay in hotel, Punakha.

Day 3 Thimphu

After our breakfast visit Punakha dzong, it was the winter capital of Bhutan until 1955 when the capital was permanently shifted to Thimphu. It still served as the winter resident for the monk body, . After lunch we will hike to Chhimi Lhakhang, which is located at a hilltop. We have to walk about 25minutes from the road point. The temple is also known as the temple of fertility.Then we will visit Wangdue Phodrang dzong which was built by Lama Zhabdruing in 1638 and drive to Thimphu.

Day 4 Paro

After the breakfast, we will drive to Paro. On reaching Paro we will hike to the viewpoint of Taktshang, (Tiger’s Nest) monastery. We have to walk about 1hours & 30minutes up steep from the road end. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. After enjoying the view & photographs and lunch we will walk back. On our way back we will visit the one of the oldest temple in Bhutan, Kyichu Lhakhang and then stroll around the Paro town.Dinner and overnight stay in hotel, Paro.

Day 5 Paro

Whole day witness Paro Festival and enjoy the mask dances and rich cultural and tradition of local people of Paro valley and across,
Lunch in the hotel or picnic pack lunch. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel, Paro.

Day 6 Paro

Early in the morning around 3.30AM we will visit the Paro festival ground to witness the Thongdrel (Liberation at sight) ceremony. This is the high light of Paro festival. After the Thongdrel ceremony, we will come to the hotel, for breakfast. After breakfast, free/resting time till lunch time. Lunch in the hotel, Paro. After lunch we will drive to Drukgyel dzong and then stroll around the Paro town.

Day 7 Paro

See Off from Air Port.

Attractions


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Memorial Chorten


Built in 1974 to honor the third Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty the 3rd King of Bhutan Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928–1972), it is one of the most prominent landmark of Thimphu. People from everywhere come here to do the Chorten Kora (going round the chorten). It looks magnificent a great place to visit and pray


Buddha Dordenma


Buddha Point is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue completed construction on September 25th 2015 celebrating 60th birth anniversary of fourth king His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck. It houses 100,000 8-inch-tall and 25,000 12-inch-tall gilded Buddhas respectively, each of which, like the Buddha Dordenma itself, will be made of bronze and gilded in gold. it will be one of the largest Buddha rupas (Form of the Awakened One) in the world, at a height of 169 feet (51.5 meters). Big ground in front makes it a nice place to stroll around and enjoy the scenic beauty of Thimphu


Changangkha Lhakhang


Lam Phajo Drugom Zhipo built it in 12th century, one of the oldest lhakhangs in the country. Lam Phajo Drugom Zhipo chose the site and the monastery houses Chenrizig (Avolokitesawara), an 11-headed, thousand-armed manifestation as the central statue. New born are brought here for naming them


Zorig Chusum


In 1680, Ngawang Namgyal, the Zhabdrung Rinpoche, ordered the establishment of the school for instruction in the thirteen traditional arts. Although the skills existed much earlier, it is believed that the zorig chusum was first formally categorised during the rule of Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye (1680-1694), the 4th Druk Desi (secular ruler). You get to witness artisans & craftsman in action in these 13 different crafts & arts which is rare view in today's machine manufacturing era. It trains the Bhutanese students on all the 13 crafts and is leading the race to preserve the culture of Bhutan


Tashichho Dzong


Traditionally been the seat of the Druk Desi (or "Dharma Raja"), the head of Bhutan's civil government, an office which has been combined with the kingship since the creation of the monarchy in 1907, and summer capital of the country. The original Thimphu dzong (the Do-Ngön Dzong, or Blue Stone Dzong) was built in 1216 by Lama Gyalwa Lhanapa (1164-1224). In 1641 Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal took over that Dzong from the Lhapa Kagyu, reconsecrated, and renamed it Tashichö-dzong. Tashichö Dzong has been the seat of Bhutan's government since 1968. It presently houses the throne room and offices of the king, the cabinet secretariat and the ministries of home affairs and finance. Lowering of the national flag in the evening around 5 pm is an event not to be missed and the lights during the night makes it a visual treat.


Takin Preserve


Takin - the national animal of Bhutan is a peculiar animal with head of a goat and body of a cow, is believed to be created by Lama Drukpa Kuenlay - The Divine Madman upon his follower's request to show a miracle. He created it by attaching the skull of a goat and bones of a cow. It is an area of 3.4 hectares (8.4 acres). It is a collaborative effort of the Royal Government of Bhutan and World Wide Fund, WWF (Bhutan), including a traditionally styled entrance gate, a small information center, signage and trash receptacles.


Simtokha Dzong


It is the 1st Dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1629 in Bhutan. Earlier called Sangak Zabdhon Phodrang (Bhutanese language meaning: "Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras") is a small dzong in size compared to other dzongs in Bhutan. It is believed that the dzong provided protection against a demon which had disappeared into a rock close to the site and hence taken the name 'Simtoka' meaning "simmo" (demoness) and 'do' meaning "stone". The Buddhist school of Linguistics was established as part of the dzong.

Click to view attractions in Punakha

Punakha Dzong


Also known as Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong (meaning "the palace of great happiness or bliss"). Built by Ngawang Namgyal, 1st Zhabdrung Rinpoche, in 1637–38 and houses sacred relics of the southern Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, including the Rangjung Kasarpani and the sacred remains of Ngawang Namgyal and the tertön Pema Lingpa. It is the winter capital of Bhutan and 2nd largest dzong. It is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan's Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion


Chimi Lhakhang


Also know as Chime Lhakhang stands on a round hillock and was built in 1499 by the 14th Drukpa hierarch, Ngawang Choegyel, after the site was blessed by the "Divine Madman" the maverick saint Drukpa Kunley (1455–1529) who built a chorten on the site. Believed to be the Temple of Fertility, pilgrims & women visiting are blessed with wooden phallus (have been intended to drive away the evil eye and malicious gossip) decorated with a silver handle. Lama Drukpa Kuenley is revered for his unorthodox ways of teaching Buddhism by singing, humour and outrageous behaviour, which amounted to being bizarre, shocking and with sexual overtones


Dochula Pass


Built on the pass overlooking Thimphu valley on one side and Wangdue/Punakha on the other, it is on the way to Punakha from Thimphu on a hill top where 108 memorial chortens or stupas known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens" have been built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother. Apart from the chortens there is a monastery called the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (temple), built in honour of the fourth Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck.


Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten


Built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck for the well being of the kingdom, it's people and all sentient beings took 9 years to complete this magnificent 4 storied Chorten showcasing the expertise and marvel of Bhutanese architecture, art & paintings. Lovely view of Punakha valley awaits you after a hike on 30 to 60 minutes from the suspension bridge.

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Rinpung Dzong


Built in 1644 by Ngawang Namgyal, the Zhabdrung Rinpoche, it stands as a majestic symbol of authority and governance. The administrative and religious seat of Paro Dzongkhag (a state of Bhutan). Located just above Paro Chu (river) making it a picturesque delight.


Taa Dzong - National Museum


The national museum of Bhutan - Taa Dzong has artifact from around the country and some of the artefacts ranging back to even 4000 B.C E. and to the present day. Here you get to see the ancient Bhutanese culture and it is a must visit if you are interest to know and understand Bhutan better


Tiger's Nest - Taktsang


Taktshang or the Tiger's Nest got it's name from the myth that in 8th century Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) flew here on a Tigress Back and meditated to in a cave here t0 subdue the demons and provide relief to the local people of Paro. Built on a cliff that stands 10,000 feet/3,048 meter above sea level overlooking Paro valley. It is a visual treat and a holy place for pilgrimage


Kyichu Lhakhang


Also known as Kyerchu Temple or Lho Kyerchu) is an important Himalayan Buddhist temple situated in Lamgong Gewog of Paro District in Bhutan. Built in the 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor Songtsän Gampo, the Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. It was visited by Guru Rinpoche in the 8th century and believed to have concealed many religious relics and treasures. A holy place for pilgrimage


Drukgyal Dzong


Once a fortress constructed in 1649 by Tenzin Drukdra on the behest of Ngawang Namgyal, Zhabdrung Rinpoche to commemorate the victory over Tibet invasion, it was in ruins due to a fire in 1950's that engulfed almost everything. It has been restored now to it's full standing and it is a magnificent view surrounded by beautiful scenery around it

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Taj Tashi

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Double occupancy. Inclusive of Sales & Service Tax, Breakfast Main Amenities: 2 restaurants, Full-service spa, Indoor pool, Health club, Business center, Childcare, 24-hour front desk, Air conditioning, Daily housekeeping, Garden


Amankora

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Le Meridien

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Namgay Heritage

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Jumolhari

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Uma by COMO

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Amankora

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Amankora

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Double occupancy. Inclusive of Bhutan sales & service tax. including picnics, house beverages including select wines and spirits and complimentary laundry


Uma by COMO

You will be staying here for 4 Day(s)

Facilities

Double occupancy. Inclusive of Bhutan sales & service tax, break fast & dinner, swimming pool, in-rom tea/coffee, in-room internet


Le Meridien

You will be staying here for 4 Day(s)

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Double occupancy. Inclusive of Bhutan sales & service tax, breakfast, in-room tea/coffee, in-room internet


Package cost covers your stay at a 3 star hotel as defined by Tourism Council of Bhutan Your stay includes: Double occupancy in standard room with 1 King/Queen size bed or twin beds along with all other amenities

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The Package cost covers your transportation as defined by Tourism Council of Bhutan.
Your vehicle includes: SUV vehicle for upto 2 guest and Toyota Hi-Ace mini bus upto 5 or 12 groups and Toyota Bus for more than 12.

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All the guides are licensed by Tourism Council of Bhutan after undergoing extensive training. They are fluent in english and well experienced. Have attained good knowledge and know-how of Bhutan. You can change your guide to a specific language speaking guide

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Cycling Biking around would be a great way of exploring the places in Bhutan. BTB can arrange mountain bikes for you to ride around and explore the beautiful valleys at your own pace
Duration: 1 to 3 hours
Time: Evening or Morning

Cultural Show Bhutanese dance by Bhutanese male and female dancers including Mask dance. A complete refreshing cultural show
Duration: 2 hours
Time: 6pm to 9pm

Nature Hike A short hike to a nearby hill enyoing the chill air and the pristine nature

Cooking Class Bhutan has an abundance of local fresh organic vegetables and simple ways of Bhutanese cooking introduces one to a basic or rudimentary style of cooking, prevalent in the Himalayan region.

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Cycling Biking around would be a great way of exploring the places in Bhutan. BTB can arrange mountain bikes for you to ride around and explore the beautiful valleys at your own pace
Duration: 1 to 3 hours
Time: Evening or Morning

Cultural Show Bhutanese dance by Bhutanese male and female dancers including Mask dance. A complete refreshing cultural show
Duration: 2 hours
Time: 6pm to 9pm

Rafting/Kayaking One of the most thrilling adventure sport or activity that you can undertake is Rafting or Kayaking in the white waters of Bhutan. Great experience overall. Guided by expert rafters you will remember this experience for a long long time

Nature Hike A short hike to a nearby hill enyoing the chill air and the pristine nature

Cooking Class Bhutan has an abundance of local fresh organic vegetables and simple ways of Bhutanese cooking introduces one to a basic or rudimentary style of cooking, prevalent in the Himalayan region.

View + Add activity in Paro

Cycling Biking around would be a great way of exploring the places in Bhutan. BTB can arrange mountain bikes for you to ride around and explore the beautiful valleys at your own pace
Duration: 1 to 3 hours
Time: Evening or Morning

Cultural Show Bhutanese dance by Bhutanese male and female dancers including Mask dance. A complete refreshing cultural show
Duration: 2 hours
Time: 6pm to 9pm

Cooking Class Bhutan has an abundance of local fresh organic vegetables and simple ways of Bhutanese cooking introduces one to a basic or rudimentary style of cooking, prevalent in the Himalayan region.

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