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Paro Tsechu is one of the most popular festivals in Bhutan. Featuring dances performed by trained monks and laymen in amazing masks and costumes, Tsechus (festivals) are one of the best ways to experience the ancient living culture of Bhutan.
A Tsechu is a Buddhist festival in honour of Guru Rimpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. A highlight of the Paro Tsechu is the unfurling of the silk Thangka – so large it covers the face of an entire building and is considered one of the most sacred blessings in the whole of Bhutan. The ‘Thangka, known in Bhutan as a ‘thongdroel’ is a religious picture scroll, and is only exhibited for a few hours at daybreak on the final day of the festival enabling the people to obtain its blessing. This holy scroll “confers liberation by the mere sight of it” (the meaning of the word ‘thongdroel’ in Bhutanese). This tour also takes advantage of the beautiful spring time growth with stunning hikes through the countryside to a Rhododendron forest in Phobjikha, as well as a visit to the Lamperi a Rhododendron Festival near Dochu La Pass. The sacred sites of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha are also featured.
The fight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred jumolhari and jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival in Paro Airport, you will be received by our guide and transfer to restaurant for lunch . After lunch, you will visit the National Museum and Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and the most sacred temple built in 7th century. In the evening, explore Paro town. Overnight in Thimphu.
Today you will attend full day Paro Festival with locals. The most popular festival in the country. It is the great opportunity to mingle with the local people.
Morning attend festival. Afternoon, we will drive to Thimphu. Sightseeing in Thimphu includes , giant Buddha statue, Kings memorial stupa, Jungzhi Handmade paper factory and Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building which holds the throne room of His Majestic,The King. Overnight in Thimphu.
Today we will drive to Punakha. From Simtokha the road climbs to the Dochula pass (3150 meters) where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. We will take some time at the pass and exploring 108 stupas. We will drive downhill through the forests of rhododendrone,fir and hemlock . When you arrive at Metshina Village, you can take short hike through rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang( temple of fertility). After lunch continue drive to Punakha. On arrival, visit Punakha Dzong, which is the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan. Overnight in Punakha.
Today after breakfast, we will drive to remote Phobjikha valley. We will stop in Wangdue to get scenic view of Wangdue Phodrang Dzong on the ridge. We will continue our drive through dense forests of oak and rhododendrons till Lawala pass(3250m). The pass offers exotic views of the Himalayan Mountains. Drive downhill for some time and get the stunning views of Gangtey Goenpa and Phobjikha Valley. Visit Gangtey Goenpa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. Later in the afternoon, you can hike beautiful Phobjikha valley and visit crane centre which has detail information. The Black Necked Cranes, which migrate from the Tibet to this valley in winter. Overnight in Gangtey.
After breakfast, you will drive to Paro. Stop at Dochula pass and visit Druk Wangyal temple, which is on the hilltop. Lunch in Thimphu and visit folk heritage museum and National institute of Arts and Crafts(Painting school).Continue drive to Paro. In the evening, you can stroll in Paro town. Overnight in hotel
Today, you will hike to Taksang, (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous temple. It is located at the face of a cliff about (3100m) .In 8th century, Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave, where temple now stands. After having explored the temple and lunch is served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, about halfway up the mountain. After lunch, you will hike down to the valley floor. Overnight hotel in paro.
Morning, drive to Airport for your flight. Our representative will bid farewell
Tshechu is a religious festival meaning “tenth day” held annually in various temples, monasteries and dzongs throughout the country.
The Tshechu is a religious event celebrated on tenth day of a month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the birthday of Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava). However the exact month of the Tshechu varies from place to place and temple to temple.