Bhutan Paro Festival Tour April 7-11-2017

 
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Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 10 Days

Activities: Walking, cultural tour, sightseeing

Trip style: Tour

Country: Bhutan

This tour covers all the landmark of cultural sites including attending the main festival – the Parotsechu festival and explores different district of Bhutan like Punakha, Bhumthang, Wangdue. It also includes a hike to supreme worth site known as Taktsang monastery.

Parotsechu festival is celebrated for 4-5 days as is short compared with some other festivals. We will attend this festival only for a day but if you want more from the beginning, then we have some other packages of festivals where we focus only the festivals exploration.

Parotsechu is one of the most popular festivals celebrated every year. People wearing their traditional dress gathering from the different district and villages to Paro courtyard. People attending this festival get the blessing of the huge Thangkas (Tibetan scriptures written about the teachings of Buddhist and some mantras) which is scrolled down from the top of the building for each and every individual to observe this Thangkas.

Likewise, it is believed that viewing this Thangkas - you will be blessed all year with good fortune and the sins will vanish. During the festival, you get to observe the mask dance (traditional dance also called as cham dance) performed by the monks and the laymen. While attending this festival, you even get to interact with the friendly local people who will also share every detail about and why it is celebrated, etc.

This Parotsechu festival tour begins from a scenic flight and exploring Paro where we will be visiting Rinpung Dzongs, Kichulhangkhang, and Drugyal Dzong. The next day (probably on 10th April), we will be attending the Parotsechu festival and for next day, we drive to Paro Dzong. Here we get to observe the Dzong festival. Next, we drive to Thimpu and visit several heritage sites of Thimpu. Again for next day, we drive to Punakha and explore Punakha valley. The following day, we drive to Bhumthang and then to Wangdue. Finally, we hike to the Taktsang monastery (also termed as Tiger Nest Monastery).

Please do contact or email us for more information about the specific dates to attend this festival. If the dates don't suit your vacation schedule, you can go through our other Bhutan packages.

Below we list our detailed itinerary for Bhutan Paro Festival Tour:

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Itinerary

Day 01: (09 April, Sunday): Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m/7,382ft)

As during the flight to Bhutan you will get the panoramic view of the Himalayas including with the Bhutan sacred peaks Chomolhari and the Jichu Drake. As you land at the airport our team of Accent Himalaya team will welcome you and then they will take us to the Hotel. Then we will freshen up and have our lunch and then we will start our tour by visiting the heap of jewels known as Rinpung Dzong and next the oldest temple- kichu Lhakhang and the Drugyal dzong and from here we will get to view the second highest mountain of Bhutan – the chomolhari peaks which are at 7314 meter. We will spend our night at Paro.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 02: (10 April, Monday): ParoTsechu Festival

In Bhutan there are many festivals with the same rituals but with different myth and the paro festival is one of the popular festivals of Bhutan. On the festival we will be enjoying the mask dances, traditional dance, get a blessing from the head of the lama and even get to interact with the local people. The festival is celebrated in the honor of the spiritual Guru Rimpoche who brought the Buddhism in Bhutan. It is in saying that attending this festival will get rid of your sins. We will be spending our night at paro.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 03: (11 April, Tuesday): Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1 hour

Today early morning we will drive to Paro Dzong and attend the festivals. During the festival you will get to witness the huge thangka painting of Guru Rimpoche and many of the people come to attend this festival to observe this huge Thanka which is said that you will be blessed by viewing this huge Thangka. After that we will drive to Thimpu and at Thimpu we will be visiting the memorial Chorten, mini zoo after that we will have our lunch and visiting other landmarks which are traditional medicine institute, traditional painting school, museum, Tashi cho dzong and the paper factory. We will spend our night at Thimpu.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: (12 April, Wednesday): Thimphu to Punakha (1300m / 4265 ft.): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours

After the breakfast we will drive to Punakha through Dochu La Pass which is at 3100 meters if the weather is clear we will get to capture the astonishing Himalayas after that we will drive downhill to lush rhododendron fir and the hemlock forests. On the way we will stop and explore the Chimi Lhakhang and after a few hour drive we will reach at Punakha where we will be visiting the Punakha dzong which is one of the second ancient and the second biggest Dzong of Bhutan which was built in 1637- 38. We will be spending our night at Punakha.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: (13 April, Thursday): Punakha to Jakar/Bumthang (2,850m/9,350ft): 214 km, 7 hours

After the breakfast we will drive to Bumthang, the trail is one of the spectacular winding trails where we will be crossing the Pele La pass which is at 3300 meters and on the way you might also get to yaks. For a lunch we will be stopping at Trongsa where we will be visiting the Trongsa Dzong. Continuing our drive through the dense valley and hilly forests and on the way we will stop at the Yathra- textile weaving factory. We will spend our night at Bhumthang.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: (14 April, Friday): Sightseeing in Jakar/Bumthang

We will be sightseeing in Jakar/ bhumthang where we will first visit the Jakar Dzong and next will be the ancient monasteries of Bhutan named Jambay Lhakhang next we will be visiting the sacred monasteries named Kurjey Lhakhang it is in saying that in this cave there is a mark of the spiritual Guru Rimpoche where he meditate in the cave and lastly for today we will be visiting the Tamshing Lhakhang where you will be witnessing impressive Buddhist paintings. We will be spending our night at Bhumthang.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07: (15 April, Saturday): Bumthang to Wangdue (1,240m/4,068ft): 197 km, 6 hours

Today we will begin our day by touring the Bumthang and drive to wangdue. It is a classic town with the remarkable Dzong hovering on the ridge nearby river. We will spend our night at Wangdue.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08: (16 April, Sunday): Wangdue to Paro: 124 km, 3 - 4 hours

Early morning we will retrace back to paro through Dochu la pass and on the way we will visit the Chimi Lhakhang and stop for a lunch at Dochu La Pass and after that we will be visiting the Druk Wangyal monastery and then continuing our drive to paro. In the evening we will be exploring the paro town. We will spend our night at Paro.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 09: (17 April, Monday): Hike to Taktsang Monastery

After having our breakfast we will be hiking for 4-5 hours to reach at Taktsang Monastery also called as tiger nest monastery which is situated on the high cliff at 3180 meters. It is in saying that the Tibetan spiritual Guru Rimpoche had flown back on the tiger back to meditate into this cave which is now called as Taktsang monastery. We will be having our lunch at the restaurant which is sited on the mid way up to the Mountain and after exploring the monastery we will retrace back to the valley. We will spend our night at Paro.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: (18 April, Tuesday): Final departure

Today your journey Paro Tsechu festival tour finally comes to an end and our Accent Himalaya team will drop you at the airport three hours earlier than your flight schedule.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Includes and Excludes

 

What's Included

  • Bhutanese visa fee
  • All airport pickup and drop
  • All meals, tea, and snacks
  • Government approved A and B category hotels and standard lodge on twin- shared basis
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced guide and local staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums as per the itinerary
  • All required government taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • All airfares
  • Personal items (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
  • Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
  • Tips for staff (guide and driver)
  • Travel insurance
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