Duration: 10 Days
Activities: Walking, cultural tour, sightseeing
Trip style: Tour
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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Day 01: (09 April, Sunday): Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m/7,382ft)
Day 02: (10 April, Monday): ParoTsechu Festival
Day 03: (11 April, Tuesday): Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1 hour
Day 04: (12 April, Wednesday): Thimphu to Punakha (1300m / 4265 ft.): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours
Day 05: (13 April, Thursday): Punakha to Jakar/Bumthang (2,850m/9,350ft): 214 km, 7 hours
Day 06: (14 April, Friday): Sightseeing in Jakar/Bumthang
Day 07: (15 April, Saturday): Bumthang to Wangdue (1,240m/4,068ft): 197 km, 6 hours
Day 08: (16 April, Sunday): Wangdue to Paro: 124 km, 3 - 4 hours
Day 09: (17 April, Monday): Hike to Taktsang Monastery
Day 10: (18 April, Tuesday): Final departure
Includes and Excludes
- 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