Paro Festival: The Traditional hallmark of the western Bhutan

Tentative dates for Paro Festival in 2014:11th April-15th April, 2014

The Tsehchu is considered a major attraction and people travel from neighboring districts to participate in the festivity. Early in the morning on the last day of the celebration the monks display a gigantic thangkha embroidered painting , the Guru Throngdel, inside the dzong. Thongdrols are especially impressive examples of Buddhist art and never fail to amaze viewers. They are considered so sacred that simply seeing a Thongdrol is said to cleanse the viewer of sin.

  

Brief Itenary

 

Day 01: 11th April, 2014: Arrival to Paro

Day 02: 12th April, 2014: Attend Festival

Day 03: 13th April, 2014: Hike to Tiger’s Nest

Day 04: 14th April, 2014:  Paro- Punakha and sightseeing

Day 05:1 5th April, 2014: Punakha- Thimphu and sightseeing

Day 06: 16th April, 2014: Drive to Paro and Departure 


DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: 11th April, 2014: Arrival to Paro

Lunch and Dinner

Your flight to Paro in Bhutan . After checking into your hotel you have  time to relax and have lunch before beginning your discovery of Bhutan.  Your first visit is to Paro Dzong. Located above the river the temple is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture. Driving up through the Paro Valley you come to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong.  It was from here that the Bhutanese repelled Tibetan armies in the 17th C. Before returning to Paro you visit Kichu Temple, one of the 108 temples built in the 7th C by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo.

Overnight  in Paro

Day 02: 12th April, 2014: Attend Festival

Breakfast

Lunch and Dinner

v  Early morning the great Thanka Thongdrol is shown and Shugdrel Ceremony is performed.

v  Dances of the Heroes Pacham

v  Dance of Ging and Tsholing

v  Dance of the Eight Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche Guru Tshen Gye

v  Dance of the Sixteen Fairies

v  Religious Song Chhoeshey

Day 03: 13rd April, 2014:  Hike to Tiger’s Nest

Breakfast

Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, you will hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 ½  hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria.Then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months. The principal Lhakhang monastery of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has now been fully restored to its former beauty.After visiting the monastery, walk back down to the road on the way stop for lunch at the view point cafeteria and then walk further down to the road point. Then drive back to hotel and relax.

Overnight in Paro.

Day 04: 14th April, 2014: Paro- Punakha and sightseeing 

Estimated Km: 132 km

Estimated Hour: 4 ½   hours

After breakfast you leave the Paro and travel through the southern Thimphu Valley and ascend Dochula Pass to 3050 metres. On a clear day you can delight in spectacular views across the Himalayan Mountain ranges.  Along the way you stop off at the beautiful 108 chortens (Buddhist monuments) built on a hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo. Refreshment is served at Dochula Resort a beautiful example of Bhutanese architecture with amazing views across the mountains. Then you will  travel onto Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan.  Lunch will be served at Punakha. Afternoon you visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho-Chu (Male River) and the Mochu (female river). Built in 1637 the Punakha Dzong served as a religious and administrative centre for the region. Currently the Dzong is the winter residence of the Holy Monk Body of Bhutan. To complete the day you visit Dho Jha Lam Temple, the winter residence of the Holy Monk Body of Bhutan. 

Day 05: 15th April, 2014: Punakha- Thimphu and sightseeing 

Estimated Km: 77km

Estimated Hour: 3 hours 

Morning You pass through traditional villages and farmlands before taking a pleasant short trek to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, built by the Queen of Bhutan for peace and stability in a changing world. In the afternoon you continue on to Wangdue, visiting the Devine Madman’s Monastery – Chhimi Lhakang, famously known for its fertility shrine.  The monastery is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley who used humour and outrageous behavior to dramatise his teachings.

Drive to Thimphu and sightseeing in Thimphu

 Your next destination is the Takin Preserve which houses the national animal, the unique Takin, which lives in herds at altitudes of over 4000 metres and weighs as much as 220 kilos! Your last visit for the day is  the Government-run Handicraft Emporium  and Craft Bazaar where you can find fine examples of locally produced woven textiles, thangkha paintings, ceramics, jewellery, slate and wood carvings.

Dinner and overnight stay Thimphu  

Day 06: 16th April, 2014: Drive to Paro and Departure

Breakfast in the Hotel

We wish you safe and pleasant journey.  

TOUR PRICE

Paro Festival: Tour Cost per Person in Twin Sharing Basis for 5 Nights/6 Days

Peak Season: March/April/May/Sept/Oct and November

Group Size

       Quotation

Hotel

4 and 5 star hotels  need an additional charge

Above 10pax it is subject to discussion about rate

1 pax

US$1450/person

3 Star

2 pax

US$1275/person

3 Star

Above 3pax

US$1125/person

3 Star

The above Bhutan tour package prices include the following:

  • Bhutan Government Royalty of US$ 65/person/night
  • FIT surcharges of US$40/person/night for a single traveler and US$30/person/night for a double
  • Twin sharing hotel rooms at 3 star hotels
  • All meals  breakfast, lunch, dinner & light refreshments with standard menu at 3 star hotels
  • English speaking tour guide service
  • All transfers and excursions by private vehicles
  • All entrance fees to museums and monuments
  • All internal taxes and fees
  • Mineral drinking water while sightseeing

The above tour prices do not include the following:

  • Single room supplement of US$ 50/room/night during high season optional
  • Visa fee of US$40/person must be paid in advance with tour cost
  • Airfares optional
  • Travel issuance recommended
  • 4 star and 5 star accommodations and meals optional
  • Other personal expenses like overseas calls, laundry,etc 

 

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