Paro festival tour

Paro Festival Tour

Trip Duration 8 Days

After a look around Bhutan’s magical capital and the surrounding Dzongs in Punakha, you will return to Paro to witness the stunning, festival or Tsechu.

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  • Vacation Style Festival Tour
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  • Activity Level Easy Leisure
    2 Pax
  • Group Size Minimum
    6/10
All about the Paro Festival Tour

After a look around Bhutan’s magical capital and the surrounding Dzongs in Punakha, you will return to Paro to witness the stunning, festival or Tsechu. For two full days, you can witness this amazing Buddhist magnum-opus, dotted with colourful folks and monks dancing to the beat of all the deities while fighting the demons. Bhutan’s festivals are not just some chants floating in the air; they are ornate extravaganzas that will bowl you over.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • Bhutan visa
  • All transfers including airport collections in Paro
  • Twin share or double rooms at all places on the itinerary
  • All meals and mineral water included while in Bhutan
  • All tour arrangements including Bhutanese guide (English speaking trained and licensed by the Department of Tourism).
  • Private vehicle and driver
  • All entry fees to museums and sites where applicable
  • Financial protection insurance with International Passenger Protection
  • Pre departure support and advice from Bhutan Dragon Adventure by email, phone or face to face meetings in Paro. After booking with us we will send our comprehensive “Bhutan Pre Trip Information” notes
Whats not included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • International flight to/from Paro.
  • Travel insurance
  • Use of bar and beverages in hotel, laundry, telephone calls or internet and personal shopping
  • Tips to your guide and driver
  • Other items not listed in “What is included”.
  1. Day 1 Arrival Paro Bhutan

    The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. You will see major Himalayan peaks such as Everest, Kanchenjunga and Makalu, and then on the final approach to Paro Bhutan’s own snowy peaks, Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tserimgang will come into view. Bhutan’s first gift to you as you disembark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air. You will be met by your Bhutan Dragon Adventures representative, and after completion of arrival formalities will be taken to your hotel.

    After lunch, drive up valley to Drukgyel Dzong or “the Fort of Drukpa Victory”. In former times, the Bhutanese repelled invasions by Tibetans from this fortress. Though largely destroyed by fire in 1951, the ruins still present an imposing sight. On a clear day, there is a splendid view of Bhutan’s sacred mountain, Chomolhari from the approach road to Drukgyel Dzong. Also visit a traditional Bhutanese house in the village nestled below the Dzong. Then head back towards Paro town, en route visiting Kyichu Lhakhang, established in the 7th century, and one of the two oldest shrines in the kingdom (the other is in Bumthang), reflecting the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.

  2. Day 2 Paro – Thimphu (Day Excursion to Taktsang Monastery “Tiger’s Nest”)

    After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, this is Bhutan’s most famous monastery. Guru Rinpoche (great spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse, in eastern Bhutan, to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. In the Evening we will drive to Thimphu Capital city of Bhutan one hour drive from Paro. Overnight in Thimphu.

  3. Day 3 Thimphu – Thimphu (General sightseeing)

    In the morning, visit the following: the National Library, with its extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts; the National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only), where Bhutan’s famed traditional herbal medicines are compounded and dispensed.

    Visit Simtokha Dzong, one of the oldest fortresses of the country, which now houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies, visit the National Memorial Chorten, within which there are finely executed wall paintings and delicately fashioned statues which provide deep insight into Buddhist philosophy, also we will visit Folk Heritage museum and National Labaray of Bhutan. Afternoon visit Tashichhodzong, the seat of the government; and the Handicrafts Emporium, which displays a wide range of the traditional handicrafts for which Bhutan is renowned. You may also be able to catch a game of archery in progress at the Changlimithang sports ground, just below the town. Take an early evening stroll around the market area before dinner. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

  4. Day 4 Thimphu – Punakha

    After breakfast we will proceed to Punakha across Dochu-la pass (3,088m/10,130ft). The highest point on the road is marked by a large Bhutanese Chortens and prayer flags fluttering on the hill. On a clear day, there is a breathtaking view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas from this spot.

    Check into the hotel on reaching Punakha. Until 1955, Punakha served as the capital town of Bhutan and it is still the winter seat of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot). Visit Punakha Dzong, built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in the 17th century and situated at the junction of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

  5. Day 5 Punakha – Paro via Thimphu

    After breakfast we will drive back to Thimphu via Dochula Pass. On the way we will make a short day hike / walk to Chimi Lhakhang” the Abode of Fertility” This temple is today one of the most revered and visited temple in Bhutan. People from all corners of the country visit the temple / Lhakhang to seek blessings from Druk Kuenley (Divine Mad Man) founder of this temple. In fact it is not just the Bhutanese who receive blessing from the temple. People from all the part of the world come to seek blessings of fertility and conception from the temple. Lunch will serve at nearby that villages, then we will proceed to Thimphu. Evening free time to stroll in the town once again in Thimphu city. Overnight in Thimphu.

  6. Day 6 Paro – Paro (Festival)

    Today after breakfast we will go to witness the Spring Paro festival. You will see lots of Bhutanese people gathering and wearing their best clothes (Gho for Men and Kira for Women). And also you can buy some of those Gho and Kira from Paro town and wear it and be the Bhutanese. Bhutanese people will love to see a westerner people wearing a Bhutanese costume. Overnight in Paro.

  7. Day 7 Paro – Paro (festival)

    Today also we will be witnessing the festival and for 2nd day. And also today is your 2nd last day to stay in Bhutan. You walk in the Paro town and do final shopping for if your interest to take some Bhutanese made souvenirs / gift of Bhutan to your friends / relatives. Last dinner with happy ending with drinks from the Bhutan Dragon Adventures team.

  8. Day 8 Paro – Dept

    Early breakfast we will drive to Paro National air port and see off to your onward destination.

    Thank you and Tashi Delek!

ACCOMMODATION IN BHUTAN
Tourist accommodation in Bhutan is comfortable but can be fairly basic especially as you travel further east. Most hotels in the main tourist destinations have rooms with private bathrooms, hot water (at least at some stage during the day), telephone and electricity. Plumbing is not always up to the standard you may be used to and there are no hotels with central heating although heaters of some sort will generally be provided.

Tourist hotels tend to provide meals buffet-style which gives you the opportunity to try a variety of Bhutanese dishes. In the larger hotels a la carte service is also available, although they do not always have everything on the menu. Thimphu has a pizza restaurant (the Seasons) and there is a good café in the centre of Thimphu (near the Swiss bakery) called the Art Café which serves sandwiches, cake and filter coffee.

Please note that there is currently a shortage of hotel accommodation in Bhutan especially during festivals or the peak trekking season of October. We reserve rooms at all hotels in advance but the bookings are never certain until the group check in on the day. Bearing this in mind we will reserve rooms in the following hotels:

Paro: Olathang
Thimphu: Peaceful Resort, Hotel Pedling or Hotel Wangchuk.
Punakha: Meriphuensum Resort or Damchen Resort
Bumthang: Swiss Guesthouse, Hotel Mipham, Garden Hotel or River Lodge
Phobjikha: Dewachen Hotel.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Shared Rooms included in teh Price Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
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Individual Rooms not included in the Price Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
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Footwear:
Comfortable shoes i.e trail shoes or trainers.
Flip flops or sandals.

Travel clothes. You will need clothing as follows:
Lightweight waterproof jacket.
Casual long sleeved shirt with collar (for visits to Dzongs).
T shirts.
Lightweight trousers.
Micro fleece.
Socks and underwear etc.
Swimwear.
Please carefully read Ethics and Etiquette paragraph for dress code when visiting Dzongs.

Headwear:
Sun hat.
Bandana or face mask
Sunglasses.

Personal Equipment:
Toiletry bag include toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush, etc.
Headtorch. Useful during power cuts.
Backpack for day trips. Recommended size is 15 to 20 litres.

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DRESS CODE AND CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR ENTERING DZONGS & MONASTERIES

Depending on whom you talk to the exact dress code for dzongs, monasteries and lhakhangs can differ. Use the details below to assist with your planning and we recommend you discuss each days visits with your guide to reconfirm appropriate attire.
Go for smart casual look such as long sleeved shirt with collar i.e no T shirts or short sleeved shirts.
Full length trousers or long skirts (ankles must be covered) i.e no shorts, ¾ length trousers or short skirts.
Shoes with socks covering ankles i.e no sandals or slippers.
No hats and umbrellas allowed.
Photographs are only allowed to be taken in the courtyard of most monasteries.
Walking around Buddhist temples or stupas is traditionally done clockwise.
Turn off your mobile/ cell phone and talk in a quiet tone.
It is customary to give a small donation when visiting a monastery.

The Royal Government of Bhutan has a strict policy to preserve its cultural and traditional values.

All lakes in Bhutan are believed to be inhabited by spirits therefore no fishing, swimming or throwing stones is permitted.
Do not disturb or feed wildlife or do anything to destroy their natural habitat.
Do not use detergent in or near rivers, for personal washing use biodegradable soap at least 50m from any watercourse.
Do not give sweets, pens or gifts to children or distribute medicine to villagers (there is a network of Basic Health Units operated by Bhutan Government throughout the country).
Do not purchase local household items or religious artefacts from villagers, please note that antiques may not be taken out of the country.
Please respect the culture and traditions of local people (trek crew, villagers or pack animal owners).

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Writing A Review Overall Rating 4.7/5
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J Heathcote - UK
Reviewed on 14/1/2016
4.7/5

I had high expectations of a journey to Bhutan with a focus upon the spiritual aspects of the culture. All aspects of arranging my holiday were dealt with promptly/efficiently by Karma Gyeltshen of Bhutan Dragon Adventures.

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Dr. Paul L. Jokiel - USA
Reviewed on 14/1/2016
4.7/5

“Karma Gyeltshen is a remarkable person with a strong background in all aspects of the culture, religion, history, art and natural resources of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Moreover, he is extremely knowledgeable about the travel regulations and potential pitfalls of touring this country.

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Regards Hugh - USA
Reviewed on 14/1/2016
4.7/5

Dear Karma, We did indeed enjoy our holiday in Bhutan. We were so pleased that you where able to put the trip together for us at such short notice, it is difficult to believe that it was all arranged in just 3 weeks and at no time did we feel that there was going to be any problem.

FESTIVAL PLACE DATES  
RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL
Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, THIMPHU
18th – 20th April
DOMKHAR TSHECHU
Domkhar, Chummi, BUMTHANG
16th -18th April
URA YAKCHOE
Ura Lhakhang, BUMTHANG
18th -20th April
NIMALUNG TSHECHU
Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi, BUMTHANG
13th -15th June*
KURJEY TSHECHU
Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG
15th June
MASUTAKI MUSHROOM FESTIVAL
Ura, BUMTHANG
22nd –23rd August
TOUR OF THE DRAGON (BICYCLE RACE)
Bumthang to Thimphu
3rd September
THIMPHU DRUBCHEN
Tashi Chhodzong, THIMPHU
6th -10th October
WANGDUE TSHECHU
Tencholing Army Ground, WANGDUEPHODRANG
9th -11th October
GANGTEY TSHECHU
Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, WANGDUEPHODRANG
16th -18th April
TAMSHING PHALA CHHOEPA
Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG
11th -13th October
THIMPHU TSHECHU
Tashi Chhodzong, THIMPHU
11th -13th October
THANGBI MANI
Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, BUMTHANG
15th -17th October
CHHUKHA TSHECHU
Chhukha Dzong, CHHUKHA
7th -9th November
JAKAR TSHECHU
Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, BUMTHANG
7th -9th November
PEMAGATSHEL TSHECHU
Pemagatshel Dzong, PEMAGATSHEL
12th -14th November
JAMBAY LHAKHANG DRUP
Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG
14th – 17th November
PRAKHAR DUCHHOED
Prakar Lhakhang, Chummi, BUMTHANG
15th –17th November
BLACK NECKED CRANE FESTIVAL
Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, WANGDUEPHODRANG
11th November
MONGAR TSHECHU
Mongar Dzong, MONGAR
5th -9th December
TRASHIGANG TSHECHU
Trashigang Dzong, TRASHIGANG
8th -10th December
JAMBAY LAKHANG SINGYE CHAM
Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG
13th December
NALAKHAR TSHECHU
Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG
13th -15th December
DRUK WANGYEL TSHECHU
Dochula, THIMPHU
13th December
TRONGSA TSHECHU
Trongsa Dzong, TRONGSA
7th -9th January 2017
LHUENTSE TSHECHU
Lhuentse Dzong, LHUENTSE
7th -9th January 2017
NABJI LHAKHANG DRUP
Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, TRONGSA
12th -14th January 2017
TENTATIVE FESTIVAL DATES FOR 2016
Note: All tour price are fixed by the Govt, of Bhutan