Paro Festival Tour

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

4 Nights and 5 Days

Views

155

Maximum Seats

50

Paro Tshechu Festival is an annual event that happens inside the Paro Dzong for the first two days and the remaining three days are held at Dingyakha Ground, just next to the Paro Dzong and the reason behind this is because Paro Tshechu is so popular that many spectators across the country turn up with their families followed by Western Tourists.

Every year the popular Paro Tshechu falls under early spring where especially the farmers are free from agricultural farm works and just after the Bhutanese New Year so the Festive mood remains very strong for more enjoyment and fun. Paro Tshechu brings the highest number of Tourists in the country and one of the most popular Tshechu.

Included

  • Dedicated tour vehicle and driver

  • 3-star accommodation (twin sharing)

  • Dedicated English speaking tour guide

  • Daily 3 meals (B/L/D)

  • Government Royalty and taxes

  • Entry fees to parks and monuments

Exclude

  • Flights to and from Bhutan

  • Extra charges for 4 or 5 star accommodation

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal expense/shopping

  • Beverages (soda/juice/alcohol)

  • Tips for guide and driver

Itenerary

Day 1

Arrive Paro

You will be received by the Representative from Reach Bhutan Travel at the airport and drive you to the hotel. After lunch, witness the Paro festival in Paro Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built-in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong presently houses administrative offices of Paro District and Monastery. Dinner and Overnight in Hotel.
Day 2

Paro Hike to Tigers nest

After breakfast, an excursion to Tiger’s Nest Monastery: A short drive of around 25 minutes from the main town of Paro takes you to Satsam Chorten, the trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and have tea with cookies at the Taktsang cafeteria and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Tiger’s Nest monastery. The history dates back from the 8th century when guru Rinpoche, a tantric master flew to this place on a back of a flying tiger, said to be his favorite Tibetan consort known as Khandu Yeshey Chogyal, and meditated in a cave nearby, but the temple was just built in 17th century by the Penlop (governor) of Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rbgey; this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 600 meters into the valley below. After lunch, visit the Drukgyel Dzong, which was built in 1644 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders but now it is just the ruins because the dzong was completely burned down by the fire caused by butter lamp in 1951, the dzong name Drukgyel means indeed “ victorious Druk “. The Dzong was used as an administrative center until 1951. Then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest Buddist temple which was built in 659 AD by a Tibetan king Tshongchen Gyampo. In the evening stroll around the tiny town of Paro. Dinner and overnight in the Hotel
Day 3

Paro - Thimphu

After breakfast witness Paro Festival again in Paro Dzong till lunchtime. After lunch, drive to Thimphu and while in Thimphu, visit the National Memorial Chorten, which was built in 1974 by the mother of our third king in the memory of the third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The paintings and statues in the temple are dedicated to the third king, Then visit the tallest statue of Buddha (In the world) which is 51 meters tall, Followed by Mini Zoo where you will get a chance to see our National Animal Takin and than finally visit Tashichhoe Dzong and stroll around Thimphu City for shopping. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 04

Thimphu - Punakha - Thimphu

After breakfast, drive to Punakha valley via Dochula Pass (3140 Meters). We stop for a while at Dochula pass where 108 stupas are built together to take photographs and if the weather is clear in the far distance you will get a chance to see the higher Himalayas from Dochula pass. When you reach Punakha valley, visit Chimi Lhakhang which is also known as the “Temple of Fertility” built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley who is popularly known as “The Devine Mad Man” in the 15th century. After that, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the capital of Bhutan. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche who visited this place in the 8th century, who predicted that a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like a sleeping elephant. There was a smaller building here called Dzong Chu (Small Dzong) that housed a statue of Buddha. It is said that Zhabdrung when he visited this place he meets with a Bhutanese architecture called Zowe Palep, so ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in front of the statue, while Palep was sleeping; the Zhabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri (Paradise) and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From his vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang which means “Palace of Great Happiness”. The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Chief Abbot (Je-Khenpo) and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the First National Assembly here in 1952. After that, we will have lunch at the restaurant nearby and drive back to Thimphu. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 5

Thimphu - Paro Departure

Early morning, drive to the Paro Airport and Farewell.

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