Thimphu Festival is one of the biggest festivals in the country. This festival is held in the capital city for three days beginning on 10th day of the 8th month
of lunar calendar. This Tshechu is witnessed by thousands of people many of which travel from neighboring Dzongkhags (districts) to attend the festivities. The
actual Tshechu is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods. It was initiated by the 4th Desi, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay in 1867. And initially
the Tshechu consisted of only a few dances being performed strictly by monks. But since 1950s Third Monarch of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuk introduced many
Boed Cham(Lay Monk Dances).
For the farmers in Bhutan, the festival to them is also a brak from thier farming activites, so that thier families and relative come together in such occasion
to celebrate, get blessed, and pray for thier wellbeings.
Duration :7 days 6 nights
Date :19 to 21 Sep, 2018
Venue :Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu
Places covered : Paro, Thimphu, Punakha & Wangdi
Day 1: Paro Arrival, Drive to Thimphu
Pick up from Paro airport and If the flight is morning will visit
Dungtse lhakhang which one of old unique temple in the country. Then drive up to visit Ta dzong (watch tower) built in 1951 to
use as a watch tower to defend Ringpung dzong and Paro valley during the time of war and converted into national museum in
1967 which recorded in UNESCO world heritage. Unfortunately original museum was destroyed by the earthquake in September 2011
but one can still see a magnificent collection of Bhutanese artifacts like costumes, religious Tahngka paintings, arm weapons,
and a fascinating collection of Bhutan stamps in new gallery. Then will visit Paro Ringpung dzong which is one of the
finest example of Bhutanese architecture. If still feel energetic you can take a short walk down to the cantilever bridge.In
the evening will drive to Thimphu and on the way will stop to pictures of magnificent 15 century temple called
Taachog lhakhang which was built by great iron builder Drupthop Thangthong Gyalpo.And take a short walk down to the
river to see a 15 century old iron chain bridge built by the same builder of temple. After you arrive at Thimphu you
can take a leisurely walk around the town to feel the atmosphere of capital.
Night halt in Thimphu [Hotel].
Day 2: Thimphu Sightseeing
After breakfast will visit; Memorial Chorten which was built by Her majesty Ashi Phuntsho Choden in memory of her
late son His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk ("the father of modern Bhutan") the third king of Bhutan. Kuenselphodrang where
you can see largest buddha statue in Bhutan which is about 169 feet tall. Then will visit Changangkha Lhakhang (Temple) the oldest
temple in Thimphu. Followed byFolk and Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of Bhutan's living traditions. Then
will visit Zorig Chusum, where students are taught 13 arts and crafts of Bhutan. And will also visit National Library.
Will have lunche and after lunch wull visit Bhutan post if you like to have personilised stamps. Then will visit
Vegetable Market provided
it falls on weekend. Towards evening will visit drive Motithang, and visit Takin Reservation where you will find Takin, the
National animal of Bhutan native to only Himalayas. Then will drive to the view point of Trashichho dzong, the beautiful fortress which houses most
of the Government's office and King's Throne room. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot enroute will
visit Nunnery at Zilikha, but to the fort will visit on the next day during festival time. Night halt in Thimphu [Hotel].
Day 3: Thimohu Festival
After breakfast will drive to Tashi Cho Dzong for the fesitival. Then will participate in festival with the local people, who will be
dressed in thier best. There will be various cultural program and mask dances. In the evening will stroll in Thimphu market.
Night halt in Thimphu [Hotel/Resort].
Day 4: Thimphu to Punakha
After breakfast will drive to Punakha which is about 4 hours drive from Thimphu. On the way you will stop at Dochula (3150m)
and there you can see 108 Druk Wangyel Chorten. If you wish we can stop for tea and snacks as there is a cafe. You will then drive
down further through temperate forests into semitropical range of orange and cactuses. When we reach to Punakha we will visit
Punakha dzong built on the confluence of Phochu (Male River) and Mochu (Female River). Today it is the winter residence of
the Je- khenpho the chief abbot and also serves as the administration center of the Punakha district. After that will do a short
hike about 1 hours to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten from where you will have a stunning view a Kabesa viallage and
the Mochu River, with all paddy fields in the back of rivers. Overnight at Punakha.
Night halt in Punakha [Hotel/Resort]
Day 5: Punakha to Paro
After breakfast will visit Sangchen Dorji Lhundrup Nunnery at Wolakha from where you will have a very good view of the villages around. Then will
will drive towards Wangduephodrang and on the way will visit Chimi Lhakhang which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in 15th
century (This monk is popularly known as the Devine madman for his philosophy, “Salvation through sex”). He subdued the demons
with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “The Temple of Fertility”. And it is a short hike through the paddy fields.
After that will have lunch and then will continue to Paro. On reaching Thimphu depeding on the time will visit Simtokha Dzong which
is the oldest fortress in Bhutan. Then will continue to paro. Night halt in Paro [Hotel/Farm House] depeding on your choice.
Day 6: Hike Taktshang(Tigers Nest)
Today will have a day hike to the sacred Taktsang Goenpa (tiger nest monastery) which was built on the rock face at 900 meters above the valley
floor. The history says guru Rinphoche during his second visit to Bhutan in 8th century have flew to the place riding on a tigress to subdue demon
Singye Samdrup and meditated here for three months. Later temporary ruler of Bhutan GyalsheTenzin Rabgay has built monastery in 16 century. It
one of the most highlighted holy site of the tourist as well it is a place where Bhutanese people belive they must visit once in their life time.
Todays dinner will be at Farm house and if you are interested can also take a traditional Hot Stone Bath.
Night halt in Paro [Hotel/Farm House] depeding on your choice.
Day 7: Drive to airport and Departure
Depending on your flight departure time early in the morning your guide will take you to airport to see you off onto your flight and wish you good
journey and Tashidelek(goodbye/good luck).