Many festivals held at different places at different times of the year. The best known of the festivals are “TSHECHUS” which are celebrated in honor of Guru Padmasambhava commemorating his great deeds. Popularly known as “Guru Rimpoche”. This Indian saint contributed enormously to the diffusion of Tantric Buddhism in the Himalayan region of Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan around 800 AD. Guru Padmasambhava is founder of the Nyingmapa, the old school of Lamaism, which still has numerous followers. The biography of Guru is highlighted by 12 episodes on the model of Buddha Shakyamuni’s life.
“Tshechu” which has become the name of very popular festival commemorate each episode around the year on the 10th day of the month. The dates and the duration of festival vary from one place to another but they all take place on or around 10th day of the month according to Bhutanese calendar. Tshechus are celebrated for several days, between three and five according to location, and are the occasion for dances that are clearly defined in religious content. Both monks as well as laymen take part in these dances which are performed in a similar manner at each of the Tshechus. Certain Tshechus end with the worship of a huge appliquéd Thangkha representing Guru Rimpoche and his eight manifestations. It is called ‘THONGDROEL’ and is believed that simply by viewing it people can be delivered from the cycle of reincarnations. The Bhutanese people attach great importance to festivals, which allow them to become immersed in their religion and gain merit, and it is because of this importance that the festivals are so well preserved. These events are also a time for the local people to socialize, to laugh, to joke with their neighbors and acquaintances, to dress in their finest clothes and jewelry, to eat well and generally to have good time
Day 1 : Arrive in
On arrival in Paro you will be met by our office representative greets you as Bhutanese Tradition, drive to Thimphu O/N Hotel
Day 2 : Drive Thimpu-Punkha, O/N Hotel.
After breakfast, visit the weekend market and then drive to Punakha across Dochula Pass at alt.10, 218 ft. from where one can have breathtaking views of all major snow capped peaks on a clear day. Punakha is the old capital of Bhutan and at present is the winter seat of the Je Khenpo - the Chief Abbot of Bhutan. Visit the Punakha Dzong from outside. Downstream from Punakha is the windy valley of Wangduephodrang famous for its Cactus plants and characterized by its striking Dzong. Overnight at Hotel Zangdopelri, Punakha.
Day 3 : Drive, ZANGDOPELRI to BUMTHANG
Today is a very long drive to Bumthang crossing two passes namely PeleLa and YotongLa. Enroute pass the magnificent stupa of Chendebji similar to the one at Boudhnath in Nepal. Further from Chendebji you will arrive to Trongsa valley where you will see the largest Dzong in Bhutan. Trongsa is the ancestral home of the Kings. Overnight at Guest House in Bumthang.
Day 4 : Full day FESTIVAL TOURS OBSERVATION
sightseeing in and around the beautiful valley of Bumthang. Bumthang is made up of four valleys namely - Chumey, Choekor, Tang and Ura. Explore Bumthang, watch the Parkher Tsechu Festival, and participate with Bhutanese for festival celebration/N Guest House.
- Day 5 : After Breakfast day trip Ura, return to Bumthang view the closing ceremony of Festival.
Day 6 : Bumthang -Thimpu
After early breakfast drive to Thimphu for sightseeing. Sightseeing includes visit to the Painting School - where free hand arts namely carving and painting are taught. Visit Simtokha Dzong - one of the oldest Dzong in the Kingdom is the centre for Buddhist education. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where you can buy souvenirs of all kinds. Visit the National Memorial Chorten - a stupa dedicated to the memory of The Late King. O/NT at Hotel.
Day 7 : THIMPU-PARO
After breakfast drive to Paro. Visit the National Museum and the Paro Dzong from outside. View Ugyen Pelri Palace from the museum. In the afternoon drive up north to see the Drukgyel Dzong now in ruins. On the way up, view Taktsang from Satsam Chorten area. Overnight Hotel Druk, Paro.
- Day 8 : Transfer to Airport for Final Departure
Plans & Pricing:
Lodge Trek Camping Trek
US$ 720.00 US$ 820.00
- All the Hotel accommodation on BB Plan, 4-5 Star Hotels Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Transportation: All the transfers by private coach and tourist deluxe coach, Airport transfers & Sight seeing During trek twin sharing accommodation with full board meals (three time a day) drinks: Tea coffee, Hot Chocolate.
- During trek English speaking sherpa Guide and require porters.
- All the permit park fees and entrance fees and insurance for Nepalese, Sleeping Bag & Duffle bag.
- Personnel nature of Expenses and personnel clothing for Trekking Nepal travel insurance & Helicopter rescue, Bar Bills & staff tipping.
This is the first time for our group to visit the Nepal, Bhutan and Kashmir region and we have enjoy it very much. It is very fortunate for us, being our first trip to select your company to arrange for us the tour, and we are very please with your service and support, and your co-ordination with the Bhutan operator. For the Indian operator, except for some minor situations, overall it is satisfactory.
I believe there will be more trips to come and will recommend to you potential future travellers there.