Paro Tsechu Festival – Mar 27 2018

Paro Tsechu Festival is one of  the biggest religious celebrations of the Bhutanese year. It has been held annually since the 17th century when zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the funder of the nation state of Bhutan, and Ponpo Rigzin Nyingpo initiated the festival together with the consecration of Paro Dzong (fortress) in 1644. The festival is observed in three parts – the pre-festival rituals on the first day, ceremonies are undertaken on the second day inside the Paro Dzong, and the main festivities on the festival ground on the remaining three days. Bhutanese from all walks of life join the residents of Paro in their best finery to attend the five-day festival.

The Paro Thongdroel is a large appliqué painting displayed to the public during the annual Paro festival. The Thongdroel, which means ‘liberation on sight’, is reveled in order to confer blessings on those assembled. The Paro Thongdroel is brought out of Rinpung Dzong at approximately 3 AM in a ceremonial procession on the last day of the festival. The main image of Guru Rinpoche, flanked by his two consorts Mandarava and Yeshe Tshogyal. On the far left and right are the Guru’s eight primary manisfestations, and the top center is occupied by the three long life deities, Buddha Amitabha, Chenrezig (Avalokitesshvara) and Namgyalma (Ushnishavijaya).

INCLUDED
Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty.All private excursions and transfers.
Licensed English speaking guide.All Meals
Accommodation, CampingRefreshments
NOT INCLUDED
Medical / Travel Insurance.
All personal expenses such as bars, beverages, laundry, telephone and tips.

All of our Bhutan tours are private, tailor-made journeys for independent travel on dates of your choosing. We can easily customize your Bhutan tour to spend more in the places doing the activities that you are interested in.

1

Arrive Paro - Transfer to Thimphu

On arrival, guests will be received at the airport by our representative who will be your tour guide and companion for the whole duration of your tour in Bhutan. Drive to your hotel in Thimphu. En-route visit Tachog Lhakhang.

After refreshing yourselves and having lunch, we will be visiting Kuensel PhodrangMothithang Takin Reserve and later in the evening to Tashichho Dzong.

2

Thimphu Sightseeing

Morning we will hike to Tango Cheri Monastery, 90 minutes hike and then afternoon visiting Handmade Paper FactoryFolk Heritage MuseumMemorial Chorten and Changangkha Lhakhang.

3

Thimphu - Punakha

En-route Dochula Pass (108 Chortens) and on arrival check into hotel. After lunch, will continue with Nalanda Buddhist CollegePunakha Dzong and Bhutan`s largest suspension bridge.

4

Punakha - Phobjikha

Morning we will drive to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, 45 minutes hike and while return visit Chimi Lhakhang. After lunch drive back to Phobjikha, evening you can explore some handicraft shops.

4

Phobjikha - Paro

Early morning after breakfast we will drive to Gangtey Monastery and after that you  can either hike through the Gangtey Natural Trial or visit Black Necked Crane Information Center. After lunch drive back to Paro. If time permits, En-route visit Simtokha Dzong.

5

Attend Paro Festival

Attend the festival whole day. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

6

Hike to Paro Taktshang

Today, we will hike to Paro Taktshang, later visiting Druk-yul DzongKyichu LhakhangTa-dzong and Rimpong Dzong if time permits.

7

Departure

After breakfast, we drive you back  at the airport accordingly to your flight departure.

Paro Tsechu Festival