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The Buddhist kingdom hosts a variety of vibrant Tshechu, or festivals, in its monasteries, dzongs, and temples. As per certain beliefs, everyone should attend at least one Tshechus in their lifetime to gain blessings from the divine when they visit Bhutan. Not only does this grand festival gather a large crowd, but you also get to witness the traditional dances, receive blessings, and socialize with the locals and other travelers. The best time to experience the cultural legacy of the Land of Thunder Dragons is to visit Bhutan during the Thimphu festival.
Arrival in Paro and Drive to Thimphu
Welcome to Paro, the capital of Bhutan. Our guides will be waiting for you at the arrivals area of the international airport in Paro, Bhutan. Since the first day demands relaxation and adjustment, our guides will assist you in a two-hour drive to Thimphu, where you will check in to your hotels. Later in the evening, they will take you on a slow walk around the beautiful city of Thimpu. You will enjoy authentic Bhutnamese food for dinner and call it a day.
Experience the famous Thimphu Tshechu
After having your delicious breakfast at 9 a.m., our guides will take you to Tendrel Thang Ground, where you will experience the second day of the famous Thimphu Festival, which starts at 9:30 a.m. You will experience the iconic Zhana Cham (Dance of the Black Hats), Zhana NgaCham (Dance of the Black Hats with Drums), and Bardo Raksha Mangchm (Dance of the Judgment of the Dead) amidst the many other cultural and mask dances. These dances will leave you amazed and give you a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Experience the Final day of Thimphu Tshechu
On the third and final day of the Thimphu Tshechu, you will experience the vibrant cultures for which you decided to visit Bhutan. Tamzhing Ter Cham, Ging Tsoling (Dance of Ging and Tsoling), Kyecham Phole Mole (Dance of Noblemen and Ladies), Guru TshenGye (Dance of the Eight Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche), and Rigma Chhudrug (Dance of the 16 Dakinis) will be the highlights for the day.
Drive to Cheri Monastery from Thimpu
Post breakfast, we will begin our journey toward the first and most prominent monastery in Bhutan, the Cheri Monastery. After exploring the Cheri Monastery, we will enjoy a small picnic on our way back at the junction of Cheri and Lingshi Dzong. Post-lunch, we will visit Pangri Zampa, the center for learning traditional astrology. Upon reaching back to Thimpu, our tour guide will take you for a walk to Dzangdopelri Lhakhang, near the Sunday Market.
Drive from Thimpu to Punakha
After breakfast, we shall leave Thimpu and take a two-hour drive to reach Punakha. On our way, we shall stop to see Simtokha Dzong (the oldest fortress of the Kingdom) and Dochula Pass to gaze over the stunning Himalayas. After reaching Punakha, we will check into the hotel and then have lunch at Lobesa Cafeteria. We will walk to explore Chimi Lhakhang, where you can spend the rest of the day.
Explore the beauty of Punakha
After grabbing breakfast, we will drive to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, which serves to protect the country. The second attraction for your day would be Punakha Dzong, which was the most powerful area in Bhutan before Thimpu took its spot.
Drive from Punakha to Paro
We shall leave for a five-hour drive to Paro, Bhutan, after having breakfast in Punakha. Upon reaching the hotel, the tour guide will help you check in, where lunch will be served. Then, we shall do a little sightseeing in the valley and the historical places near it. We shall also explore the beautiful Paro Dzong Monastery and then return to the hotel for dinner.
Hike to the Taktsang Monastery
After having breakfast, we will have a quick 35-minute drive to Ramthongka. Upon reaching Ramthongka, we will hike uphill for three hours to explore the magical Taktsang Monastery, also called the Tiger's Nest. To relieve you from all the pain of hiking, we shall provide you with a relaxing hot stone bath. We shall conclude the day by returning to Paro after having a delightful Bhutanese dinner at a traditional Bhutanese house.
Wander around Paro
On the second last day of your wonderful trip, we shall visit the local attractions of Paro like Ta Dzong, Paro Rimpung Dzong, a traditional wooden cantilever bridge, Kichu Lhakhang, and Drugyel Dzong. In the evening, you can stroll around the town and have dinner at a place of your choice.
Depart home from Paro
Your tour guide will make sure to drive you safely to the airport and bring an end to this relaxing trip.
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HOTELS: STANDARD HOTELS
|DESTINATION||AS MENTIONED OR SIMILAR||NO OF NIGHTS|
|THIMPHU||HOTEL PEDLING/ PHUNTSHO PELRI / THIMPU TOWER||02|
|GANGTEY||DEWACHEN/ GAKILING / ODIYANA/ DHANGSAR||01|
|PUNAKHA||DHUMRA FARM / ZANGTOPERLI / DAMCHEN / YT KHURU / PUNATSANGSHU||02|
|PARO||EYE OF THE TIGER / OLATHANG / TENZINLING / NAMSAYCHOLING||03|
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THE HOTELS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AS PER AVAILABILITY. INCASE OF HIGHER NUMBER OF ROOMS IN A GROUP, IT MIGHT BE SPLIT OVER MORE THAN ONE HOTEL.