Punakha Tsechhu

Punakha Tsechhu tour detail information

Tshechu is one of the most colorful festivals in the Bhutanese calendar and it is performed in the Dzongs, monasteries and temples spread throughout Bhutan. This festival is celebrated to commemorate the great deeds of the 8th century Tantric Master Guru Padmasambhava. At the Tshechu (meaning the tenth day of the Bhutanese Calendar") you can see various Chhams (mask dances) performed by the monks in the courtyard of the Punakha Dzong.

Day 1:- Arrival at Paro International Airport
Day 2:- Paro - Thimphu
Day 3:- Thimphu - Punakha
Day 4:- Punakha Festival
Day 5:- Punakha Festival
Day 6:- Puankha - Thimphu
Day 7:- Thimphu - Paro
Day 8:- Hike to Taktsang Monastery
Day 9:- Departure

Day 1:- Arrival at Paro International Airport (Elevation: 2,280m)
Upon arrival you will be welcomed and escorted to your lodge/hotel by your host/guide from Bhutan Stunning Tours & Treks. Your guide will take you for a stroll around the vibrant town of Paro in the evening. Welcome dinner and overnight stay at Paro.

Attractions of the day:
1. Paro Dzong or the Rinpung Dzong - 'Fortress of the heap of Jewels'.
2. Ta Dzong: It is the National Museum, a conical watch tower overlooking the Rinpung Dzong.

Day 2:- Paro - Thimphu (Elevation: 2,320m)
After breakfast at Paro, we will drive to the capital city Thimphu (58 km 2:00 hrs). The capital city houses the seat of the Government, many glittering monuments, temples, museums, monasteries and dzongs. Dinner and overnight stay at Thimphu.

Attractions of the day:
1. The Memorial Stupa
2. Folk Heritage Museum
3. Changangkha Lhakhang
4. Trashichhodzong
5. Buddha Point, The 169 feet Buddha Dordenma statue, largest Statue of Buddha in the world.
6. Weaving Center
7. Handicraft Stores

Day 3:- Thimphu - Punakha (Altitude: 1310m, Distance: 72 km, 3 hours drive)

Attractions of the day:
1. Punakha Dzong: The second of Bhutan's Dzongs built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Rinpoche. The official name is Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang, which translates as "The Palace of Great Bliss".
2. Chhimi Lhakhang: The fertility temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, a Tibetan Buddhist saint and a folk hero popularly known as "The Divine Madman" (1455-1529).

Day 4:- Punakha Tsechhu
Attend Punakha Festival in the impressive courtyard of Punakha Dzong. Overnight stay at Punakha.

Day 5:- Punakha Tsechhu
Attend Punakha Festival in the morning and hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgay Chorten in the afternoon. Overnight stay at Punakha.

Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten: The chorten contains the images of all the manifestation of the wrathful Dorji Phurpa (Vajra Kila). It was built by the Royal Family of Bhutan to help remove negative forces and promote peace, stability and harmony in the changing world, and for the well-being and long life of our beloved monarchs.

Day 6:- Puankha - Thimphu
Altitude 2,320m, Distance 72km, 3hours drive. Drive to Thimphu, and in the evening, we shall visit Handicraft Emporium and take an evening stroll around Thimphu town.

Day 7:- Thimphu - Paro
Travel to Paro. Full day sightseeing in and around Paro valley. Dinner and overnight at Paro.

Attractions of the day:
1. Kichu Lhakhang: one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan king Songsten Gampo in the 7th century to subdue an ogress. There is another temple said to be built on the same day called Jampey Lhakhang in Bumthang.
2. Dungtse Lhakhang: An unusual Chorten-like temple that was built in 1433 by the iron-bridge builder Thangthong Gyalpo.
3. Drugyel Dzong: The ruins of the Drugyal Dzong, "The Fortress of the Victorious Drukpa People" stands on a scenic knoll at one end of Paro valley. It was built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to commemorate victory over Tibetan invasions.

Day 8:- Hike to Taktsang Monastery
We hike up through pine forests to the striking monastic retreat of Taktshang. The Taktshang or "The Tiger's Nest Monastery" clings precariously to a cliff of 3,000 feet above the Paro Valley. The legend has it that Guru Rinpoche flew to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress, a manifestation of his consort Yeshe Tshogyal, to subdue a local demon. He then meditated in a cave for three months. For the local people it is a place of pilgrimage, but for a tourist, a hike up to the view point opposite the monastery is exhausting, thrilling and a mystical experience.

Day 9:- Departure
Depart from Paro International Airport to your homeland. Your Guide will escort you to bid you farewell and a safe journey back home.

The itineraries can be tailored to suit your interest and convenience.

Daily Tariff (High tourist season):
US $250 per person per day on twin sharing basis during the Month of March, April, May, September, October, November

Daily Tariff (low tourist season):
US $ 200 per person per day on twin sharing basis during the month of January, February, June, July, August, December

All the tours can be customized and clients can request extra services.
FIT surcharges 1 pax US $ 40 per day per person.
FIT surcherges 2 pax US $ 30 per day per person.

Cost Includes:
1. All Permits
2. Museum Fees
3. All Sightseeing
4. Walks and Hikes
5. Bottled Mineral Water
6. English Speaking Guide
7. Double/Twin in 2/3 Star Accomodation
8. Receive and Transfer to Airport
9. 3 Meals every day with Evening Tea
10. Toyota SUV for FIT & Toyota Bus for Group with Driver

Cost Does Not Include:
1. Insurance
2. Inbound Airfare
3. Gifts & Souvenirs
4. Alcohol & Beverages
5. Round Trip Air fare
6. Donations to Monasteries
7. International Telephone Calls
8. Tips for Guide, Driver & other Staff

TCB Licensed language Speaking Guides US $ 100 per day.
Tour price is based on High Season Tariff of US $ 250. For low season months it will be based on Low Season Tariff of US $ 200