Paro Tsechu Tour

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Witness the biggest festival in Bhutan

6 Days [3,210m/10,529ft]

Quick Facts

Trip Duration 6 Days Trip Grading Easy
Max Altitude [3,210m/10,529ft] Best TimeMar - May
Sept - Nov
Trip ModeHotel Group Size1-12

Trip Highlights

  • Land of thunder dragon
  • Biggest festival in Bhutan
  • Witness the mask dances and cultural events
  • Visit Thimphu, Punakha and Tiger's nest

Trip Overview

The Tshechu (festival) is a religious event celebrated on the tenth of a month (lunar calendar), corresponding to the birthday of Guru Rimpoche. However the exact month of the Tshechu varies from place to place and temple to temple. Tshechus are grand events where entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialize. In addition to the mask dances, Tshechus also include colorful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment. It is believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once in order to receive blessings and wash away their sins. Every mask dance performed during a Tshechu has a special meaning or a story behind it and many are based on stories and incidents from as long ago as the 8th century, during the life of Guru Rimpoche. In monasteries the mask dances are performed. The most popular festivals are Thimphu Festival, Paro Festival, Punakha Festival, and Bumthang Jamba Lhakhang Drup Festival.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrival in Paro [2,250m/7,382ft]
  • Day 02 : Attend Paro festival [2,250m/7,382ft]
  • Day 03 : Paro - Thimpu - Punakha [1,310m/4,300ft]
  • Day 04 : Punakha Valley to Paro, Chuzom, Tamchog Lhakhang to Paro [2,250m/7,382ft]
  • Day 05 : Highlights of the Paro Valley—Taktsang Walk [3,120m/10,235ft]
  • Day 06 : International Departure

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with Highland Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Map & Itinerary
  • Day 01 - Arrival in Paro [2,250m/7,382ft]

    On arrival in Paro international airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your tour leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of arrival hall. Check into your hotel, In the afternoon visit to Paro Festival. Half day attend the annual Paro Tshechu, Bhutan’s largest and most resplendent festival. Masked dancers perform ritualized reenactments of mythical struggles between good and evil forces. Accompanied by Tibetan musicians and the antics of the sacred clowns (atsaras), the Tshechu is a fascinating visual and cultural spectacle unique to Bhutan.
    • Meal : (L,D)
    • Accommodation : Hotel
  • Day 02 - Attend Paro festival [2,250m/7,382ft]

    Morning we will visit the festival and in the afternoon drive north end of Paro valley and visit Kyichu Lhakang; this is one of the oldest temple in Bhutan with its magic orange tree that bears fruits all year around and visit Paro town
    • Meal : (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation : Hotel
  • Day 03 - Paro - Thimpu - Punakha [1,310m/4,300ft]

    Check out from the hotel and drive to Thimphu, capital city of Bhutan. Visit Memorial Chorten built in the memory of late 3rd king of Bhutan, further drive to Buddha viewpoint. We have magnificent view of the whole valley from here; visit Changangkha Lhakhang, oldest temple in the valley. In the afternoon, your journey will start towards Punakha. Upon Arrival in Punakha, visit the traditional Hand Made Paper Mill, School of Arts and Crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Folk Heritage Museum, National Library and the Traditional Institute of Medicine. Drive to the Zilukha nunnery to meet the nuns and interact with them. Lunch in the town and drive to Punakha through Dochula pass (3200 mts) If the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a site that stretches almost 180 degrees. Walk around the 108 stupas and continue to sub tropical valley of Punakha
    • Meal : (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation : Hotel
  • Day 04 - Punakha Valley to Paro, Chuzom, Tamchog Lhakhang to Paro [2,250m/7,382ft]

    Morning drive to visit Punakha Dzong (fortress), which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. This is a fine example of Bhutanese rich Art and Architecture. Drive further up to visit the Souvenir Making Center for girls supported by Youth Development Fund. Interact with the students and back to the hotel for lunch. After lunch we have time to retrace our steps back over the Dochu La for a second chance of that wonderful view of the Himalayan range. Returning to the Chuzum or confluence we catch a glimpse of the three shrines in Nepali, Tibetan and Bhutanese style which were built to ward of evil spirits near the checkpoint. Time permitting the journey can be broken with a visit to Tamchog Lhakhang built by Thangtong Gyalpo (the so-called Iron Bridge Builder). This former saint from the 14th century introduced the art of building suspension bridges with iron chains; the only way to reach his temple is by one of these bridges. On the final leg the road snakes alongside the Pa Chhu river, through apple orchards and rice paddies, past quaint homesteads to our home in the mountains, Paro,
    • Meal : (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation : Hotel
  • Day 05 - Highlights of the Paro Valley—Taktsang Walk [3,120m/10,235ft]

    One of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan, Taktsang Goemba defies logic, gravity, and reason. Legend has it that this cliffside was where Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) landed on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan from Tibet. To avoid the hot sun an early start is advisable for the two-hour climb to the Tiger’s Nest viewpoint. Descend steeply, then climb up to the monastery, passing a waterfall and entering through the main gates which are filled with murals. Retrace our steps or alternatively (if time and energy levels allow) head further up to several remote temples and monasteries.
    • Meal : (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation : Hotel
  • Day 06 - International Departure

    Druk Air or Bhutan Air departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions so after breakfast, your transfer to the airport will be arranged for between 5am and 12 Noon depending on the flight schedule.
    • Meal : (B)
    • Accommodation : None
    • Trekking Hours :
Dates & Price

Given below are the fixed departure dates for this trip. If the dates don’t match with your schedule, then kindly let us know and we will arrange a private trip customizing the departure dates suitable for you. The cost below is per person on group joining basis excluding the international flights. Group discount is available for booking of two or more than two persons. Kindly contact us if you have a bigger group for the discount.

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Cost Inclusion

  • Bhutanese government royalty fees, Visa and TDF
  • All accommodation on twin sharing basis at 3 star hotels
  • All meals (B,L,D) included
  • Bhutanese English speaking guide to assist the group
  • All ground transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary on private vehicle
  • Sightseeing of major highlights with entrance fees
  • One Hour (Bhutanese Traditional National game) Archery lesson while at Paro.
  • Cultural program

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses - Drinks & souvenirs
  • Gratuities for staff

Important note

The day-to-day program is subject to weather, conditions and the progress and wishes of the group. Most importantly, the leaders will be making daily decisions, for example, about exactly how far or which way we go, and will be thinking ultimately about the safety and health of all in the party, as well as the enjoyment of the group and success in the outcome of the trek and climb. We ensure liability as per indicated itinerary and list of services. If the holiday is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon client’s wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay extra for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.

Group size

Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only take up to 12 pax in one group. If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate a trip is 1 the maximum is 12 people.

Travel Insurance

It is strongly recommended that you be insured against medical and personal accident risks (including repatriation costs, air ambulance and helicopter rescue services) and that you also take out cancellation insurance. You should be aware that some policies restrict coverage or do not cover travel to Bhutan and may not cover activities such as trekking (and mountain bike). Please ensure that your policy provides a sufficient level of protection and covers you for the activities involved. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you to Bhutan.

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