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8 Days Punakha Tsechu

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Duration

8 Days

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Languages

English, Other languages on request

Overview

Punakha Tshechu (4th March- 11th March)

The Punakha Drubchen is a unique festival because it hosts a dramatic recreation of the scene from the 17th century battle with Tibetan army. The ‘pazaps’ or local militia men, dress in traditional battle gear and reenact the ancient battle scene. This reenactment harkens back to the time when in the absence of a standing army, men from the eight Tshogchens or great village blocks of Thimphu came forward and managed to expel the invading forces from the country. Their victory ushered in a period of new-found internal peace and stability.

The annual Wangduephodrang Tshechu was introduced by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal after the completion of the dzong. The three-day annual Tshechu is attended by people from Punakha and Thimphu and provides the people with an occasion for merrymaking and revelry. The Tshechu is known for the Raksha Mangcham or the Dance of the Ox. It concludes with the unfurling of the Guru Tshengye Thongdrol where people throng to receive blessings.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the stunning Phobjikha Valley, winter home to the Black-Necked Crane.
  • Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.
  • Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor.
  • Marvel at the elaborate and ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples.
  • Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests.
  • Incorporate a Value-Added Option such as a cooking lesson or meditation session with a monk

Itinerary

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Day 1: Paro to Thimphu ( 4th March)

  • Arrival at Paro International Airport.

  • Drive to the Capital City, Thimphu.

  • Visit Memorial Chorten. (Built in 1974 in loving memory of the Third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck)

  • Changangkha Lhakhang . (Built in 13th Century by Lam Phajo Dugom Zhigpo)

  • Buddha Dordenma. It is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue of 177 ft in height, built to celebrate the 60th anniversary of our Fourth King

  • Tashichho Dzong (The Fortress of the Glorious religion)

Day 2: Thimphu to Punakha (5th March)

  • On the way we can catch the spectacular view of the far mountain Ranges along with the Dochula Pass which consists 108 interesting Monuments. It was built as a tribute to the selfless service and visionary leadership of our Fourth King

  • Typical Bhutanese village at Sopsokha and Chimi Lhakhang, The Fertility Temple blessed by the Devine Mad man Drukpa Kuenley.

  • Punakha Dzong, It is the second largest and the second oldest monastery in Bhutan located at the confluence of the two great rivers, Pho chhu and Mo chhu.

Day 3: Punakha (6th March)

  • View Punakha Tsechu (festival)

Day 4: Punakha (7th March)

  • Morning attend Punakha Tsechu

  • Afternoon, hike to Khamsum Yueley Namgyel Chorten built by The Queen Mother, Her Majesty Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck for the protection of the country and universal peace in the world.

Day 5: Punakha to Thimphu (8th March)

  • Visit National Library. ( It hold a vast collections of ancient Buddhist Munuscripts)

  • Institute of Zorig Chusum (Thirteen Traditinal Arts and Crafts)

  • Textile Museum

  • Handicraft Emporium

Day 6: Thimphu to Paro (9th March)

  • Kyichu lhakhang. It is one of the 108 temples built by King Songsten Gampo of Tibet in one day.

  • Rinpung Dzong (A magnificent Fortress built on the heap of jewel) by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1646.

Day 7: Paro (10th March)

  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery . (Taktsang meaning “Tiger’s Nest” that hung seemingly impossible to a cliff at 914m above the Valley) Guru Rinpoche (Also known as Guru padmasambhava) is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of the tigress and meditated there.

  • Visit the Ruins of Drugyel Dzong. It is built in 1946 to commemorate Bhutan’s Victory over the Tibetan invaders.

Day 8: 11th March: Depart by Druk Air

Included/Exclude

  • check-1 Visas for Bhutan.
  • check-1 Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
  • check-1 All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]
  • check-1 Accommodation
  • check-1 All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  • check-1 English speaking, trained and experienced local guide
  • check-1 Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
  • check-1 Sightseeing.
  • check-1 Mineral water.
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