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8 Days Thimphu Tshechu

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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

Thimphu Tsechu  (7th October- 14th October)

One of the biggest festivals in the country is the Thimphu Tshechu. This festival is held in the capital city for three days beginning on 10th day of the 8th month of lunar calendar. This Tshechu is witnessed by thousands of people many of which travel from neighboring Dzongkhags (districts) to attend the festivities. The actual Tshechu is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods.

When it was initiated by the 4th Desi, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay in 1867 the Tshechu consisted of only a few dances being performed strictly by monks. These were the Zhana chham and the Zhana Nga chham (Dances of the 21 Black Hats), Durdag (Dance of the Lords of the Cremation Ground), and the Tungam chham (Dance of the Terrifying Deities).

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
  • 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.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Paro to Thimphu (7th October)


  • Arrive at the Paro International Airport.

  • Drive to 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)

  • Takin Reserve. (The National Animal of Bhutan)

  • Tashichho Dzong (The Fortress of the Glorious religion)

Day 2: Thimphu ( 8th October)


  • Attend Thimphu Tshechu (Festival)

Day 3: Thimphu (9th October)


  • Continue Thimphu Tsechu (Festival)

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

Day 4: Thimphu to Punakha (10th October)


  • Dochulla Pass, which consists of 108 interesting Monuments 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 5: Punakha (11th October)


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

Day 6: Punakha to Paro(12th October)


  • Afternoon, visit the 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 (13th October)


  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Taktsang meaning “Tiger’s Nest”) that clings 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 was built in 1946 to commemorate Bhutan’s Victory over the Tibetan invaders.

Day 8: Depart ( 14th October)

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  • check-1 All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
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  • check-1 Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
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