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Punakha Tshechu Tour

Tour Code Festival Tours
Package Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
Pacakge Validity From 2016-06-22 To 2018-03-01
Destination Covered Paro - Punakha - Thimphu
Package Cost 1990 USD

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Tour Itinerary :

Day 1: Arrive Paro

Druk Airways flight to Bhutan provides during a clear weather the most fascinating view of Himalayan scenery. On arrival at Paro airport, you will be greeted by our representative and transfer to hotel. After lunch, visit Paro Dzong, which was built in 1646, and visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country and the National Museum. Overnight at hotel in Paro.

Meals : Lunch Dinner

Day 2: Paro - Punakha

Morning drive to Punakha, with a stop en route for tea at Dochu La Pass (3,100 meters). The passes are marked by a large Bhutanese Chorten and prayer flag. The pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the Himalayas on a clear day. En route stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley popularly known as the Devine Madman. If you wish, you may receive a special fertility blessing from a wooden phallus. Overnight at hotel in Punakha.

Meals : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 3: Punakha

After breakfast, you will attend the Punakha Dromchoe festival. Enjoy an annual festival introduced by Zhabdrung to commemorate the victories over the Tibetans. Overnight at hotel in Punakha.

Meals : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 4: Punakha - Thimphu

After breakfast, you will attend a half day of the Punakha Dromchoe festival. Later in the afternoon, you will drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Meals : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5: Thimphu

After breakfast, you will visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changgangkha Monastery, nunnery temple, traditional paper factory, majestic Tashichodzong and giant Buddha statue on a hill overlooking Thimphu which is reputed to be the largest bronze Buddha Shakymuni statue in the world. After lunch, you can visit the popular Weekend Market where you can see the variety of food of the country, including basket upon basket of fiery chilies, fresh cheese, and mangoes. In addition, many stalls contain Bhutanese handicrafts and household items. This is perhaps a good opportunity for photography and to mingle with locals who come from the nearby villages to sell their farm products. In the evening, you can stroll in Thimphu City of your own and absorb the lifestyle of the people. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Meals : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Tour Detail :

Domchoes and Tshechu are large festivals held annually at dzongs. Powerful religious rites and dances attract large crowds. The Punakha Domchoe is held at Punakha Dzong on the start of the lunar year which is called Lhosar. Religious rites are held. Re-enactments of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel’s ruses used to defeat invading Tibetans intent on capturing the precious Rangjung Kharsapani Statue and returning it to Tibet. The image remains in Punakha Dzong. The three chapters of the Shabdrung’s battles are re-enacted with great pageantry featuring troupes of musicians playing horns and drums, and soldiers and cavalrymen dressed in ancient battledress. At the end of the domchoe the Serda is held. This procession of monks is led by the Je Khenpo who carries a casket to the river. The casket is immersed in the water along with some oranges in a symbolic re-enactment of the Shabdrung’s ruse. The Shabdrung pretended to throw the Rangjung Kharsapani into the river. The Tibetans fearing the image was lost forever withdrew and returned to Tibet. Enthusiastic locals brave the chilling waters to retrieve the oranges.

Includes :

  • Meals
  • Sightseeing
  • Transport
  • Transfers
  • SIC

Excludes :

  • Airfares to and from commencement point
  • Beverages & personal expenditure
  • Visa fees & travel insurance