Duration: 6 Nights & 7 Days

It is one of the unique festival performed in Bhutan. The festival is performed not by the monks and lay people but by the Royal Bhutan Army. The festival is a tribute to the wise leadership of His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the fourth King of Bhutan.  The festival was initiated in 2011. The Tshechu takes place on 13th of December every year. The festival is celebrated at the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang located at Dochula Pass which is about 22km from the capital city Thimphu.

Dochula pass is one of the most scenic locations in the entire kingdom, it offers a stunning panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. The entire environment is worth being at.

The Druk Wangyel Temple was built over a period of four years (2008-2018) under the ision and patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo. The temple honors the courageous service of the Fourth King, who personally led the troops against the insurgents.

Day 1:  Arrive Paro Airport – Drive to Thimphu (65km/h)

With your flight bringing you to the Paro International Airport, you will be received by our guide. The guide will escort you to the capital city of Bhutan that is Thimphu. On arrival, you will be checked in at your hotel followed by refreshment and oriental talk on Bhutan. Depending on your schedule, if time permits, the guide will walk you through the city exploring the traditional texture and the market products, and to immerse into the evening air.

Overnight: Hotel Termalinca or similar.

 

Day 2:  Thimphu Sight Seeing

After your breakfast you will be visiting the following attracting in the Thimphu city:

  1. National Memorial Chorten: Memorial Chorten which was built on July 28, 1974, in the memory of the 3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck is now presently seen to be visited by numbers of old aged people and portion of citizen scatter in Thimphu city. The stupa is a large white structure crowned with a golden spire. Serving as one of the most iconic monument, the historic figure is known for leading peoples to gain merit and is dedicated to world peace. Various rituals are performed on important occasions depending on the Buddhist calendar.
  2. Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Dordenma Point): The Buddha Dordenma statue is located at the Kuensel Phodrang Natural Park. The statue of Buddha Shakyamuni measures to a height of 51.5 metres, marking it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is said to fulfil an ancient prophecy dated back to 8th century A.D that was discovered by Terton Pema Lingpa (Religious Discoverer). The statue is said to spread an aura of peace and happiness to the entire world. The statue of Buddha as a whole holds 125,000 smaller Buddha statues placed within the great statue.

A lunch will be served in one of the restaurant. After the meal, you will be going to the:

 

  1. Takin Preservation Centre: Taking being the national animal of Bhutan. The Takin Preservation centre makes sure that the ill takins that graze high up in the mountains brought in the preservation centre and well fed to keep them healthy and going. It is also known by the term “Takin Zoo” and is located in the Mothithang district of Thimphu. As the declaration of Takin as a national animal of Bhutan is attributed to a legend Lama Drukpa Kunley (also known as Divine Mad Man), the preservation centre is worth checking into.

Returning form Takin Preservation Centre, drive down to the town and leisure walk followed by dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 3:  Thimphu-Punakha

With an early breakfast over arising, you will be travelling to Punakha. It involves crossing Dochula Pass with is at an altitude of 3150 meters above the sea level. The car will stop by at Dochula Pass, for a walk around the Druk Wangyel Chortens built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother for the peace and stability of the kingdom.  From the stop point, depending on the weather condition a spectacular view of the eastern Himalayan ranges can be seen. Heading down from the pass, the road brings you to the Lamperlri Botanical Park where varieties of rhododendrons plants can be seen. Upon arriving at Lobesa, the lunchtime will be enjoyed over the scenic beauty of Sop Sokha village. Right after the meal, you will be visiting:

  1. Punakha Dzongkha: Standing at an elevation of 1200 metres Punakha dzong served as a capital of Bhutan from 1637 to 1907 and the first national assembly was hosted in the Punakha fortress in 1953. It is the second largest dzong in the country lies in between two flowing river Pho chhu and Mo chhu. The fortress marks the wedding of His Majesty the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck to Jetsun Pema dated on October 13, 2011. The Dzong also contains the remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel (the unifier of Bhutan).
  2. Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery: The nunnery also serves as the temple to the local people in the village. It is a double storied structure, the temple was consecrated by His Holiness the Je Khenpo. The temple houses a statue of Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig Chagtong Chetong) which heights to 14-foot tall, a statue of Guru Padmasambhava, Buddha, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, Tsela Namsum, the 21 Taras and Tsepamay (Buddha of Longevity). It also houses the nunnery complex which consists of 70 rooms. The nunnery complex was initially started with 41 nuns. The Nunnery complex is known also for its meditation and the higher learning centre. For the nuns apart from religious training, they are also taught tailoring, embroidery, statue making and thanka paintings.

After the visit you will be taken back to the hotel followed by evening tea and dinner.

Overnight at Hotel in Punakha.

 

Day 4:  Punakha-Druk Wangyal Festival-Paro

Followed by early breakfast, drive to Dochula pass for the Druk Wangyal Festival. All the visitors are advised to have heavy warm clothing especially for this particular day as this festival is taking place at an altitude of 10’395 FT above sea level. There will be series of cultural show and religious mask dances performance. After enjoying this vibrant festival, we shall drive to Paro.

Overnight at Hotel in Paro

 

Day 5:  Paro

Followed by breakfast, you will be visiting:

Kitchu Lhakhang:  The temple is one of the oldest in Bhutan, originally built in the 7th century by Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gompo. The temple is believed to hold many spiritual treasures. The temple is known to be a part of a network of 12 temples arranged around Jo-khang temple at Lhasa.

Rinpung Dzong: The fortress is a Buddhist Monastery and houses many offices of the higher government officials in Paro. The site is listed as the tentative list for travellers in Bhutan by UNESCO. The Dzong is also known for the film Little Buddha in 1993. The annual ritual of the western region is performed in the fortress known as Tshechu.

National Museum: Traditionally known by the term Ta Dzong, it is an ancient watchtower which now houses hundreds of ancient Bhutanese artefacts and artworks including traditional costumes, armour, weaponry, and handcrafted implements for daily life.

Overnight at hotel in Paro.

 

Day 6:  Hike to Taktsang

After the breakfast, the driver will take you to Ramthangka base, after which the guide will lead you to Taktsang Monastery. The monastery is also known as the Tiger’s nest. It takes 45 minutes to arrive at the tea house which is halfway to the destination. With another hour of hike, you will be reaching to the temple.

Note: There is an option for horse ride till the tea house for the individuals facing difficulty to walk.

Upon reaching the higher elevation, you will get the spectacular view of the monastery built right on the cliff. It is said that a trip to Bhutan is never completed until the site is visited. The tiger’s nest, the air itself is known for spiritual blessing while it also provides a dramatic landscape for photographer and vloggers. The trip takes about 5 hours. Right after the visit, you will walk down to the tea house for a complete vegetarian lunch. After lunch, you will walk down to the base and drive to the hotel with a refreshing dinner.

Overnight at hotel in Paro.

 

Day 7:  Departure

You will be leaving the country on this day. After the last breakfast in Bhutan, the guide and the driver will drive you to the Airport and see you off J.