Festivals

Paro Tshechu

5 days and 4 nights

Entry / Exit

Paro

Festival Date

17-21 March

Departure date

17 March

Festival venue

Paro Rinpung Dzong, Paro

Paro Tshechu is held every year in the spring season, towards late March or Early April for 3 days.

The highlight of the festival includes the unfurling of the large Thongdrol (scroll painting) of Guru Rimpoche.

The word Thongdrol means liberation at sight.

It is believed that a mere sight of Thongdrol will wash away your sins.

Program

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After landing, guide and driver from See Bhutan Travels will pick you up from Paro international airport. Towards afternoon we will pay visit to Paro Ta Dzong (museum) and Kichu Lhakhang.

Paro Ta Dzong: Located on a spur above Rinpung Dzong, five and a half kilometers’ drive from Tshongdu town, the dzong was built in the mid-17th century as a watchtower overlooking Rinpung Dzong by Lanyongpa Tenzin Drukdra and Chogyal Migyur Tenpa. The circular Dzong houses the National Museum of Bhutan.

Paro Kichu Lhakhang: Located about 10 minutes’ drive from Paro town, the temple is one of the two among 108 temples built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century to subdue a demon that lay supine across Tibet and Bhutan. The temple contains sacred relics dating back to the 7th century like a statue of Lord Buddha and four statues of Chagtong Chentong. It also contains the statues of Guru Nangsi Zilnon, Dolma Kukuli (a manifestation of Tara), Zhabdrung, the bone relic of his Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Overnight: At hotel in Paro

Day 02 : Witnessing Paro Tshechu

After breakfast we will visit to Paro Rinpung Dzong, the venue of Paro Tshechu. Like any other festival in Bhutan, mask dances known as Cham in local languages are the main event of Paro Tshechu. Native folk dances are also performed during the festival.

During this festival, one will enjoy a spectacular view of Bhutanese culture being displayed by the Tshechu viewers. The way they dress with those hand women Bhutanese national dress (Gho for men and Kira for women), the jewelries and necklaces put on by ladies, the delicacies that people pack for their lunch, friends and families getting together will be a thing of beauty to witness.

Overnight: At hotel in Paro

Today we will head towards capital city of Bhutan. Once at Thimphu, we will explore following sites:

Memorial Chorten: Located in the heart of Thimphu city, it was built in 1974 by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Phuntsho Choden in memory of her son, Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The three-storey Chorten houses several relics such as Phurba Lhatshog, Kagay, Khrowo Nampur Gyalwa, Guru Tshengye, and Khenlop Chesum. The Chorten is today the spiritual nerve center of the city.

Buddha Statue: Located at Kuenselphodrang, facing Thimphu valley down below is the worlds’ largest and tallest Buddha statue standing at the height of 169 feet (52m). The statue houses one hundred thousand of smaller Buddha statues, the exact replica of the outer Buddha statue. From here one can have a 360-degree view of Thimphu valley.

Textile museum: Located near National library at Chubachu, it was established in the year 2001. The museum contains Bhutanese textiles, arts, crafts and more importantly the royal collections which includes first version of the Raven crown worn by first and second King of Bhutan, dresses and accessories worn by royal family and the bedding of his holiness Zhabdrung Jigme Dorji.

Tashicho Dzong Located on the bank of the Wangchu River in the Hejo village, Tashicho Dzong was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and enlarged in 1694 by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay.

It was entirely rebuilt under the command of Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in 1962. Today, the dzong is the seat of the central government, His Majesty the King’s office, and the summer residence of the Central Monastic Body.

Overnight: At hotel in Thimphu

After an early breakfast we will drive towards Paro Taktsang base from Thimphu, which will roughly take about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Taktsang monastery to Bhutan has become like an Eifel tower to Paris. The hike on average will take around 6 hours in total. Horse riding facilities are available (own expense) till view point while hiking up towards the monastery.

History tells that, on this very cliff where the monastery stands today, Guru Rimpoche, the great Buddhist saint flew from Kurtoe Singye Dzong (located in eastern Bhutan) on a back of Tigress to subdue the demon who was opposing him from spreading Buddhism in Bhutan. Hence the name Taktsang, Tigers Lair or nest derived.

After subduing, Guru Rimpoche meditated here for 3 years. The monastery was later built in 1694 by 4th Druk Desi (secular head of the country), Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye. Tragically, the monastery was gutted down by fire in the year 1998 but soon it was restored to its former glory.

Overnight: At hotel in Paro

After breakfast, guide and driver will see you off at Paro international airport for your onward destination.

Included

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Transfer

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Accommodation

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Meals

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Snacks

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Excluded
  • Flight tickets
  • Health insurance
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Laundry

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