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Thimphu Festival Tour

  • Day 01
    Day 01    Arrive at Paro

    Upon arrival at Paro International airport, you will be welcomed by our company representative and the tour guide will receive and escort you to designated Hotels in Paro or Thimphu depending on the Final Itinerary that may be agreed upon.

  • Day 02
    Day 02    Thimphu

    Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Further, we will visit the Zorig Chusum - 13 Arts & Crafts Institute where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive.

  • Day 03
    Day 03    Attend Thimphu Tshechu

    After an early breakfast attend the first day of the Tshechu which is held in the courtyard of Tashichho Dzong and continue sightseeing till Day 4.

  • Day 05
    Day 05    Hike to Phajoding Monastery

    The 3 hours hike is considered one of the most enjoyable short hikes through coniferous forests. The panoramic view of Thimphu valley and surrounding mountains will be most rewarding.

  • Day 06
    Day 06    Thimphu Tshechu

    Breakfast in the hotel. Proceed for a Thimhpu Tshechu for half day. Afternoon: Two Optional Program: (1) Attend Tshechu after Lunch, (2) Visit Indigenous Medicine Hospital & do local tour in Thimphu.

  • Day 07
    Day 07    Punakha

    Check-out from the hotel and drive to Punakha, the former Capital of Bhutan (77 Km) from Thimphu. Visit Druk Wangyel Lhakhang, and Royal Botanical Garden on the way.

  • Day 08
    Day 08    Paro

    Visit Punakha Dzong, Drive upstream of Phochu for a short hike/return from the view point. Depart for Paro after Lunch at Dragon Nest Resort at Wangduephodrang.

  • Day 09
    Day 09    Depart Bhutan

    The guests will be Seen Off by a Representative of our company and the Tour Guide at the Exit Gate. Wish Bon Voyage!!!

Season Peak Season
Type Cultural, Festival
Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
Guide Included
Transportation Included
Meals All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Places Covered Paro, Thimphu & Punakha
Entry Fee & Taxes Included

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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.

The Thimphu Tsechu was established by the 4th Temporal Ruler, Gyalsee Tenzin Rabgay in 1867. On that time 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). In the 1950s the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, introduced numerous Boed chhams (mask dances performed by lay monks). These additions added colour and variation to the festival without compromising its spiritual significance. Mask dances like the Guru Tshengye (Eight Manifestations of Guru), Shaw Shachi (Dance of the Stags) are enjoyed because they are similar to stage-theater.

To farmers, the Tshechu is also seen as a break from farm life. Its an occasion to celebrate, receive blessings and pray for health and happiness.

Thimphu Festival Tour Itinerary

Trip Highlights

  • Join in with locals in a special occasion of celebration, blessings and socialising.
  • Witness sacred dances and rituals performed by monks and laymen in elaborate, colorful costumes.
  • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.

Frequently asked questions

The Kingdom of Bhutan requires that all travelers entering on a tourist visa be accompanied by local guide or escort certified by Tourism Council of Bhutan. This assures that all travelers are safe and well cared for during their stay. In addition it insures that the sights and marvels of Bhutan are respected and protected from accidental injustices that might occur. Please rest assured that our guides, while with you to all parts of your journey, give all the space and privacy you require to experience Bhutan in your "own space".
As of now there are no domestic flights in Bhutan, so the best way to explore the country is either by road or on foot. However, three domestic airports are coming up in central (Bumthang) eastern ( Trashigang) and southern (Gelephu) Bhutan. The central and eastern Bhutan domestic airports will be operational by 2012. This makes possible for visitors to explore western, central & eastern in limited time. The total length of road & highways in Bhutan is measured at approximately 5362 kilometers including forest and farm roads. All the 20 districts' head quarters in Bhutan are now connected by road. Many of the rural areas are still not accessible by road and therefore have to be reached only by foot or on horseback. EVB(EXOTIC VACATIONS BHUTAN ) will provide luxury Korean & Japanese made 4WD cars for 1 or 2 pax, comfortable mini buses for group of 3-6 pax and Toyota coaster buses for group of 6 plus pax. Drivers are well experienced and always cautious in driving in hilly regions to insure your journey to countryside is pleasant & safe. All major towns have basic communication facilities, including post, telephone, fax and telegraph. television and internet broadband and dial up services are available in almost all tourists' hotels and major towns.
The official language is Dzongkha (language of the fort). English is widely spoken in major towns and is a medium of education in schools. The people in the south speak Nepali. There are a host of local dialects spoken in small pockets within the country. Besides, most people do speak Hindi due to Bhutan's proximity to India. All our guides speak fluent English.
Bhutanese delicacies are rich with spicy chilies and cheese. The most popular dish, ema datsi, is comprised of chilies (used as vegetable) in a cheese sauce. Exotic vacatiosn Bhutan selected list of hotels and lodges offer delicious Chinese, Continental, Bhutanese and Indian Cuisine prepared by well trained chefs. Even on trek, our trained cooks prepare dishes suitable to western taste ranging from continental to Chinese and Bhutanese to Indian.
Bhutan unit of currency is Ngultrum (Nu.), which is at parity with Indian rupee. The Indian rupee is also an accepted legal tender. Major convertible currencies and travelers' cheques can be exchanged at banks in major towns. Certain credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, & American Express) are accepted in few bigger shops and hotels.

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ITINERARY

  • Days Place Duration:
  • Day 01 Arrive at Paro
  • Day 02 Thimphu
  • Day 03 Attend Thimphu Tshechu
  • Day 05 Hike to Phajoding Monastery
  • Day 06 Thimphu Tshechu
  • Day 07 Punakha
  • Day 08 Paro
  • Day 09 Depart Bhutan