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Thimpu Tsechu

12 Nights & 13 days

Overview

The itinerary offers a glimpse into one of the most important festivals of Bhutan, the Thimphu Tsechu. Bhutan celebrates this to honour Saint Padmasambhava, also known as ‘Guru Rinpoche’. The journey starts from New Delhi, India and then take you to the mountain Kingdom of Bhutan, where brightly coloured masks are a highlight, as monks dressed in them, take to the monastery’s amphitheater for everyone to watch. This is truly one of the most hypnotic sights in Bhutan.

Top Places

Delhi | Paro and Thimphu | Thimphu | Thimphu and Punakha | Punakha, Gangtey and Trongsa | Trongsa and Bumthang | Bumthang | Bumthang and Wangduephodrang | Wangduephodrang and Paro | Paro | Delhi

Highlights

Lutyens Delhi | Thimphu Tsechu | Trongsa Dzong | Punakha Dzong | Ta Dzong | Kyichu Lhakhang | Simtokha Dzong | Taktsang Monastery



Delhi / Day 1 - 2

Flight to Delhi Spend a day in the capital of the country and prep for the flight to Bhutan. After arrival at the hotel and rest, step out for a short half-day tour of some of the important sites. Lotus Temple, a lotus-shaped temple is the youngest of the independent world religions and believes in […]
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Paro and Thimphu / Day 3

Flight to Paro. The journey offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom of Bhutan. The first gift to you as you disembark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air. Drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan with en-route stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. […]
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Thimphu / Day 4

The full day is spent at the Thimphu Tshechu (festival). Tshechus are the main religious festivals of Bhutan celebrated to honour Saint Padmasambhava, also known as ‘Guru Rinpoche’. During Tshechus, the dances are performed by monks as well as laymen. The dances are known as Cham, and feature Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Pema Lingpa who […]
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Thimphu and Punakha / Day 5

Spend the first half at the Thimphu Tsechu and then leave for Punakha acrosss Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft), stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, main wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from […]
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Punakha, Gangtey and Trongsa / Day 6

This day is reserved for driving to Gangtey, stopping to see the Gangtey Goempa. Perched on a small hill that rises from the valley floor, the Gangtey Monastery is the only Nyingmapa monastery on the western side of the Black Mountains and also the biggest Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. The Monastery is surrounded by a […]
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Trongsa and Bumthang / Day 7

After breakfast visit the striking Trongsa Dzong, ancestral abode of Bhutan’s royal family. Built in 1648 as the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. The Dzong is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge on which it is built. Also visit Ta Dzong, a cylindrical stone structure […]
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Bumthang / Day 8

After breakfast visit Kyichu Lhakhang, consisting of three temples. The one on the right was built in 1652 on the rack face where Guru meditated in the 8th century. Second temple is built on the site of a cave containing a rock with the imprint of Guru’s body and is therefore considered the most holy. […]
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Bumthang and Wangduephodrang / Day 9

After breakfast drive to Wangduephodrang. It is the last town on the central highway before central Bhutan. The town is not more than an enlarged village with a few well-provided shops. Located in the south of Punakha, the higher reaches of the Wangduephodrang valley provide rich pastureland for cattle. This district is also famous for […]
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Wangduephodrang and Paro / Day 10

Journey towards Paro, en route visit Simtokha where we see the Simtokha Dzong, which was built in 1627 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It stands on a low ridge 8 km down the valley from Thimphu. The most noteworthy artistic feature of this dzong is the series of over 300 finely worked slate carvings behind the […]
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Paro / Day 11

This day is reserved to visit Taktsang Monastery, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognized as a most […]
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Delhi / Day 12 - 13

Fly back to to Delhi. Overnight in Delhi. Flight back.
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