Thimphu Tshechu Festival Tour – 7 Nights 8 Days


Trip Facts

Trip Code
HWB095
Trip Duration
8 Day(s)
Activities
Culture and Heritage
Start Point
Paro
End Point
Paro
Max Altitude
3180m
Group Size
1-12 Pax
Best Season
October
Difficulty Level
Easy
Accomodations & Meals

  • 7 Nights 3-Star hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Dinners
  • Mineral water each day
Location Covered

Overview


Thimphu Tshechu (Festival)   Paro Arrival Date: 25 September 2020 Paro Departs Date: 02 October 2020   Thimphu Tshechu Schedule: SEP 26-28, 2020 Join our Thimphu Tshechu Festival tour, one of the popular Festival Tours in Bhutan. This Festival tour is going to be held from 26th September to 28th September 2020. Enjoy this popular 3-Day Festival in Thimphu and explore Bhutan including its beautiful cities of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, and Wangdipodrang.   *Plan early for Thimphu Tshechu Festival Tour for the year 2020. The Thimphu Tshechu festival starts from 26 Sep to 28 September 2020. Check out other Bhutan festivals with tentative dates. Attendiing Festival inside Thimphu Dzong   Thimphu Tshechu is one of the most popular festivals in Bhutan. This festival is held in Thimphu for 3 days beginning on the 10th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. Thimphu Tshechu was initiated by the 4th Desi…

Thimphu Tshechu (Festival)

 

Paro Arrival Date: 25 September 2020

Paro Departs Date: 02 October 2020

 

Thimphu Tshechu Schedule: SEP 26-28, 2020

Join our Thimphu Tshechu Festival tour, one of the popular Festival Tours in Bhutan. This Festival tour is going to be held from 26th September to 28th September 2020. Enjoy this popular 3-Day Festival in Thimphu and explore Bhutan including its beautiful cities of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, and Wangdipodrang.

 

*Plan early for Thimphu Tshechu Festival Tour for the year 2020. The Thimphu Tshechu festival starts from 26 Sep to 28 September 2020. Check out other Bhutan festivals with tentative dates.

Festival in Thimphu Dzong Attendiing Festival inside Thimphu Dzong

 

Thimphu Tshechu is one of the most popular festivals in Bhutan. This festival is held in Thimphu for 3 days beginning on the 10th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. Thimphu Tshechu was initiated by the 4th Desi  Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay in 1867 and later some change was introduced in Thimpu Tshechu in the 1950s by the third king of Bhutan Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

This Thimphu Tshechu festival is witnessed by thousands of people from all over Bhutan. The actual Tshechu is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods.

To Bhutanese farmers, the Thimphu Tshechu is also seeing as a break from farm life. It is an annual social gathering where people dress in their finest clothing and jewelry come to celebrate, receive blessings, and pray for health and happiness.

It brings you closer contact with the local people and gives you an insight into the Bhutanese lives, beliefs, and more.

During Thimphu Tshechu which is head at Tendrel thang (Festival Ground in front of Tashichhoedzong ), the mask dances known as cham and folk dance are performed to bless onlookers, to teach them the Buddhist  Dharma to protect them misfortune, and to exorcise all evil. It is believed that the merit is gained by attending these festivals. The dances invoke the deities to wipe out misfortunes, increase good luck, and grant personal wishes.

The sacred Thongdrol of Guru Rinpoche is unfurled early in the morning on the last day of Thimphu Tshechu. It is believed that the Thangdroel in unveiled at dawn to bring blessings to all who view it.

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Fly into Paro, after completing your immigration formalities, you will be received by our representative who will be your tour guide throughout your tour. Then drive to Thimphu. On arrival at Thimphu check into your hotel and after lunch visit the following.

 

Bhutan Postal Museum (recently established): The museum tells the story of Bhutan’s progress and development through the evolution of communications and the postal system in the country. And also you can get personalized Bhutanese postage stamps with your photo on them. You can bring along your favorite photo to put on the stamps and put these stamps on your postcard to your family and friends.

 

Changzamtok Weaving center: It is to observe beautiful colorful silk and cotton textiles being woven into shawls, scarves, and tradition Bhutanese dresses.

 

Craft Bazaar where craftsmen and artisans from across the country display and see their handicrafts.

In the evening, free to relax or stroll around Thimphu town, do shopping, etc.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu

After breakfast, you will go to witness the First day of  Thimphu Tshechu (Festival) which will be held at Tendrel Thang (the festival ground in front of Thimphu Tashichhodzong). Dressed in traditional finery, devotees frock to Tendrel Thang to proclaim their faith and receive blessings.

You will take off some time from the festival to visit Tashichhoe Dzong, a fortress of the glorious. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and was reconstructed into present structure by the late king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the year 1962-1969.  It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.

After the festival you will visit the following:

Watch Archery match– Bhutan’s national game

Kuenselphodrang, where Bhutan’s largest Buddha statue (167 feet tall) is perched on the hillock overlooking the entire Thimphu valley below and the view from there, is magnificent.

National Memorial Chorten, Chorten literally means the seat of and Buddhists often claim such monuments the ‘Mind of Buddha’. Meet the elderly generation in circumambulation at the National Memorial Chorten.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu

After breakfast visit to the following:

Centenary farmers market (open from the –sun only): most of the Thimphu’s population and many valley dwellers converge on the bustling weekend market, held by the side of Wangchu River. A wide range of foodstuffs and local arts and crafts are sold at the market, which runs from Friday afternoon till Sunday evening. A visit to the market provides great photo opportunities as well as the chance to mingle with local people and perhaps buy souvenirs.

Go to Tendrel Thang to get a glimpse of the 2nd Day of Thimphu Festival and stay at the festival for about an hour or so.

National Textile Museum which is a good place to see the art of traditional weaving being kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles that are rich in colors and designs. You will also see people weaving with intricate designs.

Simply Bhutan- A living museum of rural life which provides and tourists with fascinating insights into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life.

After lunch drives for about 30 minutes to the base camp of Tango Monastery and hikes up to the monastery. The walk up to the Monastery is through the forest filled with Rhododendron flower trees which will be full bloom during April month. Tango monastery is the center for higher studies for monks. The view from Tango Monastery is breathtakingly beautiful. You will experience complete peace and serenity in this area. After visiting the monastery, walk back to the road and then drive back to Thimphu.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu

After breakfast go to Tendreal Thang (festival ground ) to witness the most spectacular last day of Thimphu Tsechu with religious dance performances mixed with folk dance and dance of Bhutanese warriors. People from all walks of life gather at the festival in their finest dresses and ornaments.

After the festival visit to the following:

Traditional Bhutanese paper making factory: the handmade paper making in Bhutan stemmed from the age-old tradition originated in the 8th century of Bhutanese history. The handmade paper constitutes a valuable National heritage of Bhutanese cultural identity and preserved through all the ages. The tradition paper is recognized and help held high esteem both in-home and outside world. Jungshi paper factory was established in November 1990 as an undertaking of the Royal Government of Bhutan. The unit now boasts as a major and dealer in handmade paper and its products.

Takin Preserve, which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family. Found in herds in the very high altitudes (13, 125ft and over). They live on a diet of grass and bamboo. It can weigh as much as 550 pounds.

Changankha Lhakhang (temple): This temple is situated at top of a small hound overlooking the Thimphu valley was built in the 13th century by the illustrious Lam Phajo Duaom Zhimpo. The temple is considered the spiritual home of children born in the Chang valley.

Overnight at the hotel in the Thimphu.

After breakfast, travel to Punakha and Wangdue through Dochula Pass 3140m. In the clear spring sky, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. Then pass by the beautiful 108 Chortens built on the hill by her MajestyAshi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (Queen Mother of Bhutan) for the security and well being of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan.

You will also visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (monastery) which was built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (the Queen Month of Bhutan) as a tribute to His Majesty the fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck and armed forces after His Majesty led a successful operation against Indian militants who had occupied certain areas of Bhutan. The galley of the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang has beautiful murals depicting some of the important events in the reigns of the Kings of Bhutan.

Then travel into Punakha has been inextricably linked to some of the most momentous events in the Bhutanese history and deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful and significant regions at the heart of Bhutanese culture. Punakha had served as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 till 190. The dzong is historically important and stands as the symbol for unified Bhutan.

On the way, stop by Devine Madman’s Monastery – Chhimi Lhakhang, popularly known for its fertility shrine, where one can receive a special fertility blessing.

Overnight at the hotel

After breakfast, visit is Punakha Dzong, Built tactically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative center of the region and travel through upper Punakha valley and take a hike through farmhouses to the beautiful Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Lhakhang (temple) built by Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck (the Queen Mother of Bhutan) for peace and stability in the ever-changing world. This temple is situated on the hilltop overlooking the valley below. The leisurely walk up to the temple would take about an hour. Visit the temple and also enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful view from there.

On the way to Paro visit the following places:

Rinpung Dzong: Rinpung Dzong is built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now being used as an administration center and school for monks. The walk down to Rinpung Bridge (traditional Bridge), the oldest bridge in Bhutan.

Visit Farmhouse in Paro valley and a visit to a farmhouse offers a good glimpse into the lifestyles of farmers.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro

After Breakfast, hike to Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang Monastery). The hike up to the viewpoint will take about two hours and from there you will enjoy the spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. You will stop here for refreshment and then hike further up to the monastery which should take you another one and half hour.  The total hike to reach the Tiger’s nest would take about three and a half hours.

 

It was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup, a cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three months in the 8th century. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) flew to this location from Khenpajong, Tibet on the back of the tigress and subdued a demon. He then performed meditation in one of the caves here and emerged in eight incarnated forms (manifestations) and blessed the place. Subsequently, the place came to be known as the Tiger’s Nest. Guru Padmasambhava is known for introducing Buddhism to Bhutan. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best knowledge of the thirteen caves in which he meditated.

After visiting the monastery, walk back downhill to the road with lunch at the viewpoint cafeteria. Then drive back to your hotel after visiting Kichu Lhakhang on the way back. Kichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The story goes that a giant demon lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples, which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in accordance with precise plans. Thus, it happened that in about the year 638AD the temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over the very heart of the demon.

In the evening relax in the traditional hot stone bath after tiring day.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

After breakfast, your tour guide from Himalayan Windows Tours will drive you to the Paro International airport and bid your farewell.

What's Included


  • Private transportation.
  • All necessary travel permits
  • English speaking local guide.
  • Accommodation on twin room basis.
  • Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Meal plan: Full Board Basis

What's Excluded


  • Insurance of any kind
  • Single Supplement (if require)
  • Additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstance
  • Personal expenses such as drink, guide tips & etc.

Customer Reviews


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John UY . Jul 24, 2019
3 Country Tour - Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan

Hassle-free is the word. If you plan to visit these countries? Anup at Himalayan Windows is the guy you need to see. Almost a year of planning and he was on top of things every single time. Any questions? He answers. Any suggestions? He answers. Better yet? You don’t need to plan anything. Have him plan it for you! He even booked us a fine dining restaurant in which my…

Hassle-free is the word. If you plan to visit these countries? Anup at Himalayan Windows is the guy you need to see. Almost a year of planning and he was on top of things every single time. Any questions? He answers. Any suggestions? He answers. Better yet? You don’t need to plan anything. Have him plan it for you! He even booked us a fine dining restaurant in which my wife was really surprised! Thanks for that one, sir! Our only interest was Bhutan and they offer everything including visas. Then, he was kind enough to suggest Tibet and we were like, why not? Since it’s a neighboring country and we haven’t visited it either. We ended up booking the 3 Country tour. Including Nepal yes! Nepal was very entertaining and with our very educated guide Anish! He knew his stuff. Smiling fella! Minus the rain coz we missed our helicopter ride to see up close and personal the all-mighty Mt Everest. But don’t get me wrong. Even if Anup knew that our helicopter ride would be canceled he still showed up, at 6 am! He kept trying and calling constantly if there could be any possibility that we could do the tour but sadly no. That is customer service at its finest. Haven’t encountered such customer service like his. 5 stars on that! Tibet was something else. Altitude sickness yes but we managed. Karma our guide was very accommodating and will give us time to wander around on our own. Knows how to manage time especially visiting the Potala Palace. When he said he’ll meet us at 7 am. He was at the hotel right on the dot. Talk about punctuality! Bhutan was magical! The moment when you land. Everything is just a breeze. Even immigration was very friendly! I have no complaints! Sangay our guide was great! We felt like we weren’t tourists. More like friends. He explained everything perfectly. He even told us to roll down our windows coz of the fresh air. The hike to Tiger’s Nest is no joke but Sangay was there all the way. We have no negative feedback the whole time we were there in the kingdom of Bhutan. A must place to visit! Our only concern was the breakfast at Shambhala Palace in Tibet. To us, it was a cool experience to have Tibetan breakfast such as the tsampa but to the others, they might not be able to enjoy it. Fewer choices of food but that didn’t bother us. Eggs, toast coffee, and tea. No continental breakfast here but we were happy about it. The hotel is nice though! Loving the touch of every piece of furniture they have. Hi-tech shower! When we had dinner they have to fetch it from the other hotel coz the cook wasn’t there anymore. They didn’t say the kitchen is closed. They still provide. We were shocked! We felt bad for the guy delivering the food to us but we gave him a decent tip. Wish we knew all their names coz they were all very nice to us from the beginning when we arrived greeted with a smile and the day we left. The security guard even gave us bottled water on the way back to Nepal. We will surely miss those hardworking folks over there! Keep smiling! One word. Anup will do anything to make your trip a memorable one coz ours was. Even side trips such as having breakfast and having us tried all the dishes or snacks that we wanted to try! Also, even if we were at other Countries he keeps in touch thru WhatsApp just to make sure everything was still in order. He even kept on checking the helicopter ride when we were away! Thumbs up, sir! Hope your business will continue to grow and may you have more customers and friends to come! You are indeed an amazing travel consultant. Thanks again for having us and making our trip a memorable one! Thank   you all, Mr and Mrs. Uy
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Trip Information


PAYMENT & CANCELLATION 

Payment: 30% of the total tour cost is required as an advance deposit to confirm the tour with HimalayanWindows (HW). The remaining balance will be charged 7 days before the departure date. Payment can be made through Wire Transfer or Credit Card. We process your credit card payment securely and no extra fee is charged.

Cancellation: For cancellation more than 30 days before the Tour Start Date, No Cancellation fee is charged. For cancellation from 29 calendar days up to and including 4 calendar days before the Tour Start Date, a charge of 30% of the total invoice amount is charged. For a cancellation occurring within 3 days of the date of travel or No Show shall be charged 100% of the total invoice amount. Learn more about Terms and Conditions.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS 

Accommodation: Accommodation is in twin rooms in cities unless a special request is made for a single supplement with an additional fee. Accommodation is in twin or dormitory at lodges on the trek especially in a peak season, it is difficult to find single/twin rooms in the mountains. Our main focus is to provide clean and safe rooms to our valued guests.

Meals: Basically, every package we offer includes breakfast; lunch and dinner are provided based on the cost we offer on the tour. In Bhutan, every package is on a full board plan that includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. During the trek, we provide all meals where you will need to pay extra for drinking water and snacks.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Nepal Visa: Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Nepal needs to obtain a Nepal Visa. Nepal visa can be obtained on arrival and some countries need a visa before traveling to Nepal. Make sure your passport is valid at least 6 months from the Tour Start Date. Make sure to obtain a multi-entries Nepal Visa if you are planning cross country tours.

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Bhutan Visa Clearance: Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Bhutan needs to obtain a Bhutan Visa Clearance before the travel to Bhutan. We obtain your Bhutan visa; you need to send your color scanned clear passport copy. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the Tour Start Date. Before flying to Bhutan, a Visa Clearance will be sent to you from your tour operator, you have to print the clearance paper and show it at the Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines counter during the Check-in. The original visa would be stamped into your passport upon arrival at the Paro airport. Learn more Bhutan travel info.

Tibet Group Visa (TGV): Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Tibet from Nepal needs to obtain a Tibet Group Visa (TGV) in Kathmandu through the help of a tour operator. Make sure to land in Kathmandu 3-4 working days before the travel date t process for TGV. If you are traveling from China, no TGV is required, a Chinese Visa & Permit are needed, though. Learn more about the Tibet entry procedure.

BEST TIME TO VISIT 

Nepal & Bhutan: Nepal and Bhutan share the climate from high mountains to the low land sub-tropical plains and jungles. Both countries have similar weather and ideal to visit at the same time of the year. March to April (spring) & October to December (autumn and early winter) are the best time to visit as the air is clean and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are colder and June, July, and August (summer) are monsoon season.

Tibet: The best time to visit Tibet is from April to October as the weather is warmer, fresh, and sunny skies. November to March are usually very cold, but still possible to visit if the route is not blocked by the snow, especially in the regions like Namtso, Everest Base Camp, Mount Kailash, etc.

TRAVEL INSURANCE 

HimalayanWindows advises bringing proper Travel Insurance to all the travelers who are interested in traveling in the Himalayas. Travel Insurance is a policy that helps cover medical problems, emergency evacuation, theft, loss of belongings, last hour tour/ticket cancellation, etc.

FAQS


Where is Bhutan? Bhutan is a small, landlocked country situated in the eastern Himalayas between China and India. Its landscape ranges from Subtropical plains and forests in the south to subalpine forests and the snowy Himalayas in the North. Bhutan is a principally Buddhist country and it is recognized as the last stronghold of Mahayana Buddhism. Do I need to use a tour operator to book my travel? Yes, it… Read More »

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