Paro Festival

11 DAYS
  • Paro Festival

Description

Cultural Tour with Paro Festival

(10 nights / 11 days)

 Paro Festival

Date: 17th -21st March, 2019

Venue: Rinpung Dzong, Paro

In Tshechus, monks perform sacred mask dances to the accompaniment of religious music, and district dancers perform traditional dances. The last day of festival concludes with the display of a giant Thangka (tapestry) at 3:30 AM and is brought down just before sunrise.

This festival has been happening here for centuries. People from other parts of the country throng the locals in the festive mood.  They come is their best costumes to attend the annual festival.  They believe that attending such festival helps them in gaining merit in their lives. This is also the time of the festive season of socializing and merry making.

  • The highlight of the tour:
  • Hike to the “Tiger’s Nest”
  • Phobjikha valley, it is the winter habitat of the rare and endangered Black‐necked cranes
  • Visit the cultural and medieval times villages in Bumthang.s
  • Attend the five-day ParoTshechu, the most famous of spring festivals.

Itinerary

1

Arrive Paro - Thimphu

Our representative from Bhutan Corinthian Tours and Travels will receive you at the airport and drive you to Thimphu. Stop a while on the way to view a private monastery – Tamchog Lhakhang.

In the evening, free to stroll in the Thimphu- the only capital in the world where there is no traffic light. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

2

Thimphu

Your day in Thimphu begins with a visit to National Institute of Zorig Chusum, school of 13 arts and crafts, where you can meet the students in training session followed by visit Folk Heritage Museum, that provides insight into a traditional Bhutanese farm house. Visit the 12th century Changangkha Lhakhang and Takin Preserve Centre (Takin is the nation’s national animal) before lunch.

After lunch, visit National Memorial Chorten, - built in 1974 in memory of the Third King JigmeDorji Wangchuk. We then visit Dupthop nunnery before visiting Tashichhodzong which is the seat of government. It is also the summer residence of the Je Khenpo or the Chief Abbot. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

3

Thimphu – Punakha

After breakfast, drive to Punakha. On the way, stop at Dochu La pass (3160 m) from where you can see the eastern Himalayan range on a clear day. En-route you will visit Chimi Lhakhang, also known as the temple of fertility dedicated to a divine madman Drukpa Kuenley, the 15th century saint known for his outrageous methods of teaching the dharma. It is a 20-minute walk through rice fields to the temple.

In the late afternoon, visit is Punakha Dzong, which stands at the confluence of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. The Dzong was first built in 1637 by the founder of Bhutan and has been witness to defining moments of Bhutanese history. It is a fine example of Bhutan’s highly refined architectural skills.
Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

4

Punakha – Trongsa – Bumthang

After the breakfast, drive to Trongsa. After lunch, drive to the cultural heartland of Bhutan. On the way, stop at a Yathra textile weaving handloom centre. You can even watch some of the weavers at their looms.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

5

Bumthang sightseeing

Your day visit includes Jambay Lhakhang, built in 7th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo followed by Kurjey Lhakhang, which consists of three temples surrounded by 108 chortens (stupas). We then visit Tamshing Lhakhang built in 1501 and known for its ancient religious paintings of a Thousand Buddhas and Twenty One Taras (female form of Bodhisattavas).

After lunch visit Jakar Dzong, known as the ‘Castle of the White Bird’. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

6

Bumthang– Ura

Today is your day excursion to Ura valley. Explore the valley.
In the evening, drive to Bumthang. On the way back, visit Mebar Tsho (Lake of Burning Fire), a sacred lake for the Bhutanese who believe that Terton (treasure revealer) Pema Lingpa discovered religious treasures from the lake. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

7

Bumthang – Phobjikha

Drive to the beautiful valley of Phobjikha - home to the rare black Necked crane that roost in winter. On the way, stop a while at Chendebji Chorten, patterned on Katmandu’s Swayambhunath stupa, with eyes painted at the four cardinal points.
After lunch, visit Gangtey Goenpa. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

8

Phobjikha – Thimphu

After breakfast, visit to the Crane Observation and Information Center and then drive to Thimphu. Enroute visit Rinchengang village where the clustered settlement is made of mud and stone. Stop at Dochu Cafeteria for lunch. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

9

Thimphu - Paro Festival

Attend the festival whole day. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

10

Paro: and hike to Paro Taktsang

After breakfast, hike to Taktsang or “Tiger’s Nest” one of the holiest Buddhists sites in the Himalayan region. The monastery clings to a rock, about 900m above the valley floor. The uphill hike from the road point takes around 3 hours. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tigress and meditated for three months.
On the way back, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

11

Departure

Early morning, drive to Airport and Farewell.

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