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7-Day Thimphu Tshechu Festival Experience

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Thimphu Festival

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Thimphu Festival

Thimphu Festival
Stephen Gollan / Unchartered Backpacker

Thimphu Tschechu

Thimphu Tschechu
Stephen Gollan / Unchartered Backpacker


Thimphu Festival Tour Itinerary

Experience a spectacle of color, music, and dance unfolding when you join this year’s Thimphu Tshechu in the kingdom of Bhutan. This festival has been a significant event in Bhutan's cultural and spiritual life for centuries, with origins dating back to the 17th century. It celebrates Bhutanese traditions, religion, and community spirit.

Witness the most anticipated moment of the festival — the unveiling of the sacred Thongdrel. This giant tapestry's rare display is a spectacle believed to cleanse onlookers of their sins.

But what secrets does the Thongdrel hold, and how does it weave its ancient magic among the crowd?


Thimphu Tshechu

Get ready for a captivating 7-day journey to the heart of the Himalayas with our Thimphu Festival Tour. This meticulously crafted itinerary is designed to immerse you in the vibrant festivities of the Thimphu Tshechu, as well as the Bhutanese culture and natural beauty.

Each day offers a new adventure, from the breathtaking vistas at Dochula Pass to the historic walls of Punakha Dzong. Discover the serenity of Chhimi Lhakhang and marvel at the ancient treasures within Ta Dzong.

Whether you're seeking spiritual awakening, cultural immersion, or the sheer joy of exploration, this 7-day Thimphu Festival Tour might be the best way to experience the Himalayas in all its glory.

Day 1

Arrival in Paro, Bhutan

Your adventure in Bhutan starts right at your arrival at the Paro International Airport. You will meet an experienced local guide who will drive you to your hotel in Thimpu, where you will enjoy Bhutanese cuisine. 

Today, we will take it easy to acclimatise to the altitude, visiting nearby attractions such as

National Memorial Chorten: Meet the elderly generation in circumambulation.

Folk Heritage Museum: Dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past by exhibiting artefacts used in rural households.

Textile Museum: Witnesses the art of traditional weaving.

Institute of Zorig Chusum: Commonly known as the Painting School or the School of the Thirteen Arts, the Institute offers a glimpse of novices learning 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. It is a hands-on trip for you. Enjoy a few moments with future artists of the country.

Day 2

Thimphu Tshechu

On second day of your tour, prepare to be swept away by the spiritual and cultural magnificence of the Thimphu Tshechu. The following are some places and activities you’ll do during the festival.

 

Tashichhodzong (Thimphu Dzong): Marvel at the historical and architectural significance of Tashichhodzong, a fortress housing Bhutan's central monk body and royal offices. Experience the spiritual essence of the country through the colorful masked dances and chants performed by monks, embodying Buddhist teachings and morality.

 

The culmination of the festival constitutes the unfolding of a huge cloth thanka, a sacred scroll depicting Padma Smabhawa and imagery from the Buddhist pantheon.

 

Buddha Point: Your day will also include a visit to Buddha Point at Kuensel Phodrang. Here, you'll stand in awe before the 169-foot-tall bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma, a symbol of peace and indestructibility. 

 

While the statue awaits its final artistic touches, the site offers an unparalleled view of the Thimphu Valley. Especially enchanting at night, the view from Buddha Point provides a perfect moment of reflection and serenity, rounding off a day filled with spiritual discovery and cultural immersion.

 

Day 3

Thimphu to Punakha

Today, you will travel from the capital to Panukha to visit historical sites and spiritual sanctuaries. Your journey includes a visit to a unique monument constructed over the years to appreciate the arts and architecture of Bhutan.

Dochula Pass: The 108 Chortens were built by the present Queen Mother of Bhutan, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Indian militants and to liberate the souls of the souls lost.

Punakha Dzong: Built in 1637, the dzong continues to be the winter home for the clergy, headed by Chief Abbott, the Je Khenpo. It is a stunning example of Bhutanese architecture, sitting at the fork of two rivers, portraying the image of a medieval city from a distance. 

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten: Built by the third Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck this Chorten is a splendid example of Bhutanese architecture and art and is the only one of its kind in the world. It has been built over eight and a half years, and its details have been drawn from religious scripture.
 

Day 4

Punakha to Gangtey

Your next destination is Gangtey where you will experience a journey through tradition and beauty, walking to a legendary temple and exploring towns known for their crafts. As you visit top attractions, you will marvel at the region's rich history and cultural heritage.

Chhimi Lhakhang: A 20-minute' walk across terraced fields through the village of Sopsokha. Ngawang Chogyel built the temple in the 15th century after the 'divine Madman' Drukpa Kuenlay built a small chorten there.

Wangdue: One of the major towns and district capital of Western Bhutan located south of Punakha, Wangdue. The district is famous for its fine bamboo work, slate, and stone carving.

Wangdue Dzong: Built-in 1638, Wangdue Dzong is dramatically perched on the spur of a hill and overlooks the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers.
 

Day 5

Gangtey to Paro

On Day 5, from Gangtey to Paro, step back in time when you visit ruins and learn about Bhutan's medieval victories. You will appreciate more of Bhutan's artistic and natural heritage and immerse yourself in the serene beauty of Paro Valley.

 

Drukgyal Dzong: Built in 1647 by the great Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by an accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and relive the memories of a glorious past.

Ta Dzong: Converted into the National Museum in 1968, Ta Dzong museum boasts antique Thangka, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historical artefacts.

Paro Valley: The beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan's old monasteries and temples. The country's only Airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to Mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters), situated at the northern end of the valley, whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley. The following are some of the prominent places to visit in Paro.
 

Day 6

Paro

Your unforgettable Bhutan adventure is still not over because, on this day, you will gear up and challenge yourself on a spiritual day hike to famous monasteries.

Paro Dzong: Also known as Rinpung Dzong, this 15th-century massive fortress/monastery, is also the administrative centre of the Dzongkhag.

Taktsang Monastery: A one-hour hike to the cafeteria is also a vantage point where you can enjoy the stunning view of the monastery. Prayer flags adorn the cliffs, and this is also where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tiger in the 8th century.

Duration: 5-7 hours depending on time taken in monasteries 

Difficulty: Moderate - Guided with mineral water.

 

 

 

Day 7

Depart from Paro

Today we will bid fond farewell to this beautiful Himalayan country and take an early flight back to Singapore. We hope by now you will have made some friends and kept many photos and beautiful memories of Bhutan! And we look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful land of endless Enchantments! 

 

Tashi Delek!

 

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  • Festival Date : 13th -15th September 2024
  • For Travel during Festival
  • USD 1,790 for 1 person traveler
  • USD 1,730 per person for 2 person travelers
  • USD 1,550 per person for group with 3 or more

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RH
Roger Higgs
United States, Sep 2015
Star 5

Dear Sonam,

I completed the survey form provided by the guide on my last day and indicated my rating of excellent for both guide and driver. But I do want to expand on that a bit.

My guide, Tshering Dendup, was one of the best, if not the best guide I've ever had and that is comparing to our travels to around 100 countries in the past 15 years. His knowledge of both Buddhism and the history of Bhutan is encyclopedic. In addition he has broad knowledge in a wide variety of subjects, especially the flora and fauna of the country. Beyond that, he was able to note my preferences, eg food, kinds of sites to visit and make adjustments to accommodate me as much as possible without my asking.

I also want to make special compliments to the driver, Mr. Rabgay, who had to drive under extremely

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Daphne Go
Singapore, Sep 2015
Star 5

Hi Sonam,

Great to hear from you! The trip is great - Ugyen and Chime are fantastic. Ugyen I think is the best guide I've had in all of my travels. Knowledgeable, great attention to detail, and very attentive! He remembers each feedback and takes them seriously. Bhutanese people in general don't have much attention to detail, but both Ugyen and Chime do, so my guess is your training must be fantastic for them to get to that level, even better than that of Western tour directors and drivers. Bhutan is the 89th country I visited and I find it amazing that I found the best guide and driver in this trip.

I will send some pictures once I've sorted them - I brought a good camera for the festival so can share a couple of in-action photos.

We sent in our feedback form as well.

Overall though,

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TC
Tudor Clee
New Zealand, Sep 2014
Star 3

Hi Sonam

OK - I am back in NZ - great trip.

I didn't have time to complete the form due to the airport issue - the guide and driver were really nice.

Few things: don't worry - not end of the world - I will definitely be recommending you to anyone going to Bhutan. Just suggestions especially if you have people who don't usually do booked tours (North Korea, Turkmenistan and Bhutan are the only countries in the world where a guide is required, though Turkmenistan you can avoid it with a transit visa).

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Frequently Asked Questions About The 7-Day Thimphu Tshechu Tour

What Can I Expect To See During The Thimphu Tshechu?

Expect to witness colorful mask dances, religious music performances, and a large gathering of locals in their finest traditional attire. It's a deep dive into Bhutanese culture and spirituality.

What Is The Level Of Physical Activity Required For The Tour?

The tour includes some light to moderate hiking, especially if you opt to visit the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery. Participants should be comfortable with walking for several hours on uneven terrain.

Can Tourists Participate In Any Thimphu Tschechu Festival Activities?

While tourists are welcome to observe and enjoy the festival's dances, music, and cultural displays, active participation in the religious ceremonies is generally reserved for the local Bhutanese. However, visitors can participate by respecting the customs, enjoying the festivities, and engaging with locals.

What Should I Wear To The Thimphu Festival Tour?

Visitors should dress respectfully, opting for modest clothing that covers the shoulders and knees. Wearing traditional Bhutanese attire, such as a gho for men and kira for women, is highly appreciated but not mandatory.
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