Self-Drive Central Bhutan Adventure

Paro Tshcehu festival 2019

The Paro Festival is one of the most popular festivals in Bhutan which begins on the 10th day of the 2nd month of the Bhutanese calendar. Paro Valley is a historic town with many sacred sites and historical buildings scattered through the area. In 2019 the date of festival is from 17th- 21st March.

Paro Festival

It is said that the chipdrel ceremony of escorting the chief abbot of the monk body, Penlop and the mask dances are introduced by Penlop Dawa Penjor. Penlop Tshering Penjor is also said to have introduced many Peling chams such as Ngaging, Driging and Juging etc.  He himself is a descendant of Pema Lingpa’s lineage. The traditions set up by these earlier leaders are still intact and people in the valley still revere the Tshechu.Paro Mask Dance

People come in with their best garment and food both for religious and socialization purposes. Nowadays, the tourists add to both the number and variety of people attending the Tshechu. Thongdrel “deliverance from hell by the sight of it or attainment of nirvana by the sight of it” on the 5th day of the Tshechu, is a masterpiece of silver embroidery of Guru Rinpoche, his eight manifestations and two consorts.It is brought to Dayangkha at 3 am and displayed covering the entire three storied building and taken away by 7 am before the sun breaks, in case the sunlight decolonize the great religious piece. Maximum number of people is seen on this day.

Besides the Paro valley and the festival, this tour will also visit Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan and the Punakha, Wangdue, the glacier valley of Phobjikha etc.

Paro Festival photoDay 01: Arrive Paro

  • Altitude: 2.280 meters

Fly into Paro by Druk Air, Bhutan’s National Airline. The great snow-capped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up to the heavens can be seen during clear weather. As the plane approaches Bhutan, if you look down farmhouses as dots on the hillsides can be seen.

Check into your hotel in Paro and after refreshments, visit the following:
• Ta Dzong, built in the 17th century as a watchtower for the Paro Dzong. Rinpung Dzong, built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now being used as an administration center and school for monks.
• Then walk down to Rimpung Bridge (Traditional Bridge), oldest bridge in Bhutan.
Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

Festival in Bhutan

Day 02: Paro Festival – Thimphu

  • Altitude: 2,350m / 7,710ft
  • Distance: 54 km
  • Estimated driving time: 1 hrs

After Breakfast visit the Paro Dzong where the masked dance-dramas, Bhutanese all dressed in their traditional finery witness the age-old, wonderfully colorful and of this typical Buddhist festival are going on. Be amongst throngs of Bhutanese from the Paro valley and from outlying villages of esoteric Religious masked dance-dramas performed by specially trained groups of Buddhist monks.Tashichho Dzong

DAY 03: Thimphu sightseeing.

• Visit the weekly Thimphu market.
• Change money at the Bhutan National Bank
• Visit the Thimphu Post office.
• Visit the Arts and crafts school and the Traditional Medicine Institute.
• Visit Memorial Chorten.
• Observe traditional paper making from Daphnia and Edgeworthia
• Visit the Takin rehabilitation center.
• Drive up to viewpoint and take a hike beyond to see the clear picture of Thimphu Valley.
• Downtown Thimphu on foot visiting Handicrafts Emporium and other Arts & Crafts stores. Buy stunning kiras which can be used and bed covers or wall decoration, jewelry’s and many more.

Festival ToursDay 04: Thimphu to Punakha

  • Altitude: 1200 meters
  • Distance: 70 km
  • Estimated driving time: 3 hrs

After breakfast we will drive to Punakha Valley.Visit Dochula Druk wangyel temple situated at 3150 meters above sea level.
We will continue drive down into the Punakha valley. Hike to Chhime Lhakhang , an ancient monastery near Punakha, dedicated to fertility and founded by Lam Drukpa Kuenley. Overnight in Punakha.phobikha valley

Day 05: Punakha to Phobjikha

  • Altitude: 2,900m /9840 ft
  • Distance: 78 kms
  • Estimated driving time: 3 hrs

After breakfast we will drive to the beautiful Gangtey and Phobjikha valley. Visit the Gangtey Gompa monastery and hike through the valley after reaching Phobjikha.Overnight Phobjikha at Hotel.Punakha dzong

Day 06: Phobjikha- Paro.

  • Altitude: 2,900m /9840 ft
  • Distance: 218 km
  • Estimated driving time: 7 hrs

After breakfast, travel to Gangtey Gompa. Visit Gangtey Gompa, which now houses one of the only Nyingmapa monasteries in Bhutan. Later drive back to Paro Valley.Lunch at Punakha. Overnight at Paro.

Bhutan photoDay 7: Paro Taktsang hike.
After breakfast, drive up to the base camp of Taktsang and then hike up to the most famous Monastery in the entire kingdom of Bhutan perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley.

The hike to the viewpoint will take about an hour and it will take 2 hours to the monastery. Lunch at the viewpoint. Afterwards visit the famous 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang..
Farewell dinner with in the evening. Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

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Day 8: Fly from Paro.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer you to the Paro International airport.

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Included in tour cost

  • Deluxe rooms on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals (Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner, Tea/Coffee with snacks as and when required)
  • Accommodation in the best 3-4 star Resorts/hotels in Bhutan.
  • Brand new Bus, SUVs’ (not exceeding 4-5 years)
  • 1 complimentary Bhutan air ticket if group exceeds 17 Pax
  • Tea, coffee and snacks during the long drive and tour.
  • Complimentary 1 Hour cultural program and farewell dinner for 8 plus pax.
  • Medical Facilities on free of cost (consulting doctors & medicine)
  • Mineral water on long trips both on trek and cultural tours
  • Museum fees and other special entry fees.
  • A sustainable tourism Royalty of $65. This Royalty goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.

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