Punakha Tsechu Tour

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Punakha Tsechu Festival Tour is one of the well-known festivals honored to the Guru Rimpochee (Padmasambhava) one of the great disciples of tantric Buddhism throughout the Himalayas who brought the Buddhism in Bhutan. This festival is held in one of the great magnificence Dzongs (Fortress). This festival is celebrated in all the districts of Bhutan and one of the biggest festivals in the Bhutanese calendar. This festival was first introduced by the 70thcentury Je Khenpo Trulku Jigmee Choedra in 2005 to preserve the Buddhists teaching and their culture. The entire festival celebrated are mostly the main theme is the colorful demon and animal mask dance performed by the monks and the local people with their typical, mystical dance performance.

Attending this festival and observing their typical mythical performance our pains, sins etc. will be vanished.so, it is said that good fortune will be come in your life by attending this festival; the local’s people tend to believe this myth legend. You get to see the folk dancers by the Bhutanese people wearing their unique traditional dresses, interesting mask dancers chanting the Buddhists scripts and jokers wearing mask entertaining the crowds. This is 9 days festivals held where lots of visitors come from different places to enjoy this festival with their family members so, during the festival you get the plenty of time to get experience their culture share your western culture as well as  get fully detail about this festivals and the mythological of this land.

This tour begins from an airstrip to Paro where you get the majestic views of the highest mountain and at Paro we will be visiting the national museum Ta Dzong where you get to perceive the ancient handicrafts, arts and countless other ancient monasteries can be viewed and spend our day time sightseeing the Paro. Next day early morning we hike up to Taktsang monastery which is at high cliff at 900 meters also known as Tiger Nest which will take almost 2 hours to reach where you get the beautiful view of this monastery from high point. And visit the fortress (Dzong).From Paro we will be heading towards the Punakha one of the capital city of Bhutan here we will be attending the biggest festivals held in Punakha Dzong and also visit the Chimi Lhankang one of the Buddhists monastery and other related monastery to punakha. Next day we will head to Phobjikha valley where you will drive up to the rhododendron forests and oak etc. and also get the perfect picturesque of this Phobjikha glacial valley and visit the Gantey monasteries and drive to Thimpu where you can spend our ease time sightseeing the bustling thimpu and visiting the memorial Chorten and several monasteries. Roaming in Thimpu markets where you get try the different authentic foods Bhutan people eats very spicy foods so you get to observe different kinds of chilies in the market. And lastly our trip to Bhutan finally comes to the end by exploring the Paro and fly back to the Kathmandu.

Our GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking team) gives this festival tour to you by providing the overwhelming culture of the Bhutanese where you get the ample of time to experience their culture during the festival and also get to know the myth of this festival in details information. By attending this festival you get to build rapport with the Bhutanese people. For further detail about this festival tour you are free to email us or contact us.

ITINARARY

Day 1 - Arrival at Paro Airport

You can take flight to Paro from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka etc. We recommend you to fly from Bangkok because Druk air offer everyday flight from Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok whereas Druk air do not operate everyday flights from other sectors.

You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel to settle in. After the formalities we take a short drive to Paro town to stroll through Bazaar. We visit the Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum and visit Paro’s Rimpung Dzong , on the way down we cross the 16th century cantilever bridge. Also visiting the Drugyel Dzong victory fortress, built in 1647 which is 18 kms from the Paro town. Explore the magnificent ramparts of the erstwhile fortress which defended the country against several incursions. On a clear day one can also view the sacred Mount Jomolhari, from the northern battlements. We take a visit to a farm house and observe the traditional Bhutanese way of life and living. Overnight at a hotel.
(Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 2 - Scenic drive from Paro to Thimphu

Early morning we take a scenic drive to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, approximately 90 mins drive from Paro. Sightseeing in and around Thimphu valley we visit the National Library, which holds a collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, as well as the institute for Zorig Chusum commonly known as Painting School, textile and Folk Heritage Museum which provides an insight into Bhutanese material culture and everyday way of life. Also visiting the National Memorial Chorten, Trashichho dzong an impressive monastery, Bhutanese Handicrafts displaying a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. In the evening we explore the vibrant Thimphu Bazaar. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 3 - Drive from Thimphu to Punakha

Driving about 3 hours, leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050m). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges on a clear day. You will see Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Junipers and pine forests with chirping sounds of the many rare species of birds found in Bhutan. We then drive onto Lobesa where you take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang Temple. This temple is on a hill top and it is dedicated to the great Yogi known as Drukpa Kuenley or popularly known as “Divine madman” of the 14th century. It is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 4 and 5 - Festival activities in Punakha

Enjoy the festival of Punakha Domchoe. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 6 - Hiking and village exploration in Gangtey and afternoon drive to Paro

Follow the same route, then drive back to Paro. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 7 - Sightseeing around Paro

Sightseeing once again in Paro. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 8 - Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)

Excursion to Taktsang Monastery (Tigers Nest).The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful Pine and rhododendron forests. We stop at the tea house for rest and refreshments, the tea house offers magnificent up close view of the tigers nest and continue the hike for short while until you see, clearly and seemingly within reach, the imposing Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900m into the valley below.

History states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger and meditated here for three months. It is regarded to be one of the most venerated cultural heritage sites in Bhutan. People from all over the Himalayan Diaspora frequent this place on the pilgrimage trail to Bhutan. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 9 - Transfer to international airport for your final departure

After breakfast our airport representative will drop you to the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan.
(Breakfast included)

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • Visa fee for Bhutan
  • All Transfer between airport hotels
  • Government approved A and B category hotels in the cities and camping (tents) during trekking on twin- shared basis
  • All Meals, Breakfasts and Snacks during the days of the trip
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
  • Full board camping
  • Tents and Kitchen utensils for trekking
  • Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties

Accommodation

Accomodations

Hotels in Bhutan are categorized as category “A”, Category “B” and category “C”. You will be provided with accommodations in one of the categories “A”, “B” hotels in main cities of Bhutan and during the days in the remote areas of Bhutan, you will spend the night in the tented camps. All accommodations are in twin sharing basis and you will be charged extra if you want a single supplement.

Meals

All meals (full Board) will be provided during the trip. A variety of meals are available in most of the Hotels in Bhutan. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan - pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best way to get a good meal is to request hotels and restaurants for the best and freshest meal available.

Best Season

The best seasons to join this trip are Spring (March to June) and in the Autumn (September to November). The weather is clear and views are breathtaking.

TRIP INFO


Trip Note

Accomodations

Hotels in Bhutan are categorized as category “A”, Category “B” and category “C”. You will be provided with accommodations in one of the categories “A”, “B” hotels in main cities of Bhutan and during the days in the remote areas of Bhutan, you will spend the night in the tented camps. All accommodations are in twin sharing basis and you will be charged extra if you want a single supplement.

Meals

All meals (full Board) will be provided during the trip. A variety of meals are available in most of the Hotels in Bhutan. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan - pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best way to get a good meal is to request hotels and restaurants for the best and freshest meal available.

Best Season

The best seasons to join this trip are Springs (March to June) and in the Autumn (September to November). The weather is clear and views are breathtaking.

Luggage/Backpack:

You have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trip can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed..  

Guide:

We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained/experienced guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Like if you are in a huge group tour like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group. 

Personal Expenses:

Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee etc It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.

Our Greetings at Airport:

We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:

Our usual itinerary is main customary and pragmatic which has also included your arrival day, departure day. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.

Booking and Payment:

For booking any trip, first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trip you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable.  The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card, even throughout Pay pal account lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment.

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

Price from USD 2,740 p/p
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Duration: 9 Days

Difficulty: Easy

Activities: Festival Tours

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Luxury

Country: Bhutan

Price: USD 2,740

Group size: Minimum 1

Best Season: Any Season

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