Trongsa Lhuntse Tshechu Tour

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Trongsa Lhuntse Tsechu Festival is celebrated in different district of Bhutan. All the festival celebrated is somewhat similar to the other festival having a different theme. This area is situated in central of Bhutan which will take 2 days to reach the trongsa from Thimpu. This festival is also similar to the Thangbi festival where the entertainers wears a demon mask and perform their spiritual dance. This festival takes place during the month of December or January according to the Bhutan calendar. This festival is one of the popular in Bhutan where many of the people from different village come to visit this festival in their traditional costume.

The main attraction of this festival is traditional mask dancers performed by the monks and the local people. This festival is held till four days where many of the dukpas folks come to visit this grandest festival where you get to interact with the people and know their culture and tradition during these 4 days festivals. You will be also getting blessing from the head of the lama during the festival. Visiting several oldest Buddhists monasteries plus visiting the national museum.

Firstly, the tour begins from the Paro the stunning place of Bhutan during your flight to Paro you get the marvelous view of the mountains and landscapes and later we drive to the Thimpu one of the capital city of Bhutan where we get to witness the schools of National Paintings where we get to observe the handcrafts and many other stuff like antique piece where the individuals are making and even the females are participating in making this handicrafts stuff.. After that next day we will drive to Trongsa and attend the festival on next day we will be attending this festival if you want you can attend this festival which is 4 days festival if not we can head to the Bhumthang where we will be visiting the one of two oldest Buddhists monastery Jambay lhakhang built in Bhutan in the 7th century ago. Then our next visiting spot will be Punakha and Paro here we will be visiting the national museum where you spot different thankas having the scriptures of Buddhists and the ancient traditional costumes and numerous others things. Several prehistoric Buddhists monasteries will also be visited. Next at paro we will be visiting the tiger nest Taktsang monastery which stands above the 800m above the valley this monastery is considered as a national treasure of Bhutan. If you want we can hike up to the Takstang to the highest point which will take 2 and half hours to reach where we get to view the monastery in close point. Finally our tour to tangbi is at an end where we take a flight from paro to Kathmandu.

Our GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) gives this tour festival to you where you get to discover the culture of real Bhutanese people and this tour can be done with your family members too. This tour is especially designed for those who want to experience the different culture of the Bhutan. For further details about this trip you can email us or contact us.

ITINARARY

Day 1 - Arrive Paro (by Druk Air) and drive to Thimpu

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.

The flight into Paro on Bhutan's national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of the country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. The first gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you will drive you to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. The drive will take around 1 hour. Thimphu has a population of about 98,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. Overnight at a hotel.
(Lunch and Dinner included)

Day 2 - Thimphu Sightseeing

After breakfast we will visit the House of Incense and House of Paper to see the process of hand making incense and paper from raw product in Bhutan. Most amazing, highest quality incense and paper products can be purchased. We will then visit the Memorial Chorten built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who ruled the Kingdom from 1952-1972, Changlimingthang Lhakhang and the Handicrafts Emporium. After lunch we will visit the "Textile Museum"; Bhutan’s textiles are unique for their diversity and sophistication; the Textile Museum explores this dynamic craft.

Embroidered and appliqué splendid fabric for sacred and ceremonial use is displayed, as well as several exquisite thangkas and altar coverings. Upstairs gallery highlights the diversity of Bhutan’s textile arts and skills featuring masterpieces from the Royal Family of Bhutan. A stop to tour Bhutan’s National Library where you will view hundreds of ancient manuscripts and ancients scrolls. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 3 - Thimphu to Punakha

Morning depart Thimphu and drive over the Docchu-La pass (3,200m) to Punakha. The teahouse at the pass offers beautiful views of the Himalayan range in the distance. This is a 3-hour drive with stops en route. Afternoon visit the magnificent Dzong spanning the Mo Chu and Po Chu rivers. This is the winter residence of the monastic body and the Je Khenpo (chief Abbott). Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 4 - Punakha to Trongsa

Today we start early for the fabulous drive to the central valleys of Bhutan. The drive to Trongsa via Gangtey is about 6 hours crossing over Pele La Pass (3,300meters) and Yotongla Pass (3,400meters). The Central Road, across the Black Mountains was completed 30 years ago, and it bought about great changes to the people in central Bhutan. We pass Wangdue, one of the major towns and district headquarters of Western Bhutan where we make a short stop to view the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong dramatically located on the spur of a hill at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers.

We then climb steadily passing through semi-tropical vegetation and then to Pelela Pass (3,300m) with an alpine environment of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo. This pass is traditionally considered the boundary between west and east Bhutan. If the weather is clear, the Himalayan range can be seen, particularly the peak of Jhomulhari (7,314m) to the west. En route we cross Chendebji Chorten built many centuries ago to suppress a demon. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 5 - Trongsa Festival

Today we attend a full day at the Trongsa Festival. What an exciting and exhilarating way to celebrate the day! The Trongsa Dzong was built by Chogyel Minjur Tempa, theThird Desi, in 1648 AD. It is presently the administrative seat of the district and home of the monastic school. Built at split-levels on a narrow spur, the Dzong is an architectural wonder. Views from here are extensive creating strategic location of this Dzong. Over the Dzong is the medieval Watchtower.

This ancient structure gives unobstructed views of the valley and its Winding River and roads. The watchtower is located strategically above the Trongsa Dzong. Load your camera to capture the intensity of this festival, while your gain merit and religious purification; be immersed into medieval Bhutan and the enchanting Bhutanese culture. Here one can truly appreciate the essence of Bhutanese people and a preserved steadfast culture. Arrays of colourful brocades whirl through the air as the dancers spin and dance the "thunderbolt step". Masks of glorious demonic demons and animals arouse your senses as purification takes place. The intensity goes on; your spirit will fly. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 6 - Trongsa to Bumthang

Today we will witness half day Trongsa festival; After lunch drive to Bumthang (68 kms, 3 hrs). This is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism. Here many great teachers meditated and left in their wake many sacred grounds. The Guru and his lineage of Tertons (treasure finders), have led to the sprouting of many temples in the valley. Evening stroll down in the town of Bumthang. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 7 - Sightseeing in Bumthang

Enjoy breakfast and get ready to explore Bumthang village. Meet with textile weavers at looms as they weave their Bhutanese fabric and textile on toe strap looms with hand spun and dyed threads. Here is the best place for purchase of textile. Tour historical Jakar Dzong, “Palace of the White Bird”, as well as Jambay and Kurjey Lhakhang. A short walk to Flamming Lake to visit this religious and holy pilgrimage spot. Visit a Stone flour grist water mill and a beer and cheese factory, Tamshing Monastery and Wangdichholing Palace. In the evening visit a farmhouse for local hospitality. Return to lodge for relaxation and dinner. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 8 - Wangdue to Thimphu

We arrive in Thimphu today; check into our hotel and enjoy an afternoon and exploration in Thimphu. Perhaps you have a special interest item to purchase; ask you expert Bhutanese guide to assist you. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 9 - Thimphu to Paro

After breakfast we depart Thimphu towards Paro village. As we drive to a path to hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery. The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800m. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padmasambbava alighted here upon the back of a tigress. We enjoy lunch at Tigers Nest cafeteria and will have the option to hike up the mountain close to the Tigers Nest Monastery; spirituality and peace is within; what an incredible way. We then depart down the mountain to our vehicle and return to Paro to our hotel for rest and relaxation. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 10 - Depart Paro (by Druk Air)

Drive to Paro airport and fly to your next destination. We hope you have enjoyed your visit to Bhutan.
(Breakfast included)

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

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Duration: 10 Days

Difficulty: Easy

Activities: Festival Tours

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Luxury

Country: Bhutan

Price: USD 3,020

Group size: Minimum 1

Best Season: Any Season

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