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Paro Tshechu Festival Tour

Paro Tshechu Festival Tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Bhutan

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Easy

  • Destination

    Destination: Bhutan

  • Activities

    Activities: Festival tour/Cultural sightseeing

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: 3-Star hotels

  • Meals

    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Taktsang Monastery (3120m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 1 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: April 8-12, 2025

Paro Tshechu Festival is unquestionably the biggest, most significant, and most well-liked festival in Bhutan. The festival is observed with ceremonial dances and blessing ceremonies and is conducted in the spring in the courtyard of the Paro Ringpong Dzong. On the festival's final day, the Paro Thangka, the largest holy scroll in the entire globe, is unfolded. This site's spectacle is unparalleled in history. The celebration is attended by people from all walks of life dressed to the nines. 

These 'festivals', or tshechu, are held to commemorate Bhutan's history and to promote Buddhism. The celebration is mostly carried out by monks, lay monks, and people. The tour begins with a magnificent flight over the Himalayas to the verdant Paro, where sightseeing in Thimphu and Punakha is completed before returning to Paro to see the Paro Tshechu.

Paro Tshechu Festival Tour Highlights:

  • Witness stunning Himalayan views on flight in/out from Paro. 
  • Explore Paro exploding with colors and tradition.
  • Attend Paro Tshechu at Paro Ringpong Dzong.
  • Cultural tour of the tiny capital Thimphu.
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ (3120m)
  • Experience Bhutan's unique culture, traditions, & lifestyles.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Paro (2,250m) – Thimphu (2,350m)
Day 02: Thimphu-Punakha (1,310m)
Day 03: Punakha-Paro (2,250m)
Day 04: Paro festival
Day 05: Paro – Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery (3,120m)
Day 06: Paro – Depart

On the first day of your journey, you will arrive in Paro at an altitude of 2,250m. From there, you will proceed to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, which is situated at an altitude of 2,350m. Enjoy the scenic drive and immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes as you make your way to Thimphu. Take in the charm of the city and get ready for the unique cultural experiences that await you in Bhutan.

Hotel
Lunch/Dinner included

On the second day, you will leave Thimphu and embark on a journey to Punakha. The road will take you through picturesque valleys and winding mountain passes, offering stunning views of the Bhutanese countryside. As you descend to Punakha, situated at an altitude of 1,310m, you will notice a change in the landscape, with fertile valleys, terraced fields, and the majestic Punakha Dzong coming into view. Take your time to explore this former capital of Bhutan and marvel at the rich history and cultural heritage of the region.

Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

On the third day, you will bid farewell to Punakha and make your way back to Paro, where your journey in Bhutan began. As you traverse the scenic roads, you’ll witness the natural beauty and tranquility that defines this enchanting country. Upon reaching Paro, situated at an altitude of 2,250m, you can take some time to relax and explore the town. Paro is known for its charming streets, traditional architecture, and friendly locals. Immerse yourself in the local culture, visit the markets, and perhaps indulge in some delicious Bhutanese cuisine. This day will provide you with the opportunity to reflect on your experiences so far and prepare for the exciting events that lie ahead in Paro.

Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

On the fourth day, you will have the incredible opportunity to witness the Paro Festival. This vibrant and colorful religious celebration is one of Bhutan’s most important and highly anticipated events. Held at Paro’s iconic Rinpung Dzong, the festival showcases traditional dances, masked performances, and religious rituals that date back centuries. You will be immersed in the lively atmosphere as locals and visitors come together to witness the sacred dances and receive blessings. The festival offers a unique insight into Bhutanese culture and spirituality, allowing you to deepen your understanding of this captivating land. Prepare to be captivated by the mesmerizing sights and sounds that the Paro Festival has to offer.

Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Get ready for an exhilarating adventure as you embark on a hike to the legendary Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Perched precariously on a cliff at an elevation of 3,120m, this sacred Buddhist site offers breathtaking views and a profound spiritual experience. As you trek through lush forests and ascend the trail, the natural beauty of the surroundings will leave you in awe. Take your time exploring the monastery’s intricately designed temples and immerse yourself in its rich cultural and historical significance. This challenging yet rewarding hike will create memories that will last a lifetime.

Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

On the final day of your journey, it’s time to bid farewell to Paro. Take a moment to reflect on the incredible experiences you’ve had in Bhutan. Pack your bags, say goodbye to the charming town, and make your way to the airport for your departure. As you leave Bhutan, carry with you the memories of the majestic landscapes, vibrant festivals, and the warmth of Bhutanese hospitality. Depart with a sense of fulfillment and a desire to return to this enchanting land in the future.

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services by private transportation.
  • Guided sightseeing tour as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Bhutanese government-approved tourist standard hotels throughout the trip.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • Entrance and monumental fees during sightseeing.
  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance.
  • Remuneration to the Bhutanese government-certified English-speaking local tour guide.
  • Bhutanese government’s royalties, and taxes. 

What is not included?

  • International airfares.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, bottled water etc.).
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tip for a tour guide or driver. 

FAQ's

1. What is the Paro Tshechu Festival Tour?
The Paro Tshechu Festival Tour is a cultural journey that allows you to experience the vibrant Paro Tshechu, one of Bhutan’s most popular religious festivals. This tour provides a unique opportunity to witness traditional masked dances, cultural performances, and religious rituals in the picturesque town of Paro.

2. What is the Paro Tshechu Festival?
The Paro Tshechu is an annual religious festival celebrated at Paro Dzong, the fortress-monastery in Paro, Bhutan. It is held on the tenth day of the second lunar month to honor Guru Padmasambhava, the “Precious Guru,” who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan. The festival features sacred masked dances (Cham dances), colorful traditional costumes, and religious ceremonies.

3. When does the Paro Tshechu Festival take place?
The Paro Tshechu Festival usually takes place in the spring season, typically in the months of March or April. The exact dates vary each year as they are based on the Bhutanese lunar calendar.

4. What are the major highlights of the Paro Tshechu Festival Tour?
The major highlights of the Paro Tshechu Festival Tour include witnessing the sacred masked dances performed by monks and laypeople, experiencing the lively atmosphere of the festival, visiting the historic Paro Dzong, and exploring the scenic beauty of Paro Valley.

5. How long does the Paro Tshechu Festival Tour last?
The duration of the Paro Tshechu Festival Tour is 5 nights and 6 days.

6. Can I customize the festival tour itinerary?
Yes, the festival tour itinerary can be customized to some extent based on your preferences, interests, and the duration of your stay. However, it is advisable to ensure that the tour includes the dates of the Paro Tshechu Festival.

7. Is the Paro Tshechu Festival Tour suitable for families and groups?
Yes, the Paro Tshechu Festival Tour is suitable for families, groups, and individual travelers of all ages. It offers a unique cultural experience and a glimpse into Bhutanese traditions and festivities.

8. What is the best time to go on the Paro Tshechu Festival Tour?
The best time to go on the Paro Tshechu Festival Tour is during the festival itself, which usually takes place in March or April. This allows you to witness the vibrant celebrations and immerse yourself in Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage.

Equipment


When packing for a tour of Bhutan, it's important to consider the country's climate, culture, and the diverse range of activities you may participate in. Here's a comprehensive packing list to help you prepare for your Bhutan tour:

Clothing:

  • Weather-Appropriate Clothing:
  • Lightweight, moisture-wicking and breathable clothing for lower elevations
  • Warmer clothing for higher elevations and cooler temperatures
  • Long-sleeve shirts and pants for sun protection
  • Rain jacket or poncho for the monsoon season (June to September)
  • Insulating layers like fleece or down jackets
  • Comfortable walking shoes for cities and towns
  • Hiking boots for trekking or rural walks
  • Sandals or comfortable shoes for casual wear
  • Swimsuit (for hotel pools or hot springs)

Cultural Attire (for visiting temples and monasteries):

  • Modest clothing that covers shoulders and knees
  • Scarf or shawl to drape over shoulders
  • Comfortable slip-on shoes (you'll need to remove your shoes at some religious sites)

Travel Essentials:

  • -Passport and Visa:
  • Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned return date.
  • Obtain the necessary Bhutanese visa, which is typically arranged through a Bhutanese tour operator.

Travel Documents:

  • Flight tickets, tour itineraries, and hotel reservations
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Photocopies of important documents

Money and Security:

  • Bhutanese Ngultrum in cash (as ATMs are limited)
  • Credit/debit cards and backup payment methods
  • Money belt or neck pouch for valuables

Health and Medications:

  • Prescription medications and necessary medical supplies
  • Basic first-aid kit with bandages, antiseptic, pain relievers, and stomach medications
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with high SPF
  • Travel-size toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.)

Travel Accessories:

  • -Daypack:
  • Small backpack for day trips

Electronics:

  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Camera, extra batteries, and memory cards
  • Power adapter for charging devices (Bhutan uses Type D and Type F plugs)
  • Power bank for recharging devices on the go
  • Universal travel adapter

Entertainment and Comfort:

  • Books or e-reader
  • Notebook and pen
  • Travel pillow and earplugs for comfortable rest during long journeys
  • Outdoor Gear (if you plan to trek or do outdoor activities):

Optional Items:

  • Snacks (energy bars, nuts, etc.) for on-the-go

Specific Items for Bhutan:

  • Tour Confirmation:
  • Copies of your tour confirmation and itinerary
  • Air tickets in/out of Bhutan
  • Passport of 6 months validity beyond your return date
  • Visa clearance letter from your travel agent

Gratuity:

  • Small denominations of currency for tipping your tour guides and drivers

Be sure to research the specific regions and activities you plan to undertake in Bhutan to tailor your packing list accordingly. Bhutan's weather can vary significantly depending on the time of year and the region you're visiting, so it's important to check the local forecast before packing. Additionally, respect for Bhutan's culture is essential, so make sure you have appropriate clothing for temple visits and other cultural activities.

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