Paro Tsechu - 8 Days

Paro Tsechu is one of the important festivals of the Bhutanese and is celebrated to honor Guru Rimpoche. This tsechu takes place in the courtyard of dzong, and on its final day, you see the senior monk displaying the image of Guru Rimpoche. Paro Tsechu is attended by the local people; Paro Tsechu is enjoyed by the tourists, and Paro Tsechu is performed by monks. The itinerary of Paro Tsechu also includes the interesting places of Bhutan, such as Thimpu, Gangatey, and Punakha.

Like other Tsechus, you also see the locals in their new clothes and favorite jewelries in Paro Tsechu. They receive a blessing from a senior Rhimpoche. Around the courtyard of the dzong, you see the people, sitting and standing, and in the middle of the courtyard of the dzong, you see the events of Paro Tsechu beings performed. These events mainly include the activities of monks, who wear the masks of animals, demons, heroes, and gods, and who dance in the mantras of the Buddhist monks.

Also, you see monks swirling and jumping in the air in their colorful robes, as well as the monks playing the drums and wearing religious helmets. Along with the sound of the drum, you hear the sounds of “Dungchen,” and Lingim. You also do an excursion to Tigers Nest that clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 m into the Paro Valley.

History states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tigress from Tibet. He established Nyingma School of Mahayana Buddhism in Bhutan, and many Bhutanese believe that he is the protector saint of Bhutan.

Day 1

Arrival at Paro Airport. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 2

Scenic drive from Paro to Thimphu. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 3

Drive from Thimphu to Punakha. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 4

Drive Punakha to Gangtey and same day hiking and village exploration in Gangtey. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 5

Drive Gangtey to Paro. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 6

Full day at Paro festival. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 7

Sightseeing around Paro and excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest). Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 8

Transfer to international airport for departure. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing in Paro and Thimphu
  • Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger's Nest)
  • Festival activites
  • Drugyel Dzong
  • The sounds of "Dungchen," and Lingim, the 2 musical instruments.
  • The beautiful forest of pine and rhododendron
  • The Tantric mystic who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger
  • Day 1 Arrival at Paro Airport

    Fly to Paro from either Bangkok or from New Delhi or from Kathmandu or from Dhaka. Of all these, there is a daily flight from Bangkok to Paro. Our airport representative will welcome you at Paro Airport and he/she will take you to hotel by a tourist vehicle. In a clear day, you can see the magnificent view of the world’s highest peaks as well as lush Paro valley from the window of an airplane. As you come out of the airplane, you can feel cool, clean fresh air. From the airport, you will be driven to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. The drive is about 1 hour. Stay overnight in a hotel.

  • Day 2 Scenic Drive from Paro to Thimphu

    In the morning, you drive to Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan. It is a 90 min drive. Sightseeing in Thimpu valley includes National Library, which stores a collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, as well as you will visit the institute of Zorig Chusum, which is commonly known as Painting School. The remaining sightseeing places are textile and Folk Heritage Museum, which provides an insight into Bhutanese material culture and everyday way of life, as well as the National Memorial Chorten, Trashichho dzong, and Bhutanese Handicrafts, which consist of a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles. In the evening, you will explore the vibrant Thimphu Bazaar. Stay overnight in a hotel (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 3 Drive from Thimphu to Punakha

    You will drive for 3 hours on a steep road that traverses the forest of pine and cedar, near the Dochula Pass (3,050 m). This pass offers the panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain ranges on a clear day. You will see rhododendrons, magnolias, junipers, and pine trees as well as you will hear the chirping of the rare species of birds of Bhutan. You will drive further to Lobesa to do a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang Temple. It is believed that the temple blesses women who seek fertility. Stay overnight in a hotel (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 4 Drive to Gangtey as well as hike and explore in Gangtey

    Stay overnight in a hotel (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 5 Drive from Gangtey to Paro

    Follow same route, drive back to Paro. Stay overnight in a hotel.(Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided)

  • Day 6Full day at Paro festival

    Enjoy the Mask Dance Festival Event at Paro Tshechu. Stay overnight in a hotel.(Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 7 Sightseeing around Paro and excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)

    In the morning, you drive to Paro. On the way, you stop to visit Ta Dzong, which houses the National Museum as well as Paro’s Rimpung Dzong. You also come across the 16th century cantilever bridge. Also, you will visit Drugyel Dzong, a victory fortress, built in 1647, which is 18 kilometer away from Paro. You will also explore the magnificent ramparts of the erstwhile fortress, which defended the country against several incursions. On a clear day, you can also view the sacred Mount Jomolhari, from the northern battlements. You will also visit a farmhouse and observe the traditional Bhutanese way of life.

    The trail to Tiger’s Nest traverses beautiful forest of pine and rhododendron. You stop at the cafeteria, which offers the up-close view of the Tiger’s Nest. Then you start hiking for a short time till you see Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600 s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 m into the valley. 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. Stay overnight in a hotel.(Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 8Transfer to international airport for departure

    After breakfast, our Airport Representative will drop you at Paro International Airport for departure. (Breakfast Included)

  • IMPORTANT NOTE

    During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond Ace Holidays can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially changed. If changes are necessary, the guide will decide what is the best alternative for you. Taking this into consideration, as well as the best interests of the whole group, including a change, Ace Holidays will do everything to minimize the effects, but it cannot be responsible for the results, arising from changes or delays.

  • Arrival and Departure
  • Upon arrival in Paro Airport, you will see our guide, who holds the sign board of your name, and who will accompany you from the airport to the hotel. Similarly, on the departure day, our guide accompanies you from the hotel to the airport.
  • Accommodation
  • Accommodation includes in shared rooms in Two Star Hotel in Paro and Thimpu on bed and breakfast, and standard hotel in other parts of Bhutan with bed and breakfast.
  • The Group Size
  • Minimum group size for this trip is 2 people and the maximum is 14 people, the average number is normally 8 people. Ace Holidays provides 1 lead guide, 1 assistant guide (if the group size is 6 or more).
  • Guides and Staffs Arrangements
  • Skilled, experienced, and helpful guides make your trip smooth. Ace Holidays carefully select these guides on the basis of their appropriate experience, skills and personal aptitudes. With an object of serving local communities, Ace Holidays only employs local staffs who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local regions. The trek, tour, and expedition leaders of Ace Holidays have undergone the following training: -Intensive Wilderness First Aid
    -Trekking Guide Training
    -Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
    -English Language
    -Conservation and Biodiversity
    -Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)
  • Best Seasons
  • September to November
  • Giving to the Local Community
  • Ace Holidays works closely with local community and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal, a non-political and non-profit social organization. Ace Holidays also supports the remote villages of Gorkha and other parts of Nepal through donation, sponsorship programs and various projects.

    Donation

    Ace Holidays donates a percentage of its business profit on a yearly basis, and it also supports the ongoing maintenance cost of the local schools and community-based schools of the Gorkha District.

    Sponsorship

    One of the major activities of the Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted in full collaboration with Ace Holidays.

    Partnership for Volunteering Program

    The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace Holidays and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize the teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capitals for education, health and community development in the villages of Gorkha district, western Nepal. For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website www.sambhavnepal.org

    Equipment and Packing List

    The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the tour. The personal items are of individual interests and choices. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather.

  • Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket Rental

    You can rent a good sleeping bag and a down jacket from Ace Holidays. The price is USD 25 per person for each of these. Total cost is USD 50 per person for both sleeping bag and down jacket for the entire trip.
  • First Aid Kit

    Please note your guide will carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, you are recommended to bring your personal first aid kit bag.
  • Additional Information

    Have more questions, and if you wish to discuss any aspects of this trip or your suitability, please visit our FAQs or contact us.
  • Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made of Lycra can often be offensive to the locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable to wear then please wear it as a base layer, and please also pack something to wear on top of it.
  • Tour Equipment
  • All you need to bring for this tour is simply some comfortable clothes. In addition, you can bring the personal items of your choice.
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
  • Daypack
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears (only if you are travelling in the cold season i.e January, February and December)
  • Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind.
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for cold season i.e January, February and December.(optional)
  • 1 pair warm gloves (This is required if your are travelling in cold season i.e January, February and December).
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket (preferable if you are travelling in rainy season from June to September.)
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis), 1 pair shorts.
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear/thermals (if you are traveling in winter January, February and December).
  • 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 1 pair light camping shoes or sneakers.
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).
  • Sunscreen.
  • Ace Holidays has stated the price per person below. Group Discounts of 5% to 15% is available for booking of 4 or more than 4 people. A group booking of 12 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with an availability of a free trip to 1 person. You can also customize a trip, according to your requirements.

    Small Group Journey - The departure dates currently available to join our fixed group departure

    No Fixed Departure Dates are available for this Package.

    Private Journey - Customize the Suitable Date for You

    Ace Holidays understands that some clients want their trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at their own Schedule. Considering this, Ace Holidays organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.

    Private Journey

    Tailor Made Journey - Itinerary Personalized According to Your Specifications

    You can also use this trip as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, you could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris(Chitwan National Park or Bardia National Park of Nepal). You add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti River, the Trisuli River or the Bhote Koshi River of Nepal. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from the specialists of Ace Holidays, please fill in our tailor-made form.

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    Cost Includes
    • Pick up from the airport and drop off at the hotel and vice - versa in a private vehicle.
    • Two star hotel accommodation in Paro and Thimpu and standard hotels in other places of Bhutan on bed and breakfast.
    • Drinking water for the duration of the tour.
    • Country presentation and tour Briefing on the evening with welcome drinks.
    • Licensed English-speaking Bhutanese tour guides.
    • Private transportation and a designated driver within Bhutan. Toyota 4WD luggage vans and light trucks for group travel.
    • Monument and museums entrance fees at all sightseeing locations detailed in the itinerary.
    • Cultural afternoon/evening sessions with traditional mask and folk dances. Only for group tours.
    • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance.
    • Government royalty (35% of US $200), which goes to the country's health and education projects.
    • All route access and monument entry permits and fees.
    • All government taxes, official expenses and tourist service charges.
    • Cost Does Not Include
    • Travel insurance, which covers emergency rescue and evacuation. (See Secure Insurance Page)
    • International airfare and airport departure tax (See Track Bhutan Flights Page).
    • Tips for tour guides and porters.
    • Any other expense, which is not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section.
     

    Trip Highlights

    • Sightseeing in Paro and Thimphu
    • Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger's Nest)
    • Festival activites
    • Drugyel Dzong
    • The sounds of "Dungchen," and Lingim, the 2 musical instruments.
    • The beautiful forest of pine and rhododendron
    • The Tantric mystic who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger

    How fit do I have to be and is this festival tour for me?

    This festival tour is suitable for any kind of person, no previous experience is required.

    Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

    Yes, the airport representative of Ace Holidays will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying signboard with your name on it. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

    What sort of accommodation can I expect in tour?

    We use two star hotels in Thimpu and Paro, and in other places of Bhutan, we use standard hotels.

    What sort of food can I expect in tour?

    Most of the restaurants serve Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines. Local Bhutanese food are spicy like the Indian food.

    What mode of transportation do you use?

    Ace Holidays uses private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups; whereas we use the best 4WD SUVs as our support vehicle. These vehicles are extremely sturdy, spacious and reliable and they make the journey as comfortable as possible. For larger groups, Ace Holidays also use supported trucks to carry your luggage.

    What is the weather and temperature like on the tour?

    It depends on the season you’re travelling. During winter (December to February), it is colder at night and relatively warmer during the day, with the temperature ranging from 4°C at night to 22°C. From September to December, following the monsoon, the temperature gets cooler and allows for a great time to travel. The average temperature during this season is 20°C. The vehicles and the hotels during the trip will be air-conditioned making your travel very comfortable.

    Can I charge my digital camera or other equipments on my trip?

    These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel. Remember to bring travel adapters!

    Are there any photography restrictions?

    You will have many photo opportunities during the tours. Please ask for permission before taking a person's photo. Photography in, monasteries, shrine rooms of Dzongs and religious institutions is generally not permitted, but outdoor photography is. To be sure when visiting such places, you may consult with your guide just to make sure.

    Are there any communication facilities during the trip?

    Telephones and the Internet and international calls are readily available in most of the town for this trip

    How much additional money do I need per day?

    It depends on your spending habits. Generally, all the foods, accommodation and hot drinks are included in the price. You can allocate USD 15 to USD 20 for chocolates and a few drinks during the trip.

    Are there any weight restrictions on Druk air flights?

    Druk Air allows only up to 20 kgs of luggage per person, after which the excess baggage charge is USD 5 per kg.

    Does your guides have guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center? Have they received first aid training for high altitude?

    Yes, they have all received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training

    Do I need to obtain the visa for Bhutan?

    Ace Holidays will handle the visa procedures for you. The Govt. will sanction the VISA only after the receipt of full payment in advance. The visa fee is included with our tour price. Actual Bhutan VISA will be stamped in your passport on arrival on Paro airport. Without visa clearance number, tourists cannot board the flight or enter the country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs forwards a copy of this visa clearance to the concerned Druk Air stations and other entry points; we also fax a copy of the visa clearance document to our clients for their reference. While the actual visa is stamped on arrival, the initial visa clearance is also required at the time of issuing Druk Air Tickets. All you need is to carry 2 copies of original passport-sized photographs, which are required on arrival in the country. Please e-mail us the clear color copy of the passport for the visa procedures.

    Do you book our international flights and Druk air flights?

    Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book from us. Please let us know which route is more convenient to you, the cost of the flights are as below. Please contact us for the up-to-date Druk air flight rate. • Bangkok - Paro - Bangkok = US$890 • New Delhi - Paro- New Delhi = US$875 • Calcutta - Paro- Calcutta = US$510 • Kathmandu - Paro- Kathmandu = US$520 • Bangkok - Paro - Kathmandu = US$ 860 • Bangkok - Paro - New Delhi = US$ 875

    Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

    This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide.

    Is the water fine to drink? Do I need to bring purifying tablets/filter?

    The trip price included the drinking water for the all Bhutan trip. You don’t need to bring any bring purifying tablets/filter or pay for the water.

    Are the staffs insured?

    The staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters of Ace Holidays are insured.

    What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours?

    Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you: • Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy. • Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy • Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separately • Flight tickets • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.

    Can I add extra days to my trip?

    No, because we can’t change your Druk air flight once it is booked.

    I would you like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

    Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip.

    Is there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups?

    We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.

    Will it be possible to get any clothes washed/Laundry ?

    Laundry service is easily available at your hotel. Please note that laundry service is not included in the package price

    What immunizations will I need?

    Vaccaination is not complusory, but it is better if you vaccinate against diphtheria, hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. We would like to know your blood group because it is important in case of emergency. Please tell us if you are suffering from any disease

    Can I use credit cards in the places visited in tour?

    There are just a few ATM's in Bhutan.

    Before Booking a Trip

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