The Tshechu (Festival) is an occasion to witness various mask dances and folk dances being performed. The timing differs across Bhutan. Tshechu marks…
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The Thimphu Tshechu held at the Capital’s Trashichidzong is perfect area to witness the preservation of rich Bhutanese culture despite the modernization. The visitors will get to see all sorts of mask dances being performed and also the folk dances being performed by the Royal Academy of Performing Arts and local people. The visitors will also see all sorts of scarfs depicting the hierarchical nature of Bhutanese governance. On the contrary, visitor can also local Tshechu performed at Country side and try to draw comparisons between the festival at Capital and District.
Date : October 4, 2022
Paro Arival and Travel to Thimphu
Arrive Paro International Airport and pick up by our team members and drive around 1 hour to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Thimphu sightseeing includes the visit to Semtokha Dzong, the first Dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel the Founding Father of Bhutan, Buddha Point (the tallest Buddha in Bhutan), Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Date : October 5, 2022
Attend Thimphu Tshechu and Sightseeing
Attend Thimphu Tshechu: - Witness a sacred mask dance festival + traditional dance are performed at the courtyard of the massive Trashicho Dzong. It is also a social occasions where local people dress up in their finest clothes and most resplendent jewellery of coral and turquoise.
Later visit few places of historical, traditional and cultural sites as listed; Tashi Chodzong (the present day Head Quarters of the King and also summer residence of the Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body), Folk Heritage Museum, Institute of Traditional Arts and Crafts, Royal Takin Preserve and Memorial Chorten (stupa). Towards evening visit some handicraft stalls. Halt at hotel in Thimphu
Date : October 6, 2022
Thimphu to Punakha
After breakfast embark on an adventurous journey to Punakha, where history was created and re-enacted. En-route visit Dochula pass to view the sites of Himalaya Mountain Ranges as well as to visit 108 beautiful Druk Wangyal Chortens (stupas) built on a mound. Little further down, a stoppage will be made to visit Royal Botanical Park, Lampelri. After arriving in Punakha, a visit to Chimi Lhakhang (fertility temple founded by divine madman) will be made. Halt at hotel in Punakha
Date : October 7, 2022
Sightseeing in Punakha
After breakfast, visit Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan, built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel (the Founding Father of Bhutan) at the confluence of two rivers.. This majestic Dzong served as both the religious and the administrative centre of Bhutan in the past. It is still being used as winter residence for the Central Monastic Body, headed by the Chief Abode (The Jekhenpo) and still all the Kings of Bhutan are crowned here.
Later hike to Khamsum Yule Namgyel Chhorten, built to help to remove negative forces, promote peace, stability and harmony in this changing world and the well-being and long life of the beloved monarch.
Halt at hotel in Punakha
Date : October 8, 2022
Punakha to Phobjikha
Drive to Phobjikha valley which is home to Gangtey Goempa (Monastery) and the winter habitat for Black Necked Cranes coming from China. Phobjikha is a perfect place for a taking a nature hike through conifer forests and vast grass land while enjoying the panoramic views of Phobjikha valley. Halt at home-stays in Phobjikha
Date : October 9, 2022
Transfer to Bumthang. Overnight at hotel in Bumthang
After breakfast, drive through dense forests of oak and pine trees passing through Pelela pass (3300m), beautiful villages, open meadows, valleys and and Chendebji Chorten (stupa). En-route visit Trongsa Dzong (fortress), the largest Dzong in Bhutan. Built during the time of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the dzong stands to be an architectural masterpiece and marvel, and served as the seat for the governor of Eastern region of Bhutan. Still the Kings of Bhutan has to first assume the seat of Trongsa Penlop (Previously Governor, now being named as the Crown Prince), and before becoming the King. Later visit Trongsa Tower, previously used as a watch tower but now converted to Heritage Museum. It houses the collections of our Monarch's artefacts as well as other sacred objects. Later travel to Bumthang and overnight at hotel in Bumthang.
Date : October 10, 2022
Known as the cultural and spiritual hub of the country, Bumthang houses many important religious sites. In the morning, you'll visit Jambay Lhakhang, which was built in the 7th Century by a Tibetan King. You'll then visit the sacred Kurjey Lhakhang, housing the body imprint of Guru Rinpoche on a rock.
After lunch drive to Thangbi to witness local tsehchu and return back in evening. Halt at hotel in Bumthang.
Date : October 11, 2022
Bumthang to Wangdiphodrang
Drive back and en-route visit Yathra Weaving Centre at Chumey. Yathra originated from Bumtha and is colourful with different designs made out of sheep wool. Halt at hotel in Wangdiphodrang
Date : October 12, 2022
Wangdiphodrang to Paro
En-route to Paro you will visit Tachog Lhakhang founded by Tibetan Saint Thangtong Gyalpo, famous for being the iron chain bridge builder. Later visit National Museum and Paro Rinpung Dzong (Fortress), followed by free time in Paro which could be used to explore the local arts and crafts shops. Halt at hotel in Paro
Date : October 13, 2022
Paro Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Hike
Visit Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery , built on a steep cliff is one of the most iconic place where Guru Rinpochhe is believed to have flown here on the back of a tigress to spread Buddhism in 746 A.D. The round trip takes about 4 hour hike. Later visit Drugyel Dzong (Castle of the Victorious Drukpa) and Kyichu Monastery (one of the oldest Moastery built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo). Towards evening you can have a relaxing traditional hot stone bath to rest your tired body after the hike and all the trips. Halt at hotel in Paro
Date : October 14, 2022
Drive to the airport for onward journey.
- Twin share/double in Bhutanese 3-star hotel accommodation (4/5 star entails extra charge).
- All meals, tea, snacks and bottled water.
- A licensed professional tour guide.
- All internal transport (excluding internal flights).
- Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
- All entrance fees and visa fees (USD40/-).
- A Sustainable Development Fee (SDF of USD 65 per person per night included within the costs except for Eastern Bhutan).
- On the day of departure, the local agents shall be limited to providing breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on usage basis.
- International flights, stopover accommodation or domestic.
- Items of a personal nature, phone calls, laundry, hard drinks, etc.
- Tipping for guide & driver.
- Wire transfer fee for transferring tour payment from your bank to Bhutan.
- Travel Insurance.
Notes on price
- The price quoted is for twin/double share in 3 star hotel and for single room supplement it is USD 25/night
- The price quoted is for minimum of 3 pax and above. If the pax is 2 and below surcharges is applicable as; for 2 pax = USD30/day/person and for 1 pax =USD40/day
- There are various discounts for children, students and depending upon the number of days ((refer to FAQs No.6).
- There are group discounts as well if you come in a group (refer to FAQs No.6).
Bhutan (Druk - a dragon Kingdom) with approximate size of Switzerland is a Buddhist Kingdom located between China and India, and is known for its peace loving people. It has been increasingly seen as tourist hotspots due its Dzongs (fortress), snow capped mountains, valleys, rivers, good forest cover and many historical and natural heritage sites that were preserved as Bhutan remained in self imposed isolation until 1960s.
Our Government regulation mandates that all tourists have to arrange the visit through the registered tour operator of Bhutan. All International tourists visiting to Bhutan (except Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian who need to obtain permit at entry port) must obtain a visa clearance. Visas are processed online by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator, upon receiving full tour costs.
According to the suitability of season there are two seasons with different rates to visit Bhutan. The rate is inclusive of Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) of $65 per person per day, accommodation, food, English speaking guide services and land transportation within Bhutan. i. Peak or high season months are March, April, May, September, October and November = USD250/person/day ii. Low season months are December, January, February, June, July and August = USD200/person/day
There are two ways 1. You can use your Master and Visa Card to directly send the tour costs. Online card payment will charge you 3.5% on the total payment, (2% will charge by the Card Company, 1% by your bank, 0.5% by the bank in Bhutan). 2. You can directly wire the money using the banks in your corresponding countries (the list will be provided based on your country). After remitting the payment to Bhutan in our account, we have to request our bank in Bhutan to transfer it to the Tourism Council of Bhutan Account. The transfer fee vary according to the bank which you have to bear it.
- SDF is Sustainable Development Fee and amounts to USD65/day/person that is deducted from the daily rate (say USD 250/- during peak and USD 200/- during low season). SDF is paid directly to government and are used for providing free health care, education and infrastructure development. - The daily rate is the amount inclusive of SDF.
Yes, there are discount as listed below; Individual and Group discount. Individual discount - Children between 0-5 years old, no charge - Children between 6-12 years old, no SDF charge and 50% discount on daily remaining rate - Full time student under 25 years old with valid student card gets 25% discount on daily rate - 50% discount on SDF after the 8th nights - 100% discount on SDF after 14th nights Group Discount - 50% discount on daily rate is given to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people. - 100% discount on daily rate is given to one member in a group exceeding 16 people.
Surcharge apply if the group size is 2 pax and below - Single (individual) – US$ 40 per night – Group of 2 person – US$ 30/person/night Surcharges are determined by Government and is directly deducted from the tour costs.
Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum and has same value as the Indian currency of Rupee. As such Indian currency note is also used widely in Bhutan. But the international tourists must make payment in the dollar.
ATMs are located through out the country and you can easily withdraw the amount in Bhutanese currency.
Bhutan has been gaining popularity as a peace loving nation and is everyone’s dream to visit Bhutan. The slogan of Tourism Council of Bhutan is "Bhutan-a happiness is a place?"
No, there won't be any language barrier as lmost all the Bhutanese can speak English. Moreover English is used as a medium of learning and is also used for communication purpose.
No, there are SDF (Sustainable Development Fee of USD65/day/person) waiver if you visit Eastern parts of Bhutan comprising of Samdrupjongkhar, Trashigang, Pemagatshel, Trashiyangtse, Mongar and Lhuntse). That waiver is until December 2020 only.
We will be glad to provide answers on any front to enable you to enjoy your visit to Bhutan,