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TRONGSA TSHECHU

Trongsa Tshechu

Festival Date: 8th Dec - 10th Dec, 2016      11 Days - 10 Nights of Bhutan Festival Tour

Trongsa district, the sacred and temporal heart of the country is a two day journey from Thimphu. Situated in central Bhutan, it was once the seat of power over central and eastern regions. Both the first and second kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat and it is customary for the crown prince to serve as the Trongsa Penlop (“governor”) prior to ascending the throne. Trongsa District is bordered by Wangdue Phodrang District to the west and Bumthang District to the east. To the south it borders Tsirang, Sarpang, and Zhemgang Districts.

Most of Trongsa Districts is environmentally protected. Wangchuck Centennial Park in the north and Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park in central, western, and southern Trongsa are connected by biological corridors, all of which are protected areas of Bhutan. Biological corridors also occupy substantial portions of the southeast and northeast, leading to Thrumshingla National Park in neighbouring districts.

The Dzong built in 1648, is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge upon which it is built. The Dzong’s highly strategic position, on the only connecting route between Eastern and Western Bhutan allowed the Trongsa Penlop to control travel and trade in the country effectively placing him in command of the whole of the Central and Eastern regions of the country.

Of the many festivals held in various parts of Trongsa, the grandest is the three day annual Tshechu. This festival brings together people from all walks of life and falls sometime in the month of December. In addition to traditional mask dances, visitors can witness the unfurling of the sacred Thongdrol and receive blessings from high ranking monks. People also receive blessings from the sacred Nangtens that is opened during the last day of the Tshechu.


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HIGHLIGHTS

Day From To Distance Time Accomodation
1 Arrival in Paro Airport       Hotel accommodation in Paro
2 Paro Thimphu 54km 1hr Hotel accommodation in Thimphu
3 Thimphu(sightseeing)     Hotel accommodation in Thimphu
4 Thimphu Punakha 74km 3hrs Hotel accommodation in Punakha
5 Punakha Trongsa 156km 5hrs Hotel accommodation in Trongsa
6 Attend the Trongsa Tshechu Day 1 Hotel accommodation in Trongsa
7 Trongsa Bumthang 65km 3hrs Hotel accommodation in Bumthang
8 Bumthang Phobjikha 188km 6.5hrs Hotel accommodation in Phobjikha
9 Phobjikha (sightseeing ) Hotel accommodation in Phobjikha
10 Phobjikha Paro 183 km 5.5km Hotel accommodation in Paro
11 Airport Departure      

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival Paro Airport

  • Our representative from Bhutanitis Travels will be there at the airport to receive you and transfer you to the hotel.
  • Visit the nearby Ta Dzong, free to take a stroll in the Paro town.
  • Dinner and overnight stay  at hotel in Paro. food and accommodation will be arranged as per your reservations

Day 2: Paro to Thimphu

  • After breakfast, take a hike to the tiger’s nest (Paro Taktshang), the most visited tourist destination in Bhutan.
  • After lunch , Drive towards Thimphu.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Thimphu

Day 3: Thimphu (sightseeing)

  • After breakfast, visit Kuenselphodrang- the world’s largest statue of sitting Buddha.
  • Visit TashichoDzong –The administrative seat of Bhutan.
  • After lunch, visit Thimphu Memorial chorten and changangkha lhakhang.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel in Thimphu

Day 4: Thimphu To Punakha

  • After breakfast, begin your journey towards Punakha, on the way to Punakha, halt in Dochula for photography, visit Royal Botanical Park in lampelri.
  • On the way to Punakha visit chimmi lhakhang and Punakha Dzong.
  • Dinner and overnight halt in Hotel in Punakha.
Optional activites you can choose from :
  • Visit the hanging bridge in Punakha.
  • River rafting in pho chhu /mo chhu.

Day 5: Punakha To Trongsa

  • After an early breakfast, head towards Trongsa, on the way to Trongsa visit Chendbji Chorten.
  • After the day long drive , check into the hotel for relaxation and rejuvenation.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Trongsa.

Day 6: Attend the Trongsa Tshechu Day 1

  • After breakfast, drive into the venue of the program and attend the festival.
  • After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong (museum), a cylindrical stone structure rising five storeys, was built in 1652.
  • After wards you can visit Kuenga Rabten palace, which used to be the winter palace of the 2nd king, Jigme Wangchuk . Now it serves as a library. It is a 23 km drive from Trongsa main town.
Optional activities you can choose from :
  • After lunch hiking in the Semji Village, which is ideal for hiking and bird watching. It is a 4-5 hours hiking trail leading towards the Trongsa highway where your transportation will be awaiting you to drive you back to your hotel.

Day 7: Trongsa To Bumthang

  • After breakfast, drive towards Bumthang, on the way to Bumthang halt in Pelela Pass for photography and for a wide panoramic view of the eastern Himalayas.
  • Trongsa to Bumthang is approximately 3 hours’ drive.
  • Lunch will be served in one of the hotels in Bumthang.
  • After lunch visit kurjeee lhakhang and Jakar Dzong , the administrative head of Bumthang.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Bumthang
Optional activities you can choose from :
  • Visit to Ura valley, a scenic 48 kms drive through wide meadows and fields.
  • Visit Mebartsho (the burning lake). Usually in this time of the year, Bumthang valley looks stunning with yellow willow and platanus orientalis leaves paving the roads. Mountains peaks covered with snow. This time of the year you are guaranteed to fall in love with the beautiful valley of Bumthang.
  • Visit Bumthang cheese factory and Brewery / bee keeping farm.

Day 8: Bumthang To Phobjikha

  • After an early breakfast drive towards Phobjikha valley, 170 km drive, taking approximately 5 ½ hrs.
  • Lunch shall be served upon arrival to Phobjikha.
  • After lunch,. Visit Gangtey Lhakhang, spend time with the friendly natives of Gangtey as you slot into the atmosphere.

Day 9: Phobjikha (sightseeing)

  • Explore the beauty of Phobjikha valley, the summer capital of the black necked cranes. Phobjikha is another breathtakingly beautiful valley. It is a wide flat valley covered with green terraced fields and meadows. Perhaps the largest wet land in the entire country augmented by snow-capped mountains, thick dense forest covering the valley with wide varieties of flora and fauna. Phobjikha is a famous tourist destination for bird watching and photography tours.
  • After lunch visit , the black necked crane information center to familiarize about these stunning migratory birds that is an endangered species.

Day 10: Phobjikha To Paro

  • After breakfast, drive towards Paro, 183 km drive, taking approximately 5 ½ hrs.
  • Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Paro.

Day 11: Airport Departure

  • After breakfast, drive to the airport, we bid you farewell and best wishes for your next journey.

PACKAGE INFO

Package Includes

  1. All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner].
  2. Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room. Supplement Extra US $: 40 per room per night.
  3. All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  4. Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
  5. Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
  6. English speaking Local guide.
  7. Sightseeing.

Package Does Not Include

  1. Druk Air fares.
  2. Insurance Premiums.
  3. Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
  4. Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”.
  5. Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  6. Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water.
  7. Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services.
  8. Visa Fees

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