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Festival Tours with Bhutan Doya Tours & Travel.

 

The Festival (Tsechu) is one of the grandest festivals in Bhutan and attracts the largest audience. You will see locals gathered 'to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialize. To farmers, the Tshechu is also seen as a break from farm life. It’s an occasion to celebrate, receive blessings and pray for health and happiness. In addition to the mask dances, tshechu also include 'colorful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment, there is unique, colorful and exciting displays of traditional culture.

 

 

Thimphu Festivals (7 days, 6 nights)

 

The Thimphu Festival (Tsechu) is one of the biggest festivals in the country. This festival is held in the capital city for three days beginning on 10th day of the 8th month of lunar calendar. The Tshechu consists of dances performed by trained monks and laymen in amazing masks and costumes, Tsechus (festivals) are one of the best ways to experience the ancient living culture of Bhutan. This festival also provides a great opportunity to witness locals gathered in their finest Gho’'s and Kira’'s in a celebration of their culture and faith.

 

The Thimphu Tsechu was initiated by the 4th 'Desi, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay in 1867.

 

Day 1 –' Arrival at Paro –' Thimphu

 

Once you arrive at the Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by our English speaking guide. Your guide is also your tour host and a friend. After welcome drinks and settling comfortably;' sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum housing a rare collections of carefully preserved Bhutanese arts, crafts, paintings, woven textiles, and sculptures offering a great orientation into Bhutan’'s historical, cultural, and religious past..Next, visit the Rimpong Dzong aka the “'fortress of the heap of jewels”', built in 1646 AD. Afterwards, drive to the capital, Thimphu (1 hour) following the Pachu River. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

 

 

 

Day 2 –' Thimphu ( Attend to Tshechu/Festival programme)

 

 

 

Day3–'Thimphu

After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing including, National Memorial Chorten, completed by the Royal Queen Mother in the memory of her son the Third King who passed away in 1972, Kuensel PhodrangThe Motithang Takin Preserve also known as the Thimphu Zoo and

 

 

Day4–'Thimphu–Punakha
Drive to Punakha over the Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters), which on a clear day offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks snowclad mountains bodering Tibet from the pass before descending into balmy Punakha valley. Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan. Visit Punakha Dzong which is located between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River) the Palace of Great Happiness built in 1637. 

 

Day 5 –' Punakha –' Thimphu –' Paro

 

Afterwards proceed to Paro. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

 

Day6–'Paro
the wooded structure stands bravely on a cliff in the upper Paro Valley. The walk of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. It is said that the great Guru Rimpoche have flown here on the back of a tigress and set up this monastery when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century.

 

After lunch visit to the Drukgyel Dzong, with the delightful village nestling at its foot, was built in 1646 to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans invasions. On the return drive to Paro, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo to subdue the ogress that lay across the whole of the Himalayas.

 

 

Day 7 –' Departure.

 

In the morning drive to the Airport for flight to your onward destination.
Tashi Delek!

 

 

Thimphu Dromchoe

 

Besides the annual three day Tshechu, Thimphu also celebrates a one day festival known as the Thimphu Dromchoe. The day long festival dates back to the 17th 'century. It was first introduced by Kuenga Gyeltshen in 1710, who was recognized as the reincarnation of Jampel Dorji, son of Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel. The dromchoe is celebrated 3 days prior to the Thimphu Tshechu.

 

The Dromchoe showcases the sacred dances dedicated to the chief protective deity of Bhutan, Palden Lhamo. Legend has it, that the deity Pelden Lhamo appeared before Kuenga Gyeltshen and performed the dances while he was in meditation. Based on these dances, Kuenga Gyaltshen initiated the Dromchoe.

 

 

Paro Tshechu (7 days, 6 nights)

 

Paro festival (Tshechu) is one of the most popular festivals in western Bhutan and attracts huge audience. The Paro Tshechu is held every spring and is one of the most colorful and significant events in Paro Dzongkhag (district).

 

The Tsehchu is considered a major attraction and people travel from neighboring districts to participate in the festivity. Early in the morning on the last day of the celebration the monks display a gigantic 'thangkha (embroidered painting) , the Guru 'Throngdel, inside the 'dzong. Thongdrols are especially impressive examples of Buddhist art and never fail to amaze viewers. They are considered so sacred that simply seeing a Thongdrol is said to cleanse the viewer of sin.

 

The festivals not only play an important role in preserving Bhutan’'s rich culture and traditions but also provide devout Buddhists with an opportunity for prayer and pilgrimage. They reflect the richness of the Bhutanese cultural heritage and are very special in the eyes and hearts of both Bhutanese and tourists who visit Bhutan.

 

 

Day 1 –' Arrival at Paro –' Thimphu

 

Once you arrive at the Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by our English speaking guide. Your guide is also your tour host and a friend. After welcome drinks and settling comfortably;' sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum housing a rare collections of carefully preserved Bhutanese arts, crafts, paintings, woven textiles, and sculptures offering a great orientation into Bhutan’'s historical, cultural, and religious past..Next, visit the Rimpong Dzong aka the “'fortress of the heap of jewels”', built in 1646 AD. Afterwards, drive to the capital, Thimphu (1 hour) following the Pachu River. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

 

 

 

Day2-Thimphu
Enjoy full day sightseeing including, Handicraft Emporium which has a wide variety of displaying assortment of beautifully hand-woven and handcrafted products;' National Textile Museum , under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuk opened its exhibition;' Folk heritage Museum aka Phelchy Toenkhyim, dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibition and demonstration.

 

Day3–'Thimphu–'Punakha
Drive to Punakha over the Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters), which on a clear day offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks snowclad mountains bodering Tibet from the pass before descending into balmy Punakha valley. Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan. Visit Punakha Dzong which is located between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River) the Palace of Great Happiness built in 1637.

 

 

Day 4 –' Punakha –' Thimphu

 

12th century Changangkha Temple.

 

After lunch, you may enjoy a visit to the downtown area, stroll and explore the markets. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

 

Day 5 –' Paro

 

After breakfast, visit to the Dzong and attend the festival. You will see locals gathered '

 

Day6–'Paro
the wooded structure stands bravely on a cliff in the upper Paro Valley. The walk of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. It is said that the great Guru Rimpoche have flown here on the back of a tigress and set up this monastery when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century.

 

After lunch visit to the Drukgyel Dzong, with the delightful village nestling at its foot, was built in 1646 to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans invasions. On the return drive to Paro, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo to subdue the ogress that lay across the whole of the Himalayas.

 

Day 7 –' Departure.

 

In the morning drive to the Airport for flight to your onward destination.
Tashi Delek! (Welcome for Return journey with Bhutan doya tours & travel)

 

 

 

Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival (8 days, 7 nights)

 

The Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival was established in 2011 in commemoration of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and the Armed Forces’' victory over Indian insurgent forces residing in southern Bhutan in 2003.

 

The Tshechu is takes place every December 13th at the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang Festival Ground located at Dochula Pass around 22km from the capital city Thimphu. Dochula Pass is one of the most scenic locations in the entire kingdom, offering a stunning panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. Set amidst this breathtaking backdrop, the Dochula Druk Wangyal Tsehchu is an experience unlike any other and true exemplifies Bhutanese cultural traditions.
The Druk Wangyal Lhakhang was built over a period of four years (2004-2008) under the vision and patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo. The Lhakhang honors the courageous service of the Fourth King, who personally led the troops against the insurgents, as well as the regular Armed Forces of the country.

 

 

 

Day 1 –' Arrival at Paro –' Thimphu

 

Once you arrive at the Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by our English speaking guide. Your guide is also your tour host and a friend. After welcome drinks and settling comfortably;' sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum housing a rare collections of carefully preserved Bhutanese arts, crafts, paintings, woven textiles, and sculptures offering a great orientation into Bhutan’'s historical, cultural, and religious past..Next, visit the Rimpong Dzong aka the “'fortress of the heap of jewels”', built in 1646 AD. Afterwards, drive to the capital, Thimphu (1 hour) following the Pachu River. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

 

 

 

Day 2 –' Thimphu

 

After lunch, continue on to National Institute for Zorig Chusum (Painting School), National Institute of Traditional Medicine. Next visit National Library which was established in 1967 with the primary objective of collecting and preserving mainly ancient Bhutanese written and printed documents.

 

Day 3 –' Thimphu

 

The Tshechu is takes place every December 13th at the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang Festival Ground located at Dochula Pass around 22km from the capital city Thimphu. Dochula Pass is one of the most scenic locations in the entire kingdom, offering a stunning panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. Set amidst this breathtaking backdrop, the Dochula Druk Wangyal Tsehchu is an experience unlike any other and true exemplifies Bhutanese cultural traditions.
The Tshechu is celebrated to honors the courageous service of the Fourth King, who personally led the troops against the insurgents, as well as the regular Armed Forces of the country.

 

 

 

Day 4 –' Thimphu –' Punakha

 

lunch, visit to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of Drukpa Kuenly, who is known as the Divine Madman for his accentric behaviours. He is also considered a symbol of fertility and many childless couples go to his temple for blessing. Overnight in Punakha/ Wangduephodrang.

 

 

 

Day 5 –' Punakha –' Gangtay/Phobjikha

 

 

 

Day 6 –' Phobjikha –' Thimphu –' Paro

 

After lunch, continue to Paro. On arrival in Paro you may enjoy a visit to the downtown area, stroll and explore the markets. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

 

 

 

Day 7 –' Paro

 

After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery, 'have flown here on the back of a tigress and set up this monastery when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century.

 

After lunch visit to the Drukgyel Dzong, with the delightful village nestling at its foot, was built in 1646 to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans invasions. On the return drive to Paro, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo to subdue the ogress that lay across the whole of the Himalayas.

 

 

Day 8 –' Departure.

 

In the morning drive to the Airport for flight to your onward destination.
Tashi Delek!

 

 

 

The Black-necked Crane Festival (8 days, 7 nights)

 

The Annual Black-necked Crane festival is celebrated in the courtyard of Gangtey Gonpa, in Phobjikha valley. The festival is an occasion for the locals to rejoice and celebrate the arrival of this endangered and majestic bird which becomes an inseparable part their daily lives during the winter months.

 

The annual black-necked crane festival is organized 'to generate awareness and understanding on the importance of conserving the endangered Black-necked cranes;' to strengthen the linkages between conservation, economic welfare and sustainable livelihoods of the community;' ' provide an avenue for the local community to renew their commitment to conservation of the black-necked cranes, and to showcase their cultural heritage and skills.

 

The festival includes cultural programs such as folk songs and dances (some with black-necked crane themes) and mask dances performed by the local people, crane dances and environmental conservation-themed dramas and songs by the school children. ' The program usually starts by 9:30 am and lasts till late afternoon.

 

Day 1 –' Arrival at Paro –' Thimphu

 

Once you arrive at the Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by our English speaking guide. Your guide is also your tour host and a friend. After welcome drinks and settling comfortably;' sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum housing a rare collections of carefully preserved Bhutanese arts, crafts, paintings, woven textiles, and sculptures offering a great orientation into Bhutan’'s historical, cultural, and religious past..Next, visit the Rimpong Dzong aka the “'fortress of the heap of jewels”', built in 1646 AD. Afterwards, drive to the capital, Thimphu (1 hour) following the Pachu River. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

 

Day 2 –' Thimphu

 

After lunch, continue on to National Institute for Zorig Chusum (Painting School), National Institute of Traditional Medicine. Next visit National Library which was established in 1967 with the primary objective of collecting and preserving mainly ancient Bhutanese written and printed documents.

 

Day 3 –' Thimphu –' Punakha

 

lunch, visit to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of Drukpa Kuenly, who is known as the Divine Madman for his accentric behaviours. He is also considered a symbol of fertility and many childless couples go to his temple for blessing. Overnight in Punakha/ Wangduephodrang.

 

 

 

Day 4 –' Punakha –' Gangtay/Phobjikha

 

 

 

Day 5 –' Gangtay/Phobjikha

 

- The festival features numerous yak tail dusters

 

After lunch, continue to Paro. On arrival in Paro you may enjoy a visit to the downtown area, stroll and explore the markets. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

 

 

 

Day 7 –' Paro

 

After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery, 'have flown here on the back of a tigress and set up this monastery when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century.

 

After lunch visit to the Drukgyel Dzong, with the delightful village nestling at its foot, was built in 1646 to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans invasions. On the return drive to Paro, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo to subdue the ogress that lay across the whole of the Himalayas.

 

 

 

 

Day 8 –' International  Departure.