Bhutan: Paro Festival (21-25 March, 2024)

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  • Trip Duration: 6 Nights 7 Days
  • Trip Type: Festival Tours
  • Date: 21st - 25th March 2024
  • Elevation: 1200m (4074ft) to 3150m(10334ft)

Detail

The Paro Tshechu is an annual event held every spring. It is the most popular pageantry in Bhutan as the the festival features mask dances that commemorate the deeds of Guru Rinpoche. These dances invoke the tantric deities who use their powers to remove misfortunes by suppressing evil spirits. The event starts with monks performing the Shingje Yab Yum, followed by Durdag, the dance of the lords of the cremation grounds. Then, the dance of the black hats, Shanag, and the dance of the drums from Drametse (Drametse Ngacham) are performed inside the Rinpung Dzong, Paro. People from all walks of life come to attend the annual Paro festival to gain merit and to celebrate their unyielding faith in Buddhism. Experience and learn about Bhutan and its traditions by: 

  • Visiting the grand Paro Festival
  • Going for local sightseeing
  • Exploring various monasteries and fortresses

Trip Cost

The minimum daily tour package covers the following services.

$ 2380 (Single Traveler)
$ 2189 (Couple -per person)
$ 2023 (3 – 6 Travelers -per person)
$ 1880 (7- 9 Travelers -per person)
$ 1761 (10 Travelers & above – per person)

Price Includes

  • A minimum of 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars can be upgraded at an additional fee)
  • All meals / Tea & snacks
  • All internal transport (excluding Domestic flights)
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees
  • An experienced English speaking tour leader
  • Bottled water in the vehicle
  • SDF (Sustainable Development Fees/Government Fees) & Visa Fees

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Travel & Health Insurance
  • Additional personal expenses such as souvenirs, meals, snacks, alcohol, laundry, tips, and gratuities for the tour leader and staff.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Paro, drive on to Thimphu

Driving Duration: 1.5hrs/ 65km
Elevation: 2350m / 7710ft

Land at Paro’s International Airport, drive on to Thimphu for sightseeing

Attractions: 
– Picturesque Paro Valley
– National Memorial Stupa/chorten in Thimphu
– Traditional Weekend market

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu

Day 02: Thimphu sightseeing

Elevation: 2200m/7218ft

A day excursion in Thimphu Valley

Attractions: 
– Buddha Point (Gigantic statue of Lord Buddha)
– Centenary Farmers Market
– Dechenphrodrang Monastery
– 13 Bhutanese Traditional Arts and Crafts (Zorig Chusum)
– Tashichho Dzong

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu

Day 03: Thimphu- Punakha -Excursion to Punakha valley

Driving Duration: 2hrs/76km
Elevation: 1310m / 4300ft

Punakha sightseeing

Attractions:
– Do Chula Pass
– Chimmi Lhakhang
– Punakha Suspension bridge
– Punakha Dzong

Overnight in Punakha

Day 04: Punakha - Paro (Drive to Paro for sightseeing)

Driving Duration: 3hrs/ 115km
Elevation:  1310m / 4300ft

A day excursion in Paro Valley

Attractions: 
– Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong)
– Paro Ta Dzong (National Museum)
– Explore Paro Town

Overnight at the hotel in Paro

Day 05: Paro (Full day at the Paro Festival)

Elevation:  2250m / 7382ft

A day excursion at the Paro festival

Attractions: 
– Explore the significance of the annual Festival
– Traditional Bhutanese attire (Gho & Kira)
– Colorful displays Thanka and Thongdrel (silk appliqué)
– Vibrant mask dances decorated with silk brocade customs
– Traditional dances and folksongs

Overnight at the hotel in Paro

Day 06: Paro - Hike to the Tiger's Nest Monastery/ Spend another day at the festival

Driving Duration: 4.5hrs/ 172 km
Elevation:  2250m / 7382ft

Optional: hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery or spend another day at the festival

Attractions: 
– Tiger’s Nest Monastery
– Kyichu Lhakhang/temple

Overnight at the hotel in Paro

Day 07: Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be escorted to the airport for departure. Leave Bhutan behind but take with you the great experiences as you board your departing flight. 

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