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Punakha Tshechu Festival Tour

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Punakha Tshechu Festival Tour is a short trip to the land of happiness offering you a rare glimpse of Bhutan’s rich culture and faith. To observe and experience the traditional side of the country, the annual Tshechu festivals are perfect as it is the most fun-filled and easiest way to about the Kingdom of Thunder Dragon. Punakha Tshechu Festival is celebrated every February at the grounds of the towering Punakha Dzong to commemorate and honor Guru Rinpoche because it is believed that Guru Rinpoche brought Buddhism to the country. This festival is one of the important festivals in Bhutan consisting of typical cham dance (mask dances) along with Bhutanese traditional instruments. It is a golden opportunity to witness the ancient living culture of the Dragon Kingdom. 

Our 8N/7D Punakha Tshechu Festival Tour begins with a spectacular flight over the magnificent Himalayas towards the beautiful Paro valley. Followed by sightseeing in the popular sites of Paro, Thimpu, and Punakha, the trip finally ends with a short hike to the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest Monastery). 

Trip Highlights:

  • Bird’s eye view of the Himalayan peaks including Mount Everest during the flight to/from Paro
  • A glimpse of mask dance in the festival 
  • Visit the ancient fortress, dzongs, and monasteries 
  • Hike to the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro 
  • Explore Bhutan’s unique cultural hotspots
  • Immerse in Bhutanese culture and lifestyle 


Departure & Return Location


Departure Time

Price Includes

  • Airport pick up & drop off
  • Twin sharing accommodation on B/B (Bed & Breakfast) basis
  • English speaking city guide
  • Flight fare to/from Paro
  • Bhutanese Visa and Travel Permit
  • Private vehicle and Entrance fees
  • All government taxes and office service charges

Price Excludes

  • International flight fare to/from Nepal
  • Visa fees to Nepal
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Drinks & Beverages of personal interest
  • Additional tours and accommodations
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal insurance and personal expenses

Day 01: Arrival Day

Our Airport Representative will greet you at Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer you to your respective hotels. After check-in and some rest, you will be taken to the main touristic hub in the city for a short introduction tour. Your trip guide will briefly give information about your trip in the evening.

Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 02: Day 02: Fly to Paro (2250) & transfer to Thimpu (2350m)

Flight Duration: 1 hour

Drive duration: 1 hour 

Your flight to Bhutan with Druk Air will be amazing as your plane flies over the Himalayan peaks including the sacred Chomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. You will be mesmerized by the Bhutanese landscape along with its green and lush mountains, waterfalls, and river valleys. After a short lunch break in Paro, you will head towards the capital, Thimpu. Once you reach the city, you will check-in at the hotel and relax for some time. You will explore nearby markets and streets in the evening. 

Overnight at the hotel. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

Day 03: Thimpu to Punakha (1310m)

Drive duration: 3 hours

Early morning, you will have a refreshing drive towards Punakha via Simtokha Dzong, a former Buddhist monastery, now a language learning institute built in 1629 and it is the oldest Dzong in Bhutan to survive till this day in its original form. The trail to Punakha from Thimpu is awe-inspiring as it takes you through the beautiful pine forests and pretty rural villages.  En route, you will stop by Dochu La Pass: a mountain pass at the elevation of 3100 meters with 108 memorial chortens. 

Punakha was once the capital of Bhutan until Thimpu was declared as capital in 1995. 72 km away from the current capital, Punakha is one of the beautiful places to explore the culture and history of the country. The first sightseeing place will be Punakha Dzong which is positioned at the confluence of Pho Chu and Mo Chu River. The Dzong is the second oldest, second largest, and one of the important Dzongs in Bhutan.

You will go for a short hike to Chimi Lakhang which was built in 1499 by Ngawang Choegyel, the 4th Drukpa. Legend states that the site was once blessed by the famous “Divine Madman”, Drukpa Kunley. The monastery is a very important pilgrimage, especially for the women seeking the blessing of fertility.  

Overnight at the hotel. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

Day 04: Attend Punakha Tshechu Festival

Today, you is a handful day as you will be spending your whole day enjoying the Punakha Tshechu Festival. The celebration will go on for a day with mask dances by monks in their colorful brocade attire and folk dancers. You will get to experience the traditional songs and dances by the Punakha locals in their traditional attire as well as joker’s action on the street. 

Overnight at the hotel. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

Day 05: Attend Punakha Tshechu Festival

Like yesterday, you will attend the festival and indulge yourself in the celebration. In the afternoon, you can proceed for sightseeing in Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, dedicated to the 5th king of Bhutan. The chorten was constructed with the intention of bringing peace and clear all the obstacles for the country. 

Overnight at the hotel. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

Day 06: Punakha to Paro

Drive duration: 4 hours

After breakfast at the hotel in Punakha, you will head back to Paro city. Retracing the track, you will pass through Dochula Pass where you can capture some pictures of amazing Himalayan ranges and surrounding beauty. Upon arrival in Paro, you will check-in at the hotel and relax. Later, you will go to explore Paro Rinpung Dzong, built-in the 17th century with the belief to protect the valley. 

Overnight at the hotel. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

Day 07: Paro sightseeing (Taktsang Monastery hike)

Morning breakfast and you will hike for around 4-5 hours to the famous monastery of Bhutan Taktsang Monastery which is also called Tiger’s Nest Monastery situated at the elevation of 3120 meters. The monastery hangs on the edge of a steep cliff which is 900 meters above the Paro Valley. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (the second Buddha) flew on the back of a tigress and meditated for years where the monastery is built. A cafeteria restaurant situated in the halfway of the mountain is one of the highlights of the monastery. After lunch in the cafeteria, you will hike down to Paro. After relaxing for a short period of time and lunch, you will begin your sightseeing in Paro by visiting the National Museum called Ta Dzong; once a traditional watchtower. Next, you will visit the oldest temple in the country, Kichu Lakhang. 

Overnight at the hotel. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

Day 08: Depart Paro & fly to Kathmandu

Flight Duration: 1 hour 

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Paro International Airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, our representative will greet you and escort you to your respective hotel. During your leisure time today, you can go shopping in the streets of Kathmandu city. 

Overnight at the hotel. Breakfast included. 

Day 09:Departure Day

You will be transferred to the airport for your onward destination by a representative from our company 3 hours prior as per your flight schedule.

Breakfast included.