10 nights and 11 days
The Tshechu Dance festivals are by far the most popular tourist attractions in Bhutan. Attending a Tshechu (pr. TSE-choo) festival is considered a blessing for the whole year. Every monastery in Bhutan houses monks and Lamas who practice for months in special masks and ornate colorful costumes. Their dances re-enact ancient legends and help to keep alive the spirit of Buddhism in Bhutan. Plan your trip around these dates and make your reservations in advance.
Thimphu Tshechu will be September 26-28, 2020. Paro Tshechu will be April 4-8, 2020.Day 1: Arrival, Welcome tea, Sight-seeing.
Day 2: Visit Tshechu dance festival
Day 3: Go to Punakha. Have tea at Dochula Pass. Lunch in Lobesa. Visit Chimi Lhakhang, Lobesa.
Day 4: Drive to Gangtey in Phobjikha, Lunch, visit Gangtey temple, Audience with Lama, night in Gangtey in hotel or farmhouse optional. Hot stone bath.
Day 5: Phobjikha valley sight-seeing, Visit my favorite intimate temples. Drive to Punakha.
Day 6: Family farm in Punakha, Spend night in Punakha.
Day 7: Morning visit Kham Sum Yulley Namgyel Chorten or rafting. Visit Punakha Dzong, Drive to Thimphu. Night in Thimphu
Day 8: Sight-seeing in Thimphu, Visit Guru Lhakhang monastery, See Handicraft sites.
Day 9: Tango Monastery, Drive to Paro, Night in Paro.
Day 10: Tiger’s Nest Hike and Monastery.
Day 11: Final departure from Paro
A yearly social gathering, everybody comes together to celebrate, dressed in their best finery, hand-woven fabrics and authentic jewelry that would defy the finest New York showrooms. It’s an unsurpassed photo opportunity!