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Punakha Tsechu Tour

Punakha Tsechu Tour

Group size: 

Min 1 Pax

Max-Altitude: 

3180

Trip Grade:
 
Easy

Experience is not necessary for taking part in an easy trek, anyone fit and healthy enough to walk for 4-6 hours a day can manage easy treks. These treks only involve lower altitude with daily ascents of around 300-600m on a generally good weather, well-maintained paths and with easy access to local amenities.

Destination: 

Bhutan

Best Season: 

All Year Around

Meals: 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation:

 
Twin Shared Basis

Overview

Punakha Tsechu Festival Tour is one of the well-known festivals honored to the Guru Rimpochee (Padmasambhava) one of the great disciples of tantric Buddhism throughout the Himalayas who brought the Buddhism in Bhutan. This festival is held in one of the great magnificence Dzongs (Fortress). This festival is celebrated in all the districts of Bhutan and one of the biggest festivals in the Bhutanese calendar. This festival was first introduced by the 70thcentury Je Khenpo Trulku Jigmee Choedra in 2005 to preserve the Buddhists teaching and their culture. The entire festival celebrated are mostly the main theme is the colorful demon and animal mask dance performed by the monks and the local people with their typical, mystical dance performance.

Attending this festival and observing their typical mythical performance our pains, sins etc. will be vanished.so, it is said that good fortune will be come in your life by attending this festival; the local’s people tend to believe this myth legend. You get to see the folk dancers by the Bhutanese people wearing their unique traditional dresses, interesting mask dancers chanting the Buddhists scripts and jokers wearing mask entertaining the crowds. This is 9 days festivals held where lots of visitors come from different places to enjoy this festival with their family members so, during the festival you get the plenty of time to get experience their culture share your western culture as well as  get fully detail about this festivals and the mythological of this land.

This tour begins from an airstrip to Paro where you get the majestic views of the highest mountain and at Paro we will be visiting the national museum Ta Dzong where you get to perceive the ancient handicrafts, arts and countless other ancient monasteries can be viewed and spend our day time sightseeing the Paro. Next day early morning we hike up to Taktsang monastery which is at high cliff at 900 meters also known as Tiger Nest which will take almost 2 hours to reach where you get the beautiful view of this monastery from high point. And visit the fortress (Dzong).From Paro we will be heading towards the Punakha one of the capital city of Bhutan here we will be attending the biggest festivals held in Punakha Dzong and also visit the Chimi Lhankang one of the Buddhists monastery and other related monastery to punakha. Next day we will head to Phobjikha valley where you will drive up to the rhododendron forests and oak etc. and also get the perfect picturesque of this Phobjikha glacial valley and visit the Gantey monasteries and drive to Thimpu where you can spend our ease time sightseeing the bustling thimpu and visiting the memorial Chorten and several monasteries. Roaming in Thimpu markets where you get try the different authentic foods Bhutan people eats very spicy foods so you get to observe different kinds of chilies in the market. And lastly our trip to Bhutan finally comes to the end by exploring the Paro and fly back to the Kathmandu.

Our GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking team) gives this festival tour to you by providing the overwhelming culture of the Bhutanese where you get the ample of time to experience their culture during the festival and also get to know the myth of this festival in details information. By attending this festival you get to build rapport with the Bhutanese people. For further detail about this festival tour you are free to email us or contact us.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Paro Airport

You can take a flight to Paro from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka etc. We recommend you to fly from Bangkok because Druk air offers an everyday flight from Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok whereas Druk air do not operate everyday flights from other sectors.

You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel to settle in. After the formalities, we take a short drive to Paro town to stroll through Bazaar. We visit the Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum and visit Paro’s Rimpung Dzong , on the way down we cross the 16th century cantilever bridge. Also visiting the Drugyel Dzong victory fortress, built in 1647 which is 18 km from the Paro town. Explore the magnificent ramparts of the erstwhile fortress which defended the country against several incursions. On a clear day one can also view the sacred Mount Jomolhari, from the northern battlements. We take a visit to a farmhouse and observe the traditional Bhutanese way of life and living. Overnight at a hotel.
(Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 2
Scenic drive from Paro to Thimphu

Early morning we take a scenic drive to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, approximately 90 mins drive from Paro. Sightseeing in and around Thimphu valley we visit the National Library, which holds a collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, as well as the Institute for Zorig Chusum commonly known as Painting School, textile and Folk Heritage Museum which provides an insight into Bhutanese material culture and everyday way of life. Also visit the National Memorial Chorten, Trashichho dzong an impressive monastery, Bhutanese Handicrafts displaying a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. In the evening we explore the vibrant Thimphu Bazaar. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 3
Drive from Thimphu to Punakha

Driving about 3 hours, leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050m). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges on a clear day. You will see Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Junipers and pine forests with chirping sounds of the many rare species of birds found in Bhutan. We then drive onto Lobesa where you take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang Temple. This temple is on a hilltop and it is dedicated to the great Yogi known as Drukpa Kuenley or popularly known as “Divine madman” of the 14th century. It is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 4
Day 4 and 5 - Festival activities in Punakha

Day 4 and 5 - Festival activities in Punakha

Enjoy the festival of Punakha Domchoe. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 5
Festival activities in Punakha

Enjoy the festival of Punakha Domchoe. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 6
Hiking and village exploration in Gangtey and afternoon drive to Paro

Follow the same route, then drive back to Paro. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 7
Sightseeing around Paro

Sightseeing once again in Paro. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 8
Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)

Excursion to Taktsang Monastery (Tigers Nest).The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful Pine and rhododendron forests. We stop at the tea house for rest and refreshments, the tea house offers a magnificent up-close view of the Tigers' nest and continues the hike for short while until you see, clearly and seemingly within reach, the imposing Taktsang monastery. Built in the 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900m into the valley below.

History states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger and meditated here for three months. It is regarded to be one of the most venerated cultural heritage sites in Bhutan. People from all over the Himalayan Diaspora frequent this place on the pilgrimage trail to Bhutan. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 9
Transfer to international airport for your final departure

After breakfast, our airport representative will drop you at the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan.
(Breakfast included)

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

FAQ's and Notes

When to book this Trip ?

The flawless seasons for touring/trekking is in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). One can travel in winter if you are well adapted to cold. We strongly recommend you not to trek on monsoon in June, July, and August because of heavy rains & extremely blazing heat in the afternoon.

How kind of food is served during the trek ?

We serve food rich in proteins, carbohydrates and highly nutritious hygienic nourishing food - vital while trekking.

During the trek - all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided inclusive in our package. The trek leader will be taking you to the clean hotels/restaurants for lunch on the way to your destination. In cities, either breakfast or dinner is included.

Vegan foods are also availabale.

How safe is stream water ?

Stream water is completely safe but we suggest you to carry water purification pills (chlorine tablets) or water filters to purify the water. If you prefer to drink packaged bottled mineral water, you will easily get in shops or tea houses on your own expense.

How about my luggage ?

Our porters will carry your major luggage while you carry a backpack with items very handy while trekking such as water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you feel is necessary.

Gears and clothes not necessary can be left in the hotel safe deposit box properly locked without any extra charge. Domestic airlines of Nepal does not allow more than 15 kilograms including your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg, an extra charge can cover that up.

The porter will be carrying up to 12 kg luggage of each trekker.

What is the group Size or crew members ?

We Ganesh Himal Hiking team arrange most of the treks with a minimum of 2 clients to a maximum of 8 in a group. The larger group we will be divided accordingly.

What about guides ?

We provide honest, well experienced first aid certified, altitude sickness trained trekking guides who will be handling all your issues on the trip. All our staffs are very cordial and sincere. While trekking in a bigger group i.e. more than 6 people - an additional guide will be accompanied and the group also can be split according to the number of people in the group.

Is there any personal expenses on the Trek ?

Well, not that much but depends upon how you manage your expenses. Our package includes the cost of accommodation and meals during your trek as mentioned in the itinerary. Besides that, you are liable to pay for additional meals, table drinks, snacks, hot showers (accessible in some places), alcoholic drinks, meals (around US $ 5-7), extra accommodation in Kathmandu, tips for driver, guide and porters, etc.

Tips to the guides, porter or any other members is not mandatory but feel free to tip them if you are satisfied with their service.

How about trekking gears or other equipment ?

Trekking gears are readily available in the stores of major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara at a very reasonable price. Down jacket & sleeping bags can also be hired with a minimal charge per day. Thus, you don’t have to buy it from your hometown.

But if already have it and have no issues bringing it, please feel free to bring it.

What would a usual day on a trek be like ?

Each and every day gives pleasant suprises and rewarding experience. Each day differs according to the itinerary or schedule, or the place you are trekking.

Normally, you are required to trek for 4-6 hours each day. We start our trek after breakfast and stop for the lunch. We trek for 3-4 hours after lunch to reach our destination. If we reach our destination in afternoon, you can spend rest of the hours relaxing, take shower or just wander around.

How about Airport Pickup and Drop Off ?

After booking, a representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will pick you up from the airport on your scheduled landing time. You can spot GHHT member outside the exit terminal. If you have booked the hotel by yourself, please let us know in advance, so that we can drop you at your respective hotel.

We also pick and drop you from domestic airport. On your departure day, we will also see you off.

Can I customize the Itinerary ?

Our itinerary has been carefully designed by our operation manager which is very pragmatic & includes the high altitude acclimatizing. These days includes your arrival day, departure and sightseeing Kathmandu. It also has an extra day which allows flexibility to adjust the delay or cancellation of flight due to sudden changes in the Himalayan weather.

If you would like to extend more days or lessen some, we surely can do that as per your wish.

How do you deal with emergency situations ?

Our tour guide and trek leader will make sure that each and every one of you is well taken care of in emergency situations. If by chance anyone gets sick during the trek, we will take you to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. For serious conditions – we will use the rescue helicopter expenses being carried out by the insurance company. We suggest you get insured for up to 6000 meters.

Please go thoroughly what’s covered and not in the insurance policy.

Booking and Payment:

After confirming or booking the trip – all we need is the copy of the passport, insurance policy, and the international flight details (ticket). Then, a 20% advance deposit is required for any trip, trek or expedition which is not refundable - used for reservations of hotels and lodges according to the itinerary. The remaining balance is due when you arrive at Kathmandu and can be paid by any means convenient to you. We prefer payment via cash (to avoid any extra service charge) but bank transfer, credit cards, western union, and pay pal are also the accepted form of payments.

What if flight is delayed from ?

Only domestic mountain flight is only available from Kathmandu to Lukla and sometimes the flight might be delayed or canceled due to unforeseen adverse Himalaya weather condition.

This is the reason we have kept an extra day in the itinerary to cover up such situations. In case the flight is canceled for 2 or more days, we will charter a helicopter to make sure that you reach on the scheduled flight to your destination. The expense for this service will be carried out by the insurance company. The helicopter charter cost is in between the US $ 500 to $ 3500 depending upon the number of people in the flight.

Accomodation

Hotel & Lodges

Accommodation in Himalayan Countries While Tour/Trek

Hotels in Bhutan are categorized as category “A”, Category “B” and category “C”. You will be provided with accommodations in one of the categories “A”, “B” hotels in main cities of Bhutan and during the days in the remote areas of Bhutan, you will spend the night in the tented camps. All accommodations are in twin sharing basis and you will be charged extra if you want a single supplement.

Included in the Price

    • Visa fee for Bhutan
    • All Transfer between airport hotels
    • Government approved A and B category hotels in the cities and camping (tents) during trekking on twin- shared basis
    • All Meals, Breakfasts and Snacks during the days of the trip
    • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
    • English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
    • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
    • Full board camping
    • Tents and Kitchen utensils for trekking
    • Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties

Not Included in the Price

    • Services Not Mentioned in Incuded Section

Fixed Departures - 2018



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 5th December YES
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