Paro Tshechu is the second most popular festival in Bhutan after the Thimphu Tshechu. Featuring dances performed by trained monks and laymen in amazing masks and costumes, Tshechus (festivals) are one of the best ways to experience the ancient living culture of Bhutan. A Tshechu is a Buddhist festival in honor of Guru Padmasambhava, the Indian saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan.
A highlight of the Paro Tshechu is the unfurling of the silk tapestry – so large it covers the face of an entire building and is considered one of the most sacred blessings in the whole of Bhutan. The tapestry, known in Bhutan as a ‘Thongdrel’ is a religious picture scroll, and is only exhibited for a few hours at daybreak on the final day of the Tshechu enabling the people to obtain its blessing.
Upon arrival at the Paro International Airport, you will be received by our Guide and Driver who will drive you to Thimphu. You will enjoy the drive from Paro – Thimphu through the valley and beautiful landscapes. Visit National Memorial Chorten, Buddha Dordhenma and Tashichhodzong before you finally retire for the night.
Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, Takin Zoo, National Library, National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Folk Heritage Museum and Royal Textile Academy.
Drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass, visit Botanical garden at Lam Peri and Chimi Lhakhang before reaching Punakha. After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong and longest suspension bridge of 230 meters.
Morning hike to Khamsum Yuelling temple and then drive towards Paro via Dochula pass and Semtokha Dzong. The guest can enjoy witnessing an archery match or stroll around the small Paro town.
Witness the mask dance festival and mingle with the local people who come in their best attire. Later part of the afternoon visit Drukgyal Dzong (under construction) and Kyichu Lhakhang.
Morning hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Later part of afternoon visit Rinpung Dzong and Ta Dzong.
After breakfast, depending on your flight timing our Guide and Driver will drive you to Paro Airport for your onward journey.