Paro Festival Tour
#Paro #Festival #Tour, (All travelers to Bhutan, Please note that this is just an insight Itinerary of 6 Nights Bhutan Tour with Paro Festival, just so that Guests to Bhutan can have some idea of what their festival tour will look like. You can write to us and let us know how many days you want to visit Bhutan for, and then we will make a customized Itinerary with festivals days included, depending on the number of days that you will be in Bhutan)
“Tshechu” in Bhutanese means “Festival”.
Paro Festival is one of the most attended festivals in the Kingdom of Bhutan. After Thimphu,the Capital City of Bhutan, Paro is the next District that is developing fast, mainly due to Bhutan’s only air port being in Paro (Paro International Airport) and being just 2 hours drive from the Capital Of Bhutan.
People attending the festival are mainly from Paro, Thimphu and Haa,as these are just 2-3 hours journey from the Festival Venue.
The Bhutanese people attending these festivals wear their best attire the “Kira” for women and the “Gho” for men. Most Bhutanese festival attire is hand woven with full silk threads thus weaving the most beautiful and original style of Kira and Gho. Then the women adorn their Kira with jewellery like turquoise and cat’s eye chain, gold ornaments, pearls, and diamonds too. But most wear their ancestral jewellery passed down from their fore fathers.
On the last day of the Paro Festival, an ancient Large Size, infact Massive size Guru Thongdrel ( Religious Scroll), is unfurled. This Thongdrel is unfurled before sun rise and by sunrise it is furled back. This is so as it is believed that this Thongdrel should not have the sun rays on it as it loses its blessing and divineness.
It is believed that the mere sight of this Thongdrel liberates a person from his sins and purifies his soul.
Attending the last day will be a challenge as the crowd will be large and it will be cold in the morning and to witness the unfurling of the sacred Scroll you have to be at the festival Venue as early as 5am in the morning.
Paro celebrates 5 days of festival each year and usually this festival takes place in the Spring Season during the month of March.
Day 01: Arrive Into Bhutan:
Day One you will fly into Bhutan and your first sight of Bhutan will be through the Paro Valley. You will be flying high above the Bhutan’s thick forests and suddenly you will see the Paro Valley with the airport run way so small and narrow that you may be frightened for a first comer flying into Bhutan BUT no need to worry as our Druk Air Pilots are highly experienced and will gently land you safely in the Paro International Airport.
Your Guide and Driver and representative from Bhutan Jewel Travel will meet you at the airport and now you are in caring hands for all the time that you spend in Bhutan.
After some tea and snacks, drive to Thimphu, which is the Capital of Bhutan. Check in at Hotel and Night Halt in Thimphu
Day 02 :Thimphu Tour:
After a hearty breakfast, you will tour through the Thimphu Valley and visit many places of interest and history,like the National Memorial Chorten, the Tashichhodzong, Handicrafts Emporium, and many more sites depending on the time in hand.
Night in Thimphu
Day 03: Day Trip To the Dochula Pass:
Today after breakfast start drive from Thimphu to the Dochula Pass which is situated at 3150 meters above sea level. Dochula is a beautiful pass with 108 stupas and a temple built by the Queen Mother of Bhutan for the long life and well being of the Fourth King and well being of all sentient being in this world. There are thousands of prayer flags and you may take some to hoist here at this pass as it will bring good ness and blessings to you and your family and friends.
We can have picnic lunch or lunch here at the Dochula Cafeteria and then drive back to Thimphu. En route we will visit the Simtokha Dzong which is the oldest Dzong in the Kingdom of Bhutan.
Night Halt in Thimphu
Day 04:PARO FESTIVAL:
After breakfast drive from Thimphu to Paro for the Paro Festival. Witness the festival with a visit to the Paro Dzong(Fortress) where the Masked dance and dramas of this typical Buddhist festival are going on. Your Guide will explain the festival dances to you and you just mix with the locals and enjoy yourself as one of the Bhutanese people. Night Halt In Paro
Day 05:PARO FESTIVAL
Early morning visit festival for the viewing the Thondrel – the great Buddhist Thanka scroll dedicated to Guru Padmashambava. Spend the rest of the morning at the festival viewing masked dances and ritual activities and just mingle with the Paro locals and spend your time as you wish at the festival court yard .
In the afternoon visit Paro Museum known as the Ta Dzong, once a watch tower, situated strategically overlooking the Paro valley. The Museum is a six storied ancient watch tower and houses a rare collection of Bhutan’s historical, religious, cultural and artistic heritage, all beautifully preserved and displayed in a unique setting – a museum lover’s heaven! Night Halt In Paro.
Day 06: Day Hike/Excursion to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery
After breakfast, we do a hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery famously known as the Taktsang Monastery and is a world heritage.
It is believed that Guru Rimpoche came here on the back of a tigress and meditated in a cave. The Tigress is said to be his favorite consort. You will love the Taktsang Monastery and the water fall that you will be crossing before another 5 minutes hike reach to the Main Monastery.
After the hike, evening stroll through the Paro Valley and village. Night in Paro
Day 07: Depart Bhutan
Today You depart Bhutan from the Paro International Airport with all good wishes and unforgettable memories from Bhutan and your caring partner in travel, Bhutan Jewel Travel.