Paro Festival Period: 27 to 31 March 2018 Tshechu is the peak season throughout the year, early booking is recommended.
The Paro Festival (Paro Tshechu) is one of the most popular festivals in Bhutan. People come in with their best garment and food for both religious and socialization purposes. You will have chances to witness the age-old, colorful and esoteric religious masked dance-dramas performed by specially trained groups of Buddhist monks. This tour will also visit Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, Punakha and Wangdu valleys driving over the Dochu la pass.

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  • Min. no. of traveller:1 person
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Itinerary

One of the best time to visit Bhutan,
to experience its ancient culture,
and to get enthralled in the celebrations

All itineraries can be customized to suit your schedule and interests.

Day 1 -Arrival in Bhutan

Flying in to the country’s only airport, in the beautiful Paro valley, the clear mountain air, forested ridges, imposing monasteries and welcoming Bhutanese people in their striking national dress, provides a breath-taking first impression.

On arrival at Paro airport, after immigration and custom formalities, your guide will receive you and transfer you to Thimphu. After lunch, go to Bhutan National Bank for currency exchange and then you can get an opportunity to purchase exquisite collector Bhutanese stamps. Then visit the National Memorial Chorten which was built in 1974 in Memory of the third king; visit the Buddha Dordenma sited amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of Sherab Wangchuck, the 13th Desi Druk, overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu. It is one of the largest Buddha rupas in the world, at a height of 169 feet (51.5 meters). You can also enjoy the view of the Thimphu city clearly from here. In the evening you can walk in the town and then dinner at Bhutan Orchard Restaurant to taste Bhutanese dishes.

Overnight: Thimphu.

Day 2 - Thimphu - Punakha

Half day of guided sightseeing tour of Thimphu visiting the National Memorial Stupa, Painting school, Bhutanese and Handicrafts Emporium. Then after lunch drive Punakha – a 3-hour drive through picturesque valleys and mountain slopes dotted with typical Bhutanese villages. From the Dochu La pass, at over 10-thousand feet, a vast panoramic views of the high snowcapped peaks of the Bhutanese Himalaya can be enjoyed on a clear day. Continue drive down into the Punakha valley.

Overnight: Punakha

Day 3 - Punakha - Thimphu

In the morning, visit the Punakaha Dzong which is the old capital of Bhutan and is the winter home of the Je Kenpo and the national body of monks. The hike to Chhime Lhakhang , an ancient monastery near Punakha, dedicated to fertility and founded by Lam Drukpa Kuenley, to pray for children. They get blessed by a symbolic phallus which represents the sign of fertility and other religious objects of the Lam. It will take only few stories of the Lam to understand why everyone in this magical kingdom believes that the Lam’s blessings will help a woman conceive.

Overnight: Thimphu.

Day 4 - Thimphu - Paro (Paro Festival)

After breakfast drive from Thimphu to Paro stopping at the Simthoka Dzong which is the oldest of the many Dzongs (forts) in Bhutan. Today it houses the National Bhutanse School where Dzongkha, the national language of Bhutan, is taught. Continue drive to Paro valley. On arrival check-in at hotel followed by lunch.
After lunch visit the Paro Dzong where the masked dance-dramas of this typical Buddhist festival are going on. Be amongst throngs of Bhutanese from the Paro valley and from outlying villages of Bhutan all dressed in their traditional finery. Witness the age-old, wonderfully colourful and esoteric Religious masked dance-dramas performed by specially trained groups of Buddhist monks.

Overnight: Paro

Day 5 - Paro Tshechu (Festival)

Early morning visit festival for the viewing the Thondrol – the great Buddhist Thanka scroll dedicated to Guru Padmashambava. Spend the rest of the morning at the festival viewing masked dances and ritual activities. Truly a great climax to the most revered yearly festival of Bhutan.


In the afternoon visit Paro Museum housed at the graceful Ta Dzong, once a watch tower situated strategically overlooking the Paro valley. The Museum 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.

Overnight: Paro

Day 6 - Excursion to Tiger Nest Monastery

Today there will be a chance to go on an excursion to the Bhutan’s most revered and certainly the most famous site, Taktsang Monastery or the ‘Tiger’s Nest”. Hike or ride a surefooted pony through a forested pathway ascending steeply toward the towering vertical cliffs two-thousand feet above the valley floor. On this cliff face, overlooking a dizzying precipice, is the historic cave where the Buddhist teacher Padmasambava or Guru Rimpoche meditated, who, it is believed, rode on the back of a flying Tiger. Hence this holy place is also called the Tiger’s Nest.
Foreigners are not allowed inside the monastery but can enjoy the view from the cafeteria. The more intrepid hiker can continue further up the trail to get a closer and dramatic spot directly opposite the temple. Sadly, a few years ago, the main temple was destroyed by fire and is being rebuilt at the moment but this does not subtract from the rewards of the days excursion. Lunch at the Taksang View Cafeteria or at hotel. In the afternoon, if time permits, visit a Bhutanese Family home.

Overnight: Paro

Tiger Nest Monastery

Day 7 - Departure

After breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport in time to catch up your onward flight. Soon the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappears again behind its guardian mountains.

End of Itinerary

Standard Tour Price

Government Tariff & Sustainable Development

To ensure sustainable development, the Bhutan government sets a minimum nightly tariff for an all-inclusive & hassle-free tour package. The major share of the tariff that goes to the government is used for providing the national health and education systems as well as maintaining the infrastructure for tourism.

Number of Traveller(s)

High Season Tour Price 
(6 nights, festival period)

per person

3 or above

HK$13,530

2

HK$14,730

1

HK$15,330

Air tickets, taxes & surcharges

Please contact us for details

What is included and not included?

Price Include

• All Accommodation in standard hotels (Double/twin sharing)
• All porters, camping equipment ( if on trek)
• All meals (but not beverages; and lunch and dinner in upscale hotels’ restaurants). Bottled water is complimentary in the car/coach
• All transfers (SUV/mini bus) and sightseeing within Bhutan
• Services of an accompanying English speaking local tour leader/ guide
• Fees for museums and permits to enter temples & monuments
• 35% government welfare levy (used for developmental projects) & tourism development fee

Price Exclude

• Roundtrip Air tickets between Hong Kong and Bangkok (or other transit hub); and between Bangkok (or other transit hub) and Paro. Please contact our travel consultants for flight arrangements.
• Bangkok (or other transit hub) Hotel for transit
• Accommodations in upscale properties
• Single supplement for hotel rooms
• Visa and processing fee
• Travel insurance (recommended, mandatory if on trek)
• Personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls, shopping, etc.
• Beverages (juice and alcohol)
• Tips and gratuities for staff (optional)

*Charlotte Travel reserves the right to amend above prices and service without prior notice. All arrangements are subject to confirmation form our travel consultants.

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