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Paro Festival Tour March 21 – 28, 2021

This tour provides a great opportunity to discover and explore the heritage and traditions of Bhutan’s timeless thriving culture. Furthermore it provides a deeper insight into the lives of diverse people of Bhutan. This cultural tour comprises of sightseeing around the valleys, short trip to visit Dzongs and temples, art and architecture which will help you to outline and explore the ancient living culture of Bhutan, its tribes of people, ecology and religion of the country.

Paro Festival (March 21 - 28, 2021)

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Tsechu (festival) is one of the best ways to experience the ancient living culture of Bhutan. Thus, five days long Paro Tsechu is one of the most spectacular and deeply symbolic of the Buddhist festivals celebrated in Bhutan. Featuring dances performed by trained monks and laymen in amazing masks and costumes can be experienced with the highlight of festival occurring on the final day when a huge religious picture (Thongdrel) is unfurled at the dawn.

  • Visit some of the important and religious landmarks in Bhutan
  • Immersion in the Nature Biodiversity
  • Explore Gangtey Nature Trail
  • Attend Paro Festival
  • Day Hike to Tiger’s Nest

Sketch Itinerary

Day 01:  21 March 2021: Arrival: Paro – Thimphu
Day 02: 22 March 2021: Thimphu – Sightseeing
Day 03: 23 March 2021: Thimphu – Phobjikha
Day 04: 24 March 2021: Phobjikha – Punakha
Day 05: 25 March 2021: Punakha – Paro
Day 06: 26 March 2021: Paro – Attend Paro Festival
Day 07: 27 March 2021: Paro -Hike to Tiger’s Nest
Day 08: 28 March 2021: Departure

Day 01: 21 March 2021: Arrival: Paro – Thimphu
Distance: 65km (1.5hrs)
Elevation: 2,250mts / 7,382ft

Paro: It is a broad and beautiful green bowl valley surrounded by jagged Himalayan Mountains and forested hillsides, crossed by beautiful rivers and dotted with medieval fortresses. It was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 AD and has been the legislative, executive, judicial and religious center for the people of Paro. Also it’s the nations home of National Museum and International Airport. The flight to Paro is considered one of the most spectacular flight experiences in the world. While flying in and out of Bhutan, one can see Mt.Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makula, and other high peaks such as Jumolhari, Jichu Drakey, and Tsrim Gang. After immigration and customs formalities you will be received by the representatives from Exquisite Bhutan.

From the airport, proceed to Thimphu (2320m) which is the capital city of Bhutan with a population of about 100000 and is the nation’s largest city. It depicts strong national character in its architectural style yet it is legislative, executive, judicial and religious centre of the government.

On arrival in Thimphu, Check in hotel and visit the following places:

Buddha point
• Built in 2006, world’s largest sitting Buddha housing over Hundreds of Thousands of small statues inside. It is the center of attraction to all the people radiating its splendor in all directions and harbinger of happiness and peace.

Memorial Chorten
• Built in 1974 as a monument for the 3rd king of Bhutan Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It signifies the “Seat of Faith” otherwise “Mind of Buddha”.

Tashichho Dzong
• Tashichho Dzong has been the seat of the government since 1952 and presently houses the throne room and offices of the king, the secretariat and the ministries of home affairs and finance. Other government departments are housed in buildings nearby.

Evening: Free to explore Thimphu Town and Bhutanese Authentic Local Crafts Bazaar.

Overnight in Thimphu

Day 02: 22 March 2021: Thimphu – Sightseeing

Morning: Hike to Cheri Monastery (15km/30-45min)

  • It was established in 1620 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The monastery is now a major teaching and retreat center of the Southern Drukpa Kagyu sect. The Monastery serves as the monastic school for study of Buddhist Philosophy, metaphysics, mathematics, poets and many other Buddhist studies. According to legend or history of Bhutan the place was first visited by Padmasambhava in the 8th century. In the 13th century it was visited by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo the Tibetan Lama who first established the Drukpa Kagyu tradition in Bhutan. Zhabdrung spent three years in strict retreat at the monastery and stayed for many years

Picnic lunch will be arranged. After lunch drive back to Thimphu city and visit;

School of Thirteen Arts & Crafts

  • It is the primary center of learning for Bhutanese artists. Depending upon the student’s interest, one can specialize in any of the thirteen arts and crafts, including painting, weaving, sculptures, blacksmithing, embroidery, etc. It is the best place for visitors to learn about traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts.

National Textile Museum

  • This museum is worth a visit to learn about Bhutan’s living national art of weaving. The ground floor focuses on cham costumes, while the upper floor introduces the major weaving techniques, styles of local dress and type of textiles made by women and men. There is usually a small group of weavers working their looms inside the shop, which features work from the renowned weaving centre of Lhuentse in northeastern Bhutan

Centenary Farmer’s Market (Open: Thursday – Sunday)

  • Take a walk through this market and shop/interact with the local farmers. Thimphu’s new weekend market is by far the largest domestic market for the farmers in Bhutan. Farmers come from all over the country to sell their farm products in the market. With its wide assortment of fresh, organic produce, the Farmer’s Market has become a favorite spot for tourists and a recreational place for people from all walks of life.

Evening: Relax at the hotel or free to explore further

Overnight in Thimphu

Day 03: 23 March 2021: Thimphu – Phobjikha

Distance: 135km (5-6hrs)
Elevation: 3,000mts / 9,843ft

The journey to Phobjikha includes the 108 Druk Wangyel Chorten commonly known as Dochula standing at 3150m above the sea level. The Druk Wangyel Chorten was built to celebrate the
Stability and progress brought to Bhutan by His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth king of Bhutan. The pass provides spectacular 360 degree panaromic view of Himalayan Mountain Range.

After reaching check into hotel and visit the following places:

Gangtey Goempa

  • This monastery was founded in 1613 by Je Kuenga Gyaltshen. It’s one of Bhutan’s oldest and recently renovated Monasteries situated atop a hill at an altitude of 2800m, offers a stunning view of Phobjikha valley and winter home to the rare Black Necked Cranes.

Gangtey Natural Trail (1.5hr)

  • The most beautiful and perpetual nature trails in Bhutan. The trail hike starts from the mani (like Chhorten) stone wall to the north of the Ganagtey Gonpa and ends in Khewa Lhakhang. The hike takes about 1hr 30minutes through the pine forest and small bamboo plants. So the pristine environment provides best hike places for the Nature lovers. During the winter months, we can see the endangered species of birds “Black Neck Cranes”.

Black Neck Crane’s information center

  • Situated on the edge of the forest and wetland along the main road of Phobjikha valley, the black-necked crane Information Centre has an observation room equipped with high power telescope and spotting scopes for catching the best view of the cranes.

Evening: Free to explore Phobjikha Valley.

Overnight in Phobjikha.

Day 04: 24 March 2021: Phobjikha – Punakha

Distance: 78km (3hrs)
Elevation: 1,200mts / 3,900ft

After breakfast drive to Punakha. Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until and still it is the winter seat of Je Khenpo (the chief abbot). Blessed with temperate climate and owing to its natural drainage from Pho Chhu (male) and Mo Chhu (female) rivers, the Punakha valley produces abundant crops and fruits.
After checking into hotel visit the following places:

Chimmi Lhakhang (45 min hike round trip)

  • Situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humor, songs and outrageous behavior to dramatize his teachings and due to this also known as “Divine Madman”. Commonly known as fertile temple among and is frequented by childless couples and others alike for blessings.

Punakha Dzong

  • The name means Palace of Great Bliss. This Dzong stands magnificently on the spit of land where two rivers (Phochu and Mochu) meet. Punakha Dzong has special significance in Bhutanese history as the place where Bhutan’s first King, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned in 1907.

Suspension Bridge

  • This Bridge is located near Punakha Dzong and is the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan. The bridge connecting the nearby villages and mountains adjacent gives a magnificent view.

Evening: Free to explore Punakha Town.

Overnight in Punakha

Day 05: 25 March 2021: Punakha – Paro

Distance: 130km (4-5hrs)
Elevation: 1,200mts / 3,900ft

After breakfast drive back to Paro. After reaching check into hotel visit the following places:

Farm house

  • Visit a local farm house for an experience for authentic Bhutanese lifestyle and unparalleled hospitality of a Bhutanese host. Enjoy a meal with the family here (optional)

National Museum (Ta Dzong)

  • Was built in the 17th century to guard the Paro Rimpong dzong (fortress) below. It was said that the future first king was kept in this tower as a prisoner for a week. It was the third king who restored the Ta-dzong and converted it into the National Museum. The visit to the museum will familiarize you with the Bhutanese way of life and will also acquaint you with the natural and cultural history.

Kyichu Lhakhang

  • It is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to 7th century (the other is Jambey Lhakahng in Bumthang). The lhakhang complex is composed of two temples. The first temple was built by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and in 1968, H.M. Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother of Bhutan, built the second temple in original pattern.

Evening: Free to explore Paro Town

Overnight in Paro

Day 06: 26 March 2021: Paro – Attend Paro Festival

After breakfast drive to Paro Dzong to witness Paro Tsechu/Festival

The Paro Tsechu is the most spectacular and deeply symbolic of the Buddhist festivals celebrated in Bhutan. Devotees dressed in traditional finery flock to the Paro Dzong monastic fortress to bear witness to their Buddhist faith and receive blessings. The festival has three parts: the “Pre-festival” on the first day, ceremonies inside the Paro Dzong on the second day, and the main festivities on the festival ground on the remaining three days. For the devout, the highlight undoubtedly occurs on the final day when a huge religious picture (thongdrel) is unfurled at dawn. To witness this event is to gain great merit. This festival is held in Rinpung Dzong which is arguably among the most distinctive and important structures in Bhutan. Rinpung Dzong is the headquarters of the Paro district, housing the head administrator and staff, as well as the monastic body with about 200 monks.

Evening: Explore the Paro town full of festivities

Overnight in Paro

Day 07: 27 March 2021: Paro -“Hike to Tiger’s Nest” (approx. 4-5 hr)

Bhutan’s most picturesque landmark, Taktshang the Tiger’s nest clings to the side of a steep cliff 300 meters above the Paro valley. The place was first visited by Guru Rimpoche, founder of the tantric form of Buddhism in Himalayan countries, in the 8th century. It was said that he meditated there for about three months. The original temple was built in the 17th century, but tragically, it was consumed by fire in 1998. Like a phoenix, the temple was rebuilt to its fullest glory in 2003. Takshang is considered to be the 10th-holiest site in the Buddhist world. The programs afterward are optional to the guest

Evening: Relax at the hotel or free to explore further

Overnight in Paro

Day 08: 28 March 2021: Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Paro International Airport for your onward journey


  • Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty & Visa fees.
  • All private excursions and transfers in superior air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Local English speaking guide/tour leader.
  • Experienced driver.
  • Accommodation in carefully selected, highest standard goverment approved hotels & guesthouses.
  • All meals in Bhutan.
  • All entrance fees and permits.
  • All personal expenses such as bars, beverages, laundry, telephone and tips.
  • Medical / Travel Insurance.