Paro Tsechu Monastery Festival

A special highlight awaits us right at the beginning of our journey – the Paro Tshechu Festival. The visit to the most popular monastery festival of Bhutan with its fabulous costumes and mystical dances let us experience the live traditions of the country at first hand. Afterwards, we fly to... More

A special highlight awaits us right at the beginning of our journey – the Paro Tshechu Festival. The visit to the most popular monastery festival of Bhutan with its fabulous costumes and mystical dances let us experience the live traditions of the country at first hand. Afterwards, we fly to the spiritual and cultural heartland – Bumthang in central Bhutan. Open valleys and a gently rolling hilly landscape invite you to go on long hikes. The village of Ura, located in the valley of the same name, is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan. Here you will certainly have to chat with the villagers and learn something about their way of life. On our journey from central to western Bhutan, we visit mighty and impressive monastery castles. A jewel of Buddhist architecture from the The Dzong of Trongsa is considered a jewel of Buddhist architecture of the Middle Ages, the construction of which began in 1543. Tibetan Buddhism is a religious backbone of the country and it links all aspects of cultural life of Bhutan.

In addition to the cultural part of the tour, we will go on some easy hikes through enchanting landscapes, valleys and villages. Towards the end of our trip, the ascent through a fairytale forest to the legendary Tiger’s Nest will be a breathtaking experience. This important pilgrimage site built high above the Paro Valley on a short rocky outcrop. The view of this fascinating monastery complex remains unforgettable. Enter the land of the thunder dragon and let yourself be enchanted!



  • Hike to famous and the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery
  • Witness a colorful and fascinating masked dance festival
  • Walk through a remote village with traditional houses
  • Enjoy the quiet streets of Bhutan’s sleepy cities, Paro and Thimphu
  • Excursion to the remote and most beautiful Ura Valley
  • Day hike in beautiful Phobjikha valley

Upon arrival at Delhi International airport, meet by travel-to-nature Asia representative and transfer to your hotel. Please look out for your name-card once you exit out of arrival area.

Delhi is a metropolis that has to be seen and experienced to be fully understood. Rich and poor, old and new are closer together here than anywhere else. You could walk around Delhi for weeks and still not have explored every corner of the city.

Depending upon your arrival time in Delhi we can visit (optional) Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, drive past Government buildings including President’s Palace.

Overnight in Delhi.

Accommodation: The Surya New Delhi

Transfer to airport and fly to Paro. Weather permitting, you will have a breathtaking view of the fascinating Eastern Himalayan mountains.

Welcome to Bhutan! Upon arrival in Paro a travel-to-nature Asia guide/representative will be at the airport to greet and take us to our hotel. Please look out for your name-card once you exit out of arrival area.

After lunch we visit the Buddhist monastery fortress of Paro-Rinpung Dzong. We cross a beautiful wooden bridge covered with shingles, flanked on each side by a guard house and walk up to Rinpung Dzong. This impressive fortress was built in 1645 and is still both a religious centre (home to a monastic school) and the seat of the district administration. The central watchtower is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan with its magnificent woodwork. Overnight in Paro.

Accommodation: Tashi Namgay Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A very special event today will be a visit to the Buddhist monastery festival, Paro Tshechu in Paro. It is the most popular religious festival in Bhutan. You will be able to admire colourful costumes and fascinating masks at the numerous dances. It is the best way to experience the ancient culture of Bhutan that is still alive today. Overnight in Paro.

Paro Tshechu (festival): It is held in Paro for a period of four to five days and falls in spring (Mar-Apr) every year. Like any other festivals in Bhutan, the Paro Tshechu revolves around the life story of Guru Padmasambava. However, one unique aspect of the festival is the portrayal and worship of other important Buddhist deities.

Tsechus are celebrated for several days, between three and five according to the location, and are the occasion for dances that are clearly defined in religious content. The dances are performed by monks, laymen or gomchens and the repertory is the same practically everywhere.

For the Bhutanese, religious festivals offer an opportunity to become immersed in the meaning of their religion and to gain merit. They are also occasions for seeing people, and for being seen; for social exchanges, and for flaunting success. People bring out their finest clothes, their most beautiful jewels; they take out picnics rich with meat and abundant alcohol. Men and women joke and flirt. An atmosphere of convivial, slightly ribald good humor prevails. The details and the meaning of the each dance performed will be explained to you by your guide.

Accommodation: Tashi Namgay Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, a morning transfer to the nearby airport. A domestic flight with a fantastic view of the sacred mountains of Bhutan takes us to the religious centre of the kingdom – Bumthang. Around noon we arrive at our hotel in Jakar, where we also have lunch.

In the afternoon we visit the Dzong, which stands on a small hill above the town. From here we walk down to the village of Jakar. There are a few cafés and local handicrafts shops. We spend three nights in Bumthang and explore local places of interest. Overnight in Bumthang.

Accommodation: The Mountain Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bumthang district is divided into four valleys surrounded by gently sloping mountains – an ideal terrain for hiking.

We start with a visit to the important Tamshing Monastery, founded by Pema Lingpa in 1501 AD and walk across a small bridge to the temples of the Kurje Lhakhang. This is the holiest place in Bhutan. After the Kurje Lhakhang visit, a path leads us into the beautiful upper Choekhor Valley to the Thangbi Temple, which is set in an idyllic atmosphere on an alluvial terrace. Not far from the temple there are two villages at an altitude of about 2,700 m, which we can also try to explore.

In the afternoon we return to Jakar which takes us approximately 2 hrs.

Accommodation: The Mountain Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we go on an excursion to the remote Ura Valley. The road leads us through forests of blue pine trees, which offer a view of the beautiful valleys of Choeskhor and Thang. We reach the Shelthang La Pass, from where we have a fantastic view of Bhutan’s highest mountain, Gangkar Puensum. The following landscape of the Ura Valley with its softly curved slopes, lush pastures and sprawling fields fields, is quite different from the valleys we have seen before.

Arriving in Ura, the village of the same name, we visit the main temple, which gives you an insight into the way of life of the people in central Bhutan. A walk along the traditional houses of the village will certainly give you the opportunity to chat with the villagers. This way you will learn more about the daily life of these people. Ura is one of the most beautiful and interesting villages in Bhutan. Its large and closely spaced houses are connected by cobblestone pathways. We visit a large monastery complex with its towering Lhakhang, dedicated to the great teacher Guru Rinpoche, dominates the face of this place, a rare sight in Bhutan. The annual mask festival is held on the second weekend in May or in June, depending on the Bhutanese lunar calendar.

The Thimshingla National Park starts just behind the village and can be visited. A visitor centre, which is open outside the holidays from Monday to Friday, is located just after the turnoff to Ura. We drive back to Jakar. Overnight in Bumthang.

Accommodation: The Mountain Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we leave Bumthang passing through the Chhumey Valley. On our way we have the opportunity to see the Yatha, the special weaving art of the region. We continue over the 3,400 m high Yotang-La pass towards Trongsa.

In the afternoon we visit the impressive Trongsa Dzong, a jewel of medieval Buddhist architecture. Construction began in 1543, when the first temple was built. The last phase of construction can be dated between 1640 to 1648. This mighty monastery castle is perched on a rocky outcrop above the Mangdu-Chu River. This mighty monastery castle, one of the largest and most important in Bhutan. Due to its exposed location between eastern and western Bhutan, the governor of Trongsa was able to control the entire western and central Bhutan from this point. Overnight in Trongsa.

Accommodation: The Yangkhil Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we leave central Bhutan and continue to the west of the country. We reach the Pele-La Pass. With its altitude 3,300 m, it is considered a landmark and separates western from central Bhutan. Numerous colourful prayer flags and a central chorten mark the crossing. We continue to follow the road downhill and immerse ourselves in a dreamlike landscape past Black Mountain National Park. We reach the village of Gangtey, which lies in the Phobjikha Valley. This valley is one of Bhutan’s the most beautiful – dense forests, small farms, fields and the mountains create a unique panorama. We visit Gangtey Goempa Monastery, which stands on a hilltop with a beautiful view of the surrounding fields, farms and forests. The monastery was founded in 1613 by Pema Trinley, the son of Pema Lingpa, a great saint from Bumthang in the 16th century. At the end of the 17th century, the monastery was expanded. Today Gangtey Tulku administers the monastery. Around the impressive building are the residences of the families of the Gomchens, the lay priests who look after the monastery. Overnight  in Gangtey.

Accommodation: Dawachen Hotel & Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we will go for an extended walk through the Phobjikha valley today. In this area the endangered black-necked cranes settle in every winter. The harmonious coexistence of man and nature is the reason why the valley is still in its natural state and why the demanding black-necked cranes prefer to roam here from mid-November to early April. Overnight in Gangtey.

Accommodation: Dawachen Hotel & Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In about 4 hours we reach Punakha. For more than 300 years until the time of the second king, Punakha was the winter capital of Bhutan. The climate is subtropical due to its relatively low altitude (1,400 m).

Lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon we drive to the Punakha Dzong. It is considered the “jewel” of Bhutanese monastic architecture. The Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, dominates the whole area with its size. Today it is still the winter residence of Je Khenpo (the highest abbot) and the main monastic community of Bhutan. In contrast to other dzongs in Bhutan, the Punakha Dzong is situated in a valley at the confluence of the Pho-Chu and Mo-Chu rivers. As a result, this complex can only be reached via a bridge. Due to the mild climate, cactus, papaya trees and citrus fruits grow in the Punakha region. Overnight in Punakha.

Accommodation: Meri Puensum Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, before our onward journey to Paro, we take a short hike to the nearby temple of Chime Lhakhang, which lies in the middle of rice terraces. We pass through a small village with murals that indicate the importance of the temple.

Afterward we drive to Paro. On the way we pass another pass, the Dochu La. We are on the only road that connects the west of Bhutan with the east of the country. A constant up and down over high passes and deep valleys, along blue pines, Himalayan cypresses and rhododendron trees. The top of the pass of the Dochu La is 3,150 m. Colourful prayer flags, 108 Druk Wangyal Chörten and the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang await you at the highest point of the crossing. On a clear day, this vantage point offers a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range of Bhutan.

We continue to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Here we visit the school of School of Arts and Crafts and the Royal Palace (Dzong). At the School of Arts and Crafts you will get an insight into the art education of Bhutan and watch the students sewing, weaving and carpentry and clay works. Traditional thangkas are also painted here. Towards evening we reach our hotel in Paro. Overnight in Paro.

Accommodation: Tashi Namgay Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we hike to the famous Tiger’s Nest. This monastery was built in 1692 over a cave in which, according to legend, Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated. At 900 metres above the Paro valley, this monastery complex seems like an eagle’s nest. Approx. 2-hour ascent through wooded mountain slopes offers a fascinating view of the mystical monastery complex. Those who do not wish to complete this ascent you have the opportunity to rest in a cafeteria halfway up. From here you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the tiger’s nest.

The afternoon is at leisure.

Accommodation: Tashi Namgay Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transfer to airport and fly to Delhi. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel.

Remaining of the afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps you would like to buy souvenirs in one of Delhi’s many colourful bazaars. Dinner and overnight stay in Delhi.

Accommodation: The Suryaa New Delhi
Meal: Breakfast

Transfer to airport for your homeward-bound flight.

Meal: Breakfast


  • Airport (pick up/drop off) transfers by private A/C vehicle
  • Bhutan visa
  • Twin-Sharing accommodation in all Hotel/Resort/Lodge as mentioned
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), afternoon tea and bottled-water throughout the tour in Bhutan
  • All sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • English speaking licensed guide throughout the tour
  • All sightseeing and long distance transportation in private air-condition vehicle (cars/SUVs or mini/micro-bus etc. depending on group size). This includes all road permit, parking, allowance for driver, outstation overnight charges for the driver
  • Monument/museum entrance fees
  • Royalty and all internal taxes

Not Included

  • International flight
  • India visa (please be sure to apply for a DOUBLE entry visa)
  • Travel insurance & vaccinations
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • Tips for tour leader/guide, driver, hotel staff and porters
  • Items of personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, laundry, showers and other unforeseen expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the above ‘Included’

Price: US$ 4,750 per person (Twin Sharing Basis | Based on Minimum 3 Travelers)
Single Supplement: US$ 535
Bhutan Visa fee: US$ 40

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The Suryaa New Delhi

Being set in the very heart of New Delhi, Suryaa Hotel offers a bar, a cable flat-screen and a sunbathing terrace. Featuring 244 rooms with views of the city, this venue is set within a short ride from Tughlakabad Fort. The rooms are air-conditioned with modern comforts like complimentary wireless internet, TV, iron and ironing board.

Tashi Namgay Resort, Paro

The resort is set amidst five acres of lush foliage and green lawns. Located conveniently in the heart of Paro Valley but away from the distractions of the main town, Tashi Namgay Resort offers you a calm and peaceful environment within its compound. Traditional Bhutanese and modern architecture have been uniquely blended, yet offering all the amenities of a modern lifestyle.

The Mountain Resort, Bumthang

The Mountain Resort in Bumthang has come a long way without losing its roots. Our family-run resort was started by a man of exceptional kindness, who dreamed of a place that would be gracious, spacious, and rooted in the genuine traditions of Bhutanese hospitality - a place brimming with the love of our dearly beloved family elder.

The Yangkhil Resort, Trongsa

The Yangkill Resort is situated not far from the Trongsa offering spectacular views of the deep valleys surrounding it. Resort has 21 spacious rooms of modern design combined with traditional Bhutanese architecture and wooden flooring. All rooms are fully insulated and the bathroom has a bathtub with a shower over. Hot and cold running water is available all day long.

Dewachen Hotel & Spa, Gangtey

Encircled by pine forests in the picturesque valley of Phobjikha, Dewachen hotel features 28 spacious, comfortably furnished rooms, with en suite facilities. All rooms are designed and decorated in traditional Bhutanese style perfectly blended with natural surroundings, for a perfect hideaway relaxation. Rooms are well heated by traditional ‘bukhari’ (iron stove), so you feel cozy and comfortable during cold winter nights.

Meri Puensum Resort, Punakha

Situated on a hilltop, offering panoramic vistas across the river and the valley, Meri Puensum, established in 1999, is one of the first resorts to come up in the serene and culturally rich valley of Punakha. This family run resort delivers highly personalized services and takes special care to the needs of its guests, in true tradition of Bhutanese hospitality.

Trip Facts

  • Price (USD) From 4,750
  • Duration 14 Days
  • Group Size 3-12 Pax
  • Arrive Delhi
  • Depart Delhi
  • Trip Level
    easy to moderate
  • Activity Festival | Culture
  • Meals 13 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • Accommodation 3-4* Hotel, Resort

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