Duration: 16 days
Entry: Guwahati, Assam, India
Exit: Paro, Bhutan
Venue: Trashigang dzong

Summary

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Held within the confines of Bhutan’s largest district in Trashigang Dzong (Fortress), the three day Tshechu is observed during the 7th to 11th days of the tenth month of the Bhutanese calendar (December).
The unfurling of the Thongdrel of Neten Chudrug (Sixteen Arhats) on the 10th day is one of the highlights of the festival. The Thongdrel of Guru Tshengyed (Eight manifestations of Guru Rimpoche) is also displayed on the last day.
Hundreds of people from the neighbouring districts of Trashiyangtse, Mongar and nomads from Merak and Sakteng join in the festivities.
For this Tsechu, you have the choice to either enter from Paro and exit from Guwahati or do the opposite.

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Gawahati (India)-Samdrup Jongkhar

On arrival at Guwahati airport, you will be greeted by our company’s representative and drive to Samdrup Jongkhar, south-eastern part of Bhutan bordering the Indian states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 02: Samdrup Jongkhar-Trashigang

After breakfast drive to Tashigang, passing through several villages. En-route visit hand loom (weaving centre) in Khaling and the school for the disabled.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Trashigang festival

Visit dzong and witness Trashigang festival. Held within the confines of Bhutan’s largest district in Trashigang Dzong (Fortress), the three day tsechu is observed during the 7th to 11th days of the tenth month of the Bhutanese calendar (December).
The unfurling of the Thongdrel of Neten Chudrug (Sixteen Arhats) on the 10th day is one of the highlights of the festival. The Thongdrel of Guru Tshengyed is also displayed on the last day.
Hundreds of people from the neighbouring districts of Trashiyangtse, and Mongar join in the festivities.
Overnight in the hotel.

Day 04: Trashigang-Excursion to Phongmey/Radhi/Rangjung

After witnessing the festival in the morning, drive to Phongmey Gewog and visit Phongmey monastery. On the way back, visit Radhi village, where you will have your lunch. After lunch drive to Rangjung and visit Rangung Woesel Chholing Monastery – this was founded by Garab Rimpoche in 1990.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Trashigang-Trashiyangtse-Trashigang

Early in the morning drive to Trashiyangtse and on the way visit Gom Kora temple. The main attractions in this valley is a great stupa, Chorten Kora built in 1940 modelled on the style of the Boudhnath stupa in Nepal.
After lunch, visit Trashiyangtse town, small but beautiful with traditional designs and colours of the houses. It is also famous for wooden products like dapa (wooden plate), phob (cup) and others. One of the traditional painting schools is located in Trashiyangtse. Drive back to Trashigang. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Trashigang-Mongar

After breakfast drive to Mongar. Enroute, stop to visit Drametse monastery founded by Ani Choten Zangmo, Pema Lingpa’s granddaughter, who fled from Bumthang to escape a proposal of marriage from the local king. She fled east and when she found a place ideally suited for meditation she named it ‘Drametse’ which literally means ‘the peak where there are no enemies’. Ani Choten Zangmo’s kudung (remains) is preserved to this day in the monastery as the most important relic.
Continue driving to Mongar. After lunch, visit Mongar dzong which is built in keeping with traditions by not using any drawings or nails and then visit Yaggang Lhakhang.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Mongar-Lhuntse-Mongar

You will be driven to Lhuntse after an early breakfast. Lhuntse is one of the most rural and isolated districts in Bhutan with spectacular landscapes, showcasing stark cliffs and gorges, beautiful conifer and pine forests, and remote villages.
The Kurtoe region of Lhuntse is the ancestral home of Bhutan’s Royal family and also best known for the famous Kishu Thara textiles. Visit Lhuntse dzong and the weaving centres. Drive back to Mongar.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Mongar-Bumthang

After breakfast drive to Bumthang and you would notice a change in the weather condition as it becomes colder. We will stop at Sengor and few other places. Upon arrival at Bumthang, we can visit the town and interact with the local people.
Overnight in hotel

Day 09: Bumthang Halt

One of the most sacred regions in the Kingdom, Bumthang valley is a blend of the abstract and concrete with innumerable legends surrounding the valley.
You will be visiting Kurje Lhakhang where the Great Indian Saint Guru Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock. The other is Jambay Lhakhang, which was built in the 7th century by Songsten Goembo, the Tibetan Buddhist King. Jakar Dzong (the fortress of white bird) built in the 17th century by Tenzin Rabgay (the fourth Desi) is another famous landmark.
You will also be visiting Tamshing Lhakhang built in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa (the founder of religious treasures). Kunchosum Lhakhang and Mebartsho (the burning lake) are other places. Legend has it that Pema Lingpa discovered several religious texts from the lake.
Overnight at the hotel

Day 10: Bumthang-Phobjikha

After breakfast we drive to Phobjikha. Enroute, we will stop to visit Trongsa dzong built in 1648 – seat of the district administration, including the Watch Tower of Trongsa, which has been converted into a museum. Continue driving to Phobjikha.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Phobjikha-Punakha

After breakfast drive to Punakha. On the way visit Chhimi Lhakhang which was founded in the 15th century by Lama Dukpa Kinley also known as the divine mad man. After lunch visit Punakha dzong- built in 1637 by Zhabdrung. It is one of the most beautiful dzongs in the country. Later walk around Punakha and Khuruthang town.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Punakha-Thimphu

The three hour drive traverses thorough a constantly changing kaleidoscope of vegetation, waterfalls, flowers, mountains and meadows. In about 45 minutes we will reach the famous Dochula pass (3100m) where on a clear day we can see the entire eastern Himalayan range, teeming with 6000m to 7554m snow-capped mountains. The pass, also known for its abundant species of extremely beautiful flowers has 108 Buddhist stupas exquisitely built around a mound, adding to the natural splendour of the place.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Thimphu sightseeing

There are great many places to see in Bhutan’s capital. In the morning we will drive to Buddha Point which provides a spectacular 360 degree close-quarter view of entire Thimphu and the adjoining areas. This is the site of the world’s tallest statue of sitting Shakyamuni Buddha. Our next destination is the 12th century Changangkha Lhakhang, Takin Zoo and the viewpoint at Sangaygang. On our way back, we stop over at a nunnery, the Folk Heritage Museum and the Textile Museum.
After lunch, we will proceed to Tashichhodzong, a 17th century castle-fortress which today houses the offices of the King, Chief Abbot and government ministries. We will also take the opportunity to see the nearby parliament complex, the School of Arts and Crafts, vegetable market, and then spend the rest of the day watching an archery match and strolling around the town.
Overnight at Thimphu.

Day 14: Thimphu-Paro

After early breakfast, we drive to Paro and check in the hotel.
We will devote the day to sightseeing around the Paro valley famed for its natural beauty, historical monuments, agricultural farms and quintessentially Bhutanese village communities. Visit the National Museum, formerly a watch tower, and then the Castle on a Heap of Precious Jewels or Rinpung Dzong. Wind up the day with a stroll around Paro town. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15: Excursion to Taktsang

After breakfast, drive for half an hour and start hiking up to the temple that is renowned in the Himalayan Buddhist world as one of the most popular sites of pilgrimage. The five hour round trip follows an ancient but oft-trodden footpath flanked by water-driven prayer wheels.
The temple, precariously perched on a hair-raising ravine about 1000 metres above the valley floor, is considered sacrosanct as it was in a cave within this temple that the eight century tantric saint, Guru Padmasambhava, subdued the evils who obstructed the teachings of the Buddha. The saint is believed to have come to Taktshang in a fiery wrathful form riding a tigress. Over the years, many Buddhist saints have meditated in and around the temple and discovered numerous hidden treasure teachings.

Day 16: Departure from Paro

After breakfast, you will be driven to Paro international airport for your onward flight. Our representative will see you off.

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