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Like any other tscechus, Cultural & Heritage Festivals Trongsa also honors the great saint, Guru Rinpoche. Guru, also revered as the second Buddha, is credited with having introduced Tantric Buddhism throughout the Himalayas. The festival’s masked dances are performed by monks clad in colorful brocade attire and permeated by chants and reading of Buddhist scripts. The culmination of the festival constitutes the unfurling of a huge cloth thangka, a sacred tapestry, depicting the Guru Himself. We believe that anybody who sees the thangka will gain merits.

Day 1: Paro–Thimphu:

Arrive at Paro International Airport. Travel to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. En route, visit Tachog Monastery. Afternoon, visit National Memorial Chorten, Buddha Dordenma Statue, Kuenselphodrang Park, and Traditional Handmade Paper Factory.

Overnight stay at Hotel Tara Phendeyling (or similar)

Day 2: Thimphu

Hike to Cheri Monastery. Afternoon, visit Takin Park, Centenary Farmers’ Market, Institute of Traditional Arts and Crafts, and the majestic Tashichhodzong which houses the office of His Majesty the King.

Overnight stay at Hotel Tara Phendeyling (or similar)

Day 3: Thimphu–Punakha

Travel towards Punakha.On the way, stop at Dochula pass and visit the 108 Victory Stupas. Then visit Chimi Lhakhang, the fertility temple.
Afternoon, visit the majestic Punakha Dzong, the longest suspension bridge, and Galem’s house.

Overnight stay at Zhingkham Resort (or similar) 

Day 4: Punakha-Trongsa

Leave Punakha for Trongsa.En route, stop at the reconstruction site of Wangduepodrang dzong. In the evening, have a leisurely walk in the town.

Accommodation: Yangkhil Resort

Day 5: Trongsa Tshechu

Visit Trongsa Dzong to witness the tshechu.In the afternoon, visit the Ta Dzong (Watch Tower).

Accommodation: Yangkhil Resort

Day 6: Trongsa-Phobjikha

Travel to Phobjikha. Visit Gangtey Goenpa and stroll along the Nature Trail at Phojikha valley, the winter habitat of endangered Black-necked Cranes.

Overnight stay in a home-stay

Day 7:Phobjikha-Paro

Travel back to Paro. En route, visit Semtokha Dzong, the oldest dzong in the country. Afternoon, visit the National Museum, Paro Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, and have an orientation walk along the silent street of Paro Town.

Overnight stay at Bhutan Mandala Resort

Day 8: Hike to Taksang Monastery

Hike to Taksang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest. In the evening, visit one of the nearby homestays and have a hot-stone bath.

Overnight stay at Bhutan Mandala Resort

Day 9: Departure

We will see you at Paro International Airport. We hope that you have had a wonderful and memorable stay in our dragon kingdom.