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Trashigang Tshechu is an annual festival that is considered as one of the major events for eastern Bhutan. The festival attracts a lot of attention and spectators as it known for its spiritual importance comprising of various sacred masked dances and cultural folk songs and dances. The festival witnesses a huge congregation of people from all over the eastern region. Even the nomads from places like Merak and Sakteng march down to the Tshechu ground in their unusual and unique attires. The best part of the three-day festival is the unfurling of two major important Thongdrols, large tapestries. One is of the eight manifestations of Guru Padmasambhava and another of the Sixteen Arhats (Neten Chudrug). The sight of the festival is really something to behold with the masked dancers adorned with intricately carved and painted masks and dressed in silk and brocade while the people dressed in their textile rich dresses and women bejeweled with traditional Bhutanese jewelries.

Day 1: Arrival
Arrive at Guwahati International Airport. From there, our guide and driver will transport you to Samdrup Jongkhar.
In the evening, you may have a leisure walk in the small town of Samdrup Jongkhar.

Accommodation: Mountain Lodge (or similar)

Day 2: Samdrup Jongkhar-Trashigang
Travel to Trashigang early in the morning.
En route, visit Barshong Lhakhang.
Have orientation walk in the town towards the evening

Accommodation: Deojong Hotel (or similar)

Day 3: Trashigang Tshechu

Today, we will be going to the majestic dzong and witness the very sacred annual festival.

Accommodation: Deojong Hotel (or similar)

Day 4: Trashiyangtse Excursion

After breakfast, we will travel towards Trashiyangtse. We will first visit Gomphu Kora Lhakhang and then visit the Chorten Kora. We will also travel to Bumdeling which is one of the winter habitats of Black-necked Cranes.
Travel back to Trashigang.

Accommodation: Deojong Hotel (or similar)

Day 5: Trashigang-Bumthang

We have a very long journey ahead today. Thus, we will have to rise early and begin our journey.
Stop for a while at Mongar town for a brief recess. Our next stop will be at Lingmithang to visit the ruins of Druk Zhongkhar Dzong. Our lunch will be at Yongkala.

Accommodation: Gongkhar Lodge

Day 6: Bumthang Excursion

Visit Tamzhing Lhakhang. From there, we will walk towards Kurjey Lhakhang, and then to Jambay Lhakhang.
You may have a leisure walk in the evening.

Accommodation: Gongkhar Lodge

Day 7: Bumthang-Punakha

Leave Bumthang for Punakha.
En route, visit Trongsa Dzong and Ta Dzong. And also, the reconstruction site of Wangduephodrang Dzong.

Accommodation: Zingkham Resort.

Day 8: Punakha-Thimphu

Visit the majestic Punakha Dzong which stands at the confluence of two rivers.
As we leave for Thimphu after visiting Punakha Dzong, we will stop for a while at Sobsokha to visit Chhimi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility.
Then, we will stop at Dochula Pass to Druk Wangyel Stupas.

Accommodation: Hotel Tara Phendeyling

Day 9: Thimphu-Paro

Right after breakfast, we will visit Buddha Point, the National Memorial Stupa, and the Takin Park.
After lunch, we will travel to Paro.
We will visit Rimpung Dzong and the National Museum.

Accommodation: Bhutan Mandala Resort

Day 10: Taktsang Hike

Hike to the Tiger’s Nest. It takes around five hours to complete the round trip.
While coming back to hotel, we will visit Kyichu Lhakhang.
You may have a leisure walk in the evening and buy some gifts and souvenirs.

Accommodation: Bhutan Mandala Resort

Day 11: Departure

Leave Bhutan for the country