TRASHIGANG FESTIVAL (10 NIGHTS/11 DAYS)

TRASHIGANG-FESTIVALTrashigang is the largest district in the country and the bastion of the Tshanglas, the aboriginal inhabitant of the district. The dzong that sits majestically on a ridge overlooking the Dangmechu and the Gamrichu was built in 1651 and over the years has played crucial roles as the Administrative headquarter of the district. It also withstood some of the prominent Tibetan attacks that were launched in the 17thcentury from Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.

While every village has their own tshechus to celebrate annually, however the highlight is the three day tshechu that is held in the dzong from the 7th to 11th of the tenth month of the Bhutanese calendar that corresponds to the month of December. The tshechu is witnessed by the Brokpas, a semi-nomadic community of Merak and Sakteng, the Khengpa community, and people from as far as Samdrup Jongkhar, Pema Gatshel and TrashiYangtse.

On the 7thday, the monks take the thrue or the bath and on the 8th have their rehearsals. On the 9th day, the tshechu begins. On the 10th day is unfurled the thongdrol of Neten Chudrug (Sixteen Arhats) together with different mask dances. On the final day, the old thongdrel of Guru Tshengyed is displayed with Guru TshengyedChhams.

DETAILS ITINERARY

DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO-PUNAKHA

On your arrival you will be received by Guide and driver from  Bhutan Dendrobium Tour and Trek(BDTT). And then transfer to Punakha the drive to Punakha is about 3 hours from Thimphu via Dochula pass at 3150m, one can have a magnificent view of Eastern Himalayas on the clear weather from the pass.Lunch in Dochula cafeteria. Further down hill drive from the pass will take you to the warm and humid valley of Punakha. On the way visit Chime Lhakhang temple which takes about 30mins from car parking to Chime Lhakhang and up down it takes 1hr.After that Visit Punakha dzong(majestically located at the junction of the two rivers Pho chu and Mo chu, meaning male and female river).Overnight at Punakha.

DAY 02: PUNAKHA-BUMTHANG

Breakfast in hotel and then long drive to Bumthang, crossing Pelela pass at 3360m.Photograph break at the pass, further 1hr30min drive from the pass will take to the village of Chendebji where the lunch will be served in Tabdey restaurant near Chendebji stupa (the Nepal style eye stupa). Further drive from the lunch spot will reach to the town of Trongsa (the town in central Bhutan). Sightseeing of Trongsa dzong (the fortress in central Bhutan from where the Wang chuck dynasty came to power in 1907). And then further proceed to Bumthang crossing another pass of Yotongla at 3400m and Kikila pass at 2700m. On reaching Bumthang check in hotel, dinner and Overnight at JAKAR.

DAY 03: BUMTHANG-MONGAR

Breakfast in hotel and it’s a long drive and its takes seven hours to travel between Jakar and monger, crossing two passes and passing numerous sheer drops on what is one of the most spectacular drives in the country descending 3200m in a distance of 84km. Lunch on the way. Overnight at MONGAR.

DAY 04: MONGAR-TRASHIGANG

Breakfast in hotel and it’s a long drive and its takes three and half hour. The road crosses one low pass, and then follows a river before making a final climb to Trashigang. And drive to Trashigang Dzong (is on high promontory that over-looks the confluence of the Dragmechhu and Gamrichhu and its built in 1667 by Mingyur Tempa, Bhutan’s third desi.) to Witness festival. Overnight at TRASHIGANG.

DAY 05: TRASHIGANG (WITNESS FESTIVAL)

Breakfast in hotel and drive to Trashigang Dzong to witness festival whole day.Overnight at TRASHIGANG

DAY 06: TRASHIANG-TRASHIYANGTSE

Breakfast in hotel and on the same route drives back to Mongar. Lunch in Mongar Town.Overnight at TRASHIYANGTSE

DAY 07: TRASHIAYNGTSE-BUMTHANG.

Breakfast in hotel and drive to Bumthang.Lunch on the way.Overnight at BUMTHANG

DAY 08: BUMTHANG – THIMPHU

Breakfast in hotel and then proceed to Thimpu via same route, crossing different Dzongkhag and village. On the way you will fine magnificent view of mountain or Himalayas,different specious of birds and real Bhutanese life.After  you reach in Thimphu chick in hotel.Overnight at Thimphu.

DAY 09: THIMPHU- SIGHTSEEING

Breakfast in hotel and then visit to Memorial Chorten (this stupa was built in 1974 in memory of the late majesty the 3rd king).After that you will take to Buddha point,from their you will have nice view of Thimphutown.Lunch in town.After the lunch Hike to WangdiTse Temple (built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1586) is about 1hours from the car point. From There we can view the Thimphu Town (capital of Bhutan). And then Visit Dechen Phodrang Monastery (the Buddhist school for the monks).And then visit Tashichho dzong,The main government building and the central monk body).Overnight at THIMPHU.

DAY 10: THIMPHU- TAKTSANG MONASTREY HIKE

Breakfast in hotel and drive till the hiking point to Taktshang monastery (the monastery perched on the side of a cliff at a height of 900 meters above the Paro valley), round trip hike to Taktshang monastery which is about 3-4 hours from the car point. Lunch at the cafeteria (view point).After lunch sightseeing of Drugyel dzong (the fortress in ruins built in commemoration over Tibetan invasion in 17th century).and visit Dungtse lhakhang (The unusual and circular lhakhang, reminiscent of the Shana, or the black hat worn by the Bhutanese Black Hat dancers was, built by the great Builder of iron chain bridges,DrupthobThangtong Gyalpo.). Towards evening stroll in and around the town for last shopping in Bhutan Overnight at PARO

DAY 11: DEPARTURE

Breakfast in hotel and then drive to the airport for the flight t the next destination. See off by the guide and the driver of  Bhutan Dendrobium Tour and Trek.