TSIRANG CULTURAL Tour (7 Nights/8days)

About the Tsirang 70% of the Tsirang Dzong construction work has been completed. But some of the people who are involved in the construction work said the timber supply is irregular and this may delay the construction work.

An official involved in the Dzong construction said timber shortage is hampering the work progress. Tshering Nidup is in charge of the timber for the Dzong construction. He said the Forestry Development Corporation Limited has been entrusted with the task of supplying the timber but the supply has become irregular.

Pema Tenzin, the secretary to the chairman of the committee for the Tsirang Dzong construction said the timber supply is likely to affect the timely completion of the Dzong.

Tshering Nidup said he has proposed to the Forestry Development Corporation to allow them to extract the timber themselves or allow them to sit for the auction. Both proposals, he said, were rejected.

The sales manager of the forestry development corporation limited Sangay Gyeltshen said as per the government policy, other agencies are not allowed to extract timber from the forest. Besides, he said there is no need for them to extract the timber themselves because the FDCL has been supplying the timber steadily. He said the FDCL has not received any complaint saying the supply is irregular.

The construction work of the new Dzong started in January 2004 with the estimated fund of Nu.113 million. Source: BBS 113 million. Damphu is the administrative headquarters and capital of Tsirang Disrict Bhutan. It is located on the north-south highway running from Wangdue Phodrang to Sapang and Gelephu on the border with India. It contains the Tsirang Dzong. At the 2005 census, its population was 1,666.

Day 1: Arrival at Paro International airport

On your arrival you will be received by Guide and driver from Bhutan Dendroium Tour and Trek (BDTT) And then visit National Museum (known as Ta Dzong since it has been turned into National Museum, was the watch tower of Paro Dzong in 17th century)Paro Dzong (also known as Rinpung dzong is the venue for the annual Paro Tsechu festival held every spring). Lunch in Paro town and then transfer to Thimphu,the capital city of Bhutan. On reaching Thimphu check in hotel and evening visit Tashichho dzong (the fortress of the glorious religion, houses the throne room of his majesty the King, the main secretariat building and the central monastic body Overnight at Thimphu

Day 2: Thimphu to Punakha

After Breakfast and then visit Memorial Chorten (the stupa built n 1974 in the memory of our third king Jigme Dorji Wang chuck). And then transfer 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. Further down hill drive from the pass will take you to the warm and humid valley. On the way Hike to Chhimi Lhakhang (the monastery of fertility). Lunch in Khuruthang Town and after lunch Visit Punakha dzong (majestically located at the junction of the two rivers Pho Chu and Mo Chu, meaning male and female river, it was built in 1637AD, and was the capital of Bhutan since 1955 AD). And that at evening drive towards Wangde. Overnight at Wangdi

Day 3: Wangdue to Phobjikha

After breakfast transfer to Gangtey. On reaching Gangtey visit Gangtey Gompa Monastery and Black Necked Crane information center in Phobjikha valley (the wintering home for the black necked crane).And visit Norsang Carpet Factory (Established in 1992 by a local woman, it has a small hall housing eight weaving). Overnight at Phobjikha

Day 4: Phobjikha to Tsirang

After breakfast transfer to Tsirnag Damphu is the administrative headquarters and capital of Tsirang Disrict Bhutan. It is located on the north-south highway running from Wangdue Phodrang to Sapang and Gelephu on the border with India. It contains the Tsirang Dzong. At the 2005 census, its population was 1,666. And visit Tsirang dzong after then free time in Town Overnight in Tsirang

Day 5: Tsirang to Sarpang- Gelephu

After breakfast transfer to Gelephu on reaching Gelephu checking Hotel after lunch Brief write up on Lhakhang in Gelephu, Visit Tali Dratshang is located at about 10 minutes drive from the Gelephu Main Town.It is was constructed in the 1971/-1972 by Lam Therchung. Initially the Lhakhang was only one storey but later in the year 2000, another storey was added on to it. Again in the year 2014-2015, major renovation was carried out. The main Statues comprise of Tempa, Guru Rinpoche and Zhabdrung. It is winter residence of the Sarpang Monastic body. Every Year in the month of January/February; annual Tshechu is performed at the courtyard of the Dratshang in which thousands of people gather to witness the Tshechu.

Visit The Gyenyen Lhakhang is just few meters away from the Tali Dratshang and was constructed in the year 2003   when there was security issue in the southern parts of the country.It is a Goenkhang, a seat of the Protective deity,

Threma Lhakhang is located towards the north of the Gelephu Town and about 20 minutes drive from the main Town.It was constructed sometimes in Year 2002 as per the instruction of His Eminenence Garab Rinpoche. As it is clear from the name of the Lhakhang, the main statue inside the,

lhakhang is Threma Lathog. On every auspicious day, the Throema practitioners gather in the Lhakhang to perform Throema. Apart from these Lhakhangs, there are also other Lhakhang within the Town area via Nimalung Dratshang and Tharpaling Dratshang. Overnight in Gelephu

Day 6: Morning Fly to Paro from Gelephu Domestic to Paro International airport

On reaching Paro visit Nishioka Chorten,(the stupa built in memory of late Dasho Nishioka, a Japanese citizen who had served in the service of agriculture for 28 years in Bhutan),on the way stop at the Bondey village for the view of Paddy field (TANADA). And then vist Dumtse lhangkhang, the monastery was built in 1421 (other sources say 1433) by an eminent Tibetan lama named Thangtong Gyalpo (1385–1464), also known as Chagzampa, Overnight- Paro.

Day 7: Paro Taktsang Hike

After breakfast 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 then drive back via same route and then visit Kichu lhakhang (one of the oldest temple in Bhutan, which dates back to 7th century before Buddhism came to Bhutan).Towards evening stroll in and around the town for last shopping in Bhutan Overnight at Paro

Day 8: Departure 

Breakfast in hotel and then drive to airport the next destination. See off by the guide and the driver from Bhutan Dendroium Tour and Trek