Grand Annula Festival of THIMPHU Tshechu Cultural Tour of Bhutan

Grand Annula Festival of THIMPHU Tshechu Cultural Tour of Bhutan

7 Days



Grand Annula Festival of THIMPHU Tshechu Cultural Tour of Bhutan

7 Days Starting and ending in Paro International Airport

Visiting: Thimphu, Punakha, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Choeten, Phobjikha Valley, Gangtey Monastery, Dochula Pass, Paro, Taktsang Monastery

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Tour Overview

This 7 days 6 nights trip will take you on an exhilarating journey through 4 western districts of Bhutan giving you the perfect opportunity to discover the pristine wilderness of the Kingdom of Bhutan, witness a dazzling annual Thimphu Tshechu festival and encounter fact-to-face with an ancient tradition that still flourishes alongside modern development. The festival portrays the rich cultural heritage of Bhutan and brings the whole community and people from different places together to socialize and foster harmony and happiness.

In Phobjikha valley, you will experience a glimpse of life living in the pristine glacial valley and visit one of the historic and largest monasteries in Bhutan and meet with compassionate monks. A short Gangtey Nature Hike through the pristine valley is a must-do activity.

Departure Dates for Thimphu Tshechu Festival
4th & 5th October 2022 (Day 01 & 02)
24th & 25th September 2023 (Day 01 & 02)


  • Witness dazzling annual festival of Thimphu Tshechu and mingle with local people gathering to celebrate the festival, socialize and foster harmony, promote peace and happiness

  • Hike to the 8th-century sacred site where Bhutan’s iconic landmark, 17th century Paro Taktsang or Tiger’s Nest built on the face of the 800m rock cliff.

  • Travel to the glacial valley of Phobjikha at an altitude of 3,000 meters, the largest winter roosting ground for endangered Black-Necked Crane and stay at a family farmhouse to learn and experience Bh

  • Travel to the ancient capital of Bhutan, hike to a serene mountain ridge and view the beautiful fertile valley below.

  • Visit the capital city of Bhutan and get a true glimpse of modern Bhutan with its ancient culture still vibrant. Immerse yourself into the contemporary Bhutanese lifestyle and discover happiness.

Places You'll See

Dressed In Their Finest Costumes, Women Sings Folk Songs At The Festival

Spectators At The Festival

Getting Blessings From Giant Sacred Applique

Mask Dances Performed By Skillful Monks

Tshechu Goers Sharing Lunch

Dazzling Mask Dances Performed By Skilled Monks

Home-Cooked Local Cuisine

Nature In The Pristine Valley Of Phobjikha

Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten In Punakha

Punakha Valley

Sacred Dochula Pass At 3150M

Rice Fields Of Punakha Valley As Seen From Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten

Bhutan's Longest Suspension Bridge

The Iconic Taktsang Monastery


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Day 1 : Arrive At Paro International Airport & Sightseeing / Transfer To Thimphu (2334M)
Location: Paro International Airport, Thimphu
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Kuenphen Rabten Resort or Hotel Amodhara
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner, If you arrive early lunch can be served in Thimphu at one of the traditional restaurants

Your guide and the driver will receive you at the Paro International Airport then go on your first adventure in the Land of the Thunder Dragon.

First, you will visit the National Museum of Bhutan housed in a 17th-century watchtower called Paro Ta Dzong. It displays hundreds of ancient Bhutanese artifacts and artworks including traditional costumes, armour, weaponry and handcrafted implements for daily life. The collection at the National Museum preserves a snap-shot of the rich cultural traditions of the country.

After lunch at Paro town, we drive to capital city Thimphu. On arrival in Thimphu, you'll visit the National Institute of Zorig Chusum where the 13 traditional arts & crafts of Bhutan are taught. After that, drive to visit the Buddha Dordhenma Statue located on a hilltop overlooking Thimphu valley.

Note: The coverage of sightseeing on the first day depends on your flight arrival time. If you arrive in the morning, you should be able to visit all of the sites.

Driving distance 55km, Driving time 1.5-hours, Thimphu altitude 2334m

Day 2 : Full Day Witnessing The Grand Annual Festival Of Thimphu Tshechu
Location: Thimphu
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Kuenphen Rabten Resort or Hotel Amodhara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today after breakfast, you will visit the Tashichho Dzong and witness one of the largest festivals in Bhutan, the annual Tshechu of Thimphu.

Today, you will witness one of the biggest festivals in the country, the Thimphu Tshechu. This festival is held in the capital city for three days. The Tshechu is witnessed by thousands of people, both local and tourists. The actual Tshechu is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods. Mask dances like the Guru Tshengye (Eight Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche) and many other dazzling sacred mask dances are performed. Festivals are a true reflection of ancient culture and traditions that has been handed down from generation to generation and are still vibrant today. In Bhutan, it is understood that the Tsechu is an ideal mechanism to promote happiness and harmony, and strengthen the community and social bonds. These representations of traditional culture are given high priority and great respect from every level of Bhutanese society and function as a manifestation of Gross National Happiness (GNH) policy.

A traditional unch will be served at Folk Heritage Restaurant or a similar one.

Leisure time to explore the streets of Thimphu which attracts more people during the festival.

Day 3 : Hike To The 12Th Century Tango Monastery / Transfer To Punakha Valley (1200M)
Location: Punakha
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Lobesa or Meri Puensum Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast at the hotel, you will hike to one of the important religious centers in Bhutan. Later after lunch, transfer to Punakha valley via the sacred mountain pass called Dochula.

Tango Monastery is located on the mountainside north of Thimphu. There is also a monastery called Cheri located on a mountainside in the neighbourhood. Hiking to Tango is much easier as most part of the footpath is paved and the uphill ascent is not as steep. It is roughly 14km from the main Thimphu town. Following the trail through the forests, the walk uphill takes about 1.5 hours at a slow pace. After the hike, return to Thimphu for lunch at one of the local restaurants.

After lunch, transfer to Punakha valley. En route stop briefly at Dochu La Pass (3,150m/10,335ft) from where you can see, on a clear day, some of the highest peaks of Bhutan.

Just about 11km before arriving Punakha town, visit Chimi Lhakhang popularly known as the "Temple of Fertility" located on a gentle hilltop near the village of Sopsokha. To reach the temple, you have to walk 20 – 30 minutes through beautiful terraced paddy fields and traditional farmhouses.

You will explore the nearby village and interact with the local people.

Driving distance from Thimphu to Punakha 74km, Driving time 2.5-hours, Punakha altitude 1200m

Day 4 : Sightseeing In Punakha Valley / Transfer To Phobjikha Valley (3,000M)
Location: Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Choeten, Phobjikha Valley
Accommodation: Hotel, Homestay
Accommodation Name: Yue-Loki Guest House or at a village homestay to get insights into a typical village life in Bhutan
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On Day 4 of your trip, you will do a short hike to a picturesque temple on a peaceful hilltop and after lunch, transfer to the pristine Phobjikha valley where you will visit an important landmark not only in the valley but also in the region.

After early breakfast, you will do 2-2.5 hour round trip hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten. This wonderful hike takes you through terraced rice fields and a short climb through pine trees before you reach the peaceful sacred site. The view below is stunning with glacial fed Mochu river snaking through the fertile valley of Punakha.

After the hike, drive to visit the 17th-century Punakha Dzong considered as the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. You will spend some time appreciating the ornately carved wooden pillars and sacred wall paintings. From there walk to Bhutan's longest suspension bridge that runs over Phochu (male) river.

After lunch, transfer to Phobjikha valley. Driving distance from Punakha to Phobjikha valley 80km, Driving time 3-hours, Phobjikha altitude 3000m

Day 5 : Gangtey Nature Hike / Transfer Back To Paro Valley (2200M)
Location: Gangtey Monastery, Dochula Pass, Paro
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Khangkhu Resort or Bhutan Mandala Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you will visit a very important landmark of the valley - the 17th century Gangtey Monastery located on a hilltop. You'll have opportunity to meet with monks and offer prayers at the monastery.

From here, you'll go on an exhilarating Gangtey Nature Hike. The trail is about 5km and takes approximately 3 hours through the woods surrounded by splendid nature all around, wonderful meadows, beautiful traditional village houses, farmlands and crystalline streams. This short nature trail gives you a great feeling of the valley and understanding of the livelihood of the people living there. Lots of opportunities to take beautiful pictures!

After the enriching hike and a sumptuous lunch, drive back to Paro. Drivign distance from Phobjikha valley to Paro is 175km and takes 4.5-5 hours driving.

Day 6 : Hike To Paro Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) & Later Visit A Beautiful Farmhouse For An Authentic Home-Cooked Local Cuisine
Location: Taktsang Monastery, Paro
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Khangkhu Resort or Bhutan Mandala Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After an early breakfast at the hotel, you will hike to the famous Paro Taktsang and later in the evening visit a beautiful farmhouse for an authentic home-cooked traditional Bhutanese cuisine.

Drive to the base of the Taktsang monastery from where the hike begins. Taktsang monastery is located on an 800-meter rock cliff above Paro valley. Taktsang or the Tiger’s Lair (people prefer to call Tiger’s Nest), is regarded as one of the most important monasteries in Bhutan. The round trip hike takes about 4-5 hours for most visitors but you can hike at your own pace. We recommend you start the hike early.

After lunch at the Taktsang Cafeteria, retrace your footstep back to the base and drive to visit an auspicious Paro Kyichu Lhakhang. Located just a few minutes drive from the main town of Paro, Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan. It is believed to have been built on a single day in 659 A.D. by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet in his effort to build 108 such temples across the Himalayan region to subdue the spirit of a demoness who was causing obstruction to the spread of Buddhism.

Towards the late afternoon, you will visit a beautiful farmhouse and enjoy delicious home-cooked local cuisine. You may participate and learn how to cook some popular local dishes. If you are interested in a home spa, you can soak up in a traditional hot stone bath for a fee of about US$15. Specially selected stones believed to contain minerals are heated in a wood fired fireplace and dropped into a chamber of wooden tub releasing minerals. You can lighten up with a warm cup of locally brewed liquor known as “Ara” and feast on home-cooked authentic Bhutanese cuisine.

Day 7 : Departure From Paro International Airport
Location: Paro International Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Paro International Airport for your onward journey. Our guide and driver will bid you farewell.

What's Included

  • Fully Guided

    Experienced English-speaking licensed tour guide included

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

    Transport included as per itinerary for the entire duration of your stay in Bhutan

  • Meals – Full Board

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

    All hotel accommodations have wi-fi internet connections.

  • Drinks with Meals

  • Local Taxes

    All internal taxes are included

  • Country Entry Visas

    Visa Fee is included in the price. We will also process your visa and send you the approved e-visa letter within 3-4 business days.

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    Round trip airport transfers included in the price

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation at 3star hotels mentioned in the itinerary or similar. We will arrange hotels that are certified by the Tourism Council of Bhutan.

  • Extra experience like traditional archery and dart throwing.

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What's Not Included

  • Drinks with Meals

    All drinks not included except bottled mineral water in the car

  • Any other expenditures of personal nature

  • International Travel

    International flights are not included.

    There are only two airlines (Drukair & Bhutan Airlines) operating in and out of Bhutan and so securing air tickets can be difficult especially during the months of high season.

    Currently, Bhutan is connected with these cities - Bagdogra, Bangkok, Delhi, Dhaka, Guwahati, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Singapore.

    We recommend you to book a few months in advance especially if you plan to visit during the high season months of March - May and September - November.

    If you need help in arranging flights to/from Bhutan, please let us know much in advance.

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Entry Fees

    All entry fees to the museums, monuments and sacred sites are not included

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Tipping is optional but our guide and driver work hard to offer the best experience. You may tip them if you feel satisfied with their services.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Except for the citizens of India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other nationals are required to have a visa to enter Bhutan in advance.

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Yes, all of the accommodations where you will say are equipped with wi-fi internet service.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    You will have some leisure time during the tour but you must follow the time schedule set by the guide.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    We have been in the business since the beginning of 2016.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Visitors are required to provide a COVID vaccine certificate and negative PCR test taken not more than 72 hours before the date of entry. Facemasks are mandatory at all places. Our guides and drivers will maintain a high degree of COVID-19 safety protocols. Vehicles are regularly sanitized.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, you may not join the tour that has already departed. In case you have booked that particular tour, you may join but you will not receive any refund for the portion you have missed. You also have to pay the airport pickup charges because separate transport has to be arranged.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All of our hotels are certified by the Tourism Council of Bhutan and are regularly inspected by the authority for health and COVID-19 safety regulations.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    You can always change the date of the confirmed booking. We highly recommend you let us know a few months before the original date of arrival to ensure the flights and hotels are available on the new dates especially during the high season. A trip once booked can be postponed to any future date.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    You'll receive a copy of your BHUTAN e-Visa and an outline of the itinerary with the list of hotels where you will stay before you travel. We always let our guests know in advance the hotels they will stay in. No surprises and disappointments! If you are coming for a trekking adventure, we will send you a suggested packing list.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Sean Anthony, USA  

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Bhutan Acorn Tours & Travel created an intimate Tour & Travel experience for 10-days to West-Central Bhutan. When I booked the trip the interaction was professional, responded promptly, informative of the process, and personal. Booking a trip to a rare country to visit that seems expensive per day rate but its actually very reasonable considering: hotel stay arranged, tour guide, driver with car, gas and bottled water, parking fees, temples and parks fees, and three meals a day are all inclusive. No out of pocket expenses is required unless you want a beer, soda, shopping or provide a tip. An average bhutanese citizen makes less than a dollar a day so the gesture of a tip can be life changing. I was fortunate to have Bhutan Acorn. Traveling alone, I was lucky to be the only one on the tour where other tours had a groups. My experience was a cultural immersion through culture, history and even attire, men's traditional gho. The itinerary is well planned and a jammed packed experience from visiting 8th century Temples, The Infamous Tigers Nest Temple in the Mountains, breathtaking landscapes, to enjoying a European beer and cuisine at the Swiss Guesthouse. I was lucky to attend the Tschechu Festival, an Annual Festival in Punakha where I got the chance to see the 5th King and Former Prime Minister, sightings of the Rare Black Necked Crane, a picture with a Buddhist Grand Master Teacher, and the experience of a 2-day homestay in Phobjikha. My tour guide, Millan Rai, is highly educated, spoke perfect English and provided a professional as well as personal experience that was life changing for me. The culture and religion in Bhutan is so rich and traditional for centuries that it helped me put life into perspective from the influences of fast-paced modern society and overwhelming technology. Bhutan Acorn Tours & Travel will be my only company I choose for my next trip to Bhutan. I highly recommend this company as the highest level of standard in Professionalism, Service and Life-changing Experience. Enjoy the Journey!

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