8 Days Chhukha Festival
24 – 26 Oct 2020 | Venue: Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha.
Different mask dances are performed during the festival apart from the traditional folk songs and dances. The highlight of the festival is the unfurling of the thongdrol (large tapestry) of Guru Rinpoche.
Day 1. Arrive Paro (Altitude 2280 m) – Thimphu (2320 m) (Distance: 54 km, 1 hr drive).
Day 2. Thimphu Sightseeing.
Day 3. Thimphu – Chukha Tshechu – Thimphu.
Day 4. Thimphu – Punakha.
Day 5. Punakha Sightseeing.
Day 6. Punakha – Thimphu – Paro Sightseeing: (Altitude 2280 m).
Day 7. Paro sightseeing (Tiger’s Nest).
Day 8. Departure: (Altitude 2280 m).
Detail Itinerary for 8 Days Chukha Festival
Day 1.Arrive Paro (Altitude 2280 m) – Thimphu (2320 m) (Distance: 54 km, 1 hr drive):
Your Guide from Yak Holidays will receive you at the Airport and drive to Thimphu.
On the way, view Tamchog Monastery built by Thangthong Gyalpo (Popularly known as Lama Chazampa, which literally means, the Iron Bridge builder) in the 15th century.
After lunch, visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our 3rd King, late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (The Father of Modern Bhutan).
In the evening, visit to the Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). Then free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 2. Thimphu Sightseeing:
After breakfast, visit the Statue of Buddha at Kuenselphodrang, then visit Changangkha Lhakhang, one of the oldest Lhakhangs (Temple) in Bhutan. Changangkha Lhakhang is an old temple and monastic school established in the 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drukgom Shigpo, who came from Ralung in Tibet.
Then visit Takin Preserve center, Sangaygang view point and the Dupthop Lhakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.
After lunch, visit National Postal Museum, where you can get an instant personalized photo of you and your dear ones on Bhutanese stamps, visit Folk Heritage museum. In the evening stroll in the town for shopping and photography. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 3.Thimphu – Chukha Tshechu (1815m altitude) – Thimphu:
After breakfast drive to Chukha Dzong, two hours journey. Chukha Tshechu is performed annually inside The Chukha Ngedrup Tse Dzong as an offering to Guru Rinpoche. Different mask dances are performed during the festival, as well as traditional folk songs and dances as an offering to the Guru Padmasambhava. The highlight of the festival is the unfurling of the Thongdrol (large tapestry) of Guru Rinpoche on the last day (3rd day).
Chukha Dzong is the newest Dzong in the country, inaugurated in 2012 by Her Majesty Ashi Jetsun Pema Wangchuck. It is a grand structure that blends traditional architectural grandeur with touches of modernity.
Witness Chukha Tshechu the whole day and in the evening, drive back to Thimphu. Dinner and over night in Hotel.
Day 4. Thimphu – Punakha (Altitude 1310 m, 76 Km, 3 hrs drive)
After breakfast, drive towards Punakha. On the way stay for a while at Dochula pass with its 108 stupas built on the hill top. If the weather is clear you will get an amazing view of the great Himalayan range of the north. On the way, visit the Royal Botanical Garden at Lamperi, also known as Rhododendron Garden.
Then visit Chimi Lhakhang built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley (Popularly known as “The Divine Madman”, in the year 1499. He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt” and built the temple on top of a hillock. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”.
After lunch, visit to Punakha Dzong. Punakha Dzong was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. Punakha is the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the First National Assembly here in 1952. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 5. Punakha Sightseeing:
After breakfast, hike to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.
- Drive to Yabesa village and hike to through rice fields and up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten, built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. Perched high on a hill on the bank of the river, the Chorten houses paintings belonging to Nyingmapa Traditions.
We then walk across the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan over the Pho Chhu river.
- About the Bridge: The Punakha Suspension Bridge is considered the longest of its kind in Bhutan. It is located in the Punakha district, and it connects the two sides of the Po Chhu river. In the early years, the bridge was made for the Lamas of Punakha Dzong (temple) who crossed the river very often to visit nearby villages. Today it serves both for locals and tourists who want to visit the temple.
After lunch, drive to Thimphu. In the evening, witness Archery match. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 6. Thimphu – Paro (Sightseeing – 2280m altitude):
After breakfast, visit to the school of traditional Arts and Crafts (Painting school) and drive to Paro.
Lunch at Paro and visit the Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which has been the National Museum of Bhutan since 1967. Then visit Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong presently houses administrative offices. From here, take a short walk across a traditional cantilever bridge to one of the many archery grounds to be found in Bhutan. If you are lucky, you will catch a glimpse of archery match in action. Archery is the national sport. In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 7. Paro – Hike to Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang Monastery):
After breakfast, drive from Paro to the base of the monastery and hike to Taktsang Monastery which is at 3120m altitude – a 2 hour walk to the monastery. The primary temple was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684 by the Penlop of Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort.
After lunch, visit to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by accidental fire which is now under renovation and near completion. You can experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m) if the day is clear.
On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo.
- Srongsen Gampo, the Tibetan king who married a Chinese princess, Wenchen in 641, as a part of her dowry was a statue called “Jowo” which was an Indian image of Buddha, Sakyamuni as a small boy. In 659, He decided to build 108 Temples in a single day to pin the Ogress to the earth forever and, at the same time, convert the Tibetan people to Buddhism. 6 of these Temples lie in Bhutan, most prominent of them are Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang and Kichu Lhakhang in Paro. Kichu Lhakhang is said to hold the left foot of the Ogress and Jambay Lhakhang pins the left knee.
Hot stone bath: One of the best ways to unwind after a long day in Bhutan is the hot stone bath. It is not only practiced as a comforting soak but also to treat various alignments. Soaking in Menchu with (Water with medicinal properties) is one of the favorite activities for Bhutanese, especially during the winters. The cost for one bath is US$ 40.
Dinner and over night in Hotel.
Day 8. Paro – Departure: Early breakfast and drive to Airport and farewell.
- Hot stone bath.
- Cycling around Paro valley.
- Practice Archery.
- Bhutanese cooking class.
- Bhutanese cultural show featuring various mask dances and folk dances.
- Talk on Gross National Happiness / Buddhism.
- Consulting an Astrologer.
- Practice Dart.
- Performing religious ceremony.
- Marriage ceremonies.
Please contact us for the price.
Tour Cost Includes:
a. All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
b. Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room Supplement Extra.
c. All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
d. Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
e. Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
f. Visa Fee.
g. English speaking Local guide.
i. Bottled water.
Tour Cost Excludes:
a. Drukair fares.
b. Insurance Premiums
c. Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
d. Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”.
e. Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
f. Personal expenses such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services.