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MON 13 SEP 2021 - TUE 21 SEP (UTC+06:00)
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Thimphu Tshechu and Western Bhutan Adventure

9-Day Easy Grade Trip

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Experience the colour and celebration of a tshechu  at the Thimphu festival and explore some superb hiking trails, with a visit to the brilliant Tiger's Nest to finish. Travel to Punakha to see Bhutan's most beautiful dzong and the scenic and spectacular Dochu La.

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Thimphu Tshechu

Location : Bhutan

The Tshechu is a religious event celebrated on tenth day of a month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the birthday of Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava). However the exact month of the Tshechu varies from place to place and temple to temple. Entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialize. It is believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once to in order to receive blessings and wash away their sins.

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The Tiger's Nest Monastery

The hike to the amazing Tiger's Nest Monastery is one of the best in the world. As you ascend through pine and rhododendron forest you glimpse the monastery high above and the Paro Valley down below. Suddenly, after a final push upwards you are faced with the most magnificent views of the Tiger's Nest clinging to the side of a cliff. It's simply breathtaking.

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Punakha Dzong

Considered to be the most beautiful fortress in Bhutan, Punakha dzong certainly lives up to its reputation with its superb architecture and ornately decorated carved woodwork. Its site on the confluence of two great rivers makes for a pretty incredible location.

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Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Choeten

Location : Bhutan

Some of the best views in Bhutan can be seen from the rooftop of this gorgeous temple, set on a ridge high above the Punakha Valley. It was built in 2004 in honour of the current, fifth king. It's a great walk to get there, as the trail winds through the rice paddies then pine forest, with the views becoming more spectacular as you ascend. Further up the hill are the monks’ quarters and beyond that is a royal retreat.

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Dochu La

Location : Bhutan

Cross one of Bhutan's scenic high passes, the Dochu La at 3,140 metres in altitude. There are brilliant views of the eastern Himalayas in clear weather but the main attraction are the arresting sight of 108 chortens located on a gentle hill.

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Lungchu Tsey Pilgrimage Walk

This 3-4-hour hike takes us up through beautiful rhododendron and daphne forest, strewn with vibrant prayer flags, to a small temple with sweeping views over the valley.

 

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Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery

The beautifully maintained Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery comes with panoramic views over the Punakha Valley. It has one of only a handful of Nepalese style stupas found in Bhutan.
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Chimi Lhakhang

Drukpa Kunley earned the title of the 'Divine Madman' by using unconventional and outrageous behaviour to challenge the traditional teachings of Buddhism. This modest temple built in his honour is now a symbol of fertility, drawing couples from all over Bhutan to receive blessings.

 

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Paro Dzong

Paro is the gateway to Bhutan. Its wide valley makes it the most suitable location for Bhutan’s only international airport. The valley is dominated by the view of the magnificent dzong, or fortress, which is the site of one of Bhutan’s most popular festivals. Above the dzong sits the National Museum, home to some fine examples of Buddhist art and sculpture, as well as a room dedicated to Bhutan’s flora and fauna.

 

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