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Bhutan a purely Buddhist Himalayan kingdom is unsurpassed in its scenic majesty and vibrant culture.The kingdom shares with Nepal the world’s greatest concentration of mountains and living heritage of Buddhism. The fifty-minute flight from Kathmandu to Paro can truly be described as a flight into fantasy. During the flight a first hand close up view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and other famous peaks become reality. Biweekly flights (Mon/Thu) between these two kingdoms have made it easier to travel to the long isolated Dragon Kingdom of Bhutan. Bhutan is one of the few countries in the world still untouched, a paradise for tourists interested in Buddhist culture and philosophy, flora and fauna, trekking and mountaineering. Due to the Royal Government’s policy of controlled selective tourism, Bhutan receives less than 5000 tourist annually. Or… visit Darjeeling, mountain fortresses, lush valleys, monasteries- popularly known as the “Queen of the Hills”. On the slopes of the Darjeeling hills grow the best tea in the world and Gantok, the capital city of Sikkim, an awesomely beautiful land full of color.

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Western Bhutan filled with traditional farm house roofed with shingles and slate and rice paddies, holds a lot of interesting sites to visit like the picturesque ruin of Drugyel Dzong built in 1647, Taktsang Monastery perched on a cliff overlooking the valley at an altitude of 800 mts and the most well preserved Monastery, Kiychu Lhakhang built in the 7th century AD by the Tibetan King Srongsten Gampo contains exquisitely carved statues of gods and goddesses and frescoes

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There are many festivals held at different locations at different times of the year. The best known festival is "Tshechu" which is celebrated in honour of Guru Padmasambhava commemorating his great deeds. Popularly known as "Guru Rimpoche". This Indian saint contributed enormously to the diffusion of Tantric Buddhism in the Himalayan region of Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan around 800 AD. Guru Padmasambhava is founder of the Nyingmapa, the old school of Lamaism, which still has numerous followers.

The biography of Guru is highlighted by 12 episodes on the model of Buddha Shakyamuni's life. "Tshechu" which has become the name of very popular festival commemorate each episode around the year on the 10th day of the month. The dates and the duration of festival vary from one place to another but they all take place on or around 10th day of the month according to Bhutanese calendar. "Tshechus" are celebrated for several days, between three and five according to location, and are the occasion for dances that are clearly defined in religious content.

Both monks as well as laymen take part in these dances which are performed in a similar manner at each of the Tshechus. Certain Tshechus end with the worship of a huge applique Thangkha representing Guru Rimpoche and his eight manifestations. It is called 'THONGDROEL' and is believed that simply by viewing it people can be delivered from the cycle of reincarnations.

The Bhutanese people attach great importance to festivals, which allow them to become immersed in their religion and gain merit, and it is because of this importance that the festivals are so well preserved. These events are also a time for the local people to socialize, to laugh, to joke with their neighbors and acquaintances, to dress in their finest clothes and jewelry, to eat well and generally to have good time. Below given is a list of festivals, their location and tentative dates for year 2003. Please feel free to save your copy.

TENTATIVE FESTIVAL DATES FOR 2003

 

NAME OF THE FESTIVALS

LOCATION

YEAR 2003

01

Punakha Dromche

Punakha

18 Mar.- 12 Apr.

02

Chorten Kora

Trashiyangtse

18 Mar.- 1 Apr.

03

Gom Kora Tshechu

Trashigang

10 - 12 April

04

Chhukha Tshechu

Chhukha

10 - 12 April

05

Paro Tshechu

Paro

12 - 16 April

06

Ura Tshechu

Bumthang

11 - 16 May

07

Khurje Tshechu

Bumthang

9 July

08

Nimalung Tshechu

Bumthang

7 - 9 July

09

Himphu Drupchen

Thimphu

30 Sept. - 4 Oct.

10

ThimphuTshechu

Thimphu

5 - 7 Oct.

11

Wangdi Tshechu

Wangdiphodrang

3 - 5 Oct.

12

Tamshing Phala Choepa

Bumthang

4 - 6 Oct.

13

Tangbi Mani

Bumthang

9 - 11 Oct.

14

Jambay Lhakhang Drup

Bumthang

8 - 12 Nov.

15

Paker Tshechu

Bumthang

9 - 12 Nov.

16

Mongar Tshechu

Mongar

30 Nov. - 3 Dec.

17

Pemagatshel Tshechu

Pemagatshel

30 Nov. - 3 Dec.

18

Trashigang Tshechu

Trashigang

1 - 4 Dec.

19

Nalakhar Tshechu

Bumthang

8 - 10 Dec.

20

Trongsa Tshechu

Trongsa

1 - 3 Jan. 2004

21

Lhuntse Tshechu

Lhuntse

1 - 3 Jan. 2004

SIKKIM &  BHUTAN

Program # 01         4-DAY GLIMPS OF WESTERN BHUTAN

Day 01

 

Fly to Paro. Reception at airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 02

 

Sightseeing tours to the old ruins of Drugyel Dzong, Ta Dzong, The National Museum, Simthokha Dzong and onto Thimpu for overnight.
 

Day 03

 

Sightseeing tours to Memorial Chorten, Handicraft Emporium, Tashichho Dzong.

Day 04

 

A.m. Drive to Paro airport for departure.

Program # 02          8-DAY CULTURAL TOURS TO WESTERN BHUTAN

Day 01

 

Fly to Paro airport. Reception and transfer to hotel.

Day 02

 

Sightseeing tours to Drugyel Dzong, Bhutnese farmhouse and Paro Bazaar. Ta Dzong and walk to Paro Rimpung Dzong.

Day 03

 

A short drive to Satsam Chorten followed by a 2 hours trek to Taktsang Tea House for a close up view of a Monastery. After a lunch, walk back to Satsam Chorten and drive on to Thimpu.

Day 04

 

Sightseeing tours to Memorial Chorten, National Library, Handicrafts Emporium and Tashichho Dzong.

Day 05

 

A 3 hours drive to Punakha across the Dochula Pass.

Day 06

 

Sightseeing tours to typical farm house and Wangdi Phodrang Dzong.

Day 07

 

Drive to Dochula and onto Paro. Visit Paro Bazaar.

Day 08

 

Departure transfer to airport.

Program # 03         11-DAY CHOMOLHARI TREK

Grade

Moderate

Maximum Elevations

4680m. at Nyili-La Pass

Seasons

Spring and Autumn

 

Summery : The Chomolhari trek follows the crystal clear trout rich upstream trail of Paro Chu along the verdant rhododendron canopied forests and salubrious green alpine meadow. Mt. Chomolhari, having one of the most beautiful peaks in the Eastern Himalaya, stands at a magnificent 7314 mts with age old frontier forts and sprawling yak pastures in its foreground; a truly rewarding yak pastures in its foreground; a truly rewarding sight for the determined trekker. In the course of the trek, one will have sojourned through several places rich in history in Paro, Thimpu and Punakha Valleys.

Itinerary :

Day 01 : Flight to Paro. Reception at airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 02 : Sightseeing Tours to Paro.

Day 03 : Commence Trek.

Day 09 : Trek concludes at Dolma and drive to Thimpu.

Day 10 : Return drive to Paro.  Day 11 : Bhutan trip concludes by departure Transfer to airport.

Program # 04         11-DAY WESTERN BHUTAN WITH SIKKIM

Day 01

 

Fly to Paro airport. Reception and transfer to hotel.

Day 02

 

Sightseeing tours to Drugyel Dzong, Bhutnese farmhouse and Paro Bazaar. Ta Dzong and walk to Paro Rimpung Dzong.

Day 03

 

A short drive to Satsam Chorten followed by a 2 hours trek to Taktsang Tea House for a close up view of a Monastery. After a lunch, walk back to Satsam Chorten and drive on to Thimpu.

Day 04

 

Sightseeing tours to Memorial Chorten, National Library, Handicrafts
Emporium and Tashichho Dzong.

Day 05

 

A 3 hours drive to Punakha across the Dochula Pass.

Day 06

 

Drive to Paro Bazaar.

Day 07

 

A.m. Drive towards Darjeeling in India. Overnight at border at Phulchuling.

Day 08

 

Drive to Gangtok in Sikkim. Sightseeing tours to Gangtok, capital city of Sikkim.

Day 09

 

Sightseeing tours to Rumtek monastery, The Namgyalk Institute of Tibetology and The Tsuk-la Khang.

Day 10

 

Drive to Darjeeling. Sightseeing of the area.

Day 11

 

A.m. Drive to Biratnagar in Nepal and fly out to Kathmandu.

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