About Thimphu Festival Tour from Nepal - Festival Date 13 Sept- 15 September 2024

Thimphu Festival Tour from Nepal Festival Date 13 Sept- 15 September 2024

The Thimphu Festival Tour  13 - 15 September 2024 organized by Himalayan Asia Treks is a truly captivating and culturally enriching experience that allows travelers to delve deep into the heart of Bhutan's rich heritage. Bhutan, often referred to as the "Land of the Thunder Dragon," is renowned for its pristine natural beauty and unique culture, and the Thimphu Festival, also known as Tsechu, is one of the most celebrated events in the country. This annual religious festival is a colorful showcase of Bhutanese traditions, featuring masked dances, sacred rituals, and vibrant parades. The tour begins with a warm welcome to the capital city, Thimphu, and then unfolds as an immersive journey through Bhutanese culture and spirituality. Travelers get the opportunity to witness monks and dancers in intricately detailed costumes and masks, performing age-old rituals that have been passed down through generations. The festival itself is a mesmerizing spectacle, but the tour also includes visits to important monasteries, fortresses, and museums, allowing participants to gain a comprehensive understanding of Bhutan's history and spirituality. The tour also offers insights into Bhutan's harmonious coexistence of tradition and modernity, as it combines festival experiences with exploration of Thimphu's contemporary lifestyle and markets. Himalayan Asia Treks ensures that travelers receive exceptional guidance and support throughout the journey, making it a seamless and enriching adventure into the heart of Bhutan. With the Thimphu Festival Tour, participants not only witness the grandeur of a sacred tradition but also become a part of it, creating memories and connections that will last a lifetime. This tour is a perfect blend of spirituality, culture, and natural beauty, providing an unforgettable travel experience in the enchanting Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

The Thimphu Festival, also known as the Thimphu Tsechu, is an annual religious festival held in the capital city of Bhutan. The festival is a celebration of Bhutanese culture and tradition and is a great way to experience the country's unique customs and heritage.

During the Thimphu Festival, monks and laypeople come together to perform traditional dances and songs, known as cham, in colorful costumes and elaborate masks. These performances tell stories from Buddhist mythology and provide insight into Bhutanese beliefs and values.

If you are interested in taking a Thimphu Festival tour, there are several travel companies that offer packages to Bhutan during this time. These tours typically include visits to other cultural sites and attractions, such as monasteries, temples, and scenic landscapes.

To ensure a smooth trip, it is recommended that you book your tour well in advance and obtain the necessary travel permits and visas for Bhutan. You should also be prepared for the high altitude and cool weather in Bhutan, especially during the winter months when the festival takes place.

Overall, a Thimphu Festival tour can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, providing a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Bhutanese culture and tradition.


  • Witness the Tsechu Festival: The main highlight of the tour is attending the Thimphu Tsechu, one of Bhutan's most significant religious festivals. It features traditional mask dances, colorful costumes, and religious rituals performed by monks.
  • Bhutanese Culture and Traditions: Immerse yourself in Bhutanese culture by experiencing traditional music, dance, and rituals, which are an integral part of the festival.
  • Thimphu Sightseeing: Explore the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. Visit iconic sites such as Tashichho Dzong (fortress), the Memorial Chorten, and the National Textile Museum.
  • Local Crafts and Souvenirs: Visit local markets and shops to purchase Bhutanese handicrafts, textiles, and unique souvenirs.
  • Beautiful Landscapes: Enjoy the stunning natural beauty of Bhutan, including the lush green landscapes, pristine rivers, and breathtaking Himalayan mountain scenery.
  • Hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tiger's Nest): Take a memorable hike to the iconic Tiger's Nest Monastery, perched on the edge of a cliff. This is one of Bhutan's most famous landmarks.
  • Cultural Performances: In addition to the Tsechu dances, enjoy other cultural performances such as folk dances, music, and storytelling.
  • Visit Folk Heritage Museum: Gain insight into Bhutanese rural life and culture by visiting the Folk Heritage Museum in Thimphu.
  • Traditional Bhutanese Cuisine: Savor the unique flavors of Bhutanese cuisine, including dishes like Ema Datshi (chili and cheese), and momo (dumplings).
  • Meet the Locals: Interact with friendly locals and learn about their way of life, culture, and traditions.
  • Archery Demonstrations: Experience Bhutan's national sport by watching archery competitions and trying your hand at archery.
  • Visits to Monasteries and Temples: Explore the spiritual side of Bhutan by visiting various monasteries and temples, each with its own unique history and significance.
  • Bhutanese Art and Architecture: Admire the intricate Bhutanese architectural style, characterized by colorful paintings, woodwork, and ornate designs.
  • Panoramic Views of the Himalayas: Take in the awe-inspiring vistas of the Himalayan mountain range, especially in areas like Dochula Pass.
  • Cultural Insights: Learn about the symbolism, history, and meaning behind the festival rituals and Bhutanese customs.

Day to Day Itinerary

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, our representative will receive you from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. After reaching the hotel, our representative will brief you about the further program. 

  • Accommodation: 03 Star Hotel
  • Location: Kathmandu

Fly into Paro by DrukAir / Bhutan Airline After completing your immigration formalities, you will be received by our representative who will be your tour guide throughout your tour.

Then drive to Thimphu, On arrival at Thimphu check into your hotel, and after refreshments visit the following:

Kuensel Phodrang and visit the tallest buddha statue and enjoy the full view of Thimphu Valley below.

Craft Bazaar -A one-stop place to witness Bhutanese culture and buy Bhutan-made art and craft product. The Bazaar in its 80 stalls covers all aspects of the traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. At this Bazaar craftsmen and artisans from across the country display and sell their handicrafts. And also visit other handicraft stores.

Overnight at Thimphu

  • Meals: Breakfast., Lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: 03 Star Hotel
  • Location: Thimpu

Today is a festival day so after breakfast, we will leave to trashi chodzong to witness the festival.

One of the biggest festivals in the country is the Thimphu Tshechu. This festival is held in the capital city for three days beginning on the 10th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. This Tshechu is witnessed by thousands of people many of which travel from neighboring Dzongkhags (districts) to attend the festivities. The actual

Tshechu is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods. When it was initiated by the 4th Desi, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay in 1867 the Tshechu consisted of only a few dances being performed strictly by monks. These were the Zhana Chham and the Zhana Nga Chham (Dances of the 21 Black Hats), Durdag (Dance of the Lords of the Cremation Ground), and the Tungam chham (Dance of the Terrifying Deities).

The Thimphu Tshechu underwent a change in the 1950s, when the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, introduced numerous Boed chhams (mask dances performed by lay monks). These additions added color and variation to the festival without compromising its spiritual significance. Mask dances like the Guru Tshengye (Eight Manifestations of Guru), and Shaw Shachi (Dance of the Stags) are enjoyed because they are similar to stage-theater.

Equally important are the Atsaras, who are more than just mere clowns. The Atsaras are the dupthobs (acharyas), who provide protection. The dances and the jesting of the Atsaras are believed to entrance evil forces and prevent them from causing harm during Tshechus. Modern Atsaras also perform short skits to disseminate health and social awareness messages.

To farmers, the Tshechu is also seen as a break from farm life. It’s an occasion to celebrate, receive blessings, and pray for health and happiness.

Later after lunch, we will visit the following place

Weekend Market

Every Saturday and Sunday most of Thimphu's scant population and many valley dwellers congregate on the banks of the river where the weekend market is held. It is an interesting place to visit and provides an opportunity to mingle with the local people.

National Sport of Bhutan ( Archery )

One of the best places to witness a game of traditional and modern archery. Which is a national sport of Bhutan? If you want to take some good pictures of archery matches then this is one of the best places to be.

Almost all the time there is a tournament being played

Overnight at Thimphu

  • Meals: Breakfast., Lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: 03 Star Hotel
  • Location: Thimpu

After breakfast, travel to Punakha through Dochula Pass 3140 m). In the clear spring sky, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain ranges. Then pass by the beautiful 108 chortens built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (Queen Mother of Bhutan) for the security and wellbeing of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan.

You will also visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (monastery) which was built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (the Queen Mother of Bhutan) as a tribute to His Majesty the fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, and armed forces after His Majesty led a successful operation against Indian militants who had occupied certain areas of Bhutan. The gallery of the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang has beautiful murals depicting some of the important events in the reigns of the Kings of Bhutan.

Then travel onto Punakha. Punakha has been inextricably linked to some of the most momentous events in Bhutanese history and deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful and significant regions at the heart of Bhutanese culture. Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 till 1907. The dzong is historically important and stands as the symbol of a unified Bhutan.

On the way, stop for lunch at Metsina village and then visit the Devine Madman’s Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where one can receive a special fertility blessing.

Then visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho-Chu (male river) and the Mochu (female river). The dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. At the dzong, you can see the highest standards in woodwork. We will also walk through the longest suspension bridge.

In the evening visit Rinchengang & Lobesa villages where you will take a short walk through the village and have free interaction with the villagers.

Overnight at Punakha

  • Meals: Breakfast., Lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: 03 Star Hotel
  • Location: Punakha

After breakfast travel to Paro. On the way visit the following:

Tamchog Lhakhang Bridge

Located on the other side of the river of the Thimphu - Paro highway, one needs to cross an iron chain suspension bridge to get to the Lhakhang.

About a 30-minute drive from Paro towards Thimphu city, Tamchog Lhakhang sits across the Paro River. The Lhakhang is approached by an iron chain suspension bridge. The Lhakhang and the bridge were constructed by a 13th-century Tibetan saint Thangthong Gyalpo. The Buddhist saint was also a blacksmith and an architect. Of the many iron chain bridges built, there are only a few left that is still used. Crossing this old bridge can be a thrilling experience for tourists. Some of the original iron chain links used to build this bridge can be found on display in the National Museum in Paro

Paro Airport Bird eye View

Paro international airport is the only international airport in Bhutan where you can teach Bhutan via air. It’s a small airport with a single runaway and no or very little international traffic. However, it’s considered one of the most dangerous airports for landing and also the most beautiful airport in terms of landscape and architecture. Hotel Check-in and later visit National Museum.

National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here an intriguing collection of artifacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom.

In the evening stroll through Paro town and visit local handicraft stores.

Overnight at Paro

  • Meals: Breakfast., Lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: 03 Star Hotel
  • Location: Paro

After breakfast, hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The walk up to the viewpoint will take about 1 – 1 ½ hrs depending on your fitness and from View Point, you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshments at the View Point Cafeteria. Then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave there for 3 months. The principal Lhakhang (monastery) of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has now been fully restored to its former glory. After visiting the monastery, walk downhill back to the road on the way stop for lunch at the viewpoint cafeteria, and then walk further downhill to the road point. Then drive to Drukgyel Dzong (fortress) which is situated on a ridge in the upper Paro valley which is a 30-minute drive north of Paro town.

Drugyel Dzong also means “Fortress Of Victorious Drukpas” which was built in 1649 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. The Dzong had served as an important base for defense in the region until 1951 when it was destroyed by fire. The ruins of the Dzong continued to be protected as an important monument linking the people of Bhutan with the great events that contributed to maintaining the sovereignty of the country. Drukgyel Dzong was served solely for defensive purposes without administrative and religious functions, especially against external threats from the border.

The existing ruins of the Dzong are comparatively well preserved. One can without much difficulty understand or distinctive features of the complex. Although most of the timber components of the Dzong such as roof truss, door and window frames, and floors and ceilings are almost totally absent, a major portion of the stone and rammed earth wall structures are still standing. They provide visitors with an understanding of ideas and practices for defense in the olden times. The reconstruction of the fortress began in April 2016 after the command of His Majesty the King, to celebrate the birth of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey, to commemorate the arrival of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1616 AD the birth year of Guru Rinpoche. The restoration work is estimated to be completed soon.

Overnight at Paro

  • Meals: Breakfast., Lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: 03 Star Hotel
  • Location: Paro

After breakfast, we will drive to Paro airport for the departure.

After taking a flight from Paro to Kathmandu, we will receive from the international terminal to the domestic terminal. We will take flight with your guide. After reaching in Pokhara, we can walk around the colorful lakeside road with Fewa Lake. 

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: 03 Star Hotel
  • Location: Pokhara

In the early morning, we will go to Sarangkot for the sunrise tour. From Sarangkot, we will see the sunrise and breathtaking view of different Himalayan like Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and others. After coming back from the sunrise tour, we will do a city tour: boating in Fewa Lake, Devi’s fall, Gupteswor Cave and International Mountain Museum Tibetan Refugee Camp, and a sunset view from World Peace Stupa. 

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: 03 Star Hotel
  • Location: Pokhara

After taking breakfast, we will transfer to the airport. After reaching in Kathmandu, we will start Kathmandu City Tour: Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. 

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: 03 Star Hotel
  • Location: Kathmandu

After taking breakfast, we will drop you at the airport according to your flight schedule. 

  • Meals: Breakfast.

What's Included

Nepal Part:

Cost Includes:
  • Accommodation (Twin Bed / Dbl Bed sharing basis) in 3-star hotel.
  • Daily breakfast in the hotel.
  • All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  • Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
  • English Speaking Local guide.
  • Sightseeing.
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu flight fare.

Bhutan Part:

Cost Includes:
  • Breakfast and dinner at respective hotels and lunch at local tourist standard restaurant
  • Accommodation (Twin Bed / Dbl Bed sharing basis) in 3 star hotel
  • All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  • Daily USD 200 per person/night Gov. Sustainable Development Fee
  • Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
  • English Speaking Local guide.
  • Sightseeing.
  • Visa fee USD 40

Nepal Part

  • Lunch and dinner.
  • Insurance Premiums.
  • Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
  • Cost for any services not mentioned in the "Cost Include head".
  • The Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  • Personal expenses in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges and Bottle water.
  • Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services.
  • Airfare.
Bhutan Part 
  • Single room supplement charges USD 25 per room per night
  • Insurance Premiums
  • Payments for service provided on a personal basis
  • Cost for any services not mentioned in the "Cost Include head"
  • Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  • Personal expenses in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water,
  • Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services
  • Airfare

Useful Information

FAQ Bhutan Tour

What is Bhutan?

Bhutan is a small Himalayan kingdom located in South Asia, bordered by China to the north and India to the south, east, and west.

What is the best time to visit Bhutan?

The best time to visit Bhutan is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is pleasant and the skies are clear.

Do I need a visa to visit Bhutan?

Yes, all foreign nationals except citizens of India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives require a visa to enter Bhutan. The visa must be obtained through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator or travel agent.

What is the currency of Bhutan?

The currency of Bhutan is the Bhutanese ngultrum (BTN), which is pegged to the Indian rupee. Indian rupees are also widely accepted in Bhutan.

What are the popular tourist destinations in Bhutan?

Some of the popular tourist destinations in Bhutan include Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Bumthang, and Phobjikha Valley.

Is it safe to travel to Bhutan?

Yes, Bhutan is considered a safe country for travelers. However, visitors are advised to take the usual precautions such as not leaving their belongings unattended and avoiding isolated areas at night.

What is the official language of Bhutan?

The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha, but English is also widely spoken and understood.

What is the food like in Bhutan?

Bhutanese cuisine is known for its spicy flavors and use of chili peppers. Some of the popular dishes include ema datshi (chili and cheese), momos (dumplings), and phaksha paa (pork with chili peppers).

What is the dress code in Bhutan?

Visitors are expected to dress modestly and respectfully, especially when visiting religious sites. Traditional Bhutanese dress, known as the gho (for men) and kira (for women), is commonly worn by locals.

How do I get to Bhutan?

The only international airport in Bhutan is located in Paro, and flights are available from cities such as Delhi, Bangkok, Kathmandu, and Singapore. Visitors can also enter Bhutan by road from India.

FAQ Nepal Tour

Here are some commonly asked questions and their answers:

What is the best time to visit Nepal for a tour?

The best time to visit Nepal for a tour is during the months of September to November and March to May when the weather is pleasant, and skies are clear.

What are the must-see places in Nepal?

Some of the must-see places in Nepal are:

  • Kathmandu, the capital city
  • Pokhara, a lakeside city
  • Lumbini - the birthplace of Gautam Buddha
  • Chitwan National Park, a wildlife reserve
  • Sagarmatha National Park, home to Mount Everest
  • Bhaktapur, a medieval city with UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

What are some popular trekking routes in Nepal?

Nepal is famous for its trekking routes, and some of the popular ones are:

What is the currency used in Nepal, and can I use credit cards?

The currency used in Nepal is the Nepalese rupee (NPR). While credit cards are widely accepted in major cities, it's advisable to carry cash when traveling to remote areas.

Is it safe to travel to Nepal?

Nepal is generally safe for tourists.