Bhutan Culture Tour  
Seeing the best of a country once closed-off from the world, Bhutan tours can introduce you to a culture of vibrant colour, deep spirituality, and flourishing tradition. Like any ancient nation, Bhutan has a host of sights and events to dazzle its visitors.

The Spring Festival at Paro

The Paro Festival (known as a Tsechu) is the principal Buddhist festival of Bhutan, taking place over a period five days each Spring. The event is set at the spectacular riverside monastery at Paro. Here, the local monks bring stories, myths and characters from Bhutan's past alive in a series of dances and shows. The cast of characters includes masked dancers and naughty clowns all dressed in colourful and elaborate costumes.

The highlight of the festival is the unfurling of a three-storey high Thangkha. You need to be up early to witness this unique sight though as the ceremony ends before dawn to prevent sunlight touching the giant image - a portent of bad luck. To take part in this feast of theatre, colour and barley wine, choose a Bhutan tour that coincides with the festival in the spring; this event is the focal point for many itineraries.
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Itinerary Details
Day 1 : Arrive Paro airport, drive to Kichu Resort. Briefing by guide. Tour of Thimpu
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Day 2 : Morning sightseeing in Paro, visit the Drukgyal Dzong, a very scenic drive into a typical Bhutanese countryside. Continue on to Ta Dzong , which house National museum, on the way down visit the Rinpung Dzong, administrative centre of Paro, which houses the monk body. Return to hotel for lunch. After lunch drive to Thimphu (65 Kms/2 hrs ). In Thimphu visit places of interest like the Memorial Chorten, the National Library and Painting school. In the evening visit the town. O/n at hotel.

Day 3 : Drive Thimphu - Punakha ( 77 Kms / 3 hrs ) the olden day capital of Bhutan, via Dochu La pass (3050 m). From here on a very clear day one can have a superb view of some of the highest peaks of Bhutan like Ganger Puensum(7497 meters), Zongaphugang(7060 meters) a table mountain, Jeje Khang (7158 meters), Masa Khang ( 7194 meters ), and Gangcheyta ( 6794 meters ). Drive on to Punakha ( altitude 4430 feet ) for lunch. The road is all down hill and you will notice the change in vegetation and weather getting warmer as Punakha is at a much lower elevation. Punakha is basically an agricultural valley known as the orchard of Western Bhutan. Visit the Punakha Dzong when the monks are in Thimphu. Later drive to Wangdi Dzong(18Kms/ 30 min) Over night Kichu Resort (Wangdi).
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Day 4 : Retrace drive back to Paro via Simtokha Dzong. Check into the Kichu Resort. Afternoon at leisure in Paro for boating, swimming and fishing activities.

Day 5 : Transfer to Paro Airport for departure