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Dechenphu Festival

Festival dates: 15th October 2021.

The annual Dechenphu festival is held for just one day at Dechenphu monastery in Thimphu. This festival is dedicated to Gay Ngyen Jakpa Melen, a powerful guardian deity of Bhutan. Some of the important mask dances performed during the festival include the Zhananga Cham, Genyen Kunchaam, Shazam Cham, and Nga Cham. Many traditional and classical dances are also performed.

Detailed Itinerary for Dechenphu Festival:

Day 01. Arrive Paro – Thimphu (Distance: 54 km, 1 hr drive):

Tamchog-Lhakhang

Tamchog Lhakhang.

Meet and greet at the Airport and drive to Thimphu.

On the way, short stop to view:

  • Tamchog Monastery built in the 15thThang Thong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464).

In the afternoon, we visit to:

  • National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of the Late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Craft Bazaar.
  • Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and office of the King.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Thimphu Sightseeing:

Tallest-statue-of-Sitting-Buddha-Dechenphu Festival

Tallest statue of Sitting Buddha.

In the morning, visit to:

  • Largest Statue of Buddha in the world (51.5 meters) at Kuenselphodrang.
  • Changangkha Lhakhang, oldest temple of Thimphu.
  • Takin Preserve center.
  • BBS tower view point.
  • Dupthop Lhakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.

Lunch at Simply Bhutan Museum restaurant, where you can enjoy typical Bhutanese dishes, Ara (Local wine), witness Folk dances, visit to the Folk Museum and many more.

  • School of 13 Arts and Crafts (Painting school).

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 03. Thimphu – Punakha (76 Km, 2 hr. drive):

5-days-Bhutan-Tour-Dechenphu Festival

Dochu La pass (3100 m).

In the morning, drive to Punakha.

On the way, visit to:

  • Dochu La Pass with its 108 stupas and view the beautifully Himalayan ranges.
  • Chimi Lhakhang built in 1499 by Lama Drukpa Kuenley.  The Temple is also called “the Temple of Fertility”.

Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

After lunch, hike to the beautiful Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 04. Punakha –Wangdiphodrang – Thimphu (Distance 90 km, Drive Time 3 hr.):

Wangdiphodrang-Dzong-Dechenphu Festival

Wangdiphodrang Dzong.

In the morning, walk the longest Suspension bridge in Bhutan (160 meters).

Then drive to Thimphu via Wangdiphodrang.

On the way, visit to:

  • Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Lunch at Dochu La cafeteria and drive further to Thimphu.

While in Thimphu, visit to:

  • Weekend market.
  • Witness Archery match at Changlimithang stadium.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 05. Thimphu (Witness Dechenphu festival):

Dechenphu-Festival

Dechenphu Festival.

In the morning, witness the festival at Dechenphu.

After lunch, witness the Dechenphu festival.

In the evening, excursion to Cheri Monastery (18 km, ½ hour drive)

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 06. Thimphu sightseeing – Paro (56 kms, 1 hour drive):

In the morning, visit to:

  • National Postal Museum.
  • Textile Museum of Bhutan.
Rinpung-Dzong

Rinpung Dzong.

We drive to Paro.

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Ta Dzong built in 1649, an ancient watch tower which houses the National Museum of Bhutan.

Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 07. Paro Sightseeing – Hike to the Tiger’s Nest:

In the morning, we drive to Satsam Chorten and 2 hour hike to the Tiger’s Nest monastery (Taktsang).

Tiger’s-Nest-(Taktsang)-Monastery

Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King Srongsen Gampo.

In the evening, explore the Paro market.

Day 08. Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.