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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Trongsa Mask Dance Festival 2017

Tour name: Trongsa tshechu festival 2017
Entry point: KTM/BKK/DEL/KOL to PBH
Exit point: PBH to KTM/BKK/DEL/KOL
Period: 8 days itinerary
Departures: December 22-29

Trongsa, the sacred and temporal heart of the country is a two day journey from Thimphu. Situated in central Bhutan, it was once the seat of power over central and eastern regions. Both the first and second kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat and it is customary for the crown prince to serve as the Trongsa Penlop (“governor”) prior to ascending the throne.

The dzong built in 1648, is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge upon which it is built. The dzong’s highly strategic position, on the only connecting route between Eastern and Western Bhutan allowed the Trongsa Penlop to control travel and trade in the country effectively placing him in command of the whole of the Central and Eastern regions of the country.

Of the many festivals held in various parts of Trongsa, the grandest is the three day annual Tshechu. This festival bring together people from all walks of life and falls sometime in the month of December. In addition to traditional mask dances, visitors can witness the unfurling of the sacred Thongdrol and receive blessings from high ranking monks. People also receive blessings from the sacred Nangtens that is opened during the last day of the Tshechu.

Tour Brief

Day/Date

Programme

Hotel Category

Dec. 22

Arrive in Paro and continue by road to Thimphu

Meal: X/L/D      Accommodation: Thimphu

3-star:    Jambayang Resort

4-star:    Hotel Ramada

5-star:    Hotel La Meridian

Dec. 23

Sightseeing in Thimphu

Meal: B/L/D      Accommodation: Thimphu

3-star:    Jambayang Resort

4-star:    Hotel Ramada

5-star:    Hotel La Meridian

Dec. 24             

Drive to Punakha for sightseeing  (3 hrs.)

Meal: B/L/D      Accommodation: Punakha

3-star:    Zangto Pelri

4-star:    RKPO

5-star:    Uma Resort

Dec. 25

Drive to Trongsa (5-6 hrs.)

Meal: B/L/D      Accommodation: Trongsa

3-star:    Puenzhi Guest Housei

4-star:    Yangkhil Resort

5-star:

Dec.26 

Full day at the Trongsa festival.

Meal: B/L/D      Accommodation: Trongsa

3-star:    Yangkhil Resort

4-star:

5-star:

Dec. 27           

Return to Thimphu (7-8 hrs.)

Meal: B/L/D

3-star:    Namseling hotel

4-star:    Hotel Namgay Heritage

5-star:    Hotel Terma Linka

Dec. 28

Return to Paro for the excursion to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery, our national icon.

Meal: B/L/D

3-star:  Hotel Olathang

4-star:  Hotel Naksel

5-star:  Hotel Zhiwaling

Dec. 29

Departure for your onward journey

Meal: B/X/X

End of the trip!

Tariffs: Cost per pax per trip in USD

Hotel Category

Group size

 

1-5 pax

6-10 pax

11 pax +

3-star hotel

US$ 1575

US$ 1540

US$ 1505

4-star hotel

US$ 1925

US$ 1890

US$ 1820

5-star hotel(Luxury)

US$3759

US$ 3710

US$ 3640

Note: Singles are required to pay US$40 surcharge per night while an individual in a 2-pax group pay US$30 each.

Your tariff covers:

  1. 3 full meals and 2 light refreshments of tea/coffee with snacks a day
  2. Lodge on twin sharing basis.
  3. A resourceful licensed English-speaking guide
  4. Local transport in imported coaches.
  5. Royalty, visa, taxes and all other entry fees related to the trip.

What is NOT covered:

  1. Any air tickets
  2. Any expenses incurred on medical emergencies and evacuations
  3. Any liabilities due to cancellation of flights, roadblock, etc.
  4. Any kind of personal expenses.
  5. Other than an English-speaking guide if required, cost an additional US$100 per
  6. group per day.
  7. Any tips and gratitude to tour staff.