Paro Tshechu Festival is one of the biggest religious celebrations of the Bhutanese year. It has been held annually since the 17th century when Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the founder of the state of Bhutan, and the Ponpo Rigzin Nyingpo initiated the festival together with the consecration of Paro Dzong (fortress) in 1644. The 5 day festival is observed in three parts-prefestival rituals a day before the festival, ceremonies are undertaken on the first day inside the Paro Dzong, and the main festivities on the festival ground on the remaining 4 days.
Paro Tsechu is one of the most popular festivals in Bhutan. Featuring dances performed by trained monks and laymen in amazing masks and costumes, Tsechus (festivals) are one of the best ways to experience the ancient living culture of Bhutan. A Tsechu is a Buddhist festival in honour of Guru Rimpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. A highlight of the Paro Tsechu is the unfurling of the silk Thangka – so large it covers the face of an entire building and is considered one of the most sacred blessings in the whole of Bhutan. The ‘Thangka, known in Bhutan as a ‘thongdroel’ is a religious picture scroll, and is only exhibited for a few hours at daybreak on the final day of the festival enabling the people to obtain its blessing. This holy scroll “confers liberation by the mere sight of it” (the meaning of the word ‘thongdroel’ in Bhutanese). This tour also takes advantage of the beautiful spring time growth with stunning hikes through the countryside to a Rhododendron forest in Phobjikha, as well as a visit to the Lamperi a Rhododendron Festival near Dochu La Pass. The sacred sites of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha are also featured.
Tariff for all services related to tourism in Bhutan are fixed by the Government of Bhutan which are consolidated into a package and charged on per night basis. The package comes with all meals; private transportation regardless of destination/sightseeing spots, government royalty, all necessary taxes, agent's handling charge and all other necessary logistic arrangement.
The government fixed package tariff for tourists visiting in a team of 03 persons or more are as follows:-
Tariff for the year 2016-2017 (in US Dollar):
The minimum tariff for tourist visiting in a group of 3 persons or more is as follows (per person per night):
Jan, Feb, June, July, Aug & Dec (low seasons): USD 200 per person per night
Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct & Nov (high seasons): 250 per person per night
Per night cost is same for Cultural Tours, Treks or any other Special Interest Tours.
These minimum daily rates are inclusive of following services:
- Accommodation in standard hotels, approved by Tourism Council of Bhutan.
- All transfers and sightseeing within Bhutan.
- Services of accompanied English speaking guide.
- All meals.
- Government's royalty & taxes.
- Riding ponies and pack animals on treks.
- Entrance fees to the monuments.
Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three persons are subject to following surcharges, over and above daily package tariff:
Surcharge incase only single person travelling = USD 40 per night.
Surcharge incase 02 persons travelling together = USD 30 per person per night.
Incase the number of persons travelling together is 03 or more then there is no surcharge.
As per international norms, 10% of the gross tour payment shall be payable to the principal agents abroad as commission and shall be deducted by these agents at source. Further, this commission shall be calculated from the net amount after deducting the discounts wherever applicable. Also there is no commission on FIT Surcharges, applicable incase of 01 and 02 pax.
Single Room Supplements
The Government set package rates are valid for accommodation on twin sharing basis and incase of using single rooms, following supplements will be applicable:
Festival seasons USD 50 per single room per night.
Other seasons USD 40 per single room per night.
Tourism Development Fund
Visa fee USD 40 per person is payable extra and it can pay along with tour payment.