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Operating throughout Bhutan from our offices located in the heart of Thimphu, Bhutan Calling Tours & Treks, licensed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan, specializes in designing itineraries for Trekking tours, Cultural tours, Festival tours, Rafting, Kayaking, Biking. We are here to help you with all aspects of your vacation. Whether you are an independent traveller, travelling with children or looking for a group tour, Bhutan Calling Tours & Treks has the solution for you.

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Festivals (Tshechu)

Tshechu is a religious festival meaning "tenth day" held annually in various temples, monasteries and dzongs throughout the country.

The Tshechu is a religious event celebrated on tenth day of a month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the birthday of Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava). However the exact month of the Tshechu varies from place to place and temple to temple.

Tshechus are grand events where entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialize. . In addition to the mask dances tshechus also include colorful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment.

It is believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once to in order to receive blessings and wash away their sins. Every mask dance performed during a Tshechu has a special meaning or a story behind it and many are based on stories and incidents from as long ago as the 8th century, during the life of Guru Padmasambhava. In monasteries the mask dances are performed by monks and in remote villages they are performed jointly by monks and village men.

Two of the most popular Tshechus in the country are the Paro and Thimphu Tshechus in terms of participation and audience. Besides the locals many tourists from across the world are attracted to these unique, colorful and exciting displays of traditional culture.

 

Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Located in Paro district, it is about two-hour hike from the mountain base. The Tiger’s Nest Monastery hangs on a cliff, and stands above an enchanting forest of blue pines and rhododendrons. As this beautiful and very exceptional monastery is a sheer climb up the hill (900 meters), a pony can be arranged for the ride up, but only until the cafeteria. From then on, it is another steep walk and some narrow stairs towards the monastery itself. The trail crosses a chapel of butter lamps and descends to a waterfall by the Snow Lion Cave. The view of the Paro valley from here on is breathtaking, and the atmosphere very holy, a place where every Bhutanese will want to come at least once in his/her life. it is believed that Guru Padmasambhava flew to this site in the eight century on a flying tigress. Later, the monastry was built and it still remains as one of the most pilgrimage sites in the country.

 

Punakha Dzong (fortress)

It is the administrative centre of Punakha district. Being the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan, Punakha Dzong, or some call it Pungthang Dewachen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness), is also the country’s most gorgeous and majestic dzong. Punakha is accessible from a 3 hours’ drive east of the capital Thimpu, and after crossing a pass in the mountains, the place is a breathtaking and glorious sight on the first glimpse from the road. It is placed strategically in between two rivers, Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (females) that has noticeable color differences of the rivers’ water. Punakha Dzong is joined to the mainland by an arched wooden bridge, and contains many precious relics from the days when successive kings reigned the kingdom from this valley. Furthermore, it is blessed with a temperate climate, and lovely lilac colored jacaranda trees grow around the dzong during the spring season.

 

Gangtey Valley in winter

The valley of Gangtey is one of the most stunning valleys in the Himalayas, and many call it the Shangri La of Bhutan, just as how Bhutan is well known for being “one of the world’s happiest nations,” and “the last Shangri La on Earth.” The surprise of finding such a wide, flat valley without any trees after the hard climb through dense forests is augmented by an impression of vast space, which is an extremely rare experience in Bhutan as most of the valleys are tightly enclosed. This moderate trek visits the villages of Gogona and Khotokha, passing through meadows and fields, then forests of juniper, magnolia and rhododendrons, which will be in full bloom in April. Besides the attractive scenic valley and mountain trails passing through the magnificent forest with its undergrowth changing from rhododendron and magnolia to ferns and dwarf bamboo, we can also visit the historical Gangtey monastery and the Blacked Necked Crane Information Centre. Additionally, there will be a special treat for those visiting the Gangtey during the winter season, as they will be able to catch the graceful Black-necked Cranes in action as they head to roost.

 

Chimi Lhakhang (temple)

Chime Lhakhang or the Temple of fertility is a small 16th century temple stands on a picturesque hilltop between Punakha and Wangdue valley. Built by the Buddhist saint Lam Drukpa Kuenley popularly known as the 'Divine Madman', the Lhakhang is famous for its fertility wish grants to childless couples. Not only Bhutanese but even foreigners who heard of it come specifically to visit Chime Lhakhang to pray to Lam Drukpa Kuenley for a child. And of course a couple genuinely praying and wishing are blessed with children. It's a pleasant 30 minutes’ walk from the road junction between Punakha and wangdue through mustard and paddy fields. There are beautiful prayer flags fluttering in the wind all the way to the Lhakhang. The Lhakhang is situated on top of a hillock and Lam Drukpa Kuenley used to call the hillock the breast of a woman because of its round shape. Woman who come to the Lhakhang seeking blessings of children are lightly hit on the head by a ten inch ivory wood and bone phallus. Inside the walls of the Lhakhang, there are beautiful frescoes depicting the colorful life of Lam Drukpa Kuenley.Travelling into the mystical land of Bhutan is a rare pleasure. People come to visit the remote monasteries and spiritual temples, to trek the wondrous Himalaya and admire the mountainous pastures. With customs and traditions still going strong after centuries, and cultural festivals celebrated from corner to corner, there is nowhere quite like blessed Bhutan.

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