A Highlight of Bhutan
Festivals form an inseparable part of the Bhutanese culture. The Tshechus (festivals) are celebrated for 3 to 5 days in which both monks and laymen take part in the dances.
Dancers reenact legendary events, with monks playing exotic musical instruments. Elaborate dances tell us moral tales, dances intended to purify a place and protect it from evil spirits and dances that proclaim the victory of Buddhism and the glory of Guru Rimpoche.
The highlight of most Tshechus is the brief unfurling of the Dzongs huge appliqué thangka, representing Guru Rimpoche and his eight manifestations. Better known as a Thongdrel, the Bhutanese believe that by viewing this they are delivered from the cycles of reincarnations.
At the festivals the Atsaras or clowns weaving expressive masks are a welcome sight. Tshechus are also a time for the Bhutanese people to socialize with family, friends and acquaintances. These festivals both in terms of the ways of celebrations and rituals are well preserved over centuries. We can also create a custom tour that suites your specific needs. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions about these excursions.
Day 1: Arrival by Druk-air – Paro: During this journey, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchen Junga and other Himalayan Peaks including sacred Jhomolhari and Mount Jichu Drakey in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport the representative of Village Tours and Treks will receive you and help you with the visa [...]
Besides honoring the Guru Rinpoche, the four day festival knows us Jambay Lhakhang Drup / Jambay Lhakhang Tsechu are held in the premises of Jambay Lhakhang, which was built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 7th century, to commemorate an establishment of the Lhakhang. This festival is one of the very important festivals in Bhutan. [...]
Trongsa is one of the most important towns in Bhutan. It was from here than our kingdom was unified. The Dzong and township occupy one of the most spectacular sites in Bhutan:
The Tsechu / festival are a religious festival in honor of Guru Rinpoche, who brought the Buddhism to this country in 8th century. The Bhutanese dressed in their finest clothes, come from all over for the festivities of the Thimphu Tsechu. It is believed one who witnesses the festival/the tsechu will bestow with much luck, [...]
Punakha was an ancient capital of Bhutan and it still one of the residences of our head Lama, the Je Kempo. The Dzong is one of the most important and stunning buildings in Bhutan. The walled fortress contains a number of important temples, sprawling courtyards. Situated at the auspicious confluence of two rivers, against a [...]
Performed by the monks of Chiwong, this festival depicts the victory of Buddhism over the ancient ‘Bon’ religion. Includes hike to Tiger’s Nest, Paro and Thimphu sightseeing.
One of the most important and venerated is the Kurjey monastery where the Guru Rimnpoche mediated and left an imprint of his body on a rock inside the second of three temples.