Colorful Festivals of Bhutan
Immerse yourself in the beauty of Bhutan without having to trek!Colorful Festivals of Bhutan Tour, take a step back in time for a glimpse of traditions and customs disappearing from the rest of the Himalayan world. Bhutan, a country of deep religious background will impress you through its magic everywhere. Gigantic mountains covered with thick primeval forests, the generous and welcoming attitude of its unassuming people, who have not rejected their spiritual heritage for modern ways, are all but that make up a for a unique cultural experience. As you visit the country’s impressive whitewashed dzongs (fortress-monasteries that are thriving centers of worship and culture) and meet the people on hikes through the countryside, you will see how the past remains an integral part of the very vibrant present. A highlight is the Tsechu religious festival, an exuberant and earthy affair featuring fancifully costumed dancers performing masked dance-dramas before hundreds of onlookers. Mingling with the locals in this joyous celebration highlight of their social calendar is a unique honor, bestowed to only a limited number of visitors each year.
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.
|Day 01:||Fly to Paro|
|Day 02-03:||Attend the Tsechu Festival|
|Day 04:||Morning drive to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital|
|Day 05:||Scenic drive over the Dochu La (10,000′) to the Punakha Valley|
|Day 06:||Drive to Bumthang|
|Day 07-08:||Explore the monasteries and pilgrimage sites of the Bumthang Valley|
|Day 09:||Retrace much of our route across the country to Gangtey valley|
|Day 10:||Drive to Thimphu. Sightseeing in the afternoon|
|Day 11:||More sightseeing of Thimphu valley. Late afternoon drive to Paro|
|Day 12:||Depart Paro on Druk Air|
Day 01 : Fly to Paro, Bhutan, scenically situated in a pretty terraced valley.
Days 02-03 : Attend the Tsechu Festival along with locals who come attired in their finest clothing and jewelry. Optional hike to Taktsang Monastery (the “Tiger’s Nest”) on a steep trail through the forest.
Day 04 : Morning drive to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital. Day hikes in the forested countryside near Thimphu.
Day 05 : Scenic drive over the Dochu La (10,000′) to the Punakha Valley. Tour the Punakha Dzong, one of the most scenically situated dzongs in the country, and take a short hike over the rice paddies to the small but charming Chimi Lhakhang (temple).
Day 06 : Drive to Bumthang, enjoying views of snowy peaks and visiting weavers of the Chumey Valley.
Days 07-08 : Explore the monasteries and pilgrimage sites of the Bumthang Valley, the spiritual and cultural center of the country.
Days 09 : Retrace much of our route across the country to Gangtey valley, the winter home to the rare and endangered black necked cranes. Visit the imposing 17th-century monastery.
Day 10 : Drive to Thimphu. Sightseeing in the afternoon.
Day 11 : More sightseeing of Thimphu valley. Late afternoon drive to Paro.
Day 12 : Depart Paro on Druk Air.
- Accommodation at 3***hotel and tent camp
- Govt. licensed and experienced trekking and culture Guide service
- Experienced driver and comfortable transport service
- Alcoholic beverages & telephone calls
- High risk medical insurance
- Air tickets
- Purely personal nature expenses
- Emergency rescue evacuation if needed