Bhutan Thimphu Tshechu Tour

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Bhutan Thimphu Tshechu Tour

One of the biggest festivals in the country is the Thimphu Tshechu. This festival is held in the capital city for three days beginning on 10th day of the 8th month of lunar calendar. This Tshechu is witnessed by thousands of people many of which travel from neighboring Dzongkhags (districts) to attend the festivities. The actual Tshechu is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods.

When it was initiated by the 4th Desi, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay in 1867 the Tshechu consisted of only a few dances being performed strictly by monks. These were the Zhana chham and the Zhana Nga chham (Dances of the 21 Black Hats), Durdag (Dance of the Lords of the Cremation Ground), and the Tungam chham (Dance of the Terrifying Deities).

The Thimphu Tshechu underwent a change in the 1950s, when the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, introduced numerous Boed chhams (mask dances performed by lay monks). These additions added colour and variation to the festival without compromising its spiritual significance. Mask dances like the Guru Tshengye (Eight Manifestations of Guru), Shaw Shachi (Dance of the Stags) are enjoyed because they are similar to stage-theater.

Equally important are the Atsaras, who are more than just mere clowns. The Atsaras are the dupthobs (acharyas), who provide protection. The dances and the jesting of the Atsaras are believed to entrance evil forces and prevent them from causing harm during Tshechus. Modern Atsaras also perform short skits to disseminate health and social awareness messages.

To farmers, the Tshechu is also seen as a break from farm life. It’s an occasion to celebrate, receive blessings and pray for health and happiness.

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Day to day Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in the Paro Airport, altitude 2200 m.

    Our representative will be there to greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

    Visit Drukgyel Dzong in the afternoon, where you can catch the glimpse of Mt Jomolhari.

    Towards the evening visit, Paro Ta Dzong and Ringphung Dzong.

    Dinner and overnight at Hotel in Paro.


  • Day 2: Paro to Thimphu.

    After breakfast , hike to the Paro Taktshang (Tiger’s nest).

    After lunch, free to roam around Paro Town.

    Towards the evening drive towards Thimphu.

    Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Thimphu.


  • Day 3: Thimphu- Punakha.

    After an early breakfast, drive towards Punakha.

    On the way to Punakha, halt in Dochula Pass for photography and visit Royal Botanical Park in Lampelri.

    Upon arrival in Lobesa , lunch will be served. Visit Chimmi lhakhang.

    Visit Punakha Dzong.

    Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Punakha.


  • Day 4: Punakha to Phobjikha.

    After breakfast, drive to Phobjikha.

    On the way visit Wangdi phodrang Dzong(now under reconstruction).

    Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel in Phobjikha.


  • Day 5: Phobjikha sightseeing.

    After breakfast, take a detour in the Phobjikha valley. You can also take up an excellent photography session while you enjoy the view of the Black necked cranes.

    Phobjikha valley is the winter retreat for the black necked cranes that fly from Tibet every year to spend their summers in Bhutan. Snowfall and the cranes in the valley make it a wonderful vacation spot loved by every traveller who has enjoyed this heavenly abode of the cranes.


  • Day 6: Phobjikha to Thimphu.

    After breakfast, drive towards Thimphu.

    Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel in Thimphu.


  • Day 7: Thimphu Tshechu Day 1.

    After breakfast , attend the Thimphu Tshechu until lunch time.

    After lunch, visit kuenselphodrang , and the national memorial chorten.

    Towards the evening visit the Takin Preserve center in Motithang and Changgangkha lhakhang.

    Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Thimphu.


  • Day 8: Thimphu Tshechu Day 2 To Paro.

    After breakfast , attend the Thimphu Tshechu until lunch time.

    After lunch, visit Dechenphu lhakhang and the National library of Bhutan.

    Towards the evening drive back to Paro.

    Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Paro.


  • Day 9: Departure from Paro.

    After breakfast drive to the Airport and we bid you safe journey.

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Normally Package Cost Include(s)

  • Bhutan Government Royalty fees.
  • Personal English speaking professional guide.
  • Personal driver with private vehicle as per the group size.
  • All necessary ground transfers including arrival and departure.
  • Hotel accommodation 3 Star, 4 Star, 5 Star (optional).
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and bottles water daily.
  • Entrances to museums and monuments.
  • All sightseeing tours and activities as per the itinerary.
  • Bhutan Government royalties and taxes.
  • Bhutan visa fees and all bank transfer fees.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Single room supplement.
  • Bhutanese Tourist Visa fee of US$40 per person.
  • Air flight costs to/from Paro (can be arranged with us).
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • 4 star and 5 star accommodations and meals (optional).
  • Tips for the guide and driver.
  • Alcoholic drink.
  • Other personal expenses like overseas calls, laundry etc.
   

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