Tshechu is a religious festival meaning “tenth day” held annually in various temples, monasteries and dzongs throughout the country.
festivalsThe 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.
(8 nights/ 9 days )
Date: 25th - 27th Feb, 2018
Venue: Punakha Dzong
The highlight of the tour:
Hike to Tiger’s Nest, an ancient pilgrimage site dating back to the 7thcentury
Capital city Thimphu- the only capital ion the world where there is no traffic light.
Dochula Pass at 3160 m decorated with 108 stupas and if the weather permits view the Higher Himalayas.
(8 nights / 9 days)
Festival Date: 30th September – 2nd October, 2017
Thimphu Festival is Bhutan’s largest and most popular autumn festival held in the vicinity of Trashichhodzong, a 17th century fortress, under clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine. Started by Desi Tenzin Rabgay, the 4th temporal ruler of Bhutan more than three centuries ago, the festival honours Guru Padmasambhava, the great Indian tantric
(10 nights/11 days)
Festival Date: 13th -15th December, 2017
Venue: Ngaa Lhakhang, Bumthang
This festival is held at the Ngaa Lhakhang in Nalakhar village in Bumthang. The three-day festival in one of the popular festivals in the Choekhor valley and attracts people from all over Bumthang, dressed in their finest clothes. This festival is celebrated to bring happiness and prosperity to the village and the country and the country as a whole.
(11 nights / 12 days )
Date: 27th - 31st March, 2018.
Venu: Paro Rimpong Dzong.
The Tshechu is essentially an open-air performance where monks perform sacred mask dances to the accompaniment of religious music, and district dancers perform traditional dances. The last day of festival concludes with the display of a giant Thangka or Thongdroel (tapestry) at 3 AM and is brought down just before sunrise.
(11 nights/12 days )
Festival Date: 4th - 6th November, 2017
Venue: Jambay Lhakhang, Bumthang
The festival is held at the Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang, which was built in the 7th century and is one of the oldest temples in the country. Masked dances and bonfires commemorate the establishment of this 7th century Lhakhang. The highlight of the festival is the fire ritual that is held by midnight where crowds gather to witness
(11 nights/12 days )
Festival Date: 23th June, 2018
Venue: Kurjey Lhakhang, Bumthang
The Kurjey tshechu coincides with the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche. Different kinds of mask dances are performed during the festival apart from traditional and folk songs and dances.
DAY 1. Arrive Paro (2280m) – THIMPHU (2320 m)
(11 Nights/12 Days)
Festival Date: 29th -31st October, 2017
Venue: Jakar Dzong, Bumthang
Bhutan’s sacred tshechu (festivals) take place across the country at various times of the year. Mask dancers perform to packed crowds of local celebrants dressed to the hilt. The tshechu plays illustrate moral tales from the life and times of Guru Padmasambava–the “Lotus-born Buddha of the Himalayas”
(11 Nights/12 Days)
Date: 26th -29th April, 2018
Venue: Ura Dozhi Lhakhang, Bumthang
This annual festival held in Ura in Bumthang is known for its famous dance called the “Ura Yakchoe”. A sacred relic is displayed for people to receive blessing from. According to legend, an old woman sitting outside her house was visited by a lama asking for a glass of water. When she came out with the water,