THIMPHU FESTIVAL (4 NIGHTS/5 DAYS)

thimphuOne of the biggest festivals is the ThimphuTshechu, held in the capital city for three days starting from 10th day of the 8th month of lunar calendar. Before the actual Tshechu that is being witnessed by thousands of people from the capital city and the nearby Dzongkhags, days and nights of prayers and rituals are conducted to invoke the gods.

It was first initiated by the 4th Desid, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay in 1867. It had only a few dances being performed and that too strictly by monks. These were the Zhanachham and the ZhanaNgachham (dances of the 21 black hats), Durdag (dance of the lords of the cremation ground), and the Tungamchham (dance of the terrifying deities).

ThimphuTshechu underwent a change in the 1950s, when the third King JigmeDorjiWangchuck, introduced numerous Boedchhams (mask dances performed by lay monks).The additions has added color without compromising the spiritual significance. Mask dances like the Guru Tshengye (eight manifestations of Guru), Shaw Shachi (dance of the stags) are enjoyed because they are like 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 have entranced the evil forces and prevented them from causing harm during Tshechus. Modern Atsaras also perform short skits to disseminate health and social awareness messages.

DETAILS ITINERARY

DAY 01: ARRIVE AT PARO

On your arrival you will be received by Guide and driver from Bhutan Dendrobium Tour and Trek (BDTT). And then visit National Museum (known as Ta Dzong)since it has been turned into National Museum, was the watch tower of Paro Dzong in 17thcentury)Paro Dzong (also known as Rinpung dzong is the venue for the annual ParoTsechu festival held every spring). Lunch in Paro town and then transfer To Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. On reaching Thimphu check in hotel.Overnight at Thimphu.

DAY 02: THIMPHU (WITNESS FESTIVAL)

Breakfast in hotel and Drive to Tashichhodzong (the fortress of the glorious religion,houses the throne room of His Majesty the King, the main secretariat building and the central monk body) to witness festival for whole day, you will fine different types of mark dance.Overnight at Thimphu.

DAY 03: THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING

Breakfast in hotel and then visit to Memorial Chorten (this stupa was built in 1974 in memory of the late majesty the 3rd king).After that you will take to Buddha point,from their you will have nice view of Thimphutown.Lunch in town.After the lunch visit TakinPreserveatMotithang and Hike to WangdiTse Temple (built by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal in 1586) is about 1hours from the car point. From There we can view the Thimphu Town (capital of Bhutan).Towards the evening drive to Paro.Overnight at Paro. 

DAY 04: THIMPHU- TAKTSANG MONASTREY HIKE

Breakfast in hotel and drive till the hiking point to Taktshang monastery(the monastery perched on the side of a cliff at a height of 900 meters above the Paro valley), round trip hike to Taktshang monastery which is about 3-4 hours from the car point. Lunch at the cafeteria (view point).After lunch sightseeing of Drugyeldzong (the fortress in ruins built in commemoration over Tibetan invasion in 17th century).Towards evening stroll in and around the town for last shopping in Bhutan. Dungtselhakhang (The unusual and circular lhakhang, reminiscent of the Shana, or the black hat worn by the Bhutanese Black Hat dancers was, built by the great Builder of iron chain bridges,DrupthobThangtongGyalpo.) Overnight at PARO.

DAY 05: DEPARTURE

Breakfast in hotel and then drive to the airport for the flight t the next destination. See off by the guide and the driver fromBhutan Dendrobium Tour and Trek.