Festival Tours in Bhutan
Festival and Local Cultural Events are one of the major attractions of Bhutan for people living their life in western ways. One of the most vibrant festivals celebrated in Bhutan is ‘Tshechu’. Tshechus are celebrated as a tribute to Guru Rimpoche, the valued teacher. He was the Indian Guru that travelled all over the Himalayas spreading tantric Buddhism and its lessons.
The festivities consist mainly of masked dances, chanting, blessing or reading religious texts aloud and last two or three days. The repertory of masked dances and the gorgeous silk and brocade costumes are the same for all the ‘tsechu’ - only the settings are different. The events take place outside and inside the Dzongs. Thronging with locals, these occasions are a visual delight for all to experience. The climax of the festivals is the unfurling of a huge silk appliqué ‘thangka’ from the top of the building. This takes place in on the final day of the festival. The Punakha Dromchoe, which is celebrated either before or after the Tsechu, is performed to commemorate victory over the Tibetans when they invaded in the 17th century.
Ganesh Himal Hiking Team offers following Festival Tours.