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.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL PARO – THIMP HU (Attend half day Festival)
Upon your arrival at Paro International Airport drive to Thimphu to experience the half
first day festival. The Thimphu festival is one of the grandest festival in Bhutan and lots
of tourist and local people gather together to experience the festival.
1st Day Tshechu Program
o SHA CHHAM: Dance of the Four Stags
o PELAGI GINGSUM: Dance of the three kind of Gings
o SHAWO S HACHI:Dance of the Stags and Hounds
o DRANYEO CHHAM: Dance of the Guitar
In the evening travel to v isit:
Kuensel Phodrang for valley view
National Memorial Chorten
DAY 02: THIMPHU ( Festival with optional program)
Today after your breakfast, drive to Tashichoe Dzong for your second day festival
program. There will be optional program available depending upon the interest of our
2nd Day Tshechu Program
o SHANA: The Black Hat Dance
o SHANA NGA CHHAM: Dance of the 21 Black Hats with Drums
o PHOLI MOLI: Dance of the Noble man and the Ladies
o DRAMITSE NGA CHAM: Dance of the Drums from Dramitse
o SHAWA SHACHI: Dance of the Stage and the Hounds
Hike to Tango/ Cheri Goemba
On weekends visit the Vegetable Market
Pangri Zampa Lhakhang
In the evening stroll around the main down town of Thimphu.
DAY 03: THIMPHU – PARO (HIKE TO THE FAMOUS TIGER ’S NEST
Today at your early breakfast in the hotel drive to Paro valley, site of the famous Tiger’s Nest,
Taktshang Monastery. The monaste ry is perched at some 900m up on the sheered cliff over
looking the valley. It was said to be where the legendary Indian saint, Guru Rinpochhe, flew
from Tibet on the back of the tiger to defeat demons. Who were opposing the spreading of
Optional Program in Paro:
Paro Rinpung Dzong
Jangsa Dumtse Lhakhang
In the evening stroll around Paro town for your last night shopping.
DAY 04: HOTEL – PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Today you will depart Bhutan for your next destination.
TOUR NAME: THIMPHU TSHECHU TOUR
TOUR CODE: AABT03
TOUR DURATION: 4 Days / 3 Nights
TOUR PRICE: 0