The Thimphu festival is one of Bhutan’s biggest celebrations, held at the Tashichhodzong in the capital city. It pays homage to Guru Rimpoche, a revered Buddhist master who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan.
First organized in 1867 by the 4th Desi, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay, the Tshechu initially featured a few dances performed exclusively by monks. In the 1950s, the Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck introduced mask dances performed by lay monks, adding vibrancy and diversity to the festival while maintaining its spiritual essence.
This three-day event showcases a rich array of traditional Chham, which are sacred mask dances, alongside captivating folk dances and songs. Attending the Tshechu is believed to bring spiritual merits, and it also serves as an annual social gathering where people come together in their finest attire to celebrate.
The Thimphu Festival & Culture Tour offers a leisurely-paced itinerary that covers major sightseeing spots and historically significant landmarks in Thimphu, Paro, and Punakha valleys. Due to the immense popularity of these festival periods, flights and accommodations tend to fill up quickly. To secure your spot on this festive tour, it’s advisable to plan and book well in advance, whether you prefer to join a small group or travel independently.
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