Thimphu Tshechu

Trip Facts

Thimphu Tshechu
Length : 7 Day - 6 Night
Start : Paro
Finish : Paro
Trip Style : Festival Tour
Discounts : Applicable on this trip
Group Size : Maximum 12, Avg 5
Group Leader : Certified Tour Leader from The DBT.
Transport : New Model Toyota Hiace /Coaster bus/Land Cruiser not more than 3 years old.
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Can it be Tailored? : Yes

Trip Overview

Thimphu Tshechu was preceded by one-day Thimphu Drubchen (popularly known as Dromchoe), earlier. However, However, from this year, Drubchen is being held for five days before the tshechu. The festival dates back to the 17th century. It was first introduced in 1710 by Kuenga Gyeltshen, who was recognized as the reincarnation of Jampel Dorji, son of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel.

The drubchen showcases the sacred dances dedicated to the chief protective deity of Bhutan, Palden Lhamo. According to legend, deity Palden Lhamo performed the dances before Kuenga Gyeltshen while he was in meditation, based on which he introduced drubchen dances.

The three-day Thimphu Tshechu in the capital, beginning from the 10th day of the 8th month of lunar calendar, is one of the biggest in the country. The actual tshechu is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods.

In the 1950s, the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck introduced numerous Boed chham (mask dances performed by lay monks). These additions added colour and variation to the festival without compromising its spiritual significance. Mask dances like Guru Tshengye (Eight Manifestations of Guru), Shawa Shachi (Dance of the Stags) are enjoyed because they are similar to stage-theatre.

Trip Overview

Summary: Thimphu Drubchen Tshechu festivals offer a especially memorable aural and visual experience      with dancers in colourful costumes swinging to the numbing symphony of traditional gongs, cymbals, drums and horns. It is not only a religious occasion but also a social event with people thronging the venue of the festival in their best dresses.

Date:     18-22 September, 2015 (Drubchen)

23-25 September, 2015 (Tshechu)

Venue: Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu

Destination: Paro-Thimphu-Punakha-Thimphu-Paro

 

This tour also explores the highlights of Bhutan’s western valleys as follows:

  • Witness sacred dances and rituals performed by monks and laymen in elaborate, colourful costumes.
  • Join the locals in a special occasion of celebration, blessing and socializing.
  • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in western Bhutan.
  • Visit many cultural sites including medieval dzongs, markets and museums.
  • Immerse in religion at the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor.
  • Marvel at the elaborate and ancient wall paintings and carvings in dzongs and temples.
  • Enjoy the beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests.

Outline Iteinerary

The drubchen/tshechu viewing programme can be arranged at the beginning or towards the end of the itinerary, according to convenience of the clients.

DAY 01: ARRIVAL AT PARO

  • Our representative will meet you at Paro airport
  • After lunch sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum to see religious relics, works of art and handicrafts for orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past
  • Visit the Rinpung Dzong that houses the district administration and the monastic body
  • Drive to the capital, Thimphu and overnight stay at hotel in Thimphu.

DAY 02: THIMPHU

  • After breakfast, drive to Tashichho Dzong to see the tshechu programme with local populace dressed in their finest clothes and out to have a three-day of fun and gaity.

DAY 03: THIMPHU

  • A morning of sightseeing includes a visit to 12th century Changangkha Temple, and the National Memorial Chorten built as a memorial stupa for the Third King who passed away in 1972.
  • Return to Tashichho Dzong in the afternoon to witness the colourful festival events.

DAY 04: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA

  • Drive over the Dochu-La pass (3,100 metres). On a clear day you will be treated to an incredible view of the eastern Himalayan peaks. You can also walk around the 108 miniature Druk Wangyel chortens. The drive through the Punakha valley offers a glimpse of everyday life in the countryside.
  • On arrival, visit Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness” built in 1637 situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (Mother and Father Rivers) and is the winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move en masse from Thimphu to this warmer location. The three story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture. Bhutan’s first king was crowned here in 19078.
  • After lunch, visit Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the Drukpa Kuenly, the Divine Madman. Considered a temple of fertility, childless couples come here to offer prayers for a child.
  • Drive to Wangdue Phodrang town and back to hotel in Punakha for overnight halt.

DAY 05: PUNAKHA – THIMPHU – PARO

  • In the morning, drive to Yabesa village and walk through rice fields to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten, built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk.
  • Drive to Thimphu and on arrival, visit The National Library housing a collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century and the Folk Heritage Museum (at YDF complex).
  • Visit Royal Textile Academy that promotes and preserves Bhutanese textiles, and take a walk along a long line of booths displaying handicrafts of Bhutan at the Handicrafts Bazaar, near Taj Tashi hotel
  • If during the weekend, you can walk through the Farmer’s Centenary Market
  • Proceed to Paro,

DAY 06: PARO

  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery. A walk of approximately 2 hours uphill taking you almost a kilometre above the valley. (Horses will be arranged up to the viewing point for those who can not walk.) Perched on a sheer cliff face, 900 metres above the valley floor, the monastery is also an important pilgrimage site for the Buddhists. The Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress in the 8th Century. He then mediated in a cave there for three months where the monastery was later built.
  • Drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, an historic monument built by the Shabdrung to commemorate his victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. In fine weather the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop.
  • En route to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Srongtsen Gampo to subjugate a demon.

DAY 07: DEPART PARO

  • Breakfast and drive to the airport for flight.

Note: The programme could be customized depending on whether the guests wish to see the drubchen or the tshechu festival.

Date and Departure Information

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Price Details

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), Tourism Business regulating agency of the Royal Government of Bhutan, fixes the Tourist Tariff rate. This rate is valid for all the inclusive tour packages. The tariffs for tourists visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:

Peak Season Rate: (March, April, May, September, October and November) Cultural Tour /Trekking – US$ 250/per person per night halt.

Low Season Rate:(January, February, June, July, August and December) Cultural Tour /Trekking- US$ 200/per person per night halt.

Price Inclusions

  • Bhutan Royalty ($65 per person per day).
  • Visa Fees ($40 per person).
  • All necessary permit fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • All meals including evening tea.
  • All accommodation in our partner hotels, which are some of the best in the country on twin sharing basis.
  • All trekking equipments and logistics including cooks, camp personnel, horsemen and ponies.
  • English-speaking tour leader, guide and driver.
  • Trekking Insurance (Our value-added service).
  • Cultural Performance (our value-added service).

Price Exclusion

  • Airfare for flights into and out of Bhutan.
  • All personal expenses like laundry, telephone, tips, shopping expenses.
  • Meals and Beverages other than the ones mentioned above (see inclusions).
  • Spa Charges.
  • Travel and Medical insurance.

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