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Thimphu Festival Tour

"One of the biggest festivals in the country"

One of the biggest festivals in the country is the Thimphu Tshechu. This Thimphu festival tour 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.

Thimphu Tshechu (Festival)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.

Thimphu Dromchoe
Thimphu Dzong Besides the annual three day Tshechu, Thimphu also celebrates a one day festival known as the Thimphu Dromchoe. The day long festival dates back to the 17th century. It was first introduced by Kuenga Gyeltshen in 1710, who was recognized as the reincarnation of Jampel Dorji, son of Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel. The dromchoe is celebrated 3 days prior to the Thimphu Tshechu.

Thimphu festival Tshechu dates is 13th – 15th September 2024.

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ThimphuHotel Thimphu Tower 03NightsHotel Ariya ThimphuLe Méridien, Amen Kora and Six Senses
TrongsaYagkhil Resort 01NightDruk WillngNA
BumthangHotel Tashi Yozerling 02NightsNASix Senses and Aman Kora
Phubjikha ValleyHotel Dewachen 01NightRKPO GangteySix Senses, Gangtey Lodge and Aman Kora
PunakhaHotel Paro Grand 01NightRKPO PunakhaLe Méridien, Amen Kora, UMA COMO and Six Senses
ParoHotel Paro Grand 02NightsNaksel Boutique Hotel & SpaLe Méridien, Amen Kora, UMA COMO and Six Senses
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1 PersonSUVsSUVs/Innova
2-3 PersonsSUVs/InnovaSUVs/Toyota Innova
4-7 PersonsToyota Hiace RoofToyota Hiace Roof
8-13 PersonsCoaster BusToyota Coaster Bus
14-20 PersonsCoaster BusToyota Coaster Bus
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