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Thimphu Tshechu Tour

 

Thimphu Tshechu Tour

The Tshechu is a festival honouring Guru Padmasambhava, "one who was born from a lotus flower." This Indian saint contributed enormously to the diffusion of Tantric Buddhism in the Himalayan regions of Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan around 800 AD. He was the founder of the Nyingmapa sect, the "old school" of Lamaism which still has numerous followers. The biography of Guru is highlighted by 12 episodes of the model of the Buddha Shakyamuni’s life. Each episode is commemorated around the year on the 10th day of the month by "the Tschechu". The dates and the duration of the festivals vary from one district to another but they always take place on or around the 10th day of the month according to the Bhutanese calendar. During Tshechu the monk dances are performed in the monasteries. The Tshechu is a religious festival and by attending it it is believed one gains merit. It is also a yearly social gathering where the people, dressed in all their finest traditional attire, come together to rejoice.

Itinerary

Day 01 Arrive in Paro International Airport, Paro, Bhutan.
Day 02 Thimphu - Sightseeing in and around Thimphu.
Day 03 Thimphu Tshechu:
The Tshechu which is held in the courtyard of Tashichho Dzong.
Day 04 Attend Tshechu festival.
Day 05 Attend Thimphu Tshechu - Take a day excursion to Phajoding.
Day 06 Thimphu Tshechu:
Attend Thimphu Tshechu, Visit the Tibetan settlement in Hontsho or the Indigenous Medicine Hospital in Thimphu.
Day 07 Thimphu - Punakha/Wangdiphodrang.
Day 08 Thimphu - Paro. Visit some interesting places in Paro.
Day 09 Paro - International Airport

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