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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thimphu Mask Dance Festival 2017

Tour name: Thimphu tshechu festival 2017
Entry point: KTM/BKK/DEL/KOL to PBH
Exit point: PBH to KTM/BKK/DEL/KOL
Period: 7 days itinerary
Departures: 29th September to 6th October 2017

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

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.

Thimphu Dromchoe

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.

The Dromchoe showcases the sacred dances dedicated to the chief protective deity of Bhutan, Palden Lhamo. Legend has it, that the deity Pelden Lhamo appeared before Kuenga Gyeltshen and performed the dances while he was in meditation. Based on these dances, Kuenga Gyaltshen initiated the Dromchoe.


Tour Brief:

Day/Date

Programme

Hotel Category

Sept.29

Arrive in Paro and drive to  Thimphu   (1.30hr.) for  O/N

Meal: X/L/D      Accommodation: Thimphu

3-star:    Jambayang Resort

4-star:    Namgay Heritage

5-star:    Hotel Taj

Sept.30  & Oct.1         

Attend to Thimphu tshechu festivals
Meal: B/L/D      Accommodation: Thimphu

3-star:    Jambayang Resort

4-star:    Namgay Heritage

5-star:    Hotel Taj

Oct.2

Drive to Punakha in the morning for sightseeing

Meal: B/L/D      Accommodation: Punakha

3-star:    Zangto Pelri

4-star:    RKPO

5-star:    Uma Resort

Oct.3

Sightseeing in Punakha

Meal: B/L/D      Accommodation: Punakha

3-star:    Zangto Pelri

4-star:    RKPO

5-star:    Uma Resort

Oct.4            

Return to Paro for sightseeing.

Meal: B/L/D

3-star:  Hotel Meta Resort

4-star:  Hotel Haven Resort

5-star:  Hotel Zhiwaling

Oct.5

An Excursion to Taktsang (Tiger Nest) monastery, our  national icon.

Meal: B/L/D

3-star:  Hotel Meta Resort

4-star:  Hotel Haven Resort

5-star:  Hotel Zhiwaling

Oct. 6

Departure from Paro for onward flights.

Meal: B/X/X

End of the trip!

Tariffs: Cost per pax per trip in USD

Hotel Category

Group size

 

1-5 pax

6-10 pax

11 pax +

3-star hotel

US$ 1575

US$ 1540

US$ 1505

4-star hotel

US$ 1925

US$ 1890

US$ 1820

5-star hotel(Luxury)

US$3759

US$ 3710

US$ 3640

Your tariff covers:

  1. 3 full meals and 2 light refreshments of tea/coffee with snacks a day
  2. Lodge on twin sharing basis.
  3. A resourceful licensed English-speaking guide
  4. Local transport in imported coaches.
  5. Royalty, visa, taxes and all other entry fees related to the trip.


What is NOT covered:

  1. Any air tickets
  2. Any expenses incurred on medical emergencies and evacuations
  3. Any liabilities due to cancellation of flights, roadblock, etc.
  4. Any kind of personal expenses.
  5. Other than an English-speaking guide if required, cost an additional US$100 per group per day.
  6. Any tips and gratitude to tour staff.