This 9 day 8 night program is part of series – “the Sacred Festivals of Bhutan” that centers around festivals that happen during different part of years in different regions of Bhutan. This particular one is around Punakha Tshechu.
The ancient festivals of Bhutan called the ‘tshechus‘ (meaning the ‘tenth day’) are considered sacred since they not only celebrate the life of Guru Rimpoche (known to have appeared on a tenth day of lunar calendar), but also the advent of Buddhist faith in Bhutan and its various milestones.
These festivals conducted and performed by the monks, are also a medium that is used to pass spiritual messages to laity through mask dances or ‘Cham‘ which is best described as ‘mystical plays’
The sacred festival in Punakha also celebrate the father of statehood of Bhutan and its unification – the Zhabdrung and enacts some century old battle scenes showing how some forces that opposed the country were overcome. For more details, contact us.
Places: Paro, Phobjikha/ Gangtey, Thimphu,
Highlights: Punakha Festival, Phobjikha valley, Big Buddha, Punakha Dzong
Sketch Itinerary (for year 2019)
Day 1 Mon Feb 11 Fly into Paro – drive to Thimphu (sightseeing in Paro)
Day 2 Tue Feb 12 Thimphu
Day 3 Wed Feb 13 Thimphu – Gangtey/ Phobjikha
Day 4 Thu Feb 14 Gangtey
Day 5 Fri Feb 15 Gangtey – Punakha
Day 6 Sat Feb 16 Punakha
Day 7 Sun Feb 17 Punakha – Paro
Day 9 Tue Feb 19 Fly out of Paro
Accommodations and Services options: Luxury, Deluxe & Standard
Contact us for detailed itinerary and prices, which depends on service options you choose.