We at TravelBhutan.com have launched special Bhutan tours for the 2013 Thimphu festival!
After the success of our tours for the 2012 Paro and Thimphu festivals, we're doing it again. Come tour Bhutan and enjoy the Thimphu tshechu (festival) from September 14–16th, 2013!
Our special tours last from 4 to 21 days, all of it allowing you to enjoy the Thimphu festival. Moreover, even our standard private tours can be modified to accommodate a visit to the Paro tshechu.
Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan and it is the centre of government. The broad Thimphu valley represents mostly urban way of life. Just like any other place in Bhutan. This valley is clothed with beautiful trees from valleys to the hill top and with beautiful buildings built and maintained with traditional Bhutanese architecture.
Thimphu Festival is similar to other district festivals, begins on September 25, immediately after the conclusion of the Thimphu Drubchen. Like similar festivals across the country, the Thimphu Tshechu is dedicated to the 8th century saint and teacher, Guru Padmasambhava, known in Bhutan as Guru Rinpochhe.
Thimphu Tshechu Festival Schedule
14th September : The first day of Thimphu Tshechu showcases the Shacham (stag dance), where dancers wearing knee length costumes and stag masks perform a dance depicting the subjugation of the evil wind king by Guru Rinpochhe, the Peling Ging Sum (The three kings of Ging), which depict the victory of good over evil, and the Pacham (dance of the heroes) where the people who have performed good deeds are led to Guru Rinpochhe after their life on earth has ended.
The first day also introduces the famous Shawo Shachi (Dance of the Stag and the Hounds), which tells the beautiful story of the saint Milarepa, who brought compassion to the hearts of the hounds that were chasing a stag through a forest where the saint was meditating. The beautiful Dramyen Cham (Dance with traditional lutes) with elaborate costumes is also erformed on this day.
15th September : The second day introduces the spectacular Zhana Cham, where dancers representing yogis who have the power to take and recreate life, are dressed in large black hats and brocade. The mesmerizing Zhana Nga Chham follows, where the dancers perform a victory with drums following the destruction of evil.
The Pholey Moley (Noblemen and Ladies) is a humorous drama based on the men and women in King Norzhang's court.
16th September : The final day introduces the more menacing dances- Durdag is performed with skull masks and depict the lords of the cremation grounds subjugating the demons who harm tantric Buddhism, Tungam is again performed with terrifying masks, and depict Guru Rinpochhe waging a war against demonic powers, and Raksha Marcham depicts the judgement of the dead.
The most important dance in the festival may be the Guru Tshengye Dance, where it is believed the Guru himself manifests in the dancers who represent his eight manifestations, and blesses the onlookers.
The Tshechu concludes with the unfurling of a Guru Thongdroel, a giant appliqué image of Guru Rinpoche, which, it is believed, absolves all negativity from whoever looks upon it.
|Group tours to Bhutan during Thimphu Festival September-2013|
|Trip Plans||Start Date||End Date||Tour Days||Days in Festival||One day hikes||Days in Trekking||City Covered|
|7 Days Beautiful Bhutan with Thimphu Festival||14-Sep-13||20-Sep13||7||2||1||0||Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, Gangtay|
|10 Days Best of Bhutan with Thimphu Festival||14-Sep-13||23-Sep13||10||2||3||0||Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, Gangtay, Trongsa, Bumthang|
|15 Days Bhutan Tour with Druk Path Trek & Thimphu Festival||14-Sep-13||28-Sep13||15||2||1||5||Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, Gangtay, Trongsa, Bumthang|
|15 Days Eastern Bhutan Tour with Thimphu festival||14-Sep-13||28-Sep13||15||3||2||0||Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, Gangtay, Trongsa, Bumthang, Mongar, Tashigang, Trashigang, Samdrup Jhonkhar|