Thimphu Tshechu Festival

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Thimphu Tshechu is a vibrant annual festival held in the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. The festival is celebrated for three days in honor of Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava, who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century.

During Thimphu Tshechu, monks, dancers, and locals come together to perform traditional mask dances and religious rituals. The festival is a celebration of Bhutanese culture and religion, and is attended by people from all over the country.


  • Masked Dances: The festival features a variety of masked dances, also known as cham dances, performed by monks and laypeople. These dances are performed in colorful costumes and masks and tell stories from Bhutanese mythology.
  • Thongdrel Unfurling: The festival also includes the unfurling of a large and colorful tapestry known as Thongdrel. This tapestry features an image of Guru Rinpoche and is believed to bring blessings to all who see it.
  • Rituals: The festival includes a variety of religious rituals performed by monks and laypeople. These rituals are meant to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck.
  • Social Gathering: The festival is an important social gathering for the Bhutanese people. It is a time when families and friends come together to celebrate their culture and religion, and to enjoy each other's company.
  • Traditional Arts and Crafts: Thimphu Tshechu Festival features exhibits showcasing traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts, including weaving, embroidery, and painting. Visitors can watch artisans at work and purchase traditional Bhutanese handicrafts.
  • Local Cuisine: The festival is an opportunity to try traditional Bhutanese cuisine, which includes dishes such as Ema Datshi (chilies and cheese), Jasha Maru (spicy minced chicken), and Momos (dumplings).
  • Festive Atmosphere: Thimphu Tshechu Festival is a joyous occasion, and the atmosphere is festive and lively. Visitors can expect to hear traditional Bhutanese music and see colorful decorations throughout the city.

Day 1: Arrive Paro International Airport

Day 2: Full Day Thimphu Sightseeing

Day 3: Thimphu Tshechu

Day 4: Morning - Attend Tshechu

Day 5: Thimphu

Day 6: Thimphu Tshechu

Day 7: Thimphu - Punakha - Wangduephodrang

Day 8: Punakha - Paro

Day 9: Paro - International Airport

  • Private guided tour
  • Visas for Bhutan
  • All meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
  • An experienced driver
  • All internal Taxes and charges (including the royalty).
  • A minimum of 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
  • All internal transport (excluding internal flights)
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • The flight on other airlines to catch Drukair Flight
  • Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
  • Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us)
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Alcoholic drink
  • Expenditure of personal nature

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What is Thimphu Tshechu Festival?
Thimphu Tshechu Festival is an annual religious festival held in the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. The festival is a celebration of Bhutanese culture and religion, and is attended by people from all over the country.
When is Thimphu Tshechu Festival held?
Thimphu Tshechu Festival is held annually, usually in the month of September or October. The dates of the festival vary from year to year, as they are determined by the lunar calendar.
How long does Thimphu Tshechu Festival last?
Thimphu Tshechu Festival lasts for three days, with each day featuring a different set of mask dances and religious rituals.


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