Punakha Tshechu

Punakha Tshechu

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Black Hat Dance, Punakha Tshechu
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Punakha Tshechu
bhutan yoga retreat
jivamukti yoga, yoga retreat, bhutan tours, travel bhutan
Black Hat Dance, Punakha Tshechu
bhutan yoga retreat
Punakha Tshechu

Tshechu is a religious festival meaning “tenth day” held annually in various temples, monasteries and dzongs throughout the country.
Tshechu is a religious event celebrated on tenth day of a month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the birthday of Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava). However the exact month of the Tshechu varies from place to place and temple to temple.
Tshechus are grand events where entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialize. In addition to the mask dances, tshechus also include colorful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment.

It is believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once to in order to receive blessings and wash away their sins. Every mask dance performed during a Tshechu has a special meaning or a story behind it and many are based on stories and incidents from as long ago as the 8th century, during the life of Guru Padmasambhava. In monasteries, the mask dances are performed by monks and in remote villages, they are performed jointly by monks and village men.

The following is a suggestive plan. We are always happy to customize the trip to suit your needs

Day 1: Wednesday the 3rd of March

Arrive at Paro International Airport.
Transfer to Thimphu, the capital. Cover some sights around Thimphu depending on the arrival time of your flight.

Day 2: Thursday the 4th of March

Short hike in the morning on the Kuensel Phodrang Nature trail.
In the afternoon continue with other sights around Thimphu valley.

Day 3: Friday the 5th of March (First Day of the Festival)

Transfer to Punakha. The route will take us over Dochula pass and the picturesque 108 stupas.
From here Punakha is another 2 hours drive.
In the afternoon visit Chimmi Lhakhang and the Wolakha nunnery.

Day 4: Saturday the 6th of March (Second Day of the Festival)

Today is the 2nd day of Punakha Tshechu.
We will visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong, where the festival will be held. You will have the option to spend the full day at the festival or spend the morning at the Dzong and do a short hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten in the afternoon.

Day 5: Sunday the 7th of March (Third Day of the Festival)

Last day of the Tshechu. If you would prefer, we can stop by the Dzong and spend some time at the festival before heading back west to Paro.
The drive to Paro will take us back through the same route over Dochula Pass.
After arriving at Paro, if time permits, do some sightseeing like the National Museum and the Paro Dzong.

Day 6: Monday the 8th of March

BIG DAY! Hike up to Paro Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest).
Walk around Paro town or get a relaxing hot stone bath and massage at the hotel in the evening.

Day 7: Tuesday the 9th of March

Depart from Paro airport.

Kindly drop us a message if you are keen to find out more!

Punakha Tshechu is scheduled for 5-7 of March 2020.

The price quoted is per person for a group size of two people

  • Double room on twin sharing basis in government approved 3 star hotels
  • Single room supplement is additional USD 30 per day per person
  • All three meals (does not cover beverages ordered in hotels/restaurants)
  • Bottled mineral water for the entire trip (except water ordered in the hotels and restaurants)
  • Afternoon tea and snacks
  • English speaking and knowledgeable guide
  • Comfortable SUV and a reliable driver
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Visa fee and processing charges
  • Tourism Development Fund
  • Government taxes
  • All administrative cost
  • Full service & assistance before, during and after your Bhutan trip

The price quoted is per person for a group size of two people

  • Airfare to and from PBH (we provide free ticketing service to and from Bhutan for our clients)
  • Any other beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) including water ordered in restaurants and hotels
  • Travel or health insurance
  • Wire transfer/Credit Card fees
  • Laundry
  • Gratuity/Tip for guides and drivers
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