Paro, 04/04/2020 - 08/04/2020
Paro Tshechu: Two of the most popular Tshechus in the country are the Paro Tshechu (takes pace on early April) and Thimphu Tshechu (takes pace on late Septemer) in terms of participation and audience. Besides the locals, many tourists from across the world are attracted to these unique, colorful and exciting displays of traditional culture.
Paro Tshechu starts on the 10th day of the second lunar month. The flawlessly executed sacred event is the culmination of the dedication and years of hard work the monks put in to master the nuances of performing masked dance. These sacred dances are believed to invoke deities. The monks perform the dance wearing colorful silk brocade and ferocious mask. The event encapsulates the essence of the traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan and its culture.
The Tshechu is held in the open courtyard with the backdrop of the majestic Paro Dzong. It is a spiritual and a social event where community members congregate dressed ostentatiously which is part of the tradition. Locals believe that one gains merits attending such events. Tshechu is also considered theatrical presentation about the afterlife and hence the event is highly revered.
The highlight of the Tshechu is the unfurling of the Thongdrel. At the break of dawn, the giant applique scroll is unfurled for public display. The painting depicts a seated Guru Rinpoche. Locals believe that a mere sight of the painting cleanses bad karma and accumulate good merits.
Every year, His Majesty The King will grace the last day of Paro Tshechu, hence you may take chance not only see him but you can also have an opportunity to talk to him, as he is so keen to foreign visitors.
This tour also takes advantage of the beautiful spring time growth with stunning hikes through the countryside to a Rhododendron forest in Phobjikha, as well as a visit to the Lamperi a Rhododendron Festival near Dochu La Pass. The sacred sites of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha are also featured.