Bhutan Swallowtail Travels, a local Bhutan tour operator launches 'Thimphu Festival with Happiness Bhutan Cultural Tour' as their signature tour package for the coming season.
Bhutan Swallowtail Travels launches their exclusive Happiness Cultural Tour Package with the Thimphu Tshechu/Festival as the highlight of the tour.
Tshechus are colorful festivals celebrated in the huge courtyards of the mighty fortresses called the Dzongs and comprises of masked dances and traditional songs and dances. The Tshechus are religious events celebrated on the tenth day of the lunar calendar corresponding to the birthday of Guru Padmasambhava, the patron saint who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th Century. The masked dances often play out incidences and events of Guru's life as he subdued demons and evil forces to spread the Dharma of Buddha.
Tourists from all over the world along with Bhutanese men and women dressed in their finest attires with elaborate embellishments congregate to watch these colorful masked dances. It is believed that witnessing these scared dances not only wash away our sins and bless us for a good and fruitful life but also lights our way as we journey from death to the heavens. Even though Tshechus are celebrated in all the twenty districts of Bhutan, the Thimphu Tshechu is one of the biggest and mega events in terms of participation and magnificence.
The three day festival starts from 3rd October, 2014 and is held at the Thendrel Thang Courtyard of TashiChho Dzong - the Fortress of Glorious Religion.
With the Tshechu as the highlight, the happiness Cultural Tour will take you through a cultural extravaganza of the valleys of Western and Central Bhutan, Bhutanese cuisine, culture and traditions, stunning landscape and warm and hospitable people. Traverse through lush paddy fields, slow meandering rivers and witness a game of archery. Mingle with the locals, witness the festival, dip in a traditional wooden tub of hot stones and visit awesome places and enjoy the intricate art and architecture that is evident in almost everything and everywhere.