The Tshechu is a festival honoring Guru Padmasambhava, “one who was born from a lotus flower.” This Indian saint contributed enormously to the diffusion of Tantric Buddhism in the Himalayan regions of Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan etc. around 800 AD. He is the founder of the Nyingmapa, the “old school” of Lamaism which still has numerous followers. The biography of Guru is highlighted by 12 episodes of the model of the Buddha Shakyamuni’s life. Each episode is commemorated around the year on the 10th day of the month by “the Tschechu”. The dates and the duration of the festivals vary from one district to another but they always take place on or around the 10th day of the month according to the Bhutanese calendar. During Tshechus, the dances are performed by monks as well as by laymen. The Tshechu is a religious festival and by attending it, it is believed one gains merits. It is also a yearly social gathering where the people, dressed in all their finery, come together to rejoice. The Thimphu Tshechu for 1999 scheduled TBA.
Day 01: Arrive Paro International Airport
Day 02: Thimphu – Sightseeing
Day 03: Thimphu Tshechu: the Tshechu which is held in the courtyard of Tashichho Dzong.
Day 04: Attend Tshechu
Day 05: Attend Thimphu Tshechu,Take a day excursion to Phajoding which lies on the west of Thimphu at an Alt. of 4000 m
Day 06: Thimphu Tshechu: Attend Thimphu Tshechu, Visit the Tibetan settlement in Hontsho or the Indigenous Medicine Hospital in Thimphu.
Day 07: Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdiphodrang
Day 08: Thimphu – Paro In Paro, visit the following places of interest:
Day 09: Paro – International Airport
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