The Thimphu festival is a religious festival in honor of the great saint Guru Rimpoche, who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century. Guru Rimpoche is widely recognised as the founder of Nyingmapa, the “oldest school” division of Lamaism, which is still followed very popularly. The dances during the festival are performed by masked monks, followed by a mix of laymen. Cultural and religious views are a big part of life the Bhutanese people, and by attending a Tshechy, people believe they will gain special merits, which will make them happy and give them a good harvest of crops for the year. It is also an annual social get-together for the local village people, where they dress in their finest costumes, and come together to rejoice.
|20Sep. 2012||Paro sightseeing|
|25Sep. 2012||Thimphu Festival|
|26Sep. 2012||Thimphu Festival & afternoon sightseeing|
|27Sep. 2012||Thimphu Festival & afternoon sightseeing|
|Activities||-||Cultural Tour, Sightseeing|
|Mode of Travel||-||Private Vehicle|
|Group & Staff||-||Min 2, Max 12, Responsible Adventures leader, local guides plus driver|
|Accommodation||-||'A' Class hotel|
Note: - This tour is based on Bangkok being the International flight connecting point. Book your international flights to meet the connection. Current schedule departs Bangkok for Paro at 2 different timings 4.35am and 5.50am Local time. The flight from Paro arrives in Bangkok on 2 timings 2.35pm and 3.00pm local time.
As festival times are the most popular times for visitors to come to Bhutan, flight seats and hotel rooms will be on high demand. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Nominated in the category "Best in Mountain Environment" on "Virgin Holidays, Responsible Tourism Awards 2010, 2011"