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Paro Festival in Bhutan

We at BhutanTravelAgency.com have launched special Bhutan tours for the 2013 Paro festival!

After the success of our tours for the 2012 Paro and Thimphu festivals, we're doing it again. Come tour Bhutan and enjoy the Paro tshechu (festival) on March 23-27, 2013!

Our special tours last from 4 to 21 days, all allowing you to enjoy the Paro festival. Moreover, even our standard private tours can be modified to accommodate a visit to the Paro tshechu.

What Is the Paro Tshechu Festival?

The Paro tshechu is a one-of-a-kind festival, uniquely featuring the world's biggest ceremony of unfurling a throngdel. Throngdel means "confers liberation by the mere sight of it" in Bhutanese. A throngdel is believed to provide a seed of enlightenment to those who see it.

The throngdel of Paro Tshechu is considered one of the most sacred objects in all of Bhutan. The huge thangkha (silk painting) featuring the throngdel covers the face of the dzong. It's displayed only for a few hours, at daybreak on the final day of the festival, to allow people to obtain its blessing.

As a tourist visiting the festival, you'll witness a celebration that's been held for centuries. The Paro festival only happens once a year, so you'll see the Bhutanese celebrate in all their finest colorful costumes. You might even catch the attention of the atchara (clown).

Many events happen at "the fortress of the heap of jewels," Rimpung Dzong, in Paro. The festivities open with the monks performing Shingje Yab Yum, the dance of Death (Shingje) and his consort. Other dances follow, like Durdag, the dance of the lords of the cremation grounds; Shanag, the dance of the black hats; Drametse Ngacham, the dance of the drum from Dramitse; Degye Mang Cham, the dance of the eight kinds of spirits; and the religious song Chhoeshey, which is an integral part of Zhungdra and Boedra dance.

Don't wait for airlines and hotels to fill — contact us today for package and ordering details, so you can travel to Bhutan to enjoy this remarkable tshechu! Some of our group tour packages are listed below.

Paro Tshechu Festival Schedule

23rd March, 2013 (Inside the Dzong)

Dance of the Lord of Death and his Consort (Shingje Yab Yum)

Dance of Lords of Cremation Grounds (Durdag)

Dance of Black Hats (Shanag)

Dance of Drum from Dramistse (Dramitse Nacham)

Dance of Eight Kinds of Spirits (Degye)

Religious Song (Chhoeshey)

24th March, 2013 (Outside the Dzong)

Dance of the Lord of Death and His Consort (Shinje Yab Yum)

Dance of the Black Hats (Shanag)

Dance of the Three Kinds of Ging with Sticks (Gingsum)

Dance of the Lords of Cremation Grounds (Durdag)

Dance of the Three Kinds of Ging with Drums (Driging)

Dance of the Stag and the Hounds (Shawa Shachi) – part 1

25th March, 2013

Dance of the Lords of the Cremation Grounds (Durdag)

Dance of the Terrifying Deities (Tungam)

Dance of the Heroes with Six Kinds of Ornaments (Guan Drug Pawo) and Kyecham

Dance of the Noblemen and Ladies (Pholeg Moleg)

Dance of the Stag and Hounds (Shawa Shachi) – part 2

26th March, 2013

Dance of the Lord of Death and His Consort (Shinje Yab Yum)

Dance of the Four Stags (Sha Tsam)

Dance of the Judgement of the Dead (Raksha Mangcham)

Dance of the Drums from Dramitse (Dramitse Nga Cham)

27th March, 2013

Showing of great thangkha (thongdrel)

Performance of the Shugdrel ceremony

Dance of the Heroes (Pacham)

Dance of the Ging and Tsholing

Dance of the Eight Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Tshen Gye)

Dance of the Sixteen Fairies

Religious Song (Chhoeshey)

Group Tours to Bhutan during Paro Festival March 2013
Tour Start Date End Date Tour Duration Days in Festival How Many One-Day Hikes Days Spent Trekking Cities Covered
Beautiful Bhutan with Paro Festival 23rd Mar 2013 29th Mar 2013 7 days 2 1 0 Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, Gangtay
Best of Bhutan with Paro Festival 23rd Mar 2013 1st Apr 2013 10 days 2 3 0 Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, Gangtay, Trongsa, Bumthang
Bhutan Tour with Druk Path Trek & Paro Festival 23rd Mar 2013 6th Apr 2013 15 days 2 1 5 Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, Gangtay, Trongsa, Bumthang
Eastern Bhutan Tour with Paro festival 23rd Mar 2013 6th Apr 2013 15 days 3 2 0 Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, Gangtay, Trongsa, Bumthang, Mongar, Tashigang, Samdrup Jhonkhar
 
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