A Tsechu draws hundreds of Bhutanese people together in a spirit of reverence, festivity and celebration, and is one of the best ways to discover the rich cultural heritage of Bhutan.
Bhutan festival tours are one of the best ways to experience the ancient living culture of Bhutan. A Tsechu is a Buddhist festival in honour of Guru Rimpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism to the country. Most Tsechus date back to medieval times and involve sacred rituals, music, masks, flamboyant costumes and dances that tell age-old stories. Some, like the Thimphu and Paro festivals, are grand occasions that attract locals from miles around, as well as tourists. The popular Paro Tsechu is most famous for its unique unfurling of the world’s largest Thangka (Buddhist painting on silk).
We can easily organise tours incorporating these festivals; however we recommend smaller Tsechus as this ensures a more genuine experience without huge crowds. The wonderful Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival takes place at one of Bhutan’s oldest temples and involves fire rituals and an unusual naked dance.
Another interesting festival is the Black-necked Crane festival in November with masked and costumed crane-inspired dances alongside colourful markets in the Phobjikha Valley to celebrate the arrival of these magnificent birds.