5th – 7th Oct. 2022 | Venue: Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu.
The Thimphu festival is for three days and is held at the court yard of Tashichho Dzong. Its dates correspond to 10th day of the 8th month of the Bhutanese Lunar calendar. The festival is preceded by prayer and ritual ceremony performed inside the dzong to invoke the deities. The mask dances depicting eight manifestations of Guru Rimpoche are performed by the monks. These colorful dances are an integral part of Buddhist culture in Bhutan and are performed to honor Guru Rimpoche. It is also a time for the Bhutanese folks to wear new clothes, drink and enjoy. Thimphu festival is one of the most favorite of tourists and is witnessed by thousands of people, both local and tourists.
Sketch Itinerary for Thimphu Festival Tour:
Day 1. Arrive Paro – Thimphu (Distance: 54 km, 1 hr drive).
Day 2. Thimphu Sightseeing.
Day 3. Thimphu – Punakha (76 Km, 2 ½ hrs drive).
Day 4. Punakha – Gangtey (75 km, 2 hrs).
Day 5. Gangtey – Thimphu (128 kms – 4 hours drive).
Day 6. Thimphu Festival Tour.
Day 7. Thimphu Festival Tour.
Day 8. Thimphu – Paro (56 km – 1 hour drive).
Day 9. Paro – Hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
Day 10. Paro – Departure.
A. You will get to see Mask dances performed by the monks in honor of Guru Rimpoche. You can also witness Tshengye (Eight Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche), Shaw Shachi (Dance of the Stags) and other folk dances.
Q. For how long do Thimphu Festival takes place?
A. Thimphu festival is held for three days at Tashichho Dzong.
Q. When is the best time to witness Thimphu Tshechu?
A. The best time to witness Thimphu Tshechu is from 9 am - 5 Pm. During this time, a large Thongrol (Scroll) will be showcased.
Q. How far is Thimphu from Paro?
A. It is 56 kms and is 1 hour drive from Paro to Thimphu.
Q. Can i visit Punakha during Thimphu Festival tour plan?
A. Yes, you can visit Punakha during your Thimphu festival tour plan. Punakha is only 76 kms from Thimphu. and the driving distance is just 2 hours.