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Sacred Festivals of Bhutan

Bhutan's festivals are joyous expressions of its Buddhist culture. For the Bhutanese, religious festivals offer an opportunity to become immersed in the meaning of their religion and to gain merit. They are also occasions for seeing people, and for being seen; for social exchanges, and for flaunting success. People bring out their finest clothes, their most beautiful jewels; they take out picnics rich with meat and abundant alcohol. Men and women joke and flirt. An atmosphere of convivial, slightly ribald good humour prevails.
In the spring and summer Sacred Festivals, we attend the colorful Punakha serda, the grand Paro tshechu, or the intimate Nimalung tshechu. In the fall, we experience Thimphu's and Bumthang’s equally exuberant tshechus. Over the winter holidays, another choice of festival trip to the Bhutanese village of Trongsa is in place.

We join hundreds of villagers as they enjoy a rollicking carnival and watch mystical masked dances. Normally subdued monks transform into wrathful deities, evil spirits, and awestruck mortals in a frenzy of color. Set to the booming and clanging of horns and cymbals, the intricate dances serve not only to stir their audience to religious fervor, but protect the valley from evil for the year to come.

All trips visit the important villages and historic sites of western and central Bhutan, such as Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa and Bumthang, as well as the famed Tiger's Nest temple.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration : 10 Days :
  • Trip Grading : Easy
  • Trip Activity : Cultural Tours
  • Trip Destination : Bhutan
  • Trip Season : Check festival dates below

Trip Include

  • Accommodations in standard hotel
  • All Meals at the hotel or local restaurant
  • Sightseeing
  • Transfers
  • English speaking local guide
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Visa and permits

Trip Exclude

  • Internal Flights
  • Table Drinks/Alcoholic beverages
  • Insurance coverage
  • Laundry
  • Tips
  • Expenses of personal nature