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The Bhutanese are fun loving people, they love socializing, attending festivals, joking, playing, flirting and consuming alcohol that help them to be in the spirit of celebration. Owing to their fun loving nature, throughout the country there are various kinds of festivals that are celebrated in different times of the year. Among these festivals, the most recognized and attended by the mass is Tsechu festival (Tse- Date Chu – Ten). This festival is celebrated to commemorate the great deeds of 8th century Tantric master Guru Padmasambhava who is credited in spreading of Mahayana Buddhism in entire Himalaya region.

These Tsechu festivals are dominated by ancient old religious Mask Dances that are performed by both monks and lay person in brilliant costumes re-enacting the legendary events, accompanied by blaring horns, booming drums, and clashing cymbals as they whirl and leap around the ancient old courtyard of a Dzong (Fortress). Crowds of people gather in their finest hand woven dress, brightly patterned cloth for which Bhutan is renowned, creating an intensely colorful and exciting atmosphere that had remained unchanged in its traditional purity for centuries. Locals believe that by dressing in their finest are another form of offering that could bring them blessings give them an opportunity to please the deities which in return bring them merit, luck and prosperity and also an occasion to see people and to be seen. The dance itself is believed to be the representation of the deities that are encountered during the intermediate period of Death and rebirth.  Local
During these festival trips, we traverse through the culturally centered valleys of Bhutan, experiencing the enchantment of pure and exotic land, through its ancient fortresses, monasteries, and temples that dot the country side and have opportunity to witness Bhutan’s rich arts and crafts that transforms into exquisite works of art from the hands of master artisans. Thanks to its isolation, small population, mountainous terrain, and the national religion of Buddhism, which stresses the sanctity of all life, Bhutan has protected its forests and wildlife. As a result, this tiny kingdom, in contrast to all of its neighbors, possesses the last truly intact, large-scale ecosystem in the Himalayas. Protecting not just nature but culture is a huge priority for Bhutan. The Bhutanese people constitute one of the most interesting and least disturbed cultures in the world and are often known as the “Living museum” by its few visitors that make into Bhutan. It is not uncommon to be engaged in discussion by passerby, or to be invited in for lunch by a Bhutanese family. The Bhutanese are often as curious about outsiders as tourists are about them. Over the course of our days in Bhutan, we will immerse ourselves in the country's rich Buddhist culture, ancient traditions and have ample opportunities to interact with the friendly people of Bhutan and learn their philosophy of “GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS”

 
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Our Programs 2012

Nimalung Festival (June 24th – July 07th 2012)
 

At this Nimalung Festival Mask Dances are performed by both monks and lay person in brilliant costumes re-enacting the legendary events, accompanied by blaring horns, booming drums, and clashing cymbals as they whirl and leap around the courtyard...

 

Thimphu Festival (Sept 17th - Sept 30th 2012)
 

Bhutan had in the past defended its sovereignty through ways of skillful mediation, war, and other means of defense strategy. Punakha festival depicts one of such victories, which have resulted in what Bhutan is today. Our trip coincides with the sacred pageantry and dance festival...

 

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Thangbi Mani Festival (Sept 25th – Oct 08th 2012)
 

Our trip coincides with a festival in central part of Bhutan under Bumthang district at Chokhor valley at Tamshing Monastery. At this Tamshing Festival, Mask Dances are performed by both monks and lay person in brilliant costumes re-enacting the legendary eventss...

 

Jakar Festival (Oct 17th – Oct 28th 2012)
 

At this Jakar Festival Mask Dances are performed by both monks and lay person in brilliant costumes re-enacting the legendary events, accompanied by blaring horns, booming drums, and clashing cymbals as they whirl and leap around the courtyard...

 

Jambay Lhakhang Festival (Oct 25th - Nov 07th 2012)
 

Our trip coincides with a festival in central part of Bhutan under Bumthang district at Chokhor valley at Tamshing Monastery. At this Tamshing Festival, Mask Dances are performed by both monks and lay person in brilliant costumes re-enacting the legendary eventss...

 

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Far East Mongar Festival (Nov 14th – Nov 26th 2012)
 

Our trip coincides with a festival in central part of Bhutan under Bumthang district at Chokhor valley at Tamshing Monastery. At this Tamshing Festival, Mask Dances are performed by both monks and lay person in brilliant costumes re-enacting the legendary eventss...

 

Year end Trongsa Festival (Dec 16th – Dec 29th 2012)

The local people in this valley celebrate their annual five-day festival after the harvest during the winter. This festival held in the courtyard of the fortress is one of the popular festivals in Bhutan...


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Our Programs 2013
Punakha Festival(Feb 17th – Feb 28th 2013)
 

Our trip coincides with a festival in central part of Bhutan under Bumthang district at Chokhor valley at Tamshing Monastery. At this Tamshing Festival, Mask Dances are performed by both monks and lay person in brilliant costumes re-enacting the legendary eventss...

 

Paro Festival (Mar 24th - Apr 02nd 2013)
 

The Bhutanese are fun loving people, they love socializing, attending festivals, joking, playing, flirting and consuming alcohol that help them to be in the spirit of celebration. Owing to their fun loving nature, throughout the country there are various kinds of festivals that...

 

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Domkhar Festival (Apr 15th – Apr 28th 2013)
 

The local people in this valley celebrate their annual five-day festival after the harvest during the winter. This festival held in the courtyard of the fortress is one of the popular festivals in Bhutan...

 
 

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Ura Festival (Apr 18th - May 01st 2013)
 

This trip allows the travelers to enjoy the daily lives of friendly Bhutanese people by visiting villages, temples, monasteries, and gigantic fortresses. It gives you a chance to meet people, enjoy the pristine forest with rare glimpse of wildlife and observe the ancient old traditions of arts and crafts...

 

Nimalung Festival (Jun 12th – Jun 25th 2013)
 

At this Nimalung Festival Mask Dances are performed by both monks and lay person in brilliant costumes re-enacting the legendary events, accompanied by blaring horns, booming drums, and clashing cymbals as they whirl and leap around the courtyard...

 

Thimphu Festival (Sept 05th - Sept 18th 2013)
 

Bhutan had in the past defended its sovereignty through ways of skillful mediation, war, and other means of defense strategy. Punakha festival depicts one of such victories, which have resulted in what Bhutan is today. Our trip coincides with the sacred pageantry and dance festival...

 

< Read More > < View Itinerary >


Thangbi Mani Festival (Sept 14th – Sept 27th 2013)
 

Our trip coincides with a festival in central part of Bhutan under Bumthang district at Chokhor valley at Tamshing Monastery. At this Tamshing Festival, Mask Dances are performed by both monks and lay person in brilliant costumes re-enacting the legendary eventss...

 

Jakar Festival (Oct 07th – Oct 18th 2013)
 

At this Jakar Festival Mask Dances are performed by both monks and lay person in brilliant costumes re-enacting the legendary events, accompanied by blaring horns, booming drums, and clashing cymbals as they whirl and leap around the courtyard...

 

Jambay Lhakhang Festival (Oct 15th - Oct 28th 2013)
 

Our trip coincides with a festival in central part of Bhutan under Bumthang district at Chokhor valley at Tamshing Monastery. At this Tamshing Festival, Mask Dances are performed by both monks and lay person in brilliant costumes re-enacting the legendary eventss...

 

< Read More > < View Itinerary >


Far East Mongar Festival (Nov 03rd – Nov 15th 2013)
 

Our trip coincides with a festival in central part of Bhutan under Bumthang district at Chokhor valley at Tamshing Monastery. At this Tamshing Festival, Mask Dances are performed by both monks and lay person in brilliant costumes re-enacting the legendary eventss...

 


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