The cultural tour takes place in major heritage sites across the country from the scenic mountains of the Paro Valley to the distant village of Lhuntse. These heritage sites include the giant fortresses, royal palaces and other significant architectural monuments in relation to the history of the monarchy. Hundreds of Buddhist temples, monasteries and stupas are found scattered atop rocky cliffs, on remote hillsides, on uneven enclosures and on every possible regions indicating that in Bhutan, Buddhism is flourishing in its ever youthful state.
Explore Festivals in Bhutan (Fixed Departures)
A short briefing on religious festival of Bhutan
Religious festivals in Bhutan are numerous and the sacred and the best known are called the TSECHU. The Tsechu festivals are held every year in the honour of Guru Rimpoche, the “Precious Teacher” commemorating one of his great deeds, “one who was born from a lotus”. This Indian saint contributed enormously to the diffusion of Tantric Buddhism in the Himalayan regions of Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan around 800 AD. Read more
The Dances at the Festival
The mask dances are part of Vajrayana heritage. The original motivation behind the theatrical performance of mask dances by monks was to liberate spectators by seeing them. A series of mask dances are performed to the accompaniment of musical instruments and ritual chants, once in a on a fixed date in monasteries and fortresses which are also residences of monks. Some of the popular mask dances are the dance of horoscopic animals, the dance of the black hatters, the dance of Drummers of Dramitse. Read more