The tentative dates for Tsechu festivals taking place in 2015 has just been released. Click here to visit our Festival Tours page to download them.
Born in November 1977, Sonam is the youngest of five siblings and comes from Kyichu village in Paro. The son of a village farmer, he spent his early childhood in Paro and went to school there. In 1999, he joined the Royal Body Guards and served for 3 years. The years from 2003 to 2005 were spent with his parents in Kyichu, where he helped his family by driving a family owned taxi.
He joined his present job as driver at Aman Resorts in 2005.
‘A Kingdom in the Sky’ combines a tour of Bhutan’s cultural western valley’s of Paro, Thmphu and Punakha with a fabulous day camping trek to Bumdra monastery which includes a night in a wilderness campsite high in the Himalaya. This tour is specially tailored to provide insight into Bhutan’s Buddhist culture at a deep and comprehensive level.
The Paro Tsechu has just finished for another year, with spectators enjoying sacred rituals and dances performed by trained monks and laymen in amazing masks and costumes. Paro Tsechu is one of the most popular festivals in Bhutan. Tsechus (festivals) 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 Bhutan.
Visitors can begin their day in Thimphu with a pleasant drive to the Buddha point at Kuenselphodrang, which offers a magnificent panoramic view of the valley below and great photograph opportunities. Marvel at the gigantic Buddha Dordenma Statue which houses over a hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the main statue itself are made of bronze and gilded in gold. The throne that the Buddha Dordenma sits upon is a large meditation hall.
The statue sits high on a spur overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu. It is one of the largest Buddharupas in the world at a height of 169 feet (51.5 meters).
Gangtey Goenpa Lodge will offer a luxurious and interactive experience in the Phobjikha Valley when it opens its doors for a soft launch in June 15th 2013.
The Lodge draws upon the inspiration of the unique and beautiful Bhutanese rural architecture down to the very last detail. Designed by Mary Lou Thomson, who has worked on some of the world’s most prestigious resort projects, the interiors and furnishings showcase aspects of the vibrant local culture.
The Chorten Kora festival, also known as ‘Dakpa Kora’, is set in Trashiyangtse, the easternmost district of Bhutan that borders Arunchal Pradesh. This years festival begins on the 16th of March and continues until the 30th of March.
It is dedicated to a young girl from Tawang, believed to have been a Khando (Dakini) who agreed to be buried alive inside the Chorten. Hundreds of people from Arunachal Pradesh known as the Dakpas make a pilgrimage to Chorten Kora to circumambulate on Dakpa Kora, held on the 15th day of the 3rd month corresponding to 28th February. Bhutanese pilgrims then follow with their circumbulation on the 30th day corresponding to 15th March every year.
Bhutan’s first ever Craft Bazaar is now open in Bhutan’s capital Thimphu. A spectacle of traditional bamboo huts, aligne neatly below Norzin Lam, opposite to Nehru Wangchuk Cultural Centre, showcase wide range of authentic Bhutan-made art and craft products with reasonable price range. The products in its 80 stalls cover all aspect of traditional Bhutanese art and craft synergized for contemporary use and market needs. Visitors will find an interesting assortment of genuine Bhutanese handicrafts and textiles available for sale here.
Travellers to Bhutan now have a choice on the popular Paro-Bangkok air route with new carrier Bhutan Airlines. Operating an Airbus A-320, the Tashi Air subsidiary is operating daily commercial flights from Bangkok to Paro via Kolkata for refuelling before returning from Paro to Bangkok also via Kolkata.
Tsechus (festivals) are one of the best ways to experience the ancient living culture of Bhutan. A Tsechu is a Buddhist festival in honour of Buddhist Saint Padmasambhava, popularly known as ‘Guru Rimpoche’, the saint who was responsible for introducing Buddhism to Bhutan. The Tsechu draws hundreds of Bhutanese people in a spirit of reverence, blessing, festivity and celebration. The Tsechu comes to life with colour, music, dance and drama as villagers and townspeople gather to witness the masked dances, sword dances and other sacred rituals.