March 21,2024 – March 25,2024.
Venue: Paro Dzong
Paro Tshechu stands as one of Bhutan’s most renowned festivals, offering a captivating glimpse into the country’s ancient living culture. This Buddhist celebration, known as a Tshechu, pays homage to Guru Rimpoche, the revered saint responsible for introducing Buddhism to Bhutan. What makes Paro Tshechu particularly special is the unveiling of a vast silk Thangka, a sacred scroll of profound significance that drapes an entire edifice. This “thongdroel,” as it’s called in Bhutan, is a religious pictorial scroll displayed for just a few hours at dawn on the festival’s last day, granting blessings to those who lay eyes upon it. In Bhutanese, “thongdroel” signifies “conferring liberation through its mere sight.” This tour also seizes the opportunity to explore the springtime splendor with enchanting hikes through the countryside, including a visit to a Rhododendron forest in Phobjikha and the Lamperi Rhododendron Festival near Dochu La Pass. The sacred locales of Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha take center stage as well.