The Paro Festival is one of the most important among similar festivals held across the country and is also the peak time for Bhutan Tourism says Lakey Wangmo of BhutanTravelAgency.com while announcing the launch of 20 different Paro festival trip plans. The 4-5 day Bhutan festivals, which are held at different times throughout the year in almost all districts, are called 'Tshechu' or the 10th day festival, as these festivals begin on the tenth day of the month in a lunar calendar.
The Tshechu is believed to have originated with Guru Padmasambava, the 8th century Buddhist master who is credited with introducing Buddhism in Bhutan. It is said that Guru Padmasambava started the first Tshechu in Bumthang valley, where the eight manifestations of the Guru (also believed to be a second Buddha) were presented in dance form.
The dancers performing the Chhams are said to be themselves filled with the divinity of the deities they represent, and exude the power to purify and bless all those who witness the dances. The energetic dances performed by monks wearing colourful and elaborate costumes and masks, are representations of visions seen by Buddhists saints, of the universe and the afterlife in Buddhism. The precise choreography, masks, and costumes have remained unchanged for thousands of years.
The final day of the festival is most significant, as on this day the giant Thongdroel (applique image) of Guru Padmasambhava is unfurled early morning in the courtyard of the fortress where the Tshechu is held. The word 'Thongdroel' would translate to 'liberation by sight' and refers to the belief that the sight of the magnificient Thongdroel would liberate one of sins.
The festival is heavily attended by the locals, for whom it is a religious event of deep significance, and also a time for socializing. There is a large number of tourists as well who time their Bhutan Travel plans to accommodate one of the festivals, especially Paro Festival. The forthcoming Paro festival will take place from 2-6 April 2012, an ideal time to enjoy the mild weather and stunning beauty of Bhutan, often been termed as The Land of Thunder Dragons or the last place on the roof of the world. The display of traditions and rituals are at its best for the country that maintains an extremely low key presence in the world in order to preserve its culture.
BhutanTravelAgency.com has launched tours ranging from 6 days to 20 days in this category. These tours will have an option of you adding a trek (of your choice) to enjoy Bhutan trekking and any number of one day hikes (of your choice) in it, enabling you to experience Bhutan exactly as you want to- as an exotic cultural odyssey, or an adventure into the breath-taking landscapes of this country.
Only one airline, Drukair, operates in the country, and the flights are infrequent and filled to the capacity especially around festivals. It is, therefore, a good idea to book early for any travel into Bhutan, to ensure seats on desired dates, in the hotels and rooms of your choice.
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