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Places to Visit in Bhutan
There is much to see and do in Bhutan in addition to simply taking in
the breathtaking scenery.
Bhutan is divided into 20 districts, though several of them have
restricted access and are not open to tourists.
The districts open to tourism and through which tours and treks
usually operate include Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, and Wangduephodrang in western Bhutan;
Trongsa and Bumthang in central Bhutan; and Mongar, Lhuntse, Trashigang, and Tashiyangtse
in eastern Bhutan.
The Tshechu (Annual Festival)
The Tshechu is a festival
Padmasambhava, 'one who was born
from a lotus flower'.
This Indian saint contributed enormously to the diffusion of Tartaric
Buddhism in the Himalayan regions of Tibet,
Bhutan around 800
He is the founder of the Nyingmapa, the 'old school' of Lamaism, which
still has numerous followers.
The biography of Guru is highlighted by 12 episodes of the model of
the Buddha Shakyamunis life. Each episode is commemorated around the year on the
10th day of the month by 'the Tshechu'.
The dates and the duration of the festivals vary from one district to
another but they always take place on or around the 10th day of the month according to the
The Tshechu is a religious festival and by attending it, it is
believed one gains merits. During Tshechu, the dances are performed by monks as well as by
It is also a yearly social gathering where the people, dressed in all
their finery, come together to rejoice.
By Abi Narayan -
Tsenden Travel Services.
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