- 7 Days Grand Paro Tshechu
- 7 Days Thimphu Tshechu
- 8 Days Trongsa Tshechu
- 9 Days Punakha Tshechu & Bumdra Trek
- 13 Days Black Neck Crane Festival
- 7 Days Dochula Tshechu
The Paro Tsechu is one the biggest and famous Tsechu in Bhutan. Paro Tsechu is the Tsechu where many tourists are attracted and is the one of the very peak season for the tourist visiting Bhutan. Held in the courtyard for the 1st day there are some religious items which can not be taken outside from the Dzong. The big Thanka or Thongdrel (Liberation at Sight) is unfurling on the last day of the Tsechu, in the early morning. Every Bhutanese people wanted to get the blessings from it, as it is very important for their present life as well as after our death.
The Thimphu Tsechu is held in the courtyard of the Tashichho dzong. Held in the courtyard and the dance place is being constructed outside where more people can witness and enjoy the Thimphu Tsechu luxury. Most dances in the program have religious significance. Folk dance by the Royal Academy of Performing Arts is interspersed with religious or mask dance. The Thimphu Tsechu was established by the 4th temporal ruler, Tenzin Rabgye in 1670 on the 8th month of Bhutanese calendar to commemorate the birth of Guru Rinpoche.
Trongsa Tsechu is one of an oldest festival in Bhutan usually celebrated during early winter perhaps in December month. It is believed that most of the mask dances are centralised to various region of Bhutan from Trongsa. On the last day of the Trongsa Tsechu, they unfurl the Thongdrel (liberation and blessings at the sight) every time, which is the highlight of the Trongsa Tsechu.
The Punakha Tshechu that honours Guru Rimpche, the festivals with masked dances are performed by monks clad in colourful attire and permeated by chants and reading of Buddhist scripts. With a short trek to Bumdra Monastery that takes you up into fresh mountain meadow with views of the snowy Himalayn mountain that adds an alpine dimension to your travels.
The annual arrival of the black-neck cranes is an event that holds great significance at the beginning of winter, as the villages believed these endangered birds to be the reincarnation of two deities who are said to be protectors of this beautiful valley. The festival is held very year in Phobjikha on Nov 11, coincides with the birth anniversary celebrations of His Majesty of the King.
The Dochula Tshechu is a unique festival as the festivals is fully performed by the Royal Bhutan Army rather than monastery. The soldiers have been given 2 months training in folk and mask dance.