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Paro Tshechu Festival 2020 - 21

Paro Tshechu Festival 2020 - 21

Paro Tshechu festival is the most famous religious mask dance festival in Bhutan. It is celebrated in the honor of Guru Padmasambhava. It is an annual affair and people of Bhutan celebrating this festival to date since the 17th century when Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Ponpo Rigzin Nyingpo started it together in the year 1644.


It begins on the 10th day of the second Bhutanese lunar month every year.  The celebration goes on for 4-5 days.  Experience the rich culture and history of Bhutan through this festival. It is a big social gathering of the people of Bhutan and wears their colorful traditional dresses and jewelry of coral and turquoise.  


Monks involve themselves in deep meditation and prayer a week ago from the start of the festival.  Monks and some local dancers of remote villages perform during the festival time.  It is believed that one must attend a Tshechu to see the dance performances of the mask dancers once in a lifetime in order to get blessings, wash away their sins, and will help to gain enlightenment. Every performance performed by mask dancers has special meaning and some stories or incidents behind it. 


Paro and Thimpu are the two most important Tshechu of Bhutan in terms of local gathering and participation. Their belief and devotion towards these festivals make them a special affair. Both festivals are celebrated during the spring and autumn season.


Monks of the Paro Dzong and display of giant Thangka painting on the final day of Tshechu are some major highlights of this festival.    


Paro Festival Date 2020    


Paro Festival:  04th 08th April 2020, Venue - Rinpung Dzong


Tours of Bhutan 2020


Paro Tshechu Festival 2020 - 21

Bhutan Festival Calendar 2020


SL. No.



DATES 2020


Punakha Drubchen

Punakha Dzong, Punakha

02nd - 04th March


Lhamoi Dromche

Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa

01st - 02nd March


Punakha Tshechu

Punakha Dzong, Punakha

05-07 March


Ura Yakchoe

Ura, Bumthang

04-08 May


Paro Tshechu

Rinpung Dzong, Paro

04th – 08th April


Thimpu Drupchen


Sep 22


Thimpu Tschechu


Sep 26 - 28



How to reach Paro?

Located on the western side of Bhutan, Paro gives easy access to travelers to attend the Paro festival. It is an hour's drive away from Paro International airport.


How to reach Paro by Air?


There is a number of flights available that connect Paro to other countries like Druk Air, Buddha Air, Bhutan Airlines, and Tashi Air.


How to reach Paro by Train?


Take a train from Kolkata which will take you further to Bhutan.


How to reach Paro by Road?


You can drive or take a bus from Phuntsholing Bus Stand to Paro. It takes about 6-7 hours.


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