With an aura of enthusiasm, the festival is celebrated with great pomp and show at the Zhemgang dzong. It is during this festival when the popular mask dances are performed and the unfurling of the giant silk thangka or thongdrel takes place marking the birth anniversary of Padmasambhava also known as Guru Rinpoche, the one who brought Buddhism to Bhutan.
The event is held for three days either in the month of March or April. The tentative festival dates of Zhemgang Tshechu for the year 2020 is out which will be held in the first week of April.
Starting Date: 01st April 2020Ending Date: 03rd April 2020
Tourists who are on Bhutan festival tour to Zhemgang can also make the most of their holidays in the region by visiting the top tourist attractions that are including in our Bhutan Festival Tour Packages.
The rich and colourful Zhemgang festival is held in Zhemgang which lies to the south of Trongsa in the south central region of Bhutan. Travelling to Trongsa one needs to get a special route permit which can only be done in Thimphu. In addition to this, tourists from India, Bangladesh and Maldives do not require a visa to travel to Bhutan. For tourists belongs to other countries than these, will have to get a visa issued at Paro airport or at Phuentsholing, Samdrup Jongkhar or Gelephu.
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Zhemgang Tshechu, one of the biggest annual festival is held in one of the remotest district of Bhutan i.e., Zhemgang. The locals along with the tourists gather at the Zhemgang Dzong to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche, the 8th century Buddhist Master and give offerings to the other deities. The main attraction of this religious festival is mask dance which is performed here by the Buddhist monks as well dance and songs by the other local villagers. The mask dance has a cultural and religious significance which delivers a message to the people. They believe doing so they ward off evils and misfortunes and luck is bestowed upon the lives of those who witness it. The other main important feature of the festival is the unfurling of the Silk Thangka, a thongdroel with the image of Guru Rinpoche. According to the Bhutanese faith, it is believed that those who get the mere sight of thongdroel get are fortunate to wash away all the sins.
Even though Zhemgang is a lesser visited destination in Bhutan, it is because of this festival one should make a visit to Zhemgang at least once in a lifetime to witness a variety of colours and zeal of people here. Besides, enjoying the religious festival, tourists can even indulge in exploring the beauty of Zhemgang. Rich in biodiversity, one can head to the Royal Manas National Park which is the oldest nature preserve in the country. Upon visiting the park one can spot the endangered animal species such as Golden Langurs, Gangetic Dolphins and vulnerable Asian One-horned Rhinoceros that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. More than half of the land in the region is forest covered, tourists will get an opportunity head to other places to visit like Dochula Pass and Punakha Dzong. Also, one can visit the Buddhist Temples of the region including Buli Lhakhang and Tharpa Choeling Lhakhang.
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