TAmzhing phala choepa - festival
In this tour you will be visiting till the Central Bhutan. You will be covering Thimphu -Paro-Punakha-Gangtey -Bumthang. In Bumthang you will be witnessing the annual Tamzhing Phala Choepa .
The annual Tamzhing Phala Choepa held at the Tamzhing monastery in Bumthang is a festival associated with the construction of the Tamzhing monastery in the 16th century by Terton Pema Lingpa and his protective deity, Dorji Phagmo or the Diamond Sow.
The festival got its name as Phala Choepa following a mask dance performed by Terton Pema Lingpa, wearing a mask of a pig, sculpted himself. The tradition also is a celebration of the time when Pema Lingpa’s protective deity or Yidam Dorji Phagmo appeared in the form of a pig and presented him the design of the monastery and help him in the construction of the temple.
The three-day festival is a display of series of mask dances among which is the Khandroi Gar Cham, a 500-year old dance, once performed during the consecration of the monastery. People from different parts of Bumthang and also from other parts of Bhutan gather to witness the dances of terton (treasure revealer) Pema Lingpa (Peling Sung Cham), which are performed by the monks of Tamzhing Monastery.
Duration: 8 Nights/ 9 Days
- 5th-7th Oct, 2022 & 24th – 26th September, 2023
Witness the sacred and historic Tamzhing Phala Festival held in Bumthang.
Join the locals in their finest attires and relish the finest festive culinary delicacies
Realize the meaning of life through the act of dances
Meet & take selfies with the Atsara, the life of the festival
Receive blessings from the rare display of sacred relics
Blend with the locals by donning Bhutanese clothing in your favorite colors
Explore the valleys of Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Gangtey, Trongsa & Bumthang
Visit Bumthang Valley, the most beautiful and the spiritual heartland of Bhutan. Known as the “Switzerland of the East”, it is home to some of the greatest Buddhist teachers.
Visit Dochula Pass a wonderful sight at 3100m adorned with a concentration of 108 memorial stupas known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens”. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of the snow-laden Himalayas from this pass.
Hike to the infamous Tiger’s Nest Monastery or the Taktsang Goemba. Perched on a mountain cliff at 900 meters off Paro Valley floor, a breathtaking sight to behold. It is regarded as Bhutan’s most religious and iconic landmark.
Visit Tashichoe Dzong or the fortress of the Auspicious Doctrine. The fortress serves as the office of the King of Bhutan, ministers, and various other government organizations and is also the summer capital of the Central Monk Body
Sustainable Development Fee to the Government of Bhutan which goes towards the development of schools. hospitals. etc.,
Accommodations in 3- star properties. (Can be upgraded to 4 & 5-star with additional Premium)
All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Certified English Speaking Bhutanese Guide.
All ground transportation
All internal taxes and charges including Entry Fees
Mineral Water while traveling
Complimentary from company:
Traditional Hot Stone Bath
Airfare (can be arranged with us)
Any Expenses of Personal Nature
Tips for the guide and driver