BHUTAN-AUSTRALIA FRIENDSHIP OFFER The year 2017 is a special occasion for the Kingdom of Bhutan and Australia as it marks 15 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. To commemorate this happy occasion, the Royal Government of Bhutan is pleased to present the “Bhutan – Australia Friendship Offer” to welcome all nationals of Australia to visit Bhutan in 2018. What is the Bhutan – Australia Friendship Offer? It is a one-time special package that is being offered to all nationals of Australia visiting Bhutan in June, July and August, 2018. The offer includes the following: Visitors may choose not to pay the all-inclusive mandatory minimum daily package rate of US$ 200 per person per night. Instead, they will pay only the government Sustainable Development Fee of US$ 65 per person per night. Visitors can avail discounted fare on Airlines. Visitors can avail up to 50 % discounts in partnering Hotels (See the list of hotels attached separately below). Visitors have flexibility / choice of services. Visitors do not have to pay the surcharge of US$ 40 per person per night and US$ 30 each for two persons. Special airport reception on arrival of the 1st Group Terms and conditions: The offer is valid from 1st June 2018 to 31st August 2018. The offer is for the nationals of Australia only. Visitors should book their trip through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator. A one time visa fee of US$ 40 is applicab
Paro Festival which is known as Paro Tshechu is the most popular religious dance festival in Bhutan. It has been held annually since the 17th century when Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel (the founder of the state of Bhutan During the 16th centurey ) and Ponpo Rigzin Nyingpo initiated Paro Tshechu festival together with the consecration of Paro Dzong (fortress) in 1644. Paro Tsechu is held for 5 days beginning on the 10th Day of 2nd Bhutanese lunar month every year and in 2018 it is from March 27-31. The Paro festival offers a best opportunity to witness the Bhutanese’s rich culture and history. The Tshechu is a religious festival and by attending it, it is believed one gains merits. It is also a yearly social gathering where the people come together to rejoice dressed in all their finery. On the last day of Paro Tsechu there will be a display of a gigantic thangkha (embroidered painting), the Guru Throngdrol.Thongdrols are especially impressive examples of Buddhist art and never fail to amaze viewers. They are considered so sacred that simply seeing a Thongdrol is said to cleanse the viewer off sin
Thimphu Tshechu One of the biggest festivals in the country. The festival held in the capital city for three days beginning on 19 th to 21st September 2018. This Tshechu is witnessed by thousands of people many of which travel from neighboring Districts to attend the festivitie. This festival was initiated by the 4th Desi, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay in 1867 the Tshechu consisted of only a few dances being performed strictly by monks. These were the Zhana chham and the Zhana Nga chham (Dances of the 21 Black Hats), Durdag (Dance of the Lords of the Cremation Ground), and the Tungam chham (Dance of the Terrifying Deities). During the festival the Mask dances like the Guru Tshengye (Eight Manifestations of Guru), Shaw Shachi (Dance of the Stags) are enjoyed because they are similar to stage-theater.One of the important and most interesting are the Atsaras, who are more than just mere clowns. The Atsaras are the dupthobs (acharyas), who provide protection. The dances and the jesting of the Atsaras are believed to entrance evil forces and prevent them from causing harm during Tshechus. Modern Atsaras also perform short skits to disseminate health and social awareness messages. For the farmers and local people , Tshechu is also seen as a break from farm life. It’s an occasion to celebrate, receive blessings and pray for health and happiness well being.
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