TRONGSA TSHECHU
ITINERARY OVERVIEW

The venue of the Trongsa Tshechu, the Trongsa Dzong that dates back to 1648, is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge upon which it is built. Situated in central Bhutan, it was once the seat of power over central and eastern regions. Both the first and second kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat, and it is customary for the crown prince to serve as the Trongsa Penlop, or governor, prior to ascending the throne.

Amongst many other festivals held in various parts of Trongsa, the grandest is the three day annual Tshechu. This festival brings together people from all walks of life and falls sometime in the month of December.

Being the central hub of Bhutan, the Trongsa tshechu receives a lot of visitors from the neighbouring districts of Bumthang, Gangtey, Punakha, and Wangduephodrang.

In addition to the ubiquitous traditional mask dances, visitors can witness the unfurling of the sacred Thongdrol and receive blessings from high ranking monks. People also receive blessings from the sacred temple relics that are revealed to the public on the closing day of the Tshechu.



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