Paro festival is one of the most popular festivals in the kingdom after Bumthang festival. In 2015 Paro festival will be held from 31st March to 01 April. Like most festivals in Bhutan this festival is celebrated to honour Guru Rinpoche. Guru Rinpoche was a great Buddhist master who introduced Buddhism in Bhutan.
This festival has a special place in the hearts of the people of the valley. Celebrated in spring this festival brings hope of a bountiful year and a year filled with good health and happiness.
In the past when most people were illiterates this was the only way to teach people about Buddhism. The Paro festival or the Paro tshechu is a very elaborate festival and is thronged by people from far and near.
The locals visit this festival to cleanse themselves of the sins and learn about the various aspects of our lives. Buddhism plays a very important role in the lives of the Bhutanese people.
Various folk dances and mask dances are performed during the festival. People are blessed by the Buddhist masters during the festival. Sea of people are dressed in their Sunday best. Some families wear dresses as old as hundred years. Most of these dresses are family heirloom and worn only during such special events once or twice a year.
It’s a good time to mingle with the locals and enjoy the festival. There can never be a better chance for a photographer to love clicking great shots of people in multi-coloured dresses.
Bhutanese people are very casual and you can get into a conversation with anyone whether you know the local language or not. For people who know English might want to try their English while people who don’t know will still smile at you.
As Paro festival is popular and as we have the limited number of flights and hotels, it is advised that you book your tour as soon as possible to secure a seat on the plane and get good hotels.
Tell us when you would want to visit Bhutan with the festival date in mind and we will together come up with an itinerary. The festival can be done at the start of your tour or towards the end. This festival can be done with sightseeing in Bhutan or with any adventure activities like day hike or trekking. Book for this tour and enjoy a memorable holiday in Bhutan.