In the Footsteps of Yangchenma: A musical tour through Bhutan with Jigme Drukpa
Bhutanese music mirrors Bhutanese culture and generally transmits social values. This tour is themed around the role of music in different spheres of life in Bhutan. You will get to know various types of music and instruments in different contexts and settings, from religious rituals- and festivals to everyday village life and hospitality. One of many highlight will be a full day at Punakha Tshechu. You will also meet performing artists and have the chance to test music instruments and rehearse with local musicians if interested.
16 Nights/17 Days in Bhutan
13th February-1st March 2018 (including Punakha Tshechu)
DAY 1: Arrival at Paro & Thimphu
Drive to Thimphu, light sightseeing and meeting with Jigme Drukpa, introduction.
DAY 2: Thimphu
Thimphu sightseeing, Aa-Yang Music school staff and Royal Academy of Performing Arts
DAY 3: Flight to Chokhor, Bumthang
Visit some temples and evening performance
DAY 4: Chokhor
Hike to a monastery with music on the way
DAY 5: From Chokhor to Tang
Drive to Tang, sightseeing and evening performance with villagers
DAY 6: Tang
Hike, Ogyen Choling palace and museum, village homes
DAY 7: From Tang to Ura
Drive to Ura, sightseeing on the way and evening music
DAY 8: Ura
Meditative morning in altar room, sightseeing in Ura valley, music in religious domain
DAY 9: From Ura to Chumey
Drive to Chumey, nature and village excursion, yathra weavers
DAY 10: Chumey
Hike/drive to Tharpaling monastery, music in religious domain
DAY 11: From Chumey to Phobjikha
Drive to Phobjikha, Trongsa Dzong and Tadzong on the way, relaxed evening
DAY 12: Phobjikha
Valley hike and music in daily life (archery, house construction, etc.)
DAY 13: From Phobjikha to Punakha
Hike or drive to Punakha, relaxed evening
DAY 14: Punakha Tshechu
Full day Punakha Tshechu, music and ritual
DAY 15: From Punakha to Paro
Drive to Paro and local sightseeing, instrument builders, etc.
DAY 16: Paro Tatshang
Hike to Paro Taktshang and experience spiritual music at this holy site
DAY 17: Departure
Transfer to Paro airport
The tour will be guided by musician Jigme Drukpa, a famous Bhutanese folk musician. Jigme performed in over 30 countries and connected to music and musicians all over the world. In his youth he studied ethno-musicology in Norway where he also completed a master’s degree in music therapy in 2017. In 2010, Jigme founded Aa-Yang, the travelling music school, to keep Bhutanese musical traditions- and knowledge alive. His aim is not only to inspire the youth’s interest in traditional and modern music but also to explore ways of applying music therapeutically. Jigme combines music with story telling, singing and dancing.
This tour is tailored to people who are interested in all aspects of music in Bhutan. You will get a good idea of the role of music in different domains of Bhutanese life from everyday hospitality to the spiritual context. Activities will entail meeting with local people in their homes, singing, dancing and maybe ad-hoc jam sessions. One of many highlights will be attending Punakha Tshechu under the guidance of Jigme Drukpa. Listen to music at temples, in village homes and during hikes where appropriate. Guests should not mind the occasional simple homestay whilst in the villages.
You can book this tour with E/T/C Edutainment travel. For reasons of originality we refrain from detailing our programme here. For more information on this group tour or if you want to book this tour individually please contact us