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Mask dances and colorful rituals

The festivals of Bhutan


Festival calendar

There is always a reason to celebrate
In Bhutan, Hindu and Buddhist festivals are celebrated, which are traditionally timed according to the lunar cycle and other astrological observations. These “Tsechus” in honour of the great gurus, especially Guru Rinpoche Padmasmbhava, take place throughout the year, usually in the form of multi-day masked dances in the monasteries (dzongs), and their colorful rituals are an enriching experience on any tour of Bhutan – we will be happy to advise you on the specific festivals taking place in your travel time frame!

The great Hindu Dashahra festival (Dussera) is also the highlight of a ten-day festival that is definitely worth a visit. It is very important to us that you choose the right holidays for your tour according to your interests, as the rituals of the festivals sometimes differ significantly from region to region. For those who are particularly interested in culture, it is also important to visit a festival in a monastery that is not too heavily frequented by tourists.

Festival Name

Festival Location

Festival Date

Lhamoi Dromche

Trongsa

Feb 15-17

Punakha Drupchen

Punakha

Feb 16-18

Punakha Tshechu

Punakha

Feb 19-21

Tharpaling Thongdrol

Chumi,Bumthang

Feb 24

Tangsibi Mani

Ura,Bumthang

Feb 24-26

Bhutan International Marathon

Annual Event Organised

Mar 5

Gomphukora

Trashigang

Mar 17-19

Talo Tshechu

Talo,Punakha

Mar 17-19

Gasa Tshechu

Gasa

Mar 17-19

Zhemgang Tshechu

Zhemgang

Mar 17-19

Paro Tshechu

Paro

Mar 21-25

Chhorten Kora

Trashiyangtse

Mar 25 & April 8

Rhododendron festival

Lampelri Botanical Garden,Dochula

April 19-21

Domkhar Tshechu

Chumi,Bumthang

April 18-20

Ura Yakchoe

Ura,Bumthang

April 20-24

Nimalung Tshechu

Chumi,Bumthang

June 14-16

Kurjey Tshechu

Choekor,Bumthang

June 16

Haa Summer Festival

Haa

July 14-15

Mushroom festival

Genekha, Thimphu

Aug 15-16

Masutaki Mushroom festival

Ura,Bumthang

Aug 23-24

Tour of the Dragon-Bicycle Race

Bumthang-Thimphu

Sept 5

Thimphu Drupchen

Thimphu

Sep 8

Paro Dromche

Paro

Sep 10

Wangdue Tshechu

Wangduephodrang

Sep 11-13

Thimphu Tshechu

Thimphu

Sep 12-14

Tamshing Phala Choepa

Tamshing,Bumthang

Sep 13-15

Gangtey Tshechu

Gangtey, Phobjikha Valley

Sep 16-18

Thangbi Mani

Choekor,Bumthang

Sep 17-19

Jhomolhari Mountain Festival

Dangochang (Jhomolhari Base Camp)

Oct 14-15

Royal Highland festival

Oct 23-24

Chukha Tshechu

Chukha

Oct 10-12

Jakar Tshechu

Choekor,Bumthang

Oct 10-12

Jambhay Lhakhang Drup

Choekor,Bumthang

Oct 17-21

Prakhar Duchhoed

Chumi,Bumthang

Oct 18-20

Dechenphu Tshechu

Thimphu

Nov 3

Black Neckedl Crane festival

Phobjikha Valley

Nov 11

Goenpi Dromche

Trongsa

Nov 6-8

Mongar Tshechu

Mongar

Nov 9-11

Trashigang Tshechu

Trashigang

Nov 9-11

Jambhay Lhakhang Singye Cham

Bumthang

Nov 15

Pemagatshel Tshechu

Pema Gatshel

Nov 9-11

Nalakhar Tshechu

Bumthang

Nov 15-17

Druk Wangyel Tshechu

Dochula

Dec 13

Trongsa Tshechu

Trongsa

Dec 8-10

Lhuentse Tshechu

Lhuentse

Dec 8-10