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Festivals Calender

Absolutely, Bhutan’s allure extends beyond its breathtaking landscapes, including panoramic valley views and vibrant rice fields adorned with prayer flags. One of the distinctive features that make Bhutan a compelling destination is its rich tapestry of festivals. With over 163 festivals held throughout the year, the country is renowned for its culturally thrilling celebrations.

Bhutanese festivals, known as Tsechus, are vibrant and joyous events that showcase the country’s deep-rooted traditions, religious rituals, and unique cultural expressions. During these festivals, masked dances, religious ceremonies, and traditional performances take center stage, attracting both locals and visitors alike. Each Tsechu holds special significance, often commemorating Guru Rinpoche’s deeds or other important events in Bhutanese history.

Attending a Tsechu provides a unique opportunity to witness the fusion of spirituality, art, and community celebration. The colorful costumes, intricate masks, and lively dances create an immersive experience that allows visitors to delve into the heart of Bhutanese culture. Additionally, the festivals often draw pilgrims and devotees from different parts of the country, contributing to a sense of unity and shared cultural identity.

Whether set against the backdrop of majestic dzongs (fortresses), monasteries, or scenic landscapes, Bhutan’s festivals are an integral part of the country’s cultural heritage and offer a glimpse into the vibrancy and uniqueness of Bhutanese traditions.

1Punakha DrubchenPunakha Dzong, Punakha16th -18th Feb
2Punakha TshechuPunakha Dzong, Punakha19th -21st Feb
3Tharpaling ThongdrolTharpaling Lhakhang, Chumi, Bumthang24th Feb
4GomphukoraFom Kora Lhakhang, Trashigang17th-19 March
5Talo TshechuTalo Gonpa, Punakha17th-19 March
6Gasa TshechuGasa Dzong, Gasa17th-19 March
7Zhemgang TshechuZhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang17th-19 March
8Paro TshechuRinpung Dzong, Paro20th -24th March
(Thongdral on last day)
9Chhorten KoraChorten Kora,
25th March & 8th April
1Domkhar TshechuDomkhar, Chumni, Bumthang.18th -20th April
1Ura YakchoeUra Lhakhang, Bumthang20th -24th April
1Nimalung TshechuNimalung Dratshang,
Chumni, Bumthang
14th -16th June
1Kurjey TshechuKurjey Lhakhang,
Choekhor, Bumthang
16th June
1Tour of the Dragon
(Mountain Bike
Bumthang to Thimphu2nd Sept
1Thimphu DrubchenTashi Chhodzong, Thimphu8th Sept
1Wangdue TshechuTencholing Army Ground,
11th -13th Sept
1Tamshing Phala ChhoepaTamshing lhakhang,
13th -15th Sept
1Thimphu TshechuTashi Chhodzong, Thimphu12th -14th Sept
1Gangtey TshechuGangtey Gonpa,
Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang.
16th -18th Sept
(Thongdral on last day)
2Thangbi ManiTangbi Lhakhang, Choekor,
17th -19th Sept
21Jhomolhari Mountain
Dangochong, Thimphu14th -15th Oct
22Chhukha TshechuChhukha Dzong, Chhukha10th -12th Oct
23Jakar TshechuJakar Dzong, Choekhor,
10th -12th Oct
24Jambay Lhakhang DrupJambay Lhakhang,
Choekhor, Bumthang
17th -21st Oct
25Prakhar DuchhoedPrakar Khakhang, Chumig,
18th -20th Oct
26Dechenphu TshechuDechenphu Lhakhang,
3rd Nov
27Black Necked Crane FestivalGangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,
11th Nov
28Mongar TshechuMongar Dzong, Mongar9th -11th Nov
29Trashigang TshechuTrashigang Dzong,
9th -11th Nov
30Jambay Lhakhang Singye ChamJambay Lhakhang,
Choekhor, Bumthang
15th Nov
31Pemagatshel TshechuPemagatshel Dzong,
9th -11th Nov
(Thongdral on last day)
32Nalakhar TshechuNgaa Lhakhang, Choekhor,
15th -17th Nov
33Druk Wangyel TshechuDouchula,
13th Dec
34Trongsa TshechuTrongsa Dzong,
8th -10th Dec
(Thongdral on last day)
35Lhuentse TshechuLhuentse Dzong,
8th -10th Dec
(Thongdral on last day)
36Nabji Lhakhang DrupNabji Lhakhang, Nabji,
15th-16th Dec
47Samdrupjongkhar TshechuSamdrjupjongkhar13th -15th De