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Bhutan Festival Tours

Experience the exotic festival in Bhutan. Our Bhutan festival tours are crafted to meet the various festivals in Bhutan.

Festivals in Bhutan are called as Tshechus, the most important and celebrated festival in Bhutan. Tshechu is a Dzongkha term to mean the “Tenth Day”. It happens in the tenth day of a month of a lunar calendar. It varies from place to place and Temples to temples, however the essence of Tsechus remains the same and is celebrated in the same grandeur in all places.

Tshechus are festivals extolling the great deeds of the Buddhist Saint, Padmasambhava, popularly known as “Guru Rinpoche” in Bhutan. All of Guru Rinpoche’s great deeds are believed to have taken place on the 10th day of the month, which is the meaning of the word Tshechu, and all Tshechu do in fact take place/begin on 10th days. All the districts, dzongs and a large number of villages in the east, hold annual Tshechu, which attract people from far and wide.

Festivals in Bhutan are celebrated for several days (usually between three and five, depending on where it is taking place) and are the occasion for dances that are clearly defined in religious content. They can be performed by monks, laymen or Gomchens(meditators) and the repertory is more or less the same everywhere. Festivals in Bhutan usually conclude with the veneration of a huge appliqué (a Tibetan Buddhist painting us ally depicting a Buddhist deity, a scene or a mandala) called a “thongdroel”. The thongdroel is unveiled at dawn to bring enlightenment to all who view it. Bhutan festival goers believe that by simply viewing this thongdroel, they can be delivered from the cycle of birth and rebirth, which is the ultimate aim of Buddhism.

Festival in Bhutan, Bhutan Festival Tour

Paro Tshechu at Paro Rimpoong Dzong

Some Bhutan festivals also have a “wang”, a collective verbal blessing given by a high lama. Colored threads are distributed, and people tie them around their necks as witness to the blessing. Sometimes the wang is called “mewang” meaning “blessing by fire” which burns away their impurities.

Festivals in Bhutan are held in different seasons and months, most prominently in the winter months. The weather is very settled across Bhutan at this time of the year. The clear blue skies and crisp air offer splendid opportunities for the committed photographer, especially for those using slide medium. A winter journey to seldom visited eastern Bhutan, with participation in such a festival, would be an unforgettable experience.

Festivals in Bhutan are grand events where entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialize. In addition to the mask dances Bhutanese festivals also include colourful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment. The focal point of the festivals is Cham dances. These costumed, masked dances typically are moral vignettes, or based on incidents from the life of the 9th century Nyingma teacher Padmasambhava and other saints.

To make you Bhutan festival tour memorable, we at Bhutanitis Travels make all necessary arrangements to deliver comfort and our Bhutan festival tour itineraries are designed ehnance your experiences. Explore below ssome of our Bhutan festival tour itineraries and we can also customize the itinerary in accordance to your needs. Listed below is the festival date for 2016 & 2017

Bhutan Festival Date 2019

11th – 13th Feb Punakha Drubchen Punakha Dzong, Punakha
14th – 17th Feb Punakha Tshechu Punakha Dzong, Punakha
19th Feb Tharpaling Thongdrol Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chumi, Bumthang
14th – 16th March Gomphukora Gom Kora Lhakhang, Trashigang
14th – 16th March Talo Tshechu Talo Gonpa, Punakha
14th – 16th March Gasa Tshechu Gasa Dzong, Gasa
14th – 17th March Zhemgang Tshechu Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang
17th – 21st March Paro Tshechu Rinpung Dzong, Paro
21st March & 5th April Chhorten Kora Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe
19th – 21st April Rhododendron Festival Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu
14th – 16th April Domkhar Tshechu Domkhar, Chumni, Bumthang
16th – 20th April Ura Yakchoe Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang
09th – 11th July Nimalung Tshechu Nimalung Dratshang, Chumni, Bumthang
11th July Kurjey Tshechu Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang
13th & 14th July Haa Summer Festival Haa
15th & 16th Aug Mushroom Festival Genekha, Thimphu.
23rd & 24th Aug Masutaki Mushroom Festival Ura, Bumthang
7th Sept Tour of the Dragon (Bicycle Race) Bumthang to Thimphu
4th Oct Thimphu Drubchen Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu
6th – 8th Oct Wangdue Tshechu Tencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang
8th – 10th Oct Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Tamshing lhakhang, Bumthang
8th – 10th Oct Thimphu Tshechu Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu
10th – 13th Oct Gangtey Tshechu Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,Wangduephodrang (Thongdral on last day)
11th – 14th Oct Thangbi Mani Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang
14th & 15th Oct Jhomolhari Mountain Festival Dangochong, Thimphu
6th – 8th Nov Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha
5th – 7th Nov Jakar Tshechu Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang
13th – 16th Nov Jambay Lhakhang Drup Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang
14th – 16th Nov Prakhar Duchhoed Prakar Khakhang, Chumni, Bumthang
7th Nov Dechenphu Tshechu Dechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu
11th Nov Black Necked Crane Festival Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang
4th – 6th Dec Mongar Tshechu Mongar Dzong, Mongar
4th – 6th Dec Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang
12th Dec Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang
11th – 13 Nov Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel
12th – 14th Dec Nalakhar Tshechu Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang
13th Dec Druk Wangyel Tshechu Douchula , Thimphu
4th – 7th Jan, 2020 Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa
4th – 7th Jan, 2020 Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse
10th – 12th Jan, 2020 Nabji Lhakhang Drup Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa

Bhutan Festival Itineraries

Select the best Bhutan festival tour to suit your holiday needs.
Nomad Festival - Bhutan Festival Tour, Festivals in Bhutan


    Date : 23rd Feb, 2020

    Venu: Bumthang

    Paro, Thimphu, Punakha,Wangdue Phodrang, Bumthang

10 DAYS View Package
Punakha Tshechu - Bhutan Festival Tour, Festivals in Bhutan


    Date : 5th Feb - 7th Feb, 2020

    Venu: Punakha Dzong, Punakha

    Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue Phodrang

8 DAYS View Package
Chhorten Kora Festival - Bhutan Festival Tour, Festivals in Bhutan


    Date : 21st Mar & 5th Apr 2019

    Venu: Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtse

    Samdrup Jongkhar, Trashigang, Trashiyangtse

10 DAYS View Package
Paro Tshechu - Bhutan Festival Tour, Festivals in Bhutan


    Date : 17th Mar - 21st Mar, 2019

    Venu: Rimpoong Dzong, Paro

    Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue Phodrang

10 DAYS View Package
Ura Yakchoe - Bhutan Festival Tour, Festivals in Bhutan


    Date : 16th Apr - 20th Apr, 2019

    Venu: Ura Valley, Bumthang

    Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue Phodrang, Bumthang

10 DAYS View Package
Kurjey Lhakhang Tshechu - Bhutan Festival Tour, Festivals in Bhutan


    Date : 11th July, 2019

    Venu: Kurjey Lhakhang, Bumthang

    Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue Phodrang, Bumthang

12 DAYS View Package
Haa Summer Festival - Bhutan Festival Tour, Festivals in Bhutan


    Date : 13th Jul - 14th Jul, 2019

    Venu: Haa Valley, Haa

    Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Haa

10 DAYS View Package
Matsutake Mushroom Festival - Bhutan Festival Tour, Festivals in Bhutan


    Date : 23rd Aug - 24th Aug, 2019

    Venu: Ura Valley, Bumthang

    Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue Phodrang, Bumthang

12 DAYS View Package
Wangdue Phodrang Tshechu - Bhutan Festival Tour, Festivals in Bhutan


    Date : 05th Oct - 07th Oct, 2019

    Venu: Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang

    Paro, Thimphu, Wangdue Phodrang

11 DAYS View Package
Thimphu Tshechu - Bhutan Festival Tour, Festivals in Bhutan


    Date : 08th Oct - 10st Oct, 2019

    Venu: Tashichhodzong, Thimphu

    Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue Phodrang

11 DAYS View Package
Jomolhari Mountain Festival - Bhutan Festival Tour, Festivals in Bhutan


    Date : 14th Oct - 15th Oct, 2019

    Venu: Base Camp, Mt. Jomolhari

    Paro, Thimphu

14 DAYS View Package
Jambay Lhakhang Drup - Bhutan Festival Tour, Festivals in Bhutan


    Date : 13th Nov - 16th Nov, 2019

    Venu: Jambay Lhakhang

    Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangue Phodrang, Bumthang

12 DAYS View Package
Black Necked Crane Festival - Bhutan Festival Tour, Festivals in Bhutan


    Date : 11th Nov, 2019

    Venu: Gangtey Gonpa, Wangdue

    Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangue Phodrang

9 DAYS View Package
Trongsa Tshechu - Bhutan Festival Tour, Festivals in Bhutan


    Date: 04th Jan - 07th Jan, 2020

    Venu: Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa

    Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangue Phodrang, Bumthang

11 DAYS View Package
Druk Wangyel Festival - Bhutan Festival Tour, Festivals in Bhutan


    Date: 13th Dec, 2019

    Venu: Dochula, Thimphu

    Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangue Phodrang

11 DAYS View Package