Bhutan Festival Tours

The festivals in Bhutan are numerous. Each district performs annual festivals called Tsechu & Dromche that falls on the 10th day of the month of the Bhutanese calendar. It is the spiritual occasion in honor of Guru Padmashambhava, “one who was born from a lotus flower” popularly known as Guru Rimpoche, “The precious Teacher”. Festivals are also social gatherings where people from all walks of life gathered to rejoice together, dressed in all their finery.

Tsechus or the festivals are not pageants or entertainment events. They are not held for tourist’s attraction. They are the genuine manifestations of religious traditions hundreds of years old which outsiders are given the opportunity to witness. We would like to see that the privilege retained, without in anyway impairing or infringing on the beauty and sacredness of the rituals. Most of the dances date back from beyond the middle Ages and are only performed once or twice each year. Each dance has its own spiritual importance and can be performed by monks or lay village elders dressed in bright costumes. Certain festivals end with the unveiling and worship of huge religious appliqués or Thongdroels. The moment of the unveiling is shrouded in secrecy and creates great excitement among all the participants.

The Dzongs come to life with color, music and terrifying masked and sword dances and other rituals. Tourists are allowed into the Dzongs to watch the spectacle, but not the inner sanctuaries.

Photography should always be discreet. It is generally allowed to take photographs at Tsechus.

The most popular festivals are Paro Tshechu, Thimphu Tshechu, Wangdue Tshechu, few in Bumthang like Jambay Lhakhang Drub and Thangbimani, and in the east such as chorten kora festival. (See festival list sent separately).

Bhutan Festival Dates 2022

Bhutan Festival Dates 2023

Paro Tshechu (Festival)

9 Nights/ 10 Days

Festival Date: 21st March- 25th March, 2024     9 Nights -10 Days  Since Tshechu are scheduled based...

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Jomolhari Mountain Festival

11Nights/12Days

Festival Date: 14th Oct - 15th Oct, 2024 Jomolhari Mountain Festival celebrates the culture of the communities living...

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Druk Wangyel Tshechu (Festival)

6Nights/7Days

Festival Date: 13th Dec, 2024        6 Nights - 7 Days Paro- Thimphu – Punakha –...

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Jambay Lhakhang Drup, Festival

12 Nights/ 13 Days

Festival Date: 17th Oct –21st Oct 2024.       (12 Nights 13 Days) Paro- Thimphu – Punakha –...

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Thimphu Tshechu (Festival)

7 Nights/ 8 Days

Thimphu Tshechu (12th – 14th September 2024) Thimphu Tshechu is one of the biggest festivals in the country...

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Wangdue Tshechu (Festival)

7 Nights/ 8 Days

(11th Sept – 13th September 2024) Wangdue Phodrang is one of the largest Dzongkhags (districts) in the country....

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Punakha Tshechu (Festival)

8 Nights/ 9 Days

Festival Date: 19th - 21st February 2024 (8Nights/9Days ) The Punakha Tshechu is one of the most popular...

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Black-Necked Crane (Festival)

10Nights/11Days

BLACK-NECKED CRANE FESTIVAL (Date 11th November 2024) 10Nights/11Days The annual Black-Necked Crane festival is celebrated at the courtyard...

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Jakar Festival(Bumthang)

11 Nights/12 Days

Festival: Date: 10th Oct – 12th October 2024 (11 Nights/12 Days) Bumthang Jakar Tshechu festival is a three...

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