Festivals of Bhutan

Festivals are part of the life-blood of the Bhutanese. While Bhutanese national dress is anyhow elegant and colourful, the ritual clothing for festivals shows an astonishing array of colours. We highly recommend including a festival in to your itinerary. Rural Heritage Bhutan can help you customise your trip to include any of the following festivals noting the following points.

* These festivals are in the middle of the country. Due to the distance to be covered on Bhutan’s small roads, it is advised to include these festivals in a trip of approximately two-weeks duration.

These festivals are in the far east of the country. You may consider exiting Bhutan to the east of the country and flying from Guwahati in Assam.

These festivals are very popular. You need to book early to ensure accommodation and flights.

    Festival Location Date
    Punaka Drubchhen
    Punakha Dzong, Punakha
    19th Feb - 21st Feb
    Punaka Tshechu
    Punakha Dzong, Punakha
    22nd Feb - 24th Feb
    Tharpaling Thongdrol
    Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chumi, Bumthang
    27th Feb
    Gom Kora Lhakhang, Trashigang
    21st Mar - 23rd Mar
    Talo Tshechu
    Talo Gonpa, Punakha
    21st Mar - 23rd Mar
    Gasa Tshechu
    Gasa Dzong, Gasa
    21st Mar - 23rd Mar
    Zhemgang Tshechu
    Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang
    21st Mar - 23rd Mar
    Paro Tshechu
    Rinpung Dzong, Paro
    21st Mar - 23rd Mar
    Chhorten Kora
    Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe
    28th Mar - 11th Apr
    Domkhar Tshechu
    Domkhar, Chumni, Bumthang.
    22nd Apr - 24th Apr
    Ura Yakchoe
    Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang
    25th Apr - 27th Apr
    Nimalung Tshechu
    Nimalung Dratshang, Chumni, Bumthang
    18th Jun - 20th Jun
    Kurjey Tshechu
    Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang
    20th Jun
    Tour of the Dragon (Bicycle Race)
    Bumthang to Thimphu
    4th Sep
    Thimphu Drubchen
    Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu
    12th Sep
    Wangdue Tshechu
    Tencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang
    14th Sep - 16th Sep
    Tamshing Phala Chhoepa
    Tamshing lhakhang, Bumthang
    16th Sep - 18th Sep
    Thimphu Tshechu
    Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu
    16th Sep - 20th Sep
    Gangtey Tshechu
    Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,Wangduephodrang.
    18th Sep - 20th Sep
    Thangbi Mani
    Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang
    18th Sep - 21st Sep
    Jakar Tshechu
    Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang.
    13th Oct - 15th Oct
    Chhukha Tshechu
    Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha
    13th Oct - 15th Oct
    Dechenphu Tshechu
    Dechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu
    15th Oct
    Jambay Lhakhang Drup
    Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang
    20th Oct - 22nd Oct
    Prakhar Duchhoed
    Prakar Khakhang, Chumni, Bumthang
    21st Oct - 23rd Oct
    Black Necked Crane Festival
    Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang.
    11th Nov
    Mongar Tshechu
    Mongar Dzong, Mongar
    12th Nov - 14th Nov
    Trashigang Tshechu
    Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang
    12th Nov - 14th Nov
    Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham
    Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang
    19th Nov
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