Bhutan Festival Tours

Our updated range of Bhutan festival tours consists of 13 packages that offer marvelous insight of the real Bhutan available for 2016 and 2017.  Festivals in Bhutan have deep religious and spiritual significance. The country is considered the last bastion of Tantric Mahayana Buddhism. Therefore, celebration of festivals takes place throughout the year. However, most popular and bigger ones usually take place in the spring and autumn. Mask dances are performed at almost all the festivals. The mask dances have their respective spiritual and religious meanings. Your guide will be able to provide explanations of the masked dances you witness. Festivals are referred to as ‘Tshechu’ in the National language Dzongkha.

Festivals are usually held on the 10th day of the month of the Bhutanese lunar calendar. The day is considered the birthday of the great eighth century Indian Saint called Padmasambhava who spread Buddhism in the country. Apart from being the special occasion from religious and cultural perspectives, festivals are an ideal social get-together for our people who have been busy on their firms. During the festivals, people wear their finest attire and treat themselves with the best food they can afford. The festivals are also a time for the people to reconnect themselves with their friends and family members. Our guests who witnessed such festivals told us that the Bhutanese culture and traditions are displayed the Tshechus. We customize festival tour programs to match the interest of our guests. If you want to come to Bhutan and include festivals in your tour programs, please let us know.

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Thimphu Tshechu

Capital Thimphu comes to a standstill during the three-day Thimphu Tshechu. The otherwise busy main street, Norzin Lam, remains closed to traffic and makeshift tents are erected to serve as shops. The whole city erupts during these annual holidays. It is one of the biggest festivals in the country. ...

Paro Tsechu

Paro tshechu (five days) falls somewhere around the month of April, and is celebrated in honor of Guru Rinpoche. ...

Punakha Festival

Right after the five-day Punakha Drubchen begins the three-day Punakha Tsechu. This is one of the newest festivals in Bhutan. In all the other 19 districts in the country, the Tshechu (literally meaning the 10th day) is the biggest festival. Different places observe the festival in different months ...

Talo Festival

The community of Talo in Punakha observes the three-day Talo festival with great pomp and show. Talo is a small community in Punakha very popular for being the seat of one of the reincarnations of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, who came to Bhutan in the 17th century and unified the country for the first...

Jakar Festival

The Jakar Tshechu is held at the Jakar Dzong overlooking the beautiful Chamkhar town in Bumthang. The three-day festival is a popular festival among tourists and locals alike. Several mask dances and traditional songs and dances are performed during the festival. Locals attend the festival dressed i...

Jambay Lhakhang Drub

The Jambay Lhakhang Drub is a festival like no other. It is popularly known as the Naked Dance Festival because the highlight of this festival is a Naked Dance performed by completely naked male dancers. The dancers brave the below zero freezing temperature and swirl and jump to perform the traditio...

Haa Summer Festival

The Haa Summer Festival is a wonderful opportunity for tourists to experience a mini-Bhutan festival where the highlander nomadic lifestyle is showcased, the culture and tradition is at display, and the local cuisine is at its best. There is an alpine flower exhibition and the exclusive exhibition o...

Black Necked Crane Festival

The Black Necked Crane festival celebrates the migratory endangered bird that flies over the great Himalayan mountain ranges from Tibet every winter to its roosting ground in Bhutan. In Bhutan, the birds are seen in noticeable numbers in Bumdelling in Trashiyangtse in eastern Bhutan and in Phobjikha...

Dochula Pass Festival

The Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival is a new and a unique festival in Bhutan. It was started in 2011 to commemorate the victory of the Bhutanese armed forced over the Indian insurgent groups in 2003. The groups had forcefully occupied some parts of the country and it ultimately required the fourth kin...

Trongsa Festival

Trongsa boasts of having the biggest dzong (fortress) in the country. It is at this fortress that the three-day annual festival is hosted. It is the biggest festival in the district. The festival is in December and the highlight of the festival is the unfurling of the sacred Thongdrol (a large tapes...

Punakha Drubchen

Among the many festivals in Bhutan, the five-day Punakha Drubchen is a unique one celebrating the historical account of bravery of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in the 17th century, which played a crucial role in consolidating Bhutan as a nation state. In the 17th century, there were several Tibetan inv...

Gomphukora Festival

The Gomphu Kora Festival in Trashiyangtse in eastern Bhutan has its origin dating back to the 8th century. It is said that an evil spirit fled Tibet and hid inside a rock, which still stands today. Guru Rinpoche followed the spirit and meditated at the rock for three days finally subduing the evil. ...

Chorten Kora Festival

The Chorten Kora Festival in Trashiyangtse in eastern Bhutan is held at the 18th century stupa called Chorten Kora Temple modeled after the famous Boudanath in Kathmandu in Nepal. It is said that the temple was built at the site to ease the trouble for locals to travel all the way to Nepal on pilgri...