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BHUTAN FESTIVALS DATES FOR 2016 & 2017 - Updated (Provided by Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators)

The Tsechu is a festival in honor of Guru Padmasambava - "one who was born from a Lotus flower", popularly known as "Guru Rinpoche", the precious Teacher. This saint contributed enormously to the diffusion of Tantirc Buddhism in the Himalayan regions of Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan etc. around 800 A.D. The Tsechu is a religious festival and by attending it, it is believed one gains merits. It is also a yearly social gathering where the people gather to rejoice, dressed in finery. The Thimphu Tsechu was established by the 4th Temporal Ruler, Tenzing Rabgye (1638-1696) in 1670 on the 8th month of Bhutanese calendar to commemorate the birth of Guru Rinpoche. In order that Bhutan can rejoice in continued happiness, many learned lamas established the tradition of these dances. The deities of the Tantric teaching are invoked during these dances. Through their power and benediction, all misfortunes are annihilated, and peace and happiness reign.
Festival Tours in Bhutan offer Tourists a complete insight into the nation's vibrant religion & Culture. The most popular events in the cultural itinerary are the Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Wangdue and Bumthang Tshechus/Festival. Tsechus are weeklong festivals where the teachings of Padmasambhava are imparted to the deity through mask dances. The other attraction of Festival tours is to meet the rural Bhutanese in their quaint hamlets and see firsthand their way of life. Here one gets the opportunity to intermingle with the average Bhutanese and to enjoy their hospitality.

We have an extensive choice of activities especially designed to enjoy tours, treks and cultural events. Information can be obtained from us as to which exacting festival, tour or trek will be of interest to you.

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FESTIVAL

PLACE

2016

2017

1

TAKIN FESTIVAL

Damji, GASA

 

 

2

NOMAD FESTIVAL

Nagsephel, BUMTHANG

 

 

3

Bhutan International Marathon

(Annual Event organized by BOC)

 

 

4

PUNAKHA DRUBCHEN

Punakha Dzong, PUNAKHA

13th -16th February

4th – 6th March

5

PUNAKHA TSHECHU

Punakha Dzong, PUNAKHA

17th - 19th February

7th - 9th March

6

THARPALING THONGDROL

Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chummi, BUMTHANG

22nd February

12th March

7

CHHORTEN KORA

Chorten Kora, TRASHIYANGTSHE

22nd February & 9th March

11th April & 26th April

8

GOMPHUKORA

Gom Kora Lhakhang,TRASHIGANG

16th -18th March

4th - 6th April

9

TALO TSHECHU

Talo Gonpa,PUNAKHA

16th -18th March

4th –6th April

10

GASA TSHECH

Gasa Dzong, GASA

14th -18th March

3rd – 6th April

11

ZHEMGANG TSHECHU

Zhemgang Dzong, ZHEMGANG

15th -19th March

4th –7th April

12

PARO TSHECHU

Rinpung Dzong, PARO

19th March -23rd March

7th - 11th April

12

Chhukha Tshechu

Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha

 

9th – 11th Apri

13

RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL

Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, THIMPHU

18th - 20th April

14th – 16th April

14

DOMKHAR TSHECHU

Domkhar, Chummi, BUMTHANG

16th -18th April

5th – 7th May

15

URA YAKCHOE

Ura Lhakhang, BUMTHANG

18th -20th April

7th - 10th May

16

NIMALUNG TSHECHU

Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi, BUMTHANG

13th - 15th June

1st - 3rd July

17

KURJEY TSHECHU

Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG

15th June 

3rd July

18

HAA SUMMER FESTIVAL

Town Festival Ground, HAA

5th - 6th July

5th July

18

Mushroom Festival

Genekha, Thimphu

 

15th –16th August

19

MATSUTAKE MUSHROOM FESTIVAL

Ura, BUMTHANG

22nd -23rd August

23rd –24th August

20

TOUR OF THE DRAGON (BICYCLE RACE)

Bumthang to Thimphu

3rd September

2nd September

21

THIMPHU DRUBCHEN

Tashi Chhodzong, THIMPHU

6th -10th October

25th - 29th September

22

WANGDUE TSHECHU

Tencholing Army Ground, WANGDUEPHODRANG

9th - 11th September

29th September-2nd October

23

GANGTEY TSHECHU

Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, WANGDUEPHODRANG

9th -11th October

3rd–5th October

24

TAMSHING PHALA CHHOEPA

Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG

11th -13th October

29th September – 1st October

25

THIMPHU TSHECHU

Tashi Chhodzong, THIMPHU

11th - 13th September

30th Sept. - 2nd Oct.

27

Jhomolhari Mountain Festival

Jhomolhari

 

14th –15th October

27

THANGBI MANI

Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, BUMTHANG

15th -17th October

4th –6th October

29

JAKAR TSHECHU

Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, BUMTHANG

7th -9th November

29th – 31st October

29

Dechenphu Tshechu

Dechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu

 

30th October

30

PEMAGATSHEL TSHECHU

Pemagatshel Dzong, PEMAGATSHEL

12th -14th November

26th – 28th November

31

JAMBAY LHAKHANG DRUP

Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG

14th - 17th November

3rd – 7th November

32

PRAKHAR DUCHHOED

Prakar Lhakhang, Chummi, BUMTHANG

15th -17th November

4th – 6th November

33

BLACK NECKED CRANE FESTIVAL

Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, WANGDUEPHODRANG

11th November

11th November

34

MONGAR TSHECHU

Mongar Dzong, MONGAR

5th -9th December

26th – 28th November

35

TRASHIGANG TSHECHU

Trashigang Dzong, TRASHIGANG

8th - 10th December

27th – 29th November

36

JAMBAY LAKHANG SINGYE CHAM

Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG

13th December

3rd December

37

NALAKHAR TSHECHU

Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG

13th -15th December

3rd - 5th December

38

DRUK WANGYEL TSHECHU

Dochula, Thimphu

13th December

13th December

39

TRONGSA TSHECHU

Trongsa Dzong, TRONGSA

7th -9th January 2017

26th - 28th December

40

LHUENTSE TSHECHU

Lhuentse Dzong, LHUENTSE

7th -9th January 2017

26th - 28th December

41

NABJI LHAKHANG DRUP

Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, TRONGSA

12th -14th January 2017

2nd – 4th January 2018