Festivals in Bhutan

Travel to Bhutan with us for a cultural treat that can be provided with our specialized Festivals in Bhutan. For the best experience of Bhutan’s Festivals, we can customize a Tour package for you during the festive season to offer you an option to experience a destination in the eyes of a local.

Tshechu, the mask dance festival, is spread through different times in various regions of which ThimphuTshechu is the grandest of all. People congregate from far and near to witness interesting folklores, vibrant mask and cultural dances.

Please check the Bhutan Festival dates below to book Festival Tours with us.

Some of our best Bhutan festival itineraries are below:

Punakha-Festival-Tour

Punakha Festival Tour (Festival dates: 22nd – 24th Feb. 2021)

The Punakha festival tour is very unique and different from other festivals and is for three days. Besides the Mask dances performed by the monks of Punakha Dzong, they also enact scenes of the Shabdrung era (17th century). This Punakha festival trip is a combination of Cultural tour with day hikes and the festival in Punakha. You will also get opportunities to photograph the “Layaps” with their unique dress who come to witness the festival.

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Paro-Festival

Paro Festival Tour (Festival dates: 24th – 28th March 2021)

The Paro festival is the most spectacular and popular festival in Western Bhutan. This annual Paro festival lasts for 5 days and is held in the Spring. The various mask dances are performed by the monks of Paro Dzong. The high light of the festival is “Throngdroel ceremony” on the last day of the festival. Early in the morning, a 400 year old huge Thanka or Tapestry is unfurled and hung from a tall building. The Local people come in thousands and get blessed…

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Rhododendron-Festival

Rhododendron Festival (Festival dates: 16th – 18th April 2021)

The Rhododendron Festival is a three day event held at Lam Pelri Botanical park on the way to Punakha. This Rhododendron festival marks the blooming of Rhododendrons and numerous other flowers in the wild. There are forty six species of Rhododendrons in Bhutan and twenty nine of them are found in this park. The event features walk through the park, arts and crafts, local culture and cuisine and traditional games etc. Besides Mask dances, the local people…

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Ura-Festival

Ura Festival (Festival dates: 24th – 28th April 2021)

Ura festival is one of the most spectacular festivals in Bhutan and is held in Ura Temple, Bumthang. This Ura festival is for three days and is held in Spring. The Local people and the monks of Ura Temple perform various mask dances. The festival also features folk songs and traditional dances performed by the local people. A small statue, a private relic is displayed during the festival. Besides the festival, you can also visit ancient temples and monasteries in Bumthang like Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey and others.

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Nimalung-Festival

Nimalung Festival Tour (Festival dates: 18th – 20th June 2021)

Nimalung festival is held in the courtyard of Nimalung Temple and is one of the best local festivals in Bhutan. This festival is for three days. On the last day, the monks perform Guru Tshengye cham and Drametse Nga Cham (Mask dances). This tour combines sightseeing in western and central Bhutan with this festival in Bumthang. Bumthang is the spiritual hub of Bhutan and the Terton Pema Lingpa was born here. The high lights of the trip include hikes to the Tiger’s nest…

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Haa-Summer-Tshechu

Haa Summer Festival (Festival dates: 10 & 11th July 2021)

This trip is a combination of Cultural Tour in Western Bhutan with the Haa Summer festival. This Haa Summer festival is one of the popular festivals in western Bhutan. You can get a glimpse of the unique lifestyle of nomadic people of the Himalayas. You can also enjoy various Bhutanese dishes during this festival. The highlights of the trip are hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, the Dochu La Pass Punakha Dzong and many more.

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Thimphu-Tshechu

Thimphu Festival Tour (Festival dates: 16th – 18th September 2021)

This is one of the most famous festivals of western Bhutan and is held in Thimphu. The Thimphu festival is for three days and is very popular among the Tourists and local people alike. This Thimphu festival normally falls between late September and mid October. The main event of the festival is the “Throngdroel ceremony”, which is held on the third day of the festival. The Mask dances are performed by the monks in honor of Guru Rimpoche.

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Jakar-Tshechu

Jakar Festival Tour (Festival dates: 12 – 16th Oct. 2021)

This Jakar Festival trip is a combination of Cultural Tour in Western and Central Bhutan. The Jakar festival is performed in the courtyard of the Dzong for five days and various mask dances are performed here. Bumthang is the spiritual hub of Bhutan and the birth place of the Patron saint, Pema Lingpa. The highlights of this trip are witnessing the festival, visit to Ogen Choling Palace Museum, Tiger’s Nest and many more.

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Jambay-Lhakhang-Bhutan Festival-dates-2021

Jambay Lhakhang Festival (Festival dates: 12 – 16th Oct. 2021)

Jambay Lhakhang Festival is one of the most famous festivals of Bhutan and is for held five days. Jambay Lhakhang is the oldest temples in Bhutan built by the Tibetan King, Srongtsen Gampo in 659 AD. The highlight of this Jambay Lhakhang festival is the Sacred Naked dance or the “Ter Cham” performed by the monks in the evening. Guru Rimpoche introduced the Tantric form of Buddhism in Bhutan and visited Bumthang on the invitation of ailing Sindhu Raja.

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Bhutan Festival Dates 2021.

Below are the festival dates for 2021. The festival dates may change without prior notice. Please confirm with us the final date should there be any changes.

SL # FESTIVAL PLACE Date
1 Punakha Drubchen Punakha Dzong, Punakha 19th  -21st  February
Trashiyangtse Tshechu Trashiyangtse Dzong,

Trashigyangse

20th  – 22nd  February
2 Punakha Tshechu Punakha Dzong, Punakha 22nd  -24th February
3 Tharpaling Thongdrol Tharpaling Lhakhang,

Chumi, Bumthang

27th February
4 Zhuri Duechoe Zhuri Lhakhang, Chumig Bumthang 9th  -10th  March
5 Gadhen Choedpa Ura Lhakhang, Ura Bumthang 12th  -13th  March
6 Kharchu Drubchen Kharchu Lhakhang,

Thromdey Bumthang

13th  March
7 Gomphukora Gom Kora Lhakhang,

Trashigang

21st  -23rd  March
8 Talo Tshechu Talo Gonpa, Punakha 21st  -23rd  March
9 Gasa Tshechu Gasa Dzong, Gasa 21st -23rd  March
10 Zhemgang Tshechu Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang 21st  -23rd  March
11 Paro Tshechu Rinpung Dzong, Paro 24th  -28th   March

(ThongdrEl on last day)

12 Chhorten Kora Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe 27th  February & 13th March
13 Rhododendron Festival Lamperi Botanical Garden,

Dochula, Thimphu

16th  – 18th April
14 Domkhar Tshechu Domkhar, Chumig,

Bumthang.

22nd  -24th  April
15 Ura Yakchoe Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang 24th  – 28th  April
16 Pedtsheling Kuchoe Pedtsheling Lhakhang,Chokhor Bumthang 30th   May-1st  June
17 Nimalung Tendra Nimalung Dratshang,

Chumig, Bumthang

18th  – 20th  June
18 Kurjey Tshechu Kurjey Lhakhang,

Choekhor, Bumthang

20th  June
19 Haa Summer Festival Haa 10th  & 11th   July
20 Mushroom Festival Genekha, Thimphu. 15th  & 16th  August
21 Masutaki Mushroom Festival Ura, Bumthang 23rd  & 24th  August
22 Tour of the Dragon (Bicycle

Race)

Bumthang to Thimphu 7th September
23 Thimphu Drubchen Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 12th  September
24 Wangdue Tshechu Tencholing Army Ground,

Wangduephodrang.

14th  – 16th  September
25 Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Tamshing lhakhang, Chokhor, Bumthang 16th  – 18th  September
26 Thimphu Tshechu Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 16th  – 18th  September
27 Gangtey Tshechu Gangtey Gonpa,

Phobjikha,Wangduephodrang.

18th – 20th  September

(Thongdrel on last day)

28 Thangbi Mewang Tangbi Lhakhang, Chokhor,

Bumthang

19th – 21st  September
29 Jhomolhari Mountain Festival Dangochong, Thimphu 14th  & 15th  October
30 Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha 13th  – 15th  October
31 Jakar Tshechu Jakar Dzong, Thromdey, Bumthang. 12th  – 16th  October
32 Ugyencholing Kangsoel Ugyencholing Lhakhang,

Tang, Bumthang

13th  – 15th  October
33 Dechenphu Tshechu Dechenphu Lhakhang,

Thimphu

15th  October
34 Takar Duechoe Chumig, Bumthang 20th  -23rd  October
35 Jambay Lhakhang Drup Jambay Lhakhang,

Chokhor, Bumthang

21st  -23th     October
36 Prakhar Duchhoed Prakar Lhakhang, Chumni, Bumthang 21st  –23rd  October
37 Royal Highland Festival Laya, Gasa 23th – 24th  October
38 Sumthrang Kangsoel Ura, Bumthang 2nd  – 3rd  November
39 Black Necked Crane Festival Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,

Wangduephodrang.

11th  November
40 Mongar Tshechu Mongar Dzong, Mongar 12th   – 14th  November
41 Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Dzong,

Trashigang.

12th  -14th  November
42 Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Dzong,

Pemagatshel.

12th  – 14th  November

(Thongdral on last day)

43 Tang Namkhar Rabney Tang, Bumthang 14th  -17th  November
44 Chojang Rabney Tang, Bumthang 18th  -22nd  November
45 Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham Jambay Lhakhang,

Chokhor, Bumthang

19th  November
46 Nga Lhakhang Zhey Ngaa Lhakhang, Chokhor,

Bumthang

19th  –21st  November
47 Pangkhar Choedpa Ura Lakhang, Ura, Bumthang 2nd   –5th   December
48 Druk Wangyel Tshechu Douchula ,

Thimphu

13th   December
49 Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa 12th  – 14th  December (Thongdrel on last day)
50 Samdrupjongkhar Tshechu Samdrupjongkhar 16th  -18th  December
51 Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dzong,

Lhuentse

12th  – 14th  December

(Thongdrel on last day)

52 Shingyer Meto Choedpa Ura Lhakhag, Ura, Bumthang 19th  -23rd  December
53 Nabji Lhakhang Drup Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa 19th  –21st  December

(Mewang on 22nd December)