Bhutan Festival Dates

Bhutan is noted for its Tshechus, or festivals, which are held annually on dates which are chosen by the lamas according to the Buddhist lunar calendar. The festivals are held on the tenth day of the lunar month, in honor of Guru Rinpoche, the great Indian tantric saint who brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma from Tibet to Bhutan in the 8th century, because it is on the tenth day that he is said to have performed his great deeds. Each locality has a certain time of year during which the festival is performed. These Tsechus are also large social gatherings, which perform the function of social bonding among people of remote and spread-out villages. Large markets also congregate at the fair locations, leading to brisk commerce. This is a great time to see and inter-mingle with villagers from far and near that congregate – sometimes walking for days and weeks – to participate in the festival. The festivals are generally preceded by a rituals and dances performed by monks or trained laymen in beautiful costumes of brilliantly colored silk and papier mache masks to the accompaniment of traditional instruments. The dances are usually held in the open courtyard of the local Dzong, or monastery/district administrative center, and attended by the local people who come to receive the blessings conferred upon the onlookers. This is a great time to be in the Dragon Kingdom.

If our published programs and dates do not match your timings or preference, then look through the tentative Festival Dates here and call us to build a personalized trip based on your desired festival dates.

1 Punakha Drubchen Punakha Dzong, Punakha 19th -21st February
2 Punakha Tshechu Punakha Dzong, Punakha 22nd -24th February


Tharpaling Thongdrol Tharpaling Lhakhang,  Chumi, Bumthang 27th February


Gomphukora Gom Kora Lhakhang, Trashigang 21st -23rd March
5 Talo Tshechu Talo Gonpa, Punakha 21st -23rd March
6 Gasa Tshechu Gasa Dzong, Gasa 21st -23rd March
7 Zhemgang Tshechu Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang 21st -23rd March
8 Paro Tshechu Rinpung Dzong, Paro 21st -23rd March

(Thongdral on last day)

9 Chhorten Kora Chorten Kora,  Trashiyangtshe 28th  March  & 11th April
10 Rhododendron Festival Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu 16th – 18st April


11 Domkhar Tshechu Domkhar, Chumni, Bumthang. 22nd -24th April
12 Ura Yakchoe Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang 25th – 27th April
13 Nimalung Tshechu Nimalung Dratshang, Chumni, Bumthang  18th – 20th June


14 Kurjey Tshechu Kurjey Lhakhang,

Choekhor, Bumthang

20th June
15 Haa Summer Festival Haa 10th & 11th July
16 Mushroom Festival Genekha, Thimphu. 15th & 16th Aug
17 Tour of the Dragon (Bicycle Race) Bumthang to Thimphu 4th Sept
18 Thimphu Drubchen Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 12th Sept


19 Wangdue Tshechu Tencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang. 14th – 16th Sept
20 Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Tamshing lhakhang, Bumthang 16th – 18th Sept


21 Thimphu Tshechu Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 16th – 20th Sept
22 Gangtey Tshechu Gangtey Gonpa,


18th – 20th Sept

(Thongdral on last day)

23 Thangbi Mani Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang 18th – 21st  Sept
24 Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha 13th – 15th Oct
25 Jakar Tshechu Jakar Dzong, Choekhor,  Bumthang. 13th – 15th Oct
26 Jhomolhari Mountain Festival Dangochong, Thimphu 14th & 15th Oct
27 Dechenphu Tshechu Dechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu 15th Oct


28 Jambay Lhakhang Drup Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 20th -22nd Oct


29 Prakhar Duchhoed Prakar Khakhang, Chumni, Bumthang 21st –23rd  Oct
30 Royal Highland Festival Laya, Gasa 23th  – 24th Oct
31 Black Necked Crane Festival Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang. 11th Nov
32 Bhutan Bird Festival Thingtibi, Zhemgang 11th – 13th Nov
33 Mongar Tshechu Mongar Dzong, Mongar 12th  – 14th Nov
34 Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang. 12th -14th Nov


35 Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 19th Nov
36 Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel. 12th – 14th Nov

(Thongdral on last day)

37 Nalakhar Tshechu Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 19th –21st  Nov


38 Druk Wangyel Tshechu Douchula , Thimphu 13th  Dec
39 Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa 11th – 13th Dec

(Thongdral on last day)

40 Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse 11th  – 13th Dec

(Thongdral on last day)

41 Nabji Lhakhang Drup Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa 18th –20th Dec


42 Samdrupjongkhar Tshechu Samdrupjongkhar 16th -18th December

Dates are accurate as of January 2021. These are tentative dates for the calendar year.
We do our best, but dates may change due to re-calculation and other issues.
Please double check all dates and festivals with Bhutan Travel.