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Festivals in Bhutan


Punakha Drubchen Festival

Punakha is located at the western part of Bhutan. During the 17th century Bhutan was attacked several times by Tibet.Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal led the Bhutanese to victory and ever since this festival is celebrated. During this festival the dramatic events of the battle with the Tibetans are reenacted. This festival gives an opportunity for all Bhutanese to feel proud of their rich history. The festival reflect the richness of the Bhutanese tradition and is very special in the eyes of the Bhu...

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Haa Summer Festival

If you want to enjoy summer in Bhutan this is the perfect time to visit. Haa summer festival is an outdoor festival which celebrates the spirit of Bhutan’s nomadic herders. Haa Valley is located very close to Paro international airport. To get here you will have to cross Bhutan’s highest road pass which is very exciting. You will get to enjoy one of the most pristine trails and of course Bhutan’s flora and fauna. People gather around on open fields sampling delicious homemad...

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Jambay Lhakhang Festival

One of the oldest temples in Bhutan is Jambay Lhakhang. Built in the 7th century by a Tibetan king, it was meant to subdue the demons that was residing in the Himalayas. The plan was to build a 108 temples but only two were built. The other one is in Paro. Guru Padmasambhva himself visited the temple several times and deemed it very sacred. The spectacular festival of Jambay Lhakhang is held at this temple every year. The festival lasts for five days. The main highlight is the fire dance whic...

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Dochula Druk Wangyal Festival

This festival is held at the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang festival ground located at Dochula Pass which is located around 22 km from Thimpu. This place is one of the most scenic locations in the country. It offers stunning views of the Himalayas. The festival set against such beauty is an experience like none other. It is a true example of Bhutan’s rich culture and tradition. Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo built the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang. It was built over a period of four year...

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Paro Tshechu

Paro Tshechu, a festival dedicated to Guru Rinpoche, is considered as a major attraction.  People come from far and near to participate in the festivity. On the last day of the festival, a gigantic thangkha (embroidered painting) is displayed to the public. These paintings are impressive examples of Buddhist art and never fail to amaze people. They are considered so sacred that simply seeing them cleanses one’s soul. It is believed that participating in the festivities will bring h...

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Thimpu Tshechu

Tshechu is celebrated in Bhutan in honour of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) who brought tantric Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century. Thimpu Tshechu is one of the biggest and the most important festival celebrated in the capital of Bhutan. It is celebrated for three days beginning on the 10th day of the 8th month of lunar calendar. The festival is witnessed by thousands of people who travel to Thimpu from far and near. Masked dances representing the life of Guru Padmasambhava are performed. T...

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