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Festivals in Bhutan

Bhutan Festivals Calendar

.fest-text { border-bottom: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 10px; } Bhutan Tentative Festival Dates 2019 Punakha Drubchen Place: Punakha Start/End:Feb 11, 2019 Feb 13, 2019 Punakha Tshechu Place: Punakha Start/End:Feb 14, 2019 Feb 17, 2019 Paro Tshechu Place: Paro Start/End:Mar 17, 2019 Mar 21, 2019 Rhododendron Festival Place: Thimphu Start/End:Apr 19, 2019 Apr 21, 2019 Haa Summer Festival Place: Haa Valley Start/End:Jul 13, 2019-Jul 14, 2019 Mushroom Festival Place: Thimphu Start/End: Aug 15, 2019-Aug 16, 2019 ...

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Punakha Drubchen Festival

 Punakha Drubchen is one of the grandest annual festivals celebrated in Bhutan. Held in the country’s former capital, Punakha in western Bhutan, the festival falls on February or March and is celebrated for 5 days. The Punakha Drubchen or Dromche commemorates the gallantry and victory of the Bhutanese while fighting the invading Tibetan forces during the 17th century. The Bhutanese forces were led by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal , popularly known as the Bearded Lama. After the war with the Tibetans, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal unified Bhutan.  The Tibetans had waged a war against the Bhutanese to seize Ranjung Kharsapani, a precious self-made image of Avalokiteshwara or Che...

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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 homemade food, playing traditional sports. Homemade liquor is sipped while people play traditional songs and dance to their tune. At the Haa Summer festival you will also get to see fields of white poppy; a ...

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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 which attracts many people from far and near. ...

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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 years (2004-2008) under her majesty’s supervision. It honors the courageous service of the fourth king. See Festival Dates for 2019 and 2020  ...

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Paro Tshechu

Paro Tshechu is one of Bhutan’s oldest and most important monastic festivals. This Paro festival was first celebrated 1644 when Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal consecrated the Paro Dzong. This 5 day long religious festival held at the Paro or Rinpung Dzong is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche, the Buddhist spiritual master who introduced Buddhism in Bhutan. Paro Tshechu is a major attraction for both locals as well as tourists. It is believed that attending a Tshechu and watching the monks sing and dance will bring you blessings and spiritual merit. People come from far and near totake part in the festivity. As per the Bhutanese lunar calendar the Paro Tshechu begins on the tenth day of the ...

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Thimpu Tshechu

 Thimpu Tshechu is one of the biggest and the most important festival celebrated in Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan. Tshechus are celebrated in Bhutan’s major cities in honour of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) who brought tantric Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century. Thimpu Tsechu was first observed in 1670 AD, during the reign of Tenzing Rabgye, the fourth ruler of Bhutan, to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhasava. This 3-day long festival is celebrated on the eighth month of the Bhutanese lunar calendar at the magnificent Tashichho Dzong.  Thimphu Tsechu is witnessed by thousands of people who travel to Thimpu from far and near. As it is a religious fe...

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