News & Upcoming Events

  • Shingkhar Rabney, Ura, Bumthang, 20th October, 24th October
  • Jakar Tshechu, Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang, 22nd October, 25th October
  • Jambay Lhakhang Drup, Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang, 29th October, 1st November
  • Sumdrang Kangsol, Sumdrang Lhakhang, Ura, Bumthang, 11th November, 13th November
  • Crane Festival, Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang, 11th November
  • Mongar Tshechu, Mongar Dzong, Mongar, 20th November, 23rd November
  • Trashigang Tshechu, Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang, 21st November, 24th November
  • Tang Namkha Rabney, Tang Namkha, Lhakhang, Tang, Bumthang, 21st November, 23rd November
  • Jambay Lakhang Singye Cham, Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang, 28th November
  • Chojam Rabney, Chojamrab Lhakhang, Tang, Bumthang, 27th November, 29th November
  • Nalakhar Tshechu, Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang, 28th November, 30th November
  • Pemagatshel Tshechu, Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel, 20th November, 23rd November
  • Trongsa Tshechu, Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa, 21st December, 23rd December
  • Lhuentse Tshechu, Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse, 21st December, 23rd December
  • Shingkhar Metochodpa, Shingkhar Lhakhang,Ura, Bumthang, 28th December
  • Nabji Lhakhang Drup, Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa, 28th December, 01st Jan 2013
  • Punakha Drubchhen, Punakha Dzong, Punakha, 15th February, 19th February
  • Punakha Tshechu, Punakha Dzong, Punakha, 20th February, 22nd February
  • Chhorten Kora, Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chummi, Bumthang, 25th February, 11th March
  • Gomphukora, Gom Kora Lhakhang, Trashigang, 20th March, 22nd March
  • Paro Tshechu, Rinpung Dzong, Paro, 23rd March, 27th March
  • Chhukha Tshechu, Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha, 25th March, 27th March
  • Ura Yakchoe, Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang, 21st April, 25th April
  • Nimalung Tshechu, Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi, Bumthang, 16th June, 18th June
  • Nimalung Tshechu, Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang, 18th June
  • Thimphu Drubchen, Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu, 09th September, 13th September
  • Wangdue Tshechu, Wangdi Dzong, Wangduephodrang, 12th September, 14th September
  • Tamshing Phala Chhoepa, Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang, 13th September, 15th September
  • Thimphu Tshechu, Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu, 14th September, 16th September
  • ThangbiI Mani, Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang, 18th September, 20th September
  • Jambay Lhakhang Drup, Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang, 18th October, 22nd October
  • Takin Festival, Damji, GASA, 21st October, 23st February
  • Crane Festival, Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang, 11th November
  • Mongar Tshechu, Mongar Dzong, Mongar, 09th November, 12th November
  • Pemagatshel Tshechu, Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel, 09th November, 12th November
  • Trashigang Tshechu, Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang, 10th November, 13th November
  • Nalakhar Tshechu, Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang, 17th November, 19th November
  • Trongsa Tshechu, Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa, 09th January 14, 11th January 14
  • Lhuentse Tshechu, Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse, 09th January 14, 11th January 14
  • Takin Festival, Damji, Gasa, 21st February, 23rd February
  • Nomad Festival, Nagsephel, Bumthang, 23rd February, 25th February
  • Tharpaling Thongdrol, Tharpaling lhakhang,Chummi, bumthang, 25th February
  • Talo Tshechu, Talo gonpa, Punakha, 20th March, 22nd March
  • Zhemgang Tshechu, Zhemgang dzong,Zhemgang, 20th March, 23rd March
  • Domkhar Tshechu, Domkhar, chummi, Bumthang, 20th April, 22nd April
  • Rhododendron Festival, Lamperi Botanical Garden,Dochula, Thimphu, 11th May, 13th May
  • Kurjey Tshechu, Kurjey lhakhang, choekhor,Bumthang, 18th June
  • Haa Summer Festival, Town festival ground,Haa, 6th July, 8th July
  • Masutaki mushroomFestival, Ura,Bumthang, 17th August, 19th August
  • Tour of the dragon (bicycle race), Bumthang to Thimphu, 7th September
  • Gangtey Tshechu, Gangtey gonpa, phobjikha,Wangduephodrang, 13th September, 15th September
  • Gasa Tshechu, Gasa Dzong, Gasa, 14th September, 16th September
  • Jakar Tshechu, Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang, 12th October, 15th October
  • Prakhar Duchhoed, Prakar Lhakhang, Chummi, Bumthang, 19th October, 21st October
  • Black necked crane Festival, Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang, 11th November
  • Jambay lakhang Singye cham, Jambay lhakhang, choekhor, Bumthang, 17th November
  • Druk wangyel Tshechu, Dochula, Thimphu, 13th December
  • Nabji Lhakhang Drup, Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa, 15th January, 19th January 2014

Bhutan Festival Tour

The festival tours of Bhutan Majestic Travel include a variety of festivals which best showcases the rich culture and tradition of Bhutan. All the festivals or Tshechus (as it is locally known) in Bhutan pays homage to the life of Guru Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche, the lotus born.

 

Tshechus are however unique and specific to the regions, with each region with an additional and different routine of mask dances paying homage to other saints and local deities. In ancient times, these masked dances were strictly performed by the monks but today, the dances can be performed by both the monks and laymen.

 

The Tschechus in Bhutan is attended by huge numbers of Bhutanese and foreigners alike. While local dressed in their finest cloth and jewelry attend it for seeking blessing from the ritual, foreigners attend it to witness the rich cultural heritage of Bhutan. Besides getting the blessings and accumulation of merits, it is also seen as an opportunity to feast and celebrate with your families.

 

 

Chorten Kora Festival
This Festival tour to Bhutan takes you to Trashiyangtse, the easternmost district in Bhutan that borders Arunachal Pradesh. Chorten Kora was built in 1740 by Lama Ngawang Loday in order to subdue a demon that lived there. Legend has it that a young Khando(Dakini) from Tawang was buried alive inside the chorten as part of the ritual. Due to this spiritual significance, a ritual known as Dakpa(a tribe from Tawang) Kora is also held annually besides the Chorten Kora festival. Therefore, the festival sees crowd from as far as Tawang region of Arunachal Pradesh, India.

The festival also sees attendance of people from far flung eastern regions such as Merak and Sakteng.According to another legend, the chorten is believed to be built in the exact design of that of the Boudhanath stupa in Nepal. It is said that the design of boudhanath was imprinted on a radish and by the time it reached Bhutan, the radish had shrunk. The similarity of the design and the difference in size is attributed to this story.

Dochula Tshechu
Dochula Tshechu or festival is commissioned by the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. 2011 will be the inaugural year for this festival. This is a unique festival as the festival is fully performed by the Royal Bhutan Army rather than monastery. The soldiers have been given three months training in folk and mask dance Festival is held on 13th December every year…
Jambay Lhakhang Festival
The 10 days tour in Bhutan takes you right into Bumthang, the heartland of Bhutan. Jambay Lhakhang Festival or Jambay lhakhang Drup is one of the most spectacular festivals held in Bhutan. The Drup begins on 22nd October lasts for five days. The highlight of the festival is the ‘Mewang’ or the fire ritual which showcases the much talked about naked dance called Peling Tercham. The fire ritual is held in the evening and sees a gathering of a huge crowd.
Jambay and Prakar Tshechu
Bhutan Majestic Travel’s 13 days tour in Bhutan provides with you the splendid opportunity to enjoy two different festivals in Bumthang, the heartland of Bhutan.

The Prakar Tshechu or Festival is held in Bumthang for a period of three days starting from October 30th till November 1st. Like any other festivals in Bhutan, the Prakar Tshechu revolves around the life story of Guru Padmasambava. However, one unique aspect of the festival is the portrayal and worship of other important Buddhist deities.

Jambay Lhakhang Festival or Jambay lhakhang Drup is one of the most spectacular festivals held in Bhutan. The Drup begins on 22nd October lasts for five days. The highlight of the festival is the ‘Mewang’ or the fire ritual which showcases the much talked about naked dance called Peling Tercham. The fire ritual is held in the evening and sees a gathering of a huge crowd.

Paro Tshechu I
This Bhutan Majestic Travel’s 8 days festival tour revolves around the 5 day long Paro Tshechu. The festival is one of the more popular and well attended of the festivals in Bhutan. The thongdrel or the unfurling of the sacred thangka (Tapestry) on the dawn of the final day of the festival is a must see as the thangka is believed to shower blessings upon the onlookers. Like most of the other festivals in Bhutan, the mask dances and other routines of Paro Tshechu also pays homage to the events in the life of Guru Rinpoche.
Paro Tshechu II
This Bhutan Majestic Travel’s Paro Tshechu II tour is also planned around the 5 day long Paro Tshechu but with provision to visit other fascinating places in Bhutan. Paro Tshechu is one of the more popular and well attended of the festivals in Bhutan. The thongdrel or the unfurling of the sacred thangka (Tapestry) on the dawn of the final day of the festival is a must see as the thangka is believed to shower blessings upon the onlookers. Like most of the other festivals in Bhutan, the mask dances and other routines of Paro Tshechu also pays homage to the events in the life of Guru Rinpoche.
Punakha Festival
This festival tour from Bhutan Majestic Travels offers a double treat. This trip presents the guests with an opportunity to be part of two festivals in Bhutan; the Punakha Drubchen and the Punakha Tshechu.The Drubchen witnesses a dramatic recreation of the scene from the 17th century battle with Tibetan army. Significant to the event are the the ‘pazaps’ or local militia men. The pazaps dressed in battle gear showcase a battle scene, foretelling their involvement in the war that enabled them to expel the Tibetan forces out of the country.

The war was very significant as it ushered in a new era of peace and stability for Bhutan.

The Punakha Tshechu pays homage to the life of Guru Rinpoche, who introduced Tantric Buddhism throughout the Himalayas. Besides the numerous mask dances, the highlight of this festival is the unfolding of the huge and sacred Thangka (Tapestry) of Guru Rinpoche on the dawn of the last day of the festival.

Thimphu Tshechu
The 9 days tour in Bhutan is centered on the annual Festival in Thimphu. This tour from Bhutan Majestic Travel offers the guest the perfect holiday trip that lets you witness one of the aspects of the rich culture and tradition of Bhutan.Thimphu holds one of the biggest attended festivals in Bhutan; the Thimphu Tshechu. It spans for three days starting from 10th day of the 8th month of lunar calendar, pulling in huge crowds.

The tshechu was first initiated by the 4th Desi, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay in 1867. Back then, it had only a few chamms(masked dances) like the Zhana chham and the Zhana Nga chham (dances of the 21 black hats), Durdag (dance of the lords of the cremation ground), and the Tungam chham (dance of the terrifying deities) being performed. In 1950s, several other mask dances were introduced by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, without compromising on the spiritual significance of it.

Thimphu and Thangbi Festival
This 14 days festival tour in Bhutan is a double treat bonanza from Bhutan Majestic Travel. It takes you to two different festivals, Thimphu Tshechu(festival) in Thimphu and the Thangbi Mani Festival in Bumthang.

Thangbi Mani tshechu (festival) is held annually in the Thangbi Lhakhang or monastery which was built in 1470. The festival is one of the special attractions of Chhoekhar Geog in Bumthang with the highlight of the festival being the fire dance. It is believed that if one can jump three times over the fire then that person can rid of their bad lucks for a year. Then there are the other mask dances which are believed to have powers to bring happiness, insure good harvest and improve the prosperity for the villagers and onlookers.

Thimphu holds one of the biggest attended festivals in Bhutan; the Thimphu Tshechu.

It spans for a period of three days starting from 10th day of the 8th month of lunar calendar, pulling in huge crowds. The tshechu was first initiated by the 4th Desi, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay in 1867. Back then, it had only a few chamms(masked dances) like the Zhana chham and the Zhana Nga chham (dances of the 21 black hats), Durdag (dance of the lords of the cremation ground), and the Tungam chham (dance of the terrifying deities) being performed. In 1950s, several other mask dances were introduced by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, without compromising on the spiritual significance of it.

Ura Festival
Bhutan Majestic Travel’s tour of Ura Festival provides a rare opportunity to witness the famous dance known as the Ura Yakchoe and get a glimpse of the sacred Buddhist relic that is put on display during the course of the festival. Ura festival is held annually in the month of May. According to legends, a lama had asked an old woman for a glass of water but as she came out of her house with a glass of water, was nowhere to be seen. All that stood there was a sack. As she inspected the sack, she is said to have come across a statue. The statue was passed down the generations to the present owners. Today, the statue or the relic forms an integral part of this festival.