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

General Package

Religious festivals called Tshechus have been integral part of Bhutanese culture since it was first arranged by Guru Rinpoche in Bumthang.

 

Now, Tshechus with their mask dances known as chamms, celebrate the great deeds of Guru Rinpoche and is themed around the subjugation of evil, and the purification and protection from demonic spirits. These themes are usually interwoven with tales of morality and the routine varies with the regions.

 

These festivals with the chamms are believed to bring blessings to onlookers and are looked forward to by the villagers. The villagers attend the festival with their families dressed in their best attires and with packed lunches.

 

The Tshechus provide a perfect opportunity for our guests to get a glimpse of the Bhutanese culture. Our itineraries are prepared in conformity to the festival dates.

 

Chorten Kora Festival
Devotees from Tawang in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh join their Bhutanese counterparts in the Namgang Kora, one of eastern Bhutan’s oldest religious festivals which is held annually at the Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtse. Namgang Kora (circumambulating the Chorten on the last day of the auspicious first month) is preceded by the Tse-Chenga Kora, a similar celebration on the 15th day of the first month of the Bhutanese calendar. The tradition of circumambulation began after the present chorten was built by Lam Ngawang Lodey, the nephew of the 13th Je Khenpo, His Holiness Yonten Thaye (1771-1775).
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
Besides honoring the Guru Rinpoche, the four day festival knows us Jambay Lhakhang Drup / Jambay Lhakhang Tsechu are held in the premises of Jambay Lhakhang, which was built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 7th century, to commemorate an establishment of the Lhakhang. This festival is one of the very important festivals in Bhutan. The main high light of this festival is ‘the scared naked dance known as Ter Cham and Mewang-the fire blessing’. The sacred naked dance is performed in the midnight and people are not allowed to take the photographs.
Jambay and Prakar Tshechu
Besides honoring the Guru Rinpoche, the four day festival knows us Jambay Lhakhang Drup / Jambay Lhakhang Tsechu are held in the premises of Jambay Lhakhang, which was built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 7th century, to commemorate an establishment of the Lhakhang. This festival is one of the very important festivals in Bhutan. The main high light of this festival is ‘the scared naked dance known as Ter Cham and Mewang-the fire blessing’. The sacred naked dance is performed in the midnight and people are not allowed to take the photographs.
Paro Tshechu I
Paro Tshechu II
Punakha Festival
The regional Dzong and remote village communities hold their distinct annual Tshechu festival, providing the local populace with a wonderful occasion to dress up, gather together, and enjoy, in a convivial light-hearted atmosphere. It is also an occasion to renew their faith and receive blessings by watching the sacred dances, or receiving ‘empowerment’ from a lama or Buddhist monk. The dances, each aspect of which has a symbolic meaning, are performed by trained monks and laymen wearing ornate costumes, and, in some cases, impressive masks. At Paro, Punakha, Wangdu, Mongar and Tashigang, among other places.
Thimphu Tshechu
Thimphu festival is one of the most popular festivals in the country. During the mask dances known as cham and are performed to bless onlookers, to teach them the Buddhist dharma, to protect them from misfortune and to exorcise all evil. It is believed that merit is gained by attending the tsechus. The dances invoke the deities to wipe out misfortunes, increase luck and grant personal wishes. A group of ladies perform traditional Bhutanese dances during the intervals between masked dances. Apart from its religious implications, the Tshechu is also an annual social gathering where people dress in their finest clothing and jewelleries.
Thimphu and Thangbi Festival
Join this escorted unusual two festival cultural tour and attend Thimphu Festival in Western Bhutan and the unique Tangbi Mani Festival in Central Bhutan. The Tshechu or Festival is in honor of Padmasambhava- “One who was born from a lotus flower,”, popularly known under the name “Guru Rimpoche”, the Precious Teacher (Great Master). During Tshechu, the dance is performed by monks as well as laymen. You will watch both monk and layman perform. Tshechu is a religious festival and attending you are believed to gain merits.
Ura Festival