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Festivals in Bhutan, the Dragon Land of Thunder, are expressions of wealth and happiness from ancient Buddhist culture. These festivals are held in all districts in honor of Guru Rinpoche, the saint who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century. Tshechu or festivals are held on days and months both on the Bhutan calendar, and can be held for up to 4 days, where many mask dance rituals are displayed.
This festival is also a big family event and social event. People wear their best clothes and fancy red and blue green jewelry. They prepare picnic meals in traditional bamboo baskets and attend festivals for a full day, which are usually held in Dzong (Fort) or monasteries.
Behind the scenes, the monks prepare a few weeks before festival begins, pray and meditate before festival. Monks present special mask dances inspired by the history of enlightened beings; and Bhutanese believe that watching this mystical dance is important for those who want to get enlightenment.
Festival Tour is one option that is a colorful trip where you can witness the joy of Bhutanese people, and is a beautiful moment where you can see the whole community come alive. In addition to visiting the main monasteries, other historical sites and mountain activities, watching the festival you will witness the thick life of the Buddha, the rituals of the priests in various temples that can be seen directly, music, dance, literature, and how they wear beautiful national attire in everyday life.
There are many festivals that you can enjoying. The most popular festivals are Paro Tshechu, Timphu Tshechu, Jambay Lhakhang Tshechu, Punakha Drubchen and Tshechu and several others. Spring (March, April, May) and autumn (September, October, November) are clearly the best times to visit Bhutan. However, summer and winter have their own charm and appeal.
About 20 percent of international tourists come in October. We strongly recommend travelers to book at least three months in advance if you plan to travel in October. Travelers who want to avoid the crowds but enjoy the best weather may want to consider May and November. If you want to save as much as possible at the lowest possible price, consider traveling in June or December. You will enjoy low season prices while still enjoying pleasant weather. If you want to save as much as possible at the lowest possible price, consider traveling in June or December. You will enjoy low season prices while still enjoying pleasant weather.
If you want to visit Bhutan, we will be happy to help you to prepare your trip. To consult and find out more, please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org). Tentative Festival 2019 schedule in Bhutan as follows:
February, March and April 2019
This year begins with a number of interesting festivals taking place across the country. It starts with Punakha Drubchen followed by popular three-day Punakha Tshechu where you can see the Pazaps (traditional soldiers) commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetans in 1639 AD battle. Both festivals take place in the historic Punakha Dzong where many events of national importance have transpired - most recently the Royal Wedding in 2011.
In March, the popular Chorten Kora festival in Trashiyangtse in Eastern Bhutan. Likewise, there is also the Gomphu Kora Festival and the Talo Festival in the beautiful village of Talo in Punakha. The very popular five-day Paro Tshechu beings on March 27. Another choice is to drive to remote Gasa in the north to attend the five-day Gasa Tshechu.
In April, popular Rhododendron Festival in Thimphu followed by the Ura Yakchoe festival in the beautiful village of Ura in Bumthang.
July and Augustus 2019
In July in Bumthang we have choice between Nimalung Tshechu and Krujey Thsechu. Both the festivals have become popular with visitors in recent years. In August, we have the popular Masutaki Mushroom Festivals in Genekha and Ura.
September and October 2019
The autumn festival season kicks off with popular cycling competition, the ‘Tour of the Dragon’ where enthusiastic cyclists from outside and within Bhutan compete in gruelling more than 200km ride from Bumthang to Thimphu.
October is a busy month with a host of festivals taking place simultaneously throughout the country. The series kicks off with the Thimphu Drubchen, followed by Thimphu Tshechu and Wangdue Tshechu.
With proper planning, you can almost see all of these in a single trip and experience the differences in scale and colors of these festivals.
November and December 2019
There are number of Festivals taking place in November and December. The sprawling Bumthang valley comes alive with series of different festivals taking place simultaneously in November. If you are travelling to central Bhutan, you can visit the Phobjikha valley and attend the Black-Necked Crane Festival on November 11. By this time, some of the cranes from Central Asia may have arrived and you will see the birds grazing in the wide marshy valley below.
In December, the highlight will be the Druk Wangyal festival at Dochhu La - which is very popular with the visitors and the Bhutanese alike. In January, we have the Tshechus in the districts of Lhuentse and Trongsa.