Festivals and Events

Festivals in Bhutan are extremely popular with both locals and visitors. During the festival months there are always a lot of visitors to Bhutan and hotels and flights are often sold out months in advance.

The list below contains all of the festivals for this year and the following year. If there is some festival that you have missed this year, don’t worry they will return again the following year at around the same time of the year (the exact dates depend on the Bhutanese Calendar).

The sample itineraries provided give you an idea of how a cultural tour would be organized with a festival. If you are interested in visiting Bhutan during a festival we will rearrange the itinerary so that you are in the correct location at the time of the festival.

Tour of the Dragon
1 day
Date: Sep 7, 2023 (Thursday)
Location: Thimphu
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Thimphu Tshechu
3 days
First Day: Sep 24, 2023 (Sunday), Final Day: Sep 26, 2023 (Tuesday)
Location: Thimphu
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Paro Tschechu
5 days
First Day: Mar 20, 2024 (Wednesday), Final Day: Mar 24, 2024 (Sunday)
Location: Paro
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Other Festivals

In addition to the more popular festivals, there is a large number of additional festivals available in Bhutan at various times through the year. These festivals will have the same types of masked dances but the locations can sometimes make it more challenging to reach.

Note that festivals scheduled for next year are always subject to change. Please contact us if you have a particular festival that you would like to see and we can verify the dates for you. Festival dates can change as much by one month from year to year!

NameLocationStart DateEnd Date
Wangdue TshechuBumthan2023-09-222023-09-24
Tamshing Phala ChhoepaBumthang2023-09-242023-09-26
Gangtey TshechuWangdue Phodrang2023-09-272023-09-29
Thangbi ManiButhang2023-09-292023-09-30
Jhomolhari Mountain FestivalThimphu2023-10-142023-10-15
Jakar TshechuBumthang2023-10-212023-10-25
Royal Highland FestivalLaya2023-10-232023-10-23
Chhukha TschechuChukha2023-10-232023-10-24
Dechenphu TshechuThimphu2023-10-242023-10-24
Pemagatshel TshechuPemagatshel2023-10-262023-10-28
Jambay Lhakhang Singye ChamBumthang2023-10-282023-10-31
Prakhar DucchoedBumthang2023-10-292023-10-31
Black Necked Crane FestivalWangdue Phodrang2023-11-112023-11-11
Mongar TshechuMongar2023-11-192023-11-22
Druk Wangyel TschechuThimphu2023-12-132023-12-13
Lhuentse TshechuLhuentse2023-12-192023-12-23
Trongsa TshechuTrongsa2023-12-202023-12-23
Samdrupjongkhar TshechuSamdrup Jongkhar2023-12-242023-12-26
Punakha DrubchenPunakha2024-02-162024-02-18
Punakha TshechuPunakha2024-02-192024-02-21
Tharpaling ThongdrolBumthang2024-02-242024-02-24
Zhemgang TschechuZhemgang2024-03-192024-03-19
Gasa TshechuGasa2024-03-192024-03-19
Talo TshechuPunakha2024-03-192024-03-19
Chhorten KoraTrashiyangtshe2024-03-252024-03-25
Chhorten KoraTrashiyangtshe2024-04-082024-04-08
Domkhar TshechuBumthang2024-04-182024-04-20
Ura YokchoeBumthang2024-04-202024-04-24
Nimalung TshechuBumthang2024-06-142024-06-16
Kurjey TshechuBumthang2024-06-162024-06-16
Tour of the DragonThimphu2024-09-022024-09-02
Thimphu DrubchenThimphu2024-09-082024-09-08
Wangdue TshechuWangduephodrang2024-09-112024-09-13
Timphu TshechuThimphu2024-09-122024-09-14
Tamshing Phala ChhoepaBumthang2024-09-132024-09-15
Gangtey TshechuWangduephodrang2024-09-162024-09-18
Thangbi ManiBumthang2024-09-172024-09-19
Chhukha TshechuChhukha2024-10-102024-10-12
Jakar TshechuBumthang2024-10-102024-10-12
Dechenphu TshechuThimphu2024-10-122024-10-12
Jhomolhari Mountain FestivalThimpnu2024-10-142024-10-15
Jambay Lhakhang DrupBumthang2024-10-172024-10-21
Prakhar DucchoedBumthang2024-10-182024-10-20
Mongar TshechuMongar2024-11-092024-11-11
Trashigang TshechuTrashigang2024-11-092024-11-11
Pemagatshel TshechuPemagatshel2024-11-092024-11-11
Black Necked Crane FestivalWangduephodrang2024-11-112024-11-11
Jambay Lhakhang Singye ChamBumthang2024-11-152024-11-15
Nalakhar TshechuBumthang2024-11-152024-11-17
Trongsa TshechuTrongsa2024-12-082024-12-10
Lhuentse TshechuLhuentse2024-12-082024-12-10
Druk Wangyel TshechuThimphu2024-12-132024-12-13
Samdrupjongkhar TshechuSamdrupjongkhar2024-12-132024-12-15
Nabji Lhakhang DrupTrongsa2024-12-152024-12-16