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.

Bhutan International Marathon
1 day
Date: Mar 2, 2019 (Saturday)
Location: Gasa to Punakha
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Paro Tshechu
5 days
First Day: Mar 17, 2019 (Sunday), Final Day: Mar 21, 2019 (Thursday)
Location: Rinpung Dzong, Paro
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Tour of the Dragon (Bicycle Race)
1 day
Date: Sep 7, 2019 (Saturday)
Location: Bumthang to Thimphu
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Thimphu Tshechu
3 days
First Day: Oct 8, 2019 (Tuesday), Final Day: Oct 10, 2019 (Thursday)
Location: Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu
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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 location can sometimes make it more challenging to reach.

NameLocationStart DateEnd Date
Punakha DrubchenPunakha Dzong, Punakha2019-02-122019-02-14
Punakha TshechuPunakha Dzong, Punakha2019-02-152019-02-17
Tharpaling ThongdrolTharpaling Lhakhang, Chumi, Bumthang2019-02-192019-02-19
GomphukoraGom Kora Lhakhang, Trashigang2019-03-142019-03-16
Talo TshechuTalo Gonpa, Punakha2019-03-142019-03-16
Zhemgang TshechuZhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang2019-03-142019-03-17
Gasa TshechuGasa Dzong, Gasa2019-03-142019-03-16
Chhorten KoraChorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe2019-03-212019-03-21
Chhorten KoraChorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe2019-04-052019-04-05
Domkhar TshechuDomkhar, Chumni, Bumthang.2019-04-142019-04-16
Ura YakchoeUra Lhakhang, Bumthang2019-04-162019-04-20
Rhododendron FestivalLamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu2019-04-192019-04-21
Nimalung TshechuNimalung Dratshang, Chumni, Bumthang2019-07-102019-07-11
Kurjey TshechuKurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang2019-07-112019-07-11
Haa Summer FestivalHaa2019-07-132019-07-14
Mushroom FestivalGenekha, Thimphu.2019-07-152019-07-16
Masutaki Mushroom FestivalUra, Bumthang2019-08-232019-08-24
Thimphu DrubchenTashi Chhodzong, Thimphu2019-10-042019-10-04
Wangdue TshechuTencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang.2019-10-052019-10-07
Tamshing Phala ChhoepaTamshing lhakhang, Bumthang2019-10-072019-10-09
Gangtey TshechuGangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,Wangduephodrang.2019-10-102019-10-13
Thangbi ManiTangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang2019-10-102019-10-13
Jhomolhari Mountain FestivalDangochong, Thimphu2019-10-142019-10-15
Jakar TshechuJakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang.2019-11-052019-11-09
Chhukha TshechuChhukha Dzong, Chhukha2019-11-062019-11-08
Dechenphu TshechuDechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu2019-11-082019-11-08
Black Necked Crane FestivalGangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang.2019-11-112019-11-11
Pemagatshel TshechuPemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel.2019-11-112019-11-13
Jambay Lhakhang DrupJambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang2019-11-132019-11-16
Prakhar DuchhoedPrakar Khakhang, Chumni, Bumthang2019-11-142019-11-16
Mongar TshechuMongar Dzong, Mongar2019-12-042019-12-06
Trashigang TshechuTrashigang Dzong, Trashigang.2019-12-052019-12-07
Jambay Lhakhang Singye ChamJambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang2019-12-122019-12-12
Nalakhar TshechuNgaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang2019-12-122019-12-14
Druk Wangyel TshechuDouchula , Thimphu2019-12-132019-12-13
Lhuentse TshechuLhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse2020-01-042020-01-07
Trongsa TshechuTrongsa Dzong, Trongsa2020-01-042020-01-07
Nabji Lhakhang DrupNabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa2020-01-102020-01-12