Namgang Kora

Chorten Kora Trashiyangtse, Bhutan

The Chhorten Kora festival takes place in Trashi Yangste, the easternmost district of Bhutan. Chorten Kora, a stupa modeled after Nepal's Boudhanath, is located a two-hour drive away from Trashigang. In February or March, this stupa becomes a focal point for both local residents and the Dakpa people from Arunachal Pradesh, India. They assemble for a festival centered around circumambulating the chorten.

Gasa Tshechu

Gasa Dzong Gasa, Bhutan

Gasa Tshechu stands as the largest festival in the compact Gasa district in the northwest of Bhutan. Gasa is inhabited by highlander communities, and amidst the numerous mask dances, the local folk performances hold a distinct and remarkable character that contributes to the lively atmosphere of the celebration.


Gom Kora Lhakhang Trashigang, Bhutan

Gomphu Kora Tshechu, nestled in eastern Bhutan, is a sacred site 23 kilometers from Trashigang Dzong. Its name, "Gomphu Kora," signifies a "Meditation Cave" and "Circumambulation," referencing a cave and temple complex. The central practice here is circumambulation, as encouraged by a local song that urges people to seize the moment. Once a year, the narrow valley springs to life as devotees from eastern Bhutan gather, donning their finest attire, to celebrate, worship, and strengthen their ties to their cultural heritage. The festival's significance extends beyond borders, attracting the Dakpa tribe from neighboring Arunachal Pradesh in India, who undertake arduous journeys on foot with their families to participate.

Paro Tshechu

Rinpung Dzong Paro, Bhutan

Paro Tshechu, the Paro Festival, is a renowned event in Bhutan that attracts attendees from nearby regions. On the festival's final day, monks unveil a grand embroidered painting, known as a Thangkha or Thongdrol. It is believed that merely gazing upon a Thongdrol can purify the sins of the observer. This is one of the most popular festivals for visitors into Bhutan.

Yonphula Tshechu

Ugyen Dongag Chokhorling Lhakhang, Ypnphula Trashigang, Bhutan

Domkhar Tshechu

Domkhar community Lhakhang, Chumi Bumthang, Bhutan

Domkhar Tshechu is conducted at Domkar Lhundrup Choling Monastery, situated in Chumey Valley within the Bumthang district. Founded by Lama Kuenkhen Longchen Rabjam in the 16th century, this festival is an annual event and features sacred dances such as the black hat dance, the Three Ging, and the Drummers of Drametse. The special Peling Chams dance, a composition of Terton Pema Lingpa, is also performed. On the festival's final day, a large Thongdrol is displayed to bestow blessings upon the people of Domkhar village.