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.

Gompukora

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.

Rhododendron Festival

Lamperi, Botanical Park, Dochula Thimphu, Bhutan

The Rhododendron festival promotes biodiversity awareness within local communities. Bhutan boasts 46 rhododendron species, with 29 found in Lampelri Botanical Park, 35km from Thimphu. This festival, celebrating the profusion of rhododendron blooms in spring, features garden walks, exhibitions, cultural presentations, arts, crafts, traditional games, guided nature walks, and more. It showcases various rhododendron species in their natural habitat. Tourists can also enjoy Bhutanese culture, folk dances, exhibitions, traditional cuisine, and purchase souvenirs. Plan your trip around the Rhododendron Festival for a memorable Bhutan experience.

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.

Ura Yakchoe

Ura Makrong Village Bumthang, Bhutan

Ura Valley, situated in Bumthang, is renowned for its distinctive Ura Yakcho dance. This traditional mask and folk dance are showcased annually in Apr/May during a festival. Additionally, a sacred relic is exhibited for people to receive blessings. The festival is a local celebration in the Ura Valley, dedicated to fostering joy, bountiful harvests, and prosperity for both the villages and the entire nation. Ura Yakchoe is popular with our guests.