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Jakar Tshechu

October 10 - October 13

The Jakar Tshechu spanning four days annually between October and November unfolds against the backdrop of the awe-inspiring Jakar Dzong, also known as the “Castle of the White Bird,” majestically perched atop a hill overlooking the expansive Chamkhar Valley in Bumthang. The sheer beauty of this setting alone justifies the journey to this festival.

Originally constructed in 1549 by Tibetan Lam Nagi Wangchuk, the Dzong served as a crucial defense fortress for the eastern districts of Bhutan. Its unique feature is the towering Utse, or Central tower, standing approximately fifty meters tall, setting it apart from other Dzongs in the country. Legend has it that during the selection of the Dzong’s site, a lone white bird continuously circled overhead before landing on the hilltop, interpreted as an auspicious sign. Thus, the hill was chosen, and the Dzong adopted the name “White Bird” in its honor.


October 10
October 13
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Jakar Dzong
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