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Bhutan Festival Tours

Tshechu is a religious festival meaning “tenth day” held annually in various temples, monasteries, and dzongs throughout the country. The Tshechu is a religious event celebrated on the tenth day of a month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the birthday of Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava). However, the exact month of the Tshechu varies from place to place and temple to temple. Tshechus are grand events where entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings, and socialize. In addition to the mask dances, Tshechus also include colorful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment.

It is believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once to in order to receive blessings and wash away their sins. Every mask dance performed during a Tshechu has a special meaning or a story behind it and many are based on stories and incidents from as long ago as the 8th century, during the life of Guru Padmasambhava. In monasteries, the mask dances are performed by monks and in remote villages, they are performed jointly by monks and village men.

Two of the most popular Tshechus in the country are the Paro and Thimphu Tshechus in terms of participation and audience. Besides the locals, many tourists from across the world are attracted to these unique, colorful and exciting displays of traditional culture.

Upcoming Festivals in Bhutan

Punakha Festival

09 Days / 08 Nights
Experience the spectacular Punakha Tsechu (Festival), held in the grounds of the magnificent Punakha Dzong. A Tsechu is a Buddhist festival in honour of Guru Rimpoche.

Paro Festival

11 Days / 10 Nights
Paro Tsechu is one of the most popular festivals in Bhutan. Featuring dances performed by trained monks and laymen in amazing masks and costumes, Tsechus (festivals).

Thimphu Tshechu

7 Days / 6 Nights
The Thimphu Festival (Tsechu) is one of the grandest of Bhutan’s festivals and attracts the largest audience. Featuring dances performed by trained monks..

Mask Dance

Jambay Lhakhang Drup

10 Days / 9 Nights
Discover the rich pageantry and festive atmosphere of the Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival set in the Bumthang Valley, Bhutan’s spiritual heartland.


Druk Wangyal Festival

8 Days / 7 Nights
The Tsechu takes place every December 13th at the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang Festival Ground located at Dochula Pass around 22 km from the capital city Thimphu.

Nimalung Festivals Tour

11 Days / 10 Nights
Enjoy two intimate Tsechu experiences in the Bumthang Valley, the Nimalung and Kurjey festivals Bhutan’s spiritual heartland. Villagers gather to witness…

Black Necked Crane Festival

08 Days / 07 Nights
The Black necked Crane Festival is a one-day event celebrated at the courtyard of Gangtey Gonpa in Phobjikha valley in Wangduephodrang District each year on 11th November.

Wangdi Festival

09 Days / 08 Nights
The festival is held in Wangduephodrang and is observed for three days in the autumn season. This festival was introduced by the Zhaddrung Ngawang Namgyal right after the…

Gomkora Festival

13 Days / 12 Nights
A festival like none other in Bhutan, GomKora Festival is of prime importance to the locals of Eastern Bhutan. The word Ghomphu means Meditation cave and Kora means…

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