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Tentative Bhutanese Festival Dates for year 2024
Festival NameFestival VenueStart DateEnd Date
Punakha DrubchenPunakhaFeb 16, 2024   Feb 18, 2024
Punakha TshechuPunakhaFeb 19, 2024Feb 21, 2024
Chhorten KoraTrashi YangtseMar 25, 2024Apr 08, 2024
Tharpaling ThongdrolBumthangFeb 24, 2024
Zhemgang TshechuZhemgangMar 17, 2024Mar 19, 2024
Gomphu KoraTrashigangMar 17, 2024Mar 19, 2024
Gasa TshechuGasaMar 17, 2024Mar 31, 2023
Talo TshechuPunakhaMar 29, 2023Mar 19, 2024
Paro TshechuParoParo  Mar 21, 2024Mar 25, 2024
Domkhar TshechuBumthangApr 18, 2024Apr 20, 2024
Ura YakchoeBumthangApr 20, 2024Apr 24, 2024
Nimalung TshechuBumthangJun 14, 2024Jun 16, 2024
Kurjey TshechuBumthangJun 16, 2024
Tour of the Dragon (Mountain Bike Race)BumthangSep 02, 2024
Thimphu DrubchenThimphuSep 09, 2024
Wangdue TshechuWangdue PhodrangSep 11, 2024Sep 13,2024
Tamshing Phala ChhoepaBumthangSep 13, 2024Sep 15, 2024
Thimphu TshechuThimphuSep 13, 2024Sep 15, 2024
Gangtey TshechuWangdue PhodrangSep 16, 2024Sep 18, 2024
Thangbi ManiBumthangSep 17, 2024Sep 19, 2024
Jhomolhari Mountain FestivalThimphuOct 14, 2024Oct 15, 2024
Jakar TshechuBumthangOct 10, 2024Oct 12, 2024
Chhukha TshechuChukhaOct 10, 2024Oct 12, 2024
Royal Highland festival (Laya)LayaOct 23, 2024Oct 24, 2024
Dechenphu TshechuThimphuNov 03, 2024
Pemagatshel TshechuPemagatshelNov 09, 2024Nov 11, 2024
Jambay Lhakhang Singye ChamBumthangNov 15, 2024
Jambay Lhakhang DrupBumthangNov 15, 2024Nov 18, 2024
Prakhar DuchhoedBumthangOct 18, 2024Oct 20, 2024
Black Necked Crane FestivalWangdue PhodrangNov 11, 2024
Mongar TshechuMongarNov 09, 2024Nov 11, 2024
Druk Wangyel TshechuThimphuDec 13, 2024
Lhuentse TshechuLhuentseDec 08, 2024     Dec 10, 2024
Trongsa TshechuTrongsaDec 08, 2024Dec 10, 2024
Samdrup Jongkhar TshechuSamdrup JongkharDec 13, 2024Dec 15, 2024
Nabji Lhakhang Drup  Trongsa      Dec 15, 2024      Dec 16, 2024 Trashigang Tshechu     Trashigang Nov 09, 2024      Nov 11, 2024 Jakar Tshechu      Bumthang Oct 10, 2024      Oct 12, 2024

Bhutan Festivals Dates 2023: A Comprehensive Guide

Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is renowned for its vibrant and rich cultural heritage. One of the most significant aspects of this heritage is the numerous festivals celebrated throughout the year. These festivals, known as ‘Tshechus’, are a blend of religious ceremonies, cultural expressions, and social gatherings. This article provides a comprehensive guide to the Bhutan Festival dates in 2023.

The Significance of Festivals in Bhutan

Bhutanese festivals are deeply rooted in Buddhism, introduced to Bhutan in the 8th century by Guru Rinpoche. These festivals are held on auspicious days and months in the Bhutanese calendar, and they can last up to four days. The Bhutan festivals feature a series of highly stylised masked dance rituals, believed to confer blessings upon the spectators and teach them about their religious history.

Popular Bhutan Festival Dates

Paro Tshechu & Thimphu Tshechu Festival Dates

Paro Tshechu and Thimphu Tshechu are the most popular festivals in Bhutan. They are held in the western part of Bhutan, an hour’s drive from Paro Airport, making them easily accessible for tourists. These festivals take place in spring and autumn, the best seasons to visit Bhutan.

  • Royal Highland Festival (Laya): The Royal Highland Festival, hosted at an elevation of 4000 meters above sea level, provides a unique experience. This festival, initiated by His Majesty the King, allows visitors to experience the life and culture of the highlanders from the surrounding villages.
  • Punakha Tshechu: Punakha Tshechu is a less attended but equally significant festival. It retells the story of how the Bhutanese outsmarted and repelled the Tibetan invaders during Zhadrung’s time.
  • Druk Wangyel Tshechu: The Druk Wangyel Festival is unique in Bhutan. Unlike other festivals, it was curated by Dasho Karma Ura and performed by soldiers. It commemorates the flushing out of militia in southern Bhutan.
  • Talo Tshechu: The Talo Tshechu is a small and intimate festival attended by the villagers of Talo and surrounding villages in the Punakha valley. It is highly accessible, only a 2 hours drive from Thimphu.

Planning Your Visit

It is recommended to book your travel at least six months before your intended Festival dates. This is due to the high demand for experienced guides during the festival period. However, with the growing number of hotels in Bhutan, last-minute accommodations can usually be arranged.


Bhutanese festivals offer a unique blend of religious, cultural, and social experiences. They provide a window into the rich history and vibrant culture of Bhutan. Whether you are a spiritual seeker, a cultural enthusiast, or a casual tourist, the Bhutan Festivals in 2023 offer an experience like no other. Plan your visit today and immerse yourself in the unique cultural heritage of Bhutan.