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The Tshechu is a religious event celebrated on 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. The festival is held annually in various temples, monasteries and dzongs throughout the country.
Entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances and traditional folk dances, receive blessings and socialize.
It is believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu at least once in their lifetime in order to receive blessings and eliminate sins. Every mask dance performed has a special meaning or a story behind it and many are based on stories and incidents related to 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 laymen.
Besides the locals, many tourists from across the world are attracted to these unique, colorful and exciting displays of traditional culture.

Cultural Tour

We offer an array of cultural tours with well experienced tour guides. Guests have opportunities to visit the restricted old monasteries as we provide Special permits for entrance. If you have your own tour of interest, then please feel free to tell us. We cancustomize the tour for you.

- Cultural tour itinerary

Tentative Bhutan Festival Schedule 2014

1 PUNAKHA DRUBCHHEN Punakha Dzong, PUNAKHA 15th –19thFebruary
2 PUNAKHA TSHECHU Punakha Dzong, PUNAKHA 20th –22ndFebruary
3 CHHORTEN KORA ChortenKora, TRASHI YANGTSE 25thFebruary & 11thMarch
4 GOMPHUKORA GomKoraLhakhang, TRASHIGANG 20th – 22ndMarch
5 PARO TSHECHU Rinpung Dzong,PARO 23rd–27thMarch
6 CHHUKHA TSHECHU Chhukha Dzong,CHHUKHA 25th –27thMarch
7 URA YAKCHOE UraLhakhang, BUMTHANG 21st–25thApril
8 NIMALUNG TSHECHU NimalungDratshang, Chummi,BUMTHANG 16th –18thJune
9 KURJEY TSHECHU KurjeyLhakhang, Choekhor,BUMTHANG 18thJune
10 THIMPHU DRUBCHEN TashichhoDzong, THIMPHU 9th –13thSeptember
11 WANGDUE TSHECHU Wangdi Dzong, WANGDUEPHODRANG 12th –14thSeptember
12 TAMSHING PHALACHHOEPA TamshingLhakhang, Choekhor,BUMTHANG 13th –15thSeptember
13 THIMPHU TSHECHU TashichhoDzong, THIMPHU 14th –16thSeptember
14 THANGBI MANI TangbiLhakhang, Choekor,BUMTHANG 18th–20thSeptember
15 JAMBAY LHAKHANGDRUP JambayLhakhang, Choekhor,BUMTHANG 18th–22ndOctober
16 PRAKHAR DUCHHOED PrakarLhakhang, Chummi,BUMTHANG 19th–21stOctober
17 CRANE FESTIVAL GangteyGonpa, Phobjikha,WANGDUEPHODRANG 11thNovember
18 MONGAR TSHECHU Mongar Dzong, MONGAR 9th –12thNovember
19 PEMAGATSHEL TSHECHU Pemagatshel Dzong, PEMAGATSHEL 9th –12thNovember
20 TRASHIGANG TSHECHU Trashigang Dzong, TRSASHIGANG 10th –13thNovember
21 NALAKHAR TSHECHU NgaLhakhang, Choekhor,BUMTHANG 17th –19thNovember
22 TRONGSA TSHECHU TrongsaDzong,TRONGSA 9th –11thJanuary 2014
23 LHUENTSE TSHECHU LhuentseDzong,HUENTSE 9th –11thJanuary 2014