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Bhutan has a lot of monastery and not-religious festivals to offer. It is difficult to choose among them all. Our advice: If you have the time/possibility, visit festivals in the off-season. They are very special because they have less foreign visitors. Also travelling in off-season is more cheap than in high season. If you want to travel in high season be prepared to book early as flights and hotelrooms are quickly sold out during that time. Anyhow: The monastery festivals are a special highlight and if you go to Bhutan you should see at least one. 

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Overview: Festivals from July 2016 onwards

Here you will find not only monastery festivals but also non-religious festivities taking place between july 2016 and december 2016.

5.-6. July 2016
Haa Summer Festival in Haa


2.-3. August 2016
Merak Tsechu (=Monastery festival) in Trashigang


13.-14. August 2016
Matsutake Festival in Bumthang (Infos about the “mushroom”-festival under this Link: http://www.tourism.gov.bt/activities/matsutake-festival)


15.-16. August 2016
Matsutake Festival in Genekha (see above)


15.-19. August 2016
Chha Festival in Lhuentse


25.-28. August 2016
Mountain Echoes in Thimphu (Literaturefestival – further Infos: http://mountainechoes.org/)


3. September 2016
Tour of the Dragon (Mountainbike-race over 268km – further infos: http://www.tourofthedragon.com/)


9.-11. September 2016
Khaling Tshechu in Trashigang


7. October 2016
Thimphu Drubchen in Thimphu


9.-11. October 2016
Wangdue Tshechu in Wangdue Phodrang


9.-11. October 2016
Haa Tshechu in Haa


9.-11. October 2016
Gangtey Tshechu in Wangdue Phodrang


10.-11. October 2016
Geling Tshechu in Chhukha


10.-13. October 2016
Thimphu Tshechu in Thimphu


11.-13. October 2016
Tamshing Phala Chhoepa in Bumthang


14.-17. October 2016
Thangbi Mani in Bumthang


22. October 2016
Dechenphu Tshechu in Thimphu


25.-16. October 2016
Jomolhari Mountain Festival in Paro (more infos: http://www.tourism.gov.bt/activities/jomolhari-mountain-festival)


6.-9. November 2016
Monggar Tshechu in Monggar


6-10. November 2016
Pemagatshel Tshechu in Pemagatshel


6.-9. November 2016
Shingkhar Rabney in Bumthang


7.-9. November 2016
Chhukha Tshechu in Chhukha


7.-10. November 2016
Trashigang Tshechu in Trashigang


7.-10. November 2016
Jakar Tshechu in Bumthang


11. November 2016
Black Necked Crane Festival in Wangduephodrang (further infos: http://www.tourism.gov.bt/activities/the-annual-black-necked-crane-festival-11th-november)


13.-15. November 2016
Nalakhar Tshechu in Bumthang


14.-17. November 2016
Jambay Lhakhang Drup in Bumthang


25.-29. November 2016
Sumthrang Kanssoel in Bumthang


6.-8. December 2016
Gelephu Tshechu in Sarpang


7.-9. December 2016
Dungkar Tshechu in Lhuentse


7.-9. December 2016
Samtse Tshechu in Samtse


7.-10. December 2016
Lhuentse Tshechu in Lhuentse


8.-9. December 2016
Tang Namkha Rabney in Bumthang


9.-10. December 2016
Trongsa Tshechu in Trongsa


10.-12. December 2016
Samdrup Jongkhar Tshechu in Samdrup Jongkhar


11.-14. December 2016
Kangso Tshechu in Monggar


11.-13. December 2016
Dremetse Tshechu in Monggar


12.-16. December 2016
Chojam Rabney Festival in Bumthang


12.-14. December 2016
Korphu Tshechu in Trongsa


12.-14. December 2016
Nabji Lhakhang Drup in Trongsa


13. December 2016
Druk Wangyel Tshechu in Thimphu


19.-23. December 2016
Dagana Tsechu in Dagana


24.-29. December 2016
Pangkhar Choepa in Bumthang


 

Attention: Please reconfirm all dates – it is possible there are typing mistakes 😉