Visiting a monastery festival in Ladakh is one of the highlights of their trip for most of the visitors and yes, it is something spectacular and touching to see the colorfully dressed monks dance their stories. Here are the celebrations for 2020.

Ladakh: Monastery festivals and other celebrations 2020

Hemis-Festival

Hemis-Festival

  • Spituk Gustor in Spituk: 22.-23. January 2020
  • Leh & Likir Dosmochey in Leh and Likir: 21.-22. February 2020
  • Yargon Tungshak in Nubra: 27.-28. February 2020
  • Stok Guru Tsechu in Stok: 3.-4. March 2020
  • Matho Nagrang in Matho: 8.-9. March 2020
  • Saka Dawa all over Ladakh: 5. June 2020
  • Yuru Kabgyat in Lamayuru: 18.-19. June 2020
  • Silk Route Festival in Nubra: 23.-24. June 2020
  • Ladakh Polo Festival in Chushot: 11.-17. July 2020
  • Hemis Tsechu in Hemis: 30. June-01. July 2020
  • Shachukul Gustor in Shachukul: 7.-8. July 2020
  • Stongde Gustor in Zanskar: 8.-9. July 2020
  • Karsha Gustor in Zanskar: 18.-19. July 2020
  • Diggar Heritage Tourism Festival in Nubra: 27.-28. July 2020
  • Phyang Tsedup in Phyang: 18.-19. July 2020
  • Korzok Gustor at Tsomoriri: 23.-24. July 2020
  • Thakthok Tsechu in Sakti: 29.-30. July 2020
  • Sani Nasjal in Zanskar: 2.-3. August 2020
  • Deskit Gustor in Nubra: 14.-15. October 2020
  • Thikse Gustor in Thikse: 3.-4. November 2020
  • Chemde Wangchok in Chemde: 13.-14. November 2020
  • Galdan Namchot all over Ladakh: 10. December 2020
  • Ladakhi Losar (New Year) all over Ladakh: 15. December 2020



Monastery festival dates for 2018 in Ladakh

These are the dates for monastery and other festivals/important happenings in Ladakh in the year 2018.
Subject to Change.

January 2018

Spituk Gustor

14,-15. January 2018 in Spituk


February 2018

Dosmochey

13.-14. February 2018 in Leh and Likir


Yargon Tungshak

19.-20. February 2018 in Yarma (Nubra)


Stok Guru Tsechu

24.-25. February 2018 in Stok


March 2018

Matho Nagrang

1.-2. March 2018 in Matho


May 2018

Saka Dawa*

29. May 2018 all over Ladakh


June 2018

Yuru Kabgyad

11-12. June 2018 in Lamayuru


Hemis Tseschu

23.-24. June 2018 in Hemis


Shachukul Gustor

30. June- 01. July 2018 in Shachukul


July 2018

Stonge Gustor

1.-2. July 2018 in Stongde (Zanskar)


Karsha Gustor

11-12. July 2018 in Karsha (Zanskar)


Phyang Tserup

11.-12. July 2018 in  Phyang


Korzok Gustor

15.-16. July 2018 in Korzok (Tsomoriri)


Thakthok Tseschu

22.-23. July 2018 in Sakti


Sani Naro Nasjal

26.-27. July 2018 in Sani (Zanskar)


October 2018

Diskit Gustor

7.-8. October 2018 in Diskit (Nubra)


Thiksey Gustor

27.-28 October 2018 in Thiksey


November 2018

Chemde Angchok

5.-6. November 2018 in Chemde


December 2018

Galdan Namchot**

2. December all over Ladakh


Losar***

8. December all over Ladakh


* Saka Dawa is the most important Tibetan Buddhist festival day – celebrating Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana!

** Galdan Namchot is celebrated to commemorate Tsongkhapa, a famous teacher of Tibetan Buddhism whose activities led to the formation of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. Galdan Namchot also marks the beginning of the new year celebrations in Ladakh.

*** Losar is the New Year. Note that in Ladakh there is a different date for Losar than in Tibet and other tibetan societies.





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It is time for planning your holiday for 2017. If you always wanted to go to Bhutan, you can think about that as well. To visit a monastery festival is a must for many travellers to Bhutan, so it is important to know the dates of those festivals. Here you find a list of the monastery festivals 2017 in Bhutan, as well as some special events and festivals outside of monasteries. 

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Monastery festivals in Bhutan 2017

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Punakha Drubchen: 4.-6. March 2017

Punakha Dzong, Punakha


Punakha Tshechu: 7.-9. March 2017

Punakha Dzong, Punakha


Tharpaling Thongdrol: 12. March 2017

Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chummi, Bumthang


Chhorten Kora: 11. + 26. April 2017

Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe


Gomphukora Gom: 4.-6. April 2017

Kora Lhakhang, Trashigang


Talo Tshechu: 4.-6. April 2017

Talo Gonpa, Punakha 4th –6th April


Gasa Tshechu: 3.-6. April 2017

Gasa Dzong, Gasa


Zhemgang Tshechu: 4.-7. April 2017

Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang


Paro Tshechu: 7.-11. April 2017

Rinpung Dzong, Paro


Chhukha Tshechu: 9.-11. April 2017

Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha


Rhododendron Festival: 14.-16. April 2017

Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu


Domkhar Tshechu: 5.-7. May 2017

Domkhar, Chummi, Bumthang


Ura Yakchoe: 7.-10 May 2017

Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang


Nimalung Tshechu: 1.-3. July 2017

Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi, Bumthang


Kurjey Tshechu: 3. July 2017

Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang


Haa Summer Festival: 5. July 2017

Haa


Mushroom Festiva: 15.-16. August 2017

Genekha, Thimphu


Masutaki Mushroom Festival: 23.-14. August 2017

Ura, Bumthang


Tour Of The Dragon (Radrennen): 2. September 2017

Bumthang nach Thimphu


Thimphu Drubchen: 26.-29. September

Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu


Wangdue Tshechu: 29. September-2. October 2017

Tencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang


Gangtey Tshechu: 3.-5. October 2017

Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang


Tamshing Phala Chhoepa: 29. September-01. October 2017

Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang


Thimphu Tshechu: 30. September – 2. October 2017

Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu


Thangbi Mani: 4.-6. October 2017

Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang


Jumolhari Mountain Festival: 14.-15. October 2017

Dangochong, Thimphu


Jakar Tshechu: 29.-31. October 2017

Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang


Dechenphu Tshechu: 30. October 2017

Dechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu


Jambay Lhakhang Drup: 3.-7. November 2017

Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang


Prakhar Duchhoe: 4.-6. November 2017

Prakar Lhakhang, Chummi, Bumthang


Black Necked Crane Festiva: 11. November 2017

Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang


Mongar Tshechu: 26.-28. November 2017

Mongar Dzong, Mongar


Pemagatshel Tshechu: 26.-28.November 2017

Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel


Trashigang Tshechu: 27.-29. November 2017

Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang


Jambay Lakhang Singye Cham: 3. December 2017

Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang


Nalakhar Tshechu: 3.-5. December 2017

Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang


Druk Wangyel Tshechu: 13. December 2017

Dochula, Thimphu


Trongsa Tshechu: 26.-28. December 2017

Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa


Lhuentse Tshechu: 26.-28. December 2017

Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse


Nabji Lhakhang Drup: 2.-4. January 2018

Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa


 

This tour might be interesting for you

DSC_4939Bhutan: Culture & Hiking with monastery festivals

An impressive journey with a lot of cultural insight, inclusive of Paro monastery festival and many wonderful day hikes. But you will stay each night in a hotel; no camps; max. 10 pax.

Programme not yet available in english!
Date: 08.-22. April 2017
Price: 3.390 EUR

 




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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 😉