What is the Royal Highlander Festival?
The Royal Highlander Festival is an annual celebration of nomadic highlander traditions held every fall in picturesque Laya, Bhutan. The festival is a once-in-a-lifetime, unique opportunity for visitors to Bhutan, as well as Bhutanese, to experience the highland way of life.
Organized by the Gasa District, the festival will see participation of the highland communities living along the famous Snowman Trek.
The festival brings together highlanders from other parts of Bhutan to exchange values, knowledge, skills and best practices related to highlands and yak farming.
The event will be a photographer's dream and explorer's heaven , set in the breathtaking backdrop of Laya, which is at an altitude of 4,000m.
It is a chance to experience a different world, of yak-hair tents and ancient epic-poem recitations, away from the beeping, whirring, processed noise of technology.
Bhutan Mindful Travels offer tours to the Royal Highland Festival. Please contact us if you would like to experience the Royal Highlander Festival in Bhutan first hand.
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.
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.
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Please find the tentative 2019 Bhutan festival dates below.