Domkhar Tshechu is one of the most popular festivals celebrated in the Chumey Valley of Bumthang district in Bhutan. Celebrated in the Domkhar Monastery built by Serkhong Trulku during the 18th century, the festival marks the birthday of Guru Rinpoche, Indian Buddhist saint who visited Bhutan in the 8th century. The celebration takes place with much pomp and fervour which includes chams and local folk dances which are performed by the people mainly the Peling Chams (the composition of Terton Pema Lingpa). The performance is very unique that adds a festive mood to the Domkhar Tshechu celebration. It is on the last day when the participants of the celebration along with the spectator wait for the unfurling of the large silk thongdroels to attain blessings with the belief that it will wash away sins.

As the festival is held in one of the beautiful destinations of Bhutan, it is a win-win point for the tourists to explore place. Being one of the richest and historically relevant districts of Bhutan, Bumthang gives the tourist an opportunity to visit the sightseeing places including Burning Lake,also known as Mebar Tsho; Ogyen Choling Museum, Jakar Dzong, Tharpaling Monastery and more.

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Insight into Festival Duration, Dates, and Features

Festival Duration

The festival is held for three days and usually takes place in the month of April. The tentative festival dates of Domkhar Tshechu for the year 2020 is out which will be held in the month of May.

  • Starting Date: 3 May 2020
  • Ending Date: 5 May 2020

Tourists who are willing to explore other top tourist attraction Dhomkar our Bhutan festival tour packages will let you explore the best of Bhutan to have a better understanding of the culture, tradition and the people of the region.

Festival Destination

Located at a distance of approx 270 km from Thimphu, Bumthang comprises four valleys namely Chokhor, Tang, Chhume and Ura. Ura is perhaps the most visited ones which a traditional village with 1 almost a medieval atmosphere. Besides boasting its picturesque natural beauty, Bumthang is home to Buddhist monasteries where tourists can attain a spiritual experience.

Special Highlights of the Festival

  • Indulge in the birthday celebration of Guru Rinpoche.
  • Witness the folk dances performed with much joy by the locals.
  • Explore the Bhutanese culture and religious messages.
  • Attain blessings during the time of unfurling of thongdroel.

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