Chortenkora Festival

13 Days

There are two significant festivals celebrated in the region: the annual Dakpakora, which involves the circumambulation of the chorten by Dakpas, held on the 15th of the first lunar month, and the Drukpakora, a similar circumambulation by Bhutanese, held at the end of the first lunar month. These festivals attract participants from Tawang and the surrounding areas.

Chortenkora Festival

There is an annual Drakpa Kora (circumambulation of Chortens by Drakpas) festival held on the 15th of the first lunar month, and a Drukpa Kora (Circummumbulation of Chorten by Bhutanese) festival held at the end of the first lunar month, which celebrates the stupa. These festivals are attended by Drakpa people of the neighboring Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh in India, and Bhutanese from Tashi Yangtse, Tashigang and Kurtoe. A popular belief is that when the stupa was constructed, a pious Dakini princess from neighboring Arunachal Pradesh in India entombed herself within, as the Yeshe semba, to meditate o behalf of all beings. Devotees from Tawang in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh join their Bhutanese counterparts in the namgang kora, one of eastern Bhutan’s oldest religious festivals which is held annually at the Chortenkora in Trashiyangtse.

Chorten Kora Festival Tour outline

  • Day 01: Arrival at Guwahati International Airport in India and drive to Samdrupjongkhar.
  • Day 02: Samdrupjongkhar to Trashigang
  • Day 03: Attend Chortenkora Festival
  • Day 04: Trashigang to Mongar.
  • Day 05: Mongar to Bumthang.
  • Day 06: Bumthang City Tour.
  • Day 07 Bumthang to Gangtey Via Trongsa.
  • Day 08 Gangtey to Punakha City Tour.
  • Day 09 Punakha to Thimphu.
  • Day 10 Thimphu city tour and meet the Tour Bhutan Team at Dinner.
  • Day 11 Thimphu to Paro Tiger Nest Hike.
  • Day 12 Paro City Tour
  • Day 13 See Off.

Trip Highlights

  • Witness the Unique Festival of Eastern Bhutan
  • Explore eastern Bhutan’s unique culture and Tradition
  • Trip starts from Guwahati and ends at Paro Bhutan
  • Covers 7 district of Bhutan during the tour


Our team from Bhutan will receive you at Guwahati Airport and drive you to Samdrupjongkhar after getting your visa stamped. We need to stamp exit seal in your passport from India and enter Bhutan after processing your Bhutan Visa. Today we willnot have any sightseeing as driving from guwahati consumes all your time to reach Bhutan. Upon reaching Bhutan we shall take rest at Hotel.

Drive to Trashigang from Samdrupjongkhar. Visit Trashigang Dzong, temple and in the evening walk around the Trashigang town. Over night at Hotel.

Attend the beautiful Chortenkora festival. People from all walks of life gather here to celebrate. People from Indian states of Tawang also visit this festival every year.

We drive to Mongar following the vending road of Himalayan mountains of Bhutan. The roads are bumpy and you hardly come across people in this remote place of Bhutan.

Mongar is the business hub of the east. After spending good time in Mongar drive to Bumthang the switzerland of Bhutan but less developed and more natural land.

Visit the beautifull valley of Bumthang. This valley has best old history of Bhutan which dates back to 6th century. Ura valley in Bumthang is the oldest inhabited place in Bhutan. Bumthang has the best local beer and cheese factory.

Drive to Gangtey from Bumthang. Gangtey is beautiful valley where black necked crane breeds. Every year on 11th november the Black necked crane festival is celebrated to create awareness to protect the habitat of crane.

Early morning after visiting Gangtey monastery proceed towards Punakha the old capital of Bhutan till 1955.

Drive to Thimphu Via Dochula pass. The pass offers a 360-degree view of snowcapped Mountains including the highest Mt.Gangkar Puensum. Chimi Lhakhang is another place you will visit on the way towards Thimphu. It is located on a small hilltop overlooking Lobesa Valley.

Thimphu is the most crowded city in Bhutan with population over 135000 living in the area. The must see places in Thimphu are 13th arts and Craft School, Largest Bhudha Statue over looking Thimphu city, Folk Heritage museam and Trashichhodzong in the evening. We shall cover all this places while in Thimphu. All this place help us to understand the culture and tradition of Bhutan, opportunity to interact with locals and shopping soveniers.

Thimphu to Paro takes about 1 hour drive to reach the base camp of Tiger Nest temple.

Paro city tour includes Paro Rinpong Dzong, Cantilever bridge, Taa dzong and Farm House in the evening with hotstone bath. Paro is plane valley and most important district in Bhutan as this is the only International airport in the country. Paro lies at an altitude of 2300m above sea level

Our east west Bhutan tour ends here today. We see you off from Paro International Airport.

Inclusion / Exclusion


  • All meals as per the Itinerary.
  • Transportation within the Country.
  • Airport Pick and Drop.
  • English speaking Guide.
  • Tea and Coffee.
  • Guwahati Pick and Drop
  • Accommodation in 3 Star Hotel.
  • All entrance fees for Dzongs and monasteries.


  • Insurance Premiums.
  • International & Domestic Flights.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Bills of Personal nature

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Chortenkora Festival
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/ Adult

Trip Info

  • Guwahati International Airport to Samdrupjoungkhar
  • Paro
  • Private Cars
  • English speaking Guide