The Wangdue Tshechu festival is held in Wangdue Phodrang and is observed for three days in the autumn season. The festival is well known for the Raksha Mangcham or the dance of the Ox. Many different kinds of mask dances are performed during the festival. It concludes with the unfurling of the Guru Tshegye Thongdrel. You can also Trek Gangtey in Wangdi if you have enough time.
Wangdi Festival, also known as the Wangdi Tsechu, is an annual religious festival that takes place in Wangdue Phodrang, a district in central Bhutan. The festival is held to honour Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava, who is believed to have brought Buddhism to Bhutan.
Wangdue Tshechu Festival Highlight
During the Wangdi Tshechu, locals dress up in their traditional attire and gather at the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, a majestic fortress-like monastery. The festival begins with the unfurling of the thongdrel, a large religious scroll that is believed to bestow blessings on those who see it.
The highlight of the Wangdi Festival is the Cham dance, a series of sacred mask dances performed by monks and laypeople. The Cham dance is believed to have the power to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck to those who witness it.
Other festivities include the traditional archery competition, where participants use handmade bows and arrows to display their archery skills and the display of sacred relics and statues.
Food is also an important part of the Wangdi Festival, and visitors can enjoy traditional Bhutanese dishes like Ema Datshi, a spicy cheese and chilli dish, and Ara, a traditional Bhutanese alcoholic drink made from fermented rice.
Overall, the Wangdi Festival is a beautiful and colourful celebration of Bhutanese culture and spirituality, and it offers a unique opportunity to experience the rich traditions of Bhutan firsthand. Check the things you can do in Wangdiphodrang
Wangdue Tshechu Festival Date 2024
The Wangdi Tshechu date is from 11th to 13th September 2024. We can include your cultural tour to witness the festival at Wangdiphodrang.
Wangdue Festival Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival Paro Airport
Arrive at Paro airport and our team from Tour Bhutan will receive you and drive you to Thimphu. Upon arriving at Paro International Airport, start your Bhutan adventure with a scenic drive to Thimphu. As you traverse the winding roads, witness the captivating landscapes of lush valleys and majestic mountains. Arrive in Thimphu, the vibrant capital city, where modernity harmoniously blends with Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage. Explore local markets, visit iconic landmarks like the Tashichho Dzong, and immerse yourself in the heart of Bhutan’s unique charm.
Day 2 Thimphu to Wangdi and attend Festival
Attend Wangdi Festival. The Wangdue Phodrang Festival, celebrated in Wangdue Phodrang district of Bhutan, showcases the nation’s vibrant culture. With colorful mask dances, traditional music, and religious rituals, this festival brings locals and visitors together to honor their heritage. Amidst the picturesque backdrop of the dzong and surrounding landscapes, the Wangdue Phodrang Festival is a captivating display of Bhutan’s traditions and spirituality.
Day 3 Wangdi to Paro and City tour
Explore Punakha Dzong before you start driving towards Paro. Bhutan’s enchanting town, where tradition meets natural beauty. Marvel at the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched on a cliffside. Delve into history at the Paro Dzong, a fortress-monastery. Stroll the charming streets, discovering traditional architecture and handicrafts. Immerse yourself in Bhutanese culture at the National Museum. Don’t miss the vibrant Paro Tsechu festival, a celebration of dance, music, and religion. With its cultural treasures and scenic wonders, Paro promises an unforgettable experience.
Day 4 Paro Departure
Set off from Paro International Airport on your journey. Bid farewell to Bhutan’s stunning landscapes as you embark on your next adventure. Whether you’re heading home or exploring new horizons, Paro Airport marks the start of your travel experience.