TOUR OF THE DRAGON (Mountain Bike Race)
Tour of the Dragon is not a road bike race or a classic mountain bike race, nor is it a gravel grinder, because it doesn’t fit into any of the categories defined by the UCI. Since the distance of the race is 200+ km, we would categorise it as an ultra-mArathon mountain bike race on roads that happen to be extremely challenging. Tour of the Dragon starts in Bumthang and travels 268km over four mountain passes before finishing in Thimphu. It’s one of the toughest one-day mountain bike races in the world.
Venue: Bumthang to ThimphuTRASHIYANGTSE ANNUAL TSHECHU
Tokaphu Lhakhang Annual Tshechu in Tongzhang, Trashiyangtse is happening this September. Various mask dances and local cultural programs will be displayed to the public.
13 – 15 September
Venue: Tokaphu Lhakhang, Tongzhang, TrashiyangtseMATSUTAKE MUSHROOM FESTIVAL
During the festival, the native mushroom and other local products, mushroom hunting, and cultural programmes by the school and local community will be showcased. The objective of the festival is to create awareness on the sustainable harvesting of the local mushroom and enjoy the organic natural flavors of nature.
3 – 4 September
Venue: Genekha, ThimphuA-HOI BONCHOED
This is an ancient Bon tradition, which is observed to appease the god, in order to ensure good health and wealth in the coming year.
Venue: Bjoka Trong, ZhemgangDONGDORLA DUECHOED
This is a popular festival observed in Bjoka Gewog in Zhemgang.
5 – 8 September
Venue: Bjoka Trong, ZhemgangKESIBI CHAA
The main event of the festival is the mask dance and offerings.
16 – 18 September
Venue: Kesibi Lhakhang, Maenbi, LhuentseTAKILA CHHAM
Takila is one of the most sacred historical and religious places in Lhuentse. Many important festivals of nearby communities take place at Takila. This is where the country’s largest statue of Guru Rimpoche is located. The popular festival of Kurtoe region called “Chha” also takes place here.
11 – 13 September
Venue: Takila Lhakhang, LhuentseCHUKOR
Chukor festival is most popular in eastern Dzongkhags. Trashiyangtse, which is located in the far-eastern part of Bhutan, is particularly famous for this festival. Visitors will have a nice time attending this festival and interacting with the local people of Trashiyangtse.
27 – 29 September
Venue: Shaksinggoenpa, Khamdang, TrashiyangtseCHHA FESTIVAL
Chha is celebrated every year by the people of Phagidoong, Tagmochhu, Kamdhar, Kusumphel, Khaashaling and Takila for four days. Chha is an offering made to the local deities and originated from the bonism religion. During the festival, people from the six villages gather to make offerings to local deities such as Wokhor Zhelngo, Kharshong Zhelngo, Chhami, Gyem and Lham.
30 Sept – 02 October
Venue: Kurtoe, LhuentseCHHA
Chha is celebrated to welcome Byul Lha and to protect any misfortune from happening in the year.
30 Sept – 02 October
Venue: Kurtoe, Lhuentse