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Gomphu Kora Tshechu Festival Tour

Overview The Gomphu Kora Tshechu Festival Tour is a vibrant and culturally rich event that takes place in Bhutan, a small Himalayan kingdom known for its stunning landscapes and unique traditions. The festival held annually at the Gomphu Kora temple, located in the eastern district of Trashigang. The festival is a colorful celebration of Bhutanese religious and cultural heritage, drawing locals and tourists alike. It typically lasts for three days, filled with lively masked dances, religious rituals, and spiritual performances. The main highlight of the festival is the mask dance known as "cham," perform by trained monks and locals dressed…


The Gomphu Kora Tshechu Festival Tour is a vibrant and culturally rich event that takes place in Bhutan, a small Himalayan kingdom known for its stunning landscapes and unique traditions. The festival held annually at the Gomphu Kora temple, located in the eastern district of Trashigang.

The festival is a colorful celebration of Bhutanese religious and cultural heritage, drawing locals and tourists alike. It typically lasts for three days, filled with lively masked dances, religious rituals, and spiritual performances. The main highlight of the festival is the mask dance known as “cham,” perform by trained monks and locals dressed in ornate costumes. The dances depict ancient tales, legends, and Buddhist teachings, conveying both entertainment and spiritual messages.

The Gomphu Kora Tshechu Festival also provides an opportunity for the Bhutanese people to gather and socialize. It is a time when families and friends come together, dressed in their finest traditional attire, to partake in the festivities. Visitors can witness the joyous atmosphere, interact with locals, and gain insights into the rich cultural heritage of Bhutan.

In addition to the festival, the tour offers a chance to explore the surrounding natural beauty of Trashigang. The district known for its picturesque landscapes, including towering mountains, lush valleys, and pristine rivers. Travelers can embark on hikes to nearby villages, visit ancient monasteries, and immerse themselves in the serene environment of rural Bhutan.

Throughout the trip, participants will also have the opportunity to savor Bhutanese cuisine, known for its unique flavors and use of local ingredients. Traditional dishes such as “ema datshi” (chili and cheese) and “dzow” (a buckwheat-based dish) are among the culinary delights to experience.

Conclusion and Summary

The Gomphu Kora Tshechu Festival tour offers an enchanting blend of cultural immersion, spiritual experiences, natural beauty, and gastronomic delights. It is a journey that promises to leave lasting memories and a deeper appreciation for the cultural treasures of Bhutan.

Trip Highlights

  • Witness spectacular bird’s eye view of the Himalayas while flying in/out from Paro
  • Explore the colorful Paro town
  • Guided city tour of the tiny capital – Thimphu
  • Attend the Gomphu Kora festival at Gomphu Kora Monastery
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’- one of the most famous monasteries in Bhutan
  • Punakha Dzong – the most beautiful monastery in Bhutan
  • Visit Bumthang- the religious heartland home to oldest monasteries & temples

Itinerary Expand All

Arrive Paro by the Bhutanese National Carrier flying over the world’s highest mountains and finally landing at the lush green Paro valley. A cool and clean fresh air greets the visitor as stepping down from the plane, the first gift of Bhutan. After clearing customs and visa formalities, meet the representatives and the Bhutanese guide, and a short tour brief by the guide then transfer to Paro town for lunch. Then drive towards Thimphu (the capital of Bhutan) for about 1 & half hours drive. En-route Thimphu, one can do a short hike to Tamchog Monastery, a private temple owned by the descendents of famous Tibetan bridge – builder Thangthong Gaylpo. Later on continue the drive to Thimphu.

In Thimphu, visit Buddha point for a stunning view of Thimphu city and Takin Compound- on the way to the viewpoint over Thimphu is the home of Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin. Then continue to Tashi Choe Dzong- the fortress of the glorious religion was initially constructed in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in the 1960s, Folk Heritage Museum – a 300 year old traditional house converted into a museum, Centenary Farmers Market, the new authentic craft bazaar. Overnight at Hotel.(Lunch/Dinner included)

After early breakfast, drive towards Punakha for about 3 hours passing along Dochu La Pass at 3140m. On clear weather, the pass commands a wonderful panorama of the Eastern Himalayas. From the pass, the road descends through varied forest and finally emerging into the highly cultivated valley of Punakha. En-route take a short hike through beautiful rice fields to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, who as a favorite saint of the Bhutanese people is known affectionately as “the Divine Madman”.

In the afternoon, visit Punakha Dzong. Located at the confluence of the Pho-chu (male-river) and Mo-chu (female-river), the Punakha Dzong is arguably the most impressive dzong in the country. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Drive to Wangduephodrang Dzong, which is perched on a spur at the confluence of two rivers. The position of the Dzong is remarkable as it completely covers the spur and commands an impressive view both up and down the valley. Then drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forest, and over a high pass down into the Phobjikha valley, surely one of the loveliest high altitude valleys in Bhutan. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black-necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan plateau. Enjoy 1½ hours Gangtey nature trail from the monastery through the jungle before emerging to the valley floor. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Today, we drive 5 hours to Bumthang valley. The road climbs rapidly through a series of hairpins out of Trongsa and there are great views back to the Dzong and out across the valley. After passing through cultivated fields for a while, the trail re-enters the forest and reach the Yotong La (3400m). Descending to a low point of 2650m at a village called Chumey; the scenery is once again totally different as the route enters the wide-open Bumthang valleys. It takes about an hour to get to the roadside at Chumey, the first of the four valleys in Bumthang. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

In the morning visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in the kingdom as Bhutan’s “patron saint”, Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated here. From Kurje monastery, a tarmac road heads south along the right bank of the river to Jambey Lhakhang. This temple, erected by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century, is one of the two oldest in Bhutan (the other being Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro). After lunch, hike to Tamshing Lhakhang, founded in 1501 by Pema Lingpa. It contains interesting and ancient Buddhist wall paintings. Later, visit Jakar Dzong, “the castle of the white bird”, and then take a stroll through Bumthang’s market area before returning to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Today is the longest day so wake up earlier than usual as a 7-8 hours drive to Mongar from Bhumthang. During this 184 kms trip on hilly roads, witness varieties of floras and faunas passing through Ura valley, one of the most beautiful valley’s of Bhutan. All kinds of vegetations await en-route. You will reach in Mongar before dusk. Evening: Go round Mongar town. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Morning: visit Mongar Dzong. The Dzong was built with a tradition touch in 1930s, and is the newest Dzong in the Dragon County. The Dzong was reconstructed following an order from the royals in the recent past. The Dzong is unique and traditional at the same time. The Dzong is a perfect example of modernization of Bhutanese architecture. After this visit drive back to Trashigang by crossing over Korila Pass reaching Trashigang by mid afternoon. In Trashigang, visit Trashigang Dzong. The Dzong was built in 1659 to defend the country from Tibetan invasions. Likewise, the Dzong is said to be have political stronghold of Eastern Bhutan for over 300 years. It is one of the strategically placed Dzongs in Bhutan. The current Dzong is made bigger in 1936. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

After breakfast, drive to Gomphu Kora Monastery to attend the festival and interacting with the locals. To celebrate people from all over the eastern Bhutan including neighboring Indian state of Arunachal Pardesh have gathered here with their best attires to take part in the festivities. After the festival, drive back to Trashigang. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

In the morning, proceed towards Gom Kora. It is one of the temples where Guru Rinpoche, the great tantric meditated. After spending around a full day in this divine place drive back to Mongar for overnight stay. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

This day is all about being on the roadways where occasional stops will be made in gorgeous places for photography. The journey will start form Mongar towards Trongsa which is around 250 kms. It requires around 6-7 hours reaching the destination. In the evening, go around Trongsa village for a short hike. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Once again like previous days, the day follows a road trip driving to Wangdiphodrang via Gangtey in the morning. En-route, a stop will be made at Gangtey Gompa. It is an important monastery of Nyingmapa school of Buddhism also the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition. Likewise, stop at Phobijikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter. Reach Wangdue in the evening. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

After breakfast, drive back to Paro which is about 4 hours drive. PM: Stroll around the streets of Paro. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

This morning, make an excursion to Taktsang Monastery – this has to be the monastery with the most outstanding setting in Bhutan. Set on a vertical cliff face at 2950m above sea level, it defies all engineering logic. For the energetic, hike 2 hours up to get a more dramatic view of the monastery. (The hike demands a certain level of fitness and a pony ride to the monastery can be arranged at additional cost). Just on the outskirts of Paro town, visit Kyichu Lhakang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan and have the opportunity to meet the local villages in a local farm house. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)


After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch the onward flight. Bid farewell to the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappearing again behind its guardian mountains.(Breakfast only included)

What's Included

Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
• 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
• Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
• Route Permit
• Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
• A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
• All land transportation by private vehicle
• Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
• Sightseeing as per itinerary
• Monuments entrance fees where applicable
• Drinking water
• All internal taxes and charges
• A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)

What's Excluded

Airfare & Travel Insurance
• Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
• Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

Trip Information

Gomphu Kora Tshechu is the popular festival celebrated in the eastern Bhutan every spring. The prime feature of the festival is the circumbulation where ‘Gom’ meaning meditation, ‘Phu’ meaning cave and ‘Kora’ is the circumbulation. It is celebrated at the Gom Kora Monastery 23 kilometers away from Trashigang Dzong. This festival is attended by people from all over the eastern Bhutan descending down the narrow valley dressed in their finest clothing and jewelries. Traditionally, the festival is also the occasion to find a soul-mate that leading to marriage. The festival legend goes to the time of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) who mediated in the cave for three months during when he subdued the demon, Mongkhapa, who had fled from Tibet and hide in a rock at Gomkora. Besides, the tour also visits the colorful Paro, the tiny capital – Thimphu, the old capital – Punakha, the beautiful Gangtey Valley, Bumthang, Trashigang. The tour is to witness Bhutan rich cultural and traditional heritage still untouched by the outside world.

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Trip Facts

Duration 14 Day(s)
Activities Bhutan Festival Tours
Group Size 2 to 20
Best Season March to May, September to November
Start/End Point Bhutan / Bhutan
Difficulty Level Easy

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