Upcoming Events

  • URA YAKCHOE, Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang, 30th April-4th May
  • NIMALUNG TSHECHU, Nimalung Dratshang,chummy, Bumthang, 24th-26th June
  • KURJEY TSHECHU, Kurjey Lhakhang,Choekhor,Bumthang, 6th June
  • TOUR OF THE DRAGON (BICYCLE RACE), Bumthang to Thimphu, 5th September
  • THIMPHU DRUBCHEN, Tashi choedzong,Thimphu, 18th -22nd September
  • WANGDUE TSHECHU, Tencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang, 21st -23rd September
  • TAMSHING PHALA CHHOEPA, Tamshing Lhakhang, Chhoekhor, Bumthang, 22nd -24th September
  • THIMPHU TSHECHU, Tashi chhodzong,Thimphu, 23rd -25th September
  • PEMAGATSHEL TSHECHU, Pemagatshel Dzong,Pemagatshel, 20th – 23rd October
  • CHHUKHA TSHECHU, Chhukha Dzong,Chhukha, 21st -23rd October
  • THANGBI MANI, Thangbi Lhakhang,Choekor,Bumthang, 27th – 29th October
  • JAMBAY LHAKHANG DRUP, Jambay Lhakhang,Chorkhor,Bumthang, 27th -31st October
  • PRAKHAR DUCHHOED, Prakar Lhakhang,Chummi,Bumthang, 28th -30th October
  • BLACK NECKED CRANE FESTIVAL, Gangtey Gonpa,Phobjikha,Wangduephodrang, 11th November
  • MONGER TSHECHU, Monger Dzong,Monger, 18th -21st November
  • TRASHIGANG TSHECHU, Trashigang Dzong,Trashigang, 19th -22nd November
  • NALAKHAR TSHECHU, Ngaa Lhakhang,choekhor,Bumthang, 25th -27th November
  • DRUK WANGYEL TSHECHU, Dochula,Thimphu, 13th December
  • TRONGSA TSHECHU, Trongsa Dzong,Trongsa, 20th -22nd December
  • LHUENTSE TSHECHU, Lhuentse Dzong,Lhuentse, 20th -22nd December
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Kurjey Festival

The festival takes place at Kurjey Temple, located at Kurjey in the Chokhor valley in Bumthang district. It is a 15 minute drive from Chamkhar town to arrive at the temple grounds.

The history of the temples at Kurjey is associated with Sindhu Raja and Guru Rimpoche. Sindhu Raja invited Guru Rimpoche from Nepal to Bhutan to subdue some evil spirits that had been plaguing the land. Upon invitation, Guru Rimpoche visited Bumthang and meditated in a cave that resembled a pile of Dorjis (stylized thunderbolt used for Buddhist rituals). After subduing the evil spirits and demons, imprints of the Guru’s body remained in the rock face. Thereafter, the name came to be known as Kurjey meaning – “Imprint of the body”. The Lhakhang is now a blessed site of great historical significance.

There are three main temples at Kurjey. The oldest temple was constructed on the site where Guru Rimpoche meditated by Minjur Tenpa the first Trongsa Penlop (Governor of Trongsa) in 1652.

The second temple was founded by Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck in 1900 while serving as the 13th Trongsa Penlop.  This temple is the most sacred as it was built in the place where Guru Rimpoche left his body imprint.

The third temple was built in the 1990s. It was sponsored by the Queen Mother Ashi Kezang Choden Wangchuck. It houses the images of Guru Rimpoche, King Thrisong Detsen and Pandit Santarakshita.

In front of the temples are Chortens dedicated to the first three kings of Bhutan.

The Kurjey festival is an important occasion not only for the local people of Bumthang but for all Bhutanese. The festival brings together tourists and Bhutanese from all over as it presents the perfect occasion to not only receive blessings by witnessing age-old mask dances but also to enjoy this unique culture whilst basking in the natural beauty of Bhutan’s spiritual heartland.