Royal Highland Festival

Royal Highland Festival


Experience Bhutan’s natural and spiritual splendor on this trip, which also includes excursions to off-the-beaten-path villages and temples. While on this cultural holiday in Bhutan, the festivals and cultural activities that are enjoyed is primarily centered on Buddhist culture and heritage.

The sacred chham dances are each festival’s centerpiece. For hundreds of years, the old sacred dances have been passed down from one person to another. To master the precise movements and positions required for the performance, monks must complete a lengthy training.

Bhutanese see “Chham or Buddhist dances” as a visualization meditation, a tribute to ancient times and a physical representation of order, mastery, and transmitted power.

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The Royal Highlander festivities take place in Laya, one of the northernmost settlements in Bhutan that precariously sits at an elevation of 4,000 meters. The festival highlights the serenity and originality of highland life through its rural setting, rich history, and time-honoured traditions. The Layaps are  already facing threat from rapid urbanisation, and the lifestyle is at risk of slowly disappearing away.

With the world respecting and appreciating their culture, festivals like this kind contribute in maintaining the community’s long-standing traditions, culture, and faith. Visitors to the festivities discover centuries-old custom of traditional offerings that goes back to the sixteenth century and participate in a variety of competitions that are hosted utilizing highland animals including yaks, horses, and mastiffs.


  • Bhutanese joyfully commemorating Buddha’s life through Buddhist festivals
  • Mule routes, mountain passes, farms, villages, and farmhouses, as well as temples and monasteries located on peaks and ridges, rural homes, and distinctive architecture
  • Daily interactions with a diversity of individuals, including farmers, riders, shopkeepers, bar owners, weavers, monks, teachers, and kids, all of whom are continuously kind, responsive to our interest in them, and genuinely keen to learn more about us
  •  Practice and competition in archery
  • Culture and history
  •  Local shops, textiles, and handmade goods
  • Climb herders’ paths to admire valley vistas and colorful prayer flags
  •  Hike to Tiger’s Nest

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