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Royal Highland Festival

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Royal Highland Festival

  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Place: Laya

The Royal Highlander Festival will be organized in Laya this October. Driven by the underlying goal of making the highlands a vibrant and thriving economy, the festival aims to promote the sustainable livelihood of highlanders, showcase highlander’s innovation, and exhibit the highlands as a pride of Bhutan.

Royal Highland Festival Insight into Festival Duration, Dates, & Features

Features

The Highland Festival is organized in Laya every October.

Royal Highland Festival Dates for 2023
  • Starting Date: 23rd October 2023
  • Ending Date: 24th October 2023
Insights

The Royal Highlander festival was first held on October 16, 2016, to commemorate the birth of HRH the Gyalsey, 400 years of Shabdrung Rimpoche, and Guru Rinpoche’s Rabjung (60-year cycle) birth year.

Highlights

Festival Packages

Duration: 9 Days

Duration: 9 Days

Duration: 9 Days

Duration: 9 Days

Royal Highland Festival

Laya, Gasa

The festival brings together highlanders from other parts of Bhutan to exchange values, knowledge, skills, and best practices related to highlands and yak farming.

Visitors can witness the traditional offering of Buelwa (Gift offering) with Auley (traditional epic poem/song recitation tradition originating from Zhabdrung Rinpoche days) that began during Zhabdrung Rinpoche’s reign in showing loyalty and respect by the community of Laya village is being offered for the dynamic and visionary leadership of our successive monarchs during the festival.

Layaps will present a variety of cultural activities. There will be competitions on highland animals such as Yaks, horses, and Mastiffs, as well as competitions on traditional music and dances.

The event includes a variety of vendors selling anything from local yak food to highland technology, highland agriculture technologies, medicinal herbs and plants, and more.

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