Nomad Festival

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This annual gathering of Bhutan’s nomadic highlanders brings together the herders of the northeastern and northwestern Himalayan frontiers in an unforgettable celebration of their unique culture and traditions.

You’ll gain an intimate glimpse into the proud communities that have survived virtually unchanged to this day and form a rich part of Bhutan’s ethnic and cultural diversity.

Dine on delicious traditional recipes whilst sitting cross-legged around a stone hearth as families from this region have done for untold ages.

Dress like a Bhutanese highlander and try on an entire costume spun from yak hair, including the Brokpa black hat with five long fringes down the front or the conical bamboo Layap headgear. Ladies can wear the wide, beautiful hand-woven aprons decorated with colorful motifs of flowers and animals traditionally worn by women. They can even have their hair plaited and decorated with colorful ribbons in the traditional style of the region.

The festival will give you the opportunity to witness the grand pageantry of the Chipdrel, a ceremonial procession usually reserved for royalty.
Adventurous visitors will definitely want to try some yak riding.
Immerse yourself in the festival-wide demonstrations of traditional Bhutanese village life including using ancient mill-stones for grinding maize, husking harvested rice and tilling fields with ox-drawn ploughs.
Attain inner peace as you visit some of the most exquisite Buddhist temples in Bhutan.

The Nomad festival is held in Bumthang Dzongkhag (district)  in central Bhutan the spiritual heartland of the country.  Bumthang is approximately an 8 hour drive from the capital city of Thimphu.

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Green Mandala Tours is a licensed and registered tour operator in Bhutan. We pride ourselves in providing all kinds of customized tour services in Bhutan from simple cultural tours to organizing the grueling month-long Snowmen Trek, considered by many as the toughest trek in the world.

The founder of the company is Tashi Dorji (Mr), a former newspaper journalist who worked in four newspapers and served as editor in three of them. An ardent traveller himself, Tashi Dorji always gives his personal touch to all groups of tourists and takes personal interest in making each and every tourist enjoy Bhutan to the fullest.

We believe every tourist visiting Bhutan is on a-once-in-a-lifetime trip and we try our best to make it as much memorable as we can. We are more than eager to organize exclusive and luxurious trips and we take it as a challenge to meet each and every wish of our guests.

We customize travel plans meticulously for single, couple, as well as group travellers and we take delight in organizing personal and special requests and wishes like building up a romantic atmosphere for a partner to make marriage proposals. When the groom is on his knees, we ensure the bride says yes! We also organize marriage parties and any other festivity on request.

We organize cultural tours and trekking expeditions that could be easy, medium or tough. We organize adventure and sports, spiritual and meditative retreats, and special family packages and romantic honeymoon jaunts are our expertise. We also specialize in offering customized services according to the wish of our guests.

All our guides are professional and licensed guides who speak fluent English and are trained Bhutan experts. We also offer guides who speak other foreign languages including Japanese, Chinese, French and other languages on demand.

logo-final-newGreen Mandala Tours is a reputed Tour Operator and Travel Agency in Bhutan licensed under the Tourism Council of Bhutan which is the apex government body dealing with tourism and the company is also affiliated with the Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO).

At Green Mandala Tours, we believe every guest should end his day in Bhutan with a smile and we take pride in making each and every day an experience of a lifetime in the country where happiness is valued more than money.