Jomolhari Mountain Festival

Jomolhari Mountain Festival

Ruchi Singh Noida "Whether it was the unique culture and customs of Bhutan, the fascinating architecture, the beautiful Himalayan flowers and trees, the breathtaking landscape or the all-embracing teachings of the Buddhist religion that is reflected in the everyday routines of locals as they go about protecting endangered animals and the environment, we left Bhutan in awe and admiration of everything that the country and its people can offer the world".

The Jomolhari Mountain Festival is a two-day event celebrated at the base of Mt. Jomolhari by communities located along one of the most scenic trekking routes in Bhutan. The festival celebrates the culture of the communal living amidst natural wonders and wildlife, especially the elegant and elusive Snow Leopard.

The festival was initiated in 2013 and endorsed by the government as an annual event.

The festivities include folk songs and dances themed on the snow leopard, traditional sports such as Khuru (darts), shot put, and horse and yak riding. Local delicacies are generously dished out and boutique handicrafts are displayed. Many picturesque guided hikes are also conducted in and around Jomolhari.

The aim is to create awareness on the importance of conservation and foster an attitude to create harmony between this endangered cat and the people. The event...

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