When the world around us was stuck in the hustle-bustle of life, Bhutan was preserving smiles. This happy nation is calling out to the world to attend the most sought-after literary festival.

Mountain Echoes is a literature, art, music and cultural festival set in the world’s most beautiful setting in the Himalayan Ranges. It brings together writers, biographers, historians, environmentalists, scholars, photographers, poets, musicians, artists, film-makers to engage in cultural dialogue, share stories, create memories and spend three blissful days in the mountains.

An initiative of the India-Bhutan Foundation, presented by the Jaypee Group, powered by Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan, Mountain Echoes will be held from August 22-25, 2018 in Thimphu.

Mountain Echoes 2018 will open up the conversation on the importance and role of bees for lasting impact on environmental conservation by Dave Goulson and Angku and the rejuvenation of natural habitat for the two subcontinental countries with Valmik Thapar and Karma Singye Dorji.

Daniel C Taylor talks about the Yeti – one of the most mysterious creatures throughout history, and also focuses on how he has been engaged in social change and conservation.


Sarah Kay is the star of the world of spoken word poetry. An icon in her own right, her poetry focuses on world issues and the challenges faced by the youth, she entertains, educates, and inspires. Paulo Lemos Horta will speak on the fascinating cultural and literary history of the “Arabian Nights”, and how he has mapped out the network of travellers, translators and storytellers who gave the world these remarkable and unforgettable tales.

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Both Bhutan and India have successfully chronicled their rich past for the future through beautifully curated state museums. The festival is also looking at a conversation on material culture and an exchange on how the two countries are working towards the preservation of their heritage and traditions. Mountain Echoes seeks out the spiritual and philosophical connect between Bhutan and India with conversations on the 84000 Sutras of Buddha and, Milarepa with Andrew Quintman. The shared traditions of oral storytelling and of the written word are explored through spoken word and stand-up sessions and a Dzongkha Calligraphy workshop.

Naseeruddin and Ratna Pathak Shah will present a dramatized recitation of the poems by Vikram Seth and short stories on James Thurber. Ratna Pathak Shah and Sanjna Kapoor will also be in conversation with each other on their lives with theatre. Music and dance have always been the common ground with artists, singers and performers from both Bhutan and India sharing the stage and enthralling the audiences. This year, Usha Uthup will take the stage with Kunga Tenzin Dorji to delve deeper into the shared musical roots of the two neighbours, and explore the booming hip-hop culture of Bhutan with Maynia and Kezang Dorji.

Mountain Echoes is an intimate space where sharing and learning with, and from, each other is encouraged. The festival enjoys the patronage of Her Majesty the Royal Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, and is held at the Royal University of Bhutan, Tarayana Centre, Royal Textile Academy, Hotel Taj Tashi and Mojo Park. Mountain Echoes is a melting pot of thoughts and ideas, with writers, journalists, historians, and speakers from across the world coming together to celebrate a wide range of artistic mediums: literature, visual arts, photography, theatre, film, music, and dance.

The ninth edition will host sessions, workshops, exhibitions and an open mic, tying in with the 50th Anniversary celebrations of India-Bhutan friendship. Come, spend three blissful days in the mountains with this happiest lit-fest in the world. Mountain Echoes is free for everyone to attend. No passes required.

You can however show your interest in the workshops that are a part of the festival.

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For more information about the event, visit mountainechoes.org