Punakha Drubchen is the unique festival that re-enacts the war against Tibetan army in the 17th century. So plan your visit to Bhutan to coincide with this festival held in February/March annually. This tour gives you a real appreciation of both the Buddhist faith and the Bhutanese way of life but also included in the package are other places of interest. The ‘pazaps’ or local militia men, dress in traditional battle gear and reenact the ancient battle scene. This reenactment harkens back to the time when in the absence of a standing army, men from the eight Tshogchens or great village blocks of Thimphu came forward and managed to expel the invading forces from the country. Their victory ushered in a period of new-found internal peace and stability. SInce then Punakha Drubchen became the annual festival of Punakha District.