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Punakha Tshechu & Drubchen


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.

Brief Itinerary-12 Days Festival Tour

  • Day 1 : Arrive Paro
  • Day 2 : Early morning drive from Paro to Trongsa (111KM APPROX)
  • Day 3 : Drive from Trongsa to Bumthang (44.3KM APPROX)
  • Day 4 : Bumthang Site Seeing
  • Day 5 : Drive from Bumthang to Phobjikha Valley(171.3KM APPROX)
  • Day 6 : Drive from Phobjikha Valley to Punakha (45.1KM APPROX)
  • Day 7 : Punakha Site seeing
  • Day 8 : Punakha Festival
  • Day 9 : Punakha Festival in the morning and optional site seeing in the afternoon
  • Day 10 : Punakha Festival in the morning and Rafting/Kayaking in the afternoon
  • Day 11 : Drive from Punakha to Paro (54.8KM APPROX)
  • Day 12 : Fly to onward destination