Punakha Drubchen

GRADE

Classic / Easy

TRIP DURATION

2 days

BEST SEASON

February

GROUP SIZE

From single person

TRIP Altitude

1200 meters

CUSTOMIZE TRIP

On Request

Trip Highlights

A unique festival because it hosts a dramatic recreation of the scene from the 17th century battle with Tibetan army. The ‘pazaps’ or local militia men, dress in traditional battle gear and reenact the ancient battle scene

Trip Overview

Punakha is located in the western part of Bhutan is the winter home of the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan. Punakha has been of critical importance since the time of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 17th century.

Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal is known as the unifier of Bhutan as a nation state and he was the one who gave Bhutan and its people the distinct cultural identity that identified Bhutan from the rest of the world.

During 17th century Bhutan was invaded several times by Tibetan forces seeking to seize a very precious relic, the Ranjung Kharsapani.  Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal led the Bhutanese to victory over the Tibetans and to commemorate the triumph he introduced the Punakha Drubchen. Since then Punakha Drubchen (also known as Puna Drubchen) became the annual festival of Punakha Dzongkhag.

The Punakha Drubchen is a unique festival because it hosts a dramatic recreation of the scene from the 17th century battle with Tibetan army. 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.

  • Day 01: Thimphu – Punakha; 3 hours drive
Drive through Dochula pass at 3010m. and when the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a site that stretches almost 180 degrees. After a short stop continue to sub tropical Punakha. Afternoon we will hike to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of fertility which is associated with religious arts of phallus.Overnight at Punakha

  • Day 02: Punakha Festival
We will spend whole day in the festival which will accompany with various mask dances and folk dancers along with jokers actions in the crowd. Overnight at Punakha

  • Day 03: Punakha Festival
Whole day in the interesting Punakha festival or in the afternoon we can proceed for other sightseeing like visiting Khamsum Yulay Temple or Wangdue excursion visit Rinchingang. Overnight in Punakha

  • Day 04: Day 03: Trip to next destination ....
Includes
  • All Meals (as per mention in the itinerary)
  • Accommodation in twin Sharing
  • All private transportation (Japanese car/Jeep/Van/Mini bus) within the country including airport transfers
  • Royalty & Govt. Taxes
  • Tour Entrance fees 
  • Visa Fee
  • Airport tax
  • Tourism Development fund
  • English speaking Guide
  • Sightseeing
Excludes
  • Druk Air fares.
  • your insurance
  • Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  • Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water
  • Tips
  • Any other expenses that are not specified above

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