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Punakha Festival Tour

  • Day 01
    Day 01    Arrive at Paro

    Upon arrival at Paro International airport, you will be welcomed by our company representative and the tour guide will receive and escort you to designated Hotels in Paro or Thimphu depending on the Final Itinerary that may be agreed upon.

  • Day 02
    Day 02    Hike to Tiger's Nest

    Hike to Tiger's Nest, one of the most sacred Taktshang monasteries in Bhutan. It is perched on the cliff where Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site riding on a tigress.

  • Day 03-04
    Day 03-04    Punakha

    After an early breakfast drive over the Dochu-La pass, which on a clear day offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks before descending into Punakha Valley.

  • Day 05
    Day 05    Phobjikha

    Today we will drive to Phobjikha Valley through the bustling market town of Wangduephodrang. Drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forests.

  • Day 06
    Day 06    Thimphu

    After an early breakfast drive back to Thimphu. In the afternoon, time free at leisure for own activities and relax in the hotel to acclimatization with Bhutan weather conditions.

  • Day 07
    Day 07    Thimphu

    Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Further, we will visit the Zorig Chusum - 13 Arts

  • Day 08
    Day 08    Hike to Phojoding

    Today we will go on a day long Excursion to Phajoding which is at an altitude of 3700m. The 3 hours hike is considered one of the most enjoyable short hikes through coniferous forests.

  • Day 09
    Day 09    Depart Paro

    The guests will be Seen Off by a Representative of our company and the Tour Guide at the Exit Gate. Wish Bon Voyage!!!

Season Off Season
Type Cultural, Festival
Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
Guide Included
Transportation Included
Meals All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Places Covered Paro, Thimphu & Punakha
Entry Fee & Taxes Included

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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.

In 2005 another festival known as Punakha Tshechu was introduced by the 70th Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Choedra and the then Home Minister His Excellency Lyonpo Jigme Yoedzer Thinley. The Tshechu was introduced in response to the requests made by Punakha District Administration and local peopleto host a Tshechu in order to better preserve Buddhist teachings and keep alive the noble deeds of Zhabdrung Rimpoche.

Punakha Festival Tour Itinerary

Trip Highlights

  • Join in with locals in a special occasion of celebration, blessings and socialising.
  • Witness sacred dances and rituals performed by monks and laymen in elaborate, colorful costumes.
  • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.

Frequently asked questions

The Kingdom of Bhutan requires that all travelers entering on a tourist visa be accompanied by local guide or escort certified by Tourism Council of Bhutan. This assures that all travelers are safe and well cared for during their stay. In addition it insures that the sights and marvels of Bhutan are respected and protected from accidental injustices that might occur. Please rest assured that our guides, while with you to all parts of your journey, give all the space and privacy you require to experience Bhutan in your "own space".
As of now there are no domestic flights in Bhutan, so the best way to explore the country is either by road or on foot. However, three domestic airports are coming up in central (Bumthang) eastern ( Trashigang) and southern (Gelephu) Bhutan. The central and eastern Bhutan domestic airports will be operational by 2012. This makes possible for visitors to explore western, central.
The official language is Dzongkha (language of the fort). English is widely spoken in major towns and is a medium of education in schools. The people in the south speak Nepali. There are a host of local dialects spoken in small pockets within the country. Besides, most people do speak Hindi due to Bhutan\\\'s proximity to India. All our guides speak fluent English.
Bhutanese delicacies are rich with spicy chilies and cheese. The most popular dish, ema datsi, is comprised of chilies (used as vegetable) in a cheese sauce. Exotic vacations Bhutan selected list of hotels and lodges offer delicious Chinese, Continental, Bhutanese and Indian Cuisine prepared by well trained chefs. Even on trek, our trained cooks prepare dishes suitable to western taste ranging from continental to Chinese and Bhutanese to Indian.
Bhutan unit of currency is Ngultrum (Nu.), which is at parity with Indian rupee. The Indian rupee is also an accepted legal tender. Major convertible currencies and travelers\' cheques can be exchanged at banks in major towns. Certain credit cards (MasterCard, Visa)

What people are saying

We don't like to brag about ourselves, so here are some nice things our travellers had to say.

  • Robert Nelson A GREAT EXPERIENCE

    My traveling companions and I were very impressed with the ease of our trip due to the wonderfully organized accommodations put together. We were so happy with every camp we stayed in.

  • Days Place Duration:
  • Day 01 Arrive at Paro
  • Day 02 Hike to Tiger's Nest
  • Day 03-04 Punakha
  • Day 05 Phobjikha
  • Day 06 Thimphu
  • Day 07 Thimphu
  • Day 08 Hike to Phojoding
  • Day 09 Depart Paro