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Trip Overview

Trip Highlights
  • One of the largest and most significant festivals is held during Punakha Tshechu, which is a reenactment of the Tibetan invasion of Bhutan in 1639: the dramatic presentation of Bhutan’s historical civil conflict.
  • We’re bringing you to Punakha Drubchen, a celebration that was established to memorialize Bhutanese triumph against Tibetan invasion.
  • The spectacular landscape as you zoomed in on the Punakha valley and its magnificent fortress are some of the perks of this trip

One of the biggest festivals in the Bhutanese calendar, the Punakha Tshechu is held every year, sometime in February or March. The most important display during the five-day festival is the re-enactment of the Tibetan invasion of Bhutan in 1639. In this theatrical display, a mock throwing of a relic to the Mochu River is dramatized along with a group performance by more than a hundred people dressed as warriors, popularly known as “Pazaps.”.

This performance tells the story of 17th century Bhutan, when the Bhutanese were under siege by Tibetan forces. Devoid of a standing army of its own, the duty to hold the Fort fell on the local militiamen called “Pazaps”, from the eight great villages (Tshogchens) of Thimphu. The invaders were routed.

To celebrate the victory, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal introduced the Punakha Drubchen. The 17th century scene is re-enacted during the Drubchen with local men dressed as “Pazaps”.


Cost Includes

  • Accommodation on twin sharing.
  • Full board meals as stated in the itinerary.
  • All tours and transfers in private Coach.
  • English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fee to monument as per the itinerary.
  • Bottle of drinking water during tour on daily basis.
  • Bhutanese Cultural show including Mask dance.
  • Government SDF and other taxes

Cost Exclusion

  • Travel insurance.
  • Beverages.
  • Expenses on personal nature.
  • Tipping for guide and driver

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01

    Arrive at Paro (2280m)

  • Day 02

    Excursion to Taktsang

  • Day 03


  • Day 04

    Punakha Festival

  • Day 05


  • Day 06

    Departure from Bhutan

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