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Punakha Festival tour

"Unique festival because it hosts a dramatic recreation of the scene from the 17th century battle"

Punakha is located in the western part of Bhutan and 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 the 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 the 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) has become 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 the Tibetan army. The pazap 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 the Punakha District Administration and local people to host a Tshechu in order to better preserve Buddhist teachings and keep alive the noble deeds of Zhabdrung Rimpoche.

The best two Punakha Festival Tours not only play an important role in preserving Bhutan’s rich culture and traditions but also provide devout Buddhists with an opportunity for prayer and pilgrimage. They reflect the richness of the Bhutanese cultural heritage and are very special in the eyes and hearts of both Bhutanese and tourists who visit Bhutan.

The Punakha Bhutan Festival date is from the 19th to the 21st of February 2024.

PUNAKHA FESTIVAL PACKAGE COST 11DAYS
Group Size3* Package4* Package5* Package
1 PersonUS $4,840//For 4* rate, write to usFor 5* rate, write to us
2-3 PersonsUS $4,620/For 4* rate, write to usFor 5* rate, write to us
4-7 PersonsUS $4,510/For 4* rate, write to usFor 5* rate, write to us
8-13 PersonsUS $4,290/For 4* rate, write to usFor 5* rate, write to us
14-20 PersonsUS $4,180/For 4* rate, write to usFor 5* rate, write to us
HOTELS & RESORT
Destination3 Star Hotel4 Star Hotel5 Star Hotel
ThimphuHotel Thimphu Tower 02NightsHotel Ariya ThimphuLe Méridien
Phubjikha ValleyDewachen Hotel 02NightsRKPO Green ResortSix Senses & Aman Kora
PunakhaZhingkham Resort 03NightsRKPO Green ResortSix Senses , Uma by COMO Aman Kora
Haa ValleyKinely Wangchuk Home Stay 01NightNANA
Paro ValleyHotel Paro Grand 02NightsNaksel Boutique Hotel & SpaSix Senses , Uma bCOMO , Aman Kora and Le Meridien
TRANSPORTATIONS
PersonsVehicle TypesRemarks
1 PersonSUVsSUVs/Innova
2-3 PersonsSUVs/InnovaSUVs/Toyota Innova
4-7 PersonsToyota Hiace RoofToyota Hiace Roof
8-13 PersonsCoaster BusToyota Coaster Bus
14-20 PersonsCoaster BusToyota Coaster Bus

Note: The Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) 50% discounts of USD: 200 now USD:100/ per person per night for tourists goes towards activities that promote carbon-neutral tourism and build a more sustainable tourism sector. This includes offsetting the carbon footprint of tourists and upskilling workers in the sector. Indian tourists will pay a previously stipulated fee, which will be revised at a later date. The rate refers to the minimum sum paid by all tourists for an all-inclusive package tour to Bhutan.
The above incentives will come into effect from 1st September 2023 and shall remain effective for four years till 31st August 2027. You can also visit the Tourism Department’s official website

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