Punakha Festivals

  • Duration6 Days
  • DestinationBhutan
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 3400
  • Starts at Paro
  • Ends at Paro
  • Trip Type Cultural
  • Accommodation B/L/D
  • Transport According to Group Size
  • Stunning location for festivals.
  • Situated at the confluence of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers.
  • Architectural masterpiece and former capital of Bhutan.
  • Adds to the grandeur of the festivals.
  • Serene surroundings and picturesque setting.
  • Follows Punakha Drubchen immediately.
  • Celebrated in Punakha Dzong.
  • Multi-day festival featuring mask dances.
  • Depiction of religious stories and symbolic battles.
  • Draws locals and tourists to receive blessings.
  • Showcases vibrant cultural performances.

Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, is another significant destination for festivals, known as "Tsechus." The Punakha festivals are celebrated with great enthusiasm and hold immense cultural and religious importance. Here are some details and highlights of the festivals in Punakha:

Punakha Drubchen: Punakha Drubchen is a unique festival that showcases a reenactment of a historic battle. It takes place in Punakha Dzong, one of Bhutan's most majestic fortresses. The festival usually occurs in February or March. During Punakha Drubchen, locals dress in traditional warrior attire and perform a dramatic reenactment of the battle against Tibetan forces that took place in the 17th century. It is a mesmerizing display of Bhutanese history and culture.

Punakha Tshechu: Following Punakha Drubchen, the Punakha Tshechu is celebrated in Punakha Dzong. This festival lasts for several days and takes place immediately after the Drubchen. The main highlight of Punakha Tshechu is the mask dances performed by monks and laypeople. These dances portray various religious stories and symbolize the triumph of good over evil. The Tshechu attracts both locals and tourists, who gather to receive blessings and witness the vibrant cultural performances.


Cost Details
What's Included
  • Accommodation on twin sharing/Single room according to traveler number
  • Breakfast & dinner at the hotel & lunch at the local restaurants
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • English speaking accompanying guide
  • Governmental royalty and taxes
  • Entrances fee
  • 02 water bottle per person per day basis on the vehicle
What's Excluded
  • Insurance of any kind / medical expenses
  • Beverages (alcoholic /  non – alcoholic)
  • Expenses of personal nature (like tipping, laundry, Telephone/fax calls, camera/video fees etc)
  • Airfare, Visa & airport taxes

Punakha Festivals FAQs

  • Autumn season is considered the ideal season for traveling in Bhutan. The weather is flawless and cool and the sky looks bright with some hints of clouds. Therefore, this is the perfect season for glorious views of Bhutanese landscapes and mountain peaks. This is also the time when you can witness numerous religious festivals called Tshechus. Spring Season is also the best time to visit Bhutan. The weather is extremely moderate and this is also the flowering season. Hiking around Bhutan at this time will allow you to see blooming wildflowers and various spring festivals around Bhutan are the highlights of this season.

  • Yes. Although independent travel in Bhutan is not allowed, hiring a tour operator for solo travel is possible and the country is extremely safe. Tour operators, such as Golden Tibet, will provide an experienced guide along with you to assist you during the trip. Bhutan has an extremely low crime rate and the country is practically very safe for all travelers but having a guide along will make it easy for one to navigate across the country and learn about Bhutan’s cultural and religious heritage, history, and spiritual essence.

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