Punakha Festival Tours

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Group Size 1+
Date of Festival 14 th & 19 th FEB
Trip Type Popular
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Tour Grade Easy
Accommodation Cultural Sightseeing Tour
Highest Altitude 3,700m at Phajoding
Start & End Destination Paro
Country of Tour Paro

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Overview

Trip Overview of Punakha Festival Tours

Punakha festival tours Date (please ask us). Punakha Dromchoe is an annual festival introduced by Zhabdrung, the founder of united Bhutan to commemorate the victories over the Tibetans. During the festival, the ‘pazaps’ or local militia men, dressed in battle gear showcase a battle scene of this distant past recalling the days when in the absence of a standing army, men from the village blocks of Thimphu came forward and managed to expel the Tibetan forces out of the country ushering in a new-found internal peace and stability.

Trip highlights of Punakha festival tours

  • Paro: Drugyal Dzong, National Museum (Ta Dzong), Paro Rinpung Dzong, Farm
  • Houses and Takstang Monastery famed as Tiger’s Nest
  • Haa Valley
  • Thimphu: Memorial Chorten, National Library, Arts School, Textile Museums,
  • Handicraft Emporiums, Phajoding, Week-end market.
  • Dochula Pass with spectacular views.
  • Punakha and Wangdue Dzongs and Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten
  • Gangtey Gompa and Phobjka Valley
  • Punakha Tsechu
  • Punakha Tsechu

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A typical day in this trip:

you will visit the King’s Memorial Chorten (built-in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changgangkha Monastery, the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), and the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan: the takin. From there you will visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), and the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school). After a relaxing lunch, you will visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, a traditional paper factory, the majestic Tashichodzong. In the evening you can explore Thimphu town.

Itinerary

Punakha Dromchoe | Mimicry of 16th century Bhutanese war with Tibetans retold in festivity Punakha Festival: 14th – 19th FEB

Day 1

Arrive Paro

Druk Airways flight to Bhutan provides during a clear weather the most fascinating view of Himalayan secnery. On arrival at Paro airport, you will be greeted by our representative and transfer to hotel. After lunch, visit Paro Dzong, which was built in 1646, and visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country and the National Museum. Overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 2

Paro – Punakha

Morning drive to Punakha, with a stop en route for tea at Dochu La Pass (3,100 meters). The passes are marked by a large Bhutanese Chorten and prayer flag. The pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the Himalayas on a clear day. En route stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley popularly known as the Devine Madman. If you wish, you may receive a special fertility blessing from a wooden phallus. Overnight at hotel in Punakha.

Day 3

Punakha – Attend full day festival

After breakfast, you will attend the Punakha Dromchoe. Enjoy an annual festival introduced by Zhabdrung to commemorate the victories over the Tibetans. Overnight at hotel in Punakha.
bhutan festival tshechu dance

Day 4

Punakha – Thimphu

After breakfast, you will attend a half day of the Punakha festival. Then drive for half-hour to Wangdue. Wangdue town is a typical small Bhutanese town, with bustling market and well stocked shops. Visit Wangdue Dzong, the 17th century monument. It sits atop a high ridge between the Puna Tsang Chu river and the Dang Chu river. The place is also known for its fine bamboo work, slate and stone carvings. Also visit the Rinchengang village on the opposite side of the river, which is a unique cluster of houses made up of red mud. In the late afternoon you will drive to Thimphu. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 5

Thimphu

After breakfast you will visit the King’s Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changgangkha Monastery, the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), and the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan: the takin. From there you will visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), and the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school). After a relaxing lunch, you will visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, a traditional paper factory, the majestic Tashichodzong. In the evening you can explore Thimphu town. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 6

Thimphu – Paro

In the morning you can stroll through the weekend market with the local people. Also, you may be able to catch a game of archery in progress at the Changlingmithang compound, just below the weekend market. In the evening you can drive to Paro. Overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 7

Paro

After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Evening visit a traditional farm house which offers opportunity to mingle with local people and to get an idea on their lifestyle. Overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 8

Depart Paro

Drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.

Cost & Dates

  • Best available regular hotels and guesthouse accommodation on twin sharing
  • English speaking local Guide.
  • All intercity transfers and sightseeing by a private vehicle.
  • 3 meals a day.
  • Bhutan visa fee.
  • Sightseeing admission fees
  • All airfares.
  • Visa fee
  • Travel Insurance and emergency evacuation.
  • Expenses of personal nature like drinks, tip, telephone, laundry etc.
  • Extra expenses due to nature or unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, road blockade, no show etc

Dates and Prices

  • Start and End dates – Flexible (Date of Festival: 14th – 19th FEB )
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