Punakha Festival and Drubchen Tour

Venue: Punakha Dzong (Fortress) grounds
Total Duration: 12 days
Other places: Paro, Thimphu, Wangduephodrang
Entry and Exit: Paro

Tour Summary

Held in the massive grounds of the historic Punakha Dzong, Punakha Drubchen is one of Bhutan’s most significant religious events, wherein one is taken back to the 17th century, as a scene from the period is enacted. In the 17th century, Tibetan forces from across the border attacked Bhutan. Bhutanese emerged victorious under the leadership of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It is said that during that period, there were no standing Bhutanese military force. Then emerged the “Pazaps,” the local militiamen from the eight great villages (Tshogchens) of Thimphu, who were victorious. To commemorate the victory, Zhabdrung introduced the Punakha Drubchen.
During the Drubchen, the entire battle is re-enacted with local men dressed as “pazaps” emerging and showcasing the victory.
The Tsechu follows the Drubchen.

Tour Cost Includes:

  • Professional Guides
  • All Noted Tours within the Country
  • Accommodations on twin sharing in Tourism approved hotels.
  • Meals Noted in Itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Entrance Fees and Permits
  • Private Ground transportation
  • Airport transport in Paro
  • Bhutan Airport Tax
  • Bhutan Visa Fees
  • A sustainable tourism Royalty of $65 per person/ per day.

Tour Cost Excludes:

  • International Flights and Druk Air
  • Alcoholic and Bottled /Canned Beverages
  • Meals or Accommodations at Bhutan’s New 5 Star Hotels and Resorts (Available for an extra fee)
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses (Telephone, Email, Laundry etc..)

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