Punakha Dromchoe Festival Tour

9 - 12 Days

Punakha Dromchoe Festival Tour

TYPOLOGIES

Cultural

+ 2
DIFFICULTY

Medium

MIN. AGE

3 Years

Trip Introduction

Punakha was the previous capital city of Bhutan and it continues to remain a resident of head Lama named Ja Kempo. Here, you will find Dzong as a stunning and renowned building of Bhutan. The walled fortress of the city contains large numbers of well-known temples and sprawling courtyards. Since Punakha Dzong is the confluence of two famous rivers opposing the backdrop of nearby gentle hills, it constitutes a spectacular venue to enjoy the Punakha Dromchoe festival tour.

The Punakha Dromchoe festival is a unique one celebrated in Bhutan, as it hosts an exclusive recreation by highlighting various battle scenes of the 17th century with the army of Tibet. Local military men or pazaps dress in the traditional battle gear to reenact the ancient battle scene.

Moreover, the reenactment took us back to several years, where because of the absence of any standing army in Bhutan, men belonging to eight different Tshogchens or blocks of the great village in Thimpu came ahead and successfully managed to expel the invading forces of Bhutan. Thus, the victory of men resulted in the formation of a new period involving international peace and long-term stability.

Trip Highlights

Trip Overview
  • Opportunity to view the famous Punakha Dzong located in ancient Bhutan’s capital city named Punakha.
  • Participation in the Punakha Dromchoe Festival’s opening and closing
    day. This is a long festival dedicated to the almighty Goddess
    Mahakala.
  • Various battle scenes of the 17th century with the army
    of Tibet. Local military men or pazaps dress in the traditional battle
    gear to reenact the ancient battle scene.

TOUR MAP

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrival at Paro in Bhutan

Our team will receive you at Paro and later on, take you to the hotel. Later on, during the day, you will visit Paro Dzong and the National Museum.

DAY 2 -Tiger’s Nest and Taktshang Monastery

Today, we will hike up to reach the Tiger’s Nest and then to Takhtsang teahouse for lunch. Later on, we will enjoy the spectacular view of the Takhtsang monastery and choose to stay overnight in the hotel.

DAY 3 & 4 - Sightseeing in Thimphu

Our team will start hiking to the nunnery of Kila Goenpa to get superb views in every possible direction, such as the Taktsang Goenpa, the Haa Valley, and the Paro Valley. After this, we will go for a drive to Thimphu. On the fourth day of our trip, we will have an excursion to the Phadoding Monastery built during the 13th century and go for an overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 5Drive to Punakha via Dochu Pass (3100m)

After you complete your breakfast, we will drive to the ancient Bhutanese Capital i.e. Punakha via the Dochu Pass. During our trip, we will get excellent views of the famous Himalayan region. Later on, in the afternoon, you will be able to enjoy sightseeing in Wangdi and in Punakha Valleys.

DAY 6Punakha Dromchoe Festival

Today, you will attend the grand opening of the Punakha Dromchoe Festival for the entire day and at the same time, will be the part of festivities available in the courtyard of the Punakha Dzong.

DAY 7 - Drive to Trongsa and Back to the Hotel

Now, we will go for a drive to Trongsa and stop to have our lunch at the Chendebji Chorten, while during the afternoon time, we will go for an excursion to the Royal Family’s ancestral home named Kuenga Rabten, while resting during the nighttime at our hotel.

DAY 8 - A short drive to Wangdi

After having our breakfast, we will start moving towards our next destination i.e. Wangdi.

DAY 9 - Closing Day of Punakha Dromchoe Festivali

Today, we will attend the last day of the Punakha Dromchoe festival at Punakha Dzong to be the part of few unusual events, while stay at the hotel overnight.

DAY 10 - Drive Back to Paro from Punakha via Thimphu

We will start with our return journey from Punakha to reach Paro. Meanwhile, we will have our lunch in Thimpu and finally the farewell dinner at Paro.

DAY 11 - Drive to the Paro International Airport

Our team will take you to the airport on time, so that you may go for departure.